Spinning From Scratch

Learn to spin a continuous yarn using wool fibre and a spinning wheel

Felicia Lo · July 4, 2018

Learning how yarn is made is the very best way to improve your skills as a knitter or weaver. By learning to spin, you’ll gain insight into what characteristics of a yarn will make it more durable or resistant to pilling, or what types of yarn will be more suitable to lace knitting, or simply how to substitute yarns for a knitting project. And through the experience of handling spinning fibre itself, you’ll also learn how to look at wool for spinning and understand the features and characteristics of different sheep breeds so that you’ll know what to look for when you go to build your own stash of treasured spinning fibre.

In this course, I have very simple goals for you. By the end of this course, I would love for you to be able to achieve three things:

  1. to be able to spin a continuous yarn using your spinning wheel
  2. to be able to make a simple, traditional 2-ply yarn and finish that yarn in preparation for knitting or weaving, or whatever you might like to do with it
  3. to understand that multiple variables affect the characteristics of your finished yarn. So we’ll talk about the main variables that affect your handspun like what makes a thin or thick yarn, what makes a soft and smooth yarn, what makes a lofty yarn or a sleek and slinky yarn, and more.

 


All of the chat and progress will be shared over at the forum » , with social media posts shared using the tags: #sosspinning and #schoolofsweetgeorgia

 

Reminder to join us today for our final Zoom meetup as part of the Spinning Study Group: Working from Fleece with Kim McKenna @claddaghfibrearts! Starting today, November 10th at 11:00 AM PT (2:00 PM ET), bring along the fleece you've scoured, prepped, and spun over the past six weeks and share it with us as we wrap up this fabulous and fun group study. ⁠

Find the Zoom link at the SOS Events Calendar (link in IG bio). We'll see you soon!⁠



#sosspinning #sosspinningstudygroup #schoolofsweetgeorgia #fleeceprep #fibreprep #handspun #claddaghfibrearts

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As daily life can become busy, taking back a bit of every day for crafting is my happy place. Learning new skills by myself can feel challenging and being the only fiber-obsessed human in my household, lonely too. There is a reason make-alongs are so popular with so many crafters: even if we love our “me time,” sharing the process and the takeaways make it more meaningful as it didn’t stay only with us, but may have helped someone else too.⁠

At Greta Cornejo's @gretacornejomakes new article: Level Up Your Fibre Arts Skills with Study Groups, Greta shares more about how these study guides have helped her along her own journey of exploring the different SOS course content. Helping her to level up her own learning. Find the article at the SOS site (direct link in bio)!

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Julia

I love it when I know the sheep’s name 🥰

First baggie of fleece for my School of SweetGeorgia raw fleece study is done.

39% Gotland, Dorset & Charollais: 58yds, 37g, 707ypp, 13wpi, 9bpi, 10% elasticity.

#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #rawfleece #washingfleece #handspinnersofinstagram #wool #makingyarn #slowmaking #spinnersofinstagram #handspunyarn #handmadeyarn #spinningwool #handspinnersofinstagram #naturalwool #woollove

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Beginning

Working from raw fleece study continues.

It isn’t just about washing dirty fleece. It’s examining the wool, determining the best way to scour it and processing the fleece in a way to make each lock of wool come to life and reach its fullest potential.

I expect to have some failures along the way but I also see some great successes.

This is just the beginning ❤️

#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #rawfleece #washingfleece #handspinnersofinstagram #wool #makingyarn #slowmaking #spinnersofinstagram #handspunyarn #handmadeyarn #spinningwool #handspinnersofinstagram #naturalwool #woollove

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It's week three at our Spinning Study Group: Working from Fleece and we'll be focusing on the fibre prep process along with some spinning and sampling too! ⁠

There are tutorials to easily reference the different fibre prep techniques, plus download Kim McKenna's @claddaghfibrearts great Sampling Fibre to Yarn worksheet for compiling all the options you could have in your fibre prep. This can then help determine which way you want to fibre prep the rest of your scoured fibre. Also now available for viewing is last week's recording from our Zoom Progress Meetup with chapter notes to quickly find all of the helpful info shared there. ⁠Read more at the week three update at the study group page!

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Brännö fleece ready for a wash. As a longwool it is very lustrous but it is also suprisingly soft. Interestingly enough, I haven't seen this breed listed anywhere and it seems to have few sheep and fewer shepherds.
I'm curious to experience the spinning and process of turning it into cloth.

I've been sampling scouring methods and spun up a little sample this week.

If you had these beautiful locks in your hands, what would you make?

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#sosspinning study group: 28 g of cormo fleece singles spun to be plied like my middle 2-ply sample in the middle of my sample card. Using loads from both claddaghfibrearts courses schoolofsweetgeorgia

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From scouring, fibre prep and sampling in the #sosspinning study group schoolofsweetgeorgia

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About Instructor

Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver // author + youtuber // been writing about colour and craft since 2004 // has far too many instagram accounts @lomeetsloom, @felicialowong, and @sweetgeorgia.

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