Sunday, 6 February 2011

Spinning in Italy - Lucca & Milan - April

Interest is mounting in the workshops we are planning for Lucca and Milan in April. There are still a few places available for all the workshops, but I am limiting the number of places to ensure that everyone has the best opportunity to learn. Full details are in the post two down, on this blog - with a link to dettagli in italiano.

In each city we are offering three workshops: Fibre Preparation, drop-spindle spinning and spinning wheel basics.

 In the Fibre prep workshops we will be starting with a fleece, just as it was shorn from the sheep, and learning how to sort the wool and prepare it for spinning. We are hoping to be able to use native Italian fleeces. We will also look at blending different colours of wool, and preparing some more exotic fibres.

Drop spindle spinning is a great way to learn the essential processes of spinning, whether you want to progress to a spinning wheel or continue to develop your skills using a spindle. Shetland combed tops (wool) will be provied for use in this and the spinning wheel workshop, or you can spin the fibre you have prepared yourself.

The spinning wheel basics workshop will cover the whole process of spinning a yarn on a wheel. We will be using scotch-tension wheels but other types will be discussed. If you have a wheel, bring it (and get a 15% discount!), wheels will be provided for use by those who dont already have one, but they will have to be shared.

We are offering an optional 'menu' of equipment which can be pre-ordered - you can then learn how to use your own equipment during the workshop and won't have to share.

 In Lucca we are being hosted by the lovely Lucca Centre for Contemporary Art, and in Milan by Paola della Pergola. There is a price difference because in Milan the Fibre Prep and Drop-spindle workshops will be longer, and also there is an additional charge towards the cost of the venue there.

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