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Spinning 102: Spinning with Color in Hand-dyed Fibers



Have you looked at those pretty braids of hand-dyed fiber and wondered, "Those colors are so gorgeous, how do I spin them?" In this class we will explore three different methods of spinning and plying and how each plays with color: traditional three-ply (barber pole), fractal spinning, and chain plying. Learn how to visualize the possibilities while shopping for dyed fiber, as well as some tips and tricks for drafting and plying! This class is intended for the advanced beginner or intermediate spinner. You should already feel confident with spinning singles and plying (at least a basic two-ply yarn). You will also need to own a piece of spinning equipment, either a spindle or a spinning wheel (that you can transport to the shop). Students will need to do some spinning "homework" outside of class time.

Students will learn three different spinning/plying methods and their relationship to color in dyed fiber:

  • Traditional three-ply (barber pole)

  • Fractal spinning

  • Chain plying


Students will need to bring to class:

  • Spinning equipment you are familiar & comfortable with - spindle or wheel is fine

  • Multiple bobbins or storage/winding options for singles

  • Lazy Kate or other tool to hold bobbins/balls for plying

  • 4 oz braid of hand-dyed fiber, the more multi-colored/variegated the better!


Optional but helpful:

  • Niddy Noddy for winding off sample skeins

  • Scissors

  • Tags/bags for labeling sample skeins

  • Notebook/pen


All supplies need to be purchased prior to first class session. Dances stocks a variety of hand-dyed fiber, be sure to tell the associate at the register you are buying for a class to receive a 10% discount! 

Be sure to note the extra week between class sessions 3 & 4!




Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate class - be confident spinning singles and plying
Materials Included: No
Instructor: Erin
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