Learn to Spin or Refresh Skills
Date: August 7-11 (Mon-Fri)
Instructor: Maggie Casey
Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on her spindle and fell into a deep sleep. History and fable are full of tales of spinning and its effect on the people who did it. If you have always wanted to spin, have taught yourself a little, or haven’t spun for awhile, this workshop will be just what you need to gain confidence and skill. We will start with a beautiful fleece, learn to card, spin, ply and set the twist. Then we will spin woolen and worsted yarns, some are commercially prepared fibers. A discussion of wheel maintenance will occur. Spinning straw into gold may be beyond our reach, but beautiful yarn is not!
The second part of the class will focus more on spinning yarns of different sizes, from fine and lacey to big and lofty? How about yarns that are smooth and strong or light and fluffy. You can - it just takes a little practice, some wheel tweaking and the appropriate fiber preparation! Then we will create our own “handpainted” skeins from solid colored roving. We don’t need a dyepot, just different spinning and plying techniques to create the colorful yarn of your dreams.
About the Instructor
Maggie Casey is from Boulder, Colorado. She has been addicted to spinning for more than 30 years. She holds Part 1 of the Handweavers Guild of America’s Certificate of Excellence in Hand spinning. Maggie teaches spinning at Shuttles, SOAR, the Estes Park Wool Market and local guild programs. She has been a Skein judge at the Taos Wool Festival, Estes Park Wool Market, Colorado State Fair and Convergence 2004. She is the author of the book, Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn (Interweave Press). Her DVDs include: Start Spinning, Getting Started on a Drop Spindle, and Big and Lofty Yarns.