Welcome to Spinning from Scratch
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. You may have wondered what types of yarn will be more suitable to lace knitting. Or you may just be wanting to sit and learn so you can simply substitute yarns for a knitting project.
Through the experience of handling spinning fibre itself, you’ll also learn how to look at wool for spinning and understand the 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.
Throughout the videos, you’ll learn:
- to be able to spin a continuous yarn using your spinning wheel
- 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 make with it
- 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.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Join us in making yarn by Spinning from Scratch taught by Felicia Lo, founder of SweetGeorgia Yarns, the School of SweetGeorgia and author of Dyeing to Spin and Knit.
Talk about the Spinning from Sratch course with members of the School of SweetGeorgia. Post project pictures, share personal reflections, and join the conversations in our Community Forums!
Tag what you are making everywhere with #sosspinning and #schoolofsweetgeorgia!
First, I do love everything about wool. With this spin I could see the elasticity. It was impressive how much the yarn coiled after removing it from the bobbin. It actually had movement like a rubber band (cat’s cradle style) with bounce and everything! Fiber: California Red dyeliciousyarn from tempeyarn …
I can finally enjoy plying because now I have the right tools! (aka, no more plying attempts on small bobbins😳)
Anyways, I can’t wait to knit with this, it’s incredibly soft (60/40 Polwarth/Silk dyeliciousyarn), and it was fun going through the entire process. …
For the longest time, I felt intimidated by the idea of learning to spin silk yarns. It felt like the epitome of luxury fibres for me. At a KnitCity festival, looking at the Sanjo silk studio booth, I became mesmerised by the shine and character of the silk yarns. As a then-beginner spinner, I got myself a few packs of silk and wool-silk spinning fibres which I promptly sampled going home. After looking at my plyback samples, I stashed those fibres for the longest time, for whenever I would be good enough to spin them.
Continue reading Greta`s @gretacornejomakes new Learning to Spin Silk Yarns article at the School where she encourages you to source some luxury fibres (@sweetgeorgia has lovely kits) and add them to your spinning stash. Or unearth that luxury fibre you got a few seasons ago and play. Even five grams can ignite a lot of fun and creativity to your craft.
#sosspinning #spinningsilk #handspunsilk #silkfiber #spinningsilkyarn #spinnersofinstagram #schoolofsweetgeorgia …
Finished my first skein with my E-Spinner and felt the need to try my hand at a drop spindle. Actually really enjoying it and working hard on my park and draft. I watched the schoolofsweetgeorgia course on drop spindles and several vids from jillianevefa, both super helpful.
Gorgeous spindle from Vermont Spindles on Etsy, spins like a dream.
Fiber is some 100% Corriedale that came with the spindle!
#handspunyarn #handspinning #sosspinning …
In a few short years, the development of e-spinners for every budget and every level of experience has made the electric spinner go from purely aspirational to totally attainable. Have you ever wondered if spinning with e-spinners might expand your spinning practice? Have you considered getting an e-spinner, and if so, which model is right for you?
Over at the new Spinning with e-Spinners course, instructor Debbie Held @doodler01 will answer these questions and more as she teaches how to use this unique spinning tool! Learn just how versatile they are with loads of tips and tricks to help you improve your skills. And then at the SOS Community Forums, you can share your project pictures, ask questions, and join in the spinning chat.
Find the Spinning with e-Spinners course page at our link in bio!
#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #espinners #electronicspinningwheels #spinningwheel #spinningyarn #handspun …
Following the release of Rachel Smith`s @woolnspinning Spinning Luxury Fibres: Silk where we began the exploration of spinning with a variety silk fibres, we`ll soon continue on the luxury fibre path with the upcoming Spinning Luxury Fibres: Camelids!
With an introduction to Camelid fibres, including types, locational varieties, and considerations for spinning, and exploring Merino wool and silk blends with these luxurious fibres, Rachel will briefly introduce the camelid family of mammals and discuss how their genus breaks down. Then we get into specifics with alpacas, llamas, and camels.
Now available, you can find the materials list for the course so you can begin preparing for the lesson launch on April 6th. There you can also find the link to the new Spinning Luxury Kit, shown here, at the @sweetgeorgia shop!
#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #camelidfibre #camelidfibers #spinningcamelids #alpacafiber #llamafiber #camelfiber #spinningfiber …
As much as I want to have a really deep, profound reason for making things, it’s really simple: I just really love making things with my hands. I’ve always worked with paper, collaging and glueing, knitting, and playing with yarn and patterns. I find my podcast is an extension of that creative energy, to be able to create something digitally and share that with others.
Rachel Smith @woolnspinning is a passionate learner, a kind and clear teacher, and a jewel in our community. At the new SOS article `Learn About Spinning Instructor Rachel Smith`, Greta Cornejo @gretacornejomakes speaks with Rachel and shares some insights into her work. If you haven`t yet watched Rachel’s online spinning courses at the School, we encourage you to do so.
Read the full article at the School – link in bio »
#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #woolnspinning …
In a few short years, the development of e-spinners for every budget and every level of experience has made the electric spinner go from purely aspirational to totally attainable. Should you get an e-spinner and if so, which model is right for you?
Instructor Debbie Held @doodler01 will answer all of these questions and more as she teaches us how to use this unique spinning tool at the coming-soon Spinning with E-Spinners. Debbie will have loads of tips and tricks to help you improve your skills.
View the materials list to get your supplies ready before the course launch on March 16th »
#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #espinner #espinning #spinnersofig …
- Preferred spinning tool, spinning wheel and spindle shown in the course
*Please follow this link for Essential Spinning & Fibre Prep Tools needed
SweetGeorgia Yarns hand-dyed braids used in this course
*Use the 15% SOS members discount on SweetGeorgia Yarns and fibre
Additional Supplies shown/demonstrated
- Minimum of one ounce of scrap yarn to practice spinning
- Recommended minimum of three bobbins (wheel)
Do you have questions about Spinning from Scratch Materials? Talk about it with members of the School of SweetGeorgia. Post project pictures, share personal reflections, and join the conversations in our Community Forums!