Spinning: drop spindle and the wheel

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 November 2017

10am-4pm

The course

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The two days are interlinked, with the second building on the skills learnt on the first.

Preparation and the drop spindle:

  • Characteristics of wool and breed
  • Selecting and judging the quality of a fleece
  • Preparing for spinning
  • Spinning using a drop spindle

Introduction and the wheel:

  • Introduction to the wheel
  • How to control yarn thickness
  • Spinning singles yearn and plying
  • Discussion on use, colour and dyeing

The tutor

Steve Kennett is a regular demonstrator and volunteer at the museum, where he is also involved in researching Tudor knitted hose and spinning wool for the Interpretation team. He learned to spin some thirty years ago, taught by Dorothy Wilmshurst who had studied with Ethel Mairet at Ditchling in the 1930’s. Steve is Vice Chairman of the Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, and tutor at the Association’s Summer School. He is a member of the Online and Wealden Guilds.

Participant information

The courses are suitable for absolute beginners, those who wish to gain more experience and others who would like to try a variety of methods of creating a woollen yarn. Whilst equipment will be provided, participants are encouraged to bring their own spinning wheel and an apron.
The Museum café will be open or you may like to bring a packed lunch.

Fee

£95 per person per day to include tuition, teas and coffees.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.

Booking

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