Class Description: So now you know how to spin wool. What’s the next step? Explore different breeds of sheep: Merino, Cotswald, Jacob, Liecester Longwool, Teeswater, to name a few. Should one spin ‘in the grease’ or washed? Carded or straight from the locks? Feel and spin Huacaya and Suri Alpaca. How long of a staple does silk have? What is a brick, a hankie, or a cap of silk? How long is the staple of cotton? What is spinning ‘on the fold’ or ‘long draw’? How soft is Angora rabbit anyway? What is ‘Blooming’? How do I spin the mohair to make that gorgeous novelty, curly yarn? Can I spin dog hair? You won’t have to search the internet for all different animal breeders/ or walk around the festival finding different animals. You will have over 20 different samples. Each ‘take home’ box will have labeled baggies of fiber samples along with pen and index card for you to write down notes and observations. Lendrum Spinning Wheels will be provided for you to use or you may bring your own wheel. This is an explorative class of different fibers that will enable you to further research the fibers of your choice later in your spinning career!
Date and Time: call Julie Wilson 828-779-0397
Materials fee:$25, take home box of over 25 different fibers, in ziplock bags with index cards and pen for notes
Number of hours: 4
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.