As spinners we are very lucky to have access to the most stunning range of fleeces in the UK however, knowing how to prepare a fleece for hand spinning can be quite daunting sometimes. So why not spend a day exploring the properties of a range of gorgeous fleeces from short and fluffy to long and lustrous, all sourced locally, and learn the techniques needed to prepare them. You will use a range of hand tools from carders to combs and you will have the opportunity to spin your favourite wool as well.
I shall have a range of raw fleeces available to discuss and washed wool ready to spin. Hand washing facilities, antibacterial gel and disposable gloves & aprons will all be available. A tetanus vaccination would be an additional precaution if you have not had one previously. Please discuss this with your GP if appropriate.
Refreshments & a light vegetarian lunch will be included. Dietary information will be gathered at the time of your booking. Most of the event will take place outdoors or under a gazebo so please dress accordingly. I suggest layers, a rain coat & sunscreen (this is British summer after all!) suitable footwear for outdoors and for spinning.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All necessary materials and equipment but you may also bring your own incomplete, good working order.
A light vegetarian lunch is also included.
1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)
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I really enjoyed my day at the spinning barn. I had never spun before and was delighted to be lead through the whole process from fleece to useable yarn. Theresa is a very knowledgeable and careful teacher. I'm looking forward to really getting going with my spinning and revisiting the spinning barn when I'm ready for the next set of skills.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your review Melanie. It was such a pleasure to teach you and I am very excited to see how you progress in the future. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
My wife and I attended a days spinning course at the Spinning Barn. My wife attended a course several years ago but has not really used the wheel since. I thought I would give it a go during lock down last year. I got so far but the skeins I was producing were far from consistent and not really fit for crocheting or knitting. I knew I needed to do a face to face course. After reading the reviews for the spinning barn, we decided we would book a course.
Upon arrival Theresa was very friendly and welcoming, and even Teddy (her lovely dog) made us feel at home. Teddy took up his place in front of the fire as Theresa looked over my lock down results and assessed my drum carded batts an spun skeins. Though she was very compliantly on my solo effort, she quickly spotted what I had done wrong and it was poor prep work and drafting technique.
She started us on the hand carders whilst explaining how it should be done. We spent the next hour producing rolags, improving our technique which each one. When we had a basket full, we then started on the wheels.
We started by just peddling the spinning wheels to get our tempo, then introduced a lead and practiced feeding. Once Theresa was happy with that we then got onto the actual spinning.
The day was very well organised and Theresa worked at our pace. Making sure we understood each step before moving onto the next. We both produced a skein of wool and when compared to what I had produced before hand, it was a 1000% improvement and I think I will be able to make something from this skein.
Overall an excellent day with first rate tuition. We had many questions, which Theresa answered thoroughly. Once we have mastered what we learnt today, we will definitely be looking at booking another course.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank uou so much for such a wonderful review. It makes what i do so worthwhile when i hear how happy students are. Your spinning in lockdown obviously paid off and introduced you a whole new world of craft. I am always on hand to offer support and it would be great to see you for another course in the future. Keep up the good work.
I had the most wonderful day learning to handle fleece from raw and to spin it into unique & beautiful usable yarn. Theresa was a brilliant teacher, and an inspiration: very knowledgeable and clear. I left The Spinning Barn eager and excited to do more of this wonderful craft.
Two days later I have bought my first wheel and can’t wait to start on my own. My head spins with the possibilities!!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for such a wonderful review Anne. Im so happy that you enjoyed your day and particularly that you felt so inspired to continue. Im very excited to hear all about your wheel and your progress very soon.
Fantastic learning experience, really helped me to understand the how's and whys of spinning as well as the skill itself - and s good few tips and tricks!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your review Rochelle. It was a pleasure to meet you and Lisa and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day and found it helpful. Your spinning was fabulous so I shall look forward to hearing all about your progress in the future. Well done.
I had a fantastic day today at the spinning workshop. I was made very welcome and it was very well organised. Thank you so much Theresa who was an excellent tutor and very patient and knowledgeable. I enjoyed spinning so much, when I arrived home I started the search for a spinning wheel of my own.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Hello Joyce and thank you so much for your lovely review. It was such a pleasure to meet you and to start you on your spinning journey. I know that you are well on your way and am thrilled that you have started your search for a wheel. I would love to see your progress in the future. Well done.
Theresa has the most beautiful studio and I had a marvellous day with her. I learned so much and got to really experiment with wheels, techniques and fibres. The day was just what I needed to really up my spinning game and I am reaping the rewards now I am back home working on my own wheel. Theresa was so patient with me while pushing me out of my comfort zone. I wanted to be able to spin lace weight yarn, and I did. The addition of a dog at my feet and a curious cat visitor at lunchtime really were the cherry on top of a beautifully iced and delicious cake. I hope to return again.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for such a wonderful review Sam. I can't tell you how happy that makes me. It was such a pleasure to help you and I shall look forward to seeing all your progress. Ted, Possum and I would love to welcome you back for more spinning and cake! Theresa
Although I have not completed all the lessons, I am fully satisfied and so fully recommend the Hand Spinning Success Online Course. The lessons have been clear and are focused on what a person new to spinning need to know. Highly recommended.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your lovely review. It is really appreciated. I shall look forward to hearing about your progress. If you need any advice i am here to help. I hope that you fall in live with spinning.
