A new spinner.

“Although a talented all-round crafter, Cathy was new to spinning when she joined us a few months ago.  These pics show her “journey”, and are an inspiration to anyone who’s never touched a wheel, but thinks they might like to learn how to spin.

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The Long, and the Short, and the Very Cute

Tracey brought along examples of the spindles and key rings she will have for sale at the Woolly Weekend.  We all oohed and aaaahd at the workmanship, the glorious colours, the cuteness of the key rings

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Then Linda tied on a leader and, with the aid of a library book (and helpful suggestions from all of us) she managed to teach herself how to use them.  Result !!  (And don’t they match beautifully the crochet I’m working on . . . maybe it’s a sign, where’s my purse ??)

Two new spinners!

Well done to our two students on Saturday’s hand spinning class.  Both beginner students progressed very well throughout the day and succeeded in going home with a two ply yarn each!

Students learned about types of natural fibre and their preparation.  Hand carders were used to create rolags from washed sheep fleece.  These rolags were handspun on two types of spinning wheel (one bobbin full on each), to allow the students to experience the differences.  Their favourite choice of wheel was used to ply them together.  The class was finished off by spinning some lovely naturally coloured blue-faced leicester wool top to create a more worstead type yarn and to experience a different preparation of fibre.