Intro to Spinning
Intro to Spinning
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Teacher: Susan Plack
Course: Two 2-hour sessions, 1 week apart
3 to 5 students
Have you ever walked into a yarn store looking for a specific yarn, and been unable to find it? Or, have you had to pass up one of those amazing handspun yarns because it was just too expensive for your budget? Spinning your own yarn is the solution! Not only can you learn to spin specific yarn for a project, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you created your special item from the very beginning. Join us to learn the art/craft of spinning fiber into yarn.
Our spinning class is a two-session class, one week apart so participants have time to work on skills learned. Students can spin on either a wheel or on a spindle, your choice. At our first class, you will learn the basics of how your wheel works, and how to treadle your wheel while spinning yarn (making singles), or how a spindle works and the best way to introduce twist into yarn. On day two (the following week), we will take those singles and make them into a plied yarn. We will also discuss finishing your yarn so that it’s ready to be used in your next project.
Looking forward to having you join us on this new crafting adventure!
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials: 3.5 oz (minimum) of clean and processed wool. For wheel spinning, bring your wheel with all its parts and attachments, 3 bobbins, and the Kate that usually comes with the wheel. Students may wish to bring wheel maintenance supplies, oil, and paper and pencil for notes. For drop-spindle work, bring your spindle and either two straws or two rolls of toilet paper.
Wheel rentals are available separately for those that don't own a wheel yet. See our drop spindles available for purchase if you don't yet own yours.
Sign up to bring your own fiber, or you can choose to include fiber in your class purchase. The material that will be supplied is a 100 gm (3.5 oz) pack of Corriedale from Ashford Wheels & Looms.