This practical hands-on workshop provides an inexpensive and simple way of spinning fibers.
Up until the 15th century most yarn for all types of woven fabric, from ship sails to the fine linens of Egypt, was spun using a simple drop spindle. Many people from different cultures through the ages have used the drop spindle as a simple method for spinning a wide variety of fibers. In South America and other cultures this method is still being used in everyday life.
In this workshop you learn to spin with a traditional top-whorl drop spindle. We show you two different methods of preparation: combing the fleece with wool combs and carding with wool cards. You will spin with purchased roving (that is, prepared strands of fiber). You will begin to spin by learning how to “park and draft” your spindle and then proceed to “drop” your spindle. We then teach you to ply your yarn and make it into a skein.
At the end of the workshop you will take home a small skein of newly spun yarn and a hand-turned drop spindle.
Learning to spin on a traditional drop spindle teaches you drafting skills that you will use when spinning fiber on a conventional spinning wheel. This class is highly recommended before you learn to spin on a wheel.This is a half-day class from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.