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Spinning off the Point & Spinning Bast Fibers with Joan Ruane

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Spinning off the Point and Spinning Bast Fibers with Joan Ruane. October 13 &14, 2018. Madison Wool, 56 A Wall St., Madison, CT 06443. $200.00 for the weekend; $100.00 per day if taking separate days. $50.00 deposit holds your space.

If you are traveling and need lodging, check out 'where to stay' under Events tab on www.madisonwool.com. Please call the shop-happy to help with arrangements, etc. 203-245-5921

Joan Ruane is coming back for a third year! She is such a talented and giving teacher, and we learn so much from her. This year, she will teach Spinning Off The Point and Spinning Bast Fibers.

SPINNING OFF THE POINT WORKSHOP. October 13, 2018 10 AM to 5 PM. Designed for All Levels of Spinners

Workshop goal: To reinforce long draw spinning and to familiarize students with a variety of equipment that allows spinners to spin off the point.

Students are encouraged to bring any and all spinning tools that allow them to spin off the quill or point. Using a variety of support spindles, students will have an opportunity to try several spindles using cotton and/ or down fibers. A demonstration of setting up and using an Indian charkha will make way for students to try out several types of charkha wheels. With this behind them we will move onto the wheel quills where heavier and longer staple fibers can be spun.

Students should bring:
Charkha wheels
Support Spindles
Wheels that have Quill attachments
Labeling tags

SPINNING BAST FIBERS WORKSHOP. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018 10 AM-4 PM. For intermediate spinners


Bast fibers come from the stem of plants. There are many plants throughout history that have played a very important role in making yarns. With just one day, we will concentrate on hemp, flax and ramie. We will learn what different preparations are available and how each is spun. As a special treat we will get to dress a distaff and try spinning from it as well. This should prove to be a fun day exploring the world of bast fiber.

Students should bring:
Spinning wheel (no bulk spinners-prefer flyer driven wheel)
Lazy kate and 3 clean bobbins
Small bath towel
Bowl or cup for water
Labeling tags & pencil
Niddy noddy


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