Spinning Wheel Coach

Learn to spin your own yarns on a spinning wheel or spindle.

Beginning Spinning Class

3 Lessons, 2 1/2 hours each.

Tuition: $75 + $15 supply fee = $90   [There is a travel expense when I travel outside the Tri-Cities.  Check the Calendar for the amount for a specific class.]

Lesson 1: basic fiber preparation, short-draw technique.

Lesson 2: Plying and finishing your yarn.  Long-draw technique.

Lesson 3: Simple Designer yarns.  Two more drafting techniques for fibers other than wool.

You will need to bring 

  • a spinning wheel in good working order & 3 bobbins
  • hand cards
  • about 1 pound of wool roving; two or more colors make practice more interesting.
  • notebook and pen 
 
 

Cooking Up Yarns

For Intermediate spinners, those who can prepare a 2-ply yarn.

Two Lessons over 2 days. 5 hours each day, 10 hours total.

Tuition: $100 + $25 supply fee.  [There is a travel expense when I travel outside the Tri-Cities.  Check the Calendar for the amount for a specific class.]

Learn to follow a yarn recipe like those in Spin-Off Magazine .  Match your handspun yarn to a specific project you want to knit, crochet or weave.  Find out what all those whorls on your wheel can do for you.  Learn to control your yarn diameter, twist angle and twists-per-inch.

You will need to bring

  •  a working spinning wheel
  • 3 bobbins
  • a Lazy Kate
  • calculator
  • painter's masking tape
  • sample-size niddynoddy
  • pen
  • sack lunch
  • beverage with lid to prevent spills
  • optional: snacks to share

Spinning for a Project

For Intermediate spinners, those who can prepare a 2-ply yarn.

One-day class, 4 hours.

Tuition: $60 + $10 supply fee = $70.  [There is a travel expense when I travel outside the Tri-Cities. Check the Calendar for the amount for a specific class.]

Get the tools to design the best yarn for your project.  Explore your options with any given fiber.  Get our of your rut of auto-pilot yarns.  Know before you start how much yarn you'll need for your project.  Learn how to be sure how much yarn you have spun already.

You will need to bring

  • fiber you want to explore.  This is practice so don't bring the expensive stuff.  About 4 oz. of fine fiber or about 8 oz. of coarser fibers. 
  • a working spinning wheel
  • 3 bobbins
  • a Lazy Kate
  • painter's masking tape
  • sample-size niddynoddy
  • pen
  • calculator
  • sack lunch
  • beverage with lid to prevent spills
  • optional: snacks to share

Beginning Drop Spindle

2-day class, 2 1/2 hours each.

Tuition: $75 + $30 supply kit.  [There is a travel expense when I travel outside the Tri-Cities.  Check the Calendar for the amount for a specific class.]

Learn to spin a singles yarn, to make a 2-ply yarn, to finish your yarns.  We learn on wool and move to silk and alpaca.

The supply kit includes all you need to take the class plus class notes.

  • spindle
  • nostepinne
  • fibers
  • niddynoddy
  • more