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Handspinning Instructional Video

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Color and Yarn Design for Spinners DVD with Deb Menz 

With these simple, inspired approaches, anyone can design yarns that are rich, intriguing, complex, and effective. Deb Menz takes inspiration from the world around hermother nature, photos, fabrics, anything that pleases her eyeand applies the “more is more” approach to creating fiber blends for spinning stunning single and plied yarns.   120 minutes.  Universal region.   Click here for a video sample.

Learn how to:

  • Use a color wheel and value scale
  • Make friends with a few simple principles of color harmony
  • Train your eye to analyze the components of a color
  • Make effective blends for singles and plied yarns
  • Sample with enthusiasm and joy
Color Works for spinners

Drafting the Long and Short of it

Drop Spindle Getting Started

Dyeing in the Kitchen

Gentle Art of Plying

Know your Wheel

Spinning Big and Lofty Yarns

Spinning Cotton

 
Spinning For Lace   Click Here to Order  Create exquisite yarns in no time!
Do you long to spin cobweb-fine threads that are both lively and durable? Meet Margaret Stove. Her methods might seem counterintuitive, but they work! A great advocate of the fine Merinos of her native New Zealand, Margaret is fearless in creating plied blends using silk, angora, qivuit, and more.

Learn how to:   Handle a fine fleece without felting it.   Wash by the lock with shocking vigor and efficiency.
Adjust your wheel tension for exquisite delicacy.   Ply a balanced yarn, or tweak your hand positions for plying different fibers together

Plus, see how to choose and sort a fleece, separate spinnable staples, dissolve the grease, manage the staple to avoid felting and maximize durability and “bounce.”  Using high magnifications of the fibers and spun yarns, Margaret explains just how it all works.    86 minutes   2011 
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Spinning Cotton   Click here to Order  Cotton was perhaps the most important fiber of the ancient world, clothing more people throughout history than any other. It remains one of the most important fibers today – think underwear and bluejeans! Sheets and towels! Yet cotton has been largely neglected by contemporary spinners in the developed world.  Stephenie Gaustad aims to change all that. In this engaging video, you’ll learn:

How to prepare cotton, from boll to batt.  How to spin cotton with ease and efficiency on a wide range of tools, from tahkli to flyer wheel.   How to boil off and set twist in preparation for weaving, knitting, or what have you

Along the way, you’ll be treated to fascinating historical asides, to inventive tricks for devising and adapting tools, and to an array of splendid made goods from socks to smocks to household cloths.   2011   Click to YouTube to Preview this Video

Handspinning Rare Wools,  Click here to Order  Deborah Robson explores fiber from 38 rare and endangered breeds of sheep from Great Britain and North America. Her knowledge of their history and characteristics is deep, her stories are intriguing, and her passion for saving and savoring the basic materials of our craft is palpable.

In Handspinning Rare Wools, Robson covers the most interesting and vulnerable of:

  • Northern European short-tailed sheep (plus an intriguing mystery breed).  Old British breeds introduced in Roman times.  Rare English longwools.  Classic English Down breeds.  Welsh and Border breeds.  American originals.  American feral and semi-ferals.

You’ll learn that washing, carding, combing, spinning, and finishing these fibers is a never-ending experiment filled with surprises. You’ll see the unexpected variety – from wool that feels like jute to wool that stretches and bounces back like tiny bungees. You’ll hear stories about specific sheep breeders who have made a difference – a hundred or three hundred years ago.  You’ll have your ideas of fineness and softness and staple length turned on end.  2011   Click to YouTube to Preview this Video

Spinning Luxury Fibers   Click here to Order  Spinners today have such an abundance of fiber choices, sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin – and to know how to handle these precious materials once you have them in your hands. In this extensive treatment of the best the fiber world has to offer, Master Spinner Judith MacKenzie shares what she’s learned from deep experience in both craft and industry, with a hands-on teaching style that will give you inspiration, confidence, and good results.
This three-disk set covers:
Silk, from cocoon to top to noil to magnificent blends.   Alpaca, both huaycaya and suri. Camel  Llama Paco-vicuña Yak Bison Cashmere  Quiviut
You’ll learn how to prepare each fiber, how to spin it, how to finish your yarn, and the fascinating history and lore of each. Published by Interweave.   2010  Click to YouTube to Preview this Video

In Praise of Simple Cloth  Click here to Order  What can you learn from someone who spins all day, every day (except during gardening season), and who produces her own handspun shirts, sweaters, blankets, rugs, table linens, bath towels, aprons, even gardening shorts? Short answer: A lot! Rita Buchanan has spent more thoughtful time preparing fiber, spinning yarn, and making fabrics from her handspun than perhaps anyone in the developed world. This is not just mindless handwork; Rita has a keen, analytical mind that she applies consistently to testing, sampling, and record keeping, and she balances this against her pure joy in the process and a deep appreciation for living with handspun cloth. In this set, she shares: Exploring the possibilities of a fiber
Matching yarns for a project.   Spinning and weaving rugs for wall and floor.  Creating humble household fabrics that create everyday joy.  Knitting with handspun – and weaving with handspun knitting yarns.
You’ll find pure inspiration and lots of good practical tips. Published by Interweave  2011   Click to YouTube to Preview this Video

