Some Information About Spinning ~~
Beginning Spinning is a 16 hour class, usually taught in 2 hour segments for 8 weeks ($160).
The object is to introduce new students to the techniques and equipment used in producing yarn.
We start with a discussion of types of fibers and what has to happen to make yarn of them. Students receive a collection of samples and are encouraged to create their own sample book for future reference.
The materials fee covers all samples, handouts, one large ball of practice fiber and a factory balanced drop spindle. Note taking and photographs are encouraged.
Due to the fact that the huge supply of roving and equipment for spinning is housed at Serendipity Farm’s studio,
this is where we usually teach spinning. There is simply no room for spinning at the other location.
Proper drafting techniques are best learned on a drop spindle before the spinner has to add feet to the process! Spinning IS a process and learning the details in proper sequence can save a lot of “unlearning”, later. (We do “rescue” and “rehab” classes, too!)
Like any other process, practice makes a better product, so students will need to do some practicing at home, between sessions.
This class will also involve discussions about types of spinning wheels and offer opportunities to “test drive” various spinning wheels. Preparing fiber to be spun, storage, plying, dyeing, spinning “designer yarns” and many other topics will help students produce the kind of yarn they want for knitting, weaving, crochet, etc.
Beginning spinners usually love the individual attention and lack of competition this class offers. However, if you know of 3 other people who want to take a spinning class with you and all of you are comfortable with that, we can arrange this class at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts or some other location closer to you. Please, do not bring a spinning wheel to the first session. You won’t have time to use it.
Refressher classes are available at the regular $10 per hour for more advanced students, also.