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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Spun to finished photos on: January 29, 2010 03:17:25 PM
We all love admiring each other's handspun.
And at times we start wondering - how is that yarn going to journey next?
Where is it going?
and where did it come from?
 I thought I would put a thread here where we can share the spun yarn and then how you use it.
If you take pictures of the fiber before it spun, that'd be cool too!

Guidelines:
-The handspun yarn must be spun by you
-The finished product must also be made by you
-However the wool does not need to be dyed/carded/processed by you
(extra points though if you do!)
-If you've posted your yarn in fiber friday, you can post it here too along with the finished product.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Learn to Spin. Step 2: Drafting on: January 27, 2010 09:37:35 PM
Step 2: Pre-draft your fiber

Drafting Definition
Drafting: to make thin; make slender or fine.
We're going to pull apart that rectangular batt, or that snakey roving you bought, into something that will start to look a little more like yarn.
Reason being, drafting makes your wool easier to spin Smiley
Highly skilled spinners, can do all their drafting during the spinning process to save time.
However, pre-drafting helps you to control your yarn.

What your roving fiber, or batt really is
Basically, it's made up of lots of little sheep hairs overlapping one another. If your fiber is all of one breed (EG, Merino  roving), the hair should all be the same length. This is what i was referring to last tutorial as "staple length".
We're going to be talking a lot about staple length this tutorial.

Your roving/batt is NOT, one continuous fiber.
Even though it looks like a long snake, or a rectangle, it's not really.
This means:  NEVER CUT YOUR WOOL
you'll end up with shorter unusable hairs where you made the cut.
those hairs will be itchy short, and the shorter staple length means the cut hairs are unusable.

If you want to split your wool roving, pull apart the wool allowing the fibers to separate.
No cutting!!!



Ok, now that I've had a fiber rant, lets get on to the drafting.

Time to draft!
Take about half a yard of your roving (or 1/3 of your batt) for this first project.
We will be spinning singles with this wool. You'll need to save some wool to spin plied yarn later, and some for the third project - designing your yarn.

Roving



Split it length ways in half, and half again.
You should have 4 half yard pieces.

Batt
So you've got your 1/3 batt to start with.
Split it a few more times length ways, similarly to the roving. This is called "stripping" the batt.

Draft
What you're doing to do, is slowly pull on the fiber. This will cause the roving pieces to lengthen and become thinner.
But first, check the staple length of what you're spinning. (do this by pinching the very tip of the wool, and quickly tugging it out). Hold your wool roving with two hands, and tug slightly.
Keep your hands a little further apart than the staple length
Eg, if your staple length is 3inches long, keep your hands 4 inches apart when drafting
If your wool doesn't pull apart, your hands are too close.

This is definitely something that easier to understand when you've seen someone do it.
There's no point re-inventing the wheel (so to speak Wink ) so here are some invaluable video tutorials on the drafting process.

In the following clip Megan takes you though the process pretty well.
She shows you:
 -how to carefully split your roving (we are splitting less than Megan, and drafting more)
 -the staple of her wool
 -How to gently pull and draft into thin roving
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us0nk_ryMDI

Here's another excellent clip that goes through the process with a batt
This clip shows you how to:
-strip a batt
-draft the batt into thin roving
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpxVHmaFeXY

When you want to spin the entire batt as one yarn, this is a different way to strip your batt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQqnj2VJdb4



Homework
This session is for learning more about your fiber, and preparing your fiber to spin.
Feel free to ask any questions. I'm a little scatterbrained, so my apologies if the tutorial wasn't the clearest. I dropped boiling water down my leg yesterday while felting  Undecided

  • determine the staple length of your wool
  • watch all three youtube clips
         No matter what form your fiber is in (batt or roving) I'd suggest watching all three. Each video gives added insight into the process of drafting, and will help you in your drafting.
  • Take a small section of your fiber, and draft.
         If you accidentally pull it apart, keep the pieces and keep on trying Smiley

Questions & Answers saved from this thread
1.)
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Learn To Spin 2010: Source your tools on: January 16, 2010 09:11:48 PM
Step 1: Source your tools

To get started, all you need is fiber, and a drop spindle
You can spin things other than fiber, but it's the best place to start.
These is a lot of specialist terminology in the world of fiber arts, and I'll try explain everything as we go. Please ask if anything is confusing or doesn't make sense.
We will help  Smiley

Drop spindle
Usually, a drop spindle looks like a short pole with a hook at the top, and a disk.. at the top or bottom. The disk is called a "whorl" and spindles can be either a "top whorl" or a "bottom whorl".

