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Drafting: The Long and Short of It (Video Download)

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What’s the difference between woolen and worsted spinning? IS there a difference? How do you decide when to use what method? Why should a spinner care? The questions are legion, the answers sometimes confusing. Here to make common sense out of it all is Abby Franquemont, who has been spinning since she was five years old.
Table of Contents
You'll learn: - The short forward draw (worsted) and what kinds of fibers it’s best for. - The backward long draw (woolen) and what kinds of fibers to choose it for. - Two hybrid drafting methods, including spinning from the fold. - Important extras such as making good worsted joins and spinning ergonomics. - And last but not least, what happens when you give two kittens the run of a spinning studio. The result? You’ll be comfortable with a wide range of drafting methods, and you will have developed a sense of when and how to use them with different fiber preparations. It’s all part of becoming an accomplished spinner, and making the yarn you want.

SKU: EP1905

Author/Speaker/Editor: Abby Franquemont

Format: Standard Definition Video

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Customer Reviews

Excellent tutor, worthwhile experience Review by Katherine

Thank you Abby. Your demonstration of techniques was easy to follow and for we gals and guys who live on the far side of the world in the Southern Hemisphere I am pleased that not only did I find you and your enlightening and enjoyable video fabulous in a moment of need and review of my haphazard techniques but it felt as though you were here with me, gently coaching me along. Could not have improved my technique without your assistance. Will be recommending your video to my fibre artist group many of whom who spin, weave , knit and crochet and desperately search and look for tutoring and inspiration. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

(Posted on 4/19/14)

Excellent Video Review by The Spinning Spider

I'm an experienced spinner but still there is so much to learn from Abby. The drafting techniques here give the spinner all the tools they need to go on and create whatever yarns they choose. Abby's style of presenting is effortless and engaging - and she is a born teacher.

I'd recommend even intermediate and advanced spinners get this video - we can always learn from each other. It's a privilege to learn from Abby.

(Posted on 2/18/14)

Great source of information Review by Marcia

I recently took classes in my area to learn how to spin and have been doing pretty well with it, but felt that I needed to gain a little more knowledge of how to draft different kinds of fiber with varying staple lengths. This video taught me quite a bit on how I can handle the different fibers that I now have in my stash and I feel much more confident that I will be able to achieve success with each of my fibers. Abbey is a very good speaker and a wonderful instructor. If I had any complaints it would be that occasionally when trying to show a close up of what Abbey was doing, the lighting in the room reflected off the light colored pad on Abbey's lap causing the video to pick up a glare, but it didn't happen very often so I still give this video an overall 5 star because it taught me exactly what i was hoping to learn.

(Posted on 2/17/14)

Absolutely great Review by Michele Girard

I just watched this video and enjoyed it tremendously. I've been spinning for a few years and still learned quite a bit from this video. Very well done. Amy Franquemort knows what she is talking about and it shows. The camera work was good. I just wish the contrast between her lap cloth and the yarn she is spinning was a bit better, but that's not enough of a problem for me not giving it a 5 star rating.

(Posted on 5/15/12)

Drafting: The Long and Short of It Review by Dorothy Hickson

I rated this 3 stars because I think it's average. Yes, it's clear that Abby knows what she is teaching, but I don't think the visuals are very clear. Sometimes it's hard to see the details and I think presentation could have been better and a pet bug of mine, not talking to the camera but off to the side. Frankly, I found it a little boring and have had to watch it in bits and pieces as I just kept loosing interest. Having said that, I understand that it's one of the first of this type of video production so kudos for that I just think that there is better available. Sorry to be negative, I tried to love it like everyone else but I should have watched it before the others available here.

(Posted on 1/19/11)

Abby Does It Again Review by Jessica Martin

I just returned from SAFF with a renewed zeal for getting out of my default yarn comfort zone. I was so pleased with the level of detail that Abby goes into about the differences between the different drafting methods. This was just what I needed to start thinking more holistically about the yarn I want to make.

(Posted on 10/29/10)

Great video! Review by Heather Hooper

I just downloaded this yesterday, but already I''ve watched it twice. Very well made, demos are clear, and Abby is a great teacher and speaker. I heartily recommend this video! Well worth the price.

(Posted on 9/6/10)

Really is everything you want to know about drafting! Review by Sara Yip

I'm really impressed at the amount of knowledge Abby shared on this topic of drafting fiber, which helped to understand why I would use one method over another for a certain fiber to yield a certain type of yarn. I learned a lot from Abby because she explained everything so well - why she did things in a certain way and how that affects the fiber and yarn. I realized what I had been spinning (worsted vs woolen vs something in-between) and really understood what she meant. Before, I only really knew about the short forward draw and the long draw, but she introduces other methods in-between that opens up a whole world of possibilities for spinning. For people who complained about the direct download videos being of poor quality, I believe the pixelation only happens if your computer is too slow (not enough memory to play to the video) or you need to get video codecs to upgrade your video player. I had no problems at all with the quality. 2 thumbs up for this great tutorial :)

(Posted on 4/28/10)

Drafting: The Long and Short of It - The Video Download Review by Kristin Guin-Grosse

<p>Abby Franquemont is uniquely natural and effortless in her presentation and explanations. Her own personal grace and the beauty and grace of spinning flowed so naturally in this well done video.</p> <p>Although early on there were some camera miscues, the bulk of the filming is exceptional - clear and well documented hand movements, well illustrated instruction.</p> <p>I will view this again and again to hone my drafting and reassert my understanding of the varied uses of drafting and plying techniques for a variety of yarns and projects. As an additional note, the download was seamless. It was thrilling to so quickly and efficiently receive this delightful piece of work.</p>

(Posted on 3/8/10)

Review by Romana Weber

<p>I'm really new at spinning. And I liked the video very much. It show´s how to hold your hands and the wool you're spinning(forgive my bad English) . It also show's the different types of producing yarn. If it's worsted or woolen, Abby explains how to do it. All you have to do is practice, practice, practice...</p> <p>About the quality, the first time I viewed it, it was quite bad. But then I used the VLC and it made all the difference. There was no break up and you could see what Abby did not just hear. So, just use the right program and Abby is right there with you.</p>

(Posted on 3/7/10)

Wonderful! Review by W. E. Gorlick

I have to say I was absolutely delighted with this download - in every way! For my needs it was as perfect as it gets without having Abbey actually in my living room with me. I loved the sale price; I liked Abby''s even, easy to listen to, tone of voice; her low key approach and her very complete explanations. The camera delivers plenty of plenty of close ups. I''m pretty new to spinning and I found it Interesting without being at all boring. Abbey spends enough time on each segment (type of draw) that you could easily spin along with her as she is explaining it. Abbey talks extensively about each type of draw and combinations of draws and the reason for each category. She also spends some time on how to smoothly re-join your fiber, very helpful for a beginner. And there are no spinning police here! For me it was exceptionally well worth the money I paid. Even paying full price I''d still feel as if I''d received my money''s worth. This is one I will watch over and over as I spin and learn. Thank you Abbey for a job very well done!

(Posted on 1/21/10)