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Date:12/25/2014 6:18:27 PM
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Spinning Fiber Demo really helps the learning!
Spin Off magazine has free pdf files for download and one of them is how to spin on a drop spindle. They are part of the Interweave family of magazines. There are also demos on You Tube.

You need to learn hands on by another person that spins. That really is the fastest way because they can show you the right way to do it.

There are dvd's out there for spinning basics and advanced versions. Online is Little House Spinning and Weaving Shop. She is right here in my town of Clyde Ohio and has had the shop for 30 years. Has 800 phone service for orders as not online as she is in the country and used to raise a flock of sheep along with her 7-8 children!!

There also may be a SPINNING GUILD near enough to you that you could go attend one of their meetings and find a spinner to teach you how to drop spindle (cheapest and portable method, about $5 or try out different spinning wheels at a cost up to $500 or so). There are even some out there home made out of pvc pipe.

As a farmer you have to be innovative and maybe you could barter something to get a used working wheel. Be careful as lots of old wrecked wheels are out there (antiques!).

The main thing is learn to spin with carded sheep rovings as it grabs onto itself the best and find the staple length of the fleece you are working with. Hold your hands half the distance of the staple length and as you feed the fibers out the twist will come up and make yarn and you won't drop the spindle!
Cheers, Bonnie Van Meter, Clyde, Ohio
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