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Hand spinning for beginners

Duration: One day (Full day 9:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Price: £90

Book with: Elaine Ware
at Cartmel Handspun Spinning School

Cartmel Handspun Spinning School
Lindale-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands
LA11 6NA

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About the Course

Hands-on practical one-day spinning course in the Lake District National Park. Covers all aspects, including fibre selection and preparation. By the end of the day you will have a working knowledge of the all the techniques necessary to go away and start spinning your own yarn.

The course covers:
• Fibre selection and preparation. Looking at all sorts of fleeces to find what's best for your needs
• Carding and Blending fibres using a drum carder
• Techniques for drafting using a drop spindle
• Spinning on a wheel - hands on experience
• Plying – making a 2 ply yarn
• The Niddy Noddy, skein making and finishing
• Setting up your wheel
• Further resources, what to do next

Courses can be adapted to suit the individual level of ability and experience. Small groups of up to four people. Larger groups can be arranged. *Private 'at home' courses for groups of 2 or more. *Guest tutoring for larger groups at your venue. Please email to discuss options. (* off site tutoring rates differ).

Course dates available throughout the year. For a more detailed starter course why not book on our Two-Day Beginner's Course 'From Fleece to Fibre'. Residential option available. See this site or our web site for details.

Tutor Elaine Ware brings many years of experience in hand spinning, an in-depth knowledge of the subject and an international reputation for excellence.

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?

No hidden extras. Six hours of tuition and time for one-to-one tuition and support.
All course materials and equipment.
Coffee & teas provided. During the course you will be invited to join the family for a simple lunch. If you would prefer to bring your own lunch please feel free to do so.

Lots of super local accommodation or you could rent our on site holiday home (sleeps six) and bring your family and friends with you.

Rural setting - use of a car advisable. Nearest bus /railway station: Grange over Sands.

Cancellations policy
Full refund given 8 weeks before course date
50% refund 4 weeks before course date
No refund under 4 weeks before course date

Most major debit/credit cards accepted.

Want to review this course?

A lovely day spent learning to spin in beautiful surroundings.

Elaine explains everything clearly and helps you understand the what and why rather than just the how.

Would thoroughly recommend if you are thinking of giving spinning a go.

- - #22943

I had a wonderful day with Elaine. Never thought I’d be able to spin with a wheel......but yes I can. I’m so thrilled I’ve booked the two day course. It’s amazing 👍

- - #21034

I have just had a wonderful day with the wonderful Elaine, she explained the use of drop spindles and before I knew it I was attempting to use a spinning wheel. Elaine's calm and patient teaching manner was brilliant and her explanations of how to use the spinning wheel and comparisons of different styles and types was extremely helpful. She is genuinely interested in why you are attending her course and then offers tips and advice suited to your own personal needs. Very highly recommended! In fact I plan on booking myself on to the 2 day course where you prepare and then spin and fleece from start to finish!

- - #20876

What a thoroughly enjoyable day - Elaine had so much patience and I would really recommend this course to anybody wanting to learn this lovely craft. Very inspiring, educational and fun! Thank you very much Elaine - I ordered my own drop spindle this morning and next stop, a spinning wheel.

- - #20067

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- - #20066

Hi Elaine, thank you soooo much for today, it was absolutely brilliant, I have learnt loads. You are a fantastic teacher and VERY patient with us. Also very generous with both your wool and your knowledge. Wow, what a skill you have to spin such beautifully even and fantastic yarns, I now know how incredibly hard that is, so it was a real treat to see your work. Thank you again, brilliant course, enjoyed every minute.


P.s. I think you should charge more for what you give.

- - #20065

I had a fantastic day with Elaine , being a beginner Elaine was very patient and easy to understand her instruction , I would recommend these courses to anyone . I have now bought my own wheel and fleece to start at home after one days tuition . I have made a friend as well .

- - #18676

Had a fantastic day, learned so much. I feel ready and inspired to carry on by myself and transform the pile of fleeces into piles of yarn!

- - #16630

Elaine is a patient and highly skilled teacher. I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday.

- - #14354

I had never spun before but was somehow inspired by the spinning wheel my parents have stored in their attic for years. I really enjoyed the different processes and experiences spinning offers, feeling the fleece, listening to the wheels, seeing the thread forming, and being thrilled by the end result. Elaine is a great teacher and mentor, very patient as well as knowledgeable and offers this course in her warm and cosy house. I can only recommend it.

