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Around the World in Wool: A Hands-on Breed Study

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


One of the joys of spinning is being able to spin with intention so that the yarn you make is the yarn you want. Color, spinning style and a number of plies are, of course, important elements. However, the type of wool you start with makes a big difference. Some fibers are so soft that they’re perfect for next-to-the-skin projects such as cowls. Others have the durability to hold up to the wear required for work mittens. Some breeds have several natural colors to choose from, others only one. Some fibers work best as lofty woolen-spun yarn, others lend themselves readily to worsted-spun yarn.

In this class, we will explore the differences between wool from different sheep breeds. We will spin sample yarns from a range of fibers, both long and short, crimped and straight, white and non-white. In addition to the spinning fibers provided for students, there will be a selection of fibers from different breeds in both prepared roving and washed but unprocessed locks for you to see and feel.

Students will receive 8 different fiber samples, 1/2 ounce of each. We’ll talk about them all, and aim to spin at least four of them in class (how much each student spins will depend on individual spinning speeds, the thickness of yarn spun, and choices regarding plying.) We will be spinning singles, with an option to create a center-pull ball and ply from the ball or chain ply for a three-ply yarn. can leave with completed yarn samples. If you prefer, you can spin singles and leave them on your bobbin(s) or wind them off.

Instructed by Kendra Millis
$75 includes materials



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