A Guide to Spinning Wool: Learn How to Spin Wool

Learning to spin on a spinning wheel is tricky! How can your body do so many different things at the same time? One hand pinches, one hand pulls, and your feet pump the treadle. What a lot to think about at once. This is why SD has put together this free eBook dedicated to spinning wheels. If you learn each step in the spinning process before you put them together, spinning will be easier. Let the experts at SD walk you through the process with this free guide on the art of wheel spinning.


Enjoy handspinning wool to make beautiful projects from wool.

What’s inside?

A yarn spinning wheel is a magical tool, and so much fun to learn how to use! Think of all the wonderful ways you can use the yarn you will have handspun! This free eBook from SD includes advice on how to get started, how to choose the right tool among all the spinning wheels available, and where to buy your first spinning wheel.

Spinning wool from rare breed sheep

How to Spin Border Leicester Wool

By Robin Russo

  • Today there are three distinct breeds of Leicester: the English, the Border, and the Blueface. Get to know the Border Leicester in this eBook.
  • This fiber has a 6- to 12- inch staple. Although traditionally white, Border Leicesters have been bred for many wonderful natural colors ranging from silvery gray to a rich brown.
  • Drumcarders are excellent for long wool. It is helpful to pick the fleece prior to feeding it into the drumcarder.
Rare breed sheep for handspinning wool

How to Spin Wensleydale Longwool

By Carol Huebscher Rhoades

  • Wensleydales are a dual-purpose British longwool breed originating in 1839 as a cross between a longwool ewe and a Dishley Leicester.
  • Most of the Wensleydales are white-wooled but the breed registers also have a section for colored-wool sheep.
  • A key feature is the lack of
    kemp, a desirable quality passed on to crossbreeds
    from the Wensleydale.
Spinning wool from rare sheep breeds: a guide

How to Spin American Jacob Wool

By Jeanette Larson

  • Many people like to link the origins of this rare breed of sheep to the Old Testament story of Jacob, who was given all the spotted sheep and goats from his father-in-law’s flock as payment for shepherding.
  • Jacob fleece is really all-purpose and can be used for everything from hats to rugs.
  • The variety of colors, length, and texture is almost endless.
Free project for spun wool

Project for Spun Wool

Bond Bon Bon Bowler By Susan Z. Douglas and adapted by Judy Alexander

A soft, fine Bond fleece purchased from Joanna Gleason at the Estes Park Wool Market came back from processing in lovely pin-drafted coils perfect for spinning with a long back ward draw. The resulting woolen-spun singles were plied into an airy three-ply, then slightly fulled for structure and a soft surface. The
resulting hat is warm and light.

Whatever you’ll be using your handspun wool for, you’ll find this resource helpful.

Along with your free tutorial, you will also receive a free membership to our online Spinning Daily community!


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