Course Start DatesSaturday 4th January 2020
About the Course
This course will introduce you to the drop-spindle and its long history dating back thousands of years BC. You will learn the basic skills needed to spin fibre into yarn using a drop-spindle. We will look at a variety of fibres, their structure and qualities, and talk about their uses for spinning. Once you have grasped the technique of spinning you will hopefully go away feeling inspired to expand on what you have learnt and explore this wonderful ancient craft and produce your own unique yarns. Spinning with this technique is completely transportable and can be performed either sitting, standing or even on the move. A very therapeutic craft with exciting possibilities.
Susan Coates is a hand spinner and belongs to the Somerset Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and spins with both a variety of wheels and drop spindles. Susan makes all her own replica spinning tools using locally sources materials where possible.
Susan demonstrates, gives talks and teaches in a wide variety of places, mostly local, including Taunton Museum, Taunton Visitor Information Centre, The Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Yesterdays Farming, Killerton National Trust House to name but a few.
She has won various prizes and trophies within the Guild for spinning and dyeing.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The fee includes drop-spindle and fibres.