- - #14286

Having never spun any wool I was really nervous about attending this course in case I couldn't do it and was out of my depth. Elaine very quickly made me feel relaxed and at ease. She was a great teacher, so calm and nothing was too much trouble. I was really please to come away with my home spun wool. A really enjoyable day.

- - #10421

Fantastic day with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutor. Elaine was patient and encouraging through every aspect of the spinning process. The small number in the group (3) meant that close supervision and assistance came in a timely manner and kept everyone spinning throughout the day! With no previous knowledge of spinning I came away with my own, handspun wool. Great day.

- - #10406

Brilliant day! Elaine is so knowledgeable, patient and kind. I have learnt so much and have gained in confidence. The course exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be returning for further tuition in due course. Highly recommended.

- - #9200

A useful one-to-one couple of hours learning to use a drop spindle for a re-enactment group.

- - #9173

I really enjoyed my day with Elaine. There were only three of us which meant we all got lots of attention. The day seemed to fly by and I came home with my own skein of wool. I now feel confident spinning and look forward to enjoying it alongside my other crafts.

- - #8741

What an education! I never knew there was so much to learn about wool and spinning. So much packed into the course. I learnt how to spin using a spindle and spinning wheel. Elaine is patient, encouraging and an excellent teacher. Thanks Elaine you are very talented and I am totally hooked - can't want to get my own wheel. Loved the home made vegetable soup!

- - #8662

Enjoyable day. Everything provided. Ticked every box.

- - #8659

My daughter and I attended this class. We had a wonderful time. Elaine is a very attentive instructor and was always aware of the students skills and needs as the class progressed. She shared very helpful information on wool, spinning wheels, preparing wool, what to look for in a raw fleece and spinning. We enjoyed meeting Jacqui and visiting with her. We traveled by train to Grange-Over-Sands and were without transportation to Elaine's class. She arranged transportation for us. If opportunity arises, I would like very much to return and attend the two day spinning course.

- - #8648

Shared a great day with Elaine and two ladies from Alaska (!!) learning to spin. Thanks.

- - #8586

What an excellent day, thoroughly enjoyed it! Elaine was an excellent and patient teacher. I have come away with a lot more confidence and knowledge of spinning. I now know what to look for when buying a fleece. Would highly recommend the course to others.

- - #7936

What a thoroughly enjoyable day. After having acquired a Spinning Wheel from an acquaintance I had been struggling to get to grips with the techniques, Elaine was the epitome of patience and as a result I now have a much better feel for what I was doing wrong. I left feeling uplifted and ready to spin! My wheel needs a little maintenance though before I can start (part of the learning along with many other tips and asides) absolutely brilliant, I am looking forward to attending another of Elaine's courses at a later date . Thank You very much

- - #7399

I was really pleased to have attended Elaine's 'Learn to Spin' Course.
She was really keen to share her skill with others and was very patient in explaining techniques.
I had a really good day and came away feeling very enthusiastic about continuing to learn the art of spinning.
I hope to be attending another of her courses as I get more expert with my wheel!!!
Sue O

- - #7007

Fabulous day. Fabulous host and teacher. I learnt so much on all aspects of fleeces, wool carding, spinning. Would really recommend you go along to this course.

- - #6323

Just a quick thank you for yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed it! An ideal combination of information and hands on.
Thank you also (and your husband) for a good convivial lunch.
A lovely day all round.

- - #6314

Lots of individual attention from Elaine which led to fast progress. However many online videos or books you read it can't match learning off an expert. Shown how to set up my spinning wheel and help with problem solving so I could get it working properly (which it is now). Range of processes and skills shown and Elaine has a flexible friendly approach, thank you very much.

- - #5491

A great day to learn the basics of hand spinning from choosing a fleece to the end product. Elaine was lovely and welcoming and as it is a small course with only 4 people there was plenty of opportunity for one to one help when needed.

- - #5198

Elaine was patient and a wonderful hostess. She welcomed us in to her home and was a delight to spend the day with! Having a small class meant we were able to have one-to-one help when we had problems. In just one day the group went from having little to no experience to walking out the door with a skein of yarn we spun ourselves! Elaine also went over the basics of what to look for when buying a fleece and how to prepare it. A great day!

