(201) Spinning I: Fiber Prep and Drafting Methods

2021-Workshops - Wilcox-fiber-prep-and-draft-1As spinners we have access to numerous types of fiber preparations but each preparation can be paired with a range of different drafting styles to produce different qualities and properties in your handspun yarn. In this class you will learn about the properties inherent in different fiber preparations and which drafting techniques work well in combination. You will leaving knowing more about:

  • The difference between carded and combed fiber,
  • The qualities and properties of carded and combed fibers,
  • Drafting techniques such as long draw, short draw, forward and backward draw,
  • Woolen and worsted spinning.

Format: Teacher-led demonstrations with option for students to participate. If students prefer to watch the workshop once and then do spinning exercises outside of the workshop time that is fine too. Students should be comfortable spinning a continuous yarn. Students can take this as a stand-alone class or in conjunction with Spinning 202, 203, and 204 for the complete Introduction to Spinning content.


X-Alanna Wilcox

Experience Level:


Class Length:

Two-hour Class

Class Day/Time:

Saturday Morning

Maximum Class Size:


Student Supplies:

Materials I will use in demonstrating and students may wish to assemble to perform the same spinning exercises:

  • Yarn making tool (working spinning wheel, drop spindle, or electric spinner).
  • Spinning wheel oil (if using a wheel or e-spinner to ensure equipment is in good working order).
  • 1 empty bobbin with leader.

Plus for Spinning I:

  • Commercially prepared combed wool top (1 oz).
  • Commercially prepared carded wool roving (1 oz).