Private spinning lessons
I offer individualized, student-centered spinning lessons in my home in London, Ontario.
I have been spinning since 2009, and have studied with many of North America's leading spinning teachers. In 2010, I created the SpinDoctor podcast, reviewing spinning tools, fiber and information resources for spinners all over the world. And, of course, I put my spinning expertise to use daily here at Sheepspot. I am also a professor of media studies at the University of Western Ontario, and have taught in universities—including Dartmouth, Brown, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard—for nearly thirty years.
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Beginning spinning lessons
This carefully-crafted series of one-on-one lessons will give you a firm grasp of the fundamentals, get you started making your own yarns, and ensure you have the confidence you’ll need to spin on your own.
Three private lessons, two hours each, scheduled at our mutual convenience. In my home in London, using my wheels or yours.* $259 CAD including materials.
Get acquainted with the wheel
Get comfortable with drafting
Start making your first yarn
Learn to control twist and diameter
Refine your drafting
Learn how to fix mistakes
Get more control
Master techniques that will allow you to maintain consistent twist and diameter
Further refine your drafting
Learn how to ply your yarn
Get comfortable washing and finishing your yarn
*OPTION: Rent a wheel for the duration of the course so you can practice at home (an additional $25 per week). very wheel rental comes with a 30-minute personalized consultation in which I'll assess your needs and spinning style and advise you on buying your own wheel.
Continue your spinning education
Once you’ve learned and mastered the basics in your beginning spinning lessons, deepen you knowledge and expand your skills in these advanced private classes.
Woolen and worsted
Learn about the two broad categories of spinning—woolen and worsted—the differences between them, and the techniques you can use to spin just the yarn you want. Two hours. $99 CAD including materials.
Advanced drafting techniques
You can dramatically increase your yarn- making options by mastering different drafting techniques. We’ll cover short forward draw, backwards draw, spinning from the fold, and long draw. Two hours. $99 CAD including materials.
From raw fleece to perfect yarn
Learn to take dirty, greasy fleece just off the sheep and make it into beautiful yarn. In this class you’ll learn how to wash raw fleece and prepare it for spinning. We’ll cover flicking, combing, and carding wool, and you’ll have the opportunity to try out a variety of tools. Three hours. $139 CAD including materials.
Explore different ways of managing color in dyed fiber for dramatically different effects. Learn chain-plying, fractal spinning, and other techniques that let you control the colorway! Two hours. $99 CAD including materials.