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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. What You'll Need

    • 3. Assembling the Spindle

    • 4. Learning to Spin

    • 5. Transferring the Yarn

    • 6. Joining the Roving

    • 7. Making the Center-Pull Ball

    • 8. Plying the Yarn

    • 9. Making the Skein

    • 10. Setting the Twist

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About This Class

I am a self-taught spinner, and would like to teach you how to make your own yarn with the most basic equipment. The yarn can then be used for knit, crocheted or woven projects.

My class will teach you how to first make the spindle, then how to spin the fiber into yarn. You will then be taught how to ply from a center-pull ball.

Spinning your own yarn is a rewarding experience. As you become more skilled at it, you will find you can spin almost anywhere. I have sat in waiting rooms, at craft fairs and even spun in the car (as a passenger, of course). It attracts attention, and makes people take a second look.

Join me as I walk you through the steps. Feel free to ask questions and show off your projects.

For those wishing to try it for free, here is the link. First 25 free

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Diane Ziomek

Writer/Fiber Artist NotJustAlpaca on Etsy


Diane Ziomek is an Indie Author and Fiber Artist. Her love of crafts began at an early age when her grandmother taught her how to knit, crochet and sew. Through the years she did a variety of crafts, but always went back to crochet. When her children were young she operated a mail-order fabric business and provided custom quilting services.

After a major life change in 2005, she pursued her dream of becoming a writer. She began writing online, and in 2012 she self-published the first of several works of nonfiction and fiction, which can be found on Amazon, Kobo and Lulu.

Her writing abilities, craft skills and drive for a better life have been combined to design patterns, write books and share her love of fiber arts with others as a teacher on Skillshare. In addition to be... See full profile

