Spinning to Weave - tips and tricks for success
- Spinning wheel with several bobbins
- Ball winder or andean plying knowledge
- Small niddy noddy might be useful but probably not necessary
- Tapestry needle, scissors, wpi gauge or ruler
- Foam core or sturdy card stock cut into 4in x 4 in or 4in x 5 in squares (3 or 4)
Weaving with your handspun yarns is satisfying. Whether you are using up your odd skeins or spinning for a specific project, there are many ways to help pave the way for your success.
Nina Bates received her Master Spinner Certificate with Distinction from Olds College. Before that, she was a self taught spinner, and a weaver who refused to accept that you couldn't do something with her handspun modernly, even if it was a “lost technique”, no longer feasible, or something which could cause me disappointment if it didn't work out. After 20 some years of spinning and 17 plus years of weaving, her experience has shown her that it's not rocket science and with a bit of sampling and planning, you can accomplish most weaving tasks with handspun yarn, both singles and plied.
This workshop does not require a specific kit. You are welcome to source the materials from your stash or local fibre supplier.
- Use bits and pieces from your stash and at least several different types
- Roving/Sliver (natural or lighter colours work best)
- Merino or something shortish suitable for long draw
- Flax - commercial flax roving is fine. Hemp or ramie could work as well.
- BFL or a medium to longer fibre
- Shetland, Finn, or whatever other fleece/fibres that you have on hand to play with