9. Beginning Spinning (Wheel)
Instructor: Linda DeBlois Fee: $95 + tax
Wheel Rent $20
Mat Fee: $15 + tax
Section A: Sunday January 5, 12, 26, & Feb 2, 12:30-4 pm (waitlist only)
Section B: Sunday March 16, 23, 30 & April 6th 12:30-4 pm
Section C: Sunday June 1, 8, 15, & 22nd 12:30-4 pm
Classes will cover the history of spinning, fibers used, hand spindles, moving onto the wheels, basics of fiber preparation, spinning & plying. Spinning is a wonderful experience! The first class will address the hand spindle, a very ancient method carried to the present. The second week, you will start the process of spinning on a wheel. Next you will learn about fleece preparation (skirting, washing, carding, combing). We will also learn body stretching exercises to prevent overuse injuries. Spindles and different wheels will go home with students each week. You will be furnished with 8 oz roving, however you will probably want to purchase more. IF YOU HAVE A WHEEL THAT YOU INTEND TO USE DURING CLASS, PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH LINDA TO VERIFY IT IF IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION, AND APPROPRIATE FOR BEGINNERS.
10. New Fleece—now what do I DO?!
Instructor: Linda DeBlois Fee: $75 + tax Mat Fee: $10
Date: Sunday April 27th and May 4th 12:30-4 pm
Have you ever wanted to buy a fleece or you have one and don’t know how to proceed to a spinable product? In this class we will discuss how to choose a good fleece, how to prepare (skirting) and scour and prepare it (hand cards, drum carder, and combs) to be spinable. On the 27th you can bring your wheels or spindles and try out your hand-prepped fiber. This is a Hands-On class.
Instructor supplies: handouts and raw fleece
Student supplies: Wear old clothes—it can be a little greasy, smelly, and dirty with vegetable matter (some floating in the air—you might want to bring a light weight mask).