Saturday, March 8, 2014

Learn to Spinn yarn classes at Saori Santa Cruz

Rebecca wanted to learn to make her own yarn and came to a beginning spinning class ( all  Saori Santa Cruz classes specialize  in personal  student attention and specific  individual focuses be it weaving, spinning sewing etc.)
 Before we went to the wheel we practiced spinning on a Turkish drop spindle . She learned quickly. After  the basics  she moved on to use her new fiber drafting skills to make yarn on the Louet spinning wheel. Rebecca's fleece to yarn journey….

In about 30 minutes she was building up a nice ball of hand spun singles yarn
some students take longer to learn but  it was as if she had learned to spin yarn before .
I trurly believe some of our ancestry and DNA leave markers and attribute to different learning sets  especially resurfacing in the fiber arts. 
Her grand mother spun she told me latter. 

Rebecca knits and crochets, I took a shot  of a  cute snail she made

Wait , it is not just a snail ! How clever she crocheted around a retractable tape measure
… pull his head and out comes the tape!
push his shell and it retracts!

The transition to the wheel can be challanging but Rebecca made it smoothly

Filling up the bobbin with  dark Coopworth fleece singles  spun into  yarn on the Louet S17 wheel and the wonderful  Louet art yarn flyer
 Using her while Perndale fleece singles she  had spun on the drop spindle she learned to ply the two together on the wheel.

….and how to use the Niddy Noddy to remove her  finished 2 ply from the wheels bobbin into a skein
twisting the skein

 she will soak it and let it dry at home to set the twist . Her first hand spun little skein …. her spinning journey has begun….

Peace through fibers
Jill Nickolene

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