Instructor: Heather DeLaPeña
Cost: Members-$30 Non-Members $35
Thursday Morning 10:00-12:00am
About this Workshop:
Ever wanted to spin your very own yarn? Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to learn the wily ways of the ancient drop spindle. Drop Spindles have been in use since before recorded history. For at least 10,000 years humans have been spinning fibers into useful yarn. Now is your chance to experience this ancient art and learn make your own customized yarns!
This workshop is open to people of all ages. In this two hour workshop we will briefly discuss some different spindles from different areas of the world, and the best fiber pairings and applications of each. We will discuss some different fiber preparation tools and methods and the effects you will see in your finished yarn, depending on the choices you make in your tools, fiber, and prep.
We will then get out the spindles and you will be guided through demonstration and hands-on practice to make your own yarn using the park and draft method.
For the last portion of the workshop, we will briefly discuss plying and finishing techniques for your yarn.
Participants will receive their own drop spindle to keep and enough roving to create a standard 7oz. skein of yarn.
Note: After workshop there will be monthly spinning sessions at the Dairy Barn every final Thursday from 10-11 beginning January 24th.
We invite participants with children to bring them to this day time workshop. Children as young as 5 can participate in this workshop and parents with infants who want to wear their baby and nurse in class are also welcome. A registration is needed based on materials, not participants. So if only the child will be making yarn and the parent will just help, only one registration fee is needed. We ask that people use their own judgment about bringing their children under 5 to class. If they feel their child would be content with her or his own activity and not disrupt class, we encourage children to accompany their parents. However, the Dairy Barn is not responsible for children of participants. Children must be in the same room with their parent at all times. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather has called Athens home since 2006. She was a 4th grade teacher before becoming a full time mom and fiber artist. She loves spinning yarn and has been teaching others to spin since 2010. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook as awildharefiberarts and at www.awildharefiberarts.com.