Spin Flora not Fauna Workshop

A hand spinning workshop for the discerning hand spinner who wants to try something new. With developments in textile technology, wonderful new fibres for the hand spinner have become available. Derived from materials previously thought of as waste, these fibres are reclaimed from plants such as bamboo, bananas, rose stems, mint and other cellulose materials. You will get a surprise goodie bag of several different, luxurious flora spinning fibres to spin during the class. This hand spinning course is designed for the more experienced hand spinner.

Spin Flora Starter Pack
Spin Flora Fibres

The hand spinning courses require that you bring your own spinning wheel. Sometimes I will have an extra spinning wheel that you can borrow for the workshop.

Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Course Length: 6 hours

Workshop Fee: £125.00
Materials: £25.00
Total: £150.00

Students: £125.00
2 persons: £250.00
The course fee includes materials required for the workshop.

Additional spinning fibre may be purchased afterwards if you would like more practice.
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Hand Spinning Workshops

A series of workshops designed for the Beginner and Intermediate hand spinner. I have a few spinning wheels that are available for the workshops, but participants are encouraged to bring along their own wheel if they can as each wheel has its own characteristics.

Kromski Spinning Wheel
Kromski Spinning Wheel

Some of the techniques taught in the series of Hand spinning Workshops will be:

  • Learn to draft and spin an even thread on a spinning wheel.
  • How to spin and make 2 or 3 ply yarns.
  • Carding – How to use the drum carder to make blended yarns and to create different colour blends with the use of the carder.
  • How to spin different types of wool and other fibres such as Merino, Corriedale, Blue Leicester, Romney, Alpaca, Silk, Bamboo
  • How to draft and spin novelty yarns using different spinning techniques: spinning worsted yarns, spinning woollen yarns, core spinning, spinning from the fold.
  • All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.

    Hand Spinning Workshops

    Learn to Spin The workshop for the beginner hand spinner.
    Learn to Use a Drum Carder How to use a drum carder to create new colours and Yarns.
    Plied and Cabled Yarns How to spin plied and cabled yarns.
    Simply Sumptuous Spinning A surprise selection of different fibres to spin.

    Wet Felting Workshops

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    Contact Info:
    Paivi Suomi
    22 Ferry Drive
    Chichester
    West Sussex UK
    PO19 8GJ
    Mobile: 075 4027 7705
    Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

    Learn to Spin Plyed Yarns

    When would you make a plied yarn instead of a single ply? You will learn how to create a balanced yarn and how to make 2, 3 or 4 ply yarns, and cabled yarns.

    Plied Hand Spun Yarn
    Plied Hand Spun Yarn
    Thick and Thin Art Yarn
    Thick and Thin Art Yarn

    I have a few spinning wheels that are available for the workshops, but participants are encouraged to bring along their own wheel if they can as each wheel has its own characteristics.

    Learn to Spin Plyed Yarns
    Course Length: 3 hours
    Time: 10 am – 1 pm
    Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

    Course Fee: £75.00
    Materials Fee: £10.00
    Total Fee: £85.00

    Students: £75.00

    A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
    The Materials fee covers sufficient fibre for the workshop. Additional spinning fibre for practicing at home can be purchased after the workshop.

    All of my hand spinning workshops use commercially prepared, clean and carded batts or roving. I prefer not to use fleece straight off the sheep. (Life is too short so I leave the messy bits to those who are qualified and have the space and equipment required to clean fleece properly.) If you wish to learn how to spin, clean and sort raw fleece there are many other classes and teachers that can get you started such as:
    Weald and Downland

    Spinning and Plying Workshop
    Spinning and Plying Workshop
    Plied Yarns Workshop
    Plied Yarns Workshop

    Hand Spinning Workshops

    Learn to Spin The workshop for the beginner hand spinner.
    Learn to Use a Drum CarderHow to use a drum carder to create new colours and Yarns.
    Plied and Cabled YarnsHow to spin plied and cabled yarns.
    Simply Sumptuous SpinningA surprise selection of different fibres to spin.

    Follow me on Twitter to get the latest news about upcoming workshops.

    Contact Info:
    Paivi Suomi
    22 Ferry Drive
    Chichester
    West Sussex UK
    PO19 8GJ
    Mobile: 075 402 77705
    Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

    Simply Sumptuous Spinning Workshop

    A hand spinning workshop for the discerning hand spinner who wants to try something new. You will get a surprise goodie bag of 5 different, luxurious spinning fibres to spin during the class. This hand spinning course is designed for the more experienced hand spinner.
    Spinning fibres such as blended silks, yak, musk ox, banana, soya, milk protein, cashmere, flax, hemp. Each class will be filled with a different set of sumptuous surprise spinning fibres to enjoy.

    Simply Sumptuous Spinning
    Simply Sumptuous Spinning

    I have a few spinning wheels that are available for the workshops, but participants are encouraged to bring along their own wheel if they can as each wheel has its own characteristics.

