Hi!...This is Frances Green at 'Spinning Moon'! I have been spinning yarn now for well
over 40 years
am offering this website for others who wish to take up this ancient
craft but find it difficult to find information, or training.
I know that there is a great deal of information these days on
places like youtube. But sometimes we have questions that may be
difficult to answer by scrolling through endless videos, and this is why
I created this site, Besides which, being on youtube does not always
mean that you are especially good at what you do, it can be very
confusing at times!
Spinning has changed a great deal since I
started over 40 years ago, at that time if you wanted it to spin some
wool you had to first find someone who would sell you a fleece, or buy
one from the British Wool Marketing Board… it was, and still is
something of a lottery because fleeces are not always immediately
recognizable as being good or bad when they are rolled up!
Nowadays it is possible to buy
small amounts of fleece either from a website or from eBay, and many
people don't use raw fleece at all, but simply bye ‘tops’ which are
beautifully prepared fleece, combed and
rolled that is incredibly easy to
spin into nice smooth yarn of any thickness.
Personally I am
something of a traditionalist, I like to spin fresh yarn directly from
the fleece, which means that it has been simply cut from the sheep and
not washed or prepared in any way.
I find this a very easy
way to spin as I love the feeling of the slightly greasy fleece running
through my fingers… this sort of fleece has a particular smell which has
been described to me like ‘wet dog’ but it is a smell that I have always
associated with making beautiful yarn and I cannot say that I find it
is that gloves, hats and socks knitted from this yarn is the warmest
thing you can wear...and almost waterproof
So this site is
primarily about spinning yarn from raw unprocessed fleece, which to my
mind is taking it back to its very beginnings!
Here you will find information on different sorts of fleece, how best to deal with certain
aspects of this for example a very dirty fleece, or a fleece that is
slightly matted, and also information on spinning wheels and perhaps
helpful information to prevent you from buying a wheel that is
unsuitable for you… believe me there are many of those about,
particularly modern ones made by well-meaning wood turners!
I am very
interested in doing demonstrations of spinning in my area, and also
workshops for people who wish to learn to spin in the ‘traditional’ way,
If you are
interested in this, and you are in the Moray Firth area please
Preparing to spin a very special multi toned yarn
with beautiful colours!