About the Course
This ground breaking, nationally accredited unit in hand spinning will give you a firm foundation in this wonderful, heritage craft. Over the course of two days of inspirational teaching, encouragement and fun you will learn the basics of hand spinning with Heritage Crafts Association award winning tutor Dunja Roberts. On successful completion you will be awarded an Agored Cymru (Welsh awarding body) Level 1 certificate. This unique, nationally recognised unit of learning in hand spinning is exclusively available at All in a Spin.
The two days of teaching can be taken either back to back or up to a month apart. To be awarded the unit learners must submit some sample spinning, so please allow some time at home after the end of the course to spin your samples.
Characteristics and qualities of fleece and how it is washed
Principles of spinning with a spinning wheel
How to prepare wool for hand spinning
How to use a spinning wheel
How to produce plied yarn
How to finish yarn ready for use
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 studio 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, Zwartbles and Lincoln Longwool sheep provide the raw material for her work, which includes commission spinning and weaving and supplying spinning and weaving equipment.
When she’s not spinning, weaving, teaching or developing new courses she helps out on the farm and assists with showing pedigree Clun Forest and Zwartbles sheep at the larger county shows in Wales and the Midlands.
Dunja is available to travel throughout the UK and Europe to deliver her courses to your group.
Luxurious B&B accommodation in a double/twin room and use of a sitting room with fabulous views across the Rhiangoll valley is available in the farmhouse, ideal for course participants and friends. There’s lots to do in the area, with lovely mountain walks direct from Pen Y Caeau Farm.
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?
Just about everything you will need to successfully complete the course:
Comprehensive Learner Guide and Assessment Workbook
Agored Cymru certificate on successful completion of the Workbook and samples
Two days (or equivalent) of face to face tuition
Email/telephone follow up support after the course while spinning your samples
Use of all tools, equipment and materials during the taught sessions
Starter pack of materials for sample spinning
Light refreshments (but please bring a packed lunch) - depending on the venue, lunch may be available at nearby cafes
Opportunity to hire a spinning wheel to take home for spinning the samples
Dunja is an exceptional teacher and the course was very well designed to provide us with a mixture of the required knowledge and practical skills. The course was detailed but well balanced so it didn't overwhelm, this was largely down to Dunja's skill at pacing the material for our abilities.
The learning materials are well designed to support us when we are practicing at home and I am looking forward to completing my homework.
I will definitely be heading in for the level 3 course soon.
I would recommend any of the courses at All in a Spin, the venue is lovely and Dunja's love of the subject and expertise shine through all of the sessions.
Becky Hill - - #17579
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and am now beginning to work on my homework and samples. Dunja explains everything well and is very knowledgable on sheep and spinning. The location is stunning and the facilities are excellent. I highly recommend this course.
Liz Pickman - - #14827
This was a fascinating course which gives you a greater understanding into what goes into every stage of turning fleece into a balanced two ply yarn. The two taught days are informative and enjoyable. Dunja is a great teacher - warm, knowledgeable, patient and passionate about her craft. She is also very available when you are doing the ‘homework’ section of the course. Yes, there is homework and you are obliged to do it. Answering all the questions, washing your fleece, preparing it and producing the samples does take a bit of time, but it is so worth it. By the end of the process, you really do feel that you have a thorough understanding of everything involved and you will be absurdly proud of your own swatch of washed, spun, plied and crocheted (or kitted or woven) material. Dunja’s working farm is in a breathtakingly beautiful location and the converted barn in which you are taught is attractive, well lit and warm.
DVC - - #14253
Dunja is the most fantastic teacher. The weekend course was so engaging, all materials were really well prepared, we wanted for nothing. Dunja was very giving of her time, and every question was answered. All in A Spin is a lovely craft barn environment - a spinner's paradise, complete with log fire. I couldn't recommend this course highly enough - I hope you enjoy!
Jane Hanson - - #12000
How can two days go so quickly ! I've just spent the weekend with Dunja completing the level 1 course...and it was excellent. You learn so much and its only when you reflect on the two days do you realise quite how much was learnt on the course. Its a very relaxed atmosphere and Dunja is such a professional in the way she delivers the course and so generous with her knowledge. If you are genuinely thinking about booking this course ...I'd definitely recommend it.
Sue Thomas - - #11984
As a complete beginner I found this course excellent. Dunja took us through the whole process from understanding the different fleeces, preparing the fleece as well as carding, spinning and plying.
Spinning is a challenge but with the good grounding provided and practice I am sure I will soon be spinning a well balanced skein!
Jennifer Lewis - - #11920
Such an interesting and well thought out, planned and run course. I was 100% beginner and left feeling well equipped to complete my course work and also spin wool well with practice. I hope to do the level 3 too. Dunja was really informative, patient and so knowledgeable. The course was very useful and fun too. Highly recommend.
Anna Williams - - #11198
This innovative course is very well planned and delivered. I enjoyed the two 'taught days' immensely and really feel that I have learned a lot. The learning was more in - depth, probably as a result of the need to focus for achieving accreditation. The homework set in between the two days certainly helped me to understand the spinning process in terms of twist and drafting and I certainly understand how to achieve a 'balanced yarn'! It was nice to analyse my spinning technique as I was practising. I am looking forward to completing my file and weaving my 'swatch'. As always Dunja is available for support throughout. Her knowledge and understanding of all the processes involved in turning fleece into fibre and fabric is such a resource in itself. An excellent course, I am certainly enjoying the challenge of spinning.
Elaine Perry - - #9377
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