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GrandmaHatter
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Posted - 10/29/2005 :  10:39:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit GrandmaHatter's Homepage Send GrandmaHatter a Private Message
Does anyone know how to tailspin? I have some lovely mohair locks that I would like to make into a tailspun yarn, but I just can't figure out how to do it! I even have some tailspun yarn that I bought, but looking at it just is not helping me to figure it out... And I can't find any directions on the internet, although I have learned a great deal about fishing lures and the mating habits of certain fish. Does anyone know how to do it?

Kristin

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BessH
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Posted - 10/29/2005 :  12:20:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message
I don't know what tailspun yarn is? I may call it something else, though - so could you describe what it looks like?

Bess
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Lanthir
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Posted - 10/30/2005 :  1:23:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lanthir's Homepage Send Lanthir a Private Message
I've never heard of it, but I'm intrigued. What's it like?

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celia
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Posted - 10/30/2005 :  4:59:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit celia's Homepage Send celia a Private Message
I am intrigued too.

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SpinaYarn
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Posted - 10/31/2005 :  09:09:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit SpinaYarn's Homepage Send SpinaYarn a Private Message
Kristin-
when you say tailspin, are you meaning the kind of yarn that has the curls popping out along the yarn? like this?
http://www.crownmountainfarms.com/images/cashgora-scarf.jpg

We raise cashgora goats, and their fleece is wild a furry - so here's what I did-
spin a single yarn (with a bit of overtwist) and then begin a new bobbin (like you are plying) hold a small amount of the wild curly fiber in your left hand and "flick" it along the single as you are moving the wheel in a counterclockwise motion. (Note that your left hand will be moving up and down the yarn as you release the locks onto the core) The single ply yarn will grab the curly locks (and eventually be hidden by them) and some of the curly tails will pop out.
I found that when learning to do this technique, it was easier to use a commercially spun yarn (any old one will do) because it takes a bit of practice to move your left hand quickly enough - otherwise you end up with a very weak fragile core under the curly locks.
Hope this is helpful - feel free to pm me if my directions aren't clear.


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Teyani

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yarnlover
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Posted - 10/31/2005 :  09:32:49 AM  Show Profile Send yarnlover a Private Message
Love the scarf!!

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GrandmaHatter
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Posted - 10/31/2005 :  3:07:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit GrandmaHatter's Homepage Send GrandmaHatter a Private Message
Teyani,
Thank you- yes- that is exactly the kind of yarn I am trying to make! I am going to try it- I will let you know the results.

Kristin

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SpinaYarn
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  09:59:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit SpinaYarn's Homepage Send SpinaYarn a Private Message
HI Kristin-
yahoo! Its easier than you think !
Good luck and keep us posted!


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Teyani

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