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Taught by Amy King
Online Class

Foundations of Spinning

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Learn what to do after you take your wheel out of the box, with expert guidance from renowned fiber artist and author Amy King. You’'ll begin by getting to know your wheel, its drive system and what each part does. Next, get warm and fuzzy with fiber! Learn about different fiber types and the various states in which you may find your fleece. Discover proper posture and hand placement as you prepare to spin. Amy will also work through a few wheel games to familiarize your body with these new movements. Then, find out how to attach a leader to the bobbin as you practice spinning with several different fibers. You’ll work through honing your skills, creating twists and even journaling your yarn to track your impressive improvements! Plus, explore a variety of plies as you learn Andean plying, plying from bobbins, cable and more before finishing your yarn with ease. Finally, find out how to care for your wheel so that it’s always ready to go for a spin!


  • beginner
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h58m

Included in this Class

1. Getting to Know Your Wheel

1. Getting to Know Your Wheel

Meet your instructor, spinning expert Amy King, and learn about the different types of spinning wheels, their parts and how they work. If you already have a wheel or are shopping for a new one, you're sure to glean some useful advice.

2. Fibers

2. Fibers

You'll want to choose a high-quality fiber to practice with, but how do you know what to choose? Amy walks you through the types of fleece that are available, from unprocessed Shetland fleece full of lanolin and vegetable matter to washed and combed top from a Wensleydale sheep. You'll consider staple length, how the fibers are aligned, whether you want natural or dyed wool and what the best choices are for beginners.

3. Getting Started at Your Wheel

3. Getting Started at Your Wheel

Are you ready to start spinning? Amy shows you the best posture for spinning in ergonomic comfort, then explains the S and Z twists that form in your yarn as you spin. If you're brand-new to spinning or looking for a refresher, Amy offers some spinning games that will help you get used to treadling and feeding the fiber through your hands -- a process that will help you get a feel for your wheel's settings.