Sunday, 7 September 2014

Workshops

A quick list of the currently available workshops I teach. I can also tailor a workshop to a group's specific requirements (in fact, that's how some of the ones below came into being). The maximum number of people differs according to the course, and how experienced the spinners are.



Handcarding and long draw spinning (self explanatory - you need to be an reasonably competent spinner with a well working wheel for this)


Spindle-spinning for beginners. No tools required - I will bring a basic spindle that you can buy from me if you'd like to at the end, various other spindle types to try, and lots of fibre.


What to do with a fleece! Wheel or spindles required, though this is good for near-beginners who haven’t perhaps gone beyond pre-prepared fibre)


Woollen and worsted - why and how (exploring which wools you’d use for which preparation, what the rules are and why you’d break them, and how the different yarns we can produce are used in different ways - spinners need to be able to produce a yarn without difficulty, and have a well-working wheel)


Spinning and Knitting with Beads (how to make a beaded yarn, how to make a yarn ideal to have beads strung on it, and what to do with the yarns when you’ve got them)


Twined knitting (this is a traditional Scandinavian technique, also known as Two-End Knitting. It produces a dense, slightly less elastic fabric ideal for hats, mitts, socks, and sleeves, and is perfect for embroidery and embellishment. You need to be a knitter who is confident working in the round)


I also do dyeing workshops - not a particular theme, I just turn up with dyes, clingfilm, huge vats for steaming, hot plates, and demonstrate before standing back and letting people play with dyes on their own yarns and wools, being ready to leap in with advice and/or rescue if required.