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 includes two recorded class sessions for each of Spinning I-IV, originally designed to be watched at fortnightly intervals giving you time to practice in between, but as they are now recorded, you are able to work at your own pace. You also have access to recordings of a previous time this course was run with the same classes presented slightly differently, and many recorded Office Hours sessions where students participating in the classes had their questions answered. 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 a Trimester membership, which includes all the above, more live classes every month, and extra Focused Interest Group sessions featuring deep-dive discussions on a wide range of subjects. This is also available as a monthly subscription. These options represent the best value for money, although your Spinning I-IV access will only remain while you are still a member; if you’d like access for ever, then this listing is the one to purchase.
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.