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.
Your purchase comes with comes with fortnightly live class watch party sessions, and regular live “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.
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.
Work at your own pace and join the growing community of Spinning I-IV 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)
- basic spinning wheel mechanics
- principles and methods of yarn measurement
- principles and techniques for different yarn structures
- drafting methods
- preparation methods
- yarn design principles and calculations
- how to spin for specific purposes
- and so much more!
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.
Want even more content? Sign up for the Mid Year Trimester, which includes all the above, and extra Focused Interest Group sessions featuring deep dive discussions on a wide range of subjects. This is also available as a monthly subscription.
Prefer just a taster of the course? Spinning I is available separately, and comes with a coupon code for $49 off this bundle so you can upgrade without losing out.