Free Spinning Tutorials and Projects to Advance Your Skills in Spinning Fiber

         
Alpaca Fiber Beginner Spinning Carding & Combing Copyright for Spinners Cotton Spinning
Dyeing Yarn Drop Spindles Flax Spinning Felting Plying Yarn
Silk Spinning Scarf Patterns Types of Yarn Wheels Wool Spinning
Wool Processing
Alpaca Fiber

Luxuriously soft, long, and available in a wide range of beautiful natural colors, discover why spinners love alpaca fiber. It is a long fiber with no crimp, so it doesn’t stretch and bounce the way wool does. In this free comprehensive guide to the different types of alpaca and their fiber, Kaye Collins covers the unique properties of alpaca fiber from various breeds, and how to spin it to best advantage. Download your free eBook and begin creating your own alpaca yarn today.

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Beginner Spinning

Whether you are looking for beginner spinning wheel instructions, or are in need of a refresher on different fiber terminology, the experts at Spinning Daily have you covered. This educational eBook is filled with instructions that are sure to help enhance your handspinning journey, so download your free copy today! It's time to learn to spin yarn. Let the experts at Spinning Daily show you the ropes and walk you through plenty of tips and instructions on spinning for beginners in this FREE eBook today!

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Carding & Combing

Whether you are new to spinning or have been spinning for years, you'll want to take this opportunity to revisit the fiber processing tips presented in this free eBook. You'll find step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations for wool combing and carding along with useful tips for improving your overall fiber processing experience. You'll also get expert advise on which combs work best with a variety of fibers. And if you are ready to add some fun into your fiber processing, then don't miss this opportunity to learn about "psuedorolags" which are a creative and colorful way to use up your fiber stash. Let the experts at Spinning Daily show you the way to stress-free fiber processing by downloading this FREE eBook today!

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COPYRIGHT101 Copyright 101 for Spinners

How Much Do You Know About Copyright? Spinning Daily and the staff at Interweave have released a free eBook Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Spinners to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding copyright and give credit to the talented writers, designers, artists, photographers, and innovators who work with us to share their products and ideas with our readers. This guide to the basics of copyright is for anyone and everyone: designers and makers, crafters, retailers, library staff, educators, and more.

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Drop-Spindle-Spinning Drop Spindle Spinning

Learning how to spin is learning the process of drawing out the fibers and adding twist until you have created a continuous thread of stable yarn. Starting out on a hand spindle is a great way to master the craft with a minimum of expense and equipment. Learn the drop spinning process from expert spinners and take pride into creating your very own handspun yarn. Drop spindle spinning doesn't mean that you're limited to one type of yarn. It's the same working on a spindle as it is on a spinning wheel: you choose the fiber, preparation, and drafting technique to get the yarn you want.

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dyeing-yarn Dyeing Yarn

There are basic rules to dyeing: know your dye, know your fiber, and know your water. This free eBook is an essential guide whether you're a beginner or are experienced in dyeing. Naturally dyed textiles have been around for 6,000 years and maybe more. This free tutorial covers the ins and outs of natural dyes, explore dyeing with black walnuts as well as using a natural hot springs to supply mineral mordants (the "glue" that holds the dye to the fiber), and get instructions for making a solar dyeing oven. Just as ancient people learned that they could infuse their textiles with the colors of the earth and heavens using some pretty simple techniques, so can you.

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dyeing-yarn Felting Fiber

Felting occurs when wool is immersed in warm and soap and agitation are applied. The warm water opens up the scales on the individual wool fibers, the soap and agitation help move the fibers closer together, and as the fiber cools (or is put in cold water) the scales and the wool fibers become permanently interlocked. Felting can be a wonderful experience. Take your understanding of fiber to the next level and master the art of making felt. Follow along as we discuss every step of preparing wool to be turned into beautiful felt fabric.

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Scarf-Knitting-Patterns-Homespun Knitting Scarf Patterns

Learn to master the process of making yarn by hand and realize your goals of knitting something with the homespun yarn that you made. There is nothing that is more fulfilling than knitting with homespun yarn and then wearing your beautiful wool yarn or cotton yarn creation. Feeling the natural texture of the handspun yarn flowing through your fingers as you spin will remind you of the creative beauty and organic nature of the homespun yarn process. Using homespun yarn in making these stunning knitting scarf patterns will surely add a handmade touch to your wardrobe. There is nothing better than wearing homespun scarves that you have made yourself!

