Chain-ply as you spin!

After months of experimenting, tweaking and smoothing out the process, Wanda introduces a way to chain-ply as you spin with an Aegean! It works with all Jenkins styles of Turkish spindle but the flatter straight arms of the Aegean and Egret work best for slipping off the loop.

Plus! A fast efficient way to start your leader! Have a blast with these two new methods!
(Long story below the video for those who enjoy details.)


 Late in January 2013,  2 oz of  beautiful, soft baby camel & Tussah silk dyed by Starbirth landed in our mailbox. The lovely fiber seemed to call for being a round 3-ply yarn and not wanting to mute the quiet colors Wanda decided that a chain-ply would work best.

For over a year it’d been at the back of her mind to figure out how to chain-ply with a Turkish spindle and finally here was the reason to get serious about it. After a number of failures (using other fiber!) she had that ah-ha moment when it all clicked. Off and on over then next several months she worked at smoothing out the process to the point where she was comfortable teaching others.

A week ago Sunday Ed set up the tripod under the catalpa tree and shot two short demo videos with Wanda. Less than an hour later the HDD camera was plugging into the computer. Except, the computer couldn’t find the video, even though we could see it in the playback screen on the camera. Thus began a nightmare of a week of evenings trying to get the video onto the HP, the iPad and the Mac. To no avail.

Wednesday, while Ed was preparing and serving food at the community supper Wanda set the tripod up outside again and recorded two more shots. Our cat decided to get into the act by strolling across the grass under the spindle. Completely delighted with the results the video was uploaded to the computer. None of our video software would open it! This is a camera we’ve been using on the HP since around 2008 – what was going on? More evenings devoted to searching for help on the net, trying to make it work.

Saturday Wanda set up the little table under the tree, placed the full sample spindle with its round turtle of chain-ply yarn and the fiber on it and went into the house to get the tripod, this time using the regular Nikkon camera to record. Meanwhile outside a Steller Jay or crow (lots of jays around here so most likely it’s the culprit) spyed the shiny bundle of fiber & yarn on the table and tried to steal it. Fortunately he wasn’t successful but the poor spindle and yarn were strewn about under and around the table legs.

Again snaffus with the video editing software on the HP, the Mac. And the iPad. Reading more reviews lead to downloading Avidemux and editing commenced taking the 11 minute video down to just over 5. Whew, finally success at 11pm Saturday evening! Opening the final edition back up for a quick review before uploading it to YouTube all enthusiasm was dashed. There was no audio.

Sunday afternoon Ed patiently sat, iPad in hands over the spindle and fiber as Wanda demoed as quickly as possible lest Ed’s arms start shaking. A short learning curve with Pinnacle Studio, hit the share button. Success!

You should find that learning to Chain-ply (aka Navajo-ply) will be a breeze compared to all the woes and hours lost trying to get this video to you! Once your fingers/hands adapt to the new moves the process goes quite quickly.