Jillian’s Spinning: Sometimes It’s Not Spinning

My Tour de Fleece is so boring – I’m spinning samples for my retreat with Beth and Rita and for my Rhinebeck classes,fun for me and my soon-to-be-students, but not a photo opportunity.

So, I’m going to talk about not spinning.

I decided to learn a new fiber art, embroidery. I’m one of those people who never learned as a child. I had an un-crafty mother who was forced to learn all kinds of crafts from her crafty mom, so we had zero craft in our house. I didn’t even take my first knitting class until I was 26.

Instead of learning with a book all alone. I called up one of my friends, Kirsten, who wants to learn too and threw out an idea to learn together. We’re taking the embroidery sampler with Rebecca Ringquist on Creativebug.

Dropcloth Sampler
Dropcloth Sampler

I went out and bought all of the things for embroidery – floss, a hoop, needles, and most especially the lovely sampler from Rebecca’s etsy shop. Kirsten and I are meeting weekly-ish as schedules allow. We watch one section of the class, then we stitch those stitches. Our first class was running stitches.

My running stiches
My running stitches

I love learning new things and there is something so relaxing about being a rank beginner, just following along, slowly.

No spinning this week, but I am thinking about spinning embroidery yarns now.


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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

4 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: Sometimes It’s Not Spinning

  1. Renee Anne

    I didn’t take my first knitting class until I was 31 years old (though I had been knitting for about 3 years by that point).

    Don’t feel bad 🙂

  2. stitchy Mc Floss

    Embroidery is another way to express yourself with fiber, so you know it has to be awesome! 🙂

    I am looking forward to your future post with updates on the class and your sampler, too.

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