Last week, when I blogged about Vavstuga, I mentioned that I brought Becky's quill winding technique home with me. A few people asked me to clarify....so here's my attempt.
My raw materials: yarn, a cardboard quill and a quill winder.
I got started using quills because bobbin and quill winders were really expensive to my newbie weaver self. I found a website in Swedish that sold winders at a good price (helped by a favorable exchange rate for me at that point). Since I was ordering in Swedish (a language I do not speak), I ordered shuttles and quills at the same time asking that they choose what would work together.
I ended up with Glimakra shuttles, cardboard quills and this winder.
What I've been doing for years when I wind is just letting the yarn hang and loosely guiding it onto the quill.
Not any more!!
Becky advised us to keep firm tension on the yarn as we wound, by resting our arm on the table and pinching the yarn between thumb and index finger.
I'm a little contorted in these photos because my camera wouldn't focus up close, so I had to keep leaning back. Your arm and hand should be in a comfortable position, and you should be pinching the yarn fairly close to the quill or bobbin.
Just guide the yarn smoothly to within about 1 centimeter of the end of the quill.
Then head toward the other end and get within a centimeter there.
For the next pass, don't go quite as close to the end of the quill. So with each subsequent pass you're covering a little less of the quill.
When the quill is wound, it should feel quite firm if you squeeze it. At Vavstuga, Becky passed around the full quill for us to all feel and remember.
(I didn't wind a full quill because I'm reaching the end of my secret Christmas project - which is now a Christmas 2010 project - and I didn't need much more of this color.)
Winding quills this way makes weaving smoother and easier because the yarn comes off the shuttle more evenly. It's possible that it also improves selvedges because the yarn is being dispensed evenly.
If you want to watch the Vavstuga winding video again now that you've heard my commentary, here it is.
I'm definitely in no position to be teaching this - I'm just trying to share this tiny bit of what I learned at Vavstuga since it has worked for me well since then.
Here's an article from Handwoven about winding quills or bobbins, and other useful techniques.
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