By Tanya

This is a site to catelog, track and share all the various projects I create. It is intended to share and log successes and failures of my various craft projects. Soon you will see Handmade Cards, Knitting projects, Scrapbook pages, and Quilting projects, to name a few.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Drop Spinning Tutorial

This post is dedicated to Heidi as she was my drop spinning teacher and held a very informative class at London-Wul Farm. I highly recommend learning to drop spin with someone familiar with the skill because it will be much more enjoyable and easier to pick up.

When I got home after my class I continued spinning and filled the spindle. I was a little unsure the first time what I was then to do with this spun yarn. Here are the steps that I discovered:

  1. First start with a peaceful room
  2. Spinning room

  3. Then add fiber
  4. Spinning basket
    This is combed Polworth wool. Spin until the spindle is full. In this picture I'd say the spindle is pretty full. I will not get into how to spin exactly because that is better learned by an experienced spinner and in person so they can show the techniques one on one. I will give one piece of advice: pre-draft! I was having a horrible time until I started pre-drafting the fiber so thin that I did not have to draft at all while spinning. This helped a lot, and now I can draft as I spin, but as a beginner it made all the difference.

  5. Once the Spindle is full, make a center pull ball with a ball winder perferably

  6. Taking spun yarn off spindle
    I made this spindle holder out of a simple tissue box.
    More single ply coming off spindle
    Complete ball of single ply

  7. Now it's time to ply. Simply take the center pull from the ball along with the outside piece of yarn from the ball and tie them to the spindle. Then just spin them together but make sure to spin the spindle in the opposite direction from the one you used when spinning the yarn originally.
    Plying the yarn
    Half way plied
    The single plies will be all twisty, but plying them should balance the twists out.

    Complete plied
    The spindle became very full and hard to work with, but I made it fit.

  8. Next make a skein using a Niddy Noddy. I didn't get a picture because the yarn started to fall off the Niddy Noddy because it was a little full so you will have to use your imagination. If you don't have a niddy noddy I believe you can use a hanger as well.
    Full hank of 2 ply
    Don't forget to tie the skein together in 2-4 places before removing from the niddy noddy.

  9. Give your skein a bath.
    Really it's just a soak. I used Eculan so I didn't have to rinse the yarn but you can also use another mild soap but make sure to rinse it in that case.

  10. Hang to dry with a weight to help the spin and ply settle.
    Hang to dry with weight
    I just used a shower gel as the weight because of the hanger on the end of the bottle but you can find various items around the house that will work. You just want something to straighten the yarn as it dries to help settle the plies. (Please ignore my hideous wall paper, bathroom is under renovation as we speak)

  11. Ta Da!
    Yarn closeup
    Completed Yarn
    2 ply yarn ready for knitting, or just to admire in your stash!



At Thursday, May 03, 2007, Blogger Knitting in Pink said...

Awesome tutorial, good job! And beautiful yarn, love the colors!

At Thursday, May 03, 2007, Blogger Line (pronounced Lynn) said...

I love your wonderful little tutorial. You actually got me planning to drop spindle again. Wonder if I still remember how?

At Friday, May 04, 2007, Blogger Shelley said...

Your spinning looks awesome! Mine...not so much, lol. I think I've wound too much on the spindle...I'll have to take it off I think. I don't have a ball winder, so not sure how I can ply it from both ends. I'm going to have to do better pre-drafting because I find that I'm getting a big ol' callous on my index finger from holding the yarn as I pull with my other hand (weird). I do draft, but as I'm spinning, I do need to do more of it. I'll try with a thinner pre-draft and see how that works.

Thanks for the tutorial!

At Saturday, May 05, 2007, Blogger AnnKnits said...

Awesome job Tanya,

You are a very creative and talented person.


At Saturday, May 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the tutorial too; very precise, ordered, systematic... Are you in informatics by any chance (just kidding)?

When is the spinning wheel tutorial?


At Thursday, May 10, 2007, Blogger KnittenKnots said...

GASP - a wheel!!! Tanya you are officially hooked! I'm a little behind on my blog reading so just catching up on the latest happenings - looks like fun!


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