From Fleece to Fibre: Two Day Beginner’s Course in Hand Spinning  £195.00

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.  10 hours tuition. 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and 10 am to 3.00 pm Sunday. Maximum 3 persons. Rural location. Use of a car essential.

Basic Beginner’s Course in Hand Spinning (9:30 - 4:30) £105.00

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 persons. One day. 9:30 - 4:30. Rural location. Use of a car essential.


Fleece Preparation for Hand Spinners (10:00 - 3:00)  £85.00

For those who want to learn how to add value to raw fleece. Especially helpful for farmers and small-holders and those who aim to process their own fleece either for personal use or to sell on. 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 work on the latest equipment including a heavy duty picker, and an electric jumbo drum carder. The workshop runs from 10am – 3pm with a break for lunch. (4 hours). Maximum two persons. Bring your own fleece, a couple of large old towels and a packed lunch. Rural location. Use of a car essential.

Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom (2 days) £175.00

Hand spinners  and knitters, are you wondering what to do next with your stash of skeins? Explore the wonderful world of weaving and discover the joy of working your hand spun into something unique and beautiful. This two day taster week-end weaving course is designed especially for hand spinners and knitters. Bring along your own  yarn - hand-spun or other. Looms are provided – or bring your own if you want to. This course is based on using a rigid heddle table loom and covers design and materials, sizing your warp, warping up a loom, weaving with hand spun, finishing techniques, fulling.

You can use all hand spun yarn or combine it with commercially produced yarn to weave table mats, coasters, a runner, scarf, wall hanging, or journal cover. The course runs from 10 - 4.00 over two days. Maximum of 3 persons. April 2 - 3  2022. Rural location. Use of a car essential. 

Private Tuition

One to one tuition for complete beginners to those who can already spin or are self taught and want to work on specific aspects of technique. Help for those with spinning  confidence issues. The fee is £65.00 for two hours. Bring your own wheel or use one of mine. Fibre charged at cost or bring your own. Sort out your glitches. Dates to suit. Rural location. Use of a car essential.


To book email: cartmelhandspun@live.co.uk

call 015395 33443

or text 07788268220

Next available courses

May 21/22 Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners  FULL

June 12  Fleece Preparation for Hand Spinners  2 spaces

June 18/19 Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners  FULL

JULY 3   Basic Beginners Course in Hand Spinning  FULL

JULY 16/17 Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners  FULL

SEPT 4  Basic Beginners Course in Hand Spinning  FULL

OCT 1/2 Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners  1 space

OCT 15/16 Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners  1 space

NOV 5/6  Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners 1 space

NOV 26/27 Two Day Fleece to Fibre Beginners 3 spaces


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. 

Terms and Conditions of Booking

Payment for a workshop is due in full at time of booking.


To claim a refund any cancellation by the client must be made in writing. We can no longer make an exception for Covid related absence.  In the event of cancellation, we will refund a percentage of the total workshop price. This amount will depend on the days of notice prior to the actual workshop date and are as follows:-


       Full refund given 8 weeks before course date

       50% refund 4 weeks before course date

      No refund under 4 weeks before course date


We will confirm our acceptance of your booking in writing (by email) on receipt of your payment; our confirmation activates the contract between us.


Cartmel Handspun reserves the right to alter or cancel any workshop. Should an alteration or cancellation become necessary, you will have the choice of accepting the change, taking an alternative workshop (and where this is of a lower price we will refund the difference), or withdrawing from the contract and accepting a refund.


If we have to cancel the workshop due to under-booking, which is the situation where the minimum number of bookings required to run a workshop is not met, we will not do so less than three days prior to the workshop. (Please take this into consideration when booking your accommodation.)


In the event of unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, such as disease, fire, flood or adverse weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop up to and including the start date.


In the event of the specified tutor being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, another tutor will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be rescheduled and the provisions of clause 5 will come into effect.


We reserve the right to change any of the prices, service or other particulars contained on our website, external websites or brochures at any time before we enter into contract with you. If there is any change, we will notify you before we enter into such contract.


The types of workshop we offer require flexibility and must allow for alternatives. For this reason the outline itinerary and workshop description must be taken as an indication of what may actually take place on the workshop, and not as a contractual obligation on the part of Cartmel Handspun.

The workshop are designed at a level appropriate for persons over the age of sixteen. The tutor(s) are not qualified or insured for teaching children under 16.


By reserving a place on the workshop with your payment, you are agreeing to accept all the above conditions. The person who makes the booking does so on, behalf of all the individuals included, and all are bound by the booking conditions.


Learning to spin at Cartmel Handspun
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