- - #5075

With just 4 people on the course, Elaine was able to spend plenty of time with each one of us, sorting out our problems ans setting us back on the right path. We covered everything from how to choose a fleece and what to do with it, through drop spindling before using a spinning wheel. Elaine provided a variety of fibres for us to try out. There really was nothing we weren't taught! A lovely day in a beautiful location.

- - #5037

We had a lovely day with Elaine.She was a perfect hostess and teacher - so incredibly patient.I now feel that I have got to grips with my spinning wheel and all I need to do now is practice....I learned so much from washing fleeces through to spinning yarn and to come away with a self made ball of yarn at the end of the day was a very satisfying bonus!

- - #4967

We had a brilliant day learning the process of spinning using a drop spindle and spinning wheel. Elaine was very patient, encouraging and really knowledgeable and helpful. There was a range of different spinning wheels available for us to try which was great. It was a really enjoyable and informative day and brilliant to come away with yarn I had drafted, spun and plied myself. Loved it :)

- - #4737

I had a lovely day on the spinning course, Elaine was indeed very patient with us. It was a lovely day spent learning a new craft. We were made to feel very welcome in her home .

- - #4729

Myself and 2 friends had a wonderful time on this workshop. Elaine is very patient and explains the process of spinning very well. I well and truly have the spinning bug now I understand the process!

- - #4728

What a fantastic course. We had a full day with hands on from the moment we arrived until we left. Elaine made the day fun and relaxing and we could ask as many questions as we liked. I had not experience of spinning prior to this day and came away with my first spun yarn. I can highly recommend this course and look forward to being able to join in more in the future. Thank you so much for your instructions and book I have come away with.

- - #4628

Elaine put on an afternoon taster workshop in our bookshop which certainly attracted attention. The feed back from our customers was very positive and several of them booked onto courses. Others bought books!! Thanks for a successful collaboration.

- - #4581

Fantastic day. Learnt far more than I expected from fleeces to spinning . Elaine had so much patience. I was really pleased to be able to come home with my own spun yarn. I only wished the time didn't go so fast.

- - #4484

A wonderfully creative day spent learning to spin, with Elaine an excellent, patient teacher. Delighted to come away with my very own handspun skein of wool, and with the confidence to build on the skills and techniques demonstrated on the day. Thanks!

- - #4460

Elaine put on a special Family Day for me, my mum and sister which we all enjoyed enormously. We were (mostly) beginners and it was great to be able to learn together with a really knowledgeable and patient teacher. Thanks Elaine.

- - #4258

An absorbing day with a truly knowledgeable and supportive tutor. I enjoyed learning so many things about fibre - and wool in particular, and was pleased to come away confident with my own new set of spinning skills. Recommended.

- - #4193

A thoroughly enjoyable day being creative. Elaine provides everything needed including plenty of one to one coaching and encouragement. Fantastic to work from fleece to yarn and taking home my own skein, held aloft Simba like, was the icing on the cake. Good company for the day in a relaxed atmosphere.

- - #4189

A fascinating day spent doing something new with a very knowledgeable tutor in a comfortable, homely setting. Lunch was lovely too.5 Came away with my very own hand-spun yarn, which I admire several times a day. Thank you Elaine, you have passed on the spinning "bug"!

- - #3860

If you want to learn to spin, this is the way to do it. In a Cosy, rural setting with a teacher who has all the answers as well as patience and enthusiasm. I ended the day with a skein of two ply yarn. OK, it was a bit lumpy but I was very proud of it and Elaine was very encouraging.

- - #3857

Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the Beginners Hand Spinning course with Elaine. She was exceptionally patient and really thoughtful in her way of teaching me. I felt that she was trying hard to understand how I would learn and adapting her methods to help me 'get-it'. It is a lovely environment in which to learn. Lunch was lovely. I would highly recommend attending a course with Elaine if you are interested in learning more about fibre and spinning. She is most definitely an 'expert' :)

- - #3780

Lovely day learning this absorbing craft in a superb setting with a patient and very knowledgeable teacher. What more could you want?

- - #3771

Elaine is patience personified - kind, helpful and fun with the most wonderful way of bringing the story of Rumpelstiltskin alive. As if by magic, beautiful skeins of wool appeared from nowhere. My efforts were somewhat more lumpy and erratic, but as a first timer I was pretty proud of the day's handiwork. And can't wait to try again.

