Cartmel Handspun Spinning School

Contact name: Elaine Ware
Total bookings
over 9 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

Elaine Ware has been spinning for nearly 60 years and teaching spinning since 2013. In that time people from around the world have made their way to her Lake District home to learn to spin. Although officially retired, what started as a paying hobby has turned into a new career. In 2019 Cartmel Handspun Spinning School moved into a new dedicated space - a lovely, well lit former coach house specifically converted as a spinning and weaving studio.

Courses, kits & gifts

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From fleece to fibre: two day course in hand spinning
Next date: 21st Jan 2023
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Hand spinning for beginners
Next date: 8th Jan 2023

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
4 Jul 22'

Rosemary reviewed: Hand spinning for beginners

"A very enjoyable and informative course. Lovely environment and welcoming atmosphere. Lots of 1:1 tuition plus time to experiment and practice skills learnt. Thank you, Elaine."

31 May 22'

Carol Ann reviewed: From fleece to fibre: two day course in hand spinning

"I had such a great weekend learning to spin. I was visiting from Canada and looking for something fun to try. This hit the mark. I enjoyed the course, learned so much, and loved meeting some neat people. It was quite a different way to be a tourist! I got to see a whole different way of life than I'm used to. Elaine is so talented and patient with absolute beginners like myself! I got home a day ago and already ordered myself a spinning wheel! I can't wait to do some more. Thanks for the great weekend Elaine!"

Cartmel Handspun Spinning School responded:

" Hi Carol Ann Thank you for your kind words. I'm so pleased you had an enjoyable trip to the UK and that you are planning to carry on spinning with your own wheel. I enjoyed meeting you and passing on this absorbing, creative and traditional skill. Best wishes, Elaine"

22 May 22'

Gill reviewed: From fleece to fibre: two day course in hand spinning

"Elaine is an excellent tutor, very knowledgeable, experienced, and endlessly patient! She was happy to answer lots of questions and gave very useful tips to improve each individual's technique. I came away with knowledge about each step of the fibre preparation and spinning process, and finished handspun yarn, of which I am very proud! I would absolutely recommend this course."

Cartmel Handspun Spinning School responded:

" Thank you Gill. I'm so pleased you benefitted from your course. You achieved some lovely spinning. I hope you have many happy years enjoying this absorbing, traditional craft."

28 Feb 22'

Meg reviewed: From fleece to fibre: two day course in hand spinning

"Thank you Elaine for an absolutely brilliant course and welcoming us into your beautiful studio. I was a complete beginner before the course and can now say I have the spinning bug! This was a fantastic weekend, in a wonderful location. Elaine is an excellent teacher, guiding you expertly through the entire process, from processing the raw fleece to learning to draft and spin. I went home with my own handmade skein of yarn and now can’t wait for my own spinning wheel to arrive. Thank you very much Elaine, I hope to use this knowledge for many years to come and will treasure the memory of first spinning in your studio. If you have ever wanted to spin this course is an absolute must."

Cartmel Handspun Spinning School responded:

" Bless you Meg. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your course. You are a natural spinner and I hope you do indeed carry on spinning for many years to come - any maybe teach it to another generation ."

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