Spring Spinning Workshops

February 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm Leave a comment

 Whether you’ve spun miles of yarn or your first ‘beginner yarn’ is still in the future,  wouldn’t you love to spend a day playing with fiber and spinning wheels, making friends and mastering something new?  That sounds like my kind of fun! 

I’ll be leading three spinning workshops this spring for the Heritage Crafts Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia (in the eastern panhandle, so close to MD/VA/DC).  Which one is right for you?

Saturday March 6th    10 – 4   
Introduction to Handspinning
A one-day ‘fast start’ workshop covering the basics of turning fiber into yarn.  Course will include a brief introduction to the history of spinning, types of fibers and fiber preparation, and include instruction in spinning on a hand spindle and on a spinning wheel, with time to practice.  No previous experience required.  Please indicate when you register if you will be bringing your own spinning wheel or need to borrow one.   $40 class fee plus $20 supply fee (includes a spindle to keep for practice).
 
Saturday April 10th   10 – 5 
Intermediate Handspinning
If you can spin a basic yarn on a wheel or spindle but want to improve your skills, this class is for you.  Topics covered include getting the most from a spinning wheel, plying techniques including spiral and Navaho ply, spinning through a diz, spinning from the fold, corespinning, and working with unusual or difficult fibers.  Participants will have an opportunity to card washed fleece and blend colors using a drum carder.  Please bring your wheel or let us know at registration if you need to borrow one.  $48 class fee plus $20 supply fee. 
  
Saturday April 24th   10 – 5  
Spinning Novelty & Art Yarns
Are you ready for a creative challenge? Take your spinning to the next level with corespinning locks, creating coils and supercoils, adding in embellishments and beads, spinning fabric strips, creating looped boucle, and using a drum carder to created chunky ‘art yarn’ batts .  Participants should be proficient in basic spinning skills and bring their spinning wheel and a bobbin of spun singles to the class.  $48 class fee plus $25 supply fee.
Registration for these workshops is done through the Heritage Crafts Center (http://www.heritagecraftscenter.org), a non-profit educational organization promoting traditional crafts.  Even if the spring schedule isn’t up on the web site, you can print out a registration form here: http://www.heritagecraftcenter.org/documents/registration.pdf and send it in to reserve your space!
I’m excited about this opportunity  and  hope you can come out for a day of fun and fiber this spring!
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