2 Day Class
Cotton and hemp are both cellulose fibers and they blend well together; this class will help you fall in love with these fibers for the first time, or all over again. You’ll learn to spin each separate and then to blend the two fibers, watching their love affair grow.
The first morning we will start off with hemp fiber and learn about the different preparations that are available on the market. Then we will learn how to spin each preparation to get the best results. I’ll cover the finishing and storage of the fiber too. While spinning the fiber I will give a basic, interesting history of hemp. You won’t spend any time bored in this class.
The afternoon we lead us to carding and blending both colored and mixed cotton/hemp fiber. You will learn the proper carding technique for blending short staple fiber like hemp, lint, and cotton lint. The blending will give you a good understanding of texture and color for making unique cellulose yarns. You’ll be making punis in no time and then you’re ready for spinning on your wheels. That afternoon we will discuss wheels and how to adjust your own wheel for these short fibers.
Day 2 is exciting too! With a supply of carded punis, we will go right into spinning unique yarns that will be one of a kind. First I’ll cover the basic techniques of spinning cotton and short staple fiber. Then we’ll move into cotton sliver and finally plying techniques and equipment. I’ll talk about the importance of balancing your yarn and then we’ll look and evaluate each skein and come up with a solution for correction if needed. We’ll talk about finishing, storage, and uses for the yarn, too. This is an exciting day as you will be going home with some unique and beautiful skeins of yarn and a new love for these short fibers.
Materials fee: $20
Level: must have basic spinning and plying skills. This is not a beginning spinning class.