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An effort to make a contribution: Helpful Links for Beggining Spinners (WIP)

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Since I've found this site so helpful, I decided to try to be helpful as well. The following is a list of all the links I've found helpful, so far, in regards to spinning that can be found looking through the archives of this site. Some links are directly to post currently existing in the forums. Some are to off site websites. Some sites sell yarn, others have tutorials, but all have been really, really helpful to me as I think about attempting spinning. This list will grow and be helpfully organized as I can add to it. If anyone has any helpful links they would like to add to this list please post.


The list to date so far:




Getting Started Spinning Links:


Tutorials: http://www.artofspinning.com/tutorials.shtml

Articles, Tutorials, helpful information: http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/

I can spin.com, nough said: http://www.ispindle.com/toc.htm

Helpful links at: http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/spinning

Spin-off Maginzine: http://www.interweave.com/


Where to buy as recommended by Crocheters of Crochetville:


Email only contacts here and here: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=4382&page=3



Online Stores, Ebay, Etsy, etc:


























Processing your fleece: Washing and Carding


Washing fleece yourself:






Sending it away for processing:



Make your own Drop Spindle and learning how to use it




Dying your yarn:


Pictures of Kool-Aid Dying Results: http://www.thepiper.com/fiberart/koolaid/images/colorchart-max.jpg


Good books, Articles, Etc


Creating Projects with unspun rovings: http://www.dudleyspinner.com/createwithunspunroving.html

Good article on Spinning: http://fiberlife.blogspot.com/2006/03/historical-spinning.html

Good Books for Beginners: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=25306

Information on Wool Breeds: http://www.apparelsearch.com/education_research_wool_sheep_breeds.htm


Fiber Festivals Alaphebetical by State:


Maryland: http://www.sheepandwool.org/


Spinning Guilds Alapha by State:






New Jersey: http://www.northcountryspinners.org/index.htm


Creating projects with your homespun yarn:


Free Crochet Patterns: www.crochetpatterncentral.com, Crochetville.com

Free Knitting Patterns: www.knittingpatterncentral.com

Both: www.lionbrand.com


(I'm afraid thats all I have for now, but will keep adding links as I find them or as suggested by anyone on this thread)

Edited by inkstained
Adding more links

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*smiles* It's no problem really. You were the first person to post something helpful on my first thread and what I've seen on the spinning board so far, you are always there to help.


So it is not I who is sweet, but thee. Thank you for all your help.


And thank you to anyone here on this board who has help us new spinners or people who are thinking about spinning but don't no where to start.

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Added three links to lists of Spinning Guilds by State!

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Another fiber source (mill ends from Brown Sheep)




Thanks for including me in helpful links. That was sweet!


Can those who have order these mill ends tell me please how they liked the fiber....was it next-to-the-skin soft?

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Tia, It depends on what you get. These are mill ends from the Brown Sheep mill which makes wonderful yarns. If you're unsure about any of it, contact Carol Lee and ask her opinion

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Thanks, who is Carol Lee?


I guess I'll just have to try them and see what comes. If something is really scratchy I'll just make a rug!

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I'm planning on making my first venture into spinning, and all of the links that everyone has posted in this thread (and in other threads in this section) have all been super helpful!

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Thanks for this information! Exactly what the hubby and I were looking for! :)

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Wow, thanks for this list. I am a very new spinner, and trying to figure the thing out has been a challenge. The tutorials will be especially helpful!

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