Spinning Stupendous Singles
Spinning singles can seem tricky at first, but fiber studio owner and spinning instructor Amy King is here to help you make gorgeous, lightweight yarns! Begin by learning what materials and tools you need to make well-spun singles. Then, start spinning bold, energized singles that add a unique energy to your work. Next up, discover Amy's techniques for making stunning stand-alone singles with tips for pre-drafting, evaluating and setting yarns. Move on to flex your spinning muscles by changing the thickness, or grist, of yarns and learning how to spin with consistency. Once you master grist, find out how to add intrigue with thick-and-thin singles that alternate colors and fibers, before exploring the creative possibilities of novelty yarns. Finish class with tips for spinning marled, wrapped, coiled and beehive singles that add incredible texture to your work.
Amy King is a renowned fiber artist, author and owner of Spunky Eclectic, a fiber studio and online community for artists. She is best known for her fiber samples and the Spunky Eclectic fiber club that she founded. She is also the author of "Spin Control: Techniques for Spinning the Yarn You Want." Amy has been called a spinning force to be reckoned with, but really, she simply enjoys helping people get started with their wheels and take their spinning to the next level.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Amy will start class by making sure you have the right tools and raw materials for spinning. Move on to learn the basic adjustments that will help you spin your best single-strand yarns and get a peek at projects that make singles shine.
Move on to spinning energized singles. These coiled yarns are easy to make by mistake, but Amy will show you to how and why you'll want to make this kind of yarn.
Learn how to make the standard stand-alone single. Amy will share her insight on how pre-drafting can help your spinning, how to honestly evaluate your work and how to set your yarns so they keep their size and drape.
Ready to flex your spinning muscles? You'll discover how to spin different thicknesses, or grists, of yarn. Plus, Amy will give you tips to improve your consistency.
What if you want a yarn that changes grist? Then, thick-and-thin singles are for you! You'll learn how this yarn "works" and even see how to change it up with different colors and fibers. If you're not sure what to do with this fun type of single, Amy will share some project inspiration.
What will you explore next? In the final lesson, you'll learn about novelty yarns that add interesting texture to your singles. Amy will teach you how marled and wrapped singles play with the basic nature of singles, before you move on to coils and beehives, which add a definite pop of texture.