What You'll Learn

  • The Language of Spinning

    Learn the terminology of spinning and how spinning wheels work.

  • Drafting Techniques

    Learn several ways to spin singles (single-ply) yarn.

  • Troubleshooting

    Learn to adjust your wheel or your hands to spin the yarn you want.

Is this course for you?

This course is ideal for a new spinner who wants to make yarn on a spinning wheel. We'll learn how the wheel works, the theory of spinning yarn, and several drafting techniques.
spinning on a ladybug spinning wheel as seen from above

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to Spinning

    • Course Introduction

    • What is Spinning?

  • 2

    Before you Spin

    • Choosing your Fiber

    • Parts of a Spinning Wheel

  • 3

    Understanding Spinning

    • Treadling

    • Ratios

    • Whorls

    • Tension &Take-up

    • Attaching a Leader

    • Working in a Zone and Attaching Fiber

  • 4

    Spinning the Yarn You Want

    • Short Forward Draw

    • Short Backward Draw

    • Filling your Bobbin Evenly

    • Adjusting Take-up

    • Looking at the Twist in your Yarn

    • Making Thicker Yarn

    • Maintaining your Wheel

  • 5


    • Troubleshooting Twist

    • Troubleshooting Hand Positioning

  • 6


    • Thank You!

    • Resources

    • Feedback


Stephanie Flynn Sokolov

Stephanie has a degree in Retail Merchandising from Rochester Community and Technical College, and a degree in Accessory Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a Schacht girl through and through. Name a Schacht product, and chances are she spins or weaves on it! Stephanie has recently returned to Schacht (after a few years away) as a Sales Specialist.