       Bottom whorl                Top Whorl

Wherever the whorl is, it still creates the same yarn. Just a different action to use them.

The size/weight of your spindle helps determine the thickness of your yarn
Tiny spindles are for thread-like thickness, large spindles are for larger thickness.
Both size extremes can be hard to use, so I'd stick with an average one to start with.

Buy one, or make your own!
Here are a few links to help you make your own
-with an old CD
http://danielson.laurentian.ca/qualityoflife/Fulltext/Textiles/Making_a_cd_drop_spindle.htm
http://www.instructables.com/id/Drop_Spindle_Constrution/
http://www.spindleandwheel.com/content/view/15/76/
-with cardboard & pencil in one vid, or wooden toy wheels in the other
http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/make-dropspin.shtml
http://www.ehow.com/how_5577157_make-yarn-spindles.html

Fiber
To spin you can use many different fibers, and they come in all types of different forms.
There is so much information on this topic, it's staggering.
So I'll try keep things simplified.

Buy clean, prepared, fleece.
It can be undyed (cheaper) but it must be clean

You can buy fiber in lots of different forms, ready for spinning.
Roving, Combed Top, Sliver, are slightly different but all look pretty similar.
Like a long tube of fiber. Good to spin with  Smiley
                  Colored                                                   Uncolored

Batts are flat and reactangle-ish, and can be sold rolled up or tied in a knot.
Also good to spin with  Smiley
                 Batt open                                           same Batt rolled up


To begin spinning, it's easier if you use a fiber with a long staple length.
(ie, the length of each individual fiber is long)
 :DBlue faced Leicester (BFL), Romney, Corriedale are very good wool breeds to begin with.
 :)Merino is harder to start with. It has a shorter staple length but you can learn with it.
 :-XPure Bamboo and silk are far too hard to start with. They're incredibly slippery, even to skilled spinners


Homework (I told you there'd be homework Wink )
This session is for learning about, and sourcing equipment.
I'll wait until a substantial amount of you have your tools before going to the next step.

  • Do a google image search on "drop spindle" and check out how many different types there are.
    There are many more than I mentioned here (such as the turkish spindle) but I want to keep things simple & easy to begin with.
  • Get a spindle
    These are instructions on making one above, or there are plenty of places to purchase online (etsy, fiber stores, ebay). Wood turners also create gorgeous ones.
  • Get a small amount of clean fiber.
    Undyed wool is cheaper, and you don't need very much to get started. (and you can always dye it with kool-aid later)
    50 grams or 1 ounce will be enough to see you through this tutorial series if you do each thing just once. But be warned - it is addictive and might be cheaper to buy more at once.

If you've found some good sources for materials, let us know!


Questions & Answers saved from this thread
1.) Top or Bottom whorl on my drop spindle?
Quote from: tar3820's drop spindle vendor
A bottom whorl has the whorl weight at the bottom of the shaft and spins slower which is good for heavier yarns which need less twist in them. A top whorl has the weight at the top of the shaft and spins faster which is good for thinner yarns and fine fibers such as angora, alpaca, etc. But, you can spin thin yarn & fine fibers on a bottom whorl but you have to spin it harder as well as you can spin heavier yarn on a top whorl but need to spin it slower. Sometimes, new spinners like the faster top whorl because it spins longer and gives more time to pull the fibers into the twist. I personally prefer a bottom whorl because I find it doesn't wobble as much since the weight is on the bottom. Basically, they both spin yarn the same way and it is a matter of preference.
On the top vs bottom discussion.... I learned to spin on a HEAVY bottom whorl spindle, but now I teach everyone on a top whorl. I find they have a little more 'control' or I guess I could say 'hand space.'  Grin I really prefer top spindles. You can also find top/bottom spindles that you can use as either so you can see what you like.
I'm the opposite of Jane.  I spin on a top whorl spindle.  I tried bottom but couldn't get the dang thing to stop wobbling.   Cheesy

2.) How much does it cost to make my drop spindle?
2 wood wheels $1.29, 20 dowels $.99, eye hooks $1.50(ish, lost the reciept) and some E6000 $2.50 (50% off coupons are great =D).

The break down for 2 spindles is like $1 each, and there's extra supplies for more if one breaks or I want to make more.

