Inaugral Intermediate Spinning and Yarndale


Well the first Intermediate Spinning class I’ve done seemed to go very well! Embarking on a new workshop always brings a couple of sleepless nights while I work through my lesson plan. I like to know exactly what I’m going to do so that I can veer off topic for a while but always, always get back to where I want to be, if that makes any sense at all.

The ladies, as usual were wonderful and worked hard all day. We covered balanced spinning, balanced plying, Navajo plying and general troubleshooting. There was a range of ability from Gemma, who was coming along from the Beginners class to Linda who has spun on and off for about a decade.

We muddled along nicely and at the end there was talk of starting a regular group, which would be amazing


Myself, I’ve been spinning for Yarndale, yes, I’ll be there for my second year, this time as part of a co-operative of spinners weavers and knitters. We’d like to show the connection between these wonderful crafts to encourage all to have a go and keep them alive.

20140327-134643.jpg                                     Imagine using your own handspun for this!

We’re very excited about this venture so the next few months will be full of plans and experiments to make the vision come true. Very exciting!

So I’ll be back next week, in the meantime I’ll leave you with this picture take in a garden centre in Leyland, Lancashire. A boy, or a man? What do you think?