Prepping spinning fibers is sometimes a very daunting task, one that some spinners avoid. There is no feeling like taking your project from start to finish, by preparing your own fleece. If you are curious about working with raw fleece, this event is for you. The class will be led by local fiber artist, Denise Williams.
Each student will be supplied with 4 oz of raw and 2 oz of washed Cheviot fleece. We will discuss in depth the breed characteristics of the fleece and how it affects usage, to better understand how to choose fleeces for specific projects. Then we will learn to determine whether a fleece is suitable for spinning, skirting, grading and sorting the fibers where necessary. The instructor will demonstrate two methods of washing and drying. Afterwards we will use the clean fiber to briefly demonstrate various fiber preparations, and spin with our prepared fiber. If time permits, there will be a sit and spin session.
This workshop caters to beginners as well as more advanced students. Bringing your own spinning wheel or spindle, combs, and carders (pet brush or afro pick will work as well) is encouraged, but if you do not have a spinning implement there will be some available for use. 6 oz Cheviot wool provided. Light refreshments will be served.
Cost: $75.00 per person
Minimum enrollment 6, Maximum 20.