Hi, all! I have been spinning for 20 years and I am a rank beginner (emphasis on rank!) I am taking a Masters Spinner Certification here in the Chicago Area. I went through the first of a 6 year program and hope to continue (If I can get the homework done!)
I use a Schacht original wheel (now called a Matchless) that I obtain during the class in January. And I am GLAD: my old wheel is a Clemes Modern wheel and it was clearly not up to the work in the class.
So I am a beginner, I have dabbled for 20 yrs and now I want to get serious about it.
I run a meetup group here in Chicago: The Chicago Fiber Artists (www.meetup.com/Chicagofiberartists)
Lovely to read your spinning story and see 'some' similarities here.
My story is similar to yours except that I live in a small inland city in central New South Wales, Australia and without the Master Spinners certification involvement.
I retired 5 years ago and am managing my health. A joyful re-involvement in spinning is making all the difference. I have an Ashford 'Joy' double treadle and a Majacraft 'Little Gem' double treadle. I've just ordered a Woolee Winder for the Majacraft after seeing an expat American girl using one at a recent spinning camp at Lake Keepit in northern NSW.I, too, have dabbled and now want to become deadly serious! At 59 years of age I reckon I have a few years of spinning left up my sleeve.
I am currently plying a merino and silk blend with a 1-2 ply commercially spun pure merino yarn whilst also threading Size 6 seed beads into the yarn on the commercial bobbin. I plan to lace knit a scarf. I am currently experimenting with a 24 line feather lace pattern. Perhaps I'm mad, but I'm having fun!
Steph aka 'themadmagpieinthenest'
Good luck! You are having a great adventure.
Thank you Barb. Your journey sounds like lots of fun.