Phoebe Spinning on Westray

Saturday afternoon hand-spinning sessions

A Beginner’s Guide

Dates

The aim of the sessions is to introduce you to the craft of creating yarns from raw fibres.  We will begin with various types of wool, progressing over the months to plant and other animal fibres.

We will start with the ancient craft of finger-spinning, work on different types of drop-spindle and then later, practise on a spinning wheel.

We will also learn a little about the history and background of the production of textiles.

Each student will learn and progress at their own pace, and so need not attend every session; however, each session will include a different theme.

The themes covered will include:

  • Different types of wool and breeds of sheep;
  • Different types of drop-spindle;
  • Different types of spinning wheel;
  • Plant fibres;
  • Different animal fibres;
  • Fleece preparation
  • Carding
  • Terminology
  • Art and other yarns
  • The history of spinning yarn
  • The social history of spinning
  • Mills

 

On the first session each student will receive a pack of wool, a basic drop-spindle, a journal and relevant hand-outs; subsequent sessions will include a pack of fibre, depending on the theme of the day and/or the progress of the student.

 

The sessions will run on Saturdays from 1 till 5pm

Maximum number of students 4

Aged 16 or over

Price £45 per person inc. refreshments

The first session includes:

                1 pack of wool

                1 basic drop-spindle

                1 student diary

                Hand-outs