Spinning From Scratch

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

Felicia Lo · July 4, 2018
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Welcome to Spinning from Scratch

Learning how yarn is made is the very best way to improve your skills as a knitter, crocheter, or weaver. By learning to spin, you’ll gain insight into what characteristics 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 or crochet project.

Through the experience of handling spinning fibre itself, you’ll also learn how to look at wool for spinning and understand the attributes 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, crocheting, 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!

How do you start your mornings, after the alarm clock and the sounds of your house permeate your consciousness? How do you embrace this brand new day filled with potential in front of you? As one of the adults in my family, the first 90 minutes usually blur between packing lunches, making breakfast and emptying the dishwasher. Then, we walk to school, a privilege we enjoy as often as possible. Afterwards, it’s time for tea and a moment with my partner before starting work.

But I will tell you, after pouring my cup of coffee, typically with some music softly playing in the background, I relish sitting in front of my spinning wheel. Now it’s time to refill my self-care cup, even if I can only manage to sit for five minutes. The sunlight streams through the window, casting a warm glow on the singles on the bobbin. Even spinning for that short time centres me and sets a lovely tone for my day. Many days, it feels like a challenge to fit it in, but just as I make time for the to-do list, spinning is part of my self-care routine, so I make it a priority.

At Greta Cornejo’s @gretacornejomakes new blog post, she talks about fibre prep tips and updates about our SOS Spin-Along, including information on today’s Zoom meetups-starting at 10:00 AM PDT and 1:00 PM PDT! Find more info at the post (link in bio to our SOS Articles section).

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This art batt by fatcatknitsdyer simply took my breath away. It’s soft (BFL), sparkly, full of texture, and I haven’t quite experienced anything like it!

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One strip of fibre done, 5 more to go. #sosspinning sweetgeorgia

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As the change of seasons and the back-to-school routines get settled, with the holidays and gift planning still weeks away, this is the perfect time to plan a project just for you. Join us this month for an SOS Spin-Along!⁠

As Greta @gretacornejomakes shares in her new SOS post— ⁠
I’m celebrating the change of season by prepping fibre and getting it ready for spinning a fractal 2-ply yarn. I hope you join us in spinning for a project, plus share your spin-in progress with us and meet with new and old friends. You can join the spin-along at ANY time, so dive into your stash or visit the @sweetgeorgia shop to find some beautiful fibre (Felicia`s handspun 3-ply fractal in BFL+Silk Salted Caramel is shown here) and spin along with us! ⁠

Read more about the spin-along and meetup information over at the SOS articles section… direct link in bio »⁠

We’d also love to see your spinning progress! Tag your posts with #sosspinning or #schoolofsweetgeorgia, or join other SOS members and instructors over in the Community Forums.⁠

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Fractal spin on my Schachts ladybug spinning wheel in the center. I have 4 braids of hello yarn fiber club august color pit a pat. The wool is Corriedale. I run it through my steamer 2x to open up the braid. It is a joy to spin worsted weight yarn. #helloyarnfiberclub #helloyarn #corriedalewool #schachtladybug #spinningyarn #sosspinning

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  • Preferred spinning tool, spinning wheel and spindle shown in the course

*Please follow this link for Essential Spinning & Fibre Prep Tools needed


  • Spinning fibre

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!


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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Course Includes

  • 15 Lessons
  • Course Certificate