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« on: April 04, 2005 06:47:29 AM »

I have always wanted to learn how to spin, but I have NO idea where to start looking. Does anyone have any good resources to start with?
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2005 06:40:32 PM »

www.joyofhandspinning.com helped me a lot.  She's got wheel spinning and drop spindle spinning, as well as a bit of info about different fibers.
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2005 05:37:33 PM »

interweave.com has great information.

they have a nice flyer you can download on how to make your own cd spindle.

and they have 2 flyers you can download on how to spin, and drafting and stuff.

go to icanspin.com <-- they actually have little videos you can watch people doing various techniques. it really helps.

the spinning bug bit me a few weeks ago. good luck! Smiley

also, if you are on livejournal.com there are cool communities there:
spinningfiber
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dyingfiber

i got my first batch of plain roving on ebay. i dyed it myself using food coloring. Smiley

let us know how it goes! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2005 05:43:10 PM »

(leah we need a spinning board!)

in gerneral you will want to start with some plain wool roving ( a couple ounces), but it is also good to expiriment with batts/rolags as well as a variety of fibers/blends to get an indea of what you want. (also, my website has some articles on prepping fiber to spin)
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2005 06:36:12 PM »

Thanks so much for the help! This gives me a good place to start.
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2005 07:44:15 PM »

I ordered my stuff from a store in LaPorte, TX called the Upstairs Studio. The website is www.upsstudio.com, but rather than ordering from the site, I called the lady and she was very helpful telling me what I should buy.

She even talked me out of buying the $50 carders and suggested that if I wanted to try it, I should use some dog-brushes to see if I hate carding.

I was so anxious that I tried to practice by unrolling some cotton balls and twisting them! It didn't work very well and my fiance made fun of me, but I just couldnt wait for my real fibers to get here.
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2005 09:49:16 PM »

I ordered a kit from www.helloyarn.com  In addition to the wool I bought, she included  a little bit of a different color which I'm using to practice so I don't screw up my good wool.  $30, pretty cheap really for the spindle and the hand-dyed wool.
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