Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Beginners Spinning Workshops in Perthshire 6th & 7th August

Saturday and Sunday
6th & 7th August in Blackford Village Hall, Moray Street, Blackford, Perthshire PH4 1QF

These three workshops are designed to follow on from each other, but are also self-contained. You can chose to take one, two or all three. If you take two workshops you save £10, if you take all three you save £20. In addition if you can bring your own spinning wheel to the third workshop, please let me know and I will give an extra discount.

On Saturday 6th August there will be two workshops:
Fibre Preparation from 10 - 1 (£40)
We will start with a whole fleece, straight from the sheep, and learn how to sort the wool into different qualities, and how to prepare it by carding and combing for two different styles of spinning.

We will discuss why wool is so good to spin, the merits of spinning 'in the grease' or of washing the wool before spinning and how best to store it.  We will also take a look at some other types of fibre that are available to spinners and how they are prepared, and at ways of blending colours or fibres before spinning.

Drop-spindle spinning from 2 - 5 on Saturday 6th August (£40)
This workshop is for people who have little or no experience of spinning using a drop spindle. It gives a good foundation both for those who want to learn to spin using a spinning wheel, and those who intend to continue to develop their skills with a spindle.

A drop-spindle is an inexpensive and very portable tool which can be used to produce a huge variety of yarns.  With a spindle, we can slow the process of spinning right down so the learner can develop a good understanding of what needs to happen during the spinning process, and how to control it to produce goood quality yarns. This is directly transferable to spinning with a spinning wheel.
We will spin carded and combed wool - if you attended the morning workshop on Fibre Preparation you can spin the fibres that you have prepared yourself - and you can experiment with mixing colours. We will combine two hand-spun yarns to produce a 2-ply yarn, and discuss why and when it is appropriate to ply yarn as well as how to 'finish' your yarn. By the end of the workshop you should have a small skein of your own handspun yarn to take home.

On Sunday there will be an all-day workshop:
Spinning Wheel spinning - the Basics 10.30 - 4.30 Sunday 7th August (£70)
 (1 hour lunch break - I will book a table at the local hotel, not included in price)
This workshop is for people who have little or no experience of spinning using a spinning wheel. If you have learned the basics of spinning using a drop-spindle it will be an advantage, but it is not essential. 
You will be able to try at least two types of spinning wheel, and we will discuss the pros and cons of other types. If you already have a spinning wheel and can bring it with you please do - it is better to learn on the type of wheel you are going to be using afterwards, if possible.

To get started we will spin singles yarns, and then we will go on to combine them to produce a 2-ply yarn, and discuss why and when it is appropriate to ply yarn as well as how to 'finish' your yarn. We will look at how to measure the thickness and twist of your yarn and how to use it. By the end of the workshop you should have a small skein of your own handspun yarn to take home.



To book a place please e-mail me at deborah.gray7@btinternet.com
I will confirm your place on receipt of payment (PayPal preferred, or cheque).

Blackford Village Hall is 2 minutes off the A9 aproximately half-way between Perth and Stirling. I will book a table for lunch in the local hotel for those who want to eat together (not included in price).

If you are interested in the workshop but can't make these dates, or if you would like to know about more advanced workshops please let me know, so that I can tell you about future workshops.

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