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...
It's very easy to get fully engrossed in your hand spinning at home alone but sometimes it is also nice to just spend time with other spinners who share your passion for all things woolly! Whether you are a competent spinner or just starting out why not pop along to our friendly group to all spin together. The aim is simply to support each other, pick up tips and make new friends. Although it will...
Want to learn to spin but don't know where to start? I work from a small shop in Criccieth and am offering a one to one introduction to spinning for absolute beginners, including fleece preparation, hand and drum carding and wool combing.
Dates to suit including weekends. Please get in touch to book a place or discuss requirements.
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 2 hour 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 be able...
Spinning -You will learn carding the preparation of wool fibre for spinning and drafting. The drawing out of the fibres as you spin. This class will give you an introduction to spinning. An ideal way to have go and see if you enjoy the craft.
Weaving - There are a couple of different options from Ridged heddle loom weaving, 4 shaft weaving and Tapestry weaving.
All classes suitable for beginners or those wanting to expand...
This two hour spinning lesson is designed to give you a kick start into fibre processing. We cover the basics from raw fleece right through to finished yarn, you will learn how to distinguish a nice fleece from a bad one, how to wash and dry, carding or combing depending on fleece, spinning plying and setting yarn.
We welcome new spinners, farmers, smallholders regular spinners that may have an issue, we are happy to design...
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...
A series of Saturday afternoon sessions for Beginners and Improvers. We aim to introduce the novice 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.
Once you've started, come back and continue your creative experience, learning how to make...
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...
I'm delighted that Cromford Mills have allowed me to book one of their conference rooms to run spinning workshops.
The day will mainly be aimed at beginners but I can cater for all skill levels, let me know what you want to learn when you book.
Please get in touch to enquire about 2019 dates.