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Spinning Classes

 

We currently do "classes on demand." Please give us a call if you are interested in one of our classes, and we will try to accommodate your schedule and plan for a class just for you and/or a friend or two.

We offer "Beginner" and "Advanced" classes, and the descriptions of these classes are listed below.

All classes are a "hands-on" experience and last from approximately 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Classes are held at the shop. We have plenty of room to spread out and get comfortable. I ask all the students to dress very comfortably and in something that you won't mind getting dirty. Another requirement is to wear "socks". We never spin with our shoes on!

Beginner Spinning Classes


One-Day Class

Cost: $85.00 -- Class size is limited.

The cost for the class includes all the materials and tools you will need, along with the use of a spinning wheel. You will receive class materials and a bag of wool. Fiber preparation and the use of a drop spindle are not covered in this class. A $15 deposit is required to secure your seat in the class.

Curriculum

  • Learning about the Spinning Wheel
  • Identify all the parts of the wheel
  • How to Treadle
  • Threading the wheel, proper tension, and ratio
  • Spinning yarn—Practice! Practice! Practice!
  • Finishing the yarn
  • How to ply
  • Removing the yarn onto a Niddy-Noddy
  • Creating a skein and setting the twist

Two-Day Class

Cost: $165.00 -- Class size is limited.

The cost for the class includes all the materials and tools you will need, along with the use of a spinning wheel. You will receive class materials, a set of hand carders, a drop spindle, and a bag of wool. If you already have hand carders and/or a drop spindle, please contact me about a price reduction. You are also welcome to bring your own wheel if you have one. To ensure you have a seat in the class, a $30.00 deposit is required and is non-refundable unless you have a "bonifide" emergency. This is necessary to cover class expenses and material costs. Curriculum The History of Spinning Different Wools and Fibers Discuss the different types of sheep wool Discuss the other available animal wools, i.e. angora, llama, etc. Discuss plant and other fibers, i.e. silk, cotton & flax Fiber Preparation Discuss greased and scoured wool and methods for cleaning Hand Carding Wool and Creating Rolags When to use regular hand cards vs. those for fine fibers Using a drum carder Using a Drop Spindle Types of Drop Spindles Z Twist and S Twist Drafting the Fibers Learning about the Spinning Wheel Identify all the parts of the wheel How to Treadle Threading the wheel, proper tension, and ratio Spinning yarn—Practice! Practice! Practice! Finishing the yarn How to ply Removing the yarn onto a Niddy-Noddy Creating a skein and setting the twist
 

Three-Day Class

 
A three-day class is also available which covers all of the above but also includes scouring of the wool and the dyeing process. Depending on availability, seeing fiber animals may be a part of this class. If in season, a shearing demonstration will be given. Cost is $225.00 A $30 deposit is required to hold your seat in this class, as described for the two-day class.
 

Advanced Spinning Classes

These classes have been developed for intermediate to advanced spinners. The student should have at least six months of spinning experience before enrolling in these classes.

Spinning - The Next Steps

This class is designed to learn the fundamentals of creating a consistent yarn. The cost of the class is $75, which covers class materials and the fibers used in class. Spinning wheels are also provided for the class, or you may bring your own. This is an intense one-day class due to the amount of time needed to complete the project. Class hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the day. Class size is limited to no more than five students, and a non-refundable $15 registration fee will hold your seat for the class you wish to attend. Students should bring hand carders. Prerequisites: Must know how to spin a single yarn and ply it into a skein.

Curriculum:

  • Care & Maintenance of Your Wheel
  • Fiber Preparation, including Combing/Blending
  • What is Ratio & Twist? & What is the Relationship?
  • Control Yarns to Measure Your Spinning
  • Cultural Considerations

Spinning -- The Long & the Short of It!

Learn to spin specialty fibers, such as FLAX, Cotton, Silk, Angora, and Alpaca. The student will create a yarn that changes from one fiber to the next. The yarn created from this class can be knitted into a scarf or shawl, and you will get the pattern used for the sample garment. The cost of the class is $65, which covers class materials, the use of a wheel, and the fibers needed to complete enough yarn for a scarf. This is an intense one-day class due to the amount of time needed to complete the project. Class hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the day. Class size is limited to no more than five students, and a non-refundable $15 registration fee will hold your seat for the class you wish to attend. Students should bring hand carders. Prerequisites: Spinning the Next Steps or another Intermediate Class

Curriculum:

  • Learn How to Setup Wheel for Fine Spinning
  • Learn about the Different Fibers
  • Drafting Methods to Use for Spinning Different Fibers

Spinning - Let's Make Novelty Yarns!

Learn to spin novelty yarns. The cost of the class is $55, which covers class materials, the use of a wheel, and the fibers needed. This is an intense one-day class due to the amount of time needed to complete the project. Class hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the day. Class size is limited to no more than five students, and a non-refundable $15 registration fee will hold your seat for the class you wish to attend. Students need to bring two bobbins of fine to light worsted, pre-spun yarn with high twist, and hand carders. Prerequisites: Spinning—The Next Steps or Another Intermediate Class

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