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From Fleece to Fibre: Two Day Beginner’s Course in Hand Spinning  £165.00 

Enjoy a fun packed week-end learning the absorbing art of hand spinning. Start out  learning about fleece selection, purchase and preparation. Move on to carding on a drum carder and then start to spin on drop spindle. Having mastered drafting on the drop spindle progress to a wheel. Look at setting up a wheel and the principles of tension. Turn your prepared batts into spun singles. Learn the principles behind plying. Create and finish your own skein of hand spun fibre. All materials and use of equipment included. Two day course.  9 hours tuition. 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and 10 am to 3.00 pm Sunday.  Maximum 3 people. Rural location. Use of a car essential.

You might chose to stay in our self-catering traditional Lake District Farmhouse www.ellerhowcottage.co.uk  SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. Please ask for details when booking your course.

Basic Beginner’s Course in Hand Spinning (9:30 - 4:30) £90.00

Everything you need to know to get started with hand spinning. From initial choice of fibres to the finished skein this course covers all essential aspects of hand spinning. Start on a drop spindle and progress to a wheel. Go home with your own hand spun skein. All materials and use of equipment included. Maximum 3 people. One day. 9:30 - 4:30. Rural location. Use of a car essential.

Fibre Preparation for Hand Spinners (10:00 - 3:00)  £50.00

For those who know how to spin but need help to process a raw fleece to something spinable. Especially helpful for small-holders who aim to process quantities of fleece. This one day workshop covers raw fleece selection, skirting and grading, hot washing, cold washing, picking, and carding using a drum carder (NOT hand carders). Students have an opportunity to discover all the latest equipment including a picker, an electric drum carder, and a manual drum carder. The workshop runs from 10am – 3pm with a break for lunch. Bring your own fleece, a couple of large old towels and a packed lunch. Rural location. Use of a car essential.

Warp up and Weave: Two Day Beginner’s Introduction to Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom  £165.00 

Two-day course for beginner weavers based on Kromski and Ashford rigid heddle looms. Most weaving courses assume you can already warp your loom, or, in order to save time, the tutor does it for you in advance. This course is for those who have a rigid heddle loom but can’t fathom how to warp it up and get weaving. During the course you will learn how to plan your project, work out how much yarn you are going to need, make decisions about yarn weight and heddle size, warp your own loom and finally get into the joy of weaving. Bring your own Rigid Heddle Table Loom and choice of yarns. Please discuss your yarn choice with the tutor in advance.

 Two day course.  9 hours tuition. 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and 10 am to 3.00 pm Sunday.  Maximum 2 people. Rural location. Use of a car essential. Delivered on demand. Please contact to discuss dates. 

You might choose to stay in our self-catering traditional Lake District Farmhouse www.ellerhowcottage.co.uk  SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. Please ask for details when booking your course.

Private Tuition

One to one tuition for nervous beginners and those who can already spin or are self taught and want to work on specific aspects of technique. The fee is £40.00 for two hours. Bring your own wheel or use one of mine. Fibre charged at cost or bring your own. Sort out your glitches. Spin outside you comfort zone. Dates to suit. Rural location. Use of a car essential.

 

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Next available courses

Sept 27  Fibre Preparation for Hand Spinners FULL

OCT 10/11  Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners   FULL

OCT 25  Fibre Preparation for Hand Spinners  FULL

NOV 7/8  Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners   FULL

DEC 13  Basic Beginners Course in Hand Spinning  FULL

JAN 9/10 Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners 2 spaces

JAN 23/24  Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners   FULL

FEB 13/14 Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners   1 space

FEB 28 Fibre Preparation for Hand Spinners 2 spaces

MAR 13/14  Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners   3 spaces

MAR 28  Basic Beginners Course in Hand Spinning  3 spaces

APR 10/11 Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners   3 spaces

MAY 15/16 Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners   3  spaces

Refreshments

Coffee and a choice of teas are provided throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Special Needs

The spinning courses require a certain level of dexterity in the hands and feet. Please let me know in advance if you have any concerns.

 

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