3.) Why is roving is cheaper than batts?
From what I've bought, roving is just one type of fiber (wool, BFL, merino, bamboo, etc) while a batt is many different fibers (plus things like sari silk, sheep locks, glitz, etc) combed together.
Yep - the mixture is part of the cost.
What also is different, is the amount of work gone in.
There is much more work involved in creating a batt than a dyed roving.

To sell roving, people buy a large amount of the white roving (in Australia, it's 20kgs at a time). The roving has been cleaned, carded, and prepared by machine. The seller then puts the wool into smaller batches and dyes the roving by hand.

To sell batts, people buy either white roving as above, or clean the fleece themselves by hand.
The wool is then dyed by hand.
Then the fibers are blended together using a drum carder (to create a batt)
The action of carding the fibers together can take a while aside from the designing time.

4.) How would you make a drop spindle from a toy wheel?
I just did this 3 days ago, it's really easy.

Go to the 'wood area' of a Jo-Ann's or Micheal's, look for wooden wheels, when I got mine it was 2 per package.  Then select a dowel that will fit in the middle of your wheel, as close as possible, you can buy one and cut it later to about 12" or you can buy a package of 20 already cut to 12", your choice.  Then go to the jewelry dept and find some eye hooks, they will have a threaded end.  If you don't have something like crazy glue or E6000, you'll need some of that too. 

1. Take your dowel and your wheel and check the fit, you may need to do some futzing here, I had to wrap some embroidery thread around my dowel to make the wheel fit better.  When you have your fit to your liking, your going to put your glue of choice on the thread and dowel, just make sure your thread area is good and coated and then slip on your wheel.  My wheel is about 2-2.5 inches from the end of the dowel.  Make sure it's as straight as possible then place the dowel over the edge of a vase or cup so that your wheel is suspended in the middle, then let it dry overnight. 

2.  The next day, take out one eye hook and with a pair of pliers carefully open the hook, make it look similar to a cup hook.  The screw it into the top of your new spindle.  You will need to trim away some of the thread from beneath your wheel, I used some cuticle scissors and an emory board to clean that up.

3.  Check your spindle and make sure it's not too rough, if you need to Curse me for not reminding you before hand about needing some sand paper, sand lightly til smooth or paint it, you choice.

PS. If you want a bottom whorl, on step 2 put your eye hook on the other end of the dowel.  Seeing as you get 2 wheels per package you can have both to try out. 

Here is the picture of mine, well truth be told it will be my sons spindle, he painted it Thomas the Train blue, and intends to paint a "1" on it to further the Thomas look.



4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Learn to spin on: January 15, 2010 03:18:19 PM
Over the last few months, I keep hearing the same thing.

I'd like to learn to spin but...
           I don't have/can't afford a spinning wheel


If you would like to learn to spin, but you have no wheel, post here.
Edit - it's begun!


1.) source spindle & materials
2.) pre-drafting

3.) spinning a single and winding off to ply
-4.) plying
-plying winding off and setting the twist
-designing your yarn



This should be loads of fun!
Welcome everyone who would like to spin  Smiley
I thought we could do this as a "topic per week" kinda thing, progressing through skills.
Or maybe every two weeks cause I know you've all got other life things going on
And there will be homework Wink
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Pulled out the drum carder for the new year on: January 14, 2010 11:03:33 PM
So I pulled out the drum carder for the first time in the new year  Smiley
I use my drum carder mainly for color-blending.
I do have a raw fleece that will be put through it after cleaning... which won't be for a while.
It's alpacca - and that's a whole other story  Wink
These batts are Merino wool.
Enough of my scattered brain - on to pics:

The beach




My Little Pony




Choc Mint



6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - Dec 25, 2009 on: December 22, 2009 03:50:29 AM
This Fiber Friday lands on Christmas Day!   Cheesy



If you're like me, hanging out with friends & family fills up the week leading to christmas.
Not much time to craft!

Instead of showing off what we've spun this week,
show off any fiber-related gifts you give or receive  Smiley

Feel free to continue adding to this thread until next Fiber Friday
Next Friday lands on New Years day, and we'll be back to showing off our yarns
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday Archive on: December 22, 2009 01:39:57 AM
Here is an archive to all past Fiber Fridays.
I will add more links as Fiber Fridays come and go. Enjoy!

