Spinning is not new to me but I not an expert at it either. Several years ago, I had used my drop spindle to spin some soy silk for a friend and I even had a charka for a while, which has since been sold on. I used the charka to spin some cotton as well as some silk which I still have in my stash.
The drop spindle event was the week before Thanksgiving and we had fun spinning and more than not, dropping our spindles. While we were trying to spin, Ester wandered by and said that she had two spinning wheels and would be glad to teach us. We settled on this weekend as the date.
When I arrived at the barn, Ester was there and we unloaded the wheels from her car. Bill, one of the original members of the barn was also there and he also joined in on the teaching. BTW, Bill has been spinning and weaving for over 40 years!
First we were shown how to set up the spinning wheels, oil the various parts that need it and then we sat there spinning air while bill gave us a demo on spinning. The spinning air is to make sure our legs in a comfortable position and that our leg gets use to the movement. Next we moved onto putting some wool into the wheel to start spinning and learning how to advance and feed the wheel.
Finally we got a rhythm going and we were spinning.
We took a break for lunch because we were both getting tired. Afterwards we were getting tired so I stopped and Yuko continued to spin but she was having problems too. Ester was nice enough to let Yuko one of the wheels to take home with her for a week which will allow her to do some weaving everyday.
Here is a short video of Yuko spinning in the barn after lunch.