This workshop with live watch party is full, but will be re-released as a recorded version after Lambtown Festival. Please add yourself to our mailing list to be notified when that option becomes available.


You Can't Tell a Braid by Its Color with Maggie Casey


Workshop Description: We fall in love with those beautiful hand dyed braids and then are sometimes surprised when the yarn doesn’t meet our expectations. We will look at the way braids are dyed and how that affects the colorplay. Then we will spin the braids and see how many different looks you can get from one roving.


Experience Level: Beginning spinning experience


Students Will Learn: Multiple ways to work with hand-dyed braids for different color effects.


Students Should Have: Spinning wheel with at least four bobbins, at least one multicolored braid.


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 3pm 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.

You Can't Tell a Braid by Its Color