Regarding Fiber Friday

(The most recent is listed first)
May 2013
May 31, 2013

April '13
April 12, 2013
April 5, 2013

March '13
March 15, 2013
March 8, 2013

February '13
February 22, 2013
February 1, 2013

December '12
December 28, 2012

November '12
November 9, 2012

October '12
October 26, 2012
October 12, 2012

September '12
September 28, 2012
September 21, 2012
September 14, 2012

August '12
August 17, 2012
August 3, 2012


July '12
July 27, 2012
July 13, 2012
Jluy 6, 2012


June '12
June 29, 2012
June 22, 2012
June 1, 2012

May '12
May 18, 2012
May 11, 2012
May 4, 2012

April '12
April, 27, 2012
April 20 2012
April 13, 2012
April 6, 2012

March '12
March 30, 2012
March 23, 2012
March 16, 2012
March 9, 2012
March 2, 2012

February '12
February 24, 2012
February 17, 2012
February 3, 2012

January '12
January 27, 2012
January 20, 2012
January 13, 2012
January 6, 2012

December '11
December 30, 2011
December 23, 2011
December 16, 2011
December2, 2011

November '11
November 25, 2011
November 18, 2011
November 11, 2011
November 4, 2011

October '11
October 28, 2011
October 21, 2011
October 14, 2011

September '11
September 30, 2011
September 23, 2011
September 16, 2011
September 9, 2011
September 2, 2011

August '11
August 26, 2011
August 19, 2011
August 12, 2011
August 5, 2011

July '11
July 22, 2011
July 15, 2011
July 1, 2011

June '11
June 24, 2011
June 17, 2011
June 10, 2011
June 3, 2011

May '11
May 27, 2011
May 20, 2011
May 13, 2011
May 6, 2011

April '11
April 29, 2011
April 22, 2011
April 15, 2011
April 8, 2011
April 1, 2011

March '11
March 25,2011
March 18, 2011
March 11, 2011
March 4, 2011

February '11
February 25, 2011
February 18, 2011
February 11, 2011
February 4, 2011

January '11
January 28, 2011
January 21, 2011
January 14, 2011
January 7, 2011

December '10
December 31, 2010
December 24, 2010
December 17, 2010
December 10, 2010
December 3, 2010

November '10
November 25, 2010
November 19, 2010
November 12, 2010
November 5, 2010

October '10
October 15, 2010
October 8, 2010
October 1, 2010

September '10
September 24, 2010
September 17, 2010
September 10, 2010

August '10
August 27, 2010
August 20, 2010
August 13, 2010
August 6, 2010

July '10
July 30, 2010
July 23, 2010
July 16, 2010
July 9, 2010
July 2, 2010

June '10
June 25, 2010
June 18, 2010
June 11, 2010
June 4, 2010

May '10
May 28, 2010
May 21, 2010
May 14, 2010
May 7, 2010

April '10
April 23, 2010
April 16, 2010
April 9, 2010

March '10
March 26, 2010
March 19, 2010
March 12, 2010
March 5, 2010

February '10
February 19, 2010
February 12, 2010
February 5, 2010

January '10
January 29, 2010
January 15, 2010
January 1, 2010

December '09
December 25, 2009
December 18, 2009
December 11, 2009
December 4, 2009

November '09
November 27, 2009
November 20, 2009
November 13 2009
November 6, 2009

October '09
October 30, 2009
October 23, 2009
October 16, 2009
October 9, 2009
October 2, 2009

September '09
September 25, 2009
September 18, 2009
September 11, 2009
September 5, 2009

August '09
August 28, 2009
August 21, 2009
August 14, 2009
August 7, 2009


July '09
July 31, 2009
July 24, 2009
July 17, 2009
July 10, 2009
July 3, 2009

June '09
June 26, 2009
June 19, 2009
June 12, 2009
June 5, 2009

May '09
May 29, 2009
May 15, 2009
May 8, 2009
May 1, 2009

April '09
April 24, 2009
April 17, 2009
April 10, 2009
April 3, 2009

March '09
March 27, 2009
March 20, 2009
March 13, 2009
March 6, 2009

February '09
February 27, 2009
February 20, 2009
February 13, 2009
February 6, 2009

January '09
January 30, 2009
January 23, 2009
January 16, 2009
January 9, 2009
January 2, 2009

December '08
December 26, 2008
December 19, 2008
December 12, 2008
December 5, 2008

November '08
November 28, 2008
November 21, 2008
November 14, 2008
November 7, 2008

October '08
October 31, 2008
October 24, 2008
October 17, 2008
October 10, 2008
October 3, 2008

