Lecture: Spindle Tricks
November 3 at 11:00AM Pacific, during the guild meeting
Non-guild members are welcome
Online Zoom meeting.
The pursuit of crazy things to do on spindles fuels part of my passion for these portable tools. So, if you like having even spinners stop and ask you “what are you doing?” as you spin in public, come and learn my favorite tricks.
We will start with some basic tricks, such as starting without a leader and removing thick spots. Then we will take on the challenge of long-draw on a spindle, yes you can!
If having one spindle is your goal, but spindle weight is your issue, we will explore how to mod your spindle to get the spindle you want without harming your spindle.
If efficiency keeps you from your spindles, we will explore the wind-on and how to make it faster – and cooler looking, of course!
Then, after I wow you with the after-thought quill to remove yarn for plying, I’ll show you how plying balls are even better, even for Navajo plying — that’s right, a Navajo plying ball, bet you’ve never heard of those before!
But the real conversation-pieces are kick-plying and throw-plying; we kick-ply with a top-whorl and throw-ply with a bottom-whorl – both are attention-getters.
And I’ll wrap up with a Turkish trick that will have you packing your favorite Turkish spindle that never used to leave home for your next trip without worrying about a broken shaft ever again.
Note: “Spindle Tricks” will be a pre-recorded presentation.
Online Workshop: Learn to Spin on Spindles
Saturday November 6, 2021 – 9:00 AM – 12 PM Pacific
Amelia Garripoli has been spinning and weaving since 2001 when she purchased a house that came with 2 llamas, and has loved all the tools, critters, and fibers she’s met since. That led her to start AskTheBellwether, her blog, which early on focused on spindles and rare breeds, but soon branched out to many fiber arts. Amelia is a lifelong knitter/crocheter, so has always been into “yarn things”. She recently relocated from Washington to Colorado to help care for her parents, which she says has been a blast reconnecting with them!
Amelia has spun all sorts of fibers, all sorts of ways, so is well equipped for questions on a wide range of spinning topics. Amelia is an accomplished instructor and the author of Productive Spinning. Read more about Amelia here: http://askthebellwether.blogspot.com/p/about-ameli.html#.YKgYii1h1WM
Description: Make yarn the way the Egyptians did — on spindles! Learn to spin wool into yarn in this fun workshop. We’ll start from the beginning, learning about fiber and how to turn the twisty stick we call a spindle, and then proceed through spinning singles and on to plying. By the time we’re done, you will have developed a new skill and be on your way to making that handspun sweater!
Who should take this course?
This course is primarily designed for beginner spindle spinners or spinners who need a brush-up.
- A Bellwether Spindle and wool roving kit is available for $15 for those signed up for this workshop. The option to purchase the kit will be available in your cart after you add the workshop fee.
- Or, students can bring 2 ounces of well-prepared wool roving/pencil roving/combed top and a top whorl spindle. The spindle should be about 1.3-1.8 ounces in weight, and the wool roving/top should be a medium wool breed such as Corriedale or Romney. Students without the kit will also need 2-2″ squares of cardboard (anything from cereal box cardboard to moving box
cardboard will do fine).
- Optional book: Productive Spinning is also available for $18. Students in previous workshops highly recommend this book for the help it gives them after the workshop. The option to purchase the book will be available in your cart after you add the workshop fee.
- Order the kit and/or book no later than October 15. Amelia will send everything in one package to Trudie for distribution. There may be shipping costs if you cannot arrange a pick up.
How will the course be presented?
Zoom workshop. Update: Busy on November 6? Amelia has agreed to record the workshop so that registered students can attend live or view the recorded version or both!
Workshop fee for guild members: $30.00
Workshop fee for non-guild members: $45.00
Minimum number of students: 12
Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be made for cancellations if the remaining registration meets the minimum participant requirements for the workshop. Refunds will not be made for workshop costs already incurred at the time of cancellation, such as materials fees.
For more information, contact Trudie Folsom, email@example.com