Workshops at Fibreswest 2015 – Spindling I

Registration for Fibreswest 2015 is now open. Check out the classes. In the following three posts, I will be highlighting some of the classes that I will be teaching there this year. Hope to see you there.

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Introduction to Spinning with Drop Spindles, Diana Twiss. Half Day, Sat.Mar.14/15, 8:30-12:30. $65 #104

In this 4-hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the basic spinning techniques for suspended spinning. These techniques will enable participants to further explore making a variety of yarns with these noble tools. This class is for absolute beginning spinners, or for those who know how to spin with a wheel, but not a spindle.

In this introduction to the spindles as a tool for making yarn, participants will learn about the properties of wool as a protein fibre for yarn. They will also learn drafting techniques, and how to spin, ply and set yarn.

Topics covered include: varieties of spindles – how to choose one and how they work, choosing fibre – the properties of wool and working with wool,  spinning on a spindle – park and draft technique, drafting, worsted and from the fold, winding on, making a cop and dealing with a full spindle. Plying your singles and finishing your yarn will also be covered.

Material fee: $15 payable to instructor plus an additional $45 if you wish to purchase a Houndesign spindle for your class

Skills needed: none

Equipment needed: suspended spindle, top whorl preferred. Bring a variety if you have them. If don’t have one want or wish to add to your collections, spindles will be sold at the workshop for $45 each. If you are planning to purchase from me, please indicate on your registration form.

Empty shoebox – to be sued as a Lazy Kate and to hold our materials.

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