Improvers Hand Spinning - Next Steps in Hand Spinning - at All in a Spin
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About the Course
'Next steps in hand spinning ...' - now that you have mastered the basics of spinning you will soon want to be able to produce a wider variety of yarns. On this one day course with Dunja Roberts you will discover new techniques for spinning yarns from fine to super-bulky using a wide variety of natural, luxury and manufactured fibres. Come for a day of inspirational teaching, encouragement and fun and discover just what a wonderful variety of yarns you can spin for your next knitting, crochet or weaving project. The venue for this workshop is just stunning - our working hill farm in the Brecon Beacons, where you will find a warm, farmhouse welcome and a wealth of spinning know-how.
Maximum number per workshop: 6.
One day course:
Factors in yarn design
Types of fibre and fibre preparation
Choosing and using fibre preparation tools including drum carder and wool combs
Drafting techniques – woollen and worsted
How to make a balanced yarn – ratios and twist
Experiment with commercially prepared fibres and speciality fleece
Blending on the drum carder and hand cards
Spin your own sample yarns
By the end of the workshop you will have proudly spun and plied samples of different yarn types to take home with you for reference and inspiration. Come and enjoy a day of spinning delight!
If you would like to gain a qualification in hand spinning you may like to consider my Level 1 and Level 3 accredited courses.
I am a qualified tutor and assessor in the lifelong learning sector and have many years experience of running practical courses. I also undertake spinning commissions for clients who wish to have fleece from their flocks hand spun into yarn as well as weaving commissions. I am passionate about promoting our wonderful British sheep breeds for their fleece, and when not spinning I assist on the farm and during the summer months show our Clun Forest and Zwartbles sheep at the larger agricultural shows in Wales and the Midlands.
This course is an ideal follow up to my one day beginners spinning course 'From Fleece to Fibre’ . We offer B&B accommodation in a luxurious double/twin room with private shower room and use of a sitting room with fabulous views across the Rhiangoll valley. Crickhowell offers a number of pubs and restaurants for your evening meal if you want a treat, or you can just stay on the farm to enjoy peace, tranquillity and beautiful scenery.
Please follow the link to the All in a Spin website for further details.
Bespoke workshops or individual tuition can be arranged at other times, please contact Dunja to discuss your requirements.
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?
A range of spinning wheels is available for you to use although you may bring your own wheel if you prefer. All materials are included. Please bring a notebook, pen and camera so you can record your progress. Hand outs are also available.
Morning and afternoon refreshments are included. Please bring a packed lunch or pop down to the nearby tea rooms for an award winning lunch!
Over the lunch break you will have the opportunity to browse my spinning library and, depending on the time of year, meet the sheep.
I have a selection of excellent, used spinning wheels for sale. Please take a look at my website for my current stock list. I am also a stockist of Ashford and Louet spinning and weaving equipment.
Booking via telephone or through my website.
This was my first course with Dunja and I found her an excellent teacher. She gave close attention to our personal learning objectives and provided well differentiated and skillful tuition and guidance to each of us according to our abilities.
I found Dunja knowledgeable and interesting and enjoyed her demonstrations and guidance which was patient and encouraging.
I learned more about how to plan what type of yarn to make, and then make samples and record the ratio-and twist and came away determined to practice this and become a more systematic spinner.
Altogether a really lovely day- (in Dunja's fabulous studio in a gorgeous location), relaxing but also satisfyingly full of inspiration and new knowledge and ideas to try out.
Kirsty - - #15896
A relaxed and interesting day providing just what was needed to move my spinning on to the next level and address a few bad habits picked up along the way! It was great to understand a bit more of the theory behind spinning and to get some hands on experience of different techniques and fibres. Can't wait to put it all into practice.
Karen - - #14594
I did this day as a follow on to the beginners day. It was full of new information with lots of samples of different types of fibres and yarns. More preparation techniques and spinning practice too. A fabulous day - highly recommended.
Liz Pickman - - #14551
Having already attended Dunja’s Beginners’ Spinning course and two of her weaving courses, we know Dunja as a brilliant, patient teacher. She is also expert at her craft.
In this course, you learn about different types of fibres and practice spinning them. Different fibres behave entirely differently and much entertainment was had in the first few minutes of trying a different fibre, as our tiny class of three got to grips with the different drafting length. By the afternoon we were confidently handling different fibres. Then we learned to prepare more unusual fibres, such as using combs to prepare longer wool.
After lunch, we begun the blending section, where we blended different fibres together on a drum carder. This was so much fun. Blending different colours and fibres, including different types of silk (try the recycled Sari silks in jewel colours) and wools, gave unexpected, serendipitous results. Spinning theses carded fibres was a voyage of discovery.
My partner and I are both hooked. We are now the proud owners of two second-hand spinning wheels and are finding new sources of fibre wherever we look. We have yet to approach the local alpaca farm, but I definitely have my eye on the dog.
DVC - - #11540
A brilliant workshop that I recommend it to anyone interested in hand spinning. Dunja is a calm and encouraging teacher and it's impossible to come away from one of her courses without wanting to put everything you've learned into practice immediately.
This is a follow on from the Beginners Spinning course and covers preparation and blending of fibres; finding the correct spinning ratio for the fibre: comparing the yarns and keeping records of the findings.
All this takes place at Dunja and Brian's farm high in the magnificent Black Mountains, with a view which will both inspire and relax you. Dunja provides refreshments throughout the day, including (if you're lucky) some home made biscuits. The only thing you have to provide is your lunch, a spinning wheel if you have one, and plenty of enthusiasm.
You won't find a better course, or teacher. Book it now.
Nerys Osbourn - - #9167
Absolutely superb. What are you waiting for? Just book it!
Dunja is a great teacher, very proficient and experienced in her craft and generally a lovely lady.
The teaching was well organised but also relaxed, and we were always encouraged and supported.
The farm is also very beautiful and I can't think of a better place to learn or a better teacher to learn from.
Hayley - - #8889
A wonderful day of learning in a tranquil atmosphere. The course was well-structured and comprehensive, and made the most of every minute available to us. Dunja's teaching style is calm, patient and encouraging. Dunja clearly knows the art and techniques of spinning extremely well and is enthusiastic about helping her students to develop their ability. I would wholeheartedly recommend this course.
Christine - - #8175
I did both the Fibre Preparation course and the Intermediate Spinning course with Dunja and have thoroughly enjoyed both. Dunja is very patient and is able to work with each person at their own level and help them improve and expand their knowledge. She has a range of materials and equipment to experiment with and lots of enthusiasm. I am inspired and have a much better understanding of how my own spinning wheel works. I can already see an improvement in the yarn I am producing.
Irma - - #7738
What a wonderful day! We explored the different spinning techniques, yarns and blending. Since visiting Dunja for the first time in February 2016 I am hooked on spinning. Thank you so much.
Sabine - - #7673
I had done the beginners course the day before and this was an excellent second day.
I learnt about ratios and different types of fibre which was fascinating. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to try combing, flick combing and other techniques and to have a 'play' with all the wonderful fibres that Dunia has available. She is a wonderfully patient teacher and ensures that her focus is on what you want to learn.. Highly recommended!!
Jill Barker - - #7666
Having done the beginner's course the day before, I thoroughly enjoyed learning even more about the preparation of yarn for spinning. I also tried out four different spinning wheels over the two days. Would definitely recommend this course as Dunja is so knowledgeable and very patient!
Sheila H - - #7373
I had a super day with Dunja. Having not spun for a good few years Dunja managed to tactfully remind me of what to do and then went on to expand my knowledge and bring me up to date with current trends and thinking. Her extensive knowledge and theory was tempered with enthusiasm and creativity, which meant the course was never intimidating or over scientific! She tailored the day to fit my needs and still managed to fit the Improvers Day schedule in! I may well be back for more!
