If you're like me, you think spinners are talking greek. There are so many terms and none of them are self-explanatory. I had a spinner visit our alpaca farm today and the only thing that was spinning after she left was my mind!!
However, she had planted a seed and I decided that I would look up some information about some of the terms that she had used.
Drop spindles twirl in mid-air as you spin, are often made of wood and need to be well balanced and not too heavy (between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 ounces).
Pre-drafting (no its not about the armed forces):
It is a technique of loosening the fibers so that you speed up your process and produce a much more uniform yarn. Holding your hands about 6 inches apart, you gently tug until you feel the fibers start to pull apart. You don't want to pull it completely apart.
Is the act of letting the fibers merge together and then letting the twisting action catch up to them.
Leader: (no not the drill sergent):
The leader is the starting yarn that comes up off the spindle. it may be made from your fiber or from an already made bit of yarn.
Stopping the twisting process by holding the drop-spindle between your legs.
Setting the spindle into motion by rolling it on your thigh with the palm of your hand.
Now that you have some hint as to terminology, watch the following youtube video to see how it all works:
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