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Prep your spinning fibre with the right tools from Louët
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Successfully spinning your first yarns by hand is all about fibre preparation. The choices you make here will influence your spinning style and determine the qualities of your finished yarn.

We’re proud to have partnered with Louët to bring you two fibre prep tools that are indispensable to the dedicated hand spinner.


Hand Carders by Louët

Louët hand carders combine ergonomic design with a lightness in hand.

You’ll comfortably create rolags, mini batts and rovings ideal for woollen-spun yarns.

Available in a fine carding cloth of 110 tpi, suitable for a spectrum of medium to fine fibres.


Mini Combs by Louët

Louët mini combs are a compact option for de-hairing, blending and aligning your fibres for worsted spinning.

These combs are suitable for a spectrum of fine fibres.


If you’re interested in exploring fibre prep and how it influences yarn characteristics we recommend these fantastic resources:


The Spinner’s Book of Fleece
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Beth Smith introduces you to a range of spinning and fibre prep tools, providing guidance on choosing the right tool for your project.

She explores various combing and carding methods and shows you how these can be used to influence the look and feel of your spun yarns. Learn more…


Yarnitecture
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Jillian Moreno delivers an in depth discussion on woollen and worsted yarns, presenting an amazing collection of spun samples to illustrate how fibre prep influences colour distribution and texture. Learn more…

More From Louët


Introducing The S10 Concept Wheel By Louët

INTRODUCING THE S10

BY LOUËT

Arguably the most modular spinning wheel on the market today, Louët’s S10 Concept wheel is all about functionality.

With its modular design this wheel is completely customizable making it adaptable to any need, skill level or yarn preference.

Definitely a wheel you won’t grow out of anytime soon!

It embodies over 40 years of research and development, representing Louët’s outstanding commitment to excellence in quality, design and workmanship.

To get you started we’ve put together an exceptional package to maximize all that the S10 Concept has to offer and bring you a reliable multipurpose tool designed to spin a variety of yarns and fibres.

With a range of experience levels in mind, we’ve chosen an Irish tension drive system (where the main wheel drives the bobbin, rather than the flyer) for its ability to deliver consistent tension and take-up throughout an entire spin. 

The result is an enjoyably predictable spinning experience with no finicky pre-spin setup or mid-spin twitchy tensioning issues!

With the added bonus of the Irish tension’s huge bobbin capacity it definitely won’t disappoint when spinning for those larger projects.

We’ve opted for the double-treadle upgrade to ensure the most ergonomic spinning session to help you avoid those repetitive strains that may keep you away from your wheel.

And, styled with Louët’s iconic cut-out wheel and clear lacquer finish, the S10 exudes a clean minimalist aesthetic that won’t go out of style and definitely doesn’t look out of place at home on display.

FEATURES YOU’LL LOVE

  • Irish tension drive system, well known for its simplicity and spinning consistency.

  • Geared for three speeds to help you expertly manage twist entering the forming yarn.

  • Indispensable hooked flyer, designed to help you smoothly and completely fill bobbins, and importantly, the ability to lace the hooks to reduce yarn take-up when spinning finer threads.

  • Fuss free bobbin changes, it’s as easy as releasing the flyer brake, parking the drive band and lifting the flyer and bobbin straight from the orifice.

  • Handy drive-band brake at the back of the flyer shaft – a favourite design feature at Loom & Spindle! This means you can easily ‘park’ the drive-wheel so there’s no movement from the flyer or treadles when changing bobbins or the wheel is not in use.

  • Inventive yet simple solution for attaching the leader yarn to the bobbin – just make a knot in the leader yarn and slip it into a pre-made slot on the bobbin shaft and start spinning.

  • Orifice diameter of 13mm that will accommodate a wide range of yarn thicknesses.

  • Classic minimalist design with contemporary feel that has well and truly stood the test of time.

  • Maintenance free clear lacquered finish that coats every surface to protect the timber from drying out.

  • Can be disassembled for storage or transport, an optional carry bag is available.

  • Modular design that makes it adaptable to any need, skill level or technique. See ‘Customisation and Accessories’ on the product listing for details.

