About the Course
Hand Spinning Workshops - one day 10am - 4pm
Our one day spinning workshops are relaxed and fun and are aimed at beginners but also suitable as a refresher. Covers all aspects of this enchanting and addictive skill. Workshops are held in the tranquil Norfolk countryside on days to suit you, either on weekdays or weekends. You will meet our delightful flock of rare breed North Ronaldsay sheep and Icelandic sheep.
You will learn what to look for when choosing a good fleece for spinning. You will learn the arts of carding, spinning and plying, using the fleece from our own flock, and will make your very own skein of yarn to take home. I am more than happy for students to photograph or video aspects of the workshop to remind them at home or just to impress friends and family with!
Workshops can be held for individual or group tuition with a maximum of three students to ensure lots of 1:1 tuition. The day is very relaxed and informal. Why not take a look at our recent reviews to see what other customers have said about us.
Theresa is a qualified trainer and assessor in the Life Long Learning sector but far more importantly gets tremendous satisfaction from simply passing on these skills to others.
We look forward to welcoming you to our farm very soon.
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?
All equipment is available for you to use or you may bring your own if you prefer.
Refreshments of tea, coffee, fruit teas, fresh fruit and biscuits are provided all day but please bring your own packed lunch.
Fleeces and ready carded fibres are available to buy on the day and you can even hire a wheel (conditions apply) so you can continue your spinning as soon as you get home.
Travel links are good from most major routes including by rail. Collection from King's Lynn station may be possible. Please ask for details.
Myself and my husband Chris were complete spinning novices when we arrived at the Spinning Barn, but with Theresa's expert guidance (and endless patience!) we were able to come away each with our very own skein of hand spun wool.
Theresa was so welcoming to us; she made the whole process look effortless and her passion for her craft was quite infectious. We also got to meet her clearly beloved sheep who all bleated in unison when they saw her! A lovely way for these two London townies to spend a day in the Norfolk countryside and I would highly recommend this course.
Charlotte Cozier - - #22737
What a fantastic day, the time just flew by so quickly! Theresa is such a great teacher.
I arrived a complete beginner and rather nervous about what to expect. Theresa (and Ted) soon put me at ease and and then took us through the complete process of turning a fleece from a sheep into a skein of yarn ready to knit or weave. I quickly found myself carding fleece, making rolags and was then introduced to a spinning wheel and how to use it.
Under Theresa's patient tuition I was able to spin my rolags into yarn and come home with a skein of yarn I had spun myself, (which I had not expected to do in one day). I can't wait to get a wheel of my own now and start practicing what I've learned. All in all a brilliant day - thank you Theresa and Ted!
Helen Riley - - #21316
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Helen for your review. Receiving it was a lovely end to my busy day. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day and that you produced a fabulous skein of yarn. That always makes me so happy at the end of a workshop. I do hope that you get your own wheel soon and can't wait to see what you produce after shearing time!! Theresa and Ted!
Had an absolutely fabulous day. I learnt so much and Theresa is an amazing teacher and so friendly, I felt relaxed straight away. Everything about the day was just brilliant and at the end of the day I took home my first skein of wool. So thank you again Theresa and a big stroke to Ted for his company. I would not hesitate a moment in recommending Theresa’s course to anyone.
Carol Byrne - - #21300
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Carol for your lovely review. I really do appreciate it. It was such a fun but busy day and you made a fabulous start with your spinning obviously aided by your gorgeous wheel too!! Do keep up the good work and I shall await pictures showing your progress! Well done.
As with the other reviewers I had a great day and learnt lots. Definitely worth doing as there are so many hints and tips that Teresa can pass on, including origins of sayings!
Even though a wet day, the fire was on in the wood burner, dog on a sheepskin rug, us spinning away (yeh after a short time of practicing) made a lovely experience.
If your wavering about going along don’t.
Sarah - - #20346
Response from The Spinning Barn:Sarah, thank you so much for your wonderful review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day. It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you. I do hope that you have been able to sort the parts for your wheel so that you can continue your brilliant spinning.
Where did the time go?
I was already spinning and getting a result but with gaps in my knowledge and lacking direction.
Theresa is a thorough and thoughtful teacher and knows exactly what you need to get you spinning the right way for 'you'.