Thoroughly enjoyed this course - thank you Teresa for being such a good instructor! I have been showing off my skein of handspun very proudly to everyone I've seen (mostly on Zoom). I'm so glad you have found a way of running the course within Covid guidelines. I am now inspired to practice practice practice my technique and will be sure to show you my next results!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Hello Sarah and thank you so much for your review. It was a pleasure to meet you and help you to spin. You had already made a brilliant start and I just know that you will progress so quickly and learn to love it. I do hope that your friends and family were suitably impressed! Best wishes, Theresa
Brilliant day being introduced to spinning wool with Theresa and her wonderful friendliness and knowledge.
Thoroughly enjoy the day learning the art of spinning from the fleece to the finished skein. Loved the environment, the barn is just a wonderful, as are the refreshments Theresa provides.
Highly recommended, thank you so much Theresa.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your lovely review Bridget. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and to start you off spinning. You made a fabulous start and I was thrilled with the skeins you created. I really hope you continue. Best wishes Theresa
An excellent weekend, with wonderful instruction from Theresa, who was very encouraging and used a number of ways to instruct us. A real treat to meet the sheep producing the fleece and then to process from start to finish with a skein of yarn. Can highly recommend, and great company plus catering to boot. Thank you
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for reviewing the workshop George. I know you made a great effort to attend so I am really pleased that you enjoyed it. I cant wait to see one of your knitted masterpieces created from your own yarn. And please keep in touch so i can see how you are getting on. Theresa &James
This was a delightful way to spend a weekend. The atmosphere in the spinning barn was warm, friendly and relaxed. This provided an excellent learning environment for all of us,Theresa is knowledgeable and is happy to share all her knowledge and experience. She is an excellent teacher and has endless patience, she tailored her approach to our individual needs and nothing was too much trouble. This approach meant that we all felt valued and we went away proud of what we had achieved and very keen to build on this.
In addition the refreshments provided were excellent.
Response from The Spinning Barn:It was an absolute pleasure to start you on your spinning journey Janet. The workshop didn't feel like work to me as it was so fabulous to see your progress. Thank you for your lovely review and i really hope that you continue with your spinning. Do keep me informed of your progress and remember that I'm always here to help. Theresa
The course was excellent and I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn to spin or as a refresher. Theresa spent time with each of us and went at our pace making learning relaxing and enjoyable. It was lovely to see the process through from fleece to yarn. Theresa has such a passion for her rare breed sheep (and her other animals) and her craft and her passion is infectious.
Her workshop is a credit to her and husband James and both made us feel so welcoming; nothing was any trouble. Great cake too... what more can you want.
I would recommend to anyone, give it a go.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Alison thank you so much. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind words. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your time here and I really hope you continue spinning on your lovely wheel. You know where I am if you need any advice along the way. Theresa &James x
This course is fantastic for anyone who is interested in getting started with spinning. Theresa is extremely knowledgeable and very patient! The setting is idyllic and the whole weekend was wonderful. Great introduction highly recommend thank you x
Response from The Spinning Barn:Hello Poppy. Thank you so very much for your lovely review, it is very much appreciated. It was so special to meet you properly (you know what I mean!) and I was absolutely thrilled to watch your amazing spinning progress. As you know I had tears of joy. I really hope that you continue and hope to see you soon. Ps I have suddenly found my chocolately sweet tooth again!! Thank you x
It has been the best two days! As you know I have just completed my city and guilds in hand knitting. I could not have thought of a better way to complement this challenge. Tonight I have just ordered my spinning wheel, look forward to seeing you soon with my knitted skein.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Lesley it was such a pleasure to meet you and to help you learn to spin. The sheer joy was evident and i can see how your new skill is going to complement your amazing knitting skills too. I really look forward to seeing yiu soon with your wheel and lots of yarn! Theresa x
The course is well structured and thoroughly enjoyable. You start by meeting the sheep, then look at fleeces, talk about how to wash the wool, and then card and comb some before learning to spin. I had previously done the one-day course at The Spinning Barn, and found it really helpful to follow it with this one. This course goes into more detail, and I was able to absorb a lot more. Theresa and James were also really helpful getting my wheel (which I obtained second hand between the two courses) working properly. The barn you learn in is warm and cosy, Theresa is really patient, and also explains things very clearly. And on top of all that, a delicious lunch is provided each day! I can't recommend this course enough!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Sarah for your review and also for supporting The Spinning Barn by attending another workshop. It is really appreciated. I was so thrilled to see that you had not forgotten what you had learned initially and then continued to make fabulous progress. Your smiling face at the end really summed up why I do what I do. Thank you again and do let me know how things are going. Theresa x
Theresa is an enthusiastic and encouraging tutor who obviously knows her subject in great depth but has designed a one-day course that gets you started on the basics without leaving you overwhelmed. It was all great fun in her little workshop, warmed by a wood burning stove and well supplied with hot drinks and cake. The day was perfectly timed so that we carded, spun and plied our wool and were able to get it into skeins and wash it, ready to take away with us at the end. I loved it and would recommend it to any beginner or to anyone who wants a refresher course.