LOOM & SPINDLE’S S10 KIT INCLUDES:

  • S10 Concept spinning wheel (see product listing for full specifications)

  • 3 Irish tension bobbins

  • Built-in Lazy Kate rack (can be positioned either side)

  • Self-assembly kit with step-by-step instruction manual

  • Loom & Spindle Leader Yarn 3 Pack

  • Loom & Spindle Yarn Gauge

  • PLUS one book of your choice to advance your skills:

HOW TO SPIN
YARNITECTURE
THE SPINNER’S BOOK OF YARN DESIGNS
THE SPINNER’S BOOK OF FLEECE

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CUSTOMISATION AND ACCESSORIES 

The S10 concept spinning wheel is compatible with a range of accessories so you can customize your wheel for different spinning experiences. This range includes:

  • Alternate wheel designs

  • Irish or scotch tension drive systems

  • Single or double treadle options

  • Various flyers and bobbins to suit spinning preferences

  • Bobbin racks and a stand-alone Lazy Kate

 Loom & Spindle have a range of these accessories in stock, please contact us for details and pricing.


S10 BY LOUËT

Introducing the S17 Spinning Wheel by Louët

Introducing the S17

by Louët

The S17 is the longstanding workhorse of the Louët spinning wheel range.

It offers the beginner spinner an enjoyably predictable spinning experience without any finicky pre-spin setup or mid-spin twitchy tensioning issues.

And, for those with a bit more experience and perhaps spinning for speed and production, it’s big-hearted take-up and huge bobbin capacity definitely won’t disappoint.

It’s geared for three speeds to help you expertly manage twist entering the forming yarn. Start slow for a beginner or perhaps to spin a bulky art yarn, then increase your speed as your coordination improves and your interest in spinning a range of fibres and yarns grow.

The Irish tension drive system, where the main wheel drives the bobbin (rather than the flyer), is known for its ability to deliver consistent tension throughout an entire spin. This allows you to almost ‘set-and-forget’ creating a more meditative spinning experience.

Louët are highly regarded for their craftsmanship and commitment to functional design. The natural timber finish and contemporary aesthetic will no doubt appeal to the modern spinner.

And finally, at a great entry level price and the inclusion of Loom & Spindle’s ‘Beginner’s Wheel Spinning Kit’ you’ll have all the resources and tools at your fingertips to start spinning your first yarns.

Features You’ll Love

  • An Irish tension drive system, well known for its simplicity and spinning consistency.

  • An indispensable hooked flyer, designed to help you smoothly and completely fill bobbins, and importantly, the ability to lace the hooks to reduce yarn take-up when spinning finer threads.

  • Fuss free bobbin changes, it’s as easy as releasing the flyer brake, parking the drive band and lifting the flyer and bobbin straight from the orifice.

  • A handy drive-band brake at the back of the flyer shaft – a favourite design feature at Loom & Spindle! This means you can ‘park’ the drive-wheel when changing bobbins or the wheel is not in use.

  • An inventive yet simple solution for attaching the leader yarn to the bobbin – just make a knot in the leader yarn and slip it into a pre-made slot on the bobbin shaft.

  • An orifice diameter of 13mm that will accommodate a wide range of yarn thicknesses.

  • With the same technical specifications as the Louët S10 Concept wheels there are a range of accessories available to customize your wheel for different spinning experiences.

  • A classic minimalist design with contemporary feel that has well and truly stood the test of time.

Loom & Spindle’s S17 kit includes:

  • S17 Spinning wheel (see full specifications here)

  • 3 Irish tension bobbins

  • Built-in Lazy Kate

  • Self-assembly kit with 8 page step-by-step instruction manual

  • Loom & Spindle’s ‘Beginner’s Wheel Spinning Kit’, includes:

3 x 50g locally grown and processed wool fibre
1 x How to Spin, by Beth Smith
1 x Loom & Spindle Leader Yarn 3 Pack
1 x Loom & Spindle Yarn Gauge

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S17 by Louët

 
NEW: The complete kit for spinning your first yarns

My Journey to intentional and confident crafting

Crafting with yarn and fabric has always been a part of my life. Though it wasn’t until 2013, when I took time out for myself and my new-born, that I started getting serious about the crafts I was most passionate about.

While experimenting with knitting and weaving and exploring various fibres, I stumbled across the craft of hand-spinning my own yarns. Being someone who naturally desires to know how EVERYTHING works, I was eager to give it a go.

Though navigating this new world of hand-spinning was more difficult than I’d anticipated.

I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot of money just to try it and find out I didn’t like it. And without knowing where to start I lacked confidence in making those first decisions – spindle or wheel, raw fleece or prepped fibre… the list could go on.

When I did finally make these choices and got my first spindle and supply of fibre, my first hand-spun yarns were dense and lacked consistency. This in its self is not unusual for a beginner spinner and these early lumpy bumpy yarns are part of the learning process.

Though, without knowing how to evaluate my yarns and where to make improvements in my next spin I was seeing little progress.

