The Art of Plying: From Basic Foundations to Beautiful Yarns

About The Art of Plying: From Basic Foundations to Beautiful Yarns

Are you a new or self-taught spinner curious about plying? Dive into how it can elevate your yarn game in this workshop led by Alanna Wilcox. Moving from "How do I do this?" to "I've got this!" is our goal. Alanna will demystify the basics of plying, explaining why it's crucial and how it enhances both the look and functionality of your yarns.

The journey begins with Alanna demonstrating everything from the basics of plying, including the tools you'll need, to advanced techniques that will refine the construction of your handspun yarn. She'll guide you through different plying methods, sharing when and why to use them, and their effects on your finished yarn. Practice exercises are available for you to try alongside Alanna or on your own time, rewatching the workshop for extra guidance. This flexible approach ensures you can learn in the way that suits you best. By the end of our session, you won’t just understand plying; you'll have the confidence to experiment and enhance your spinning creativity.

The capacity for this class is 18 students.

Class Materials

- Yarn making tool: (working spinning wheel, electric spinner, or drop spindle)
- Spinning wheel oil (for spinning wheels and electric spinners)
- Lazy kate (tensioned is preferred)
- 4-5 bobbins with 5g/.2oz of fiber on 4 of them, 1 empty with a leader
- Niddy-noddy
- Ball winder
- Index card
- Pen
- Commercial yarn
- Masking tape
- Marker
- Print the class handouts which can be found on the Materials tab

Age Range

Teens and Adults

Skill Level

Beginner - able to spin a continuous yarn and familiar with the basic concept of plying.

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Two 2-hour sessions with a 2-hour break on Saturday, June 1.

First session: 10am-12pm ET
Second session: 2pm-4pm ET

Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recording of the class.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
The Art of Plying: From Basic Foundations to Beautiful Yarns
Alanna Wilcox
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
The Art of Plying: From Basic Foundations to Beautiful Yarns
Alanna Wilcox

How It Works

Enroll above to save your spot in the class. Lessonface will send you a confirmation right away, and a Zoom link 24 hours before each session's start time. You can log into your Lessonface dashboard to access class materials, communicate with your instructor, join the live Zoom session, and access the class recordings and chat transcript afterward. Contact us with any questions. This class, and all lessons and classes on Lessonface, are covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.

Alanna Wilcox

Alanna Wilcox

Alanna Wilcox helps spinners, dyers, and fiber art enthusiasts achieve their creative goals through expert instruction via books and online workshops. She is an artist and an educator who can help you overcome creative challenges, learn new skills and feel empowered to boldly go on your own creative adventures. Visit Alanna’s website at

MAFA - The MidAtlantic Fiber Association

MAFA - The MidAtlantic Fiber Association

The MidAtlantic Fiber Association (MAFA) represents and supports a community of fiber arts guilds in the greater Mid-Atlantic region.

About Lessonface, PBC

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