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« on: March 23, 2004 11:53:12 AM »

Does anyone out there know how to hand spin your own yarn, or have a good resource for doing so online?  With the outragous cost of wool yarn, I was hoping someone would post a tutorial on how to spin your own!  Thanks!
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hinke
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2004 06:25:08 PM »

A few months ago I tried some hand spinning with a spindle. The spindle is a small tool that you can easily make yourself with a stick and a big bead (see the bead drop spindles! topic) and I heard it's a good way to start hand spinning without having to buy expensive equipment.

It was quite a lot of fun to make my own yarn and although it takes a lot of time, the hat I knit with it feels so much more mine compared to projects i made with bought yarn (-:

I found the following pages very helpfull in learning how to spin yarn with a spindle, giving clear instructions illustrated with videos:

http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/HowToDropspin.html

and

http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/make-dropspin.html


Have fun, hope to see some pictures soon!
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hinke
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2004 06:44:50 PM »

and two more links I used to teach myself:
http://www.graftonfibers.com/instructions.htm
http://www.icanspin.com/parkdraft.htm
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2004 09:09:21 PM »

I second the Joy of Handspinning site...it's good. Also, if you have a spinners & weaver's guild (or similar) in your town you could ask them for help. There's a community on Livejournal that's also really interesting:

www.livejournal.com/community/spinningfiber

Lots of inspiration and newbie help to be found there. It would be easier learning to spin on a bigger drop spindle than the really light bead ones I posted here... but I haven't made a good one of those yet!

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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2004 11:24:43 PM »

The CD spindles

http://www.interweave.com/spin/projects/cdspindles.pdf

are heavier than bead spindles and do well, in my opinion.
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2005 10:04:41 AM »

i've only ever spun on a replica 18th century drop spindle. good times. i was very proud of myself because i made fingering weight yarn on my first try.

i'd love to learn some techniques from this forum. NEAT!
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2005 09:53:10 PM »

do u think i would be able to make a spindle thing with a chopstick, a hook thing and.......um..a piece of round wood or clay or something like that..
i just dont want to spend the money on a spindle if i dont continue with spinning, you know what i mean?
but do u think that would work (my idea above)
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2005 05:26:02 PM »

i have seen instructions for making drop spindles with a dowel and a wooden toy wheel (like for a toy car) that fits the dowel. i'm not sure where i saw it...i'll be on the look out for the link.  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2005 10:29:45 AM »

Go for it Savethemana, spinning is thousands of years old and spindles have been made out of sticks and stones (literally.) A spindle is a shaft and a flywheel, nothing more. You can use a pencil stuck through a slice of apple and it will work.
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2005 11:46:49 AM »

i am having trouble spinning. i dont understand how the yarn gets wound on the dowel. can somebody help me?
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