Posted by: Alison Daykin | July 10, 2009

Long Draw Spinning

Tomorrow I’m off to my local guild, the Derbyshire Guild, for a workshop with the Longdraw Spinners. It should be a really interesting workshop and am very interested to see which method of Longdraw they teach us or it they teach both.
Jane and I wrote about Traditional English longdraw in our book, but there is an American version, which isn’t “true” English longdraw and usually uses pre-prepared fibres such as tops where the fibres remain parallel when spinning and is more of a worsted/semi-worsted method of spinning. Whereas, “true” English longdraw uses shorter fibres, prepared in rolags and the drafting method ensures the fibres remain in their haphazard arrangement trapping air in the spun yarn and ensuring plenty of loft!
You will find the instructions in Creative Spinning on page 18.

Alison

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