Handspinning is an ancient craft, once industrial, which is enjoyed today as a satisfying and rewarding hobby. A typical day's spinning course will commence at 10am till 1pm with an hour's lunch break (usually spent "talking shop" or looking at the animals) resuming at 2pm till 5pm or 6pm. The day course can be booked for either weekdays or weekends. Most people feel that spinning is very therapeutic and furthermore there is an end product to show for their endeavours. The intention is to explain the history and development of spinning, the different types of wheels and sundry equipment. Basic and luxury fibres are explained, and the fleece used to demonstrate and practise is from my flocks of Shetland sheep (in a wide range of natural colours), the Angora Goats (Mohair) and the Alpacas. This course will cover all aspects of wool, how to choose the correct type and prepare for spinning, with lots of practical advice and hands on experience. The techniques of dyeing, using natural and chemical dyes are also explained. Anyone making a long journey may prefer to divide the course over two days, staying at a local B&B in a nearby village, the market town of Newark or the cathedral city of Lincoln (Both nine miles from Spalford). By the end of the course most people feel confident that handspinning is a craft they will enjoy and wish to pursue. Juliet will then be happy to advise on the basic handspinning equipment they will need and offer contacts who can supply the necessary items. Juliet produces her own yarn; pure mohair from pedigree angora goats; pure alpaca yarn; pure shetland sheep yarn and blends of the above. All yarn is produced to ethical standards and avoiding the use of chemicals. Juliet has been happily spinning since 1979 and teaching the craft for over 15 years. Her current studio is in her conservatory which amply houses two spinning wheels.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials (wool and fleece) are included within the course fee. Drinks are provided throughout the day, with visitors bringing their own packed lunch.


1 day

Cancellation policy


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
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Sandyacre, Eagle Road, Spalford, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 7HA