Posted by: Leslie | January 20, 2011

Upcoming classes

We’ve finally found a real winter here in Ottawa, complete with snow-packed roads and -20 C temperatures. Although I enjoy the winter, I’m still looking forward to spring, including my next round of classes in Ottawa. I’ll be teaching at Wabi Sabi (such a wonderful class space), with my Beginning Drop Spindle class on March 12 and the Intermediate level two weeks later on March 26.

The beginner class is for people who’ve never spun their own yarn before. The drop spindle is an easy, affordable way to spin–much less expense than a wheel and much more portable, too. In this class, you’ll learn to spin and ply yarn on a spindle, working with both roving and top (the most common commercial fiber preparations). The cost of the class includes a spindle to take home, two types of wool, and an extensive booklet of notes.

The intermediate class is advertised as being for drop spindle, but wheel spinners are welcome as well. Sometimes people are intimidated by the word ‘intermediate,’ but there’s no need to be–if you can spin a continuous yarn, you can take this class. You’ll learn to spin woollen and worsted yarns, discover how different preparations and drafting techniques can affect the yarn you make, and try spinning batts, silk top, and raw angora or mohair. Again, all fibers are included in the cost of the class, as are detailed notes.

Interested in taking a class or have questions? Comment below!

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Responses

  1. Hey, I’ll be back in Ottawa by then, and I’d LOVE to learn to spin! Expect me to show up. MBWAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!

  2. I can highly recommend both classes–they got me started on my spinning journey, and Leslie, you’re a wonderful teacher!


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