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Spinning Workshop: Spinning Woolen Style
May 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm$30
Instructor: Melissa Mills
Registration Deadline: Friday, May 24 5:00pm
Time: Saturday Afternoon from 1pm to 4pm
Date: May 25
Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Traditionally there were two kinds of spinning styles (and yarns) in the western spinning tradition: worsted and woolen. Worsted refers to yarns spun from parallel fibers that have been combed (not carded) to remove shorter bits and spun with a short draw to keep the fibers in their parallel alignment. Woolen yarns are spun from carded fibers in a more airy, random arrangement.
Traditionally, woolen yarns are spun with a long draw from hand-carded rolags, little puffy rolls of fibers. Yarn spun in the woolen style can be made from wool or a blend of other animal or plant fibers. “Woolen” here refers to the fiber prep and spinning style—not the fiber content of the yarn. Woolen-spun yarns are generally characterized as elastic, light, soft, lofty, fuzzy, and warm, though perhaps less durable than worsted-spun yarns.
This course will cover exercises for several woolen drafting methods while building muscle memory and confidence to tackle the true long draw. Please, bring your favorite wheel to travel with for this three hour course, as well as any woolen prepped fiber you might have available (approximately 2-4 ounces of either rolags or batts). Limited fiber will be made available for the course. Feel free to bring any other items necessary for your specific wheel.
Enrollment: Class is limited to 4 people unless approved by the instructor. Enrollment must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the first class to ensure there is a space for you. You can sign up in the store, online, or by phone (817)731-5044.
If you need to cancel your class registration, you will be issued store credit for the class amount if you give us a week or more notice. If given less than a week and we can fill your spot in the knitting class, you will be issued store credit for the class amount.
If there are less than 2 students in a class, the class may be cancelled one day prior and store credit will be issued for the class fee.
Missed single classes cannot be made up or credited towards a future class.