- - #3530

Recently attended Elaine beginners spinning courses in her beautiful home. from the moment you arrive you are welcomed and the fun begins. Elaine's tuition is tailored to the individuals on the course, and her patience is remarkable while we fumble our way though hand eye foot and wool coordination but then the penny drops and you're away. We all left with handspun wool to show for our day. Thanks Elaine.

- - #3442

Excellent teacher. It was a very friendly atmosphere, I learned so much and had a wonderful time. Hopefully I'll get the chance to go on the more advanced course once I've got going with my own wheel.

- - #3437

An excellent course with a very friendly and helpful teacher!

As a complete new comer to the world of spinning I had no idea if I would be able to do it or not. First we were taught on a drop spindle and for some reason, I just wasn't getting it, but Elaine was very patient with me and watched me and helped me to improve until it clicked. I was even able to improve and create my very first skein by the end of the day!

Wonderful and would definitely recommend!

- - #3083

Elaine came to my home to teach myself and a friend since we both have health issues. Elaine was great, very patient and taught us fantastically. My friend had no previous experience of spinning and is now buying her own drop spindle as she got bitten by the spinning bug in a big way :) I already had a bit of experience with the spindle but was self taught, it was interesting to see how a professional does it. Elaine taught me to use my spinning wheel which I could not get set up correctly. Since then I have spun almost every night and even done some plying of my yarns.
Elaine does a secondary/ intermediate course as well as beginners course. I am looking forward to going on her intermediate course in the future.
If you live in the north of England or are holidaying there I cant recommend Elaine highly enough to teach you

- - #3047

I attended a bespoke spinning workshop with Elaine and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Elaine is very generous with her time and experience and has inspired me to work hard at improving my spinning technique. She is a great teacher and is patient and thorough with her explanations. I cannot rate this workshop highly enough. Thanks Elaine

- - #3013

Just loved this course. Never done anything like it before so thrilled to come home with my own skein - a bit bumpy - but ALL MINE!! Thanks to a very patient teacher.

- - #2965

Thanks Elaine for yet another inspiring day. I loved your special bespoke workshop as I really wanted to spend time just focusing on plying - getting it balanced and being creative. Now have lots of ideas for my new stash of fleeces!!

- - #2926

Elaine put on a special bespoke course for me which covered everything I really needed to know and more. Had a really useful day and covered some unexpected ground which made the whole experience worthwhile. Thanks. Recommended? Certainly.

- - #2925

From a standing start knowing nothing this course ABSOLUTELY enthralled me. Learned so much in one day and had a super time in the process. Thank you so much for turning me into confident spinner.

- - #2861

Had a wonderful time with Elaine. So much packed in to the course I learnt a lot about wool and how to spin using a spindle and spinning wheel. Elaine is patient and very encouraging making me feel proud of my achievement. Thanks Elaine you are very talented and I am eager to learn more.

- - #2801

A wonderful day with a fabulous teacher. Elaine is so knowledgeable and took a complete beginner to a relatively competent spinner in just 6 hours. Learnt so much and have a skein of my own spun wool which is just so satisfying! Thank you Elaine for your patience and expertise. Di x

- - #2671

I arrived a complete beginner full of questions, and left later feeling confident and motivated to continue what I had learnt. Elaine is a wonderful teacher, full of knowledge that she communicated so well that I felt really encouraged. Beautiful surroundings and a lovely friendly welcome. Highly recommended!

- - #2559

I have really enjoyed my day with Elaine, she filled the day with so much knowledge, practical advice and know how, I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn to spin.
Very worth while.

- - #2467

Would definatley recomend this course to anyone who is thinking about having a go but not sure. Elaine is an excellent teacher, her knowledge is amazing and her patience outstanding. I'm hooked too and going to look at getting my own wheel to practice on. Lovely one to one tuition in a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Happy spinning.

- - #2438

Wow I'm totally hooked! Can't wait to get my hands on my own wheel and start spinning. Learned SO much the day absolutely flew by. Started with absolutely no idea what I was doing and finished up with my own skein - OK a bit lumpy and bumpy but all my own work. Brilliant.

- - #2390

A huge thank you to Elaine for sharing her knowledge with me.

Today I completed my beginners spinning course and am absolutely hooked! I'm now looking to buy my own wheel and looking foward to making lots of new friends.

