Beginning Wheel Spinning Description: Do you ever wonder how the yarn is made? Twist the fibers and you will make yarn. Guaranteed! Learn the basics of a spinning wheel, (double treadle Lendrum spinning wheels will be provided for you in class), Learn how to draft the fibers and allow the twisted fibers to slide through your fingers onto the spool. Learn how to change spools, spin more fiber onto a second spool and then ply the two spools of singles together. You will make yarn right before your eyes. You will learn how to measure your finished yarn on a Niddy Noddy. Take home your first homespun skein of yarn and enjoy. All you need to bring is patience and a smile.
Cost: $75-3/4 hours
Number of hours: 3-4 hours
Level of experience: none
Materials Provided by Instructor: a total of two ounces of fiber, Spinning Diploma, paper handout, use of Lendrum wheel and a surprise gift
Materials Provided by Student: none
Homework: after the class, or at the very end, depending on a three-hour class or four hours. ‘Setting the twist’ in a warm bowl of water. This will be explained in class and in the handout.
Experience: Julie Wilson has been spinning fiber into yarn since 1990, teaching at NYSW 2010-2016, Teaching at SAFF since 1993, teaching at Haywood Community College since 2012, Carolina Fiber Festival and Blue Ridge Fiber Fair.
Julie and her family own a farm in Fines Creek, NC. In 1990, two sheep came to the Wilson family. Since then, Jehovah Raah Farm (FB), has grown to raise Shetland sheep, Alpacas, Llamas, Angora Goats, Rabbits, and Scottish Highland Cattle. They have a cottage on the farm, called ‘The Shepherd’s Croft, available for folks to experience ‘real’ farm life. Julie has been spinning since 1990 and has retired from 30 years of teaching high school Special Education. She has taught Beginning Spinning at SAFF and she has been with NYSW since 2010. Julie will drop everything and meet anyone anywhere to teach them to spin! Julie is a Lendrum Spinning Wheel dealer.