Spindle Sharing with Abby Franquemont


Abby will share with you her favourite spindles, and talk about why she loves them! What does she have with her? Some of her favourites from life in the USA, and a range of wonderful ones from Peru — and some spindles she’s worked with a local woodworker in Peru to produce in the style of other spindles. You’ll be amazed by hearing what it’s like to get spindles made to order from a local tool-making woodworker in Peru during quarantine, and how people with a rich spindle culture react to spindles that are totally different. What’s more, Abby will show you principles of spinning physics using things you can find in quarantine.


Experience Level:

Ability to spin a consistent singles


Students Will Learn:

How to better handle the spindles that they have, and which styles they might want to add to their collections


Students Should Have: 

All your spindles, assorted fiber, sticks, dowels, or skewers, and plasticine clay


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 Abby on Sunday, September 27th, starting at 12pm 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:

Abby Franquemont, author of Respect the Spindle, finally realized her lifelong dream of returning to live in Peru, where she grew up spinning, weaving, and doing outrageous yarn tricks just like all the other kids in town. Confined by the pandemic to an ancient compound in the Inca sector of the town of Ollantaytambo, she spends her time spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, writing, developing online content, writing bios she hopes are entertaining, and daydreaming about when we'll all get to do things together again in person. 

Spindle Sharing