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jjenjen
« on: November 06, 2008 03:20:23 AM »

Hi , I am just asking your opinion on spinning with hemp fibre . Is it a long or short fibre? Would it be possible to spin with drop spindles? Is it a fibre that I could teach someone to spin with it?  I havent tried it myself yet , but have been looking for some places to purchase from  .I am in Northern NSW Australia . Any hints or tips greatly appreciated . Fanx
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008 04:52:50 AM »

just a little reminder, its best to use a dye for celluse if you plan to color it later on, since it is not a protien fiber like wool. Most times, you might need a small amount of water or a smiggen and dab, somewhat like flax, to smooth it out or to keep it nice. just my 2cents for this early early morning.
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jjenjen
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008 09:50:23 PM »

Thanks Kanhoro , its very helpful getting hands on help from people who have been there , done that . Grin
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2008 12:49:36 AM »

Anyone else with any hints or tips for spinning hemp?Like is it a short fibre or long?
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2008 11:35:36 AM »

The hemp I have in my stash is pretty long, about 3-4 inches. It's easy to spin, I also like blending it. It's also softer than I was expecting it to be. It's pretty hairy, which sort of translates into "toothyness" though I do like spinning it rough instead of smooth. If I were teaching someone to spin for the first time I don't it think it would be a problem.
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jjenjen
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2008 12:42:27 AM »

Thankyou eat_agar . I am actually going to be teaching a small workshop to drop spindle . Being an alternative bunch , lol , I wanted to use an eco friendly fibre that was also reasonably cheap . I am making the drop spindles from corrigated cardboard disks and wooden skewers , and also some potatoes and sticks . All of which is recycled and/or can be . Thankyou for your imput .It all helps .
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2008 05:16:37 AM »

I am not sure if you are still looking for advice, but I would definitely recommend to teach spinning with wool first. Whilst hemp has got quite a long staple, it doesn't stick together that well. To compare, wool pretty much wants to stay together and would definitely be an easier choice to learn with.

Wool from a local farm would also be pretty eco friendly, if you ask me. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2008 02:01:25 AM »

Thanks Snowberrylime , yup still after advice . The reason I was going to use hemp fibre is because alot of "eco-aware" people (hippies) , do not like to use ANY animal products . So , as this will be an enviroment awareness event where the workshop is to be held , I wish not to offend anyone . Have you tried bamboo fibre or banana silk?
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2009 06:24:00 AM »

bamboo fiber is pretty slick and beginners might have a hard time getting it hold the twist.  I haven't used banana silk yet.

I'm currently spinning hemp and it spins very thin like a dream (I'm spinning about 34 wpi).  I think it is much easier to spin it with just a dribble of water.  Once hemp is spun, you'll want to boil the yarn for about 2 minutes.

As an old 'hippy', I would be equally open to using any renewable material.  Wool is that.  You can't leave the wool on the sheep.  It's good for mulch, but much nicer as yarn.

Now if you're talking vegans (not wanting to use ANY animal products), then you have a group that is NOT 'hippy'.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2009 11:46:49 AM »

Banana fiber is a lot like sari silk. I'm working on a yarn now that's a mix (not a blend, I'm holding them together as I go) of banana fiber, rough hemp and firestar. The banana fiber is from hollyeqq.com. It's toothy and fun to spin with. I think beginners could handle it. The yarn looks cool rough or smooth.
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