Date: 2005-03-19 03:19 pm (UTC)
ext_26933: (la fileuse - the spinning girl)
Depending on where you live, you may have no choice but to purchase your fibers online. There's nowhere near me that sells unspun fiber, so I get most of mine online.

When you start, you're probably going to get the bulky/chunky stuff. It takes practice. There are videos at http://www.icanspin.com and http://www.joyofhandspinning.com The lighter your spindle, the finer the thread you can spin. I have a teensy tiny toy wheel spindle that I can get thread as fine as one strand of embroidery floss on--when I ply it, it'll probably be around the size of #8 perle cotton, if not a bit finer.

Interweave puts out a spinning magazine quarterly, Spin-Off (http://www.interweave.com/spin/). They have a link to guilds across the US there, so that may be something you want to check out, too. Local people can let you know where to go locally to get fiber and provide you with hands-on help. It's definitely a learning process.

Finally, there's a pretty good community on LJ, [livejournal.com profile] spinningfiber, but I'll warn you that most of what gets posted, picture-wise, is the chunky umbilical cord type stuff (which I also have a dislike for; I am much more interested in making yarns to actually, you kow, make things from).

And I have a fiber arts blog: Bellwether (http://bellwether.eilatan.net/), if you want to see the sorts of yarns I've been making on drop spindles.

Hope this helps. :)
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