Spinning on a Wheel - Introduction to Spinning 101 with Michael del Vecchio (two classes 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Saturday, November 11th).
Spinning on a wheel is a wonderful skill - it's incredibly relaxing and allows knitters, crocheters, and weavers alike to create the ideal yarn for their projects. During this three-hour class, you'll explore the ins and outs of spinning on a Schacht Ladybug and a Schacht Sidekick (wheels will be provided) with Michael del Vecchio. You'll learn how to prepare fiber for spinning, how to draft and spin a consistent single, how to fix mistakes, and the basics of constructing a 2-ply yarn. You'll learn about the mechanics of the wheel - how it works, and how your feet and hands combine to create yarn. We'll explore together different kinds of fiber, how they're packaged for sale, and how to look for quality fiber from your suppliers. Most of all, you'll leave this class with everything you need to know to spin on your own at home and develop a life-long love of this art.
To help you make the most of your first experience spinning on a wheel, classes are limited to 3 students. $95 tuition includes wheel rental. Materials required for class: 100 grams BFL fiber to be purchased at Dirt Woman Fiber Arts. Contact us to register by 5 p.m. November 7th. We hope you'll leave this class with everything you need to know to spin on your own at home and develop a life-long love of this timeless art!
Spinning 201 - Next Steps in Spinning with Michael del Vecchio (2-5 p.m. Saturday, September 23rd).
OK, so you've figured out the mystery of how the treadles work. You've practiced your drafting. And you've begun to build a fiber stash. What now? It's time for Spinning 201 to perfect your technique with Michael del Vecchio!
We'll start by taking an in-depth look at fiber preparations and variations to refine your drafting techniques, then go on to learn new ways to create two and three ply yarns. We'll finish by looking at how to determine how much yarn you've spun and how to prepare it for knitting, crocheting, and weaving.
Wheel rentals are available for the class (and for the two week period following the class). If you plan to bring your own wheel, please ensure that it is in good operating condition.
$75 tuition plus materials. Pregistration required. We look forward to seeing you in Spinning 201!
Prerequisites: Students must be familiar with the anatomy of a spinning wheel and be able to consistently spin a single.
Materials Required: 100 grams of BFL fiber to be purchased at Dirt Woman Fiber Arts. Bring to class a minimum of 10 grams of spun wool, spun to a relatively fine gauge that doesn't easily break or snap, at least one empty bobbin, and your spinning wheel (or rent a wheel from us). Feel free to bring bobbins spun with more wool on them.