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Spinning Wool

Wool is probably the most popular fiber to spin, largely because of its versatility. It is also the easiest fiber for beginners to spin. With so many different sheep breeds, comes numerous types of wool. Part of becoming an expert handspinner is being familiar with the different characteristics and purposes of the different types of…

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Spinning Wheels

Yarn spinning is the act of drawing out fibers (drafting) and adding twist to make yarn. You can make yarn on a simple tool like a drop spindle [link] or you can use a spinning wheel. Spinning wheels have been in use for thousands of years and have evolved over time to adapt to the…

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Spinning Silk

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. There are many different characteristics of yarn spun from bombyx silk and tussah silk fibers and the steps to best spin the fiber…

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Spinning Cotton

Cotton really is the fabric of our lives—but for handspinners, spinning cotton can be a bit intimidating. It is spun in the same way that wool is although it is a bit more difficult due to the short smooth fiber and lack of crimp. Prior to being spun, cotton needs to have the seeds removed…

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Spinning Flax

Flax, which has been spun, is called, linen. There are two general types of flax, one is grown for seeds, the other for its fiber. Flax is the stalk of a plant that is used for fiber. It is considered a cellulose or bast fiber, similar to hemp, jute, and ramie. Flax Yarn Techniques, Courses…

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Processing Wool

Wool processing involves many steps to produce a desired fiber preparation from raw wool: shearing, washing, combing, carding, all before it’s ready for spinning. Free Downloads & Blog Posts on Processing Wool                         Long Draw Drafting for Woolen Yarn   Free Ebook: How to…

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Plying

Plying is a gateway into the vast world of yarn design. Plying involves twisting two or more single threads together, in the opposite direction from which they were spun. A plied yarn is stronger, more consistent, and more stable than the singles from which it is made. Also, in the ply structure, more of the…

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Dyeing Yarn

Dyeing your own yarn or fiber offers the same satisfaction as perfecting your favorite recipe. You know exactly what goes in it, and you can tweak the ingredients to get exactly what you want. With many types of natural dyes or chemical dyes, you can make endless color variations from just a few basic ingredients.…

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Handspun Yarn

Advanced and beginner handspinners alike share a common passion for creating unique and beautiful handspun yarn! For centuries, people around the world have spun fiber by hand to create yarn. Here at Spinning Daily we appreciate all that handspinning yarn brings to the yarn world, and want to share our discoveries. To help you find…

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Drop Spindles

Drop spindles are ancient yarn-making tools that were a necessity in ancient times and are still used in many parts of the world. There are basically two types of spindles; suspended and supported. Spindles are simple tools comprised of a shaft (the stick) and a whorl (the weight). Suspended spindles are suspended in air by…