from the fleece cannot be taught just in text. It is something you have
to see, and do, and then as you go along you will get a feel for how it
is done. These are some videos of me spinning from the fleece. I made
the videos while I was spinning on a picnic table. You can do it on your lap but I needed
a table where I could set the camera down.
Watch them, make a
spindle, get a fleece and then start making your own yarn. Spinning is
easy, the only hard part is pulling the wool apart into strands without
breaking it and that's another thing that I can't teach in text, you
just have to do it until you know what it feels like.
In this set
of videos, I am using a top-spinning spindle that I made from a wooden
chopstick, metal cup hook, plastic frosting g lid and a few pieces of
scrap leather. The whorl (the plastic frosting lid and two pieces of
scrap leather in the middle of the shaft that keeps the shaft spinning
with its momentum) is attached to the shaft by cutting a small X in the
middle of the plastic lid and round leather
scraps with my very useful disposable box cutter and then pushing the
through the lid and leather pieces. I have not made any attempt to glue
any of the parts of the whorl together, or attach the whorl to the
shaft. This makes for the spinning to look a little wobbly, but the yarn
comes out the same. It probably doesn't go as fast, either, but I see
that more as an advantage than a disadvantage because it is easier to
control and I am less likely to break the yarn. By not gluing the whorl
to the shaft I can still take it apart for easier transport while
travelling. I have other spindles that are less flappy for using at
video demonstrates how to pull out the twisted ends on the fleece.
pulling the twisted fleece and preparing it as you go along. This
section of the fleece is very lumpy. There are a lot of fleece sections
that aren't this difficult. All of it can be used.
is easy. It is pulling the fleece into strands to be spun that is hard.
This shows the part of the fleece with a lot of twisted
ends being prepared. Many spinners throw away these difficult bits, but with a little effort, patience
and practice, they can be pulled out and used in the spin.
Preparing fleece and pulling out strands of wool to begin spinning|
spinning by putting some fleece onto the hook of the spindle and spin
until you have created enough yarn so that it can be wrapped around the
spindle below the whorl (round thing in the middle) and strung through
the hook on top.
look at the same process of putting some fleece onto the hook and start
spinning until you have enough yarn to transfer it to the shaft below
|This demonstrates how to transfer
the newly-spun yarn onto the shaft below the whorl and then continue
spinning. This spindle has a notch in the side of the whorl. This is
convenient (sometimes) but not necessary. You could also tuck the yarn
into the ball of yarn on the lower part of the shaft. ||Setting the yarn onto the shaft
below the whorl and beginning to spin it.|
|Moving the yarn around on the shaft while spinning, with subtitles||Moving the yarn around on the shaft while spinning, without subtitles|
|Preparing and fixing the yarn while spinning.|