Tips and Tricks for
These are tips and tricks for spinning compiled by the
Donít put too much fiber on at once. Take your time.
Best to keep the fiber on the surface, and flick it,
donít pack it down.
For nicely shaped rolags electric drum card first, then
Roving - card after dyeing, donít agitate.
For space-dyeing, stencil and foam brushes work best.
Oil the wheel and parts often. After every use is best.
Use Vaseline on the metal shaft of the spindle.
A non-slip lead on the bobbin can be made by doubling a
length of yarn wrapped on the bobbin with a larks-head first and then followed
by a half-hitch knot/loop.
Always maintain tension, very important to be consistent.
For crushed roving place pulled apart sections into tepid
water for 5 minutes or so, remove and dry carefully without wringing or
flattening. This will bring back the loft to the roving.
When drafting a new fiber a drop spindle is a good way to
learn how the fiber behaves.