Spinning Badge

(Discover the Home)

submitted by Suzanne Vicoryosmanson




(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement with parental permission)


Penguin:  Do three requirements including the two starred.


_____1.*   Learn how to card wool or cotton. Why do you do this, how important is it.


_____ 2.*  Find out what a spinning wheel looks like and what it does.


Otter:  Do four requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.*  Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.


_____ 2.*  Learn about at least 3 different types of spinning wheels and spindles.


Dolphin:  Do five requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.*  Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.


_____ 2.*  Card enough material to spin 3 yards of thread.


Butterfly:  Do six requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.*  Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.


_____ 2.*  Learn to use a simple spinning method, such as a drop spindle.


Eagle:  Do seven requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.*  Do Butterfly requirements 1 &  2.


_____ 2.* Spin your own thread to weave, crochet or knit an item for yourself or a gift.



Owl:  Do nine requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2


_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.



Optional Requirements:


_____ 3.  Learn about different types of fibers that can be spun.  Include at least 3 animal fibers and 3 plant fibers.


_____ 4.  Learn how to properly clean your raw material prior to spinning.


_____ 5.  Learn to identify each of the following spinning accessories and explain what it is used for:


  • Niddy Noddy
  • Swift or Skeinwinder
  • Diz
  • Lazy Kate
  • Ball Winder


_____ 6.  Attend a spinning demonstration with at least two different types of spinning.


_____ 7.  Find out what a Spinning Guild does.  Where is the one closest to you?  How often do they meet?  If possible attend a meeting.


_____ 8.  Participate in a community service project that involves spinning.  You might spin yarn to knit baby hats to donate, or work on a project with a Spinning Guild.


_____ 9.  Read a book about spinning.  This can be a work of fiction such as The Goat in the Rug, or a how to book or magazine..


_____ 10.  Watch a video or documentary about spinning.


_____ 11.  Learn how to dye the materials you plan to spin.


_____ 12.  Teach someone else how to card fibers or spin thread.


_____ 13.  Make your own drop spindle.


_____ 14.  Explain at least 5 of the following terms (10 Butterflies and Eagles, all 13 Owls)














Z or S twist


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