Response from The Spinning Barn:I am so pleased that you enjoyed your workshop Christine, it was such an enjoyable day. I remember the moment when it all fell into place for you and it made my day. Thank you for sharing the day and being part of such fun whilst sharing this wonderful craft. I really hope you are continuing to spin Do let me know how you are getting on. Theresa.
What a fabulous day, and introduction to spinning. As a complete novice it was a really inspiring experience and one that made me want to know more.
Theresa is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and was so kind and patient with us all.
I can’t recommend this course enough.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely review, it was such a pleasure to read it. I really enjoyed the workshop too and was delighted to have been part of your spinning 'journey'. You made a fabulous start and I really hope you continue to spin and love it more each day! Do please keep in touch and let me know how you get on. Theresa
I can't recommend Theresa and her courses highly enough.
I arrived with a whole host of bad habits and preconceptions, having fought my wheel for a number of years.
But Theresa is so calming and patient, she's so positive and encouraging that I came away with a new love for my wheel, and desperate to get started on new projects.
We were a perfectly-sized group so we got lots of feedback, support and encouragement, Theresa spots as soon as you go wrong, steps in and gets you sorted in a flash. We were a mixture of past spinners and newbies and she tailored the weekend to accommodate all of us and our needs.
The location is perfect, gorgeous refreshments/lunches and you get to meet her lovely sheep.
I can't believe how much I learned in one weekend but didn't feel overwhelmed at any point
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Corrie. I am feeling rather humbled by your fabulous review. As you know I was just delighted to have been part of your spinning journey. You produced some fabulous yarn on your very lovely wheel and I just know that you will be continuing and that makes me very happy. Thank you x
I had a lovely day. Theresa informed me upfront very well and the course was really helpful. Her knowledge is very good and she knows how to explain and show the ins and outs. She is very friendly and we could drink as much tea and coffee as much as we wanted and she made some lovely cake and biscuits. I did this course so now I can get started and practice.
Definitely recommend this course. Will apply for a follow up course when I get a bit more skilled.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Yvonne, thank you so much for your review, it has made my day. You showed today that you are a natural spinner and I can't wait to hear about your progress. It would be lovely to see you on another workshop but in the mean time if you need any help then you only have to ask. xx
The day was well structured and clearly presented. Theresa was a really good teacher, and full of enthusiasm. Theresa would demonstrate each different stage, and then help you to get over problems you had as you tried it. I was a complete beginner and I would thoroughly recommend this course. I will be booking up more with the Spinning Barn!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your review Sarah, it is very much appreciated. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day and found it helpful. I was most impressed with your spinning and really hope that you continue. It would be great to see you on another workshop but I am always here for advice in the meantime. Best wishes.
Loved every minute of the two day workshop - and can't wait for Theresa to do another, and this time a longer one, please! It's taken me a bit of time to catch up since the workshop, hence the delay in writing my review. I found it so helpful to have two consecutive days devoted to learning more about sheep and fleeces, about the variety of spinning wheels we were using, and of course then the spinning. Having a good few hours to practice was phenomenally useful - and the time we spent sorting out our wheels and the hiccups with spinning has meant that I've felt confident to continue practising at home every day since then. Just the best and to find that it really is a peaceful-making experience, even when things go wrong, and the discovering that I can rather put them to rights again.
Theresa is a very good teacher - showing us step by baby step to help get us comfortable with some very basic skills, and with these it's felt possible to build confidence little by little. She is wonderfully and widely knowledgeable, always happy to share - with delight and great humour. I also loved working alongside the other group members. I found them such interesting and delightful people - a terrific experience altogether. Which makes me very much hope that Theresa will want to add a four-day workshop or a week's retreat soon in the new year. This would be fantastic! Please, can we do that?!! And thank you - it was such a special weekend. I can't wait to come again.
This was an excellent weekend. I wasn't sure that I would be able to go from being a complete novice to producing a skein of yarn, but I did! Theresa is an excellent teacher, breaking down the process into simple steps that made sense, and combining them gradually together. She was able to give each of us individual attention, and help everyone at the level that they needed. There was plenty of time to try out different wheels, and to find the one that suited you best. I have now bought myself a spinning wheel, and hold Theresa entirely responsible!!!
Theresa looked after us brilliantly - there was always food and drink there, and the weekend flew by. I would wholeheartedly recommend this course, and any others that she runs - I am sure that you will not be disappointed. I feel that this may not be my last visit to The Spinning Barn.
Thank you Theresa for your help, your patience and your expertise!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Kate, thank you so very much for your review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the weekend and found it inspiring. I knew from the start that you were determined to spin however determination was soon overtaken by natural ability. The fact that you have already bought a wheel has filled me with pride. This really sums up why I love what I do and I can't wait to see your progress. I am always on hand for help and admiration! Xx
What a great two days. I took my old spinning wheel which had got the better of me ever since I bought it. Theresa, with the support of the other ladies, persevered and encouraged me until I produced a skein of yarn. Never thought I would make it. What a sense of achievement when the brain, head, hands and feet all work together to make what Theresa told us at the beginning of the weekend, we would achieve. Thank you Theresa for your patience, enthusiasm and knowledge.
