Beginner Spinning

Spinning natural fibers is a gift indeed.

The Gift of Spinning: Beginning Spinning on a Wheel

I received my first spinning class as a gift. Amy Clarke Moore (former editor of Spin-Off) had known me for about a week when she offered me the spinning for beginners class with Maggie Casey that she’d won in a benefit auction. She’d been game to take it herself, years of spinning knowledge and all,…

Beth Smith teaches you how to spin more consistent yarns

How to Spin Yarn More Consistently

Beth on set in our Fort Collins studio. I have a hard time counting and numbering things–anything. My mind wanders, I forget which number I was on, and everything just falls apart. When knitting, I count stitches in increments of 5, out loud, and woe betide the person who tries to talk to me while…

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How to Make Your Own Spinning Equipment

    Download your free eBook today! Handspinning naturally attracts DIYers. After all, if you can make your own yarn, why not make the tools to spin it with? You might be tempted to try to make a spinning wheel at home (see www.spinningdaily.com for free Dodec Wheel plans; search “dodec”), but wheels generally require advanced…

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Spinning Training

1. Sarah Anderson demonstrates taking a bite of fiber for a slub in her video Building Blocks of Spinning. 2. Slowly allow the twist to roll into the freshly made slub. 3. Slub yarns can be so even that you can match up  the thick sots for a very cool textured yarn. Spinning Training Anne Merrow…

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Hone Your Spinning Skills at Sauder Village Fiber Arts Fest!

  Gina Kuzmick is Spinning Daily's online editor. Dear Spinning Daily readers, As summer winds down and fall draws closer, it's time to start thinking of going back to school. While the thought of summer vacation ending was utterly dreadful as a child, the prospect of learning something new is rather exciting as an adult–especially…

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Four Things You Need to Know About Spinning Fine Yarns

    Beth uses luster longwools such as Wensleydale to make exquisite lace yarns in her latest video. I’ll let you in on the biggest surprise (to me, anyway) in Beth Smith’s video Spin Thin: How to Spin Fine Yarns: Wensleydale. Beth uses luster longwools such as Wensleydale to make exquisite lace yarns. You may…

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Q&A with Spinning Instructor Jillian Moreno

    Image source: jillianmoreno.com Deborah Gerish Group Content Manager spinningdaily.com I had the great fortune to meet Jillian in April. She came in to shoot a video about spinning from batts and stayed to teach at Yarn Fest. Her warmth, laughter, and friendliness infused every moment of a looonnnggg shoot, and I learned a…

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Spinning From Cradle to Grave: Andean Spinning

In the Andes, children are given spindles when they’re only three years old. By the time girls are five or six, they are spinning good, useable yarn. They spin as they tend the sheep, as they walk to school, as they grow up and mind their own babies. They spin every day of their lives,…

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Hand Spindles: A History

    Though I have been an editor for a few years, I still can’t help but think of myself as a historian. I studied history in college and beyond and spent several wonderful years working for the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, where I spent lots of time playing with sheep and teaching…

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An Intro to Spinning Cotton

Summertime in Colorado means the downpour of fluffy white cottonwood seeds. If you are in the right place, it can look like it’s snowing when those seeds decide to fall. The other day, I was walking out of a restaurant with a friend, and she commented that you could make a bunch of sweaters with…