Peggy, I see that you are back to "normal"...LOL.
Don't you think she 'owes' us some real doozies? lol
Yes, that's what I was thinking of doing, but my last attempt at tailspinning was a disaster. I haven't gotten the knack of it yet, and I don't want to ruin these gorgeous locks!
I have some of these as well as some long Cotswald curls, dyed in lively colors. Currently I simply enjoy looking at them. I have aspirations to use them in a fun, wild hat...but haven't a clue as to how I will do that :0
I know that sometimes if I lose the end, I take a piece of tape to find it. But it sounds like you mean it didn't want to unwind at all. I don't have enough experience to give any opinion on this problem.
All that I can imagine is that is wound way too tightly on the bobbin or tangled in some way. I've never had this happen before.
Heather, I'm no expert, but when I first got my wheel, the single broke and I ended up losing the end. I tried what Cheryl suggested - using a piece of tape to find it, but was never able to. So I had to end up cutting (yikes!) the single to find the end. What I really found out, which I think may be the problem you are having, is that I did not wind my bobbin evenly enough, and therefore the more recently spun part of the single got underneath a previously spun part of the single, and this happened repeatedly. Does this make sense? I have not had this problem since because I make sure I am moving my single often. And I also use Nutty's suggestion of winding an even bobbin. I have found this to be extremely helpful, and plying has been a breeze since. I make sure to go across the bobbin creating an "X" so to say which really helps keep the singles from falling down on themselves. Boy, I hope this makes sense. :o)
Here is a picture, maybe that would explain it better.
and here is one showing the completed "X" at the bottom of the picture. Not a great pic, but it shows it - lol. Doing this helps to hold down the layers of single, making it come off the bobbin much easier when you go to ply. I hope this helps you.
ps. sorry the pics are so large, I feel as if they are shouting at you, but I wanted you to be able to see the detail better.
I use this same method Wendy, and it is surprising what an evenly spun bobbin you can get.
Wow, it looks like you are using a WooLee Winder!