All my questions were answered and I learnt a lot more about what I was doing and what to do next.
Her positivity, patience and encouragement never faltered.
Add to that the lovely setting with sound of her sheep nearby, wool of all sorts surrounding us and plenty of coffee and conversation, it all made for a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.
I would recommend this day for both inexperienced spinners or spinners of any level.
Thank you Theresa.
Sarah STUART - - #19866
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Sarah for your really lovely review. I am feeling very humbled. Your spinning was already so brilliant and I found your enthusiasm infectious too. I ended the day feeling inspired myself! I am really looking forward to seeing your progress in the future. Thank you x
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Theresa's enthusiasm for her craft is infectious and her ability to tailor the course to the individual's own interests makes it even more special. I came away inspired to carry on especially as I was given a small amount of fleece from Humbug, one of Theresa's own sheep so that I could try spinning with a third different type of fleece. I will definitely be practicing what I learnt as I hope to return to take a more advanced class in the future.
Val Tarrant - - #19738
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you Val for such a lovely review. It is very much appreciated. Every workshop is a different experience for me too and I was so interested in your historic area of spinning. Do keep up the good work!
I had an absolutely brilliant day with Theresa, she's very knowledegable, let's you go at your own pace and was just a great teacher. Just be warned, you might come away wanting not only your own spinning wheel, but also your own flock of rarebread sheep!
Kelly - - #19137
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Kelly for your lovely review. I had a fab day too and was so delighted to see how quickly you progressed to produce a gorgeous skein of yarn. I can't wait to hear about your progress and your sheep!!
After 20 years of owning a spinning wheel that I just dusted and oiled occaisionally, I can now actually use it. I couldn't seem to put into practice what I was reading in books, and, more recently, watching on videos. Now, after just a day spent with Theresa, it all makes sense and I'm looking forward to using my wheel regularly. If you are thinking of learning to spin, I thoroughly recommend booking a class with Theresa. It was a relaxed and enjoyable day, time flew but thanks to our very patient, and knowledgable teacher, we successfully produced our skeins of spun wool.
wendy scanes - - #19052
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your review. I really do appreciate it. I was thrilled to help you to finally spin on your beautiful wheel and your first skein was impressive. I really hope that you continue to spin and that it gives you years of pleasure. Awaiting photos of the knitted result!!
I had no experience of spinning prior to this course and didn’t know how I’d get on. The class was so well prepared and each step explained really well. The welcome and atmosphere was really friendly and it was easy to relax and enjoy the whole experience of learning a new craft. I loved the extra information relating to sheep breeds and different wools too. I would definitely recommend this course, I feel very lucky that I found it.
Pippa Dore - - #19043
Response from The Spinning Barn:I was delighted to help you on the start of a learning curve which involved more than spinning. Your enthusiasm reminds me of myself 20 years ago! I was so pleased to watch your quick progress and final production of two skeins on day one. I was thrilled too. So thank you so much for your wonderful review. It is really appreciated.
This was a refresher day for me. I first tried Spinning last year & was amazed at how much I enjoyed myself. So much so that my partner bought me a wheel. I'd taken early retirement & started a new business venture so life was busy. Last week I felt ignited again! A Spinning day with Theresa where I regained control & felt proud that I hadn't lost it completely. This was due to having an excellent, patient tutor. Theresa encouraged me & by the end of the session I was fired up again. I'm determined to keep this new found love alive. Going through the steps again made me realise how adventurous you can get with such a tactile natural product. I would definitely recommend this course as a gift or if you're curious, for yourself. Warning! You will become hooked! 😁
Maureen Taylor - - #18864
Such a wonderful day learning what to do with the fleeces mounting up in my shed!
Theresa is very enthusiastic and very knowledgable plus a great teacher. It was fun, enjoyable, interesting and very addictive so I am now looking to get a wheel of my own and will return to improve my skills hopefully with my co learner next year.
Thank you Theresa (and Ted) for making my first steps into spinning so positive, I am looking at my sheep in a different way now!!
Debbie - - #18403
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for a lovely review Debbie. The day was such fun and your spinning was fabulous. I really hope you continue to spin and work through your stash of gorgeous fleeces! Theresa and Ted x
The course was excellent. I am an absolute beginner and I found the opportunity to learn about the make up of the spinning wheel and how to work with it as valuable as the experience of leaving with a skein of my own wool. The atmosphere is friendly and non judgemental and Theresa is ably assisted by her wonderful canine assistant Ted who is a delightful distraction and purveyor of helpful advice having witnessed a number of classes.
