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Spinning courses

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)!

Powys - Next course on 16th December 2018
Sarah Cross of Studio Edefyn Fibre Co will guide you through the entire process of turning a raw wool fleece into a skein of yarn. Sarah’s work is deeply rooted in sustainability, using reclaimed and surplus fibre which she spins and dyes using natural materials. She has gained an enviable reputation Worldwide for quality and exquisite attention to detail. Whether it's your first time working with fibre, or you are a seasoned pro, this workshop...
Powys - Next course on 15th December 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...
Powys - Next course on 5th January 2019
'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...
Surrey - Next course on 5th January 2019
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...
Powys - Next course on 7th January 2019
'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...
Powys - Next course on 9th January 2019
Come and learn how to weave beautiful narrow bands with Dunja Roberts at All in a spin on our traditional hill farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park. In just one day you will learn how to weave a lovely bookmark or a longer band/strap. You need no previous weaving experience to learn this skill, but the course will also be of interest to weavers who wish to expand their skillset. Be inspired by the...
Cumbria - Next course on 12th January 2019
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....
Beginners Spinning in 1 month
Merseyside - Next course on 12th January 2019
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 handspun yarn.
Powys - Next course on 19th January 2019
’Next steps in weaving with the rigid heddle loom.' Come and learn how versatile the rigid heddle loom can be with Dunja Roberts on our traditional hill farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park. On this Improvers workshop you will learn how to use a pick up stick to make surface patterns on your cloth and weave a lovely sampler in your chosen colour way all in one day. Although the rigid heddle loom is...
South Yorkshire - Next course on 26th January 2019
PLEASE NOTE: The price will be going up to £49 in January 2019, but any courses in January, February or March 2019, booked before 31st December 2018 will be charged at the current rate of £45. 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...