Park and Draft: A Gentle Introduction to Spinning Yarn With a Spindle

11 August 2021

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Spindle spinning is a great way to start spinning, but like most crafts, there’s a bit of a learning curve when you begin. “Park and draft” spinning is a gentle first step that can help ease that curve a bit. This method is also great for spinners who have physical barriers to using spindles, and it can be used in intervals to reduce the risk of injury to experienced spinners who want to spin for long periods of time. Experienced spinners can even use it as a method to improve consistency in their drafting.

All images used courtesy of Michelle Boyd.

Copyright © Michelle Boyd except as indicated.

About Michelle Boyd

Michelle Boyd is a Master Spinner, weaver, and writer who lives in Olds, Alberta, located in Treaty 7 Territory, the ancestral lands of the peoples of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Michelle learned to spin in 1995 when her local yarn shop closed, and she became obsessed with the art and science of making yarn. She has taught workshops across North America and instructed for the Olds College Master Spinner Program for fifteen years. She is also a frequent contributor to both PLY Magazine and Digits & Threads and is currently completing her first book about spinning.

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