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Long Draw Spinning for beginners


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Long draw spinning course. Why spin 3 inches at a time when you could spin an arms length? Life’s too short for anything less than long draw. It is so relaxing and satisfying to draw out a long thread and feel it stretching like chewing gum as the fibres attenuate. Thats what I love about spinning, the continuous and fluid production, sitting back in my chair and at peace with my wheel. I can never feel such joy in being hunched over the orifice and having a tug-of-war with my wheel. And contrary to popular opinion, it is not difficult to learn – in the 1980’s it used to be claimed that it was too difficult to teach! Rubbish. History has proved it! I have taught lots of people to spin long draw and it generally only takes one lesson to grasp the basic technique. The more I teach long draw the quicker people seem to learn.

Beginners are taught on a choice of wheels – including the e-spinner which is brilliant to learn on as it can turn so slowly, slower than any wheel. This gives pupils time to think about what their hands are doing without the distraction of a wheel. Blue faced Leicester is very easy to spin so this is used in the course and by using two colours it is easy to see when the join has taken place and when to draft a roving. At the end of the course you can borrow an Ashford Traditional Wheel to practice you new skill.

No previous experience is necessary. This course is suitable for absolute beginners and spinners who would like to spin faster and in a more satisfying and relaxing manner.

I’ve been spinning for nearly 30 years and my passion – teaching spinning, weaving and supplying ‘woolly’ things is my fast becoming a full-time job. I like my life to be filled with good things and appreciate quality – in crafts this is even more important as it’s where one spends quality time – so give me the finest fibres (from Jacob to cashmere), best wheels – best of everything please. My forte is long draw spinning and I’m a woman with a mission to teach it.

Call me to arrange a time to suit you.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

One month loan of and Ashford Traditional Wheel and accessories
Free Ashford hook and yarn gauge
How To Spin Long Draw instruction booklet
Bag of fine quality easy to spin fibre
Bag of washed, ready to spin fleece
Tea or coffee


Pam Austin at Pam Austin's Spinning School
Albany Lodge
Desborough Road
Stoke Albany, Market Harborough
LE16 8PS
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Pam is an excellent teacher with a real passion for teaching others long draw spinning. Having the use of a wheel for a month to practice on between lessons and the opportunity to contact Pam for advice means you have the best chance of producing some really good yarns. I can’t recommend highly enough!

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A truly inspiring lesson in Pams lovely studio. Pam is a very patient and encouraging teacher, and with her knowledge and love of spinning, I soon picked up the principles. Now I have a whole month to practice on the wheel she has lent me.

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