My wife and I attended a days spinning course at the Spinning Barn. My wife attended a course several years ago but has not really used the wheel since. I thought I would give it a go during lock down last year. I got so far but the skeins I was producing were far from consistent and not really fit for crocheting or knitting. I knew I needed to do a face to face course. After reading the reviews for the spinning barn, we decided we would book a course.
Upon arrival Theresa was very friendly and welcoming, and even Teddy (her lovely dog) made us feel at home. Teddy took up his place in front of the fire as Theresa looked over my lock down results and assessed my drum carded batts an spun skeins. Though she was very compliantly on my solo effort, she quickly spotted what I had done wrong and it was poor prep work and drafting technique.
She started us on the hand carders whilst explaining how it should be done. We spent the next hour producing rolags, improving our technique which each one. When we had a basket full, we then started on the wheels.
We started by just peddling the spinning wheels to get our tempo, then introduced a lead and practiced feeding. Once Theresa was happy with that we then got onto the actual spinning.
The day was very well organised and Theresa worked at our pace. Making sure we understood each step before moving onto the next. We both produced a skein of wool and when compared to what I had produced before hand, it was a 1000% improvement and I think I will be able to make something from this skein.
Overall an excellent day with first rate tuition. We had many questions, which Theresa answered thoroughly. Once we have mastered what we learnt today, we will definitely be looking at booking another course.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank uou so much for such a wonderful review. It makes what i do so worthwhile when i hear how happy students are. Your spinning in lockdown obviously paid off and introduced you a whole new world of craft. I am always on hand to offer support and it would be great to see you for another course in the future. Keep up the good work.
I had the most wonderful day learning to handle fleece from raw and to spin it into unique & beautiful usable yarn. Theresa was a brilliant teacher, and an inspiration: very knowledgeable and clear. I left The Spinning Barn eager and excited to do more of this wonderful craft.
Two days later I have bought my first wheel and can’t wait to start on my own. My head spins with the possibilities!!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for such a wonderful review Anne. Im so happy that you enjoyed your day and particularly that you felt so inspired to continue. Im very excited to hear all about your wheel and your progress very soon.
Fantastic learning experience, really helped me to understand the how's and whys of spinning as well as the skill itself - and s good few tips and tricks!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your review Rochelle. It was a pleasure to meet you and Lisa and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day and found it helpful. Your spinning was fabulous so I shall look forward to hearing all about your progress in the future. Well done.
I had a fantastic day today at the spinning workshop. I was made very welcome and it was very well organised. Thank you so much Theresa who was an excellent tutor and very patient and knowledgeable. I enjoyed spinning so much, when I arrived home I started the search for a spinning wheel of my own.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Hello Joyce and thank you so much for your lovely review. It was such a pleasure to meet you and to start you on your spinning journey. I know that you are well on your way and am thrilled that you have started your search for a wheel. I would love to see your progress in the future. Well done.
Theresa has the most beautiful studio and I had a marvellous day with her. I learned so much and got to really experiment with wheels, techniques and fibres. The day was just what I needed to really up my spinning game and I am reaping the rewards now I am back home working on my own wheel. Theresa was so patient with me while pushing me out of my comfort zone. I wanted to be able to spin lace weight yarn, and I did. The addition of a dog at my feet and a curious cat visitor at lunchtime really were the cherry on top of a beautifully iced and delicious cake. I hope to return again.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for such a wonderful review Sam. I can't tell you how happy that makes me. It was such a pleasure to help you and I shall look forward to seeing all your progress. Ted, Possum and I would love to welcome you back for more spinning and cake! Theresa
Although I have not completed all the lessons, I am fully satisfied and so fully recommend the Hand Spinning Success Online Course. The lessons have been clear and are focused on what a person new to spinning need to know. Highly recommended.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your lovely review. It is really appreciated. I shall look forward to hearing about your progress. If you need any advice i am here to help. I hope that you fall in live with spinning.
Thoroughly enjoyed this course - thank you Teresa for being such a good instructor! I have been showing off my skein of handspun very proudly to everyone I've seen (mostly on Zoom). I'm so glad you have found a way of running the course within Covid guidelines. I am now inspired to practice practice practice my technique and will be sure to show you my next results!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Hello Sarah and thank you so much for your review. It was a pleasure to meet you and help you to spin. You had already made a brilliant start and I just know that you will progress so quickly and learn to love it. I do hope that your friends and family were suitably impressed! Best wishes, Theresa
Brilliant day being introduced to spinning wool with Theresa and her wonderful friendliness and knowledge.
