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How to Start Spinning on a Hand Spindle

To start spinning with a hand spindle, you must be standing up. This is because standing gives you a bit more time to draft out the fibers. When you become more experienced, you can sit and spin with a [more…]

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How to Add More Twist to the Spindle

The best time to add more twist to your spindle when you have entered the twist all the way up to the fiber hand. Firmly pinch your fiber fingers closed. Reach down with your spinning fingers to give the [more…]

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How to Wind Yarn from a Spindle

Your spindle is full when the wound yarn is the same diameter as the whorl, or when the weight of the spindle becomes too heavy to spin on. Wind the yarn into a ball that pulls from the center. Place the [more…]

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How to Treadle

You will probably treadle a little too fast when you first start spinning. Most new spinners worry that the wheel will stop if they do not treadle quickly—and it can! However, with practice, you can make [more…]

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How to Adjust a Spinning Wheel

A spinning wheel is an extension of your body and needs to be adjusted to you. Every wheel spins differently. As you spin on your wheel, you can adjust it to fit your style of spinning. Remember to make [more…]

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How to Spin on a Wheel

Spinning on a wheel requires the same hand muscles used for hand spinning. If if you have already developed these, it should be easier when you add in the treadling movement with your foot. Before you [more…]

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How to Check Your Twist on a Spinning Wheel

Once you feel comfortable with the basic spinning rhythm, have a look at the yarn that you have made. Pull some of the spun yarn back through the orifice of the wheel. Pull enough yarn back so that you [more…]

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Fill the Bobbin and Make a Skein

As you spin the yarn on your spinning wheel, it winds on to the bobbin. It then fills up the area directly below the hook that it is passed over. You should move the yarn over the hooks frequently to avoid [more…]

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Troubleshooting Spinning Problems

Spinning can give you a lifetime of pleasure, but you are sure to encounter some problems along the way. All of the problems listed here will happen to you at one time or another, as they happen to every [more…]

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How to Prepare Fiber with a Flicker

Fiber preparation determines the texture of the yarn and the ease of spinning. Flickers, hand cards, combs, and carding machines are types of equipment that help you to process fiber in a variety of ways [more…]

How to Prepare Fiber with a Mini-Comb

Mini-combs perform the same job as a flicker, with the additional benefit of separating out the long and short fibers, producing true top. They can comb fibers as short as 2 inches, and also separate out [more…]

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How to Store and Wash Fiber

Every spinner has a stash of fibers that are just waiting for an inspiration. You can create your collection by purchasing a wide variety of fibers, and each one offers a different spinning experience. [more…]

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How to Prepare Fiber with an English Comb

English combs have been used to prepare fibers for spinning for centuries. Despite their name, similar combs are found worldwide. English combs consist of two identical combs with long handles and four [more…]

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How to Prepare Fiber with Hand Cards

Hand cards are traditional tools for processing short to medium-length springy fibers. They come in a variety of styles, with curved back and flat back being the most common. They also come with different [more…]

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How to Prepare Fiber with a Drum Carder

Drum carders do essentially the same job as hand cards. The advantage of a drum carder is how much quicker it can process fiber. The disadvantage is that drum carders are relatively expensive. If you plan [more…]

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How to Set Up a Hand Spindle

To get started spinning your own fiber, you need a medium-weight hand spindle and 1⁄2 pound of medium (curded) roving — Corriedale, if possible. You also need 18 inches of commercial two-ply yarn. You [more…]

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Tips for Knitting with Your Handspun Yarn

Knitting with yarn that you have spun yourself is a special pleasure. Whether you decide to use a commercial knitting pattern or design a project yourself, here are some tools and ideas to help you get [more…]

Part of the Series: Spinning: Two Ways to Use Your Handspun Yarn

How to Make a Kate or Plying Ball

To make two or three-ply yarn, you need the singles that you have spun, either on two bobbins if you are using a wheel, or rolled into a plying ball if you are using a hand spindle. If your singles are [more…]

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How to Make Two Ply Yarn on a Hand Spindle

Two-ply yarn is much stronger than single ply, although it weighs less than a single of the same diameter. The counterbalancing twist of the plying process holds all the singles at rest by the two singles [more…]

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How to Make Two-Ply Yarn On a Spinning Wheel

If you are using a spinning wheel to create two-ply yarn, you need to transfer your singles to a kate before you can ply. Before you start plying on a wheel, practice to ensure that you can make the wheel [more…]

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Troubleshooting Plying Yarn

Plying involves taking two or more threads that you have spun and twisting them together in the opposite direction from which they were originally spun. Plied yarns have an even texture, are stronger, [more…]

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How to Make Cabled Yarn on a Hand Spindle

Before you start making cabled yarn, you need to gather some supplies. You need your hand spindle with a leader attached — use the heaviest spindle that you have, and two balls of your handspun two-ply [more…]

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How to Cable Yarn on a Spinning Wheel

To make cabled yarn on a spinning wheel, choose the largest whorl pair that you have, and set the wheel up with an empty bobbin that has a leader attached. You need two full bobbins of your handspun two-ply [more…]

Part of the Series: Spinning: Two Ways to Cable Yarn

Troubleshooting Problems with Cabled Yarn

When you are making cabled yarn, whether you are handspinning or using a wheel, you may run into problems. Keep in mind that the way that you spun the original single establishes the type of cable that [more…]

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How to Warp a Frame Loom

The warp is the threads that are stretched lengthwise on the loom. The weft is the threads that are woven across the warp. Depending on what you are weaving, you can use either your own handspun or a commercial [more…]

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