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Handspinning workshop

Duration: 1 day 10am - 3pm

Price: £50

Contact: Diane Fisher at Murmuring Wheel

Blaze Farm
off the A54
Wildboarclough, Macclesfield
SK11 0BL

Course Start Dates

Friday 28th February 2020

About the Course

Learn to spin your own yarn, with Diane Fisher of Murmuring Wheel, at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Cheshire.

The day will cover basic spinning techniques and plying - aiming to finish with one or more skeins of your own handspun yarn!

The course is aimed at beginner spinners but I can cater for any level of skill. Please let me know what you would like to cover when booking your place.

The venue is an award winning farm set on the edge of the Peak District, famous for making their own "Hilly Billy" ice cream.

A £20 deposit via PayPal is required to hold your place. This is non-refundable if you cancel the booking but can be transferred to a course on a later date. Deposit will be refunded if the class cannot go ahead to to bad weather.

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What's included in the price?

All spinning wheels, equipment and fibre provided, however if you have your own wheel, please feel free to bring it along. Workshop fee includes refreshments (tea/coffee on arrival and lunch).

Want to review this course?

‘This was a great beginners course. Diane’s teaching was relaxed which worked well with participants progressing at different rates. The added bonus of generous spinning wheel maintenance was brilliant, I left with my wheel working far more smoothly as well as an idea of how to use it!
Blaze Farm is a lovely venue too.

- - #21532

Diane was an excellent teacher - very supportive and encouraging us to practice. She took us through the basics and by the end of the session we each had a two ply hank of fleece to take home. My spinning wheel was in a sorry state when I went, but Phillip patiently fixed it and gave it some much needed TLC. Thank you both for a great session.

- - #21503

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- - #15167

We attended the spinning course on 24th May at Blaze Farm. We both enjoyed it immensely and have come away fired with enthusiasm for this wonderful craft . Diane is an excellent teacher and had us all spinning away pretty early on in the day. Her quiet manner and encouragement was just right and even though our efforts were a little lumpy and bumpy we came away feeling as if we had really achieved something. So now the practice begins. We had the opportunity to sample several different wheels . Thank you to George who gave our own spinning wheel a good looking at and gave us some useful tips for getting it going.
The venue was excellent. Lunch was great and plenty of coffee too.
We would highly recommend this course to all those who are thinking of taking up spinning.

- - #15103

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- - #5759

As a novice I managed to get in every tangle possible, create every knot known to humankind, even managed catch the threading tool into the spin, and enjoyed every minute. Diane and the team were patient, helpful, prepared to step in or hang back depending on your preference, and left me feeling confident that even if I'll never be a great spinner, I do know what to do and how to cope with all those little things that can crop up. The option to try different types of wheel was invaluable and I came away with a hank of ply wool that my other half described as rustic, but it was all my own work and I think it looks great.
Great value, would recommend.

- - #5756

Diane was very welcoming and helpful. I took my own wheel and received help in getting to understand the tension. Was even given a new drive band. Extremely good value. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to understand more about spinning.

- - #5415

Great day, Diane is very helpful and patient. Her helpers even modified my spinning wheel. Highly recommended.

- - #5411

I can't recommend this course highly enough. Diane was very patient and gave all attendees individual attention to make sure that we all achieved a skein of plied yarn to take home with us. Spinning wheels were supplied, along with a whole range of fibre to suit any spinning needs! Add to this a tasty lunch and numerous cups of tea which were provided, and this was definitely a great experience!

- - #4509

I took my friend on this course for her birthday and we were not disappointed! Diane and her helpers make sure you know exactly what you are doing and makr you feel completely at ease, we both came away with a reasonable sized skein of yarn. Diane had a number of different types of wheels to ensure you found one that suited you and there was lots of choice of wool colours available. I would genuinely recommend the course to others. An added bonus was that lunch was included, and very nice it was too.

- - #4506

Excellent day. Went with no knowledge of spinning and was very pleased with what I produced - 1 hank of 2 ply wool :) Diana is a very patient and good teacher and managed to give all 7 of us individual attention throughout the day. Coffee/tea on arrival and lunch + drink was supplied. 8 or 9 spinning wheels were available which was nice, allowing us to see the different models, as were drop spindles etc. Fleece was available to buy afterwards to take home if required. Lovely location and nice lunch. Well worth the cost.
May do a second lesson to learn more.

- - #4505

What an amazing day. Diane and her brother were brilliant, so knowledgeable and patient. The location at Blaze Farm is superb and with lunch and refreshments included, the value of this course is wonderful. I came away with three skeins of self spun wool and felt very proud of myself. I would highly recommend anyone interested in this type of crafting. Thank you for a brilliant day.

- - #3908

Excellent course which I would recommend, and as a complete novice found the tutor Diane very patient, helpful and knowledgeable. Thanks also to her brother for his support during the day.

