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Cartmel Hand Spinning School


Cartmel Hand-spinning School was set up in 2013 by spinner, weaver and textile artist Elaine Ware. It started small and grew. Today, in 2024, over 600 people from around the globe have learned the ancient craft of hand spinning here at Cartmel Handspun. 


We believe our ‘school’ for spinning, (and now weaving), is unique. The focus is on in depth learning in a dedicated well equipped environment with an optimum opportunity for personal tuition. The aim is to positively nurture the current revival of interest in all things woolly. 


Wool is a sustainable and renewable source of fibre for clothing, blankets, carpets, and more,  with a history stretching back for millennia.  


Hand spinning courses run throughout the year. Most course groups are small to provide maximum one-to-one attention. 


Elaine Ware learned to spin over 60 years ago whilst at primary school. Since Cartmel Handspun began, students of all ages and from all walks of life have come from across the UK, Europe, Asia, Scandinavia, and the Americas to the English Lake District to learn to spin. 

The Sarah Hardie Bursary

The bursary was set up in memory of a former student who sadly died in 2023 aged 28. Sarah was passionate about spinning and bequeathed all her spinning kit to Cartmel Handspun for use by other beginner spinners. 

The Sarah Hardie Bursary is a one off discretionary award of up to the value of 65% of course fees.  If you are experiencing financial hardship, in receipt of means tested individual benefits or aged 18 - 25 you can apply by emailing a request for an application form. Proof of status will be required. 

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