Now you can sign up for a monthly recurring subscription to everything Franquemont University has to offer! When you purchase this package, you will be billed $45 US for the first month, and then we will contact you to set up recurring billing on the date you prefer and to give you access to special members-only Discord channels as well. As long as your membership is current, you will have access to everything we’re doing and we’ll ask for your input as we keep growing and doing more. You’ll also be offered opportunities to beta test new programs and offerings and receive regular discounts on products we bring to market.
Here’s what’s coming:
JANUARY: Spinning for Socks! We will meet LIVE 4 times on the 8th, 15th, 22, and 29 of January at NOON PERU TIME, which is the same as Eastern Standard Time in the USA or -0500 UTC. We will cover the characteristics of great sock yarn, fiber selection, technique, and structure.
FEBRUARY: Andean Backstrap Weaving! We will meet LIVE 4 times on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th of February. You’ll begin with a step by step walk through of loom mechanics and how to weave plain weave on the preconfigured warps you will need to order directly from us in January. Then we’ll move on to basic pickup in session 2. Session 3 will feature loom preparation, and session 4, how to make your own warps.
MARCH: Spinning With Color! The perfect followup to all that sock yarn you spun, right? Now you’ll add lots of different techniques about working with color to your repertoire — making self-striping yarns, handling multicoloured dyed fibers, working from batts with lots of color effects, and producing color progressions or gradients! We’ll meet 4 times on the 5, 12, 19, and 26 of March.
APRIL: SHENANIGANS! Our ever-popular challenge month with PRIZES! People absolutely love Shenanigans, and it’s only available for members. We will meet twice in April, with lots of activity on chat channels.
You will also receive discount codes from our supply partners for fibers and other related materials.
FIGS or Focused Interest Groups are ongoing guided study sessions where you can delve deep into the 16 initial topics we’ve selected for September, October, November, and December 2021, plus new ones throughout the new year trimester, defined by YOU and dynamically scheduled throughout the trimester based on student participation and interest, and are always recorded. FIGs are intended to provide responsive deeper-dive sessions involving what our active members want to know. What are the initial topics? I’m glad you asked! Here’s the list:
- Plying Structures
- Drafting Methods
- Blending Fibers
- Teaching Spinning
- Spindle Focus
- Fiber Preparation
- Bast Fibers
- Spinning For Weaving
- Spinning Fine
- Spinning Thick
- Spindle Productivity
- Yarn Design
- Luxury Fibers
- Breed Studies
- Synthetic Fibers
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE, because full trimester access comes with SHENANIGANS, our signature challenge event with prizes for feats of textile coolness in a wide range of fun categories!
In addition, registration for this level of membership comes with access to all prior FIGs on Discord, including those recorded courses plus at least 2 live Office Hours sessions per week (also available recorded). Enjoy deeper dive sessions 60-90 minutes long on a variety of spindle topics, hand carding, and so much more!
To participate in live classes for this session, you will need to be working through Spinning I, II, and III, or have worked through Spinning I, Spinning II, and Spinning III from the Franquemont Method Spinning I-IV Bundle, which you can work through at your own pace and which also come with 24/7 community chat and access to all the recorded Office Hours plus at least 2 live Office Hours sessions per week. If you’re just joining us now, don’t worry! All Access membership comes with discounts so you can get right to the archive for past sessions of these classes in addition to the live sessions and FIGs.
YOU WILL NEED
– Computer, Phone, or Tablet that can run Zoom
– Computer, Phone, or Tablet that can run the Discord app, or a web browser that can access it
– YouTube access for recorded videos
– Preferred: Computer, Phone, or Tablet with a camera and microphone so you can share photos and videos
– Something to Spin, and Something to Spin With — your choice of fibers (you will also receive a discount code for recommended fibers from our supplying partners) and your choice of spindle or flyer (wheel or e-spinner).
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