September '08
September 26, 2008
September 19, 2008
September 12, 2008
September 5, 2008

August '08
August 29, 2008
August 22, 2008
August 15, 2008
August 8, 2008
August 1, 2008

July '08
July 25, 2008
July 18, 2008
July 11, 2008
July 4, 2008

June '08
June 27, 2008
June 20, 2008
June 13, 2008
June 6, 2008

May '08
May 30, 2008
May 23, 2008
May 16, 2008
May 9, 2008
May 2, 2008

April '08
April 25, 200
April 18, 2008
April 11, 2008
April 4, 2008

March '08
March 28, 2008
March 21,2008
March 14, 2008
March 7, 2008

February '08
February 29, 2008
February 21, 2008
February 15, 2008
February 8, 2008
February 1, 2008

January '08
January 25, 2008
January 18, 2008
January 11, 2008
January 4, 2008

December '07
December 28, 2007
December 21, 2007
December 14, 2007
December 7, 2007

November '07
November 30, 2007
November 23, 2007
November 16, 2007
November 9, 2007
November 2, 2007


October '07
October 26, 2007
October 19, 2007
October 12, 2007
October 5, 2007


September '07
September 28, 2007
September 21, 2007
September 14, 2007
September 7, 2007

August '07
August 31, 2007
August 24, 2007
August 17, 2007
August 10, 2007
August 3, 2007


July '07
July 27, 2007
July 20, 2007
July 13, 2007
July 6, 2007

June '07
June 29., 2007
June 22, 2007
June 15, 2007
June 8, 2007

May '07
May 25, 2007
May 18, 2007
May 11, 2007
May 4, 2007

April '07
April 27, 2007
April 20, 2007
April 13, 2007
April 6, 2007

March '07
March 30, 2007
March 23, 2007
March 16, 2007
March 9, 2007
March 1, 2007

February '07
February 23, 2007
February 16, 2007
February 9, 2007
February 2, 2007

January '07
January 26, 2007
January 19, 2007
January 12, 2007
January 5, 2007

December '06
December 29, 2006
December 22, 2006
December 15, 2006
December 8, 2006
December 1, 2006

November '06
November 24, 2006
November 17, 2006
November 10, 2006
November 3, 2006

October '06
October 27, 2006
October 20, 2006
October 13, 2006
October 6, 2006

September '06
September 29, 2006
September 22, 2006
September 15, 2006
September 8, 2006
September 1, 2006

August '06
August 25, 2006
August 18, 2006
August 11, 2006
August 4, 2006

July '06
July 28, 2006
July 21, 2006
July 14, 2006
July 7, 2006

June '06
June 29, 2006
June 23, 2006
June 16, 2006
June 9, 2006
June 2, 2006

May '06
May 26, 2006
May 19, 2006
May 12, 2006
May 5, 2006

April '06
April 28, 2006
None for April 21, 2006
April 14, 2006
April 7, 2006

March '06
March 31, 2006
March 24, 2006
March 17, 2006
March 10, 2006
March 4, 2006

February '06
February 24, 2006
None for February 17, 2006
February 10, 2006
None for February 3, 2006

January '06
January 27, 2006
January 20, 2006
January 13, 2006
January 6, 2006

December '05
December 30, 2005
December 23, 2005
December 16, 2005
December 9, 2005
December 2, 2005

November '05
None for November 25, 2005
November 18, 2005
None for November 11, 2006
None for November 4, 2006

October '05
None for October 21, 2005
October 14, 2005
October 7, 2005

September '05
September 30, 2005
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Past spin alongs and challenges on: December 19, 2009 05:13:33 AM
Spin Along: Spinning based on a picture
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=207049.0

Spinning challenge ideas
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=198614.0
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / All Crafter Spinners Please Read -> New Mod on: October 24, 2009 08:40:48 PM
As a few of you have been aware, vanillaxlight has stepped down from Modding the spinning section. There hasn't been a Mod for a little while.

I've been given the new role, and I'm hoping to get to know more of you, and tidy things up a bit.
Edit the stickies, update the "Fiber Fridays" sticky etc.

So, I'm opening up this thread for discussion
- Say hi, and introduce yourself
- what would you like to see happen in the spinning section?

It's your board, so what would you like?
What could be removed? Added?
My mouse & keyboard is ready to go  Wink

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / art yarn cuffs on: August 31, 2009 08:03:37 PM
I've been having fun playing around with art yarn, and have been knitting up these cuffs






and for the ankle too





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