Hi. I'm brand-new to this group. I am looking for someone who could teach me how to spindle spin yarn. I used to know how to do this (I was still a newbie spinner, even when I last tried to spin), but I literally have not spun in years.
I live in Tallahassee, Florida, and wonder if there might be any teachers in this area. I'm not far from Havana, Florida; Cairo, Georgia; and Thomasville, Georgia. I'd be more than glad to pay for instruction. I'm left-handed, and I remember that, the last time I tried to spin, I spun "backward." Don't know if this is a big concern.
Anyway, I'd be thrilled if there's somebody out there who'd be willing to teach me.
Hello I am also new and have never even seen it done.I have yarn and water what comes next?I would also like a teacher my name is Angela and I live in a small very small Tx town. Goodmorning Hazel. you have spun before? Is it satisfing? Ive crocheted Ive tried to knit but even with you tube videos Ive found out that I'd rather have a teacher because its hard to understand. I'm 40 and dont have my grandmother or a single person in my family that would know or care about fibercraft the way I do. I hope it was Ok to reply. anyway thought at least you'd feel that you weren't as bad as a "Newbie" as me haha. Have a great day!
I have found a teacher in Maine who'll teach you via Skype. Her name is Brandi Schoch, and her web site is thefiberofmybeing.net. Give her a try! She's very knowledgeable and very helpful. My lesson with her taught me a lot!
There are all sorts of fiber festivals that offer classes. There is one coming up in Oklahoma. The website is www.fiberchristmas.com. There is a beginning spinning class offered there. There is a lady name Linda Burt that is in Pampas Texas that is also an excellent teacher.
I had the same problem when I took an interest in spinning, I live in a rural area and while my fiancee and her friends knit, I know of no spinners. I started out watching all the tutorials on youtube and ordered a video from Abby Franquemont. Could I have benefited from having someone there to teach me, definitely. But, I also found a great satisfaction in learning it as i went along. Go to your local fiber store, tell them your just learing and ask what they would recommend for a yarn that spins easily. Trust me, some are easier than others.
Before you spin, sit at the wheel and just practice working it. Get ito the point where you can keep it going clockwise at a slow, consistent speed. I sat and watched tv while working the treadle for a few days. While your doing that watch all the videos you can from youtube, those ladies are giving gold for free there. Once you start, accept that there will be a learning curve, the wheel will suddenly spin backwards when your timing is off, the fiber will come apart and it will look horrible. Ignore and keep practicing. You will get it.
By the way, don't throw out that horrible stuff you made when you were learning, it seems knitters live it. They call it an art yarn and if you don't want it, others will.
Just get into it and keep practicing.
The ONLY difference between an accomplished spinner and a new one who feels they don't have "the touch for it", is practice and not quitting.