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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)!
2 Day Hand Spinning Workshop Norfolk, Lincs, Cambs, Borders
Platinum AWARD
2 Day Hand Spinning Workshop Norfolk, Lincs, Cambs, Borders
Norfolk - Next course on 7th December 2019
£140
Why not take a break from the pre-Christmas rush with some valuable time to learn a new skill. The workshop will take place in our spinning barn on our smallholding in Norfolk, complete with cosy log burner to ensure a relaxing couple of days. You will be able to meet our gorgeous Rare Breed sheep who will kindly be providing some of your wool to work with on the day. This 2 day workshop is aimed at beginner spinners but is equally suited to those looking for a refresher. You...
Hand spinning workshops for beginners Norfolk/Cambs/Lincs borders
Platinum AWARD
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Hand spinning workshops for beginners Norfolk/Cambs/Lincs borders
Norfolk - Next course on 17th September 2019
£60
Hand Spinning Workshops - one day 10am - 4pm Please contact me for availability of places. 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 to look for when choosing a good fleece...
From fleece to fibre: two day course in hand spinning
Platinum AWARD
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From fleece to fibre: two day course in hand spinning
Cumbria - Next course on 12th October 2019
£165
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. Learn the principles behind plying. Create and finish your own skein of hand spun fibre....
Hand spinning for beginners
Platinum AWARD
(80)
Hand spinning for beginners
Cumbria - Next course on 2nd October 2019
£90
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 carder • Techniques for drafting using a drop spindle • Spinning on a wheel -...
Handspinning workshop
Gold AWARD
(30)
Handspinning workshop
Cheshire
£50
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 winning farm set on the edge of the Peak District, famous for making their own...
Hand-Spinning & Natural Dyeing Retreat, Highlands, Scotland
Gold AWARD
(12)
Hand-Spinning & Natural Dyeing Retreat, Highlands, Scotland
Highlands
£795
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 Shetland sheep, which Alex will hand-shear on our longer course -we also sort and wash...
Beginners spinning
Gold AWARD
(23)
Beginners spinning
Merseyside - Next course on 20th September 2019
£65
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. Each workshop is at a different location, Ormskirk, Lancaster and Liverpool. Please see my website for more information and to book your place.
Amazing alpacas spinning and weaving course
Bronze AWARD
(4)
Amazing alpacas spinning and weaving course
Norfolk - Next course on 19th September 2019
£140
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 for everyone. Tutors: Annie Nickerson - Burnt Fen Alpacas & Julia Symonds - Textilia Weave
From fleece to fibre
Platinum AWARD
(4)
From fleece to fibre
Shropshire
£60
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 your own spinning wheel to use if you have one Tutor: Ann Lloyd. Accessibility Acton...
Flax processing - plant to cloth - Gloucestershire
Gold AWARD
(12)
Flax processing - plant to cloth - Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire - Next course on 11th October 2019
£75
Discover Britain's forgotten crop - flax. All true linen is made from flax. During the day you will be shown all the processes for working flax from seed to cloth. You will also have the opportunity of working through the processes to produce fibre ready for spinning and/or cord and rope making. A chance to dress a distaff and have a go at drop spinning. Anyone interested in the process and practice of weaving and hand-spinning would find this course a useful introduction. The day starts at 10.00am and finishes...

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