Thoroughly enjoy the day learning the art of spinning from the fleece to the finished skein. Loved the environment, the barn is just a wonderful, as are the refreshments Theresa provides.
Highly recommended, thank you so much Theresa.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your lovely review Bridget. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and to start you off spinning. You made a fabulous start and I was thrilled with the skeins you created. I really hope you continue. Best wishes Theresa
An excellent weekend, with wonderful instruction from Theresa, who was very encouraging and used a number of ways to instruct us. A real treat to meet the sheep producing the fleece and then to process from start to finish with a skein of yarn. Can highly recommend, and great company plus catering to boot. Thank you
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for reviewing the workshop George. I know you made a great effort to attend so I am really pleased that you enjoyed it. I cant wait to see one of your knitted masterpieces created from your own yarn. And please keep in touch so i can see how you are getting on. Theresa &James
This was a delightful way to spend a weekend. The atmosphere in the spinning barn was warm, friendly and relaxed. This provided an excellent learning environment for all of us,Theresa is knowledgeable and is happy to share all her knowledge and experience. She is an excellent teacher and has endless patience, she tailored her approach to our individual needs and nothing was too much trouble. This approach meant that we all felt valued and we went away proud of what we had achieved and very keen to build on this.
In addition the refreshments provided were excellent.
Response from The Spinning Barn:It was an absolute pleasure to start you on your spinning journey Janet. The workshop didn't feel like work to me as it was so fabulous to see your progress. Thank you for your lovely review and i really hope that you continue with your spinning. Do keep me informed of your progress and remember that I'm always here to help. Theresa
The course was excellent and I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn to spin or as a refresher. Theresa spent time with each of us and went at our pace making learning relaxing and enjoyable. It was lovely to see the process through from fleece to yarn. Theresa has such a passion for her rare breed sheep (and her other animals) and her craft and her passion is infectious.
Her workshop is a credit to her and husband James and both made us feel so welcoming; nothing was any trouble. Great cake too... what more can you want.
I would recommend to anyone, give it a go.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Alison thank you so much. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind words. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your time here and I really hope you continue spinning on your lovely wheel. You know where I am if you need any advice along the way. Theresa &James x
This course is fantastic for anyone who is interested in getting started with spinning. Theresa is extremely knowledgeable and very patient! The setting is idyllic and the whole weekend was wonderful. Great introduction highly recommend thank you x
Response from The Spinning Barn:Hello Poppy. Thank you so very much for your lovely review, it is very much appreciated. It was so special to meet you properly (you know what I mean!) and I was absolutely thrilled to watch your amazing spinning progress. As you know I had tears of joy. I really hope that you continue and hope to see you soon. Ps I have suddenly found my chocolately sweet tooth again!! Thank you x
It has been the best two days! As you know I have just completed my city and guilds in hand knitting. I could not have thought of a better way to complement this challenge. Tonight I have just ordered my spinning wheel, look forward to seeing you soon with my knitted skein.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Lesley it was such a pleasure to meet you and to help you learn to spin. The sheer joy was evident and i can see how your new skill is going to complement your amazing knitting skills too. I really look forward to seeing yiu soon with your wheel and lots of yarn! Theresa x
The course is well structured and thoroughly enjoyable. You start by meeting the sheep, then look at fleeces, talk about how to wash the wool, and then card and comb some before learning to spin. I had previously done the one-day course at The Spinning Barn, and found it really helpful to follow it with this one. This course goes into more detail, and I was able to absorb a lot more. Theresa and James were also really helpful getting my wheel (which I obtained second hand between the two courses) working properly. The barn you learn in is warm and cosy, Theresa is really patient, and also explains things very clearly. And on top of all that, a delicious lunch is provided each day! I can't recommend this course enough!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Sarah for your review and also for supporting The Spinning Barn by attending another workshop. It is really appreciated. I was so thrilled to see that you had not forgotten what you had learned initially and then continued to make fabulous progress. Your smiling face at the end really summed up why I do what I do. Thank you again and do let me know how things are going. Theresa x
Theresa is an enthusiastic and encouraging tutor who obviously knows her subject in great depth but has designed a one-day course that gets you started on the basics without leaving you overwhelmed. It was all great fun in her little workshop, warmed by a wood burning stove and well supplied with hot drinks and cake. The day was perfectly timed so that we carded, spun and plied our wool and were able to get it into skeins and wash it, ready to take away with us at the end. I loved it and would recommend it to any beginner or to anyone who wants a refresher course.
