When I was little, I remember sitting on the couch listening to the whirl of the wheel as my mom spun. She let me try my hand at the wheel and patiently helped me keep my drop spindle going. The spinning bug didn't really bite though until many years later when I came to work at Interweave. Again I found wonderful teachers in the Spin Off team and other friends—people who I can go to when I have questions about plying yarn or creating a balanced yarn.
March is National Craft Month. And to celebrate we've put together a fabulous sweepstakes to help you teach your own friends to spin. Just leave us a comment and tells us who you are planning to teach to spin in March or how you are passing on your passion during National Craft Month and you will be entered in this fun sweepstakes-a fabulous book for you and a gift for a friend.
Spin Art eBook + Video Download: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn by Jacey Boggs
Push your spinning skills to new heights and get adventurous with textured yarn with the new Spin Art bundle that includes it's eBook and instructional video!
Jacey Boggs helps you bring textured yarns to the next level in Spin Art. Inside you'll learn all the secrets behind her exciting new fusion of traditional spinning and envelope-pushing creativity.
The yarn styles explored in this comprehensive spinning guide are as well made as they are inventive. Jacey walks you through each of her techniques, with a refreshing mixture of quirky, fanciful, and unexpected designs that are always skillfully constructed. Inside you'll discover:
How to create innovative, eye-catching single and plied spun yarn styles, including wraps, beehives, bumps, racing stripes, loops, bubblewrap, multiplied, and more.
Detailed technical instruction with step-by-step photos with finished spun yarn and swatch close-ups.
Jacey's bright personality and motivational tips to inspire all spinning enthusiasts to unleash their creative spirit.
In the Spin Art bundle you'll also get the instructional video that provides additional handspinning demonstration and commentary to complement the techniques in the book. Jacey has bottled the energy and expertise of her highly sought after workshops into a personal, at-home textured yarn workshop experience for you.
Spin Art is an irresistible adventure for spinners who are interested in creating delightful and durable textured yarns. Get the convenient eBook and video download bundle now!
For your friend:
Getting Started on a Drop Spindle with Maggie Casey
Have you always wanted to spin but haven't yet found someone with the patience and skill to teach you? You're in luck-Maggie Casey is here to gently lead you by the hand into the wonderful world of spinning. Learn about the simplest way to spin yarn, with the drop spindle, and use it to start adding twist into your fiber and make the yarn of your dreams.
With this workshop, Maggie:
- Provides a description of the spindle's parts and styles of spindles as well as materials you need to get started.
- Teaches the park-and-draft technique, showing how to take control of the process of spinning and master drafting, twisting, and storing your yarn on the shaft of the spindle.
- Demonstrates how to spin continuously while standing up.
- Shows how to take the yarn off the spindle and twist two strands together in the opposite direction to create a plied yarn.
- Finishes with techniques for setting the twist, creating a skein, tying it, and washing it.
Maggie will have you making your own yarn before you know it. Create great yarn for any of your knitting, crochet, and weaving projects. There is truly no limit to what you can accomplish with a drop spindle in your hands.
We'll randomly choose one lucky winner from all the comments at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 23, so comment before then for your chance to win. This giveaway sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents (excluding Puerto Rico), and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec); 18 years old or older at the time of entry. Click here to read the official rules.
For more great spinning tips and easy patterns browse through our selection of free downloadable eBooks.