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callmesusan
11-15-2007, 09:28 PM
How do I know if the yarn I am spinning on a wheel is over twisted?

Is there a way to test it?

How do I prevent over twisting from ocurring?

I am experimenting with treadling speed and the scotch brake. However, I don't really know how to tell if the twist is right.:??

I appreciate any feedback, thanks.

mullerslanefarm
11-16-2007, 10:05 AM
If you're going to ply your yarn, some over twist is necessary.

HJS has a wonderful tutorial about twist angles
http://www.hjsstudio.com/twistangle.html

callmesusan
11-16-2007, 11:39 AM
If you're going to ply your yarn, some over twist is necessary.

Thanks for the link. But, if I want to spin a single ply yarn, how do I know it is twisted enough and not too much? Maybe the link will help me.

midnightskyfibers
11-18-2007, 02:58 AM
When spinning a single the yarn should just hold together. Most people spin singles that will have a wee bit of bias to it, but you idealy should be treadling (or spinning your spindle) just enough for the fiber to hold together and not much more. Blocking the yarn well helps with any bais.

callmesusan
11-18-2007, 01:45 PM
Thanks, Midnightskyfibers. That answers my question nicely. I went to the site suggest by Mullerslanefarm and found a ton of info that I need to study. This stuff is complicated!