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Spinning: Copying a Commercial Yarn

May 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Alanna Wilcox has partnered with CVFG and our neighboring guilds to offer this great class at a 10% discount off the class fee of $50.  See your email and the newsletter for the discount code, or email programs@cvfg.org. NOTE: The class fee will include unlimited access to the class recording.

Analyze the properties of commercially spun yarns to achieve the same qualities in your handspun.

Now that you’ve mastered the basics of spinning and plying you might be interested in creating yarns that can be substituted in patterns written for commercially spun yarn. In this workshop, Alanna will walk you through how to analyze the properties in a commercial yarn and copy those qualities in your handspun. The techniques and topics covered will include:

  • How to measure twist in a commercial yarn
  • How to control yarn diameter
  • What is grist and how does it impact your yarn/pattern pairing


  • Yarn making tool: (working spinning wheel, electric spinner, or drop spindle, all welcome)
  • Spinning wheel oil (for spinning wheels and electric spinners)
  • Lazy kate (tensioned is preferred)
  • 3 empty bobbins with leader
  • index card (white if using colored wool/fiber, colored if using white fiber for ease of seeing)
  • a small piece of masking tape 
  • sharpie marker
  • Ability to print a handout
  • 1 oz BFL humbug top fiber or equivalent combed top with multi-color striations (link with example of desired fiber type

Level: Intermediate (able to spin a singles yarn continuously, ply singles together, and basic control of diameter of spun singles)

Questions: If you have any questions before or after taking the workshop you can contact Alanna via the contact form here.

Sign up here (remember to check your email or the newsletter for the discount code):  https://www.alannawilcox.com/online-workshops/copyingacommercialyarn


May 8
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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