About the Course
This ground breaking, nationally accredited unit in hand spinning to A Level standard takes twelve months to complete. It will give you broad and deep knowledge and skills in this wonderful, heritage craft. Over the course of six inspirational days of teaching spread over eight months you will learn the intricacies of hand spinning a wide range of fibres with Heritage Crafts Association award winning tutor Dunja Roberts. The final four months are the culmination of the course in the form of a design and make project to showcase your skills. On successful completion you will be awarded an Agored Cymru (Welsh awarding body) Level 3 certificate. This unique, nationally recognised unit of learning in hand spinning is exclusively available at All in a Spin.
To be awarded the unit learners must submit a completed workbook, examples of their hand spinning and a design and make project. Please allow time between each of the taught sessions and at the end of the course to complete the workbook and practice your skills.
Understand the history and processes of hand spinning
Understand materials that can be used for hand spinning
Know how to prepare fibres for hand spinning
Understand a range of spinning styles
Understand plying and finishing techniques for hand spun yarn
Understand how to spin fine and bulky yarn
Be able to design and create fancy yarns
Be able to spin a range of fibres
Be able to design an artefact
Be able to hand spin to a brief
Dunja lives and works on a traditional hill farm in the beautiful Black Mountains in South East Wales, easily accessible from most parts of the UK. From her purpose built studio in a comfortable, converted stone barn she teaches spinning and weaving to beginners and advanced level.
She has developed this new accredited unit in hand spinning to promote our intangible cultural heritage and raise the profile of this heritage skill. The fleece from her pedigree Clun Forest sheep and other native breeds provides the raw material for her own work and she has a busy diary of commissions spinning and weaving clients’ fleece. She also supplies spinning and weaving equipment.
When she’s not spinning, weaving, teaching or developing new courses Dunja helps out on the farm and assists with showing her UK champion flock of pedigree Clun Forest sheep at the larger county shows in Wales and the Midlands.
Dunja is available to travel throughout the UK and Europe to deliver these courses to your group.
Luxurious self catering accommodation in a self contained wing of the 17th century farmhouse with fabulous views across the Rhiangoll valley is available, ideal for course participants and friends. B&B is also offered. There’s lots to do in the area, with lovely mountain walks direct from Pen Y Caeau Farm and art and culture in Crickhowell and surrounding towns.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Comprehensive Learner Guide and Assessment Workbook
Agored Cymru certificate on successful completion of the Workbook and samples
Six days (or equivalent) of face to face tuition
Email/telephone follow up support during the course
Use of all tools, equipment and materials during the taught sessions
Light refreshments (but please bring a packed lunch) - depending on the venue, lunch may be available at nearby cafes
Use of the All in a spin studio, library and equipment free of charge for study purposes by appointment
NB You will need to allow a budget to purchase the fibres you will spin for assessment
Wow where to start, as somebody who could spin wool, but was not sure how or why it was working, I have had so many lightbulb moments since starting this course, a whole new world of fibre possibilities has opened up to me. Dunja is an excellent teacher, who is patient, encouraging and very good at explaining different techniques, she has an wide range of equipment and fibres for you to try. The location of the farm in the stunning Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park, is an added bonus, that results in an intense, stimulating but also relaxing day away from modern day distractions.
Julie Townley - - #14852
An excellent course which is really challenging me to develop both my knowledge and understanding of a range of spinning fibres as well as different spinning and plying techniques. Dunja is such a knowledgeable tutor who really intervenes well to help us as a group to improve, even though we are all at different ability levels. I always come away feeling that I've worked hard but have practised to improve an aspect of spinning and learned something new about spinning. I appreciate her calm, patient and supportive approach.
Elaine Perry - - #13976
Being half-way through the course I'm amazed at how much I've already learned thanks to Dunja's very methodical, easy to follow and clearly structured course: I've been spinning for four years and have mostly shied away from anything that seemed too 'technical' thinking that I've not got enough time, patience, skill or understanding for it - but felt increasingly aware of the need to understand spinning better in order to have more control over and fun with the process and the results. And the course is proving to be there perfect choice for this: I've already mastered new skills I wasn't even sure I'd even manage to pick up (such as spindle spinning, and spinning true woollen, true worsted and many styles in between) and I'm learning fascinating aspects of the history of spinning, about different fibres and their preparations and uses, and about the huge range of choices for spinners to create the design they want.
A hugely rewarding, inspiring and empowering course.
Petra Hilgers - - #13857
Having experienced several of Dunja's day courses I had no hesitation in enrolling for this one. I'm one of 6 on the course and we're just about half way through, with most of theory now behind us.
The course has been quite intense so far but Dunja's calm, patient teaching style prevents it from becoming overwhelming. There is so much to learn but the comprehensive written material and course structure breaks it down into manageable chunks. From now until the end it's mostly practical spinning and design so there's still a lot to look forward to.
Outside of the taught workshop days, Dunja is available by phone or email if we need help. She never seems to mind answering an endless stream of questions and her patience seems limitless. She is generous with her time, her beautiful studio and her equipment.
I've certainly learned a huge amount over the last 3 months and hopefully will have a certificate at the end of the course. Hand spinning is an ancient craft and an enjoyable, relaxing way to spend your time. Anyone who would like to learn but has no previous experience Dunja also runs a Level 1 Certificated Spinning Course and several non certificated day courses as well.
I have no hesitation in recommending the course to anyone interested in learning this skill. I doubt it can be bettered anywhere in the country.
Nerys Osbourn - - #13821
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