/ by: RoseHoffaQuilts

Lace Spinning

So on Sunday I took the 4 hour class of lace spinning with Patsy Zawistoski – the Spinning Guru and let me just confirm she is the guru. If you ever get a chance to take a class with her, please do. I started off like many of us with her beginning video and that is wonderful too, but she is a delight in person.

My biggest problem with the lace spinning is I want to resort right back to long draw and one of the secrets is a lot of control. Kinda a modified inch worm – short draw method. We started off with the silk hankies – totally fun and much easier and less intimidating than I ever realized. I must do the ones I snagged at the festival soon.

From there we did all sort of samples and Patsy had these wonderful cards to keep track and make notes all set up for us and ready for us to go.

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I loved the silk

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and superfine merino the best. Go figure.

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My next favorites were the combed merino and the Targhee. This is the Targhee.

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Not my least favorite but no where near the top was Polwarth. I always thought I would like this and nearly bought some over the weekend, but found I didn’t care for it or at this this one so much.

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My least favorite was spinning merino from the lock. You can it get very, very fine. However, I just didn’t care for it as much, but I’m glad I did it.

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One of the things I was surprised about is that it’s all just not as tricky as you may think. For instance, while I will never say I didn’t need the Lendrum, because I love her so – I think I could spin lace like Patsy does on her Joy. She also brought her Traditional, so if your a traditional fan your in good company.

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  • LOVELY YARNS!!!
    I wish could spin too! That’s mine next what to learn!

    Anyway… I just start my“Knitting Video Cast” you can check it out and see what you think about and Comment me!

    Thanks!
    Charles

  • Very nice lace! Thanks for the tip on spinning lace with the modified inch-worm method. Is that how you spin the silk too?

  • I taught myself how to spin using her video…it was really dated…but such fabulous instruction that I was happily spinning on my wheel within an hour of watching her. I would LOVE to take a class with her some day.

  • I LOVE the chart on the side of your blog, Madame Purl!!! How did you do it? And I am jealous of the classes you are taking! They sound like so much fun!

  • COMMENTS (5)

    1. Bonnie 26 July - 2007

      I LOVE the chart on the side of your blog, Madame Purl!!! How did you do it? And I am jealous of the classes you are taking! They sound like so much fun!

    2. Rissa 25 July - 2007

      I taught myself how to spin using her video…it was really dated…but such fabulous instruction that I was happily spinning on my wheel within an hour of watching her. I would LOVE to take a class with her some day.

    3. Jackie 25 July - 2007

      Not sure if I have ever mentioned this blog to you or maybe you already know of it… she has great in-depth articles on spinning.

      http://spinningspiderjenny.blogspot.com/

    4. Jackie 25 July - 2007

      Very nice lace! Thanks for the tip on spinning lace with the modified inch-worm method. Is that how you spin the silk too?

    5. Charles "The Knitter 25 July - 2007

      LOVELY YARNS!!!
      I wish could spin too! That’s mine next what to learn!

      Anyway… I just start my“Knitting Video Cast” you can check it out and see what you think about and Comment me!

      Thanks!
      Charles