A wonderful two days.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Val. I am so pleased that you enjoyed you weekend, I know I did too. I can't tell you how happy I was that you really persevered with your wheel and produced a wonderful skein of yarn. I really hope that you were inspired to continue and learn to love your wheel again. If I can ever be of any help please just ask. Thank you x
I had spun before but not for about 30 years and felt in need of a 'refresher' before taking it up again. Theresa was very welcoming to all 5 of us and the course proceeded very much according to the plan as described in the booking details. The atmosphere throughout was friendly and informal but nonetheless Theresa was a great teacher. She showed us the different new techniques and answered all our various questions with much patience and we had time to assimilate and practice at each stage. We had the chance to try out different types of wheels and also handle different fleeces and yarns. Tea and coffee flowed freely and we had some delicious cake and very warming soup. Above all it was a very informative, happy and enjoyable weekend. I most certainly look forward to visiting the Spinning Barn again.
(In addition to the above, James went beyond the call of duty and very kindly attempted to revive my very neglected elderly spinning wheel.!)
Response from The Spinning Barn:Anne, thank you so much for such a lovely review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your time here and I would be delighted to welcome you back at any time. I was so delighted to see how quickly your skills returned after way too long away from your wheel. Some people are just meant to spin and you are definitely one of them. Do let me know how you get on over the coming weeks and also when your new wheel arrives!! Best wishes and happy Christmas xx
Theresa is a great teacher and her enthusiasm and knowledge is terrific. We all had plenty of time and attention spent on each of us and I look forward to going on another course, and joining the Saturday morning spinning get together.
Response from The Spinning Barn:I am so happy that you enjoyed your workshop Laura so thank you very much for your kind review. It was such a pleasure to help you and it would be lovely to see you at a Social Group too, which is this Saturday November 30th by the way!!
So so so glad that I booked the spinning course with Theresa as a birthday present for my mum and sister. We couldn't have had a better day with her! Theresa has so much patience, knowledge and a genuine, beautiful passion for wool, spinning and her sheep. From the moment we were greeted by James and welcomed into the cosy spinning barn with Theresa and Teddy, I knew it would be a fabulous day.
It started with learning the basics of preparing wool, carding our own piece of North Ronaldsey wool and then spinning it into our very own skein in the afternoon. The course was well planned with plenty of time to practice at the spinning wheel. Theresa's delicious Victoria sponge was an added bonus. I would definitely recommend this course for anyone who has an interest in spinning, it's an inspiring experience. We all couldn't stop admiring our skeins! Thank you Theresa x
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so very much for your review.I have to admit that I was reduced to tears when I read it as it just sums up exactly why I love teaching these workshops. It was such a pleasure to meet you and your mum and sister. I thought it was such a wonderful way to spend some special time together. I hope that you were inspired to continue spinning to build on the amazing start that you made on Saturday. If I can be of any help you only have to ask.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone with an urge to learn this craft. Theresa is very knowledgeable & I thoroughly enjoyed my day! Thank you Theresa, keep up the excellent work, Karen
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review Karen. It was an absolute pleasure to teach you and to see that you produced some amazing yarn. We really needed another day to discuss all the other things we had in common!! Keep up the good work and remember that I am always here to help if you need it. Thank you.
What a great day ! I have wanted to learn to spin for many years & decided that I needed to do something about it, I found Theresa’s work shops which was close to where I lived so booked up. All the way through Theresa was so helpful she has so much knowledge about spinning, wool different sheep breeds etc & a great way of teaching making it easy to understand.
I would recommend Theresa’s workshops to anyone who wants to learn to spin it’s a great way to spend a day & learn a new skill.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Sue for your review. It was the first email I opened today so has started my day off beautifully. I was so impressed by your natural spinning abilities and I know that you are going to continue as you are clearly meant to do. As always I am here for advice if ever you need it. Theresa x
Really enjoyed the day - Theresa was very helpful and friendly and went through all the stages clearly without giving us too much information as she obviously has a tremendous knowledge of the subject.It was lovely to see the sheep out in the field and then card, spin and ply the wool to give us a skein to take home with us at the end of the day.I would definitely like to do more spinning very soon although work may get in the way for the next few months so I may have to do another course once I've bought a wheel - I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone wishing to give hand spinning a try.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your review Karina. That really made me smile on a dreary, rainy day! I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day, and my little sheep. I really hope that you do continue to spin but realise how busy your schedule is. So get that wheel and allow yourself just a few minutes a day!!
