I will be adding many useful links and information about spinning, knitting, and more. Please check back frequently to stay updated!
There are many great resources out there for those of us who want to learn more about spinning whether using a spinning wheel or a drop spindle. This section is mainly going to be about the spinning wheel. I do however believe it is essential to start out on a drop spindle. This is an inexpensive way to learn the basics of spinning. Many people end up enjoying it more than an actual spinning wheel, and are quite fast at it too! It is easy to transport too, compared to a wheel. I personally prefer a spinning wheel, I love the sound it makes, the rhythm, and the enjoyment as well as exercise that you get from using one. On to our links and videos...
To learn the parts of the spinning wheel:
Video of how a wheel works, thanks Chicksinrubber!
What types of wheels are there and how do they work?
Here is an article on the types of wheels from thejoyofhandspinning.com
http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/wheel-styles.shtml Styles of wheels
http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/wheel-drives.shtml Wheel drive types
Here is a clip from a video you can purchase through Interweave
(a great company to learn from!!) that discusses how wheels work and purchasing them.
Here is a very thorough article on spinning, fiber, and so much more! A great one to print out:
Spinning techniques- Long and Short draw technique may sound confusing but they are the basics of how we create yarn. It is good to learn about both methods. As a beginner- you will most likely start out with the short draw technique.
Spinning from the fold: