A most informative day, with a surprising range of information covered. I was able to ask Paivi a stream of questions, which really added to my understanding. We spent about half the time warping a table loom, ironing out mistakes which it is easy to make, which will stand me in good stead in practice, and the remaining half trying out different patterns (which I had expected to be really difficult for a beginner like me). All in all, it made me feel not such a total beginner but that "this is possible for me to get started and do." Thank you Paivi.
I purchased a spinning wheel a while ago, waxed and assembled it, but could not get the hang of spinning despite many attempts and watching numerous YouTube How-To’s. Before frustration set in I searched for a course/tutor to give me a hands-on workshop. I found Paivi on Craft Courses and after looking at her website felt inspired by her creativity and range of skills and so booked the Beginner’s Workshop.
I took along my own wheel as I wanted someone with experience to check that it was set up correctly. Paivi made some adjustments; explaining why the wheel would work better with some simple technical tweaks.
Paivi introduced spinning very gradually; demonstrating herself then patiently watching me as I got to grips with the basics. Paivi’s knowledge of fleece and spinning meant that she could break the process down into smaller, manageable steps that slowly built up to spinning fleece. She offered explanations for what was happening; if the tension needed adjusting etc. as I worked.
Paivi has a wonderful, well-stocked workshop not just for spinning but for dyeing and weaving too – this led to many interesting conversations.
By the end of the workshop I had experienced a variety of wool – each having quite a different ‘feel’. I came away with a bag of things to try/practice with and feeling I had ‘made friends’ with my spinning wheel! Thank you Paivi!
I spent the day with Paivi whilst she patiently showed me how to set up my new loom to use. She showed me how to set up the warp threads and encouraged me to get started. I was able to work on a piece to completion and came home with a finished article! Paivi also gave me lots of advice and suggestions. I started with no real idea of how to get started and left feeling much more confident and with lots of ideas and a finished piece.
Thank you Paivi for a great day.
Beginner hand spinning - 1 to 1 instruction
I was given a spinning wheel on my 50th birthday, having done a degree in Textiles many years ago! So, I needed help to refresh my spinning skills, and to get the wheel going again. This was the perfect course for me, as Paivi patiently set up my wheel (I chose to learn on my own wheel, though Paivi has a few to use). She is very experienced and managed to adjust and fine-tune the different features. I spun 2 different wools, then had a quick refresher lesson in plying them together! It was inspiring to have the course in Paivi's studio, surrounded by Paivi's own work: weaving, spinning and natural dyeing, I came away with a 3rd type of wool to practice on, and was up late that night mastering my new skills! Thank you Paivi, just what I needed to kick-start my new hobby!