Learn simple tricks to create your own unique fiber colors! There’s magic in color, but creating wonderful color for spinning and felting is what you might call “practical” magic. Start with colored fiber – natural or dyed. Add a blending tool (a drum carder is Deb’s choice). Mix and play using some simple, basic color principles – and there’s no limit to the possibilities. With Deb’s relaxed, enthusiastic guidance, you’ll learn basic blending techniques, the language of color, which is the key to successful blending, how to work with hue, value, and saturation and much more. Watching the colors roll off Deb’s drum carder is endlessly fascinating, and every new exercise suggests a hundred more that you’ll want to try for yourself. It’s an endless adventure.
Cotton was perhaps the most important fiber of the ancient world, clothing more people throughout history than any other. It remains one of the most important fibers today -- blue jeans, sheets and towels! Yet cotton has been largely neglected by contemporary spinners in the developed world. Stephanie Gaustad aims to change all that. In this Spinning Cotton DVD, you'll learn: How to prepare cotton, from boll to batt; How to spin cotton with ease and efficiency on a wide range of tools, from tahkli to flyer spinning wheel; How to boil off and set twist in preparation for weaving, knitting, or what have you. Along the way, you'll be treated to fascinating historical asides, to inventive tricks for devising and adapting tools, and to an array of splendid made goods from socks to smocks to household cloths.
Learn how to tweak your wheel! Spinning Wheel Experts Alden Amos and Cindy Lair will show you how to: Quiet that annoying clunking sound, stop the drive band from jumping off, lubricate your spinning wheel and much much more. Feel confident knowing how your spinning wheel functions, and learn special tricks to deal with common maintenance problems.
How to spin them, why we should care. You'll learn that washing, carding, spinning and finishing these fibers is a never-ending experiment filled with surprises! Deborah Robson explores 38 rare and endangered sheep breeds such as Northern European short-tailed sheep, Old British breeds, rare English Longwools, Classic English Down Breeds, Welsh and Border Breeds, American Originals and more!
Spinners today have such an abundance of fiber choices, sometimes
it’s hard to know where to begin – and to know how to handle these
precious materials once you have them in your hands. Let Master
Spinner Judith MacKenzie show you what she’s learned from deep
experience in both craft and industry, with a hands-on teaching
style that will give you inspiration, confidence, and good results.
This three-disk set covers: Silk, from cocoon to top to noil to
magnificent blends, Alpaca, both Huaycaya and Suri, Camel, Llama,
Paco-Vicuña, Yak, Bison, Cashmere and Quiviut
With Spinning Luxury Fiber you’ll learn how to prepare each fiber, how to spin it, how to finish your yarn, and the fascinating history and lore of each.
you really want to spin cobweb-fine threads that are both lively and
durable? Meet Margaret Stove! Her methods might seem
counterintuitive, but they work! A great advocate of the fine
Merinos of her native New Zealand, Margaret is fearless in creating
plied blends using silk, angora, qivuit, and more. Learn how to
handle a fine fleece without felting it, wash by the lock, adjust your wheel tension for
exquisite delicacy, and ply a balanced yarn, or tweak your hand
positions for plying different fibers together. Plus, see how to
choose and sort a fleece, separate spinnable staples, dissolve the
grease, manage the staple to avoid felting and maximize durability
and “bounce.” Using high magnifications of the fibers and spun
yarns, Margaret explains just how it all works.
Spinner Judith MacKenzie had done it again! As a spinner, your most
important, versatile tools are your own skilled hands. With those eight
fingers and two opposable thumbs, plus a half-dozen simple techniques for
manipulating the fiber supply, you can spin a full suite of yarn styles.
Learn how to spin: Worsted, Semi-worsted, Woolen, Semi-woolen, Slub and
You’ll begin by seeing the unlikely possibility of spinning the six different yarns styles with a single fiber preparation. You’ll end by witnessing this revered master spinner, in a miracle of energetic ambidexterity, draft two fiber sources simultaneously into a single strong, lofty, funky novelty yarn. And so can you!
common sense approach to great productivity and creative joy. What can you learn from someone who spins all day, every day (except during
gardening season), and who produces her own handspun shirts, sweaters,
blankets, rugs, table linens, bath towels, aprons, even gardening shorts?
Short answer: A lot! Rita Buchanan has spent more thoughtful time preparing
fiber, spinning yarn, and making fabrics from her handspun than perhaps
anyone in the developed world. In this set you’ll learn: How to control yarn
size with your hands, not with wheel adjustments, how to create the most
wonderful preparations using cards, combs, and more. How to spin cotton
while reading your favorite book And so much more. Play time: 1-65 min, 2-90
on the basics presented in the author’s previous book, Ashford Book of
Spinning (find it further down the page), this handbook provides more
advanced spinners with information extending beyond the act of spinning—how
to spin an adequate yarn and extend the range of yarns produced, what
happens during the spinning process, and the relationship between the raw
materials and the final output—for greater mastery of the craft. This new
edition features up-to-date information about spinning wheels, new color
photos, and seven new projects. Organized in four sections—wool, spinning
wheels, yarn design, and projects—the text provides examples of a global
range of fleece types, a detailed examination of the functions of bobbin and
flyer wheels, a step-by-step analysis of spinning yarns of a predetermined
size and twist count best suited to the properties of the fleece, and
informative explanations of different spinning materials.
