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

Spinning Yarn for Beginners

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Beginner Yarn 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.

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Carding & Combing

Here 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. 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.

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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.

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How to Use 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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DIY Yarn Spinning Equipment

You may not be at the point of being ready to make your own spinning wheel, but that doesn't mean you can't DIY other kinds of spinning gear like drop spindles and yarn swifts. Here's how it's done.

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Types of Yarn

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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.

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Art Yarn

Whether your taste is more traditional or you’re interested in creating innovative, eye-catching yarn styles, you’ll love the techniques and tips to inspire all spinning enthusiasts to unleash their creative spirit. In this collection of articles from Spinning Daily, you’ll find a number of techniques to add to your repertoire for spinning designer yarns—or any yarns.

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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.

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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.

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Spinning Flax

Many spinners, both beginner and experienced tend to shy away from flax. But you’ll quickly learn 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. 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.

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Spinning Wool

In this free guide to spinning wool from rare sheep breeds, you will learn 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 breeds. Learn about different types of wool fibers, the importance of different breeds, and the ideal projects these wools can be used for.

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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.

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Spinning Business

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US Copyright Law for Spinners

Spinning Daily and the staff at Interweave have released a free guide 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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Processing Yarn

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Dyeing Yarn

There are three 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. 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.

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Plying Yarn

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. Plying is a gateway into the vast world of yarn design. 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.

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What to do with Yarn

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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. Take your understanding of fiber to the next level and master the art of making felt.

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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.

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