Diane Ziomek

Writer/Fiber Artist NotJustAlpaca on Etsy



Spinning the Yarn

Spinning your own yarn is fun and relaxing, plus you will have the option to make it into something wearable.

As this is for beginners, I have also included the instructions on how to make your own spindle. For those of you who already have a spindle, you may skip that particular video.

The materials list includes all you will need for the entire project.

  1. 12" dowel that is 3/8" in diameter
  2. a 2" wooden wheel, available at hobby shops
  3. 1 - 12" length of cotton yarn (dishcloth yarn works great)
  4. Pencil sharpener - the one with two sizes is ideal, as the bigger one is the one needed
  5. Sandpaper
  6. Roving or rolags - sheep, mohair or alpaca (my personal preference is the latter)

By the end of the class you will have learned how to:

  1. make the spindle
  2. draft the roving
  3. spin the yarn
  4. make a center-pull ball
  5. ply your yarn
  6. set the twist


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