April 28 & 29, Friday & Saturday – 2 Day Class
This class demystifies the what, why and how of sheep breeds with one the spinning communities leading authorities on spinning breeds. Why would a spinner want to spin Southdown? What is the best way to prepare a Longwool for spinning? Why is Merino such a fussy fiber?
Luxuriate in 15 different sheep breeds and learn how to choose the best breed for any project you have in mind. You’ll also learn the best preparation and spinning method for the type of yarn you want to make from the breed you choose.
We’ll start with an overview of sheep breeds and their 5 categories. Then you’ll get your hands wet learning to wash raw wool in several different ways. Next, you will try a variety of ways of processing that fleece… or choose to not process it at all. Which methods work best for which breed types? We’ll go over that too! It won’t be long and you’ll be spinning. We’ll get super technical and you’ll learn all the ins and outs of getting the best spin from your fleece.
Throughout our time together you will choose 2 or 3 breeds to really dig in and focus on and make several larger samples to take home and try out in a planned fabric, or bring a small loom or some knitting needles to make your sample in class. When you finish with this class you’ll never look at a fleece the same way again!
Students must be able to spin a continuous thread.
Materials fee $60
• Hand Cards
• Hand Held Combs (if you don’t have them a few will be available to lend)
• Spinning wheel in good working order or a spindle
• Three empty bobbins
• Lap cloth is useful for flicking