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darumah
« on: April 15, 2007 02:03:25 PM »

I am a fairly new spinner (only been on a wheel for four months) and I have been saving up for a jumbo flyer since I seem to fill up my bobbins with hyperspeed. I also really want to start spinning really bulky art yarns and after pricing quill spindles I realize that I can afford one of those now with the money I have been saving for a jumbo flyer. My question is if quill spinning is going to be too difficult at this point in my learning? I am a quick learner, but I work two jobs so I can't get to the shop that teaches spinning very often so I learn almost everything on my own.

What are your experiences with learning quill spinning and are there any resources that you would recommend?
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2007 04:05:36 PM »

Quill spinning is actually really, really easy.  It doesn't pull on the yarn (you tension the yarn yourself) and cause it to break or drift away, like a flyer can for a new spinner.  There are some online articles/ tutorials on quill spinning.  But, really, all you need to know is to hold the yarn at a 45 degree angle from the point of the quill and to let the yarn spin off of the tip.  When you have too much yarn you can either stop and wind it on, or learn a maneuver to wind it on w/o stopping - I found it easier just to stop.

But, really, it's easy.  It's best for finer yarns, tho. 
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2007 10:21:58 AM »

Thank you so much. I ordered my quill and it will be here tomorrow. You say it is better for finer yarns, but everything I have been reading says that it is mostly used for chunky art yarns these days so I am a little confused. Should I start by using it to make finer yarns and get used to it before I try out the chunky stuff?
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2007 08:22:11 PM »

Thank you so much. I ordered my quill and it will be here tomorrow. You say it is better for finer yarns, but everything I have been reading says that it is mostly used for chunky art yarns these days so I am a little confused. Should I start by using it to make finer yarns and get used to it before I try out the chunky stuff?

Wow, things have changed.  Traditionally (like 200 years ago) quills were used for very fine yarns.  In practice, though, I don't doubt they'd be fine (or great) for bulkier yarns.  The lack of pull would also make it easier to do art yarns. 

I'm sure you'll be fine, tho.  I'd say play with it and see where it takes you.  I started out with ultrafine yarn, but I really wanted fine yarn.  I don't see why you can't start out with what you want to spin Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2007 10:57:54 AM »

My quill came in the mail yesterday. It is unfinished so I have to wait for the oil to dry and then I will give it a whirl. I am still practicing my finer yarns and I hope to move on to the art yarns, but at first I think I will use the quill for small stuff. Thanks for the advice, I will post my first quill spun yarn soon.
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2007 05:34:26 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2007 09:44:44 AM »

Hi Lady!
I see the spinning bug finally got you! Let me know about your experience with the quil. I am totally intrested. Went to Maryland Sheep and Wool yesterday and saw those on great wheels but could not find anyone demonstrating them. So, Let me know what you think!

Hazel
PS miss you at SnB Monday at Borders
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darumah
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2007 12:24:29 AM »

Hi Hazel!!

Well, I've had a few weeks with my quill and it has been a total disaster; I think I might have jumped into it a little too soon in my spinning. The instructions it came with are very vague and everything I read online just confuses me more. I have decided to go back to the flyer until I have time to do a private lesson at the spinning store.
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