A Bobbin Boy How-To! Lacing a spinning wheel flyer
"Lacing" is winding the spun thread through the hooks or around the arms of the flyer prior to the thread bei...ng drawn onto the bobbin. It can be done with virtually any fiber being spun on a flyer system wheel. The technique (1) reduces the tension on spun thread through friction drag, hence reducing the chances of breaking the thread (you WILL need to increase the wheel's tension while spinning laced, which Milissa forgot to say), and (2) allows you to load the bobbin evenly with flyers that do not have staggered sequence hooks.
The technique was widely used, as evidenced by the score marks seen almost inevitably on antique flyers.
I'll be selling both raw and lovingly-handwashed (by me, no machines) fleeces at Shepherd's Extravaganza, April 14-17, 2016 at Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup. Fleeces will include natural-colored shades of Romney and Shetland wool from my own spinner's flock. There will be carded batts, combed top and handspun sample yarns available, as well as natural and hand-painted, handspun skeins from wool both from my own sheep and carefully-curated heritage breeds from around the world.
Sunday the 17th will be my 50th birthday, so if you love to spin rare / heritage-breed wool or if you want to talk sheep (or wish me a happy birthday), please drop by!