Spinning Yarns!

Township Road in Lawrence County Ohio

October 14, 2012   We met at Marlene’s farm again in northern Lawrence County–a lovely drive through the hills, green fields, softly glowing trees and occasional flocks of Amish goats.  We may not have the brilliant colors we have had some years, but the drive was still a lift to the spirits!

Susan demonstrates the spinning wheel while Carol and Nancy watch

Susan, Bev, Rosalie and Marlene had their spinning wheels on hand, and there were also drop spindles available to practice spinning.  Several in the group were already accomplished spinners, and Susan demonstrated the wheel to those of us who “hadn’t a clue” about how to spin.

Bev and her spinning wheel

Amazing the difference a tiny adjustment in the tension made in whether the yarn wound onto the spool, or pulled apart!  Bev offered to peddle her spinning wheel for Cathy, who was just learning how to spin. Much easier to do for someone who has trouble walking and chewwing gum at the same time!  Something about poor hand, eye and foot coordination!

Once the newbies were absorbed in trying out their new spinning skills, we enjoyed a quiet time listening to whirring wheels and chatting about life.

Cathy tries drop spindle spinning using a polished stone spindle.

Various drop spindles of wood, polished semiprecious stone and CDs.

Susan brought her collection of drop spindles made of carved and plain wood as well as polished stone. There are several types of drop spindles available, each with its own characteristics. Here is a brief video of several types of spindles being used. One of Jay’s favorite spindles is made of two CDs!  A Turkish drop spindle allows a ball to be wound around the crossbars on the bottom, and once removed, yarn can be pulled from the interior of the ball. The Turkish drop spindle link is great–wish she had her radio turned off, though! Susan’s Turkish spindle is shown in the top left corner below.

The carved lucet (L) is used to make cord of various thicknesses. Heavier cords can be used as belts, even horse equipment! Finer cords make good shoe strings.

Jay demonstrated making cord using a carved wooden lucet or knitting fork. There are several ways to make cord, one resulting in a rather soft, round cord that stretches, the other more tightly woven with no stretch and a square cross section. There are other ways to use a lucet, as well.

Shambolic blouse–notice the locks along the bottom hem

Marlene showed several new Shambolic pieces–a white blouse,  a multicolored blouse and short jacket, the latter two hanging up in her studio. She also tried on a black dress that was still in progress.  Sorry, no picture of the dress–I was too busy spinning on a drop spindle to snap the camara.  Nancy took the dress home to add closures–didn’t catch whether it would be a zipper or something else.  We hope to see it next month when we meet at the French Art Colony.

Nancy models Susan’s “shawl collar”

Susan brought an unusual fall accessory that pulled over the head with a turtleneck-look top, and then pulled on down over the shoulders for a kind of shawl effect.  Apologies to Susan–I am describing it badly–check out picture! Susan spun three types of yarn for this project.


As we were leaving, I heard a bleating from Marlene’s barn. I couldn’t resist taking several shots of her new “Miracle Baby”–not a human but a goat kid, born of a mysterious union with one of two geriatric boar goats, too weak to walk. The old gentleman passed on to greener pastures before this little cutie was born!

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About apohfibg

I am the headblogger for the fiber guild. I consider myself an art quilter and enjoy using various fibers and fabrics.
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