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Spinning for beginners and improvers

Spinning is a craft that is thousands of years old. Throughout time yarn has been prepared by hand, on a spindle and with a wheel. Spun yarn is used to sew, knit, crochet and to weave. It is not limited to wool; other animal hair such as goat, camel and yak are also used. In addition vegetable materials are an important source for spinning - linen, nettle, hemp, pineapple, copra, cactus and even straw! And one mustn’t forget silk.

My workshops are designed to satisfy the needs of people with differing levels of skill; they may be just starting out, have some experience or wish to improve a particular skill. They are available for individuals and for groups of up to six participants.

Spinning for those who want to learn the basics.

  The two day workshop includes
  - how spinning works- sheep breeds - wool characteristics
  - judging and washing a fleece - preparation
  - carding - using a drop spindle
  - plying by hand - your spinning wheel
  - spinning - making your first skein

  The five day workshop has the same content as the two day workshop
  but gives participants more time to practise and gain in confidence.

  Where possible you may choose whether your workshop is given on
  consecutive days or is more widely spread such as one day a week.

  Spinning for improvers - One or two day workshops to meet your
  specific needs. These are run on demand.

  The shape of these workshops is determined by what you want to learn.
  The content is agreed with you in advance.

  For example you may have been spinning for a short time and wish to
  improve your skills or you may want to spin using the long draw method,
  or you want to spin worsted or to use a variety of different fibres.

Spinning Wheel advice and problems sorted out. Drop in afternoon

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Workshop dates

Workshops are run on demand in addition to those on the following dates.

April 1, 8,15,& 22nd evenings 5.30-7.30
November 16 & 17th 10.00-5.00
October 5th - 2.00-7.00 drop in

Prices depend on numbers attending, please see Workshop Costs.

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