- - #3907

Great course, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Diane is a very patient and friendly teacher. I'd never tried spinning before but managed to come home with a skein of my own spun wool. I've definitely got the bug... :-)

- - #3706

Small class of seven, Diane is a good teacher and I went home with a skein of 2 ply I had spun not bad for a beginner! Venue is very nice and food was good.

- - #3705

I did this course a few months back and so enjoyed my day. Diane and her sister Nancy were inspiring and made me feel I would be able to spin . They were patient and helpful. I was amazed that I was able to produce some yarn and went away very pleased with myself! This is a fun day and very relaxing too, set in lovely surroundings and a decent lunch included. I woudl definitely recommend them. I just need to get a wheel now

- - #3260

An absolutely brilliant course. Book it and enjoy :) Diane is an excellent teacher and everything is meticulously organised. A stunning setting adds to the wonderful experience you will enjoy. I can thoroughly recommend this course, Linda

- - #3240

Brilliant course. Diane has a real gift for teaching, is very personable and encouraging. She made sure she looked after everyone with lots of personalised guidance. The day was well organised and I left with an even greater passion for spinning than I had before!

- - #3230

Brilliant tutor. Brilliant setting. Brilliant day. Don't stop and consider this course....just book it because you will enjoy :-)

- - #2915

I first attended after christmas enjoyed the day and learnt so much I returned again for another day in march
I am now a confident and competent spinner.
Diane is an excellent teacher her style is warm friendly and she is clearly expert and a professional .
I would highly recommend this class do not expect to come out with perfectly spun wool that you can make into that evening cardie but you will come away the proud owner of a skein of wool you have produced and have really enjoyed the day spinning in good company on a very interesting farm and do try the ice cream it's amazzzing

- - #2526

I had really good time to learn spinning. It was my first time trying to spin and I can’t believe that I have managed to make yarn. The atmosphere was very friendly and the farm surroundings is beautiful. I would highly recommend this course.

- - #2396

Had a great day learning to spin fleece into yarn.
Diane's brother worked his magic on my £10 spinning wheel making it operational, my husband is delighted!
The whole day was enjoyable and great value for money, I highly recommend it.
Thank you.

- - #2371

Had a crazy idea to try to spin dog fuzz, tried with a drop spindle, oh boy then i needed a wheel and now a teacher & i found very knowledgeable friendly teachers within both Diane and a her brother Phil.
Phil was so helpful with my own wheel. I had brought my wheel 2nd hand knowing that it had been a working wheel for about 60 years, but had not been used for the best part of the last 20!! Before too long i was off spinning myself, excellent day coffee on arrival, fun learning to spin by a small group inc 1 gentleman. A lunch with tea was a nice break before we started our 2nd "spool" following that we plyed our efforts. I would throughly recommend you to try with diane as she is such a relaxed teacher with the patients of a saint at times!! Thank you for a most enjoyable time.

- - #1898

This course turned out to be everything I hoped it would be. Diane has a lovely, easy style of demonstating her craft and within minutes we were all beginning to have a go at spinning. A couple of group members had brought wheels with them, which they had already bought but not been able to get working properly. Diane's brother patiently analyed the problems and fixed them.
Diane made spinning look effortless. Our laughable early efforts soon improved, because of her enthusiatic encouragement. By the end of the course we had all spun two bobins full of wool and plyed them together into a skein of wool to take home. A throughly enjoyable day which left all of us with a great sense of achievement. Brilliant!

- - #1827

Did the course yesterday and have only got good things to say about it:
the setting ( although not really related to the course) is beautiful , a lovely farm in the Peak District. Diane is a wonderfully enthusiastic and patient teacher. She came with her brother and sister both spinners . Her knowledge and passion is wonderfully infectuous . Would love to keep this up, if I can.

- - #1549

A lovely and very friendly introduction to spinning. Diane is a great teacher.

- - #1357

Lovely venue, and brilliant teaching. Thanks

- - #1307

Lovely venue and an excellent teacher. Fun, informative and went away feeling much more confident when spinning with a skein of gorgeous yarn. Diane is a patient and encouraging teacher with a fantastic knowledge of her craft.

- - #1065

Very experienced teacher, who makes the learner feel confident.

- - #1064

I thoroughly enjoyed this day. Walked in a novice and left with lots of new found skills, extremely good value for money, great food for lunch, lovely coffee on arrival, we bought another one at lunchtime to go with the free lunch, frothy milky coffee for £1.20, lovely! And biscuits!! Diane is a great teacher imparting lots of information and help. The room is lovely and warm with toilets and cafe close by. Not only did I end up with my own yarn, I was introduced to the drop spin, a forked braiding tool, and to see different spinning wheels and examples of yarn, tools and attachments. I was independently spinning after a few mins.

- - #1063

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