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« on: August 01, 2007 01:28:55 AM »

The whole idea fascinates me, and I really want to learn how.

Can any of you recommend a book or something that would help me learn? Also, I need to find a place to buy roving, preferably offline. Would places like Joann's and stuff have roving?

I don't know where to start, haha.

« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2007 07:09:40 AM »

Hello wakeupdonnie!

For resources to get started spinning, there is a sticky thread at the top of this forum called "Spinning FAQs". That will definitely help you get started. My favorite website for learning to using the spindle is The Joy of Handspinning. Interweave Press has a book called Spin It! by Lee Raven; it is about using hand spindles.

As for buying roving offline, JoAnn's does sell it, but only in needle felting kits. And your local store might not even carry those felting kits; my local superstore does not. Even if they do, the roving is really, really expensive per ounce. If I were you, I'd call a local yarn shop and see if they sell any spinning goods. If they don't, ask them if they know of any places that do. You are going to get your best deals online, though.

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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2007 01:16:46 PM »

There are a lot of useful information on Youtube.com

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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007 03:56:44 AM »

I second the suggestion of spin it! by lee raven. It's short and sweet, gets to the point, I think it's about 20 pages. Not comprehensive but that's good actually because it doesn't overwhelm.

http://Joyofhandspinning.com is a great site, and so is http://ispindle.com. Both have videos.

The yahoo groups spindlers and spinlist are also pretty helpful and informative:

Some instructional spinning blogs that may be helpful:

http://www.spindleandwheel.com and http://spindlicity.com are online spinning magazines and contain helpful articles. http://Http://knitty.com also has a knittyspin section with articles and tutorials

For real paper magazines there's spinoff: http://Http://interweave.com/spin and wildfibers: http://www.wildfibersmagazine.com/
IMHO spinoff always has something interesting in it while wild fibers focuses more on stories and pictures than instruction.

As for roving, yup, the stuff you'll find at big box craft stores will be for felting. The felting roving is not only incredibly expensive when viewed as a per pound price but also not the highest quality either. Alot of yarn stores are beginning to carry small amounts of roving for spinning, so if you have a lys look there. It's always a good idea to put the word out that you're looking to spin because you can find fibers in some of the most unlikely places. If you live in a rural setting, there may be people who raise their own sheep or alpacas and get it processed into rovings, though that's usually more expensive than commercial stuff. The cheapest buys will be online and there is a sticky topic about that on this board. Heck, the other day I followed a tip and headed into a local hardware store because they had a small section with louet dyes, fibers, and wheels: turns out the owner's wife spins.
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