We held our first spinning workshop here at the shop on Sunday with Gina our spinning tutor. It was great fun. First of all we were able to explore yarn from different breeds of sheep and Gina explained what makes a good garment yarn (as opposed to a good carpet yarn) and showed how to find out how long the staple is on a fleece (you'll have to come to the next workshop to find out!).
We then had a go at drawing the fleece out -- basically this helping the fibres of the yarn lie more evenly so that it is easier to spin them. After that we had a go at spinning with a drop spindle -- there was lot of pinching involved with that. Pinching of fibres that is, not each other. Some succeeded better than others with the drop spindle!
Lunch was very civilised with home-made soup, cheese, ham and home-made bread and then we got onto the knitty-gritty with the spinning wheels. Altogether we had a selection of six wheels to use, some of them single treadle and some double treadle and it was really quite interesting how different each wheel feels to use. We produced 1-ply yarn which then needs to be plied with another 1-ply so we had a go at that too.
We all finished with a small hank of yarn that we had made ourselves, so thank you Gina for a really enjoyable day.
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Here we will share our experiences of running a local yarn shop in South Wales.