Response from The Spinning Barn:I am so pleased that you enjoyed your workshop Christine, it was such an enjoyable day. I remember the moment when it all fell into place for you and it made my day. Thank you for sharing the day and being part of such fun whilst sharing this wonderful craft. I really hope you are continuing to spin Do let me know how you are getting on. Theresa.
What a fabulous day, and introduction to spinning. As a complete novice it was a really inspiring experience and one that made me want to know more.
Theresa is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and was so kind and patient with us all.
I can’t recommend this course enough.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely review, it was such a pleasure to read it. I really enjoyed the workshop too and was delighted to have been part of your spinning 'journey'. You made a fabulous start and I really hope you continue to spin and love it more each day! Do please keep in touch and let me know how you get on. Theresa
I can't recommend Theresa and her courses highly enough.
I arrived with a whole host of bad habits and preconceptions, having fought my wheel for a number of years.
But Theresa is so calming and patient, she's so positive and encouraging that I came away with a new love for my wheel, and desperate to get started on new projects.
We were a perfectly-sized group so we got lots of feedback, support and encouragement, Theresa spots as soon as you go wrong, steps in and gets you sorted in a flash. We were a mixture of past spinners and newbies and she tailored the weekend to accommodate all of us and our needs.
The location is perfect, gorgeous refreshments/lunches and you get to meet her lovely sheep.
I can't believe how much I learned in one weekend but didn't feel overwhelmed at any point
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much Corrie. I am feeling rather humbled by your fabulous review. As you know I was just delighted to have been part of your spinning journey. You produced some fabulous yarn on your very lovely wheel and I just know that you will be continuing and that makes me very happy. Thank you x
I had a lovely day. Theresa informed me upfront very well and the course was really helpful. Her knowledge is very good and she knows how to explain and show the ins and outs. She is very friendly and we could drink as much tea and coffee as much as we wanted and she made some lovely cake and biscuits. I did this course so now I can get started and practice.
Definitely recommend this course. Will apply for a follow up course when I get a bit more skilled.
Response from The Spinning Barn:Yvonne, thank you so much for your review, it has made my day. You showed today that you are a natural spinner and I can't wait to hear about your progress. It would be lovely to see you on another workshop but in the mean time if you need any help then you only have to ask. xx
The day was well structured and clearly presented. Theresa was a really good teacher, and full of enthusiasm. Theresa would demonstrate each different stage, and then help you to get over problems you had as you tried it. I was a complete beginner and I would thoroughly recommend this course. I will be booking up more with the Spinning Barn!
Response from The Spinning Barn:Thank you so much for your review Sarah, it is very much appreciated. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day and found it helpful. I was most impressed with your spinning and really hope that you continue. It would be great to see you on another workshop but I am always here for advice in the meantime. Best wishes.
Loved every minute of the two day workshop - and can't wait for Theresa to do another, and this time a longer one, please! It's taken me a bit of time to catch up since the workshop, hence the delay in writing my review. I found it so helpful to have two consecutive days devoted to learning more about sheep and fleeces, about the variety of spinning wheels we were using, and of course then the spinning. Having a good few hours to practice was phenomenally useful - and the time we spent sorting out our wheels and the hiccups with spinning has meant that I've felt confident to continue practising at home every day since then. Just the best and to find that it really is a peaceful-making experience, even when things go wrong, and the discovering that I can rather put them to rights again.
Theresa is a very good teacher - showing us step by baby step to help get us comfortable with some very basic skills, and with these it's felt possible to build confidence little by little. She is wonderfully and widely knowledgeable, always happy to share - with delight and great humour. I also loved working alongside the other group members. I found them such interesting and delightful people - a terrific experience altogether. Which makes me very much hope that Theresa will want to add a four-day workshop or a week's retreat soon in the new year. This would be fantastic! Please, can we do that?!! And thank you - it was such a special weekend. I can't wait to come again.