Saturday, October 9, 2010

I Heart Judith

Plying



I ordered Judith Mackenzie McCuin's dvd The Gentle Art of Plying with some money I got for my birthday this year. I finally got a chance to watch and I got so much information out of it! I loved the way she described how to hold her hands to ply and just getting to watch how she spins was helpful.

One of my favorite things I learned was how she joined the yarn in while plying. I had no idea how to do that, and watching her break the yarn, add new in, and smoothly spinning it through was wonderful. She uses joining to change colors, to add in plies or start a new bobbin. If I ever get a chance to take a class with her in person, I'll definitely be in! Her teaching style is right up my alley too. She seemed very open to other ways of doing things, while at the same time describing why you would want to do it the way she's telling you. I'm always receptive to that kind of explanatory non-rigid style of teaching. Obviously there are many ways to do something, but if you're good at what you do, I want to know why you do it that way. But not have you tell me it's the only right way.

My spinning wheel is coming out tomorrow for some serious spinning. I'm going to start with one of the batts I got for my birthday from Shelly. And Shelly, you totally need to see this video!