class schedule


  • 9:00-9:15 — Welcome / Meditation
  • 9:15-10:00 — Discussion / Sharing
  • 10:00-11:00 — Instruction
  • 11:00-11:20 — Break
  • 11:20-12:45 — Work Time
  • 12:45-1:00 — Review / Set an Intention / For Next Time

Session 1 (HANDWORK): Saturday, October 6

  • “Today, more than ever, the crafts have the mission to reconnect the human being to the Earth and its substances, bring healing to the senses, and foster the creative capacities of the human being.”  — Renate Hiller
  • “When we look at our galaxy from outer space it is a spiral. And we find spirals in many many places — in the plant world — on the back of our head we have a spiral.  So, this (spinning) is an activity that brings us closer to the cosmos, you could say.  But at the same time we create something that is useful and beautiful because with the yarn that we have spun we can create sweaters, hats, and mittens and scarves and so on.  To have the skill of knitting, to have the skill of crocheting, of felting, makes it possible for us not only to make something but it makes us skilled in general.  The use of the hands is vital for the human being, for having flexibility, dexterity.  In a way the entire human being is in the hands.” — Renate Hiller
  • meditative practice: adapted from Lynda Barry’s Radio Drawing Lessons
  • fiber terms: fleece, staple length, fine vs. course, lock structure, crimp, color, lustre, texture / hand, tip / cut end, VM, micron count
  • spinning technique
  • yarn: fiber that has been drafted, twisted together, and held under tension
  • spinning terms: single, worsted vs. woolen spun, drafting, supported vs. suspended (drop) spindle, whorl, shaft, hook, S-twist, Z-twist, plying, fiber preparation
  • scouring: Prepare locks by gently separating locks at the tip.  Place locks into mesh lingerie bags.  Into a basin of hot (180-212F) water, gently stir bio-degradable scouring agent (if desired), and add  bags of prepared fleece. Push to bottom of basin with a spoon.  Allow to soak 12-20 minutes; do not allow water to cool.  Remove fleece, allowing bags to drain. Immediately submerge into a basin of hot rinse water.  Allow to soak 12-20 minutes.  Remove fleece, allowing bags to drain.  Press out additional water by rolling fleece in an old towel.  Spread locks out on a well-ventilated surface to dry.  Make sure fleece is completely dry before you work with it! Allow dirty fleece water to cool and use sustainably — water your house plants, garden, or compost heap.
  • Watch: Renate Hiller “On Handwork
  • Listen: “Can Knitting Improve Your Health?” segment on the Handwork episode of To the Best of Our Knowledge
  • Spindling tutorials: A YouTube search will reveal many possibilities, each with slightly different technique.  Abby Franquemont, author of “Respect the Spindle” is a great teacher, but her video quality is a bit grainy, so here’s another one I recommend, from Kitty Mine Crafts

Session 2: Saturday, November 3

  • carding / combing / blending
  • fiber preparations: batts / rolags / ghost batts / roving
  • spinning & plying

Session 3: Saturday, December 1

  • breed study
  • dye pots

Session 4: Saturday, January 12 (19/snow)

  • swatching
  • project design

Celebration  / February 23rd Spin In

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