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« on: October 05, 2007 05:13:56 AM »

So... I decided to get a spindle today. It's a low whorl kind. I also picked up some dyed fibers in the felting section of my craft store... So anyways, I've watched videos, read up on stuff, and clicked on links in the FAQ section here, but I'm running into some problems.

- How do I keep the yarn from spinning on itself? I saw in a video that you just add more fiber to it, but as soon as I start adding fiber, the yarn breaks and the spindle hits the floor.

- Why does my yarn keep breaking? Is it just because I'm new at this and I'm really bad at it? ( Grin) Did I pick a poor quality fiber to try spinning?

That's the only questions I have so far because I can't get far into spinning with the yarn spinning around itself.. Hmm. Oh well. I'm sure someone can tell me how to fix this Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2007 08:19:32 AM »

I'm not sure what you mean by the "yarn spinning on itself"?   Huh  Do you mean that there is too much twist in the fiber, and it's doubling back on itself?  If that's correct, you're right, the way to solve this is to feed more fiber to the spindle.

The problem you're having of the yarn breaking is really common for beginners.  It's all a matter of letting the fibers slip past each other in a uniform way, and that just takes practice.  For now, you might want to use the "park and draft" method of drop-spindling, which involves sitting down while you spin, link here:  http://www.graftonfibers.com/spinning.htm.  Also, it sounds like you have a bottom whorl spindle.  Those can be a bit heavier than the top whorl type, and usually have a pointed tip on the bottom.  That makes them ideal for spinning while supported.  If this is the case, you can support your spindle in a bowl or on the floor while you're spinning, which can be easier for a beginner. 

Don't worry, we've all been there!  Spinning just takes practice, and soon you'll be swimming in yarn and posting your creations on the Fiber Friday page!   Wink

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2007 12:05:02 PM »

Okay, guys. I am VERY confused. I've tried searching the board (& other boards) & I just can't figure out what I'm doing.. Possibly b/c I don't quite know how to ask the questions that I need answers to without a rather lengthy explanation... But, anyway..

I'm a new spinner & I'm using a bottom whorl (right? CD's @ the bottom of the dowel) CD spindle. I'm getting very little momentum. Like, I have to manually spin it most of the time. Is that normal? I'm also just not grasping what's exactly is supposed to be happening with the spin. When it spins in the opposite direction, it's getting to loose & falling apart. How do I avoid that? What am I doing wrong? I'm getting SO FRUSTRATED!!!

Thanks in advance!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2007 06:44:01 PM »

If you're getting very little spin time, then you have to draft thinner: you're most likely making too thick of a yarn for your weight of spindle.

Do not let the spindle untwist. Once it starts untwisting, either give it another spin or wind on the portion you've spun and then twist again.

Spindling is tough to get right off the bat since you have to work against the clock and spin a length of yarn before the spindle untwists and the yarn falls apart.

If you're really having trouble, you might want to try park and draft spinning first.

Just stick with it and eventually it will click.

« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007 07:51:32 AM »

If it's hard for you to draft and spin at the same time, a good way to learn is called "park and draft", it's just what it sounds like!

Give the spindle a spin and spin what you have drafted.  When it starts to slow down, "park" it by stopping it on your leg or the floor.  Then draft out some more fiber.  Then give it another spin!
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007 02:59:45 PM »

Thanks so much, ladies!! I actually got some yarn'ish looking stuff today after much practice. You were a big help- thanks!
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2007 03:20:00 PM »

thanks for the beginner tips!  I just got a bottom whorl spindle and some fibers today.  Hopefully I'll have time to practice soon.

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