I'm about to start spinning some merino/cashmere for lace projects. I've not done this before so I bought and watched Margaret Stover's "spinning for lace" CD. Now I'd like your input on your favorite methods for spinning yarn for lace. Should I spin it woolen or worsted? 2 or 3 ply. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
I also have her Spinning for Lace DVD. Really fascinating. I tend to spin worsted, using a short forward or backward draw. I have not yet mastered the long draw that is used for woolen. So, I spin my lace worsted, too. I like 2 ply because it gives you enough strength and more yardage. But I do sometimes do 3 ply, especially when adding a special element like a glitter thread.
I believe Margaret Stover was spinning hers worsted, also, but it's been so long since I watched it, I don't really remember.
I don't have enough experience with spinning to give an opinion, but I certainly would like to hear what others have to say. All tips are always appreciated.
Oh, wait, I think Wendy recently said something about 2 ply being better for lace weight because it is flatter than 3 ply. Maybe she will let us know if there is anything further on this.
I wish I could remember where I was reading this info. I've got so many books here from the library right now, I can't keep it all straight. But that is definitely what they were saying - 2 ply is best for lace weight for that very reason. I will see if I can find anything later.
Yay - I have the Spinning for Lace video download and love it! How she explains things makes total sense to me though I'm still trying to spin as thin as she does. I'm trying my hand at the long draw method (not sure if it's the American supported or English or some hybrid of both) and that's really fun if your fiber is prepped correcting and you can keep spinning and not stopping. I think I'm spinning semi-worsted because the fiber prep is worsted, but the spinning is woolen. . . i think that's what i read in a book i have.