Workshops

From Fleece to Yarn

 

A full day course at my home in rural Caerphilly where I will explain and demonstrate, step by step, how to transform raw fleece to finished yarn that you can knit with.  


Students will learn how to wash, card and spin fleece using hand carders, a drum carder, drop spindle, electric mini-spinner and a variety of spinning wheels.


No experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Anyone who already owns carding and spinning equipment may bring this along if they would like to find out more about using them.  


At the end of this workshop, you will take home a mini-skein of plied yarn, a detailed, illustrated handout, along with ideas of how to use your hand spun yarn and the inspiration you need to continue learning and practising at home.  


This course is suitable for complete beginners, those who have had a try at spinning fibre but struggled getting going or those who just want a bit more guided practice and access to tips and tricks.  


What’s included?


  • All the materials you need for the workshop are provided. This includes a selection of washed fleece from several breeds of sheep and alpaca for you to experiment with, plenty of commercially prepared roving, and top in natural and dyed shades. 
  • Use of drum carders, hand carders, drop spindles, spinning wheels and electric mini-spinner. 
  • Tea/Coffee and cake.
  •  Free Parking. 
  • Accessible facilities. 
  • Detailed, illustrated hand-out.


What you need to bring:

  • A packed lunch
  • An apron 
  • If you have your own equipment and materials that you would like to make use of, feel free to bring them along. 

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From Fleece to Yarn

From Fleece to Yarn - Dates to be announced after Covid-19

£60.00
Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

After paying please complete and return the booking form.  This is especially important as the only way I have to contact you is via the email address you use with Paypal.  If you do not access this email address you will not recieve important information about your workshop.  Thank you. 

Hand Spinning - Next Steps

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This 4 hour course is a follow on to the full day Beginners' Workshop and is also suitable for spinners who have been learning at home without having had any formal tuition.  


It focusses on tips and tricks for using a spinning wheel, pre-preparing the fibre, joining on new fibre, controlling thickness and adjusting tension using the braking system. We will also learn a new plying technique and have plenty of time for general practice of your emerging spinning skills.


What's included in the price?

  • All the materials for the workshop are provided including fibre (a selection of commercially prepared roving, and top in natural and dyed shades) use of drop spindles, spinning wheels and electric mini-spinner.
  • Tea/Coffee and cake.
  • Free Parking
  • Accessible facilities.
  • Tips and Tricks Handout


What you need to bring:

  • An apron 
  • If you have your own equipment and materials that you would like to make use of, feel free to bring them along.  



This course is run on a demand basis.  Please contact me to arrange a suitable date. A minimum of 2 learners per course are required and we reserve the right to cancel should this minimum not be met. 

Hand Spinning - Next Steps

Flexible Dates

£45.00
Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

After paying please complete and return the booking form.  This is especially important as the only way I have to contact you is via the email address you use with Paypal.  If you do not access this email address you will not recieve important information about your workshop.  Thank you.