Last week I hosted a ‘learn to spin’ afternoon. We had drop spindles and two wheels. Because no-one had spun before I started with lengths of commercial my sun yarn – about 12 metres each. These were used to learn the basics of working the spindle and twist direction.
After everyone was feeling more confident, fibre was introduced. This was lightly scoured Jacobs fleece with a little oil left to make it easier to spin.
Strengthened by team and home made oat biscuits we progressed to the wheels.
The Ashford single drive, double treadle Traveller was the most popular. But even that took some easing into.
Everyone got some yarn made.
We plan another soon.