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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)!

£160
Cumbria - Next course on 22nd September 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....
£750
Highlands - Next course on 22nd September 2018
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...
£40
Derbyshire - Next course on 22nd September 2018
We meet every month on a Saturday, usually the 3rd Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. Over the last year the course has covered the following subjects: Spinning - basic spinning skills, design, colour blending in spinning, fancy yarns. Weaving - rigid heddle weaving, weaving on four shaft looms, design, tapestry, inkle braids. Dyeing - natural dye extracts, random dyeing with acid dyes and fibre reactive dyes. You can start at any time and come for...
£80
Powys - Next course on 24th September 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...
£80
Powys - Next course on 28th September 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...
£335
Powys - Next course on 29th September 2018
This ground breaking, nationally accredited unit in hand spinning will give you a firm foundation in this wonderful, heritage craft. Over the course of two days of inspirational teaching, encouragement and fun you will learn the basics of hand spinning with Heritage Crafts Association award winning tutor Dunja Roberts. On successful completion you will be awarded an Agored Cymru (Welsh awarding body) Level 1 certificate. This unique, nationally recognised unit of learning in hand spinning...
£45
South Yorkshire - Next course on 29th September 2018
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE TO OCTOBER DATE 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. You can also learn a little about the history and background of Textiles production. You...
£60
East Lothian - Next course on 29th September 2018
Learn from Debbie Zawinski how to make a spindle from found materials in the forest, spin yarn from wool collected on our walk, and learn how to use foraged materials for natural dying. 29 September (Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm Limited to 8 participants. No experience required. Please bring all-weather outdoor clothes. (Accommodation available if required.) Learn natural dyeing and spinning with The Feral Spinner - Debbie Zawinski, author of In The Footsteps of Sheep, Schoolhouse...
£1550
Powys - Next course on 6th October 2018
This ground breaking, nationally accredited unit in hand spinning to A Level standard takes nine months to complete. It will give you broad and deep knowledge and skills in this wonderful, heritage craft. Over the course of six inspirational days of teaching spread over six months you will learn the intricacies of hand spinning a wide range of fibres with Heritage Crafts Association award winning tutor Dunja Roberts. The final three months are the culmination...
£90
Surrey - Next course on 6th October 2018
Come and learn to spin your own mini-skein of yarn. I will teach you the basics of preparing fleece, how to card, draft, spin and ply yarn. You will have the opportunity to try out a couple of different wheels but you are very welcome to bring your own wheel if you have one. I will explain the different techniques and processes which will equip you to make and take home your first skein of...