Do you have a spinning wheel and want to know how to use it? This course is the start of the adventure. Step by step you will be guided through understanding you wheel and making your first wool yarns.
Each week you will gain access to videos and printed materials focused on a different technique, or fibre. On Thursdays there will be a live zoom where you can ask questions and share you progress with other spinners. We will also cover more about yarn design.
By the end of the course you will have made several sample yarns and started the journey to designing the yarns you want to make. Week on week you will get to experience different aspects of this ancient craft and also how to make it your own to achieve the yarns you want to knit, crochet, weave or craft with.
This course is designed to work with a kit including everything you will need to put the course sessions into practice. Including silky combed top, springy carded batts and colourful rolags. Each type of wool is chosen and prepared to compliment the skill you will be learning each week.
Week one - setting up your wheel, treadling and setting tension and how this changes your yarn.
Zoom- types of wheel and the effect this has on spinning
Week two - spinning combed top for plying (short draw spinning)
Zoom- spinning for a balanced yarn
Week three- Plying
Zoom -ply and twist direction
Week four- Spinning Rolags (english long draw spinning)
Zoom- fleeces, choosing what to spin
Week five- Spinning a chain plied yarn
Zoom- starting to design the yarns you want to work with
Week six- Spinning carded batts for a single yarn.
Zoom- finished objects
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
6 weeks of recorded videos and weekly live zooms sessions.
All the materials you need for your first few yarns.
3 quantities of combed top
2 sets of carded rolags
2 carded batts
A working spinning wheel with three bobbins.
A lazy Kate - can be home made with a cardboard box and knitting needles
A computer or tablet with internet access, capable of running zoom and watching video
This course is taught online