About the Course
A creative summer gathering to welcome complete beginners, fiber artists & yarn spinners, to come and give yourself some time to relax, enjoy a beautiful and peaceful environment in the Welsh hills, have all the time you need, to be creative as much as you'd like, take time out to relax whenever you wish, and spin yarn with new friends in fun light hearted spinning circles, creative activities, and lessons for beginners to get started on their spinning journeys, so we can all spin and create together.
Whether you are an experienced fiber artist, or a total beginner excited to start spinning, this retreat is for you all!
(If you are already a spinner and are wishing to join for just days 3 - 7 or days 4 - 7 please message me for the price for this).
Held up here in these stunning Welsh hills at our retreat centre, a beautiful space full of creative energy!!
The art studio is set up and open for you at any time of day or night so you have complete freedom to create whenever the urge takes you!! You can also enjoy the land and spin outside anytime if it's a still and dry day.
Days 1 & 2 - These two days are all about learning, for beginners - So you can learn to spin on a spinning wheel before the second half of the retreat starts, and get started with your spinning journey! (I have two spare wheels available to book, so if you have your own working wheel please do bring it along (this way you will also have your own wheel to carry on spinning when you get home, which you'll be glad of - after learning to spin you'll be hooked on your new craft!! :-)
Day 3 - Learning to drop spindle - There will be a drop spindling session in the second half of the retreat, so if you haven't learned how to drop spindle, maybe you're completely new to spinning, or maybe you have already been spinning on a wheel and haven't drop spindled, so this day is for you to learn and practice with a spindle.
Days 4 - 7 - If you already spin on a wheel and a drop spindle you can join the retreat here, this half of the retreat is a relaxing and uplifting experience, supporting your own creative freedom in a beautiful relaxing space, with plenty of spin circles, campfires, woodland weaving, and wild spindling, unlimited studio time, and each working towards our own handspun creative finished project, while forging new friendships in a peaceful space, on nearly two acres of land with stunning views, and with amazing local walks a plenty!!
And extra one to one lessons are also available to book if you would love to immerse yourself and learn even more, eg. creative crochet & knit, felt, furthering creative spinning & art yarns,
There are only 10 residential places (some of these places have already sold)
Accommodation is as follows:
Shared cabin - 3 places
Purple shared room in cottage - 3 places
Forest shared room in cottage - 2 places
Fairy Pod - 1 person - Because this is a private double room to yourself, this room is an extra £20 per night to the ticket options price
Gypsy Caravan - 1 person - Because this is a private room to yourself, this room is an extra £10 per night to the ticket options price
* There are two bathrooms inside the cottage for all guests to share, there is also a toilet and outdoor wash space in a little cabin outdoors next to the cabin, and very close to the pod, and the gypsy caravan. This one has running cold water, and a kettle can be boiled for a bowl of hot water for the wash space, as an extra, wild, but very lovely bathroom to use.
Travel & getting here
If you are travelling from abroad - the nearest airports are Birmingham & Liverpool. Train travel - the nearest train stations are Welshpool & Newtown. There are busses to our most local town, we can do a pick up from here. By car - let us know where you are travelling from when you book, and Luke will send you really good simple directions to follow.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Prices include accommodation, activities or classes planned, bedding, towels & refreshments.
Retreat Itinerary -
There is unlimited studio time, so you can spend as much or as little time as you'd like creating, you can take a relaxed week chilling out in the countryside and enjoy some crafts, or, you can enjoy a complete fiber arts immersion, and give yourself the time to create the fabulous piece you've always wanted to!!
Day 1: Arrival is from 10am, settle in and first lesson starts at 2 - 4.30pm - Total beginners spinning lesson on spinning wheel, learn to card and draft fibers, and spin a single ply yarn. 6.30 - 8.30pm - spinning circle (this is where you can practice your new skills on your wheel and ask me questions if you get stuck, need a reminder or help)
Day 2: 3 - 5pm - Lesson two, get creative with colour and fiber blending, and spin a two ply yarn. 6.30 - 8.30pm - Spinning Circle to practice.
Day 3: 3 - 5pm - Drop spindle spinning lesson. 6.30 - 8.30pm - Drop spindle spinning circle around the campfire (weather permitting)
Day 4: Arrival for spinners for the second half of the retreat is from 10am, settle in and first Spinning Circle 2.30 - 5.30pm this one is a longer spin circle, to give us time first to gather inspiration and make plans for a finished project we will each be working towards to take home from this retreat. 7 - 9pm - Woodland weaving.
Day 5: 11am - 1pm - Spinning circle. 6.30 - 9pm - Wild spindling around the campfire (weather permitting)
Day 6: 11am - 1pm - Spinning & creative circle at this circle we'll all start to buzz ideas about how we're going to make our finished pieces and get creative 2.30 - 4.30pm Creative circle well there's probably going to be all kinds of exciting techniques happening as these finished pieces get created!!!
Day 7: 11am - 1pm - Creative circle. 6.30 - 9pm - Finish embellishments & show & tell.
Day 8: Departure is anytime before 11am - Feeling fibertastic and full of inspiration, with new friends, and your basket full of your beautiful creations.
What you will need to bring with you:
Spinning wheel & drop spindle. I do have two wheels available for beginners to book, but it's best to bring your own wheel.
Plenty spinning fiber - (if you are a complete beginner please ask for a recommended fiber list, if you need one). There are loads of gorgeous fiber packs, coloured merino by weight, carded natural wools by weight & beautiful hand dyed rovings available to buy in the shop here, but I have tried to keep the price of this retreat as low as possible for everyone, and if you dye your own fiber at home it may work out cheaper for you to bring it along.
You may spin your way through lots of fiber throughout the retreat, so do bring along lots of your favourite fibers to play with, in colours that you will love to put together for your final project, or even new fibers you've always wanted to experiment with! Also it's a good idea to bring any plying yarns, threads, add ins, and fancy bits and anything that you might like to create with! Curly wools and locks are always lovely to spin with too!
Carding batts - I have one drum carder and a spare pair of hand carders here, so do bring along your carding batts, blending board (or even your drum carder if you'd like to) then you can efficiently prepare your fiber without having to wait turns on the drum.
Food for throughout your stay, there are two kitchen spaces and two fridges with freezer, to share space in. You are welcome to bring along food to share if there are others who would also like to do shared meals together, or you are very welcome to make your own food, please do whatever you feel happiest to do.
I have made a suggested kitchen plan to help with planning time in the kitchens for people creating their own meals, or groups preparing together, if it helps, or you can work out your own plans together to share the kitchen spaces. All shared spaces must be kept clean and tidy after use, for everyone to enjoy a relaxed space together, thank you x