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1. Class Introduction: Hi. My name is Diangelo MK, and I'd like to welcome you to I learn to spend your own urine KOs. I am a writer fiber artist. So I've had lots of practice with, um spinning. Earn himself taught and I started on up Actor started on the spindles and in first part of the class, you're going to learn how to make your area once didn't know so that you can spend your yard. It's just made with a couple pieces of wood, and you will be rooming or thes air cold your legs. I will show you how to turned these into yarn, and you will also learn how to make a center pole ball. Um, learn how to apply your yarn and also learn how to set your twist. So if you'll join me, that would be great. And welcome to my class. 2. What You'll Need: Hi. Welcome back to my learned to spin class. These are the material still need for making your spindle and making your yearn. First we have sandpaper, the wooden wheel, the 3/8 inch dowel, a piece of curl shake cotton, the roving or roll legs. These air act. These are all a pack of fiber, and we also have our two whole pencil sharpener. These will be used to create your spinning wheel and your yarn. 3. Assembling the Spindle: Welcome back to my spinning class. The first thing you want to do is take your pencil sharper and lately, um, sharpen the end of your double just slightly. Just do you have a bit of a tape where you don't need to have it completely, completely Sure, because that can get a little dangerous. Next thing you want to do is slip your wooden wheel on, and in this case, it's a little on the loose sides. You could actually use some tape underneath, but most of them will fit properly. After that, we're gonna take our yard. Our leader, where are Leaguer Yang is what it's called. We're gonna make a little not we're going to slip one end over the shaft of your spindle on the other end. We will do the same thing. But this Look, we're gonna make a little bit bigger because this has to accommodate your roving. And what you do is just tighten it around the around the wheel like so Just the snow. Glad up a little. Well, do you know a little sand smooth. Once that's done, you consent your sandpaper side so you can't. You took the rest of the shop. Give it a late founding. Because you're moving is going so on this side and there you have it you're spending. 4. Learning to Spin: welcome back in this part of the class. What we're going to do is we're going to thanks it out there. The role leg to make our roving just drafted out slightly. You don't wanna pull it completely apart. This is our pack of fiber from 21 of my own animals. So I have carted it and made it into the role legs. We're just gonna go the whole length of it, Just drafting it out slightly. You will do more drafting as you're spinning right to the end. You can just lately wrap it around your hand so you don't have the long tail. Next. We're going to do this. We're going to put it through the end. What's your loop you made on your leader? You are on your leader yarn. Just slip it through, pull it through 34 inches or so Going to lately draft out a little more. Just so there. So send out some. You're going to wrap this in a clockwise direction. And then when you get to your and you're going toe, just lightly spin and let it slip off the taper it end. So now see, you've got your spinning going, So just wrap it around your you're shaft together. The top of the this is after this is called the world. So you'll be wrapping it around the top of the world. No, she go along, just dropped. Dropped it out a little bit more. Just keep ahead of yourself just a little bit. You don't have to go too far ahead. And once again, just turn in a clockwise direction and hold the whole Did the roving with your two fingers like so I can't see that. And then once again, just let the twist go down the road in and you will end up with bumps and lumps and because if it's not, it doesn't have to be perfect. That's what makes it especially just continue to go down and I'm gonna wrap some more. And then with the next class or the next lesson, I'll show you how to transfer it from the top of the world to the shaft. 5. Transferring the Yarn: welcome back. As you can see, I've got I have quite a bit of yarn on the top of the above the world. So what you want to do, she want to hang on to your roving likes so still Because you don't want to lose that. I just take your fingers and you're some and pinch it together and slide it off of the shaft. And if this isn't, she will want to hold on to that. And what do you basically don't has created a a piece with the polls out from the center, So you just want to continue turning clockwise, keep a little bit attention on your line on your yarn times and just wrap it around. You don't have to wrap it too snugly. As you can see, there is a twist in your twist in your yard, which is what you want, because if you don't have the twist like that, it's going to pull apart later. Just continue wrapping it, and I can usually fit announcing half two ounces on a on a spindle If I'm if I'm doing, if I'm spinning it fine like this. Granted, the first been probably won't be fine. And I know mine wasn't. I was actually a fairly chunkier and when I first started, So this is, uh, I've come a long way and you're going to end up with some pieces like this, and that's quite all right. That's the beauty of hand spun yarn is It's not perfect. And if you end up with little bits and bobbles like that, it's it could be considered. Is art yarn it's not. Just continue on. You wanna have a little bit attention on your in between your fingers here just to keep it from twisting in your hand. Here, I'll move a little closer. So you guys see, just keep wrapping it around. We're almost at the end. It's when you get close to where the end of your yarn is going to be. What you want to do is you want to just slip it over. We're gonna hold this in place. Like I said, most ever tighter. I'm not sure what happened. This one dowel is a little on the loose sites. Then you're just going to slip it over your world and continue wrapping in a clockwise position. You might want to snag it down against the world, so it's not as loose. Then just wrap it around and go back to your spinning there. I've tightened it up now so that it's since the wheel isn't isn't loose and I'm going there , and that's how you transferred from your top to your bottom. Next part of lesson is going to show you how to join the robing. 