(202) FULL ~ Spinning II: Harnessing the Power of Twist and Grist

Twist plays a fundamental role in yarn construction but it also influences other aspects of the yarn such as the hand of the final fabric, durability, wearability, and drape. If you’re interested in learning how to control the amount of twist in your yarns, and how your twist choices influence project outcomes this class will cover those topics and more. You will leave knowing:

  • How twist influences the hand of your handspun fabric,
  • How much twist is desirable for a given diameter of yarn,
  • How much twist is desirable for different fibers (mohair, cotton, wool, and silk),
  • How assessing the angle of twist can improve your 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 201, 203 and 204 for the complete Introduction to Spinning content.


X-Alanna Wilcox

Experience Level:


Class Length:

Two-hour Class

Class Day/Time:

Saturday Afternoon

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 II:

  • Commercially spun yarn that spinner would like their handspun to be similar to (~1 yard).
  • Ability to print a handout prior to the beginning of the workshop
  • Index card.
  • Commercially-prepared combed BFL top humbug (1oz) or similar fiber prep and coloring as pictured here.
  • *Optional* Magnifying glass for observing yarn properties
  • *Optional* One length of 2 separate yarns, one a dark and another a light-colored yarn (high contrast like black and white or complimentary colors like red and green will work, about 3 feet long OR two high contrast strips of combed top)