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Fun with an Electric Spinning Wheel

Sarah Anderson is just one of the many spinners who has tried an electric spinner and fallen in love. Finding a new tool doesn’t mean she’s abandoned her old ones, though—read on for her thoughts on electric and human-powered spinning. As a child, I remember watching a sitcom named Get Smart. Maxwell Smart was a…

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A Traditional Spinner Goes Electric

One of the things I’ve learned over and over in my fiber life is to never say never. I was never going to weave because weaving makes cloth, which mostly needs sewing, which is not my thing. An embarrassing number of looms and one decent sewing machine later, here I am, editor of Handwoven magazine…

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Keep Your Spinning Wheel Running Smoothly

How is a spinning wheel like a bicycle? Actually, they are quite a lot alike: geared wheels that are propelled around by the power of your own feet. Or foot. The big difference is that with a spinning wheel, you make something tangible. (And you don’t need to wear a helmet. And you won’t have…

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Happy I Love Yarn Day!

Today is I Love Yarn Day, a holiday that's pretty much one of the best days of the year for spinners. It's a day to take time, relax, and enjoy some spinning, knitting, crocheting, or weaving. It's also an opportunity to boast about how much you love yarn in hopes of encouraging others to give…

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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Become Friends with Your Wheel

    Abby Franquemont explains basic wheel mechanics in her latest video. I remember the first time I spun on a wheel: a Louet S10 borrowed from Spin-Off's then-editor Amy Clarke Moore. It felt like magic. So much yarn, so fast! Such an amazing finely-tuned machine! I used the wheel at the settings with which…

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The Spinning Wheel Péloton

  July is upon us, and for cycling fans and spinners alike, that means the TdF is upon us. For cyclists, that’s the Tour de France; for spinners, it’s the Tour de Fleece. For the TdF spinner’s edition, handspinners commit to spin every day that the Tour rides, this year from July 4 through July…

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Spinning Wheel 101

How many times have people watched you sit at your wheel and asked ridiculous questions? Spinning Wheel Primer will come to your rescue. Do people ask, "How does that thing work? Why are you pulling that yarn out and turning it into fuzz?" Well, maybe you don’t have easy answers, because the mechanics and physics…

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Spinning Wheel Round Robin

  Members of the Lancaster Spinners and Weavers Guild have a wide range of wheels to share and discuss. Photo courtesy of Patricia Johnson. Never before have handspinners had so many choices when it comes to purchasing a spinning wheel. The world of wheels and fibers is at our fingertips—Kromski wheels from Poland, Majacraft wheels…