In-person course
in Lindale-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands Maker & location details

Fleece Preparation (wool) for Hand Spinners and Felters



Choosing your fleece, Sheep breed qualities, Native colours and markings from Jacob, Shetland, Ryland and BFL , VM – spoiling, kemp and felted fleece, Microns and fibre diameter - effect on finished yarns, Fibre length, fibre strength, fibre weaknesses when selecting a fleece, Sheep fleece parts and their qualities, Using seconds and waste wool, Ways of washing wool, lanolin removal, Drying fleece, Picking by hand and by using a mechanical picker, Making batts using a drum carding machine (manual and electric), Storage of wool 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 essential.

What's included in the price?

Dedicated studio environment. Teas. coffees. Use of all equipment. Small groups - lots of individual attention.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Elaine Ware has been spinning for nearly 60 years and teaching spinning since 2013. In that time people from around the world have made their way to her Lake District home to learn to spin. Although officially retired, what started as a paying hobby has turned into a new career. In 2019 Cartmel Handspun Spinning School moved into a new dedicated space - a lovely, well lit former coach house specifically converted as a spinning and weaving studio.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Mother's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Weekends
  • Parking provided
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Cartmel Handspun Spinning School, Beckside, Lindale-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6NA