6. Joining the Roving: Welcome back. Now what we're going to do is reward Bender spinning the end of this one of your first roving, and you will have to draft it out a little. Now, when you get to 6 to 8 inches from the end, you want to take your next one. Place it great alongside hips. I broke it. Well, this is a good opportunity to show me. Show you what to do when you break your roping. Just unwind it slightly. We're working on Eliminate this one. We're gonna eliminate this one piece. We'll use that for a different project later. So you've unspoken a little ways. I just grasp your new roving and alongside the one that's already on your spindle. Give it a few twists and just go down along, wrap it around. You're gonna have some a couple of six spots, which is all right. So see, you got your two pieces and with your spinning action, you're actually joining them together. She may want to spin this one just a little bit tighter. Just a day snuck up nice and close from there. Your first piece is joined to your second piece. So what you'll want to do is you continue on without until you filled your the top of the world, then transferred down to the bottom. And I will take a bit of a break from filming and I will get the spindle just about full, and I'll show you how to wrap it and how to do a center pole ball. Stay tuned. 7. Making the Center-Pull Ball: Hi. Welcome back This session you're going to learn how to make a central pool ball. First thing you want to do is put your yard in between your fingers and we get some in your fingers and leave a fairly long tail notice systems probably at least 8 to 10 inches long, because that will be they are used to pull from the center. So what you want to do next is make your figure eight between your pinky and your thumb. I'll go slow so you can see the formation. And you want to do this probably anywhere from 10 to 20 times. It depends on the healthy Curie Arness. I notice it. Just you just keep it short so that you can see why. Don't lose control of your spindle. Please know yet. So now that you have, your rap might be easier to set your spindle down. I'm gonna do that just for demonstration purposes. I usually hang on to it now. What you want to do is you want a pinch your you're two or your center. Between your summon your index finger, fold it in half. No, lightly wrap it around your thumb like so I'm gonna lose the end of my spindle here and keep your thumb in the center of your in the center of your fold. Don't wrap too tightly. Otherwise you won't be able to get your center upped. Sometimes it works. Eat your just saviors spindle lying on a table or or have someone hold it. That works nicely, too. See if I could do this without dropping it, you just keep rapping. And as you can see, you're going to end up with a little bit of twist in your yard, which is what you want. If there's no twist than you haven't applied, then you haven't spent it quite tight enough. You can pull a little bit of keep your keep work fairly loose and room to keep your thumb inside, and then you just wrap it around several times. Change your directions. Lately, eso as you keep going with the ball and in the next lesson, I will show you how to apply from that bowl. 8. Plying the Yarn: Hi. Welcome back in this lesson. You're going to learn how to play your yard. So what you got now is your center pole ball. Your thumb should still fit. Should picking in there, you should be able to easily pull your yarn out. So now what we're going to do is record to match up the ends of the yarn, the outside and the inside until you get it matched. Just put that on behalf. Next thing you're going to do is pulled both ends through the loop on your leader. Yarn your spindle. Pull it down several inches just to make sure that you don't Don't lose it now for applying . You're going to work. The officer, your going to spin in the opposite direction that you did for spinning. So if you spun your yarn clockwise, what you wanted you now is turn your spindle counterclockwise. We'll just get the leader. You are going on the top. We're going to spend the first part is gonna be fairly thick because I am going through four thicknesses. I've had left it quite a bit quite long just for demonstration purposes. I usually don't do this now what? You're going to do is you're going to pull it, try and pull it fairly evenly from both inside and outside, and then keep spinning. Just keep your twist going. Like I said, room medical counterclockwise, because if you go clockwise, you're going to end up with a very tightly spun and very tangled yard. