Handspinning – How to Join Roving

This video clip shows how to start spinning on a wheel. It demonstrates how to join the roving to the leader thread and how to adjust the tension on the wheel.

In this video, I’m spinning a Coopworth roving. Roving is wool that has been cleaned and carded through a carding machine. Wool that has been processed as roving may be lying in different directions. It isn’t all lying evenly parallel, as in wool top that has been combed. Roving is good for spinning wool sweaters and lofty blankets.

  • Attach a leader thread to the bobbin of the wheel. It should be about 1.5 – 2 feet in length. It can be either a wool or a strong cotton yarn.
  • Thread the leader around the hooks of the flyer, and through the orifice of the spinning wheel.
     
  • Begin to spin the wheel in a clockwise direction, or to the right.
  • Allow the twist to build up in the leader thread.
  • When the twist has built up in the leader, lay the roving underneath the spun leader thread. Allow the leader to just touch the tips of the roving. The twisted yarn will grab the wool and start to spin it and draw it into the wheel.

Handspinning Books
The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn
The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn
The Practical Spinner’s Guide – Cotton, Flax, Hemp (Practical Spinner’s Guides)
Spin Flax & Cotton: Traditional Techniques with Norman Kennedy
The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning: Being A Compendium of Information, Advice, and Opinions On the Noble Art & Craft
The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber
The Intentional Spinner

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Last Updated on January 6, 2021 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi