Plying Structures with Abby Franquemont


Workshop Description: Are you ready for a solid grounding in essential plying structures for your handspun yarn? Then this is the class for you! Bring 4 sets of singles -- bobbins, balls, or full spindles -- and we'll explain what we mean by 2-ply, 3-ply, chain ply, and 4 ply, and teach you how to get them done with spindles or bobbin and flyer array of your choice (treadled wheel, driven spindle, or e-spinner). If you're using bobbins, plan on having a lazy kate or we'll show you how to make one. We will also cover techniques for winding balls by hand and talk about how to use common household items to help keep your singles under control while you ply.


Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced. You’ll need to be comfortable producing singles yarns and spin them before class.


Students Should Have: Four sets of singles yarn (bobbins, balls, or full spindles) already spun from the fibers of your choice; spindle, wheel, or electric spinner. Optional: lazy kate if your singles are on bobbins.


Recorded Workshop Details: This workshop was recorded exclusively for Lambtown Festival. Students who registered before the festival were invited to attend a webinar with the instructor, in which the instructor answered live questions from students. The recorded workshop is available for purchase now through the end of the year. Students have the opportunity to watch each video multiple times as they work through the techniques or simply soak up the expert advice.


Buyers will receive links to download their Digital products in the Thank You page of the Checkout, along with an emailed link.



Instructor Bio: Abby Franquemont, author of Respect the Spindle, finally realized her lifelong dream of returning to live in Peru, where she grew up spinning, weaving, and doing outrageous yarn tricks just like all the other kids in town. Confined by the pandemic to an ancient compound in the Inca sector of the town of Ollantaytambo, she spends her time spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, writing, developing online content, writing bios she hopes are entertaining, and daydreaming about when we'll all get to do things together again in person.

Recorded Plying Structures Workshop