Yes, this is a DVD, even though the title is strange, you will find a wealth of information in this unique DVD set. The Two DVD's of Start Spinning will teach you how to pre-draft and why, how to adjust your spinning wheel, how to spin a good single yarn and how to ply. Start Spinning will also show your how to master carding and combing, spinning the long draw, spinning worsted yarn, spinning from the fold and much much more! Play time 78 minutes and 66 minutes. Grab this one! Also see the book "Start Spinning" below.
Portable and productive, the hand spindle has been responsible for creating the world's yarn for millennia. In Respect the Spindle, veteran spinner Abby Franquemont teaches spinners old and new how to create incredible yarn with the amazing drop spindle Respect the Spindle offers step-by-step photography with detailed illustrations, making the spindle spinning techniques clear to even the novice spinner. Profiles of drop spindle spinners from various traditions are presented in sidebars throughout the book, which introduce heartwarming and historical fiber stories from around the world. Five simple projects give spinners practice in creating a variety of yarns and patterns.
Never mind the title, it's a DVD. Veteran spinner and spindle aficionado Abby Franquemont shows spinners old and new how to create volumes of incredible yarn with the amazing drop spindle. You’ll learn how drop spindle spinning works and how to spin on a simple stick, how to make a functional spindle out of almost anything, how to spin a lot of excellent yarn in an amazingly short time and how to manage the yarn supply, to ply efficiently, and to finish appropriately.
is not an afterthought. It’s your gateway into the vast world of yarn
design. Informed and skillful plying can make all the difference between
“just another yarn” and “just the yarn you want.” In this engaging video,
master spinner Judith MacKenzie presents not just the basics—how to hold
your hands, where to put your kate—but an extensive adventure into the
endless possibilities. You will learn how to use organize your hands (the
best tools of all), avoid errors, customize and enhance commercial yarns.
to Choose the Wheel you Want, Love the Wheel You've Got, and Truly Master
the Machine. In this far-ranging video, Judith MacKenzie looks at
several of the popular wheels available to spinners today, dissects their
differences, gives pointers on get the best from them, and shares tips and
hints on making your wheel as efficient and versatile as it was designed to
be. You'll learn how the drive wheel size influences spinning, why your
hooks are on the same side of the flyer, or why you might want them to be
,how to spin six different yarns by making simple wheel adjustments and much
\Learn to create appealing multi colored yarns with Alison Daykin and Jane Deane, who have decades of experience spinning, weaving, and dyeing. Let Creative Spinning show you how easy it can be to create personalized and gorgeous skeins of one-of-a-kind fibers. Designed for complete beginners, Creative Spinning offers 30 beautiful projects that teach a repertoire of skills on both the hand spindle and spinning wheel. Creative Spinning starts with simple, basic combing, twisting, plying, and finishing, then goes on to offer a primer on working with fibers. All the chapters are organized by yarn type, including short wool and down, medium fine wool, long wool and luster, hill and mountain, rare wool, animal hair, silk, and vegetable fiber.
Take your knitting to a new level with the addition of handmade yarn! Spinning is easy to learn, handspun yarn is hot , and with Spin to Knit everything you need to create fun, funky, one-of-a-kind designer yarn is right at your fingertips. Spin to Knit teaches you all the details about fibers, tools, and materials for getting started spinning, and offers a substantial selection of simple patterns for knitting with that fabulous yarn you've created all on your own. Inventive patterns include a "cardiganized" thrift shop pullover with a gorgeous handspun buttonband, a faux Fair Isle pullover that combines millspun and handspun yarn, a traditional lace shawl, a shrug based on a woven Swedish heart, a silky sweater made entirely from hairdresser's rayon, and much more. A great feature of Spin to Knit is the addition of in-depth profiles about urban spinners from all over the country. Learn the personal stories of how these spinners got started, and their insider tips for spinning with style. Paperback, 8½ x 9, 128 pages, 150 Photographs and 25 Illustrations
Lean how to spin this lovely fiber. Instructions for cleaning, washing, preparation and blending of alpaca and llama. Learn how to dye and spin these fine fibers. Projects included.
A great new way to learn how to spin! Teach Yourself Visually, Handspinning offers detailed color photos and instructions. Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning is a book filled to the brim with information. Short two page lessons are easy to master and allow you to build your skills at your own pace. Less reading thru dry text, more pictures and faster results.
The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning
The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning is a classic! Great reference book for every spinner will leave no questions unanswered. Wheel designer and maintainer of textile traditions, Alden Amos will guide you thru the many aspects of spinning, spinning wheels, fibers This is truly a BIG book offering decades of experience in making and handling yarn. He’ll change your spinning for the better. Spinning books come and go, The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning is a keeper with it's in depth spinning instructions. 480 pages, hardcover