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From fleece to yarn - a beginner's workshop.

Duration: One Day (10:00 until 4:30pm)

Price: £60

Contact: Gina Charlesworth at Woolly Workshop

Ffordd Las
CF83 4EW

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Thursday 14th May 2020

About the Course

Would you like to learn how to spin your own yarn and use a drop spindle and spinning wheel? Come and join me at my home in rural Caerphilly where I will explain and demonstrate, step by step, how to transform raw fleece to finished yarn that you can knit with.

Students will learn how to wash, card and spin fleece using hand carders, a drum carder, drop spindle and spinning wheels. No experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Anyone who already owns carding and spinning equipment may bring this along if they would like to find out more about using them.

At the end of this workshop, you will take home a mini-skein of plied yarn, a detailed, illustrated handout, along with ideas of how to use your hand spun yarn and the inspiration you need to continue learning and practising at home.

This course is suitable for complete beginners, those who have had a try at spinning fibre but struggled getting going or those who just want a bit more guided practice and access to tips and tricks.

What you need to bring:
• A packed lunch
• An apron
• If you have your own equipment and materials that you would like to make use of, feel free to bring them along.

If you are unable to make the scheduled course dates please contact me to arrange alternative dates. A minimum of 2 learners per course are required and we reserve the right to cancel should this minimum not be met.

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?

• All the materials you need for the workshop are provided. This includes a selection of washed fleece from several breeds of sheep and alpaca for you to experiment with, plenty of commercially prepared roving, and top in natural and dyed shades, use of drum carders, hand carders, drop spindles, spinning wheels and electric mini-spinner.

• Tea/Coffee and cake.

• Free Parking.

• Accessible facilities.

• Detailed, illustrated hand-out.

Want to review this course?

This course was covering all the aspects I was looking for and beyond. Gina is very friendly and knowledgeable person and really knows her stuff. Very well structured course in a very relaxed environment. The time just flew by.
And her cakes are absolutely delicious!
I can only recommend this course!
Many thanks for this wonderful day.

- - #27463

Response from Woolly Workshop:

Thank you for such a lovely review Sabine. It was great to meet you and I'm glad that you got so much from the course. Stay in touch and keep on spinning!

A very interesting day. Lots of help given. Would recommend it to anyone looking to take up spinning.

- - #27344

Response from Woolly Workshop:

Thank you Linda! Stay in touch and don't hesitate to get back to me if you need any further help with any aspect of fibre preparation and spinning.

Best regards


Gina created a lovely relaxed atmosphere which made for a great day. It was a great introduction to the various processes and we all got to try a variety of tools and wheels. I struggled with the wheel at first and Gina was very patient, watching and showing me where I was going wrong. We all left with yarn we’d made but even more importantly we left with enthusiasm to keep going.

- - #27340

Response from Woolly Workshop:

Hi Emma,

Thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm really happy that you had a positive experience on your workshop and even happier that you're going to keep spinning! With all that lovely fleece you have too you should have hours and hours of fun. Stay in touch and feel free to get back to me if you have any questions about your spinning or fibre preparation as you are going along.

Best regards


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  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Events & groups
  • Other locations possible - tutor willing to travel
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Weekends
  • Wheelchair friendly

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