Spinning: drop spindle and the wheel

Spinning: Drop Spindle & the Wheel

The Course

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

Preparation & 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 & the Wheel

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

The Tutors

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.

Fee & Refreshments

£100 per person to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you may like to bring a packed lunch.


Sat–Sun 1–2 February 2020