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Fibre preparation for hand spinners

Shearing fleece

About the Course

For those who know how to spin but need help to get from a raw fleece to something spinable.

This one day workshop covers raw fleece selection, skirting and grading, hot washing, cold washing, picking and carding using a drum carder. Students have an opportunity to use all the latest equipment including a Picker, an electric drum carder, and a hand drum carder.
The workshop runs from 10am – 3pm with an hour break for lunch.
Bring your own fleece, two large old towels, and a packed lunch.
The course takes place in a rural environment. Use of a car is recommended.

Cancellations policy
Full refund given 8 weeks before course date
50% refund 4 weeks before course date
No refund under 4 weeks before course date

Most major debit/credit cards accepted.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Teas. coffees, use of all equipment. Small groups - lots of individual attention.


Elaine Ware at Cartmel Handspun Spinning School
Cartmel Handspun Spinning School
Lindale-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands
LA11 6NA
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Mothers Day
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday

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In-person course
- - #28484

I thoroughly enjoyed my day, thank you! I’ve learnt everything I need to be able to prepare a full fleece from raw to something I can spin with. Elaine is so full of knowledge and is more than happy to share everything she knows!

In-person course
- - #27039

Elaine was a superb teacher, full of knowledge and advice on fibre preparation. She made us very welcome in her home and studio, taking us through the whole prep process from skirting to picking and carding to drafting. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and came away with the knowledge and enthusiasm to continue the processes at home. Elaine also let me have a go on her spinning wheel which was a fabulous treat! A very generous and inspiring teacher.

Response from Cartmel Handspun Spinning School:

Thanks Sarah. So glad you enjoyed your course and got so much out of it.

In-person course
- - #25117

Great course. Elaine is very knowledgeable and generous with her time and home. Super studio. Brilliant to work with our own fleece and meet others with theirs, really adds to the understanding of the wool and how to treat it. Came away fuelled with enthusiasm. Would recommend a course with Elaine.

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