I would unreservedly recommend the course and will look back on it as the first step in my journey as a spinner! I hope to go back one day for an advanced session!!!
Christine Smith - - #18395
Response from The Spinning Barn:Christine, thank you so very much. Your review made me laugh and cry at the same time. I look forward to hearing about your spinning journey so order that wheel! I shall pass on your review to Ted and I am sure he will be as thrilled as I am that you enjoyed your day. x
What an inspiring day! Theresa was very welcoming and it soon became apparent that she is very knowledgable and an excellent teacher. In one day I learned more than I could have imagined. The day was well planned and with just two students we had plenty of individual attention. I went away with a skein of wool that I had prepared from scratch - washing raw fleece, carding,spinning and plying it.
I would recommend the day course to beginners and improvers - you will have a fun day and learn an amazing amount from Theresa - her enthusiasm for wool is infectious!
Judy - - #18394
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your wonderful review Judy. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your day. You made such a fabulous start to your spinning that I really hope you continue. Do keep me informed of progress.
Really lovely day learning a new skill. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, beautiful setting and Theresa is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her subject. I treated my Mum to the workshop as a gift and really enjoyed coming along with her and learning something new. I was completely hopeless but Theresa has the patience of a saint and I was spinning away by lunchtime. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in spinning or just as a day out doing something different.
Carly Walters - - #17286
Fantastic day learning to spin with Theresa. She kindly checked my wheel and sorted it out letting me use one of her bobbins. She knows so much about sheep, fleece, yarn and spinning and was excellent sharing her knowledge. She had excellent patience with me. The cakes she made were lovley and plenty of tea & coffee throughout the day. And i got to see her sheep and pigs. Excellent value and i came away feeling more confident about having a go myself at home.
Mandy Kriehn - - #10376
My friend and I spent a wonderful day with Theresa. We learned to card wool and then spin it. We learned the washing processes. Theresa is a wonderful teacher, and immediately made us confortable and confident to ask questions. Her studio is a lovely location; it is spacious and a lovely workplace. We both came away inspired to do more, and armed with wool we had spun ourselves. We very highly recommend The Spinning Barn.
Eleanor Gaylard - - #10129
The course content was excellent, very informative. Theresa explained the use of the equipment & what we were aiming to achieve.
Theresa is a very patient tutor & her sense of humour lightens the air. I felt very proud to have had the opportunity to try such a skill.
I would recommend this course.
Maureen Taylor - - #9995
The course was wonderful! I learnt much more than I had expected and loved every second. Thank you Theresa.
Beverley Outten - - #9506
Fab day spent in the Norfolk countryside learning to spin. Theresa is an excellent teacher and pays great attention to detail when explaining aspects of fleece preparation and spinning. She is friendly and extremely patient. I made huge amounts of progress during the course and will be returning to learn to spin art yarn !
Andrea Van Kleef - - #8428
I was a brand new spinner struggling to even set up my first wheel. Theresa very patiently checked and helped me set up my new wheel and to my great surprise, by the end of the day I was able to produce my first skein. She is knowledgeable, patient and a natural teacher. I left feeling inspired and confident and am looking forward to future lessons with her. Lovely surroundings too.
Tracy Cottis - - #8284
I really enjoyed my day with Theresa, such a lovely lady! I am a complete beginner but I gained confidence throughout my lesson. I am now looking for a wheel of my own to continue my new found hobby! Thank you Theresa, highly recommended!
Hazel March - - #8082
Had a brilliant day Thank you Theresa can't believe how much I learnt. Could talk about it all day but need to stop typing & get back to my spinning!! Thank you I look forward to the next time.
Sherran - - #7945
Great fun. Really knowledgeable and patient. Made 'art wool'. Excellent achievement and really satisfying but exhausting. Would recommend it to anyone who is interested in this craft.
Susan huskie - - #7896
A wonderful day learning a new skill taught by an excellent teacher. I was surprised that with the right tuition I could come home with a skein of wool I had spun and plied myself.
