Spinning to Weave
Materials fee: $50
The workshop will cover wheel set-up and spinning techniques, including ‘production’ spinning; faults and flaws to avoid in your weaving yarns; preparing your handspun yarns for weaving (with special reference to singles, including the use of sizes). We will discuss how the intended purpose of a yarn should influence choice of fibre and spinning technique. We will examine a selection of historic or handspun, handwoven textiles from the UK and elsewhere in order to learn from times and places with strong traditions of handmade fabrics. Having looked at handspun textiles we will at least discuss how to approach the task of replicating the yarn needed to weave a particular textile.
Although the focus is on spinning for weaving, this workshop may be of interest to anyone who’d like to learn to think mindfully about their spinning projects.
It is NOT suitable for beginning spinners: attendees must already be able to produce a continuous yarn using a spinning wheel or spindle. Although we will look at some cotton fabrics, the workshop is primarily about spinning wool.
Students to bring:
• spinning wheel in good working order and/or spindles suitable for spinning a range of yarns
• lazy kate or other equipment for plying
• hand cards suitable for medium and fine wools
• small wool combs if desired.
• handlens or other magnifying equipment
• digital scales capable of weighing 0.01g.