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Nov. 19th, 2014 | 11:16 am

The spinning workshop was really awesome. I learned a ton of different techniques: andean plying, long draw, winding a center pull ball on my thumb, crepe yarn construction, cabled yarns, and probably more i'm not thinking of. It was wonderful

It was also good to see a lot of folks from the guild. I haven't been involved for quite a while, so that was nice.

Woodturning class continues to go well. Last night was day 1 of bowls, and everyone is doing beautifully. They have some really nice cherry to work with, and I think they're all going to be very pretty when they're done.

I'm playing flute at church this Sunday. It has been a while since I've played so I had best get the flute out and practice a bit.

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from: zinniz
date: Nov. 20th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)

When it works, it feels like a magic trick! I think the main key for me was fiber prep. I get so many combed tops and they just don't work very well for long draw (at least not for me). Carded roving was so incredibly easy to spin that way. I could even do it one-handed.

I also did some long draw spinning from the fold with a yak/silk blend that was not easy to spin because the silk is so long and the yak is so short. That was another great technique I hadn't tried. I'm using it now to try to force myself through some angora/silk blend that i passionately hate.

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