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Do I only have one spinner on my friends list? I'd post this to the comm but I don't want to sound like a n00b...

Okay, so I'm looking into spinning fibers into yarns and threads. I'm actually getting ready to start trying...but I have a few questions.

First, what kind of fibers can I use for working on my skills? Can I use fiberfill? Cotton batting? Or do I have to go with 'natural' fibers? If so...where the f*ck do I get them? I haven't seen a single sheep around here, nor any alpaca or blah blah blah. I don't want to have to order online. What can I spin and where can I find it? For practice.

Secondly, what the hell? I see all this spun and dyed fiber and it looks like chunky umbilical cords. What would someone DO with yarn that fat? Why do people do that? It doesn't seem very useful to me. Why aren't they spinning something more useful? Then they dye it? What's the point? So they can show off colorful umbilical balls and say 'I made that!'? Am I just being too picky here? When I work with yarn or thread I expect an almost universal texture unless I'm going for a strange look...why would I make something that isn't uniform on purpose? Then DYE IT? I'm not seeing them make anything out of their umbilical balls. What are they doing with them?

Edit: I've now seen what they're doing with them and it has absolutely no appeal to me whatsoever. Perhaps I'm just not 'hip' enough. I just want to spin wool yarns for cloth diapers (that don't have to be 'hip') and mostly threads for embroidery purposes.

Okay, so once I find out where to get fiber to spin, I'm making a drop spindle and embarking on my new quest. I know that I should expect to make yarn first, but I'd like to get to thread at some point so that I can start making specialized embroidery flosses. Does ANYONE spin thread anymore, or is it all about chunky umbilical cords now?


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Date: 2005-03-19 03:19 pm (UTC)
ext_26933: (la fileuse - the spinning girl)
From: [identity profile] apis-mellifera.livejournal.com
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. :)

Date: 2005-03-19 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigrrgrr.livejournal.com
Doh! I should have thought to point her to icanspin!

Glad someone had their brain turned on today!!

Date: 2005-03-19 03:41 pm (UTC)
ext_26933: (Default)
From: [identity profile] apis-mellifera.livejournal.com
Well, mostly turned on. I think between us we got pretty much everything covered. :)

Date: 2005-03-19 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] habibekindheart.livejournal.com
Thank you for your information! I'm a member of 2 spinning groups on LJ, but just now decided it's time to take the plunge. There's just so much to learn about preparation and spindle types, etc.

I did check out the sites you recommended and bookmarked them. I'm sure they'll be helpful to someone who self-teaches like I do.

LOVE your blog, fantastic work :)

Thank you so much for visiting and helping me out!


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