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How to Spin on a Charkha Video Download

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Access more than 140 video courses (including this one) with a Long Thread Media All Access subscription, bringing you up close to experts in spinning, weaving, needleworking, felting, and dyeing. View How to Spin on a Charkha on our streaming platform.

Book- and box-style charkhas—used mainly for spinning cotton singles—are captivating, self-contained little devices. These portable, non-electric wheels can travel with you wherever you go and offer the opportunity to spin cotton and other short fibers into fine yarn—fast.

Though the learning curve can feel steep, instructor Kate Larson is here to smooth the process and help you find success learning to spin on a charkha. 

In this video, you'll learn how to:

  • Set up, tune, and maintain your charkha  
  • Find a comfortable setup and spin your first yarn  
  • Spin cotton and other short fibers into high-twist yarn 
  • Troubleshoot common issues  
  • Finish your yarn

Ideal for spinners of all levels, this video provides learning opportunities for both new charkha spinners and those who want to fine-tune their practice. Learn to listen to your charkha, tune it like an instrument, and adjust your movements to spin in harmony.

Kate's hands-on approach has helped spinners across the United States learn the ins and outs of these amazing spinning wheels, and now you can access her full class anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. Many spinners have fallen in love with this incredible spinning wheel, and you could be next. 

Included in the Video Download: 

  • 106 minutes of detailed instructional video  
  • About this video - guide and workbook
  • Additional charkha articles and resources    

 Materials and Equipment:  

  • Book-, box-, or briefcase-style charkha   
  • A spool of sewing thread 
  • Cotton sliver (recommended) or punis  
  • Maintenance kit specific to your charkha 
  • Optional: Spinning wheel for plying, paper pirns or bobbins and bobbin winder

Kate Larson is the editor of Spin Off magazine. She keeps a flock of beloved Border Leicester sheep on her farm in Indiana and loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Along with a degree in soil chemistry, her fiber journeys have led to travels through northern Europe and opportunities to teach handspinning and knitting around the United States. She is the author of The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Spin on a Charkha (Long Thread Media, 2022). Her articles and designs have appeared in Spin Off, Jane Austen Knits, Enchanted Knits, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and more.

Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes

Instructor: Kate Larson