Things are getting fancy around here - I've got a real calendar and everything. All the better for tracking me down when I am out and about engaging in wool-related activities.
Pins and Needles is an open fiber arts brunch. Subscribe to the mailing list to get reminder invitations.
Classes are available at Anoka Fiber Works or in Minneapolis as private lessons.
Private lessons are generally $35/hour and include basic fiber for up to three students. Available classes are listed under the calendar. Questions about classes or wondering about a different topic? You can email me at email@example.com.
If you're interested in a class for your yarn shop or fiber group, please email me for rates, travel considerations depending on distance, and class sizes.
- Demystifying your yarn - the secrets spinners know about fiber and construction you need to know to substitute yarns with confidence. (3 hours, seminar style with oodles of samples)
- Wool Festival! - we'll talk about to expect at your first visit to a wool festival. For those considering buying their first fleece, we'll also look at how to select a good fleece. Options for processing your new fleece at home or sending it out to a mill will also be covered. (2-4 hours, can be a seminar or include some practice on raw fleece depending on facilities)
- Introduction to Wheel Spinning - no spinning experience required (3 hour minimum, can be a series)
- Introduction to Spindle Spinning - no spinning experience required (2 hour minimum)
- Intermediate Spinning: Plying - we'll cover basic plying, Navajo (chain) plying, how to use a modified Andean bracelet, plying from a center pull ball, and thread plying. (2 hour minimum, techniques covered as time allows)
- Art Yarns 1: Playing with Thread - art yarn techniques that work on any wheel. We'll look at different ways you can use thread to create amazing effects. Topics can include thread plying, autowrapping and corespinning. Corespinning on wire is also a possibility if you're interested as part of this class. (2 hour minimum)
- Art Yarns 2: Get Wild - create amazing bulky yarns. Spinning whole locks, making coils, cocoons, adding objects to your yarn and making layered yarns are tons of fun, and the techniques work best on a wheel designed for wild spinning. You'll need a delta orifice, bulky orifice, quill wheel or a hook-style wheel. I have one wheel available for student use in class, and can sometimes arrange for a rental. (2 hour minimum)