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plying yarn Plying

Discover interesting history and the many purposes that plying serves depending on the project your yarn will be used for. The experts at Spinning Daily have compiled a guide to plying yarn, full of colorful images, tips, and various techniques for achieving the texture and effects that you really want. Download this amazing eBook free and experience the joys of plied yarn. Plying is a gateway into the vast world of yarn design. Why are spinners today so committed to plied yarn? Mastering the skill and knowing all of the benefits can make all the difference between an ordinary yarn and getting just the yarn you want. This fascinating eBook uncovers all of the opportunities, benefits, methods, techniques, and the art of plying yarn. Don't wait; download your free guide today!

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Processing Wool

In this free guide to processing wool, you will learn the basics of what fiber processing involves. You will move on to explore proven methods of washing wool without felting it. Finally, you will learn to use carding processes to produce woolen yarns that are soft, lofty, fuzzy, warm, bouncy, and lightweight; or use combing preparations to produce worsted-spun yarns with fibers tucked inward for smooth, long-wearing garments. From raw wool to worsted or woolen preparations ready for spinning, use these expert tips to transform your spinning experience and discover the beauty of working with your own processed fibers.

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Spinning Cotton

In this free guide to spinning cotton, get great tips about handspinning cotton from spinners who love working with cotton and know how to get the results they are looking for. Learn about the naturally occurring colors of cotton and some of the history of colored cotton available to handspinners and then try out your handspun cotton by weaving cotton dishtowels, knitting a sweater, or crocheting a small bag. The experts at Spinning Daily have developed this free guide to spinning cotton offering essential cotton spinning techniques and instructions for five free projects using natural-colored cotton yarn. Weave, knit, or crochet a beautiful project from handspun cotton yarn using this amazing guide to spinning cotton today!

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Spinning Flax

Many spinners, both beginner and experienced tend to shy away from flax. But you’ll quickly learn with the help of our free eBook, A Guide to Spinning Flax: Linen Spun from Flax Fibers, that flax linen is no more difficult to spin than wool. New to spinning linen? Learn what flax is, how it’s planted, grown, harvested, and spun into such a strong and versatile fiber. Learn the steps needed to take flax from the seed to the fiber and how it is spun.

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Spinning Silk

In this free guide to spinning silk, you will learn the different characteristics of yarn spun from bombyx silk and tussah silk fibers and the steps to best spin the fiber with different techniques in mind. Silk is one of the luxury fibers that new spinners are likely to try first after they've mastered wool—it is so seductively beautiful with its incredible luster and ability to take color. But spinning silk is a little tricky and it is really nice to have a couple expert spinners by your side as you try it out. That's exactly why the Spinning Daily team has developed this free guide to spinning silk fibers.

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Spinning Wheels

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 Spinning Daily includes advice on how to get started using a spinning wheel, how to choose the right tool among all the spinning wheels available, and also how to ply on a wheel to achieve the finished yarn you are looking for.

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Spinning Wool

In this free guide to spinning wool from rare sheep breeds and other wool fibers, you will learn in-depth history and characteristics of these three sheep breeds. Associated with each sheep breed is a beautiful hand spun wool project. You will explore the proper methods for washing, wool carding and handspinning wool depending on specific sheep breed characteristics. Learn about different types of wool fibers, the importance of different breeds, and the ideal projects these wools can be used for. This fascinating information on how to spin wool was compiled exclusively for our Spinning Daily members. Don't wait; download your guide to spining wool from these unique breeds. It is completely free.

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Types of Yarn

Spinning your own yarn is a great feeling—that fiber magically transforming right before your eyes in your hands. As you gain confidence in your ability to make a yarn that sticks together and is reasonably consistent, you may decide that you'd like to try making different types of yarn. Learn more about yarn weights and essential fiber preparation methods for short draw and long draw spinning. Determine the ideal type of yarn you'd like for your next project and spin it today with guidance from this free eBook! Don't wait; download your guide to hhandspun yarn and get to spinning it today. It is completely free.

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