Next Saturday I am teaching a drop spindle workshop for our guild. It’s a good deal for all involved. Back in September I received a scholarship to attend the Abby Franquemont “Spinning for a Purpose” workshop at the Taos Wool Festival in New Mexico. A condition of the scholarship is that I share the knowledge gained with the guild. I can do this a variety of ways — but I chose to repay my scholarshop by offering guild members a spinning workshop. While there are a lot of spinners in our guild, there are not a lot of members who work with a drop (or suspended) spindle.
It’s a four-hour workshop designed for people who already know how to spin, but don’t know — or want to know more — about tricks and techniques that make spindle spinning functional and fun.
As a result of that commitment, I’ve been unable to get my head into a new project. Believe it or not, my commuter knitting has been limited to a few rows here and there on UFO’s. The rest of my time and brain has been devoted to getting the materials prepared for the workshop.
It’s no small feat. I know I could just buy all the fibre I need for the workshop and be done with it, but somewhere along my development as a fibre artist, I made a commitment to using locally sourced fibres. So, in the absence of a local fibre mill to process all the stuff, I am the processor. I’ve been drum carding and combing local dorset, montadale, romney and alpaca so folks in my workshop have a variety of fibres and preparations to experiment with.