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to transfer this piece right quick because it is still thick, just transferred down onto my onto the shaft of the spindle. The conditions go back up to the top and a few yards thick, an thin in some places. It's that's fine. It'll it should all even out and give you. While you're your honor mark, your arm will be completely uniform, but that's the fun of hands Fund yard. It doesn't have to be uniform if you do have some thicker areas or thinner areas. That's quite all right to because then it could be considered earlier. So you remember spin counterclockwise. Let your twist travel down and then wrap it around above your work. Continue to do so, getting too far ahead of myself Here, continue doing so and then once again, like I said You want to make sure it's pulling from both inside and outside. Oh, and you may occasionally end up with a little bit of a tangle on the inside of your bowl, but that can generally be worked out. This one is this one is okay. I'll just have to be careful ism spin it. You could excuse me because I'm spinning down the I was implying so I don't end up with a big twist that shouldn't be there. Here. Yes, and it does take a little bit of practice. And I've done several skeins like this, but I always end up with a new challenge. Because each each fibre is different. The way you spin could be different as well. So we're just gonna carefully polo. This was after my figure Eight from the center of the ball is what I ended up having it all . It all came out as opposed to just part of it. So now I'm going to trouble are transfer more down into the shaft. Remember? Counterclockwise you notice house. The yarn is sticker. In some places, I do have a few stree straight fibers, but that's all right. That's all the fun of the hands. One. Okay, remember how toe transferred down? And as you can see, there is a little bit of Hey, your straw. There are little bits that they will come out. My fiber wasn't 100% veggie matter free, so but that's that's what happens when you have animals rolling around in dirt in the hay. We're going to continue on notice before you have the twist in your yard. When you're applying, you're not going to have the same twists, and that's normal. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to continue doing this, and in the next lesson, I will show you how to skein it, and then we're going to set the twist in the following lesson. See them. 9. Making the Skein: Hi. Welcome back in this step, You're going to learn how to scan your your You worry. It's already applied, and it is thicker, as you could see. And it will be really squishy on your spindle, which is fine. Now what we're going to do is we're going to hold in a few inches from the end. Just take your spindle, hold it in your hand. Like so. So you have some control over your arm and you're just gonna wrap it around chair Don't put too too tight. Especially if there's a curvature in the chair like on this one, by the way, she will build slip it off. So just drop it around and people hold on the other owner the short end of your yard just so it doesn't slip off. And this would be a bit of a process. That's all right here. I'm gonna try to move a little bit faster so it doesn't take a waste much time. This is the part that is that too quite fun because then you hopes we slept are it's trying to that from happening and once you've been doing it for a while and if you find that you enjoy spending your own yarn, taking your own skeins like this. You could invest in what is called a nitty 90 and I will show you one that I have. Your Honor, this is a needy, naughty. It's auction. This one was made out of PVC pipe. And I have, uh, wool yarn on it now, which I have to pull off but will continue wrapping for saying the urine office didn't know . Just bear with me. I didn't make too big is too big a skein, So won't take quite Jake Bernal unless, of course, I haven't so far, just like that. That's why I prefer to use the nitty naughty because it doesn't, it doesn't slip off. If your chair is flat, it makes it easier. See, if I can finish is dropping my spindle tour, which wouldn't be the first time, of course. And like I said before, every are behaves differently. Everyone's methods are a little different, which is fine now. We're also the end. Clay Aiken, get it off of here. Could say without coming all honorable or me. And as you can see, the yarn has even dope because there were in the beginning, cumbersome the content spots. But with the flying, it's even did out more, which will give you a more consistent finish in your in the project to use in. Okay, there we go. What do you want to do is try it. Hi. It loose loosely. And what you can do is make a pass. We're here. We'll just wrap it around like this. Bring how, of course I forgot my sisters, so I'm gonna have to go get them shortly. Here, just make a little happened. What happens when you don't have all your supplies? A day at the ready. Here's just cut back and there will be some thicker yarn once you take it off here. Once you take it off of your brother off the chair and set your twist and make your next ball, you'll you will have an extra piece that will come off here. But that's quite alright. Did not. What you want to do is you want to just twist it like so and fold it in half and took one end into the other one. And there's your skin. I'll see you in the next lesson where I will show you how to set your twist 10. Setting the Twist: Hi. This video you'll get a quick recap on the sunsetting. The twist. I did make a video when I use my camera and unfortunately, he didn't work very well, but I couldn't upload it. So what we're going to do is I'm just going to walk you through it verbally, as opposed to showing you how to do it, which I hope works. Um, this skein of yarn is the one that previous is so showed you that was on the nudie. Naughty. So when you're setting your twist, all you need to do is put it in hot water. Don't agitate to get the water out as opposed to ringing it. You want to just squeeze it like this on that and squeeze it as much as you can to get the excess water out, and then you can hang it on our over a coat hanger. Just let it air dry. I'm not well. Set your twist, remember? Do not agitate where you will felt your urine together and you will have one lumpy mess and also do not put it in the dryer. I hope you have enjoyed your this class and please post pictures of the spindles you've made and of your your arm. Be interesting to see how many different types of yarn we have. Thanks again for joining me and I will be working on another class suit.