We often get asked whether we can spin a fleece (or other fibre) and also if we know what is involved with commercial spinning. One of our members has put together some information which we hope will help.
Get into the habit of labelling everything, however small! It can save you hours. Try having a bundle of labels close to your weaving, spinning or dyeing (and a pen/pencil) – it will make a difference. It is always useful to record the Date and the type of Fibre. Other information might include the Dye used, the Loom used, the Sett, the Weight of the finished piece. For Spinning, you might add the Method of preparation (combed, carded, etc.), type of Fleece, and Wraps per inch (WPI).
A great little tool for knowing wraps per inch or cm. Will even fit on a keyring. Useful when you are out and about and spot some yarn.
When you spin finely, at some point, you are likely to find that the thread breaks! Being fine, it often embeds itself in the spool of completed yarn and it can take a long time to find it. A way to avoid this happening is to add a strip of card now and again and then the worst that can happen is that you go back to the last time you used a card strip.