Hand Spinning Essentials for Beginners Week-end Residential (half board)

Duration: 4:30 Friday - 12 noon Monday

Price: £365

Run by: Elaine Ware
at Cartmel Handspun Spinning School

015395 33443

Eller How Cottage
Lindale in Cartmel
Grange over Sands
LA11 6NA

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About the Course

Combine a holiday in the Lake District National Park with an in depth week-end learning the ancient art of hand spinning.

Learn the essentials of fibre design and how to create the fibre you actually want. Start out in our fleece store to learn about fleece selection, grading, purchase. Spend time working with the different aspects of fleece preparation. 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. Set up your chosen wheel from a variety of different makes and models. Master the principles of setting your tension, spinning using properly controlled drafting, and how to establish a balanced ply. Create and finish your own skein of hand spun fibre.

Places are limited to a small group of up to four to ensure high level of one-to-one tuition. Tutor Elaine Ware brings many years of experience in hand spinning, an in-depth knowledge of the subject and an international reputation for excellence.

Stay in our 17th century traditional farmhouse on a former country estate in the English Lake District National Park. The spacious house features oak beams, wood-burning stove, two-foot thick walls, and bags of historic character

Deposit £50.00. Balance due 14 days before the course staring date.

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?

This course includes 12.5 hours tuition to give you everything you need to know to turn a raw fleece into finished yarn. All equipment and a range of modern and traditional wheels are provided. Also included are all materials – a wide range of fibres to try out. Your own finished work to take home.

The course takes place in a rural environment. Use of a car is highly recommended.

3 nights accommodation in private room (not en suite)
Half board includes continental breakfast and vegetarian lunch
All teas and coffees etc during the day
No single supplement


Want to review this course?

A great course, perfect for a complete beginner like me who's had no experience at all of fleece or spinning. It's hands-on right from the start, with each step explained, then shown - then you're thrown in the deep end to try it yourself. There are a variety of different wheels to try, and by the end of it you'll have your very own skein of yarn and be itching to do more.

- - #13608

Wonderful woolly weekend!
Perfect environment for spinning - comfy home with all mod cons. Elaine's expertise and flexibility to cater for individual aspirations of participants much appreciated. And of course the amazing collections of resources made available facilitate diversity and development of ideas.
Huge thank you.

- - #13331

This four day course is designed to get you up and spinning, and I must say that in my case it achieved just that. I had never spun before but I came home with my own yarn, admittedly a bit wonky, but lovingly spun under the watchful eye of Elaine. As a tutor, Elaine is extremely knowledgeable, very patty and willing to adapt the course to suit the aims of the participants. The small number of students meant you had plenty of individual help and support. As a bonus, the cottage was lovely, beautifully furnished and well equipped. I have returned home feeling capable of spinning on my own and even of preparing my own fleece from scratch.

- - #13311

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Course Start Dates

Friday 12th October 2018

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