Handspinning - A Beginner's Guide - Saturday Afternoon Sessions
Contact course provider
About the Course
A series of Saturday afternoon sessions to introduce you to the craft of creating yarns from raw fibres, beginning with various types of wool and progressing to plant and other animal fibres.
We will start with the ancient craft of finger-spinning, work on different types of drop-spindle and then practice on a spinning wheel.
You can also learn a little about the history and background of Textiles production.
You will be able to work at your own pace - and where possible, on your own choice of project - so you need not attend every session; however, each session will include a different 'Theme'.
The themes covered will include:
• Different types of wool and breeds of sheep;
• Different types of drop-spindle, and their methods;
• Different types of spinning wheel;
• Plant fibres;
• Other animal fibres;
• Fleece preparation
• Art and other yarns
• The history of spinning yarn
• The social history of spinning
The maximum number of students is 4, aged 16 or over
Please let us know if you have any allergies (dietary, cats, sheep's wool etc), or special dietary needs.
About the tutors
I work as a private music teacher, as well as being a craftsperson, doing hand-spinning, weaving and knitting my own designs. Sylvia May, my sister, is a freelance photographer and designer, and teaches French and Italian for the WEA. She has come late to spinning, but has taken to it naturally, being a crafty sort of person.
We grew up in a creative household – Dad was an artist and sign-writer, mum was a dress-maker, and grandma was always doing crotchet, knitting, or embroidery – so some of it was bound to rub off. My affinity with spinning began at about the age of twelve, when on walks in the Derbyshire countryside in the Spring, I found many locks of wool which the sheep were beginning to shed. I naturally started to twist the wool in my hands as I walked, and eventually formed a ball of yarn. This is known as ‘finger-spinning’, and was most probably the way spinning began, thousands of years ago.
Living in Orkney, between 1989 and 2004, I owned Angora goats (which give Mohair), and Angora rabbits (which give Angora wool). Using the fibres from my animals, I produced and sold my own hand-spun designer knitwear – some of which has found its way around Britain and even to America.
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?
The first session includes:
1 pack of wool
1 basic drop-spindle
1 student diary
Ring-Binder & Hand-outs
Subsequent sessions will include a pack of fibre, depending on the theme of the day and/or the progress of the student. Refreshments are also included.
Great introduction to spinning and wool, with the chance to advance your skills with subsequent lessons. Phoebe was knowledgeable and very personable. A great afternoon.
Sheldon Ransome - - #12640
Fabulous experience, very welcoming and informal.
Course tailored to meet my needs. Learned lots, highly recommended course.
Rosie Tait - - #12258
Review this course
Course Start DatesSaturday 21st July 2018
Saturday 29th September 2018
Saturday 27th October 2018
Saturday 24th November 2018
Browse all UK Spinning courses
- Accessible by public transport
- Suitable for beginners
This craft course provider has been awarded Bronze status for receiving 1 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.