Spinning Fiber to Yarn

I'm a hopeless clutz. I am having such troubles not only harvesting the fiber from our angora rabbit, but also spinning. So I found a book at Amazon.com that I ordered. Just happens to be written by Maggie Casey who owns Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins in Boulder, Colorado! I talked with her this afternoon, asking her what a hopeless clutz should first do to learn to spin.

Basically, she said start with wool, because the fibers are more forgiving and angora is a little more slippery.

Second, one should try all different kinds of spinning, from the drop spindle to different spinning wheels.

When I can afford it, I think I'll take one of her classes.

2 comments:

A Maine Homestead said...

You are doing well to even attempt spinning. It is something I often think of trying, but have never gotten there!
Nancy

MelVil said...

The hand book of rual tecnology (cloud burst 1&2) has plans for several spinning wheels including one made from a bicycle rim and 2x4's.
look on e bay for the book.
"HANDBOOK OF RURAL SKILLS AND TECHNOLOGY. 2 BOOKS IN 1." is available for $49.99
expensive!but it has BOTH cloudburst 1 and 2.
"Cloudburst: A Handbook of Rural Skills & Technology" $19.99
I dont remember if the spinning wheels are in cloudburst 1 or 2!