Theresa has so much enthusiasm for her craft that it spills over onto you. Her handouts were just what I needed to start off my journal on the fleeces I have collected. There was a good balance between technical and practical. My problems with carding were answered. I also learnt a different way of spinning to my technique I use already. All in all a great day with a lovely tutor in a fabulous setting.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your review Ros. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day and found it informative too. I always say it but it never feels like work to me when I know that somebody else has enjoyed their spinning. As for your individually styled technique, don't stop! Crafting is all about your expression and enjoyment although a few 'extra tools' in the bag are always handy! Do keep up the good work. x
Fantastic course, well run. Theresa is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, we had a good laugh and wonderful cake and I came away with my hand spun skein of yarn. Look forward to learning more.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you Rose for such a lovely review. That as made my day. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the workshop and I just know you are going to be hooked very soon - if not already! Looking forward to helping you whenever you need it.
Loved the course, enjoyed the Spinning Barn. Theresa is exactly what a beginner needs in a teacher: wonderfully and widely knowledgeable, great presentation, very supportive of each of us in the group - and a great group too of beginner spinners, with many laughs along the way.
Would love to do more - learn more, so please... maybe a two or three day workshop?! I would absolutely want to do that, really to have the time to practise and gently to consolidate it all over a longer period. That would be terrific.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Jenni. It was a fabulous group and I am so pleased that you enjoyed it. I just loved your wheel too! Your first spinning was so amazing and I totally agree that a longer workshop would really help to consolidate your new skills and build your confidence. I shall look at some dates and make sure that you are the first to know!! If you have any questions do just ask. xx
An excellent days experience. Clear and helpful instruction. Lots of good information backed up with clear notes. I was very impressed by Theresa's consistent and helpful attention throughout the day. I really enjoyed her heart felt enthusiasm for her flock and their wellbeing. I didn't get to meet them which was a shame, maybe next time. Well worth the very reasonable cost and I thoroughly recommend it as a way to see if spinning is something you would like to learn.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your review Lynn. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day and was delighted to see your progress on your fabulous wheel throughout the workshop. I really hope you are able to put your re-discovered skills to use and enjoy your new hobby. I'm here if you need any help.
Had a great day learning how to use my spinning wheel. Theresa is extremely knowledgable. I would highly recommend this course to anyone, she is a fabulous teacher and very patient and it’s great to know if I need any further advice Theresa is just a phone call away, perfect.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your review Alex. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day. It was such good fun and a delight to see your fabulous yarn at the end of the day. I can't wait to hear all about your progress with your spinning and your wonderful sheep. And you know where I am if you need any help along the way. I am always happy to help.
Myself and my husband Chris were complete spinning novices when we arrived at the Spinning Barn, but with Theresa's expert guidance (and endless patience!) we were able to come away each with our very own skein of hand spun wool.
Theresa was so welcoming to us; she made the whole process look effortless and her passion for her craft was quite infectious. We also got to meet her clearly beloved sheep who all bleated in unison when they saw her! A lovely way for these two London townies to spend a day in the Norfolk countryside and I would highly recommend this course.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you both. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your experience and hope that you will continue with your new found skill. Theresa x
What a fantastic day, the time just flew by so quickly! Theresa is such a great teacher.
I arrived a complete beginner and rather nervous about what to expect. Theresa (and Ted) soon put me at ease and and then took us through the complete process of turning a fleece from a sheep into a skein of yarn ready to knit or weave. I quickly found myself carding fleece, making rolags and was then introduced to a spinning wheel and how to use it.
Under Theresa's patient tuition I was able to spin my rolags into yarn and come home with a skein of yarn I had spun myself, (which I had not expected to do in one day). I can't wait to get a wheel of my own now and start practicing what I've learned. All in all a brilliant day - thank you Theresa and Ted!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Helen for your review. Receiving it was a lovely end to my busy day. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day and that you produced a fabulous skein of yarn. That always makes me so happy at the end of a workshop. I do hope that you get your own wheel soon and can't wait to see what you produce after shearing time!! Theresa and Ted!
Had an absolutely fabulous day. I learnt so much and Theresa is an amazing teacher and so friendly, I felt relaxed straight away. Everything about the day was just brilliant and at the end of the day I took home my first skein of wool. So thank you again Theresa and a big stroke to Ted for his company. I would not hesitate a moment in recommending Theresa’s course to anyone.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Carol for your lovely review. I really do appreciate it. It was such a fun but busy day and you made a fabulous start with your spinning obviously aided by your gorgeous wheel too!! Do keep up the good work and I shall await pictures showing your progress! Well done.
As with the other reviewers I had a great day and learnt lots. Definitely worth doing as there are so many hints and tips that Teresa can pass on, including origins of sayings!
Even though a wet day, the fire was on in the wood burner, dog on a sheepskin rug, us spinning away (yeh after a short time of practicing) made a lovely experience.
If your wavering about going along don’t.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Sarah, thank you so much for your wonderful review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day. It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you. I do hope that you have been able to sort the parts for your wheel so that you can continue your brilliant spinning.
Where did the time go?
I was already spinning and getting a result but with gaps in my knowledge and lacking direction.
Theresa is a thorough and thoughtful teacher and knows exactly what you need to get you spinning the right way for 'you'.
All my questions were answered and I learnt a lot more about what I was doing and what to do next.
Her positivity, patience and encouragement never faltered.
Add to that the lovely setting with sound of her sheep nearby, wool of all sorts surrounding us and plenty of coffee and conversation, it all made for a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.
