Last weekend was Stitches West and Sunday morning Mom and I got up bright and early headed to Santa Clara for our first Spinning Class! Low and behold we are taking a class from the original Carolina Homespun owner Merike Saarniit and what a WONDERFUL teacher she is! Can't wait to take another class from her! Her website is liisu.com.
Here are my notes from the day of the class:
- Drafting = making the fibers into the thickness you want
- Carded Roving = straight off the card
- Cone Roving = after card goes thru a cone to make even
- Gray - Coopworth (a breed of sheep) Louet Roving
- Volcano - Merino, Camel Down, Mohair, Domestic Wools - pulled from drum carder batts - Phyllis Hedrick.
- Multi - Gray/Teal/Mulberry - Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) combed top
- Yellow/Greens - Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) and sparkle combed top - Juno Fiber Arts
- Alpaca Coopworth Louet Grey and White Roving
- Pink & White - Baby Alpaca Top
- Blue White Stripes - Superwash Merino - Cherry Tree Hill
- Red/Purples - Merino/Silk - Widder Shin Woolworks
- White/Cream - Organic Merino/Tussan Silk (Note: Spin from the fold) came from John Arbon Textiles
- 50/50 Bison/Silk - Village Spin & Weave
- Brown/Tan - Camel
- Orange - 100% Silk
- After you start tie a knot at the top of the whorl. When putting the yarn on the spindle make sure to wrap at the top making a cone look.
- Angora/Camel/Cotton - Short Fibers - Trick is to spin with a spool of thread and spin the Angora around the thread.
- When spinning silk put lemon juice on your hands so the scales do not get caught up on your hands.
- Silk Hankie - Put a hole in the middle and pull until you have a large circle and created what looks like pencil roving.
- To ply yarn let the spindle do the work.
- When your yarn is balanced you will have a "U"
- If you need to wake up the energy wet it.
- Spindles - Heavy Spindle for bulky works great.
- Remember to check the balance on your spindle.
Wheels to look at:
- Louet Victoria Travel