Thursday, 30 July 2015
Spread out some fleece so that it mixes with the fleece at the end of the leader (the thread that is tied underneath the whorl (disc). You can start to mesh it together a bit at this stage, before you start twisting the spindle. That's how you start but also how you rejoin if (when!) your thread breaks.
And that's all there is to it…!
Okay, so you're bound to take some time to get it right - you're very lucky if you 'get it' at the first attempt. If the thread breaks, just start again from picture one. Keep practising and you'll get the hang of it.
Experiment with making the thread thick, thin and lumpy - much more interesting than just smooth and even!
When you've spun your thread, take it off the spindle and wind it loosely round the top of a chair or a friend's hands to make a hank, tied in three or four places to keep it tidy. Soak it in warm (not hot) water with some gentle detergent. Don't agitate the water - unless you want to end up with felt! Dry it naturally - don't tumble dry it.
If you're stuck, don't give up! It may take a bit of time and practise but it'll be worth it. You can always ask a friend to help by doing the twisting of the spindle while you concentrate on the thread at the top until you get more confident. When you've got the hang of it, you can try spinning other things - mix your dog's hair into the wool for a really personal thread, try alpaca fibre and look for different colours of fleece.
There are several videos on YouTube that will help - just put 'Hand Spinning' into the search box. If you're really struggling, contact me - email@example.com or via the contact link at www.bettysbubble.co.uk
This could start years of enjoyment with spinning and creating; it did for me - thanks to Mum for teaching me in the first place x.
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