You’ve bought a multicolored braid of fiber that you absolutely love. Now what?
Have you spun up a gorgeous, bright braid of fiber that turned into a muddy mess when spun?
It’s happened to all of us at least once. You can’t wait to spin that luscious fiber you fell in love with. You get it home and spin it, but the yarn you end up with isn’t nearly so bright and cheerful. Where did those beautiful colors go?
There are ways to make sure that all the beautiful colors you fell in love with are preserved in your final yarn. There are also ways to emphasize the colors you love and quiet those you don’t, in any colorway you choose. It’s just a matter of knowing a bit about how color works and making some informed decisions before you start to spin
That’s where my new workshop, “A Dyer’s Guide to Spinning Multicolored Braids,” comes in.
I recently taught a live online workshop all about how to get the yarn you want from each and every one of the multicolored braids in your stash.
“A Dyer’s Guide to Spinning Multicolored Braids” is a deep dive into all the factors that affect how color shows up in handspun yarn. It teaches you to analyze what you love about a colorway, predict how it will spin, and make choices—about fiber preparation, spinning method, and yarn design—that will yield a yarn you love.
You’ve missed the live version. But you can still take the workshop.
No worries! You can still get a ticket to the video replays of the "A Dyer's Guide to Spinning Multicolored Braids." Your ticket will get you everything the original participants got:
a video replay of the workshop
a video replay of the Q&A I hosted after the workshop
a list of my favorite color resources for spinners
Here’s what I covered:
how to analyze how a braid was dyed, and how to use that knowledge to inform how you spin it
how to analyze a colorway in order to anticipate your results
how to use basic color theory to predict which braids are most likely to become dull and muddy when spun, and how to prevent this
how fiber choice, fiber preparation, and spinning method affect color
how your yarn design choices affect color, and how to make those choices in order to achieve particular color effects in your yarn and fabric
the many techniques you can use to control how and where color shows up in your final yarn
I'm Sasha Torres. I've been spinning incessantly since 2009, and during that time I've taken classes with many of the leading spinning teachers in North America (including Sarah Anderson, Maggie Casey Jacey Boggs Faulkner, Anne Field, Abby Franquemont, Stephenie Gaustad, Judith MacKenzie, Deb Menz, Jillian Moreno, Deborah Robson, and Beth Smith). I started teaching spinning myself in 2105.
In 2014, I started my fiber company, Sheepspot. Sheepspot allows me to indulge my passion for color while making beautifully-dyed fiber for handspinners, with a particular emphasis on rare and unusual wools.
Before I started Sheepspot, I worked full time as a university professor. I've taught in universities—including Brown, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard—for over thirty years (and I still teach half-time at the University of Western Ontario).
Are you asking yourself whether “A Dyer’s Guide to Spinning Multicolored Braids” is for you? Here’s the skinny:
Yes, absolutely, if:
You’ve ever spun a multicolored braid and been disappointed with the colors in your final yarn
You’re a bit confused or intimidated by color and want to learn to make choices you love (I’ve been where you are and I love helping students gain more color confidence!)
You want to learn exactly how to produced particular effects in your handspun yarns and the fabrics they’ll become
Probably not, if:
You are a very, very new spinner and aren’t (yet!) able to spin a continuous thread with confidence
How it all works
You buy your ticket. The workshop is priced at $97.
I send you an email with a link to the course resource page and the password.
You learn at your convenience, at your pace.
Frequently asked questions
What's your teaching style like?
I've been gobbling up information about spinning nonstop for nearly a decade. And since I've been teaching for a long time now, I've got mad skillz at explaining complicated things clearly.
For me, teaching is an expression of love. I promise to honor your learning process and dig deep to find solutions if something's not working for you. I really want you to succeed, whatever that means for you.
A good way to find out whether my teaching style will work with your learning style is to listen to a couple of episodes of The Sheepspot Podcast. I try to make most episodes short, actionable lessons that my listeners can apply right away to have more fun spinning and make better yarn. In particular, you might have a listen to these episodes:
If I'm not happy with the workshop, can I get a refund?
Sorry, no. Workshop tickets are non-refundable.