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DATE: Sunday 05/11/2017
TIME: 14:00 - 17:00
DURATION: 3 hours
CAPACITY: 15 students
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: : Intermediate You have a basic understanding of the craft selected and have made your fair share of projects. Now you are ready to expand your knowledge.
Students taking the class should already be able to spin stable singles on a spindle.
TECHNIQUES USED: Please see description
MATERIALS PROVIDED:Fiber will be provided for the class (basic fibres and some special plant and animal fibres to work with), however if you have any particular fibres you would like to work with, please bring them with you to the class. You can bring 100 gram raw or spun fibre home with you at the end!
MATERIALS TO BRING: Please bring your own spindle (or more if you can!). If possible, bring one top whorl spindle. Fiber will be provided. If you do not have a spindle yet, both regular and top whorl spindles will also be for sale in store!
In this class, we will go beyond the basics, and learn ways to adapt your drafting techniques and your fiber preparation in order to get the yarn that you want. Without special equipment, we will take the most commonly found fiber preparation (combed top), and adapt it for all types of spinning from worsted to woolen. Once, the fiber is in different forms, we will try various drafts best suited to each type of preparation. We will learn the magical ‘ply-on-the-fly’ technique, which enables a spinner to go from unspun fiber to completed 3-ply yarn without ever having to take the singles off of the spindle! We will discuss how to add textures and objects into your yarn. This course is intended for spinners who have enough experience to spin a fairly consistent singles on a spindle. Please bring your own spindle (or more if you can!). If possible, bring one top whorl spindle. Fiber will be provided.
DESIGNER: Christopher Kale
Very very busy singer and teacher who tries to find the time to indulge in his many hobbies. Years ago, I discovered the relaxing fun of (hand) spinning. When the yarn started piling up, rediscovered the (sometimes) relaxing fun of knitting, which I learned as a child. Now the two are competing for the very little time I have when I am not running from one job to another in airplanes (where I dare to knit), trains (where I try to knit) and bicycles (where I can’t knit).
Both my knitting and spinning designs are focused on the play of rich colors and textures.