I recently was asked the question, “Where do I start to learn about spinning?” When asked this question, I suggest two sources, your local yarn shop and your local spinning and weaving guild. Local shop owners typically know who spins and who would possibly give lessons. However, to me, the best source is your local spinning and weaving guild. Guilds are made up of seasoned spinners who often give lessons. To see if there is a guild in your area, visit Handweavers Guild of America and Interweave Press, Spinning Guilds.
For me personally, I learned from books, asking questions of my online fiber pals and watching quite a few YouTube videos. I also joined a few of the groups on Ravelry that are dedicated to spinning, one in which is perfect for new spinners, the Beginning Spinning Group. These groups not only give you ideas, but much needed support and you can ask questions that are answered by spinners who have been around a while and know their stuff.
- The Joy of Handspinning – reference source and how to
- Tricotin – reference source and how to website
- Learn to Spin Yarn – Knit Picks for using a Hand-Spindle
- How to Use a Drop Spindle – demonstrates the use of a drop spindle
- What Spinning Wheel Should I Buy – Neauveau Fiber Arts; also check out Ashley’s other YouTube videos
I would also suggest taking a look at the following books, all great sources with step-by-step “how-to” instructions and tips.
- Start Spinning by Maggie Casey
- Respect the Spindle by Abby Franquemont
- Teach Yourself Visually – Handspinning by Judith MacKenzie McCuin.
- The Spinner’s Companion by Bobbi Irwin
Also, subscribe to Spin-Off, a publication from Interweave Press. This magazine also is packed with ideas, suggestions, tips and great projects. Be sure to visit and join the Spinning Daily website. You must register but it’s free and it’s great place to visit for spinning information, as well as downloads of free how-to projects. When visit, check out their free eBooks Learn How to Spin with Drop Spindles, Introduction to Spinning Wheels and Spinning Wool.
I hope this helps and will get you started into the wonderful world of spinning. For those of you who already spin, please share your experiences and how you got started. I would love to know!
Until next time, happy knitting, spinning, crocheting and crafting!