Great Teachers Live on in Their Students

  Loose Spinning
  Sara Lamb’s loose drafting style.
  Combining Warps
  In Spin to Weave Sara Lamb demonstrates combining
warps in the reed.

Nothing beats watching someone do their craft, especially when the craft is also yours. It is no surprise that crafts are such a communal hobby. There is so much to learn by watching someone’s hand movements, and seeing the ways their techniques vary from your own and how you have seen things done before.

In weaving (and spinning), I have had many teachers, and when I work I notice the little adjustments I’ve adopted from them. It is funny how years later, I still take note of these changes, often with a fond remembrance of the teacher and when I first saw the technique. What a miracle it is to be a teacher and to be immortalized in your students.

After getting a sneak peek at Sara Lamb’s new workshop video, Spin to Weave, I am sure I’ll see Sara cropping up in both my spinning and weaving. The video does an amazing job of letting you watch what she is doing. It seems oftentimes when I am watching a video, I just start to get the rhythm of a technique . . . and then the camera shifts to something else. In Spin to Weave, Sara talks as she spins (and warps her loom and weaves) and you get to really watch how she does things. She also explains the how and why of what she is doing and you get to see most of the techniques first hand, not just imagine them. I am really impressed with her loose drafting style and will definitely try and loosen my grip. It is also useful to watch someone more experienced figuring out sett and combining warps. And then there was the way she throws her shuttle—clearly as someone with years of weaving under her belt. I definitely could emulate her simple rhythm.

Spin to Weave is filled with clear examples of how
different spinning techniques do (and don’t) effect
the final weaving.

In addition to the unique invitation this video offers to watch someone spinning, I am also fascinated by what I learned about combining spinning and weaving. (I have yet to weave with my own handspun.) There were so many factors I hadn’t considered and myths that Sara debunks. It is great to learn how twist direction does (and doesn’t) affect the final product, and that inconsistent twist is not an issue with proper finishing (a process she succinctly describes and gives you the tools to do yourself). Sara does an amazing job of sharing the samples and the thought process that has led her to her conclusions and techniques. It is also great to see her examples of how best to use color in weaving, as the resulting fabric is so different than the knitting I usually do with my handspun.

I have always wanted to try warping up my loom with handspun, and now I feel like I have the knowledge make yarn that will be the best for weaving both in structure and appearance.


Happy spinning and weaving,


Liz Good

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