I would recommend this day for both inexperienced spinners or spinners of any level.
Thank you Theresa.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Sarah for your really lovely review. I am feeling very humbled. Your spinning was already so brilliant and I found your enthusiasm infectious too. I ended the day feeling inspired myself! I am really looking forward to seeing your progress in the future. Thank you x
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Theresa's enthusiasm for her craft is infectious and her ability to tailor the course to the individual's own interests makes it even more special. I came away inspired to carry on especially as I was given a small amount of fleece from Humbug, one of Theresa's own sheep so that I could try spinning with a third different type of fleece. I will definitely be practicing what I learnt as I hope to return to take a more advanced class in the future.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you Val for such a lovely review. It is very much appreciated. Every workshop is a different experience for me too and I was so interested in your historic area of spinning. Do keep up the good work!
I had an absolutely brilliant day with Theresa, she's very knowledegable, let's you go at your own pace and was just a great teacher. Just be warned, you might come away wanting not only your own spinning wheel, but also your own flock of rarebread sheep!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Kelly for your lovely review. I had a fab day too and was so delighted to see how quickly you progressed to produce a gorgeous skein of yarn. I can't wait to hear about your progress and your sheep!!
I had no experience of spinning prior to this course and didn’t know how I’d get on. The class was so well prepared and each step explained really well. The welcome and atmosphere was really friendly and it was easy to relax and enjoy the whole experience of learning a new craft. I loved the extra information relating to sheep breeds and different wools too. I would definitely recommend this course, I feel very lucky that I found it.
Response from The Spinning Barn:I was delighted to help you on the start of a learning curve which involved more than spinning. Your enthusiasm reminds me of myself 20 years ago! I was so pleased to watch your quick progress and final production of two skeins on day one. I was thrilled too. So thank you so much for your wonderful review. It is really appreciated.
After 20 years of owning a spinning wheel that I just dusted and oiled occaisionally, I can now actually use it. I couldn't seem to put into practice what I was reading in books, and, more recently, watching on videos. Now, after just a day spent with Theresa, it all makes sense and I'm looking forward to using my wheel regularly. If you are thinking of learning to spin, I thoroughly recommend booking a class with Theresa. It was a relaxed and enjoyable day, time flew but thanks to our very patient, and knowledgable teacher, we successfully produced our skeins of spun wool.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your review. I really do appreciate it. I was thrilled to help you to finally spin on your beautiful wheel and your first skein was impressive. I really hope that you continue to spin and that it gives you years of pleasure. Awaiting photos of the knitted result!!
This was a refresher day for me. I first tried Spinning last year & was amazed at how much I enjoyed myself. So much so that my partner bought me a wheel. I'd taken early retirement & started a new business venture so life was busy. Last week I felt ignited again! A Spinning day with Theresa where I regained control & felt proud that I hadn't lost it completely. This was due to having an excellent, patient tutor. Theresa encouraged me & by the end of the session I was fired up again. I'm determined to keep this new found love alive. Going through the steps again made me realise how adventurous you can get with such a tactile natural product. I would definitely recommend this course as a gift or if you're curious, for yourself. Warning! You will become hooked! 😁
Such a wonderful day learning what to do with the fleeces mounting up in my shed!
Theresa is very enthusiastic and very knowledgable plus a great teacher. It was fun, enjoyable, interesting and very addictive so I am now looking to get a wheel of my own and will return to improve my skills hopefully with my co learner next year.
Thank you Theresa (and Ted) for making my first steps into spinning so positive, I am looking at my sheep in a different way now!!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for a lovely review Debbie. The day was such fun and your spinning was fabulous. I really hope you continue to spin and work through your stash of gorgeous fleeces! Theresa and Ted x
What an inspiring day! Theresa was very welcoming and it soon became apparent that she is very knowledgable and an excellent teacher. In one day I learned more than I could have imagined. The day was well planned and with just two students we had plenty of individual attention. I went away with a skein of wool that I had prepared from scratch - washing raw fleece, carding,spinning and plying it.
I would recommend the day course to beginners and improvers - you will have a fun day and learn an amazing amount from Theresa - her enthusiasm for wool is infectious!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your wonderful review Judy. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your day. You made such a fabulous start to your spinning that I really hope you continue. Do keep me informed of progress.
The course was excellent. I am an absolute beginner and I found the opportunity to learn about the make up of the spinning wheel and how to work with it as valuable as the experience of leaving with a skein of my own wool. The atmosphere is friendly and non judgemental and Theresa is ably assisted by her wonderful canine assistant Ted who is a delightful distraction and purveyor of helpful advice having witnessed a number of classes.
I would unreservedly recommend the course and will look back on it as the first step in my journey as a spinner! I hope to go back one day for an advanced session!!!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Christine, thank you so very much. Your review made me laugh and cry at the same time. I look forward to hearing about your spinning journey so order that wheel! I shall pass on your review to Ted and I am sure he will be as thrilled as I am that you enjoyed your day. x
Really lovely day learning a new skill. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, beautiful setting and Theresa is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her subject. I treated my Mum to the workshop as a gift and really enjoyed coming along with her and learning something new. I was completely hopeless but Theresa has the patience of a saint and I was spinning away by lunchtime. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in spinning or just as a day out doing something different.
