Magical Turkish Spindles

Ilisha Helfman

Sunday All Day

This class provides an overview of lots of possibilities for using Turkish spindles. Nothing is lovelier than watching beautifully patterned layers pile up on your spindle and watching them reveal themselves again in reverse order as you use your yarn. Learn to wind gorgeous cops, to ply from your cops, and to use them for easy skein winding. Plying in beads, silk flowers and sequins will be demonstrated as will ply on the fly (chain plying as you spin your singles). Support spindling with your Turk as well as spinning energized singles (and their uses), will also be discussed as will thoughts on combining colors and fibers and a basic wash process to set the twist. There will be lots of Turkish spindle spun skeins made from numerous fiber mixes to examine. Special emphasis will be placed on ergonemetric hand positions to provide hours of comfort and safety and to help you spin beautifully consistent singles (if consistency is a goal). In addition there will be a discussion of stained glass inspired spinning and knitting which can fill your work with luminous color and shimmer! There will be time in class for you to practice whatever aspect or level of Turkish spindling that interests you or that you might need individual help with.

Skill level: All levels welcome. A full starting procedure will be demonstrated and discussed along with the more advanced techniques.

Material Fee: $8 for a variety of small samples of different fibers to try plus a 1 page handout

Turkish Spindle 1

Student Supplies: A Turkish spindle if you have one or you can purchase one in the marketplace after we discuss specific features. The instructor will have a few available for trying out in class if you don’t have one to bring. Please let her know if you’ll need one to try. Fiber samples will be provided. In addition you may bring samples of your own fiber which the instructor may be able to help you with for use with a Turkish spindle.

Homework: None