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

From fleece to fibre 2-day spinning workshop



Fun packed two day weekend course in the Lake District National Park learning the absorbing and historic art of spinning a yarn from a locally reared fleece. Start out learning about fleece selection, purchase, sorting, washing and preparing for use. Move on to carding on a drum carder and then start to spin on drop spindle. Having mastered drafting on the drop spindle, progress to a wheel. Look at setting up a wheel and the principles of tension. Turn your prepared batts into spun singles. Learn the principles behind plying. Create and finish your own skein of hand spun fibre. Small group to ensure high level of one-to-one tuition. Dedicated studio environment. Special Needs: Spinning on a wheel requires a good to high level of dexterity in the hands and feet. Please let me know in advance if you have any concerns.  Learn with an old hand! Tutor Elaine Ware brings over ten years of experience in teaching hand spinning, over 60 years knowledge of the subject, and an international reputation for excellence.

What's included in the price?

Tuition. Use of all equipment. Choice of fibres to work with. Plenty of one-to-one tuition and support. 10 hours tuition. Coffee & teas are provided. Please bring your own packed lunch. Very good local B&Bs, air b&b, small hotels etc. in the nearby Grange over Sands area. The course takes place in a rural environment. Use of a car is essential.


2 days

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
  • Weekends
  • UK Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for all abilities
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Cartmel Handspun Spinning School, Beckside, Lindale-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6NA