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.


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.


This workshop was recorded exclusively for Lambtown festival. Students who registered before the festival were invited to attend a watch party with the instructor, in which the instructor answered live questions from students.  The recorded workshop and watch party videos are available for purchase now through the end of the year. Students have the opportunity to watch each video multiple times as they work through the techniques or simply soak up the expert advice.



Buyers will receive links to download their Digital products in the Thank You page of the Checkout, along with an emailed link.

Learn to Spin on a Wheel, or Refresh Your Skills - Recorded Workshop

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