So where to start?
When I started quilting I already had a good knowledge of how to sew and understood the basics of the craft - with spinning - gulp, I knew nothing!!
I watched tutorials (craftsy, you tube) where the tutors merrily spun away with a whole handful (lapful?) of fibre, drafting it off and spinning a nice yarn... you too, beginners, can do this!
I tried, and made some pretty strong rope, I tried again and made fluff! Got myself all in a dither about what I was supposed to be doing and how!
The penny dropped the other day when a friend said the word 'pre-drafting'... it seemed the times I was having the most success was when I was doing something like that ie pulling (stretching!) out my fleece before trying to spin it.... a bit more google-ing and I realised I could do this to all of my fleece and not just small handfuls at a time.
I had started with 100g of Corriedale, some I'd already tried spinning. The rest I formed into these cute wee balls, the fibre about pencil-width. This process also helped me to determine the length of the staple, which I had seen online but hadn't yet understood.
(Something I read that made a lot of sense) "Skilled spinners do their drafting during the spinning process..... people like me do it before hand so we can control our yarn."
I found it so much easier to spin using these balls; I had several less things to think about. It was still pretty uneven but I felt I was getting the hang of it. After spinning a while I remembered to have a look at the twist, lacking in places but I worked out how to remedy that issue [thanks Joanne for your advice :-)].
Yeehaa I felt like I was SPINNING!!!!
|Three bobbins of original homespun wool!!|
First spinning was the bobbin on the left
then the one on the right.
Final spinning is the centre bobbin.
Till next time,
Raewyn, a spinning farmgirl.