I would recommend a day with the Spinning Barn to anyone wanting to learn to spin.
Karen Green - - #7741
I would recommend Theresa very highly, as complete novices she took my mum and me through all the processes from raw fleece to washed skeins of wool. She is extremely knowledgeable and a really flexible teacher. We laughed A LOT while learning all day. The whole set up is perfect and I am about to buy my first wheel and launch into spinning in preparation for getting my own alpacas and possibly angora goats next year.
I can't imagine a more enriching experience which has filled me with excitement about spinning everything from silk, alpaca, mohair, cashmere to wool, all of which I had a go at on the day.
Julia and Irene - - #6578
This was an excellent one on one spinning lesson, from which I learned a lot. The tutor was patient, made me feel very welcome and comfortable in the spinning barn and took me through the process of spinning wool from fleece to skein.
Janet Washington - - #6298
Excellent day, amazing how much we covered on just a few hours, time went far too quickly.
Julie Thorpe - - #5341
Theresa is absolutely lovely. In one day, which flew by so quickly I couldn't believe it was over, I learned to spin. I took home a skein of jacob and white wensleydale (I think) and a mini skein of angora which I had carded, spun, plied, niddynoddied and washed. It was three weeks ago and I still can't believe it. Since then I have bought a wheel and all the accoutrements and am spinning and weaving my spinnings which are actually quite smooth and even.
I would recommend this course to anyone.
Rachel Vestey - - #5185
Great day- learnt loads and Theresa was very patient- especially when it became apparent that I have very bad hand/eye/foot coordination! I love the fact that I came home with my own yarn. Very informative and enjoyable day. Thanks Theresa.
Leanne Kendrick - - #4276
I had the most amazing time and the tutor was so patient and very knowledgeable. I will be certainly going to have other lessons on differing techniques as soon as i get my wheel. Thank you for a wonderful day.
jo walden - - #4184
A really enjoyable day with an excellent patient teacher. Theresa was extremely knowledgeable and was able to demonstrate and explain the various steps from carding the fleece to spinning the yarn in a very easy to understand manner, thus enabling us to have a go ourselves and end the day with a skein of wool which we had spun.
Would highly recommend the experience to friends and family and we hope to attend another workshop later in the year.
Pat and David Swinborne - - #4183
Enjoyed a day yesterday at Spotty Pig Farm. Warm and friendly day. Coffee kept coming , and best of all I came home with a scane of wool which I had made almost by myself. If you are looking to learn to spin Look no further.
Angela - - #3816
Wow what a day.inspirational doesn't come close. Came home with my yarn knitting it up straight away, ordered a spinning wheel go go go
Belinda - - #3022
Brilliant day at Spotty Pig Farm The Spinning Barn. Theresa is a fantastic teacher. Would thoroughly recommend her.
Louise Duly - - #2665
Loved my day at The Spotty Pig Farm!!! Theresa was very knowledgeable and was able to answer my many questions. I had some experience with spindle spinning, but got to learn on two different spinning wheels! I came away with two hanks of yarn and I will certainly be following through with more spinning! I wish the weather had not been so blustery so I could have met some of the sheep, goats, chickens, etc. When I get back to the UK, I will certainly return for more learning.
Trish Waddell - - #1924
I had a really great day and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of starting to spin. I'd never spun before, but with Theresa's excellent and relaxed tuition, I managed to complete two skeins of spun wool by the end of the day which i'm now busy knitting up. I can't wait to spin again!
Sandra Francis - - #1632
Came away from the one day course on a real high. Theresa is extremely knowledgable and so enthusiastic about her craft,her patience is never ending. Actually produced a skein of useable wool. Such a fun day in beautiful surroundings. Can not recommend the day too highly.
Jackie Cole - - #1533
Spent a fabulous Sunday learning all about spinning from Theresa George. Theresa is a brilliant (and patient!) teacher and I would definitely recommend her course. She knows all about the different sheep and their wool and was able to give me loads of helpful tips for the whole process from raw fleece to finished yarn. I came away from the course not only with a lovely usable skein but with the confidence to continue spinning at home (as soon as I've talked DH into buying me a spinning wheel for my birthday!). Thank you Theresa!
