Playing with Ply with Amy Tyler

Skill Level


Required Skills:

  • Required Skills: Participants should be able to have some control over the amount of twist and thickness of singles, and should have some experience with plying.

Class Length

  • 2.5 Day Workshop (Friday am thru Sunday noon)


The ply structure of yarn is a significant factor in how a yarn behaves in knitting, crocheting, or weaving. In this workshop, we will spin singles yarns of various thickness and twist, and we will create a variety of plied yarns: both balanced and unbalanced yarns, 2-ply, 3-ply, 4-ply, cabled, crepe, and chain plied. In addition, we will cover some techniques for creating textured yarns in the plying process, incorporating knots, snarls, wraps, and cages. The process of finishing a yarn will also be covered.


Registration Fee $
Materials Fee $45

Materials Fee includes: Materials fee:¬† $45 (samples for examination, notebook with handouts, fibers for spinning, sundry supplies) Materials Fees are not collected as part of registration. ¬†They are paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Students to Bring

  • Spinning wheel in good working order
  • 2 bobbins partially filled with Z-spun singles with approximately the same amount of twist and the same thickness
  • 2 or more additional bobbins
  • lazy kate
  • towel
  • plastic hanger


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