Discover the joy of spinning yarn!

This course will cover how to: 

  • Identify parts of a drop spindle and their functions
  • Pre-draft fiber using your hands
  • Add twist to fiber using the effective "park and draft" technique
  • Stand and spin as you feel more comfortable 
  • Use the "ply back" technique to measure twist in your yarn
  • Remove yarn from the spindle and create a skein
  • Troubleshoot and avoid common pitfalls 

Meet Maggie Casey

Maggie Casey

As the co-owner of Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins, a fiber arts store in Boulder, Colorado, Maggie Casey taught hundreds of people to spin in her own shop and hundreds more at events around the country. A spinner since 1973, she holds the Handweavers Guild of America Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning. Maggie is the author of the classic book Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Overview

    • What You Will Learn

    • About the Instructor

    • Materials You'll Need

    • Introduction

    • Technical Support

  • 2

    Drop Spindle Basics

    • Video Lesson

    • Key Points

  • 3

    Twist and Drafting Fiber

    • Video Lesson

    • Key Points

    • Z and S Twist

  • 4

    Picking Up Speed

    • Video Lesson

    • Key Points

  • 5

    Creating a Skein

    • Video Lesson

    • Key Points

    • Winding Yarn Off

  • 6

    Basic Yarn Finishing

    • Video Lessons

    • Key Points

  • 7

    Wrapping Up

    • What You've Learned