Learning to Spin (Arrowmont Part 1)

I have wanted to learn how to spin for quite some time because I always want very specific, non-traditional yarns for my weavings.  I am also conscious of the sourcing and production costs of my materials, which limits my yarn options even more.  I was really grateful to receive the Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship to study Hand Spinning for the Woven Picture with Jovencio de la Paz at Arrowomont last week.  I learned and produced more than I could have ever imagined, and I'm quite confident spinning will be an integral part of my work for the rest of my career.

The very beginning of my first yarn hand spun on the wheel.

The very beginning of my first yarn hand spun on the wheel.

I overspun this part by accident since I'm a beginner trying all sorts of things, but I thought it looked quite beautiful.

I overspun this part by accident since I'm a beginner trying all sorts of things, but I thought it looked quite beautiful.

It was beautiful, but I still I fixed it.

It was beautiful, but I still I fixed it.

Even though I had a decent handle on spinning from the start, I still made some hilarious beginner errors.  Here I treadled backwards for less than a second and I had to laugh at the mess I created.

Even though I had a decent handle on spinning from the start, I still made some hilarious beginner errors.  Here I treadled backwards for less than a second and I had to laugh at the mess I created.