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July 19 , 2007

The Rookie's Field Guide to Supported Spinning


Not an exhaustive history of spinning (supported or otherwise), nor a description of The One Right Way to Spin Supported, and entirely without any attempt to define The Best Kind of Spindle, the Field Guide is an overview of the ancient art of supported spinning which is enjoying a surge in popularity among spinners of all ages.
The Field Guide includes instructions for making your own supported spindles from inexpensive and easily obtained materials, and provides guidelines for scavenging your cupboards or local thrift store for spinning bowls. To make sure you are starting off on the right foot, the Field Guide also contains instructions on Spindle Quality Assurance: how to tell if the spindle you've made (or acquired) will be good enough to learn on.
Then, since the whole point of this adventure is to produce yarn, the book includes suggestions for selecting and preparing fibre, several methods for spinning one handed, clues to help you wind neatly onto the spindle shaft, and some techniques for plying and dealing with your finished yarn. Like all of the fibre arts, the real learning happens when you hold the tools and fibre in your hands and practice the skills in real life. The Field Guide will suggest possible routes you might take on your journey, but the path you take will be your own.
Join us on a great yarn making adventure, it's going to be fun!

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