Fantastic day learning to spin with Theresa. She kindly checked my wheel and sorted it out letting me use one of her bobbins. She knows so much about sheep, fleece, yarn and spinning and was excellent sharing her knowledge. She had excellent patience with me. The cakes she made were lovley and plenty of tea & coffee throughout the day. And i got to see her sheep and pigs. Excellent value and i came away feeling more confident about having a go myself at home.
My friend and I spent a wonderful day with Theresa. We learned to card wool and then spin it. We learned the washing processes. Theresa is a wonderful teacher, and immediately made us confortable and confident to ask questions. Her studio is a lovely location; it is spacious and a lovely workplace. We both came away inspired to do more, and armed with wool we had spun ourselves. We very highly recommend The Spinning Barn.
The course content was excellent, very informative. Theresa explained the use of the equipment & what we were aiming to achieve.
Theresa is a very patient tutor & her sense of humour lightens the air. I felt very proud to have had the opportunity to try such a skill.
I would recommend this course.
The course was wonderful! I learnt much more than I had expected and loved every second. Thank you Theresa.
Fab day spent in the Norfolk countryside learning to spin. Theresa is an excellent teacher and pays great attention to detail when explaining aspects of fleece preparation and spinning. She is friendly and extremely patient. I made huge amounts of progress during the course and will be returning to learn to spin art yarn !
I was a brand new spinner struggling to even set up my first wheel. Theresa very patiently checked and helped me set up my new wheel and to my great surprise, by the end of the day I was able to produce my first skein. She is knowledgeable, patient and a natural teacher. I left feeling inspired and confident and am looking forward to future lessons with her. Lovely surroundings too.
I really enjoyed my day with Theresa, such a lovely lady! I am a complete beginner but I gained confidence throughout my lesson. I am now looking for a wheel of my own to continue my new found hobby! Thank you Theresa, highly recommended!
Had a brilliant day Thank you Theresa can't believe how much I learnt. Could talk about it all day but need to stop typing & get back to my spinning!! Thank you I look forward to the next time.
Great fun. Really knowledgeable and patient. Made 'art wool'. Excellent achievement and really satisfying but exhausting. Would recommend it to anyone who is interested in this craft.
A wonderful day learning a new skill taught by an excellent teacher. I was surprised that with the right tuition I could come home with a skein of wool I had spun and plied myself.
I would recommend a day with the Spinning Barn to anyone wanting to learn to spin.
I would recommend Theresa very highly, as complete novices she took my mum and me through all the processes from raw fleece to washed skeins of wool. She is extremely knowledgeable and a really flexible teacher. We laughed A LOT while learning all day. The whole set up is perfect and I am about to buy my first wheel and launch into spinning in preparation for getting my own alpacas and possibly angora goats next year.
I can't imagine a more enriching experience which has filled me with excitement about spinning everything from silk, alpaca, mohair, cashmere to wool, all of which I had a go at on the day.
This was an excellent one on one spinning lesson, from which I learned a lot. The tutor was patient, made me feel very welcome and comfortable in the spinning barn and took me through the process of spinning wool from fleece to skein.
Excellent day, amazing how much we covered on just a few hours, time went far too quickly.
Theresa is absolutely lovely. In one day, which flew by so quickly I couldn't believe it was over, I learned to spin. I took home a skein of jacob and white wensleydale (I think) and a mini skein of angora which I had carded, spun, plied, niddynoddied and washed. It was three weeks ago and I still can't believe it. Since then I have bought a wheel and all the accoutrements and am spinning and weaving my spinnings which are actually quite smooth and even.
I would recommend this course to anyone.
Great day- learnt loads and Theresa was very patient- especially when it became apparent that I have very bad hand/eye/foot coordination! I love the fact that I came home with my own yarn. Very informative and enjoyable day. Thanks Theresa.
I had the most amazing time and the tutor was so patient and very knowledgeable. I will be certainly going to have other lessons on differing techniques as soon as i get my wheel. Thank you for a wonderful day.
A really enjoyable day with an excellent patient teacher. Theresa was extremely knowledgeable and was able to demonstrate and explain the various steps from carding the fleece to spinning the yarn in a very easy to understand manner, thus enabling us to have a go ourselves and end the day with a skein of wool which we had spun.
Would highly recommend the experience to friends and family and we hope to attend another workshop later in the year.
Enjoyed a day yesterday at Spotty Pig Farm. Warm and friendly day. Coffee kept coming , and best of all I came home with a scane of wool which I had made almost by myself. If you are looking to learn to spin Look no further.
Wow what a day.inspirational doesn't come close. Came home with my yarn knitting it up straight away, ordered a spinning wheel go go go
Brilliant day at Spotty Pig Farm The Spinning Barn. Theresa is a fantastic teacher. Would thoroughly recommend her.
