Spinning, too?

Emily and I have long said that we just don’t have the room for spinning supplies. We’d love to carry them, but, hey, lookit all the yarn we have! We’ve been slowly amassing some fiber for “needle felting.” And then, one day, we accidentally ordered a few spindles. Not one, but TWO of our teachers proposed spinning classes, the first of which starts on Sunday. Tina enticed us with her insane fibers. Jeanne just so happened to have some Sliver Roving hanging out. And Lorajean dropped off more of her sweet little knots. Alex brought in these insanely gorgeous batts, and all of a sudden, bam! We are kind of a spinner’s shop. How in the heck did that happen, and how in the heck am I going to avoid this obsession? Particularly when the Blue Moon Merino/Yak kind of jumped on me, begging me to play with it, and Star, the brains behind the Tour de Fleece, offered to teach me. Oh, AND, my dad is working on perfecting the making of the drop spindle. Damn you, fiber arts!

Spinning Classes coming up – still room in both!

Spinning for Beginners
In this introduction to fiber alchemy, you will discover the magic of making your own yarn. We will mostly use spindles, starting with simple ones we’ll make ourselves from readily available materials, and
then exploring more refined commercially available options. During the last session, students will have a chance to try out a spinning wheel. Kids 8 and older are welcome to sign up with an adult. This class is
primarily for those with no prior experience or specialized tools, but wheel spinners who want to get acquainted with spindles are also welcome.
with Leila Wice
Sundays, Sep. 12, 19, Oct. 3, 10. 1:30-3:00pm.
Materials: $5 materials fee will get you started. If you don’t already have a drop spindle and roving, you will be instructed how to do this in your first session of class.
Skills learned: Hand spinning yarn.
Bonus: Sun. 9/26 is an optional field trip carpooling to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, OR

Introduction to Drop Spindle
Learn the basics of getting started with a drop spindle in this fast-paced workshop.
With Michelle Molis
Friday, Nov 19, 5 – 8pm
Materials: A drop spindle and roving.
Skills learned: Hand spinning yarn.