Beginning spinning



I am delighted courses are starting again and I look forward to welcoming you to our lovely setting. We have a full risk assessment in place.

Courses where I share my love of spinning are my favourite, especially introducing new spinners to this wonderful therapeutic skill. Whether you have a rudimentary understanding of spinning or have never used a wheel before, this course will give you a sound basis for your spinning journey. Follow on courses are available.

We will look at:
Wheels – maintenance and set up – an opportunity to
try a few different wheels or have yours set up to suit you
Fibre – structure and preparations,
Why some fibre is easier to spin than others
Spinning from a variety of preparations

By the end of the day you will have:
understood a little more about spinning wheels
Tried a number of fibres and preparations
Spun a skein (or two) of yarn

Course timing
Arrive 9.30 for welcome drink and biscuits
Course starts 10am,
12.30 lunch
Course finishes 4pm

Course tutor - Cath Snape, an experienced spinner and one of the few people to gain a distinction in the certificate of achievement run by Association of Guilds of Weavers Spinners and Dyers.
I am happy to arrange a date to suit you, then advertise more widely or provide one to one tuition.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day (Please bring a packed lunch).

All fibres including a selection to take away.

Spinning wheel can loaned for the day - please notify.

Wheels may be available to hire after the course.


Cath Snape at Beechwood Crafts
Beechwood House
Hull Road
Barmby Moor, York
East Riding of Yorkshire
YO42 4HR

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
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In-person course
Naomi - - #29541

A very enjoyable day with a great teacher. Cath was patient and quickly showed me how to set up the wheel properly. It was great to actually start spinning and trying out the different fibres and wheels. The class was very small and she tailored the day to what would help us the most. Looking forward to using my wheel more and booking onto another course with Cath.

Response from Beechwood Crafts:

Thank you Naomi,
It was a pleasure to have you on the course.
Lovely to see your spinning develop so quickly.
I look forward to seeing you again
best wishes

In-person course
Kate Wood - - #29503

This class was absolutely brilliant. It was a small class, and Cath adapted what we did to cover our individual needs. Lots of personal attention and friendly instruction, plenty of help sorting out my wheel (greatly appreciated, thank you!) and a friendly atmosphere made the day fly by. It's really been helpful in working out some of my problems as a beginning spinner, but the adaptive style means more advanced spinners could find it helpful too. Thanks so much!

Response from Beechwood Crafts:

Thanks Kate
It was lovely to have you on the course and see you fly once your wheel was adjusted. Best wishes Cath

In-person course
Audrey Reiss - - #24474

I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the day at Beechwood Crafts with Cath. I took my own wheel, wanting to learn with it. Cath is a very good teacher. I had felt nervous beforehand but she welcomed us with warmth and put everyone at ease. We learned about our wheels, and about different breeds of sheep and their wool qualities and we tried spinning with different types of fleece.

I feel encouraged to follow a long held wish to learn to spin and to go on and do more courses.

Thank you so much Cath. I recommend this course, highly. It was stimulating and very enjoyable.

In-person course
Rachel Carter - - #23236

I spent a lovely day with Cath, learning to use my spinning wheel. The setting was very relaxing and there was no shortage of coffee. She helped me to understand the basics of spinning and I left there with two skeins that I had spun. I felt very pleased with myself. This is an ideal course to find out whether spinning is for you and what wheel might suit you best. Cath is very gentle and patient and gives lots of encouragement. I highly recommend it.

Response from Beechwood Crafts:

Thanks Rachel. You have every right to be proud; your spinning was great. Lovely to have you on the course.

In-person course
Paul - - #21749

I had just purchased a wheel but had never spun before so enrolled on a spinning course with Cath Snape at beechwood crafts. Cath was very welcoming and first set up my wheel. There were three learners and Cath was very patient, knowledgeable and showed us what to do. I was very impressed. We all spun throughout the day and produced some reasonable work. I would thoroughly recommend Cath and Beechwood Crafts.

Response from Beechwood Crafts:

thanks Paul
It was great to have you on the course

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