Loved my day at The Spotty Pig Farm!!! Theresa was very knowledgeable and was able to answer my many questions. I had some experience with spindle spinning, but got to learn on two different spinning wheels! I came away with two hanks of yarn and I will certainly be following through with more spinning! I wish the weather had not been so blustery so I could have met some of the sheep, goats, chickens, etc. When I get back to the UK, I will certainly return for more learning.
I had a really great day and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of starting to spin. I'd never spun before, but with Theresa's excellent and relaxed tuition, I managed to complete two skeins of spun wool by the end of the day which i'm now busy knitting up. I can't wait to spin again!
Came away from the one day course on a real high. Theresa is extremely knowledgable and so enthusiastic about her craft,her patience is never ending. Actually produced a skein of useable wool. Such a fun day in beautiful surroundings. Can not recommend the day too highly.
Spent a fabulous Sunday learning all about spinning from Theresa George. Theresa is a brilliant (and patient!) teacher and I would definitely recommend her course. She knows all about the different sheep and their wool and was able to give me loads of helpful tips for the whole process from raw fleece to finished yarn. I came away from the course not only with a lovely usable skein but with the confidence to continue spinning at home (as soon as I've talked DH into buying me a spinning wheel for my birthday!). Thank you Theresa!
Had a wonderful day learning all about spinning and we even had the chance to meet the sheep the fleece we working had come from. Theresa is lovely, really friendly and patient she is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher. I can't believe I actually went away with a skein of wool at the end of the day. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn about carding, spinning, plying etc. The day was great fun, we laughed pretty much the whole day and am now inspired to carry on and perfect what I have learnt. Theresa has lots of plans to develop her lessons and supplies and will be going again soon, once I have had chance to practice what I learnt yesterday.
wow what a great teacher so helpful had the most wonderful day and learnt so much . theresa is so knowledgeable and so helpful i cant belive i made a hank of wool to bring home just need to get my wheel and the i will be back for another lesson , i would recommend her to anyone who would like to have a go at spinning or wanting to learnt to spin
What a brilliant day, learnt loads and laughed a lot! Theresa is a fantastic teacher very supportive and encouraging. I would really recommend this day to anyone who wants to learn about spinning you won't be disappointed.
Had a fantastic day learning all about fibre and spinning. Theresa is lovely, really friendly and patient she is obviously very knowledgeable about the subject and was a wonderful teacher. I didn't find it easy to begin with but with loads of support I actually went away with a skein of wool to use which I really didn't think I would have managed in the time. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn about carding, spinning, plying etc. The day was great fun, we laughed pretty much the whole day and am now inspired to carry on and perfect what I have learnt.
I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive at the beginning of the day. I had once briefly attempted spinning and was convinced that it just could not be done! How wonderful to be proved so wrong. Theresa was amazingly patient and explained and demonstrated the techniques. There was plenty of opportunity for one-to-one tuition if we got into a muddle and I was confident at the end of the day that I could set up a spinning wheel and get going on my own. What was especially rewarding for me was that I was able to see some wool from one of my own fleeces through every process from the raw fleece to the finished skein of wool. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Tremendously enjoyable. Inspiring. Thoroughly recommend this course.
What a fabulous day! As promised, we quickly learnt how to card fleece, spin it on the wheel and then ply it; resulting in our very own skein of wool ready to knit! Theresa was so helpful and patient and the atmosphere was very happy and relaxed. The homemade cake was also excellent along with plenty of opportunities for tea, coffee, juice or sparkling water! I would happily recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn how to produce yarn on a spinning wheel. Theresa was also a fund of knowledge in relation to fleece preparation, spinning wheel maintenance and where to go for essential spinning paraphernalia.
Really enjoyed the day so much having learnt how to spin in a very pleasant environment, with a brilliant teacher. Having borrowed a wheel, I been practicing which is wonderful. I don't think there's anything to improve on with the workshop, it was excellent.
I recently attended this course with Theresa at Spotty Pig Farm and had an absolutely wonderful time.
As a complete novice, I have no experience with spinning or even knitting! Theresa is a very patient and knowledgable teacher, as well as making excellent company. This course presents great value and I have no hesitation is recommending it.
The course itself was very well organised, comprehensive and conducted in a beautiful setting. There were also plenty of cakes and tea/coffee on hand (fuel is important!). Some of the topics we covered include fleece selection and preparation, carding, spinning and plying. As a result of this course, I feel that I have gone from knowing absolutely nothing about spinning to having an excellent foundation to build upon and I hope to purchase my first wheel soon!
Thank you for so much for a lovely day.
Excellent day. Theresa was very patient and helpful. A huge amount of fun and lots of laughter. Feel inspired to continue. Thank you.
What a fantastic day! Teresa made me feel very welcome. We covered a lot of ground, but there was still plenty of time to practice. Teresa answered all of my questions about the yarns, spinning and carding and was very knowledgeable on all aspects, including breeds of sheep. I would definitely recommend this day to anyone wanting to learn to spin.
This spinning course was amazing! Theresa was extremely knowledgable of all different kinds of sheep and their wool. She was able to help answer any questions I had about wool and spinning. Theresa is a fantastic teacher. I would recommender her for anyone who wants to learn how to spin.