Learn to Spin on a Wheel, or Refresh Your Spinning with Maggie Casey


Workshop Description:

If you have always wanted to spin, have taught yourself a little, or haven’t spun for a while, this workshop will be just what you need to gain confidence and skill. First, we’ll look at wheels, talk about how they work, how to adjust them and how to keep them running smoothly. Fleece comes next, we’ll discuss what makes a good beginners’ fleece and how to wash it and prepare it for spinning.Then it is time to spin. Spinning takes some practice, but there are some tips to make it easier. We will cover how to ply and why and then how to finish a skein of yarn. Next we’ll look at the difference between woolen and worsted yarns, how you make them and why. And of course, we’ll talk about roving, top, batts and rolags. Spinning straw into gold may be beyond our reach, but beautiful yarn is not!


Experience Level:

No experience necessary


Students Will Learn:

Anatomy of spinning wheels, how to use them to create yarn, and how to use handcards to create rolags.


Students Should Have:

Spinning wheel with lazy kate and 3 bobbins, hand cards, 8 ounces of a Corriedale or other medium wool fleece or roving, 8 ounces combed top. Please no Merino wool.


Workshop Cost:

Pay What You Can: $25, $34, or $50. It’s been a tough year financially for all of us, and we really wish that we could offer these workshops for free. However, it’s also been a tough year for instructors who make their living by traveling the world to teach. This year’s workshop pricing is a three-tier PWYC, or Pay What You Can. This pricing model allows us to set a modest break-even point and to split the profits with the instructors beyond that. In honor of this being the 34th annual Lambtown Festival, the default price for each workshop is $34. The additional tiers are $50 and $25; we hope that those of you who can afford to pay more will do so, and that offering a lower tier makes Lambtown Festival Workshops more affordable and inclusive in this difficult year. *Please note: We will not disclose which tier any student chooses and all students will be treated equally by Lambtown Festival and our instructors.


Workshop Details: 

This workshop will be pre-recorded and students can attend a live watch party with Maggie on Sunday, September 27th, starting at 9am Pacific. The workshop video will be available for students to re-watch at their convenience through the end of the year, with the opportunity to watch multiple times as you work through the techniques or simply soak up the expert advice. Students will get a chance to ask the instructor questions during a live watch party the weekend before Lambtown Festival, or by emailing questions to be incorporated into a FAQ sent to all students after the festival ends.


Registered students will receive a link to the watch party and the workshop video closer to the event date, and are asked to respect the instructor's work by not sharing their login credentials to allow friends to access the video.


Instructor Bio:

Maggie Casey was co-owner of Shuttles Spindles & Skeins in Boulder, Colorado until it closed this spring. Maggie has been addicted to spinning for more than 30 years; some people have wine cellars, she has a fleece basement. She holds Part 1 of HGA’s COE in Handspinning. Maggie teaches spinning at Estes Park Wool Market, Maryland Sheep & Wool, Harrisville Designs, John C Campbell Folk School, Yarn Fest, PlyAway and guild programs around the country. 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 Start Spinning, Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn, an Interweave Press book. She also has several Long Thread downloads.


Learn to Spin on a Wheel, or Refresh Your Skills