How I Spin  Click here to Order   What can you learn from someone who spins all day, every day (except during gardening season), and who produces her own handspun shirts, sweaters, blankets, rugs, table linens, bath towels, aprons, even gardening shorts? Short answer: A lot! Rita Buchanan has spent more thoughtful time preparing fiber, spinning yarn, and making fabrics from her handspun than perhaps anyone in the developed world. This is not just mindless handwork; Rita has a keen, analytical mind that she applies consistently to testing, sampling, and record keeping, and she balances this against her pure joy in the process. The result is a body of knowledge and practice that sometimes defies convention, and always instructs and engages. In this set you’ll learn:
How to control yarn size with your hands, not with wheel adjustments.  How to create the most wonderful preparations using cards, combs, and more.  A no-fuss way to dye fiber in your oven.  An easy approach to plying – and why plying may not matter much.  How to spin cotton while reading your favorite book.  And so much more. Published by Interweave.  Run Time: Disk 1 - 65 minutes, 2 Disk - 90 minutes.  2010  Click to YouTube to Preview this Video

POPULAR WHEEL MECHANICS DVD   Click here to Order
How to Choose the Wheel You Want, Love the Wheel You've Got, and Truly Master the Machine By Judith MacKenzie
The flyer spinning wheel is a subtle machine. Understanding this ingenious tool, optimizing its performance, and making it work for you is key to becoming an accomplished spinner.
In this far-ranging video, Judith MacKenzie looks at several of the popular wheels available to spinners today, dissects their differences, gives pointers on get the best from them, and shares tips and hints on making your wheel as efficient and versatile as it was designed to be.
You'll learn: How wheel size influences spinning
How the shape of your flyer affects your spinning
Why your hooks are on the same side of the flyer, or why you might want them to be
Why a pulley is not a whorl
How to spin six different yarns by making simple wheel adjustments
How to fill a flyer properly, and why it matters
And several dozen additional fascinating and critical facts and exercises that will make you a better spinner 2 Discs
Disc 1 Run Time: 64 minutes.   Disc 2 Run Time: 60 minutes Published by Interweave   2010

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A Spinner's Toolbox  Click here to Order

As a spinner, your most important, versatile tools are your own skilled hands. With those eight fingers and two opposable thumbs, plus a half-dozen simple techniques for manipulating the fiber supply, you can spin a full suite of yarn styles. The nuts and bolts:   Worsted   Semi-worsted   Woolen   Semi-woolen   Slub  Boucle

You’ll begin by seeing the unlikely possibility of spinning the six different yarns styles with a single fiber preparation. You’ll end by witnessing this revered master spinner, in a miracle of energetic ambidexterity, draft two fiber sources simultaneously into a single strong, lofty, funky novelty yarn. And so you can.  2 discs 142 minutes  2011   Click to YouTube to Preview this Video

START SPINNING Maggie Casey DVD   Click here to Order
Follow along with Eunny Jang as she learns the ins and outs of spinning from spinning teacher extraordinaire Maggie Casey.
This 2-disc DVD set will take you from just wool to good yarn and beyond. Learn how, when, and why to pre-draft your fiber; how to adjust your spinning wheel; how to spin good single yarn; and how to ply and finish a good skein. Plus, you'll see the basics for carding and combing, spinning with a long draw, spinning worsted weight, spinning from the fold, tackling exotic fibers from silk to cashmere to buffalo and beyond. 140 minutes   Click to YouTube to Preview this Video
Respect the Spindle   Click here to Order   Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool By Abby Franquemont
Enjoying resurgence in popularity thanks to the current trend of DIY crafts, the hand spindle remains one of the most productive, versatile, and convenient tools for creating stunning fiber arts from home, as this beautifully illustrated guide from a veteran spinner and spindle aficionado demonstrates. With step-by-step instructions, this essential manual details the basic steps of spinning and then advances to the more complicated spinning wheel, showing how to use the spindle to make specific types of yarn, explaining traditional spindle spinning techniques, and detailing five simple projects designed to instill confidence in creating a variety of yarns with this simple tool. Combining fascinating historical narratives, traditions, and cultures from around the globe with vivid photography, this all-encompassing tour of the spindle also boasts easy-to-follow, contemporary techniques and styles that affirm the tool's enduring legacy. DVD Video instruction. Abby "shows" you how to 72 minutes. Published by Interweave  2010    Click to YouTube to Preview this Video

HANDSPINNING WOOL-Advanced Techniques

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"As usual with Victorian Videos, the production is clear, crisp and professional. The camera zooms right is so you can see exactly what you're trying to accomplish" SPIN-OFF MAGAZINE.  Mabel Ross says that when we first learn to spin, we take what we get, and try to do something with it. In this video, Mabel will change all that for you as she teaches you how to spin yarn to a predetermined size that will fit the needs of your current project. You will learn how to prepare and spin different lengths of fibers to make worsted and woolen yarns for weaving or knitting, using shortdraw and traditional longdraw techniques. You will learn how to make a plied yarn of any exact thickness with just the right amount of twist, for various purposes, & how to repeat it exactly, at any time. You will learn to spin yarns of average thickness, very thick yarn, soft knitting yarn, and extremely fine gossamer yarn for knitting lace. If you're just beginning to learn to spin, we recommend you start with "Spinning Wool-Basics & Beyond"  112 minutes  

SPINNING WOOL - BASICS & BEYOND Wheels, Fiber Preparation & Spinning Techniques.

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"Easy to follow, great for the beginner ...I found this video exceptionally informative with tips even a more advanced spinner may have forgotten or overlooked."

With Patsy Zawistoski. If you're ready to start spinning on a spinning wheel, or have been doing some, but don't quite have the control you'd like, this is the video for you. In addition to a thorough explanation of single drive band, double drive band, & bobbin lead spinning wheels, you will learn about wheel set-up, fiber preparations, spinning various fiber preparations, pre-drafting, the importance of understanding wraps per inch, how to use a control yarn, woolen & worsted spinning techniques including point of twist, fingered draft, double drafting & spinning a parallel preparation. Learn how to ply from 2 bobbins or from one ball, make a 3-ply from one source. All of this will make your handspinning beautiful & successful.   102 minutes  

 

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