Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fiber Fusion Northwest 3: Popular Wheel Mechanics

The afternoon spinning class today with Judith MacKenzie was Popular Wheel Mechanics.  Basically, it was how to use and make simple adjustments to your wheel to spin a variety of weight yarns.  Most of the spinning wheels that people brought were relatively new designs.  I have a fairly old Ashford Traditional wheel.  Judith talked about using different "pulleys" (the wheel manufacturers call them whorls) to get different weight singles, but I only have one "pulley" on my wheel.  It didn't matter, though, as she focused mainly on how to use tension to make your single bigger or smaller.  She spun all but the very biggest and very smallest of the above yarns on the middle sized pulley for her wheel.

She is just so full of information. She fixed a slight problem with my wheel, and worked on a few other wheels, too.  She is so knowledgeable about spinning traditions from around the world, that it is fun to hear her stories.

Here is the circle of my attempts to spin fatter and thinner yarns:
What fun!

shaping the planet with fat and thin yarn.

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