COURSES:  HAND SPINNING  |  DESIGNTAPESTRY WEAVING 

HAND SPINNING COURSES
Certificate in Hand spinning 1 – Wool

Mentors:  Pat Old and Jenny Hart
Duration:  Approximately 4 months
Course fee (includes fleece pack):  $165.00 New Zealand member;  $185.00 Overseas member

This course will be of interest to anyone who is interested in extending their yarn design skills and knowledge, and to those who may want to teach spinning. The course contents are designed to broaden a student’s existing spinning skills by introducing them to different fleece types and to worsted, semi-worsted and woollen spinning.

Spinning 1 – Wool is divided into four sections:

  1. Fibre Preparation – Tools and Spinning Equipment: A range of items of preparation and spinning equipment is studied to gain a better understanding of the choices that you have in preparing and spinning any fibre.
  2. Spinning to a Standard: You will examine a number of technical aspects of yarn design such as twist direction, yarn and finishing techniques suitable for the fibre used.
  3. Fleece Preparation: In this section you will be working with a range of raw fleece types and learn how to select and assess a fleece, how to wash it and how to prepare it for a range of spinning styles. In New Zealand we have a wide range of fleece breed types available, each of which have different properties and end functions and require a variety of preparation methods and spinning styles.
  4. Spinning Wool: You will learn to examine the fibre for type and quality and then choose the most appropriate preparation method to create the yarn that you have chosen to spin.

Course Information
An assignments booklet describes the work and samples required to be submitted for each section. An optional DVD is available at a cost of $15.00.

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Certificate in Hand spinning 2 – Merino

Mentor:  Jenny Hart
Duration:  Approximately 4 months
Course fee (includes fleece pack):  $165.00 New Zealand member;  $185.00 Overseas member

Course Overview: For this course to be of most benefit to you, it is important that you have successfully completed ‘Hand spinning 1 – Wool’ or be a competent spinner.

Course Contents: The course is divided into four sections:

  1. Fibre Preparation – Tools and Spinning Equipment
  2. Wheel adjustment and techniques for spinning singles
  3. Spinning singles with a focus on grist, elasticity and loft
  4. Plying, skeining and washing

The course is designed to build on the skills you already have, giving you the confidence to refine and produce first class Merino yarns.

Assignments: An assignments booklet describes the work and samples required to be submitted for each section. You will be assigned a tutor/mentor to guide you along with a list of submission dates.  The assignments include set questions and sample skeins that you send through to your mentor. These will show your mentor where you may need further help and direction.

Study Resources: The course is based on the work of Margaret Stove QSM. You will need a copy of Margaret’s book and DVD: Stove, M., (1991).  Merino: Handspinning, Dyeing and Working with Merino and Superfine Wools, Caxton Press, Christchurch, NZ, ISBN 0-908563-39-6
DVD – Spinning for Lace, 2011 – (Interweave Press)
Margaret’s book can often be found in Creative Fibre area and group libraries. 

The DVD can be borrowed from the CF Resource Library or purchased from Interweave Press. (If you have difficulty obtaining the DVD, please contact the Correspondence Course Education Officer).

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