Do you long to spin cobweb-fine threads that are both lively and durable?

Margaret Stove is the expert.

Her methods might seem counterintuitive, but they work! Beginning with a fine, crimpy fiber such as Merino wool, Margaret sorts, washes, spins, plies, and finishes wool and blended yarns for lace knitting that has won international acclaim. 

A great advocate of the fine Merinos of her native New Zealand, Margaret is also fearless in creating plied blends using silk, angora, qiviut, and more. In this video, you'll learn how to:

  •  Handle a fine fleece without felting it 
  • Wash by the lock with shocking vigor and efficiency 
  • Adjust your wheel tension for exquisite delicacy 
  • Ply a balanced yarn, or tweak your hand positions for plying different fibers together 
  • Evaluate your results as you go 
  • And so much more . . . . 

This video begins at the beginning and goes from there: choosing and sorting a fleece, separating spinnable staples, dissolving the grease, managing the staple to avoid felting and maximize durability and "bounce." Using high magnifications of the fibers and spun yarns, Margaret explains just how it all works. Yet supporting her great technical expertise is a sense of the pure joy of creating exquisite yarns.


Margaret Stove

Margaret Stove has traveled the world studying ­fibers, spinning, and knitting in many cultures. But her proudest focus has been on the superb wools of her ­native New ­Zealand. She is author of Merino: Handspinning, Dyeing, and Working With Merino and Other Superfine Wools ­(Interweave, 1992) and Wrapped in Lace: Knitted Heirloom Designs from Around the World (Interweave, 2010).


Wonderful instruction

“This course was terrific! The instructor gives clear information, and shows not just how to spin fine lace, but what can go ‘wrong’ and how to get the yarn you really want. She gives much confidence to new spinners, and gives experienced spinners a challenge. 😊” - Amanda Cluxton

Amazing course

“Chalk full of incredibly useful information. Worth the purchase!” - Regan Bohmer

Learned so much! Now to practice it all.

“Her presentation is clear and concise, which helps me not get too intimidated by the whole prospect of spinning so fine a single.” - CHRIS TOWNSEND

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