Hand spinning courses, classes and workshops taught all across the UK. Hand spinning is the method of turning fibres, such as wool, cotton and silk into yarn which can then be woven into fabric. Spinning has a very long history and features in many of our best loved fairy tales where all beautiful, young princesses spent most of their time at the spinning wheel. Fibres can be harvested regularly from the living animal. Well known wools include Angora, Merino and Mohair. Alpaca fleece is becoming more and more popular in the UK (having now been exported from its native South America to many corners of the globe) and is beautifully soft and silky. It's also hypoallergenic! There is also Pashmam which comes from the Tibetan goat of the Himalayan range and is used in the finest of pashminas. Spinning is still a popular skill and you too can learn from one of our expert spinners - come along and join a course or spinning workshop. Not at all like the arduous and sweaty activity that groups of people sometimes do on exercise bikes in gyms - this spinning is both more relaxed and creative (and possibly just as good for you)!
Join local Cumbrian weaver, Jan Beadle, on this 2 day workshop where she will take you through the whole process of winding a warp, dressing a loom and then weaving your cloth.
The course is suitable for absolute beginners and also weavers wanting to develop their skills further. You will be working on a 4 shaft table loom and will produce a length which would be suitable for a scarf.
Jan moved to Cumbria in...
Hand Spinning Workshops - one day 10am - 4pm
Our one day spinning workshops are relaxed and fun and are aimed at beginners but also suitable as a refresher. Covers all aspects of this enchanting and addictive skill. Workshops are held in the tranquil Norfolk countryside on days to suit you, either on weekdays or weekends. You will meet our delightful flock of rare breed North Ronaldsay sheep and Icelandic sheep.
You will learn what...
Fun packed week-end in the Lake District National Park learning the absorbing art of hand spinning.
Start out in our fleece store to learn about fleece selection, purchase and preparation. Move on to carding on a drum carder and then start to spin on drop spindle. Having mastered drafting on the drop spindle, progress to a wheel. Look at setting up a wheel and the principles of tension. Turn your prepared batts into spun singles....
Hands-on practical one-day spinning course in the Lake District National Park. Covers all aspects, including fibre selection and preparation. By the end of the day you will have a working knowledge of the all the techniques necessary to go away and start spinning your own yarn.
The course covers:
• Fibre selection and preparation. Looking at all sorts of fleeces to find what's best for your needs
• Carding and Blending fibres using a drum...
Spinning course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.
This one day course will explain the preparation of raw fleece including sorting, combing and carding. Ann can advise on the choice of sheep breeds to enable successful spinning. Each student will be able to master the art of spindle spinning and will learn the basics of the spinning wheel. Each student will leave the course with a small amount of hand spun yarn.
You may bring...
Come and join for either our week-long Natural Dyeing and Hand-Spinning course or our 6 day shorter course. We are located in a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. Participants spend their first few days foraging for Highland dye plants and making botanical dyes in our woodland clearing.
We make our dyes outdoors over fires the traditional way, dyeing our own and local Shetland fleece ready to spin. We have our own small flock of...
Learn to spin your own yarn, with Diane Fisher of Murmuring Wheel, at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Cheshire.
The day will cover basic spinning techniques and plying - aiming to finish with one or more skeins of your own handspun yarn!
The course is aimed at beginner spinners but I can cater for any level of skill. Please let me know what you would like to cover when booking your place.
The venue is an award...
Spend two days exploring the traditional crafts of spinning and weaving. Working with beautiful alpaca fleece, learn how to prepare and spin the fibre to make your own hand spun yarn to weave into your own journal cover. The spinning day is taught in my traditional Mongolian yurt next to the alpaca fields. For our weaving day we move to the fantastic Textillia studio in Norwich. Beginners are welcome, we have spinning wheels and looms...
I've been spinning for 14 years, teaching for 10, and there's nothing better than passing on this incredible skill.
During the day we'll discuss fleece and fibre preparation, try some carding and then spin the day away. You'll take away a skein of your own hand spun yarn.
Whether you have a rudimentary understanding of spinning or have never used a wheel before, this course will give you a sound basis for your spinning journey
We will look at
Wheels – maintenance and set up – an opportunity to try a few different wheels
Fibre – structure and preparations,
Why some fibre is easier to spin than others
Spinning from a variety of preparations
By the end of the day you will...