Yarn Making

A workshop from EMF 2018 by Vicki Winter

On Sunday September 2, 2018 at in Workshop 2

The drop spindle is a simple, handheld device, used to turn raw fibres into useable yarns and strings. In use since before recorded history, and still in use today, the drop spindle is portable, lightweight and versatile. It can be used to make a variety of yarns, from simple and practical, to bold and creative.

You'll learn the basics of how to turn soft, non-scratchy, merino wool fibre into a useable yarn. How to tweak your spinning to make yarns suitable for different purpose, and how to finish your yarns ready for use. We'll also cover the different kinds of plant and animal fibres, and their properties in spinning. There will be an oppourtunity to see a variety of different fibres, but wool will be the only fibre availiable to work with, as it is by far the simplest for beginners.

The kit is yours to take home, and includes 100g of wool fibre. Enough to make a full sized ball of yarn.