Spinning lesson   15 comments

Keep the wheel going.  Don’t worry too much about how fast just yet.

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oops, keep the wheel going.

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If your hands stop, your feet have to as well.

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Don’t let the wheel tell you what to do.

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Keep your hands moving

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I think I will really like this spinning thing, although right now it is far from a relaxing process.

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I have to practice for half an hour each day, and go back next week, when she will show me how to hand card.

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By week three I will be plying, and will know how to wash fleece and will be a fabulous spinner.

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She said I did very well for the first time.

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It looks like a twisty lumpy mess. (I don’t have to worry about not getting enough spin in my yarn.)

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Did you know there are right handed and left handed wheels?  I didn’t.  The one I am using is right handed.

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I am left-handed.

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I think I can get it anyway.

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I want to go home now and practice.

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Debbie at the Purple Fleece in Stockton Springs Maine has the patience of a saint.

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The lesson was almost two hours long.

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For most of an hour of that she patiently said

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  1. Ooh exciting! Good luck with the practice

  2. LOL. All together now
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    😘

  3. You’re funny! I didn’t know there were left and right handed wheels. It sounds like its very rhythmic. More fluid than a drop spindle.

    slippedstitches
    • I never knew it either, but once I sat down to spin it became very obvious. I had to move over to the left and face more left as well, or I would have been working across my body with every motion,a nd that would have made me uncomfortable. She recommends a castle style wheel as a solution – everything is front and center, no handed-ness about it. They do make left handed wheels, of course, but not so often and more expensive.

      And I think it will get more rhythmic when I get better at it. 🙂

  4. Salpal, you will master spinning. I’m sure of it. Great blog opening.

    When I was driving home from a fiber festival where I had a mini lesson at a wheel, I thought over what I’d done and what I should have done. The guy demonstrating didn’t say do this or that, just do it and keep the wheel going. Well, after some deep thinking, I realized what I should have been doing, but wasn’t. For a few seconds in the car with only a steering wheel in front of me, I decided that I had it all figured out. I just need a spinning wheel now, and lots of practice….and real lessons.

  5. Sounds as complicated as learning to drive, but I’m sure once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll barely need to think about it. Never knew there was right and left wheels either.

  6. Such a fun way to write this post–loved it! I learned to weave, a little, long ago and can remember how hard it was to coordinate the different movements–like patting your head and rubbing your belly!

  7. draft, slide, feed…after a while it becomes one fluid motion! As to left and right handed wheels, I learned on an antique flax wheel, with the distaff on the left it was automatic to spin with the right hand closer to the orifice. I taught my daughter to spin on my castle wheel (a louet s-10), we are both right-handed, but in learning she was mirroring my movements and spins with her left-hand closer to the orifice 🙂 when plying I tend to work either way (left or right) One thing I’ve learned in teaching spinning (and observing other spinners) there’s no one method that is “right” once you learn the basics and practice, practice, practice! it’s what is comfortable for you and with different fibers you will change your approach to them if only slightly. Have fun.

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