Spinning Workshops
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WS 201 Learning to Spin on a Wheel 

Friday 9:00am-4:30pm with a break for lunch

Level: All Welcome  ·  Cost: $130         

Instructor: Sari Peterson  

Have you dreamed of making custom yarns that match your vision of what you want for your next project? Soft and fluffy, tightly twisted, thick, thin, or perhaps both? What about creating your own colors? When you can’t find what you want in a commercial yarn why not create your own? Join Sari as she shares an art form that is just as relevant today as it was 200 years ago. We’ll learn basic wheel mechanics, how to turn fluff into yarn, plying, and even the possibility of spinning straw into gold!

Materials Provided:

All fiber will be provided.

Students should bring:

  • Spinning wheel in good working order. 

  • We have a limited number of loaner wheels available for this course, if you would like to borrow a wheel please make a note in your course registration.

  • Please note, masks will be required for this class.

WS 202  Spin Out of Your Rut

Friday 9:00am-4:30pm with a break for lunch    

Level: Able to spin a consistent singles yarn ·  Cost: $140

Instructor:  Linda Hansen

Expand your toolbox of spinning styles. Most spinners use only one or two styles of spinning. We'll identify what your "go to" style is, what it's best used for, and then expand your happy spinning skills by giving you different styles to add to your repertoire, from worsted to long-drawn and in-between! Hands-on instruction will help you learn what breeds and types of wool work best for what spinning methods and how that creates the best result in a final product.

Materials Provided:

Handouts and fiber

Students should bring

  • Spinning wheel

  • 3 bobbins

  • Lazy Kate

 

WS 212 Navajo Style Spindling

Friday AM (9:00AM- Noon)

Level: Beginner  ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Christine Thomas-Flitcroft

This workshop will cover Navajo spinning techniques using the Navajo style spindle. We will discuss different types of Navajo spindles, Navajo spinning techniques and wool types traditionally used. We will focus on the Navajo technique of drafting and spinning wool two and three times. We will also cover the Navajo three ply technique on the Navajo spindle.

Materials Provided:

2 oz. of wool top and use of a selection of washed Navajo Churro and other wools will be provided along with informational handouts.  I will also have Navajo Style Spindles for student use. Students may purchase these from me after the class for $40 if they are available.

Students Should Bring:

  • A Navajo Style Spindle if you have one.

  • Hand Carders if you have them.

 

WS 241 Mystical Mohair

Saturday 9:00am-Noon

Level: Some spinning experience helpful·  Cost: $80
Instructor: Kristi Kistner

Mohair is a wonderful fiber and has fantastic properties. We will have hands-on participation in processing mohair from raw fiber to hand spun yarn.  The mohair will be staged at multiple processing points (skirting, washing, dyeing, carding, spinning).  Students will learn about angora goats and the mohair they produce, the differences between mohair and wool, how to turn raw fiber into usable yarn, and what the finished yarn can be used for (eg, garments, rugs, blankets, dolls, baskets, etc.).  We may also do a brief shearing demonstration with one of our kids!

Materials Provided:

  • 6 oz raw mohair

  • 2 oz cleaned and dyed mohair locks

  • 2 oz mohair batt or roving

  • Limited number of drop spindles and hand carders/combs available for use during class for beginner students.

Students should bring

  • Hand carders/combs

  • Spinning wheel/e-spinner/drop spindle

 

WS 251 Exploring Wool - A Breed Specific Show and Tell

Saturday 1:30PM-4:30PM

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Kitty Bryan

This is a hands-on exploration of fiber from thirty-five different sheep breeds grouped into families. Taught in a workbook format, the class objective is to introduce sheep beyond merino and thus expand your fabric options.

Materials Provided:

Sheep Breeds workbook

Students should bring:

Pencil

 

WS 261 Learning to Spin on a Wheel

Sunday All Day 9:00am- 4:30pm- With a break for lunch

Level: All Welcome ·  Cost: $130

Instructor: Sari Peterson

Have you dreamed of making custom yarns that match your vision of what you want for your next project? Soft and fluffy, tightly twisted, thick, thin, or perhaps both? What about creating your own colors? When you can’t find what you want in a commercial yarn why not create your own? Join Sari as she shares an art form that is just as relevant today as it was 200 years ago. We’ll learn basic wheel mechanics, how to turn fluff into yarn, plying, and even the possibility of spinning straw into gold!

Materials Provided:

All fiber will be provided.

Students should bring:  

  • Spinning wheel in good working order. 

  • We have a limited number of loaner wheels available for this course, if you would like to borrow a wheel please make a note in your course registration.

  • Please note, masks will be required for this class.

 

WS 262 Dyeing To Spin: Creating Repeatable Colorways with Roving

Sunday All Day 9:00am- 4:30pm- With a break for lunch

Level: All welcome  ·    Cost: $125

Instructor: Diane McKinnon

In this fast-paced class, you will learn about color, how to mix dyes, and dye roving in order to get specific and repeatable color effects in your spinning fibers and handspun yarn. We'll cover color theory, how to use the color wheel, and then do hands-on dyeing to get you on your way to achieving your individual hand-dyed colors and the effects you want in your handspun yarns.

 

Materials Provided:

All materials (fiber and dyes) and equipment plus a handout will be provided.


Students should bring:

All Materials will be provided

WS 274 Frac That! Fractal Spinning for Fun

Sunday 9:00am-Noon

Level: Intermediate ·  Cost: $90

Instructor: Linda Hansen 

Have you wondered what fractal spinning is all about? This class will get you started in spinning fascinating fractal yarn using gradient-dyed top/roving, as well as selected color bars of roving. We will spin 2 ply samples of this fun and beautiful yarn that creates patterns of color and overlaps that make a progressively variegated yarn for knit, crochet or weaving.

Materials Provided:

Fiber and Handouts​

Students should bring

  • Spinning wheel

  • 3 bobbins

  • Lazy Kate

WS 285 Drop Spindle Basics

Sunday 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Level: All welcome·  Cost: $75

Instructor: Anna Anderson

This a fun, informative class for beginners to learn how to use a top whorl drop spindle. Students will get to choose and keep, their very own, fancy stone drop spindle. You will learn to spin from roving, a small art batt of fiber and assorted locks, as well as have plenty to take home to continue your skills.

 

Materials Provided:

Students will get to choose and keep a fancy stone top whorl drop spindle, 2 ounces of hand dyed roving, a small art batt of fiber, and hand dyed locks. A reusable project bag will be provided to safely carry your items home in.

Students should bring:

All Material Provided

 

 

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