8. Beginning Spinning (wheel)
Instructor: Linda DeBlois Fee: $95 + tax
Wheel rental: $20 + tax
Mat. Fee: $10 + tax
Dates: Sunday June 2, 9,, 16, & 23 12:30-4 pm (WAITLIST ONLY)
Spinning is a wonderful experience! Classes will cover the history of spinning, hand spindles, moving onto the wheels; basics of fiber preparations, spinning, and plying. The first class will address the hand spindle, an ancient method carried to the present. Week two you will start the process of spinning on a wheel. Students will be assigned a different style of wheel each week. Next you will learn about fleece preparation (skirting, washing, carding, combing). We also cover exercises and stretching to prevent overuse injuries. Spindles and wheels will go home with students each week. IF YOU HAVE A WHEEL THAT YOU INTEND TO USE DURING CLASS, PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH LINDA TO VERIFY IT IS IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION AND APPROPRIATE FOR BEGINNERS. Student Supplies: Additional roving for experimenting. Instructor Supplies: handouts, 8 oz. fibers/ roving for class; plying yarn.
We are dealers for wheels from the following companies:
-Lendrum -Louet -Schacht
We are always happy to order any wheel for you and will service them free if purchased from us. Otherwise the service fees are $20/hour.
9.Spindle Spinning (hand spindle)
Instructor: Linda DeBlois Fee: $35 + tax
Date: Sunday August 11th 12:30 – 4 pm Mat. Fee: $10 + tax
Leaning to spin with a hand spindle (drop, top whorl, bottom whorl, support and Navajo) is a very ancient process (as in clothing or no clothing!). It is a wonderful fun process to be able to spin – you can carry a spindle anywhere and spin in your spare time. We will learn a brief history and about all types of spindles and their purposes. Worldwide hand spindles are still in use as the main means of fiber preparation. Come learn to be a part of this elite group of spinners. Spindles will be rented for use in the class and for one week. If you have a spindle, please feel free to bring it to class.