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7 Videos (24m)
    • Introduction to Long Draw

      1:49
    • Suitable Fibres for Spinning Long Draw

      3:45
    • Preparing Your Fibre

      1:58
    • The Theory and First Practice

      5:55
    • American Long Draw

      2:12
    • English Long Draw

      4:09
    • Final Thoughts

      4:13

About This Class

All you need to know to get you started on long draw!  It really isn't that frightening when you take it slowly.  We look at basic English and American long draw, but not the many variations of both!

6 of 6 students recommendSee All

Good clear explanation and demonstration of both English and American long draw.
Well explained. I found the close ups of hand movements especially helpful.
Great class delivered at an appropriate pace. Covers the types of fibre preparation needed for longdraw and demonstrates how to do both US and UK longdraw. Very clear and helpful.

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Elizabeth Lovick

Knitting and Spinning Author and Teacher

I live and work on the small Orkney island of Flotta.  I've been knitting, designing and writing since I was small and enjoy bringing traditional stitches to modern knitters. I have self-published several books, including Patterns for North Ronaldsay Yarn, The Gansey Workbook, The Fair Isle Workbook, Exploring Shawl Shapes and the Fine Spinning Workbook. I am the author of the best-selling ‘The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting’ and 'Magical Shetland Shawls to Knit', published by Search Press in the UK and St Martins in the USA, both of which have been widely translated.  I am the editor of 'Centenary Stitches', a book of patterns updated from the WW1 era.

And I have been teaching for ever!  It has always been something I enjoyed doing, both in the academic world and in the world of crafts.  Skillshare gives me a chance to share my skills with people all over the world without having to travel.  Perfect!

Find my books at www.northernlacepress.co.uk and my patterns at www.northernlace.co.uk                                                                                                                                                                        

Read my blog here, join my Ravelry group here and my Facebook group here.  And follow me on Twitter here.

For most of my classes my cameraman is Natasha Stead.  I think she does a brilliant job, but then, I would.  She happens to be my granddaughter!  I film my classes in my home, so there are sometimes noises off.  The barks are from my Scottie, Isla, a rescue aged 10 who I have had for 2 years.  The aircraft are the inter-island planes, 9 seaters, which go to and fro between the different Orkney islands.