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Project by Elizabeth posted 11-21-2010 09:45 PM 2283 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As part of my yarn-spinning-related Etsy shop I made these plying templates last night. They’re maple wood with 7mm holes and tung oil finish. Handspinners use them to make the yarn plying process a bit easier and less “tangley”.

They were surprisingly straightforward to make – I am quickly coming to appreciate the benefits of working in a well-stocked shop!

Some of the templates are available at http://sheepshape.etsy.com.





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#1 posted 11-22-2010 04:09 AM

what are these used for?

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 06:35 AM

People who spin yarn by hand (handspinners) use them to prevent the different strands of yarn from getting tangled at a certain stage of the spinning process.

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#3 posted 11-23-2010 01:47 AM

ah..ok. Thanks! they look nice. thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 11-23-2010 02:22 AM

I think these would make a good gift for a friend who (I think) is a ‘handspinner’. Should I just assume that she would know what they are.

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#5 posted 11-23-2010 02:47 AM

She probably would, and if she didn’t then chances are one of her spinning friends would. If she spins with a spinning wheel then she would be able to use them. If she spins with a drop spindle then I don’t think she could. (I probably ought to specify that in my Etsy shop.) I’m also planning on adding some pictures of them in use, but first I need to prepare some singles (individual strands of spun fiber ready for plying) for the demonstration and also rope my husband into being the photographer!

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 09:45 PM

I’ve added a couple of photos showing the template in use, which may help people understand what they’re for.

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 07:31 PM

Elizabeth I think you are spinning a yarn as they certainly look like parts of a die and you’re going to show the other pieces later!

I found these to be interesting as I didn’t know that these things even existed. I like the finish as it shows the maple very well.

Thanks for sharing!

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