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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)!

£80
Powys - Next course on 24th February 2018
'From fleece to fibre' - come and learn the craft of hand spinning with Dunja Roberts on our traditional hill farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park. On my one day workshop you will learn how to spin your own unique yarn using fleece from our pedigree Clun Forest and Zwartbles sheep. Come for a day of inspirational teaching, encouragement and fun to learn the basics of hand spinning. This course may be taken along...
£45
South Yorkshire - Next course on 24th February 2018
A series of Saturday afternoon sessions to introduce you to the craft of creating yarns from raw fibres, beginning with various types of wool and progressing to plant and other animal fibres. We will start with the ancient craft of finger-spinning, work on different types of drop-spindle and then practice on a spinning wheel. We will also learn a little about the history and background of Textiles production. Each student will learn and progress at...
£25
Leicestershire - Next course on 24th February 2018
Start out on your spinning journey with the ancient technique of drop spinning. Great for beginners who are keen to learn how to convert fibre into yarn. In this half day (3 hours) course you will be introduced to the art of drop spinning using a simple top whorl drop spindle and prepared wool fibre you will be walked through the basics of the technique and given lots of time for supported practice. You will...
£90
Surrey - Next course on 25th February 2018
Come and learn to spin your own hank of yarn. We will teach you the basics of preparing fleece, how to card, draft, spin and ply yarn. You will have the opportunity to spin on a variety of different wheels using different fibres. We will explain the different techniques and processes which will equip you to make and take home your first skein of handmade yarn. You are welcome to bring your own wheel if...
£80
Powys - Next course on 26th February 2018
'Next steps in hand spinning ...' - now that you have mastered the basics of spinning you will soon want to be able to produce a wider variety of yarns. On this one day course with Dunja Roberts you will discover new techniques for spinning yarns from fine to super-bulky using a wide variety of natural, luxury and manufactured fibres. Come for a day of inspirational teaching, encouragement and fun and discover just what a...
£320
East Ayrshire - Next course on 2nd March 2018
Knitting, Crochet,Yarn and Fibre Retreats in Scotland. These small, intimate Retreats are organised by Janet and have been running successfully with excellent feedback for several years. You will have her individual guidance for projects and learning. She will have contact with you before hand and help you decide what you want to work on during the retreat. All yarn and fibre arts welcome including spinning and weaving. Weekend and week-day venues available at two wonderful...
£75
Cumbria - Next course on 11th March 2018
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 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...
£45
Cheshire - Next course on 22nd March 2018
Learn to spin your own yarn, with Diane Fisher of Murmuring Wheel, at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Cheshire. Thursday 22nd March. Please get in touch to enquire or book your place. Further dates will also be planned for later in 2018. The day runs from 10am - 3pm and 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...
£150
Cumbria - Next course on 24th March 2018
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....
£75
Gloucestershire - Next course on 24th March 2018
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...