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Betty Burian Kirk

Spinning Workshops

Spindle Spinning for the Beginner This is a great way to learn the basics of spinning to make your own yarns! Participants will learn how to process wool (washing, carding, combing). The technique of spinning (drafting, twisting and winding) will be executed on a spindle. How to ply the yarn, wash it and care for it will also be taught.

Beginning Spinning Learn the basics of spinning to make your own yarns. This is generally taught in two sessions. The first session cover the process of making yarn using simple techniques using a drop spindle. The second session will deal with how a spinning wheel works and learning how to spin a consistent yarn on the wheel.

Spinning Review Know how to spin a basic yarn, but not sure what to do next?  This a refresher class and will teach you how to create the yarn you imagine.  Topics include spinning finer and heavier yarns, plying, woolen and worsted spinning, and a little fiber preparation.  This class is a great way to brush up your skills.  You will need a spinning wheel for this class.

Spinning Short Fibers Participants will learn how to prepare and spin various varieties of cotton as well as camel, dog hair and silk noil. Workshop for intermediate spinners. This is a one or two day workshop and students should know how to spin on a spinning wheel or a spindle. (material fee)

Designer Yarns I Investigate the possibilities of making new and exciting yarns. This class will cover Navajo ply, slub yarn, boucle and crepe yarn. Participants must know how to spin and have a working spinning wheel.

Designer Yarns II Learn how to spin interesting yarns that will give your fiber work a unique, special look. Some yarns go by many names, but Betty will teach you how to spin the Knot, Seed or Knop  and the Knickerbocher, tweed or garnet yarn. Core spinning and spinning with beads will also be taught. The only pre-requisite is that the participant must have a basic understanding of spinning and a working spinning wheel.