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« on: February 21, 2008 02:33:23 PM »


So I have literally been stalking craftster for at least two years, and have never posted anything...  Tongue

Well, I've got some pretty important questions for all of you lovely folks, so I decided why not ask?

Okay, well I am a senior in high school, and our school district decided this year to require a senior exit project in order to graduate. Everyone has to create a product, or learn a new skill.  I made the decision to learn to spin and dye yarn, which I'm super stoked about.  I've been knitting and crocheting for a few years, and I would love to make my own yarn. 

My first question is...what are some good/infomative books on the subjects of dying and/or spinning?

And are there any spinners in the Charlotte, North Carolina area?
I've looked for guilds and groups, but none seem to be in my area.
I need a mentor for my project...and my neighbor has a little experience, but I was hoping to find someone more familiar with the subject.

Thanks in advance everyone!

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2008 06:48:22 PM »

I can't help you for the whole mentor thing (I'm in Canada), but Color in Spinning by Deb Menz (Interweave Press) is a great book about dying for handspinning.  I also love Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning.  It's a good book, too. 

You'd best start with a spindle, and you can order these online or make one yourself (google CD drop spindle).  You'll also need roving or top.  It's easiest to learn off roving or combed top, so I wouldn't delve into the raw wool just yet.  It's also available on Etsy or Ebay or various sites around the 'net. 

Good luck!
ps.  A good place to find other handspinners is at your local yarn store.  Not Walmart, but a real, dedicted-specifically-to-yarn store.  Look for the ones with knitters on their couches.  I'm sure they'd be able to point you in the direction of handspinners.

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2008 04:37:42 AM »

I am sadly also not quite in your area (In Germany at the moment), but just wanted to say that you should also check out www.pluckfluff.com and her new book intertwined should be a good read as well. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2008 09:21:08 AM »

Hello m'dear!  I did a little digging and came up with a couple of things for ya. 

According to a list here:  http://www.textilelinks.com/guild/nc.html
it looks like there are three guilds in your area.  The Piedmont Fiber Guild also has a website here:  http://piedmontfiberguild.org/

Good luck!  You'll be spinning in no time.   Grin


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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2008 02:03:51 PM »

Thank you all soooo much for all of the valuable information!!!

unfortunately all of those guilds are all a few hours from me...but the piedmont guild in Gastonia might be possible Smiley
You'd think in a city as big as Charlotte there would be a few organized spinning organizations...

I'll be sure to update on the results of my project  Grin

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