Rose Cartwright - - #6059
This course is an excellent way of increasing knowledge and learning about new skills and tools available to novice spinners. The technical side of learning about ratios helps your understanding of how to spin for specific projects and the blending of colour and fibres is exciting and inspirational. I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to learn more about spinning and the techniques available to create beautiful spun yarn.
Julie Wymer - - #5038
Dunja is an excellent teacher and imparts a wealth of knowledge with a good heart. She tailor-made a one-day workshop for me, helping me improve in areas where I had some knowledge, and setting me on the right path where I needed to start from scratch. We covered just about everything from how to start with your own dirty fleece - including identifying exactly what type of fleece it is! - up through carding and combing, and on to spinning on both mine and her own spinning wheels. A beautiful setting, home-made lunch, and chocolate biscuits - who could ask for more? Fully recommended.
Helena Perry - - #4179
Dunja provides a wealth of materials, information and practical application under her expert supervision, building on what she covers in the beginners' spinning day. All in wonderful, relaxing surroundings and very enjoyable.
Jane Draper - - #3838
Wonderful full day of learning. Knowing Dunja from the Beginners Course created a relaxed atmosphere. I learnt about the different ratios, thickness, different fleece fibres; how to comb, drum card, blend and so much more.
I came away with lots of samples and my head full of ideas and enthusiasm to get going on new projects.
An inspirational course in a marvellous setting. Thoroughly recommended.
Robby Tucker - - #3118
Having done the beginners course with Dunja I knew I would get excellent tuition on the 'Improvers' course. I did. You can't help being inspired when your teacher is so enthusiastic about her craft. It was fascinating using the different types of fibres, being shown how to use the different equipment available to spinners and actually being able to understand how to achieve a balanced yarn. It was worth every penny. It was just a really lovely relaxing day with the added bonus of learning such a pleasurable craft. Many thanks Dunja and Brian.
Joan Simcox - - #2737
Had a fabulous day and loved what I created. The location, Dunja and the tuition were all amazing. Would highly recommend it.
Lynda Clark - - #2244
I did this the day after a he beginners course and despite being a novice spinner I learnt a lot about how to choose fibres and prepare them in different ways and got to play with blending on a board and a drum carder which was both fun and very informative. I came away from the two days feeling that I really understood what I am trying to do so now I just need to practice. The farm is a lovely place to spend a couple of days and Dunja is an excellent teacher. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to start to explore fibres and how to prepare them and learn some new spinning techniques. I am sure I will be back for a weaving course at some point.
Liz Baldwin - - #2238
The 2 day tuition was excellent. Dunja started from raw fleece and worked through to finished wool. Explanation was perfect. A home made lunch with lots of tea and coffee were provided. A perfect venue.
Lynda hall - - #1559
I attended two of Dunja's courses at the Wool and Willow Festival in Llanidloes: fibre preparation; and exotic fibres. This allowed me to use equipment and materials I could not otherwise afford. It was good value for money and I learned a lot. Dunja's a patient and thoughtful teacher. Her classes are well organised and she provides a simple method of recording technical information which is accessible, and enables students to keep track of their experiments and learn from the results. As well as making good progress with development of my spinning skills, I also had a lot of fun playing with the various 'toys' on offer. My only regret is that I didn't get to handle any yak fibre, as suggested in the advertising. All in all a very worthwhile experience.
Rachel Auckland - - #1416
Having done the beginners course I went on to do this course. This introduces you to more preparation techniques and the use of hand and mechanical tools used for preparing and blending yarns and then moving on to spinning and plying them on different types of spinning wheels... I think I'm hooked!
Dunja has a wealth of knowledge and tremendous enthusiasm for her craft.
Lis - - #1364
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Course Start DatesWednesday 17th October 2018
Tuesday 30th October 2018
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