Spinning Information

This collection of URLs is maintained in an effort to make information available to the textile community.

If you would like to have a site listed, please send email to: Rosemary Brock


Alden Amos makes Spindle Shafts
From Elaine Benfatto, information (complete with photos) of Alden making a spindle shank.

Andean Plying Bracelet - Step by Step
This page, at the SPINZZZ site, includes photos to walk you through this way of creating a center-pull ball.

Carding Fleece
Cheryl Benda explains how she washes wool.

Detail Classification of Yarns
This page, from the TexGuide folks, describes several forms of yarn classes.

Drop Spindles
From Lynn Ruggles, a discussion on drop spindles.

FAQs about Spinning
Christine Jordan's site discusses wheels and has specific reviews of a variety of wheels.

Fiber into Yarn
From Ann Garner, information on dyeing and spinning.

Flyer Spinning Wheel Plans
Based in England, the Craft Designs people sell plans to make various textile equipment.

Handspinning Methods
This page, from the Beau Monde Fiber Arts Studio, describes different spinning techniques.

How to Spin on a Drop Spindle
From Empress Cindy, step-by-step instructions for using a drop spindle.

How to use a Drop Spindle
From Kathryn of the Hills, a discussion on drop spindles.

Kevin Dunn Spins a Yarn
From his chemistry class as the Hampden-Sydney College, images showing Prof. Dunn spinning.

McMorrin Balance
A description of a handy tool for spinners (& weavers!).

The Processing of Wool into Yarn
The Fibronet site describes the wool production process.

Production of Yarn
Britannica.com walks you through the steps.

Selecting, Preparing, and Spinning Mohair
An article by Elizabeth Barkas.

Sheep Breeds Swap
As part of a CompuServe spinner's effort, Deanna Johnson compiled information about spinning 32 different kinds of wool.

Sorting Wool
An article on sorting wool for combing.

Spindle Spinning Instructions
The Grafton Fibers' site includes instructions on using a spindle (lots of pictures!).

Spinning from the Fold
This site includes instructions on how to spin from a fold of fiber. From the Grafton Fibers' site.

Stasia's Top-whorl Spindle Comparison Chart
A handy chart to compare information about top-whorl spindles.

Stress-Strain Curve in Fiber
This site, is from Cornell's TXA135 class.

Twine and Textiles
From a chemistry class as the Hampden-Sydney College.

Washing Instructions
The Clearing Corriedale farm includes information on how to wash your wool.

"Washing Wool Fiber and Textiles" by Tom Beaudet
At the FiberArts.org site, Tom explains the difference between soap and detergent and the five factors of felting.

Washing your Fiber
Cheryl Benda explains how she washes wool.

Washing your Fleece
From the Joy Handspinning site.

What did your Binns Ancestors Do?
A description of woolcombing pre-mechanism. (Did you know that one woolcomber could produce enough yarn to employ 14 spinners, and 14 spinners would produce enough to employ three (or just over three) weavers. The Book of Trades mentions that a pack of wool (240 Ibs) when madeinto stockings "will afford work for a week to 184 persons, viz 10 combers, 102 spinners, winders, etc. and 60 stocking-weavers, besides doublers, throwers and a dyer.")

What to Take with You
A list of things you might need when your take your wheel traveling.

Why Process your Own Fleece?
Marie-Christine Mahe offers an arguement for processing your own wool.

Wool Comb Demo
The good news is that the Palanca Farm site shows images of wool combing. I would encourage people interested in wool combing to read Peter Teal's book on Hand Wool Combing to see how to hold the combs.

Woolen, Semi-Woolen, Semi-Worsted, Worsted Spinning
An encouragement to try other spinning techniques.

Woolen vs Worsted Spinning Systems
Robert Donnelly, Taos Valley Wool Mill, has an article on the types of wool.

Why Take Classes...
An encouragement take classes.

Wrist Distaff Instructions
From Elaine Benfatto, information on how to make, and use, a wrist distaff.

Yarn Abuse
Marie-Christine Mahe offers advice she acquired from a Judith MacKenzie workshop.

Yarn Sizes and Substitutions
Esther Bozak provided the information for this KnitLink site.

Yarn Sizing
This site, from Gary Hegenbart, is a student project.


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