Tuesday evenings, 7 - 9 p.m., September 11 - October 16, 2007, at Esoterica in historic downtown Leesburg, VA.

Finally, we have a convenient location for a group class!

Learn the basics of handspinning wool yarns using hand spindles and spinning wheels. The 6 week series will provide a hands-on introduction to handspinning techniques, fiber characteristics, and the basics of fiber preparation. Students will make a basic hand spindle (yours to keep) and use instructor-provided spinning wheels in class. Spindle materials, fiber for class practice and “homework” are included. Additional fiber and gorgeous hand-turned drop spindles by Bill Hardy will be available for purchase at Esoterica.

Full course registration is $80, or $15 per class for drop-in students.

Register through Esoterica via web or phone.

Class Syllabus:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 – Intro to Handspinning: Basics of yarn and how spinning works, basic spinning terminology, make personal hand spindle, and “give it a whorl.”

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 –Woolen vs. worsted yarns: fiber preparation methods and drafting techniques. Drafting and controlling twist. More hands-on spinning.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 – Types of hand spindles, selecting hand spindles for specific yarns. Hands-on spinning.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 – Wheel basics. Wheel types, anatomy of a spinning wheel, hands-on introduction to spinning on a wheel. More hands-on spinning with hand spindle.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007 – To ply or not to ply, “S” and “Z” twist. Plying. Hands-on spinning with wheel and hand spindles.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 – Fiber selection and preparation. Intro to exotic fibers. More wheel spinning and hand spindle spinning.

May I help you?

If you are convenient to northern Virginia, and are interested in instruction in spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, bobbin lace making, or any of the other fiber arts you see on this site, please inquire. I teach adults and children, individually or in groups.

Although most of the images of me on this site show me in "funny clothes," I do occasionally manage to look like a somewhat respectable modern day type; and no, you don't have to "dress up" for class.