I became frustrated…

… but still determined! 

I set out to learn as much as I could. I gathered books, watched videos, read magazines, and listened in to the various online forums. I attempted to distil all this information, applying the elements that I thought might help me.

With time this effort paid off, I learnt the mechanics of fibre and twist, the importance of preparation and finishing techniques, and the tools I could use to measure and evaluate my yarns.

These insights provided the necessary framework to intentionally plan and spin yarns, evaluating my progress with each experiment. With practice, I was seeing improvements in my technique and more consistency in my spun yarns. I was planning and spinning yarns for specific projects. I was finally starting to see the results I was after.

I was spinning with intention. I was spinning with confidence.

And most of all, being a diehard maker of all things, I was getting great personal satisfaction to see my fibre-to-finished projects finally come to life.


ON Designing the KIT


I’ve since documented and refined this four-year journey to create the first Learn to Spin Kit for Loom & Spindle – The complete kit for spinning your first yarns.

In addition to the necessary inclusions of a spinning kit, a drop spindle and a 100% Aussie grown and processed fibre supply, I’ve carefully put together a series of notes and tools to introduce you to the language and mechanics of spinning your first yarns. This includes:

  • A simplified method for spinning your first yarns, highlighting the four easy-to-remember action steps: PINCH-TWIST-PARK-DRAFT.
  • Guidance on how to prepare for a spin, for a more enjoyable spinning experience. And,
  • An introduction to the language of spinning and tools you can use to measure and evaluate your yarns for more intentional spinning.

By offering this kit my hope is that I can provide you with a new opportunity to be creative with yarn and fibre, and extend your passion for making.


The complete kit for spinning your first yarns

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Just Add Twist - Weaving with Hand Spun Roving
Weaving with hand spun roving

I never thought I'd become a hand spinner, it just didn't appeal to me much. I guess I thought you needed expensive equipment, access to fleece and it always seemed, well, just a little bit daggy. It all changed for me though during those long hours spent nursing my baby and armed with my iPad. My imagination was ignited by all the possibilities that spinning your own yarn provided.  Determined to learn more, I spent my time absorbing as much as I could about fibre, how it's processed, how it's prepared, and ultimately what makes yarn, yarn.  And do you know what I discovered? It's all about twist.

Twist is the glue that holds fibre together. It gives yarn its strength and it enables you to create one continuous strand of yarn from a single mass of fibre. Twist is really fun to experiment with and you don't need any special tools or equipment. Without giving you a full science lesson on the physics of twist I'll share one of my techniques which will help you explore twist in your own projects.

For this technique I've used wool roving which is a ready-to-spin wool fibre. The wool fibre has been combed so all the individual fibres sit parallel to each other. This preparation allows for easy drafting, the process of pulling fibres past each other before adding twist to hold them all in place.

To get started I pre-drafted my roving.

Drafting the roving doesn't have to be uniform. I left some areas thick and made some areas thin as it will create a more bubbly woolly texture in the final piece. 

I then added twist to the pre-drafted roving.

When you take the roving off your hand it begins to look a bit more like yarn. You'll notice the energy created by twisting has been released through the yarn. The result is a light and airy woolly yarn that's really fun to weave with.

Hand spun roving

When it comes to weaving with hand spun roving it can be handy to have a shed stick or weaving sword on hand. The shed is the opening between warp threads through which the weft is passed. A shed stick can be any flat, smooth stick that's used to create an opening between warp threads. Loom & Spindle have designed a range of shed sticks which can be found here in our shop. If you don't have access to a shed stick try using an old ruler or thick piece of card board cut to size.

To begin weaving I warped my frame loom with a pink 4 ply crochet cotton and used the Loom & Spindle shed stick to open the first shed.

To finish, keep building up the fabric row by row as I've shown you above. You''ll soon develop a feel for the roving and how twist interacts with the fibre. You can pull out the thicker bits to make big puffy fibre clouds or let the thinner areas twist back on themselves to make little spirals. Play around with it and have fun.

Building up the fabric row by row.

If your looking for roving or other fibre to experiment with I've found that Etsy is a great resource. There are some really interesting shops speciallising in hand dyed and hand prepared fibres. My favourites right now are Hey Lady Hey, One Handmade Life and Just a Day Dream. I've also added the roving I've used in this tutorial to the Loom & Spindle shop to help get you started.

Weaving with hand spun roving

You'll find that weaving with hand spun roving is a lot of fun. It covers really quickly and creates very textural weave. I hope you've enjoyed this little introduction to spinning and will perhaps try it yourself.