Handspinning is the art of twisting fiber, fleece, or roving of wool and various natural fibers into a continuous thread/yarn. Traditional tools for handspinning are spinning wheels and drop spindles. The yarn created is for knitting, weaving, and fiber art projects.
Here you will find all the information you need to teach yourself the art of handspinning yarn. Joy of Handspinning includes several video demonstrations to assist you in learning various handspinning techniques, along with articles of helpful information. The information we’ve learned along the way consists of traditional and contemporary approaches. Our primary goal is to share with you the joy of handspinning fiber into yarn.
A Brief History of Handspinning
Handspinning, the art of using spinning tools to transform fibers into yarn, has been practiced for millennia. Early evidence dates back to ancient civilizations like Egypt, the Middle East, and Indus Valley. Individuals used simple drop spindles to transform wool, flax, and cotton into yarn.
Handspinning was once an essential element of Europe and Asia’s economies during the Middle Ages as demand for textiles surged with trade expansion and urbanization. Handspinners, often women and children, worked long hours on spinning wheels to provide enough yarn for weavers and textile workers. However, due to the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, handspinning gradually gave way to mechanized spinning methods, which were faster and more efficient, although handspinning remains a popular hobby today worldwide.