- - #2258

Spent a lovely day learning how to spin and lots more besides, Elaine is a great teacher, full of encouragement, which was especially nice for a complete novice like me! I would definitely recommend her courses, very friendly, informative and interesting.

- - #2172

Thoroughly enjoyable and very interesting day. It was so lovely to be taught by someone so knowledgable and passionate. The spinning was challenging but very rewarding, and I am seriously considering buying a wheel. I've also enjoyed using my drop spindle at home since the course. I'd recommend this course.

- - #2127

An excellent day course, relaxed but informative and certainly got me spinning. Great fun to spin using a drop spindle initially and then finally manageing to use my own spinning wheel - aim achieved. Elaine is patient and provides excellent guidance and I have learned some useful 'spinning' language, sources of wool etc. and informative course notes to take away.

- - #2020

With no previous experience of spinning under Elaine's tutelage I was soon spinning. I enjoyed the whole day, made better with only 1 other pupil on the course which meant that if I needed help or guidance Elaine was there to assist me.
I would heartily recommend this course & Elaine whether you are inexperienced or wish to progress with spinning. I'm sure there is lots more to learn.

- - #1888

Absolutely loved my one to one beginners spinning day, I was amazed to find myself spinning on drop spindle within half an hour of meeting Elaine! She is truly inspirational, patient, friendly and funny. The time passed so quickly and I covered scouring the raw fleece, carding, spinning, plying, all terms I now understand! I brought home my own skein of wool! Brilliant day, really enjoyed it and cannot recommend it enough.

- - #1602

An inspirational day! Elaine is very knowledgeable and the small teaching groups ensures there is an excellent level of support available throughout the day. I picked up lots of tips and was able to further develop my understanding of the principles of spinning. I gained a great deal of satisfaction from being able to take home my very first skein of yarn. Thank you Elaine, for an excellent day.

- - #1568

Brilliant day! Elaine is very welcoming, patient and helpful. She tailored her tuition to each individual's abilities while making sure the full range of basics was covered. Lots of tips, hints and practical help leaves me feeling a sense of achievement and inspired to carry on. If you are keen to learn, this is definitely the course for you.

- - #1566

I attended a day long course to gain confidence in spinning. I achieved my objective. Elaine is an excellent teacher, being thorough, supportive and knowledgeable.

- - #1523

Really enjoyed the day, I have never done anything like this before. Elaine was very patient explaining everything, ( quite a few times for me ). I came away feeling that I knew a lot more than when I started. I am thinking of buying a wheel. Thanks Elaine, great.

- - #1472

The course covered all that it claimed it would.Elaine is obviously a committed spinner and her enthusiasm came across in her tuition. Being offered a range of wheels to spin from was helpful also.The day was very relaxed and we were given plenty of time to learn to spin.Unfortunately I personally found it a lot harder than it looks and need much more practise before I master the art!

- - #1448

Had a lovely one to one session with Elaine, as a returning spinner. She was great - helpful, instructive, interested and motivational.
Look forward to doing more!

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- - #1348

This was a fantastic day. Learnt a lot, not just hands on spinning (Elaine was very patient with us) but about different fleeces, spinning wheels etc.
We have spent the evening looking at the possibility of buying our own wheel!

- - #1238

This was an excellent, relaxing day in lovely surroundings. Elaine is a very patient tutor and the day was perfect for a complete beginner.

- - #983

My sister and I had a wonderful 'day off' attempting to revive
our spinning in lovely surroundings and with a very patient,
and knowledgeable tutor. Elaine loves spinning and we found her very inspiring. Worth every penny.

- - #919

I'm hooked! I came away with all my questions answered, and I feel fully prepared to hone my skills. What a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a day!

- - #890

A super course in and idyllic setting! Elaine provided thorough instruction in a chilled environment where we could work very much at our own pace. Thanks Elaine! :)

- - #863

Brilliant! I went with no prior experience but Elaine made it easy and fun. I leanred a lot from this course and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to start hand-spinning. As there is only 2 people on a course at any one time it means that you get one to one tuition. Thoroughly enjoyable! Thanks Elaine!

- - #859

Very good day. Felt more like working with friends than being in class. Never spun before but I have now bought a wheel and have started working on my own fleeces. I feed as though I am gaining a skill and have gained a friend.

- - #785

Fab course! I was a complete beginner and learned so much from Elaine's instruction. Highly recommended!

- - #643

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 5th January 2020

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