Heidi - - #1391
Had a wonderful day learning all about spinning and we even had the chance to meet the sheep the fleece we working had come from. Theresa is lovely, really friendly and patient she is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher. I can't believe I actually went away with a skein of wool at the end of the day. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn about carding, spinning, plying etc. The day was great fun, we laughed pretty much the whole day and am now inspired to carry on and perfect what I have learnt. Theresa has lots of plans to develop her lessons and supplies and will be going again soon, once I have had chance to practice what I learnt yesterday.
Mandie Fountain - - #1379
wow what a great teacher so helpful had the most wonderful day and learnt so much . theresa is so knowledgeable and so helpful i cant belive i made a hank of wool to bring home just need to get my wheel and the i will be back for another lesson , i would recommend her to anyone who would like to have a go at spinning or wanting to learnt to spin
sandra Humphrey - - #1378
What a brilliant day, learnt loads and laughed a lot! Theresa is a fantastic teacher very supportive and encouraging. I would really recommend this day to anyone who wants to learn about spinning you won't be disappointed.
Susan Robinson - - #1347
Had a fantastic day learning all about fibre and spinning. Theresa is lovely, really friendly and patient she is obviously very knowledgeable about the subject and was a wonderful teacher. I didn't find it easy to begin with but with loads of support I actually went away with a skein of wool to use which I really didn't think I would have managed in the time. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn about carding, spinning, plying etc. The day was great fun, we laughed pretty much the whole day and am now inspired to carry on and perfect what I have learnt.
Deborah Robinson - - #1341
I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive at the beginning of the day. I had once briefly attempted spinning and was convinced that it just could not be done! How wonderful to be proved so wrong. Theresa was amazingly patient and explained and demonstrated the techniques. There was plenty of opportunity for one-to-one tuition if we got into a muddle and I was confident at the end of the day that I could set up a spinning wheel and get going on my own. What was especially rewarding for me was that I was able to see some wool from one of my own fleeces through every process from the raw fleece to the finished skein of wool. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Tremendously enjoyable. Inspiring. Thoroughly recommend this course.
Ruth Minter - - #1296
What a fabulous day! As promised, we quickly learnt how to card fleece, spin it on the wheel and then ply it; resulting in our very own skein of wool ready to knit! Theresa was so helpful and patient and the atmosphere was very happy and relaxed. The homemade cake was also excellent along with plenty of opportunities for tea, coffee, juice or sparkling water! I would happily recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn how to produce yarn on a spinning wheel. Theresa was also a fund of knowledge in relation to fleece preparation, spinning wheel maintenance and where to go for essential spinning paraphernalia.
Caroline Simmonds - - #1283
Really enjoyed the day so much having learnt how to spin in a very pleasant environment, with a brilliant teacher. Having borrowed a wheel, I been practicing which is wonderful. I don't think there's anything to improve on with the workshop, it was excellent.
Liz Hopkins - - #1277
I recently attended this course with Theresa at Spotty Pig Farm and had an absolutely wonderful time.
As a complete novice, I have no experience with spinning or even knitting! Theresa is a very patient and knowledgable teacher, as well as making excellent company. This course presents great value and I have no hesitation is recommending it.
The course itself was very well organised, comprehensive and conducted in a beautiful setting. There were also plenty of cakes and tea/coffee on hand (fuel is important!). Some of the topics we covered include fleece selection and preparation, carding, spinning and plying. As a result of this course, I feel that I have gone from knowing absolutely nothing about spinning to having an excellent foundation to build upon and I hope to purchase my first wheel soon!
Thank you for so much for a lovely day.
Charlotte Porter - - #1264
Excellent day. Theresa was very patient and helpful. A huge amount of fun and lots of laughter. Feel inspired to continue. Thank you.
Donna Attias - - #801
What a fantastic day! Teresa made me feel very welcome. We covered a lot of ground, but there was still plenty of time to practice. Teresa answered all of my questions about the yarns, spinning and carding and was very knowledgeable on all aspects, including breeds of sheep. I would definitely recommend this day to anyone wanting to learn to spin.
Jacky Vugler - - #662
This spinning course was amazing! Theresa was extremely knowledgable of all different kinds of sheep and their wool. She was able to help answer any questions I had about wool and spinning. Theresa is a fantastic teacher. I would recommender her for anyone who wants to learn how to spin.
Amanda Howe - - #593
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