Spinning silk and luxury fibres - 2 day course

A range of beautiful silks


Silk and luxury fibre - suitable for spinners who know the basics.
I will run this course with 2 or 3 participants. If you are interested contact me to arrange a date and I will advertise more widely
Day 1 Silk:
We will prepare and spin hankies and caps, tussah and mulberry tops, throwster’s waste, lap, noil and sari silk,
degum cocoons and make hankies.

By the end of the day you will have tried a number of silk preparations and spun silk fine and thick, smooth and textured.
Day 2 Luxury fibres:
Cashmere, angora, mohair, alpaca, if time we will try other luxury fibres too.

Learn about the fibres and their preparation.
Explore ways to spin each fibre, Discuss end use of these fibres.

By the end of the day you will understand how to spin each fibre, have a small skein of each fibre and have ideas for the use of luxury fibre either alone or in combination.

Please bring with you:
A wheel if you have one
Lazy kate
Spare bobbins
Packed lunch

Arrive 9.30 for welcome drink and biscuits.

12.30 lunch (bring a packed lunch).
Course finishes 4pm.

Additional costs:

Additional fibre packs to take away – individually priced.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

We will provide:
a warm welcome
a safe socially distanced but fun environment
a fibre pack for each day
plenty of refreshments
Bring your own packed lunch.

Please see section above for materials you need to bring with you.


Cath Snape at Beechwood Crafts
Beechwood House
Hull Road
Barmby Moor, York
East Riding of Yorkshire
YO42 4HR

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Teenagers
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In-person course
Penny Renn - - #30739

Cath's preparation for this two day course was exemplary. We were housed in a safe and comfortable environment which must have taken a good deal of time and effort to prepare.
During the course Cath shared her knowledge and skill with us in preparing and spinning a large variety of silks and luxury fibres. The pace was satisfyingly brisk covering a wide range of information and techniques that I look forward to putting into practice at home.
One unexpected and pleasing outcome of the course was that each of us came away with a large selection of samples of the fibres we were introduced to. A most enjoyable and stimulating two days. Thank you Cath

Response from Beechwood Crafts:

Thank you Penny
It was lovely to have you on the course
Best wishes

In-person course
Averil Newsam - - #30727

Three students and Cath Snape, our tutor worked in a spacious perfectly ventilated garden marquee. We had face visors for moments when we were closer than 2 metres so it was all very well planned.

We covered silk spinning on day one, from degumming cocoons to making and spinning from silk hankies and blending mulberry silk with other fibres. All really useful practice for understanding how to manage the long, slippy staple of silk compared with shorter fibres.

Day two was also useful for me - we were combing or carding luxury fibres from Cashmere to mohair and angora as well as alpaca in order to blend with other fibres. It really helped me to establish the rules about fibre preparation in relation to staple length, then what technique to use for spinning the fibre. We still had time for refreshments and lunch break, comparing our interests and experiences within our own Guilds of York and Durham.

Response from Beechwood Crafts:

thanks Averil, it was lovely to see you and have your enthusiasm contributing to the course.
best wishes

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