SpinPossible: Loft - Spinning Lofty Yarns from a Worsted Prep
Much of the wonderful fiber we have access to as hand-spinners comes to us in the form of combed top. Top is a worsted preparation and can spin a very dense yarn, which is great for hard-wearing items like socks or mittens, but what if you want to turn those beautiful hand-dyed braids of fiber in your stash into a loftier yarn for something like a hat, a scarf, or even a sweater? This class will explore techniques to introduce more air, loft, and bounce into your handspun yarn.
We will discuss drafting techniques for various fiber preparations, ways to modify your fiber preparation, and measuring your yarn to help ensure that you are getting exactly the yarn you want for the project you have in mind.
Skills you will learn:
- Differences between worsted and woolen drafting techniques and fiber preparations
- Spinning semi-woolen from combed top
- Spinning from the fold
- Modifying combed top preparations (fauxlags, carding)
- Measuring the grist of your yarn with a McMorran balance
Required Skills: Successful students will have a good working relationship with their spinning wheels, be able to spin a consistent single, and have some experience plying and finishing yarn.
Instructor: Michael Kelson
Supplies Student Should Bring to Class: A spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, notebook, lazy kate (if you have one). Bring any tools you might like to use (hand cards, mini-combs) and any fiber you would like to practice with.
Supplies Provided by Instructor: Students will receive several different single-fiber tops and blended tops to practice the various techniques in this class. Students are encouraged to bring any fibers they might like to practice with or discuss in class.
Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 20, 9:30 - 12:30
Sale Price: $67 (includes $12 materials fee) - for registration received no later than August 31.
Regular Price: $77 (includes $12 materials fee) - for registration received Sept. 1 or later.