Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.