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Spin Worsted-style - The Short Draw

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This drafting technique has many names: worsted drafting, short-draw, inchworm.... It's simple and straightforward, as this video demonstrates. With high-quality combed wool (which this is not!), drafting this way makes a smooth, dense yarn.

This technique is great for other combed fibres, too, maximizing the sheen of silk, Tencel, or bamboo, and making sure that that alpaca you want to use as warp will be firm and nep-free.

The fibre used here is a low-grade wool. It was combed, but still contains a few tiny knots and neps. All the same -- it makes a dandy, smooth yarn when drafted this way.

Take a look, then try it yourself!

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Terry Olkowski . 2015-08-01
It looks so easy, I have a hard time trying not to over spin.
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Crochet Supernova . 2014-09-22
Even tho I risk sounding like a total weirdo...... these videos make me cry every time I watch them.... just beautiful..... so so beautiful. :)
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dukeofpurl . 2014-03-09
I liked your long draw video SO much, that I forgot about this short draw one. Thanks!
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sophy0075 . 2013-09-25
Thank you! That was so helpful - not only were your hands and their movements clearly video'ed and the fiber easy to see because of its colour and the black background, but the printed commentary was concise and informative. I loved the music too.
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Jenny Lory . 2012-04-17
Wonderful video, thank you. The pinch-draft-pinch-release segment (2:52) is great. I will try it!! and i agree with previous commenter, the black skirt was an excellent choice, i can see your spinning perfectly.
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Connie . 2011-07-16
beautiful music, extremely helpful video. its taking me forever to get the pinch draft pinch release and feet coordination. seems simple enough...not
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elizabethjunean . 2011-04-27
Thank you. Now I understand short draw. Can't wait to try out a new technique.
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Nelson Marasco . 2010-12-24
hi im new ,but just doing a short draw makes the wool worsted.Thanks for listening nelson.oh very nice presentation.
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mastabloid . 2010-03-26
WOW...very nice and clear. Thank YOU!!! Well spun!!! great music.
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Heidi Bandow . 2010-03-22
Thank you so much! I wear hearing aids and really appreciated your clear format. You make it look so simple and relaxing. I hope I can make it look that way too - someday!!!
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Ruth MacGregor . 2010-01-30
Thank you (all of you!). The music in this video is by a group named LĂșnasa, and the song is "Harp and Shamrock". Pretty, isn't it? It's good spinning music, I think. :-) Ruth
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amimeinc . 2010-01-08
Love it! Great choice of the black skirt to let the wool be very visible. Nice close ups and explanation. I was wondering what the music was? I REALLY enjoyed it :)
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stekatta . 2009-12-05
What a great video. Thanks so much for demonstrating and adding commentary as well.
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WinnieFinesse . 2009-07-14
Hahaha. You make it look easy. How can I be going so far wrong. Oh gosh. I'll have another try now.
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Catherine Cronin . 2009-03-26
I agree 100%. with nctxweaver above. Thanks for showing the hands drafting so well.
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katherine looper . 2009-03-21
Beautiful technique, makes it look like a art form. Also, the music is a wonderful addition. Thank you .
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Stitch Lily . 2009-02-22
You make it look so easy! lovely video
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Daniel MacBride . 2008-12-22
Thanks for this video - one of the better ones I have seen for demonstrating this technique :)
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Elaine T . 2008-09-27
Definately the best video I've seen. you focused on technique; As opposed to showing us what you can do, you teach us how to do it. thank you.
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