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!

Embracing imperfection(in other words, trying really hard not to be grumpy about your inconsistent yarn🫠).
This is my first spin in my life and actually I enjoyed it immensely. I couldn’t stop for 4 hours.
#suspendedspindle #dropspindle #supportedspindle #handspinning #handspinnersofinstagram #ドロップスピンドル #サポートスピンドル #手紡ぎ #手紡ぎ糸 #schoolofsweetgeorgia #sosspinning

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I spun some alpaca fiber into yarn 😍 so pretty! Next step – 2 ply it and then tackle warping (threading all the yarn through) my loom. ashford_wheels_looms glimakra.of.sweden #sosspinning #espinner3

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I purchased a handmade suspended spindle for the first time in my life! Handmade wooden crafts make my heart sing.

#suspendedspindle #ドロップスピンドル #sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia

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If you’re wondering how textured yarns differ from art yarns… they don’t. All art yarns are stable, usable yarns that can add texture, however bold or subtle, to the cloth in which they’re used.

Over at the upcoming Spinning Textured Yarns, instructor Debbie Held @doodler01 will teach SOS spinners about spinning a variety of art yarn styles and have you coming away from the course with a new appreciation for these classic, textured yarns and their infinite potential. The yarns in this course are truly timeless and they’re presented in a skill-building, logical order that’s meant to inspire you in your own application. Visit the course page now to find the materials list to get your supplies ready for the lesson launch on June 7th!

#sosspinning #schoolofsweetgeorgia #spinningartyarn #spinning #texturedyarns #handspun #handwoven

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April has been BUSY and I noticed that my monthly FOs tend to reflect how busy my work schedule is. My #freshstartheadband is my only FO for this month so far and it makes sense, but it`s funny how spot on it is! 🙈 Do you notice this with your knits also?⁣

After finally finishing the Warm Neutrals pre-order I had a lot of other deadlines to meet. Finalising my advent colorways was a huge goal for me this month (which I finished! 🎉) along with some wholesale orders and getting the Wanderlust 2022 Favorites together (which are coming in May!). On top of that, my parents are visiting, there is school vacation, and we are taking a small trip to London. Luckily, I think I`ll redeem some knitting time while my parents are here and while we are on vacation, so it should balance a bit in the end! 😊⁣

Pattern: #freshstartheadband by whileberry.creative
Yarn: malabrigoyarn Washted in Piedras⁣

Pattern: #handspunboomerangshawl by grittyknits
Fiber: malabrigoyarn Nube

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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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