Introduction to Spinning with Donna Kay

Type: Learn

Introduction to Spinning
Donna Kay 
June 26 – 28  (Wed – Fri) 


They say spinning is the most therapeutic of the fiber arts and Donna has a great way of making it look very Zen. Learn her techniques as you spin beautiful fleece into the yarns you’ve always dreamed of! This workshop is for the spinner who wants to learn how to take fleece and turn it into a finished yarn to knit or weave with. Starting with washed fleece from several types of sheep we will explore their characteristics and discover which preparation and spinning methods give you the yarn that best suits your purpose. Preparation methods will include handcards, flick carders combs and a drumcarder. At the wheel you will try different drafting and plying methods so that you will have several samples of yarn to compare. Donna will discuss choosing and buying fleeces, washing methods, skirting and sorting. Feel free to bring knitting needles or a sample loom (or borrow one from Harrisville Designs) to try out your samples! 


Beginner class

Materials Required: Spinning wheel in good working order*, extra bobbins, niddy-noddy, lazy kate, pencils, scissors, small notebook. Please bring any combs or handcards that you may own, Donna will have some to share. 

*Please let us know in advance if you are interested in renting a spinning wheel.


About the Instructor


Donna Kay is from Barrington, New Hampshire and has been teaching knitting and designing knitting patterns for over twenty-five years. She is also an accomplished handspinner. ‘Folk’ knitting is her passion and she delights in sharing her knowledge with others through her teaching and designs. Donna’s designs have frequently appeared in popular knitting magazines such as Interweave Knits, as well as in the books, Christmas Stockings and Knitter’s Stash. In order to further promote the art of traditional handknitting, she started her own company, Tree of Life Designs


Please call 1(603) 827-3996 for more information or to sign up for the class. 

We highly recommend staying in our Cheshire Mills Boarding house while taking a class. The Cheshire Mills Boarding House is inexpensive, and only a quick walk to the studio and shop! Learn more.