How to Spin: From Choosing a Spinning Wheel to Making Yarn. by Beth Smith

By Beth Smith

Expert Beth Smith teaches you every little thing you must comprehend to spin your personal yarn, from opting for a spinning wheel to each level of getting ready your fiber, plying, winding off, and completing. totally illustrated step by step directions make it easy and simple!  

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The take-up on this type of wheel is strong enough that the brake doesn’t need to be tightened very much, if at all. IRISH TENSION SE TUP bobbin drive band orifice drive wheel Spindle Wheel A spindle wheel doesn’t have a bobbin or a flyer. A spindle is driven by turning the drive wheel with either a treadle or by hand (as for great or walking wheels and Charkhas). The drive band turns the spindle, and the turning spindle adds twist to the fiber. indd 26 12/23/15 1:42 PM farthest from the point, then the direction is changed again to allow the yarn to wind onto the spindle.

Although the long-draw technique can be used on any spinning wheel, it’s the only method that can be used on a great wheel or spindle wheel that’s turned by hand, such as a Charkha (see page 20). Good fiber preparation is crucial for true long-draw drafting. Because only one hand is available to do both the drafting and spinning, the fibers must be open and able to slide past one another with very little effort. 5 cm) long and rolled into rolags work best, but mill-prepared roving can be used if it hasn’t been too compacted.

It also won’t be long before you can feel when a bit of oil might be needed. Proper oiling and lubrication will help your spinning wheel and bobbins stay in good shape for a good long time, and will help you spin your best. Be sure to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions when deciding where to oil your particular wheel. indd 32 12/23/15 1:42 PM Wood Care Take care of the wooden parts of your spinning wheel the same way you’d take care of a good piece of furniture. About once a year, clean wheels that don’t have a clear finish with a damp cloth, followed by a coat of wood conditioner.

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