Category Archives: Spinning Technique

A Skirt on the Rigid Heddle Loom.

This was a long term project. The yarn is from Imperial Ranch Columbia Roving. Spun on my Schacht Reeves 30″ Saxony. There is an eight part blog series on the Schacht blog about the whole thing along with a project that Jillian Moreno did. I thought I might put all of the links right here so it’s easier to follow. […]

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The Barber Pole – Why I love it.

I’ve been thinking lately about things that spinners hate and try to avoid. Barber poling is one of those things. It’s sort of like the whole pooling thing with many knitters. Spinners will try to avoid the barber pole at all costs. For those of you who don’t know, barber poling is what happens when you are plying and two […]

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Corriedale Skirt

It’s funny how it takes me so long to start a project. It’s also funny how once I begin I can’t seem to think of anything else. The good thing about this project (or the bad thing) is that Spinzilla came right near the beginning. It was good because then i had an excuse to focus and do almost nothing […]

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Consistency

When I was young…until I was around 12 or 13 I think…My dad worked at a company called Control Data/Computer Peripherals in quality control. That was back when computers were room size and you didn’t just carry the thing around in your pocket or a messenger bag. There were four kids in my family. I am the oldest. We never […]

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Plying a Bit

I’ll begin this post by saying that if you are planning on going to Disney, wear a crown or a tiara. you won’t be sorry. Maggie and I did it last time and Dana and I did it this time and it is extremely fun! Don’t even think about it. If grown men can walk around with Mickey Mouse ears […]

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Right Handed? Left Handed?

Recently I’ve had several questions from different people about whether they are a right handed or left handed spinner. This questions usually preceeds a discussion about what side the flyer on their saxony wheel should be on. There is some disagreement among spinning teachers about what constitutes right handed or left handed spinning. Some say the forward hand is what […]

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Is it Lace or is it Just Fine?

I have a class that I get excited to teach all of the time. Of course all of my classes have some content about how the fiber being spun will affect the final yarn being spun. But this class is one where there is giant transformation of the spinner in a very short time. I used to call it Spinning […]

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Drive Bands – Part 2

So last week I talked about what materials I like for a drive band. What has worked for me and what hasn’t. I am focusing on cotton drive bands rather than stretchy drive bands because that’s where most of the questions come in. So today I thought I would concentrate on how often to change your drive band and how […]

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Spin Tech

I got a new toy a few weeks ago. It’s called a Spin Tech. It’s an electric spinner. I have not wanted an electric spinner because of the way I spin. I’m more of a Rita Buchanan Style spinner than a Judith McKenzie style spinner. What I mean by that is I don’t change whorls very often. I have a […]

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This Year’s Schedule

I’m terrible with the photography. I forget to take pictures of what’s going on because I am focused. Not a bad thing to be a teacher or participant and be focused but it puts a crimp in the blogging. There has been a ton of spinning and knitting and weaving and writing going on around here though. In February we […]

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Short Forward Draw and Short Backward Draw

I’ve been teaching a drafting class for a little while now. Every time we talk about short backward draw I say how it makes less of a worsted yarn that short forward draw and isn’t as consistent. Today I was spinning some Spunky Eclectic dyed Wensleydale and decided to show the results so here they are in this somewhat fuzzy […]

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