At last, it’s available digitally! The spinning fundamentals program I developed for Stringtopia Fiber Arts Studio is aimed at taking you from your first interest in making your own yarn by hand all the way up to being a comfortable intermediate spinner in only 4 months including your practice time.
SPINNING I comes with two live class sessions recorded in September 2021, and access to twice weekly office hours, as well as access to 4 recorded weekly sessions and several recorded office hours sessions from last time the course was run, giving you time to practice in between opportunities to ask any questions you may have. You can also immediately join the Discord chat channel for class, read the archive of all prior discussion, and interact live with fellow students, graduate community, and of course, me.
Live office hours take place using Zoom, with a recording available after the session for you to review while you practice, and ongoing access after the course completes. You’ll also have access to a Discord chat channel where you can discuss with your fellow students, and where I’ll check in daily to answer questions throughout the session.
To begin the hands-on exercises, you will need a stick or a pencil, and some spinnable fiber, ideally wool, although you can work with any fiber you are able to find. You can also attend this class without doing it hands-on at the outset, and save your access to the class sessions to do at your leisure.
As soon as your registration is processed your confirmation email will contain a link to our Discord server and a password to gain access to the private channels where you’ll find links to the class videos pinned, and lots of interesting discussion. Work at your own pace or stay with the group, and join the growing community of Spinning I graduates!
You will learn:
- The first fundamentals of making yarn by managing unspun fiber and twist using your hands, a stick, and a simple spindle you’ll shop for and select with guidance during the month-long session;
- how to make a skein using only your hands or things you have around the house;
- how to wash your skein, measure it, store it, and select a potential use;
- how to troubleshoot common problems;
- basic terminology;
- basic definitions of fiber preparation;
- basic fiber information (what are wool, cotton, silk, etc)
Completing Spinning I, II, III, and IV unlocks access to seminars and classes for which that foundational framework is a prerequisite, including certification in the Franquemont Method of teaching the ancient technology of making yarn by hand.