Spinners Just Want to Have Fun

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Esther Rodgers’s new video brings your inner child out to play.

Remember how when you were a kid sitting in a rope swing, you would twist the swing around and around and around until its ropes were all kinked up? And then you would let go and spin around and around like mad, pigtails flying? (If you had pigtails.)

It was sheer joy. I thought of that while watching Esther Rodgers’s new video, How to Spin Art Yarns: Coils, Cores & Curls. Not that Esther’s style of spinning is much like a rope swing from a mechanical point of view, but that it offers so much latitude for twist-based entertainment. You can start with a fine, solid core yarn and layer on whatever you please. You can encase the core, which will give strength and stability, in fine, fluffy fiber. You can spin on crazy colored locks of long wool. You can add a string of Christmas lights, or feathers, or beads, or chains, or sausages. (Esther doesn’t suggest this last thing, but it would be possible.) What it got me thinking about was the little box of baby teeth that the tooth fairy collected from my children so many years ago. Tooth yarn!

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If this all sounds a little outre, it doesn’t mean you can’t have plenty of fun of a more sedate nature using the very same techniques. Core spinning, lock spinning, chain spinning, slub plying–these and more are all great skills for a spinner to have mastered. You can make fine, elegant yarns or monstrosities. Whatever your style, your yarns will be unique, expressions of your creativity. And did I mention that this video is just plain fun to watch? What a great teacher.

–Linda

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