8. Spinning Refresher
Instructor: Meg McKenney Fee: $10 + tax
Section A: September 19th 3-5 pm Section B: September 19th 6-8 pm Section C: September 26th 3-5 pm Section D: September 26th 6-8 pm
In order to gear up for TNNA’s new event, SPINZILLA, October 7-13, this time will be spent get spinners ready to spin yardage for the event. Even if you are not participating, you can come and brush up you skills. Bring your wheel and we will make sure it is adjusted and spin. We will talk about how to wind off what you have spun so you can keep on spinning! Read more about it at www.spinzilla.org. Student Supplies: Your spinning wheel; fiber
9. Spindle Spinning
Instructor: Linda DeBlois Fee: $35 + tax Material Fee: $10 + tax
Date: Thursday, October 17th 12:30-4 pm
Learning 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 process to be able to do – you can carry a spindle anywhere and spin in your spare time. We will learn a brief history of fibers and about all types of spindles and their purposes. Worldwide hand spindles are still in use a s 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 the following week. If you have a spindle, please feel free to bring it to class. Instructor supplies: handouts, fibers for spinning.
10. I Have A New Fleece—now what do I do with it?!
Instructor: Linda DeBlois Fee: $75 + tax
Date: Sunday November 10 & 17 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).
11. Beginning Spinning (Wheel)
Instructor: Linda DeBlois Fee: $95 + tax
Wheel Rental: $20 + tax Mat Fee: $15 + tax
Dates: Sunday January 12, 19, 26 & Feb 2nd 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.