JC01 Spinning 101: Learn to Spin or Refresh Your Skills

with Maggie Casey

Spider Woman taught the Navajo to spin with spindles of lightning and turquoise. Gandhi encouraged the people of India to spin every day for meditation and economic freedom. Rumplestiltskin spun straw into gold and Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on her spindle and fell into a deep sleep. History and fable are full of tales of spinning and its effect on the people who do it. If you have always wanted to spin, have taught yourself a little, or haven’t spun for awhile, this workshop will be just what you need to gain confidence and skill. We will start with a beautiful fleece, learn to card, spin, ply and set the twist. Then we will spin woolen and worsted yarns, some commercially prepared fibers and discuss wheel maintenance. Spinning straw into gold may be beyond our reach, but beautiful yarn is not! Skill Level: No experience necessary. Students should bring: Spinning wheel and all its parts; lazy kate and at least 3 bobbins; wool hand cards.

About the instructor: Maggie Casey is co-owner of Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins in Boulder, Colorado. She has been addicted to spinning for more than 30 years. Some people have wine cellars, she has a fleece basement. She holds Part 1 of HGA’s COE in Handspinning. Maggie teaches spinning at Shuttles, SOAR, the Estes Park Wool Market, Maryland Sheep & Wool and guild programs around the country. She has been a Skein judge at the Taos Wool Festival, Estes Park Wool Market, Colorado State Fair and Convergence 2004. She is the author of Start Spinning, Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn, an Interweave Press book. Her DVDs include: Start Spinning, Getting Started on a Drop Spindle and Big and Lofty Yarns.

Time and Cost

Wednesday April 30, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the  Farm Heritage Museum with Maggie Casey
Thursday May 1, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the  Farm Heritage Museum with Maggie Casey

Event Cost: $200.00

2-day class

Materials fee paid at class: $15

Please note: This class is being held at the School House at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum (across from the Howard County Fairgrounds).


To register for this event, please print the 2014 Festival Registration Form, fill out your information, and return it to the Festival with your check.

2014 Festival Registration Form

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