Making Yarn

The technical stuff - long draw, short draw, woolen, worsted, ratios, twist, plying and everything else you need to know to spin great yarns.

Beginning to Spin on a Wheel star[offsite link]
A wonderful web page from Interweave Press with photos and how-to tips to get the new spinner started.

Cabled Yarns star
How to make cabled yarns.

Direct and Indirect Yarn Count Systems star
Did you know that there are at least eight (8!) different ways of figuring the woolen count of spun yarn? And that none of the 8 work for worsted yarns? What a mess! And them along came TEX......

Drafting for Spinning star
A look at the usefulness of different drafting methods

Finishing Handspun Yarns star
Finishing your handspun yarns.

Knitting with Handspun Yarn star
Tips on knitting with handspun yarns

Long Draw Spinning star[offsite link]
Excellent photography to show the long draw spinning technique.

Navajo Plying star
How to Navajo ply your yarns.

Rigging Your Wheel For Spinning fine Yarns star
Tips for adjusting your wheel for fine spinning.

Setting The Twist star
"Setting" the twist in handspun yarns.

Short Draw Spinning star[offsite link]
Excellent photography to show the short draw spinning technique.

Skeining Yarn star
The hows and whys of skeining yarns.

Spinning Boucle Yarns star
Love textured yarns? Try spinning a boucle.

Spinning Boucle Yarns - Variations on a Theme star
Some different ways to spin boucle yarns.

Spinning Painted Roving star
Are those beautiful hand painted rovings you bought spinning up to be muddy looking and drab? Keep the colors looking brilliant with this simple technique.

Spinning Thick and Thin star
Congratulations, you can finally spin an even yarn! But now you want to spin thick and thin? Read on for a few easy steps to create an art yarn worthy of your next project!

Spinning To A Size star
Lace weight or bulky, here is an easy exercise for learning how to spin the size of yarn you want.

Spinning With Glitz star
How to add glitz and metallics to your handspun yarn.

Spinning With Sliver for a Smooth Summer Yarn star
Spinning a fine smooth yarn from a sliver preparation.

Spinning Woolen & Worsted Yarns star
Putting fiber preparations and drafting methods together to spin the yarn you want.

Using TEX star
How to compute the TEX count of your yarns.

Weaving With Handspun Yarns star
Some considerations for handspun warp yarns.

Woolen and Worsted Yarns star
Woolen and worsted yarns and the differences between them.

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