About the Course
This is a workshop designed for the beginner hand spinner or for those who have tried to learn to spin but are still struggling.
I keep the beginner spinner workshop short in length, only 3 hours, because your hands and feet are doing new things that you are not accustomed to so you get tired. It is better to spin a little at a time and practice every day rather than trying to overdo it.
You will learn about how a spinning wheel works. How to become familiar with your spinning wheel. How to control the twist and to spin with an even tension. How to join yarn and spin a bobbin full of yarn.
I have a few different types of spinning wheels available for you to practice on, before you purchase your own wheel. I offer 1 to 1 instruction for my workshops so that I can tailor the workshop to your needs.
Please note: Due to recent illness, Handspinning workshops resume in March.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.
Materials Fee: £10.00. Concessionary fee for Students: £75.00
I purchased a spinning wheel a while ago, waxed and assembled it, but could not get the hang of spinning despite many attempts and watching numerous YouTube How-To’s. Before frustration set in I searched for a course/tutor to give me a hands-on workshop. I found Paivi on Craft Courses and after looking at her website felt inspired by her creativity and range of skills and so booked the Beginner’s Workshop.
I took along my own wheel as I wanted someone with experience to check that it was set up correctly. Paivi made some adjustments; explaining why the wheel would work better with some simple technical tweaks.
Paivi introduced spinning very gradually; demonstrating herself then patiently watching me as I got to grips with the basics. Paivi’s knowledge of fleece and spinning meant that she could break the process down into smaller, manageable steps that slowly built up to spinning fleece. She offered explanations for what was happening; if the tension needed adjusting etc. as I worked.
Paivi has a wonderful, well-stocked workshop not just for spinning but for dyeing and weaving too – this led to many interesting conversations.
By the end of the workshop I had experienced a variety of wool – each having quite a different ‘feel’. I came away with a bag of things to try/practice with and feeling I had ‘made friends’ with my spinning wheel! Thank you Paivi!
Tina Huber - - #13049
I was given a spinning wheel on my 50th birthday, having done a degree in Textiles many years ago! So, I needed help to refresh my spinning skills, and to get the wheel going again. This was the perfect course for me, as Paivi patiently set up my wheel (I chose to learn on my own wheel, though Paivi has a few to use). She is very experienced and managed to adjust and fine-tune the different features. I spun 2 different wools, then had a quick refresher lesson in plying them together! It was inspiring to have the course in Paivi's studio, surrounded by Paivi's own work: weaving, spinning and natural dyeing, I came away with a 3rd type of wool to practice on, and was up late that night mastering my new skills! Thank you Paivi, just what I needed to kick-start my new hobby!
Sally-Ann Hooper - - #12861
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