Spinning And Weaving Techniques
Tie the yarn around the shaft of the drop spindle. Make sure that this is tied around the long portion, next to the whorl. Turn the drop spindle a number of times in the arrow direction, then let the yarn wrap around the shaft. Take the starter yarn through the hook or notch at the drop spindle top. A top whorl drop spindle can hang from the starter yarn. A spindle, will do similarly in the end, although you need to rest it on a table to prevent falls. The lower hand will turn the drop spindle and let go of the twist. The upper hand will hold the fiber, slowly preparing it to turn into yarn, then prevent the twist from moving right into the fiber fore you spin.
The Spindle Activity
Spin the drop spindle in the arrow direction, the hold the loose end of the starter yarn using the upper hand, as you watch the twist collect in the yarn. Feather out a single and of the fiber then overlap it right on the yarn. Pinch the yarn and fiber using the lower hand, then pinch just over the point using the upper hand. Rotate using the lower hand, then move the hand up to the pinch position. Do not worry much about the spindle's activity, but keep it from turning backward, away from the arrow then let go of the twist.
It is acceptable for the spindle to flop over one side after it has rotated successfully, or once you stop it. When there is a twist in the starter yarn, you can continue working. Position the upper hand up the fiber, pulling a little to loosen the fiber between the hands. Pinch the fiber using the uuper hand then slide the lower hand next to it. The twist glides behind the lower hand to produce yarn successfully.
The hands will repeat the pinch, pull and slide motions, while the lower hand will sometimes reach down to rotate the spindle. When you practice, you will feel the constant motion. The yarn will be strong enough to support the movement. Wind by keeping the yarn from tangling then catch behind the elbow. Release the hook end and turn the drop spindle.
On the Breaks and Bumps
Bumps and breaks occur in the yarn when too much fiber is between the fingers when the twist occurs and converts into yarn. The lower hand should be pinching a little on the twist, up to the time the upper hand pulls out the fiber and prepares it well. You will notice breaks or bumps when too little fiber is between your fingers.