(204) Spinning IV: Plying Beyond the Basics

Just like there are many ways to spin fiber into singles there are many ways to ply those singles to create different yarns. This class starts off with variations on basic plying using 2 bobbins and then builds on that knowledge to explore other plying possibilities for your handspun singles.
Plying techniques covered include:

  • Chain plying
  • Cabled yarns
  • Knotted yarns
  • Beaded yarns

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, 202 and 203 for the complete Introduction to Spinning content.


X-Alanna Wilcox

Experience Level:


Class Length:

Two-hour Class

Class Day/Time:

Sunday 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).
  • 4-5 empty bobbins with leader.

Plus for Spinning IV:

  • Lazy kate (tensioned is preferred).
  • Zip lock bag (sandwich size).
  • Seed beads.
  • Nymo or similar beading thread.
  • Combed top fiber for spinning (1 oz).
  • GUM EEZ-thru Floss threads or beading needle.