    Simply Sumptuous Spinning Workshop
    Course Length: 4 hours
    Time: 10 am – 2 pm
    Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

    Course Fee: £100.00
    Materials Fee: £20.00

    A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
    The Materials fee covers sufficient fibre for the workshop. Additional spinning fibre for practicing at home can be purchased after the workshop.

    All of my hand spinning workshops use commercially prepared, clean and carded batts or roving. I prefer not to use fleece straight off the sheep. (Life is too short so I leave the messy bits to those who are qualified and have the space and equipment required to clean fleece properly.) If you wish to learn how to spin, clean and sort raw fleece there are many other classes and teachers that can get you started such as:
    Weald and Downland

    Hand Spinning Workshops

    Learn to SpinThe workshop for the beginner hand spinner.
    Learn to Use a Drum CarderHow to use a drum carder to create new colours and Yarns.
    Plied and Cabled YarnsHow to spin plied and cabled yarns.
    Simply Sumptuous SpinningA surprise selection of different fibres to spin.

    Contact Info:
    Paivi Suomi
    22 Ferry Drive
    Chichester
    West Sussex UK
    PO19 8GJ
    Mobile: 075 402 77705
    Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

    Learn to Use a Drum Carder

    This hand spinning workshop teaches you how to blend different yarns and to create new colours using hand cards or a drum carder. You will work with different types and colours of wools to create a unique set of yarns.
    Some experience with hand spinning is required before taking this workshop.

    Drum Carder Blending
    Drum Carder Blending

    I have a few spinning wheels that are available for the workshops, but participants are encouraged to bring along their own wheel if they can as each wheel has its own characteristics.

    Learn to Use a Drum Carder
    Course Length: 3 hours
    Time: 10 am – 1 pm
    Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

    Course Fee: £75.00
    Materials Fee: £10.00

    A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
    The Materials fee covers sufficient fibre for the workshop. Additional spinning fibre for practicing at home can be purchased after the workshop.

    All of my hand spinning workshops use commercially prepared, clean and carded batts or roving. I prefer not to use fleece straight off the sheep. (Life is too short so I leave the messy bits to those who are qualified and have the space and equipment required to clean fleece properly.) If you wish to learn how to spin, clean and sort raw fleece there are many other classes and teachers that can get you started such as:
    Weald and Downland

    Hand Spinning Workshops

    Learn to SpinThe workshop for the beginner hand spinner.
    Learn to Use a Drum CarderHow to use a drum carder to create new colours and Yarns.
    Plied and Cabled YarnsHow to spin plied and cabled yarns.
    Simply Sumptuous SpinningA surprise selection of different fibres to spin.

    Follow me on Twitter to get the latest news about upcoming workshops.

    Contact Info:
    Paivi Suomi
    22 Ferry Drive
    Chichester
    West Sussex UK
    PO19 8GJ
    Mobile: 075 402 77705
    Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

    Learn to Spin

    This is a workshop designed for the beginner hand spinner or for those who have tried to learn to spin but are still struggling.
    I keep the beginner spinner workshop short in length, only 3 hours, because your hands and feet are doing new things that you are not accustomed to so you get tired. It is better to spin a little at a time and practice every day rather than trying to overdo it.
    You will learn about how a spinning wheel works. How to become familiar with your spinning wheel. How to control the twist and to spin with an even tension. How to join yarn and spin a bobbin full of yarn.

    Kromski Spinning Wheel
    Kromski Spinning Wheel

    I have a few spinning wheels that are available for the workshops that you can try out before you purchase a spinning wheel of your own. If you do own a wheel, then please bring it along if you can, as each wheel has its own characteristics.

    Learn to Spin Workshop
    Course Length: 3 hours
    Time: 10 am – 1 pm
    Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

    Course Fee: £75.00
    Materials Fee: £10.00
    Total: £85.00

    Students: £75.00

    A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
    The Materials fee covers sufficient fibre for the workshop. Additional spinning fibre for practicing at home can be purchased after the workshop.

    Pleae Note:
    Due to recent illness, Handspinning workshops will resume in January.

    All of my hand spinning workshops use commercially prepared, clean and carded batts or roving. I prefer not to use fleece straight off the sheep. (Life is too short so I leave the messy bits to those who are qualified and have the space and equipment required to clean fleece properly.) If you wish to learn how to spin, clean and sort raw fleece there are many other classes and teachers that can get you started such as:
    Weald and Downland

    Hand Spinning Workshops

    Learn to Spin The workshop for the beginner hand spinner.
    Plied and Cabled Yarns How to spin plied and cabled yarns.

    Follow me on Twitter to get the latest news about upcoming workshops.

    Contact Info:
    Paivi Suomi
    22 Ferry Drive
    Chichester
    West Sussex UK
    PO19 8GJ
    Mobile: 075 402 77705
    Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

    Spinning and Plying Workshop
    Spinning and Plying Workshop