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A Spinner's Toolbox (DVD)

Six drafting techniques for crafting any yarn you can imagine with your own two hands.

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As a spinner, your most important, versatile tools are your own skilled hands. With those eight fingers and two opposable thumbs, plus a half-dozen simple techniques for manipulating the fiber supply, you can spin a full suite of yarn styles. The nuts and bolts:

  • Worsted
  • Semi-worsted
  • Woolen
  • Semi-woolen
  • Slub
  • Boucle

You’ll begin by seeing the unlikely possibility of spinning the six different yarns styles with a single fiber preparation. You’ll end by witnessing this revered master spinner, in a miracle of energetic ambidexterity, draft two fiber sources simultaneously into a single strong, lofty, funky novelty yarn. And so can you.


SKU: 10SP10

Author/Speaker/Editor: Judith MacKenzie

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781596684607

Customer Reviews

My favorite spinning video to date! Review by Rachael

I absolutely LOVE this video! It was the first video that I watched by Judith MacKenzie and I love her personality, teaching methods, and passion for the fiber arts. She is a joy to learn from. I have watched this video many times and always seem to learn something new. Judith covers a lot of different techniques; not just spinning, but carding and combing as well. I would recommend this to beginners and seasoned spinners alike.

(Posted on 12/2/13)

Great Video! Review by Linnea

Judith is an awesome instructor! This video is a must for new spinners and seasoned spinners alike!

(Posted on 9/27/13)

Make Exactly the Yarn You Want Review by Mary McCormick

This video is the next-best thing to taking a workshop with Judith. If you want to make a yarn that perfectly suits your needs, this is the video for you. Judith teaches in a way that will increase your understanding and proficiency of both woolen and worsted spinning, and everything in between. People are naturally drawn to either woolen and worsted spinning, and prefer to spin one or the other. Judith prefers worsted, but spins woolen beautifully. I have seen her spin gossamer weight woolen all the way up to extra bulky, and it is always the perfect yarn for its purpose. It's important to know the characteristics of woolen and worsted draws so that your yarn suits its purpose. This video is good for beginning and advanced spinners.

(Posted on 7/6/12)

Half the video is great, but ... Review by Laura Lundy

I am sorry to have to say that I am disappointed with this video. Admittedly, I am an experienced spinner. I purchased this with the expectation of picking up a few tips and refinements to techniques I already know well. In the discussion of yarn characteristics resulting from spinning method, the comments on plying, and the demonstration of worsted spinning, the video provided that. As she herself says, though, Judith Mackenzie is not a very skilled woolen spinner. She says I should see Maggie Casey or Stephanie Gaustad spin woolen. Then why did she not enlist them for that portion of the video? Or produce only one DVD at half the cost? I spin woolen better than she does but don't consider myself expert enough to make and sell an Interweave Press video. If you are a new spinner, don't think that lumpy yarn is what woolen spinning must yield. My other complaint is partly with Ms. MacKenzie's terminology and partly with Interweave's marketing. "You

(Posted on 2/25/11)

Clear, thorough, absolute necessity for the beginning spinner Review by Judy Dunn

I loved the video, and know I will view it many times. I have read quite a bit in the last year plus of learning to spin, plus watched lots of free videos on YouTube, but nothing, nothing at all, was as helpful to my spinning as this video. I have a deeper understanding of the fiber, preparing the fiber, and how to handle the fiber to get the result I want. I saw improvements immediately in how I spun, and the finished product. Beginners will definitely benefit from this video, but I imagine anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the hows and whys of spinning will learn from this well presented, crystal clear video. Worth every penny.

(Posted on 1/18/11)

an outstanding DVD Review by Sharon Corton

I am a relatively new spinner...being a "visual" learner I have gotten several DVD's to learn the techniques of the art...this is by far one of the most informative DVD's I have gotten to date!..Judith has an amazing amount of knowledge which she shares in a very calm, soothing manner....she is very detailed in teaching which I found extremely helpful...I have her other DVD "The Gentle Art of Plying", which is also outstanding...I will buy every DVD she makes...she is a very special teacher...

(Posted on 12/16/10)