How I Spin DVD

A common-sense approach to great productivity and creative joy.
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What can you learn from someone who spins all day, every day (except during gardening season), and who produces her own handspun shirts, sweaters, blankets, rugs, table linens, bath towels, aprons, even  gardening shorts? Short answer: A lot! Rita Buchanan has spent more thoughtful time preparing fiber, spinning yarn, and making fabrics from her handspun than perhaps anyone in the developed world. This is not just mindless handwork; Rita has a keen, analytical mind that she applies consistently to testing, sampling, and record keeping, and she balances this against her pure joy in the process. The result is a body of knowledge and practice that sometimes defies convention, and always instructs and engages.  In this set you'll learn:

  • How to control yarn size with your hands, not with wheel adjustments
  • How to create the most wonderful preparations using cards, combs, and more
  • A no-fuss way to dye fiber in your oven
  • An easy approach to plying - and why plying may not matter much
  • How to spin cotton while reading your favorite book
  • And so much more.
Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU 10SP06
Product Type DVD
ISBN 13 9781596683617
Author/Designer Rita Buchanan
Customer Reviews (10)
5 stars
Dear friends:
I am at 71, starting to spin. I was a bit frustrated at first, but I really thinK Miss Rita does an exemplary job in explanation, both verbally and by sight. I know I will watch this DVD over and over again. I liked it so much I got one for my daughter-in-law too.
Will look forward to more of her endeavors.
Sally J
Review by Sally (Posted on 1/27/2016)
Absolutely Delightful!
What a wonderful video! Rita's accent is delightful, her enthusiasm is infectious, and her teaching method is so pleasant to listen to. Although this is well-enough explained for new spinners, her commonsense approach to spinning is different and interesting for those more experienced. Review by Haddyr (Posted on 1/2/2015)
Excellent video for all levels of spinners
Very clear easy to understand well done rita thoroughly enjoyed it Review by Sharon (Posted on 10/6/2014)
Absolutely LOVED this DVD! Great information and the explanations were followed through with fantastic demos :) The enthusiasm of the host was contagious! Had to go comb some wool after I watched it! Especially luv'd the analogy between music and treadles! Great work! :) Review by SC (Posted on 9/5/2014)
Excellent video. The demonstrations are very well done and very thorough. I'm sure I will refer to it over and over again while preparing and spinning fiber. Review by Tracey (Posted on 5/17/2014)
Excellent DVD
I live far away from possible teachers and decided to start spinning. I bought a wheel and various bits and pieces and then tried to learn from books, which got me going. Then I discovered the DVD workshops on Interweave. Watching Rita taught me loads and improved my spinning enormously. I was delighted with the results. Its helpful in many ways besides the actual spinning techniques and I have found it an invaluable learning resource. Having a 'live' workshop to refer to is a marvel of modern technology. Review by Deb (Posted on 9/10/2013)
How I Spin
An absolutely brilliant DVD. There is so much content and Rita's knowledge is amazing. It covers so much, carding, combing, drum carding, different drafting methods, yarn sizes, etc. etc. Rita's enthusiasm is totally catching. I have watched this over and over again, very enjoyable to watch. When I first got thid DVD I was very much a novice spinner. It taught me so much and was just a wonderful resource. Review by Aija Podzuns (Posted on 8/8/2012)
Great Teaching Tool
I just purchased this video and watched it. It is wonderful. She starts at the beginning and ends with your finished yarn. I learned a lot about drafting and she shows many ways to draft for your comfort. I love this video and find myself watching it over and over to continuously learn new techniques. Review by Lynne Chamallas (Posted on 10/28/2011)
The real deal
I absolutely love this video. Rita Buchanan's discussion and demonstration is born from her experience, not a set of musts or rules. In that way the video is a pragmatic guide and inspiration. The real deal. I've watched it once and I know I'll be watching it again. And again. Review by Bernard Dauphinais (Posted on 3/16/2011)
Wisdom from Rita
I love listening to Rita Buchanan explain her philosophy of the spinning life! Her message of "more time to enjoy playing with your fiber" is just what someone who, like me, gets frustrated or impatient with the slow pace of fiber work needs to learn. There's a lot of useful technical meat here, too. I have adopted her dyeing method and tools since watching this. She demonstrates subtle touches in wool combing that I never got from books. Even such a simple thing as letting a bit of your yarn ply back on itself has finesse the way she does it. It might not be the best choice for a new spinner's first video, but it should come soon after. I've watched it twice and will return to it many more times. Review by Laura Lundy (Posted on 2/25/2011)
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