Handspinning - A Beginner's Guide - Saturday Afternoon Sessions
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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.
We will also learn a little about the history and background of Textiles production.
Each student will learn and progress at their own pace, and so 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;
• 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 4, aged 16 or over
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
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Course Start DatesSaturday 21st April 2018
Saturday 19th May 2018
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- Suitable for beginners
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