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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spinning Lesson #1

I have become really intriqued with all the possibilities that lie ahead with the processing of my alpacas fiber. 

I am a quilter (Inspired Creations byD) by nature and work with fabric but now that I have my alpacas and have felt what their fleece feels like – my head is (pardon the pun) spinning with ideas of what to do with the fiber.

I started taking spinning lessons – first on a drop spindle.  When I got to my lesson Jan (the woman teaching me), told me I would be spinning in an hour and I responded with “I truly doubt that”.  Well sure enough, I was; albeit NOT VERY WELL but just the same spinning.  Jan filled me in on the basics of the drop spindle and how to get the fiber to twist; how you spin in “z” and then “s” if plying – always opposite; how to “draft” out your fiber for a consistent yarn – as shown below I had that down real well (ha, ha, ha).  

I was sent home with some homework for the following week. Basically I needed to practice my single ply spinning and try to become more consistent.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Deb: LOVE the post. Can't wait to see what else you've learned about spinning. Have a great day. Linda