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Gentle Art of Plying (Video Download)

Plying is not an afterthought. It’s your gateway into the vast world of yarn design.
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Plying is not an afterthought. It’s your gateway into the vast world of yarn design. Informed and skillful plying can make all the difference between “just another yarn” and “just the yarn you want.” In this engaging video, master spinner Judith MacKenzie presents not just the basics—how to hold your hands, where to put your kate—but an extensive adventure into the endless possibilities.

You’ll learn:

- How to make your equipment work for you, from yarn storage devices to pulley choices to optimum tensioning
- Different classes of yarn structure and how they affect the textiles you make from them
- How to best organize your hands (the best tools of all!)
- How to avoid errors—and how to correct them when you need to
- How plying “errors” evolve into fascinating art yarns
- How to use your wheel to customize and enhance commercial yarns
- And several dozen additional intriguing side trips that will spur your creativity and make you a better spinner.

And you’ll have fun learning!

About the Author
Judith MacKenzie has been spinning and weaving most of her life. Her traditional training has been expanded with world travel, deep research, and industry consultation. She writes and teaches extensively and is author of The Intentional Spinner (Interweave, 2009).

SKU: EP2040

Author/Speaker/Editor: Judith MacKenzie

Format: Standard Definition Video

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Customer Reviews

Excellent Workshop Review by Barbara Knack

I have had this download several months now. I have it on both my macbook and ipad and have watched it over and over again. Judith does an excellent job of describing the mechanics of, and the how and why of plying yarn. She explains technical information about plying in a clear and understandable manner that helps spinners to understand the basics of fabric/fiber construction. In addition, she shows clearly how to ply up to 5 plies of yarn. A truly educational video worth every penny.

(Posted on 2/16/12)

Hopeful that I can now ply Review by marina walden

This video is in two parts, part 1 explains why plying is in the opposite direction to spinning. It shows how to create Cabled yarns & multi-plys. It also has easy ways of discovering which direction the spin was done in so that you can work out the direction of ply. Part 2 goes into common errors, how to fix them or make them into an interesting feature. It talks about how counting can help to get a consistent ply and how much twist should be in the finished plied yarn. Quite easy to follow, good tips and tricks and helpful closeups I am now hopeful that I can get my plying right and have something that looks more like a yarn.

(Posted on 10/18/11)

Fantastic! Review by David Schulz

Wow! I could listen to Judith talk all day long. I watched this video in one session. There's a lot to take in and I think this is one I will watch again and again and take something away from it every time. My only problem with this video is that it ended.

(Posted on 3/28/11)