Transforming a fibre into a yarn using these
beautifully crafted tools is just the first step in producing
your own knitted or woven garments and furnishings.
Beginners may prefer to invest in a hand spindle although some
will decide to learn the process using a spinning wheel - the
techniques can be learnt
from a book, snippets from the internet, or through
a guild such as
of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers.
The sheer choice of superb fibres will tempt the
hand spinner to produce metres and metres of hand spun yarns for
their projects. In addition to the high quality wool,
cotton and silk fibres, there are the luxurious hair fibres
which include camel, alpaca, cashmere and kid mohair. The
'Designer Fibres' include the delicious blends of Merino &
Tussah and the Alpaca & Mulberry Silk, as well as Casein which
is made from milk protein.
If you're a production spinner, you may
wish to buy a drum carder to make light work of
preparing fleece and blending fibre ready for spinning.
Find out more about
Felt Making, Spinning and Silk Fusion >