This class takes a spinner on a comprehensive journey from choosing types of wool, through preparation, spinning, and finishing of yarn, resulting in the exact yarn the spinner dreamed of knitting or weaving with.
In this class we will start with an overview of wool breeds and their classifications.
We will learn how to wash wool to maintain the lock structure, wash lock by lock as well as washing in small batches.
In addition we will have an opportunity to try a variety of processing tools. Each tool will be used to its best ability and on the appropriate fiber. Students can then take their new knowledge to experiment and find out their favorite processing methods. We will combine each processing method with different spinning techniques which will result in yarns for specific uses.
We will discuss yarns desired for different knitting techniques such as stockinette, cables and lace as well as how to design a yarn for weaving.
Several breeds from each class will be sampled including Fine Wools, Long Wools and Crossbred,
Down and Down Types as well as the category fondly called Other in which certain breeds which are difficult to classify are kept.
When studying Fine wools we will wash lock by lock as well as using tulle to keep the lock structure.
Wool will be made ready for spinning using a flick carder and spinning it from the lock or from the fold.
Long wools will be combed using hand combs and English combs. Use of a diz will be shown and wool top will be spun. We will also pull fiber from the comb without a diz as well as spin directly from the comb.
Down breeds will be processed using several hand carding methods and drum carders will be used for batt making. Traditional doffing methods will be used as well as using a diz to make roving.
In the other category we will be processing using no tools. Icelandic fits in this category and students will separate coats by hand and spin them just as they are after separation. Jacob will also be processed by hand by pulling the locks apart until the wool is in a cloud style prep and then students will spin just from that cloud.
This class takes the mystery out of the question “what wool when?”.
Cost - $90 Early Bird/ $100 Regular with $45 materials fee.