New classes in Ottawa

I’m happy to announce I will be teaching my spinning classes this summer in Ottawa at the wonderful Wabi-Sabi. I love the atmosphere and workshop space at this store! The full list of classes offered can be seen here, with my classes being:

May 24 – Fibre Prep Learn how to choose, clean, and prepare a fleece for spinning
June 21 – Beginning Spinning on a Drop Spindle The basics of drop spindle spinning
June 28 – Spinning 2 More advanced techniques on the drop spindle to create a variety of different yarns

Also coming up at Wabi-Sabi is a fashion show for Twist Collective, featuring guest speaker Kate Gilbert and a number of garments from the winter and spring collections (with a sneak preview of summer!). May 2, from 6-9 pm.

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5 Responses to New classes in Ottawa

  1. Janus says:

    The link to the Wabi-Sabi events isn’t working for me.

  2. Dave says:

    The class description for Spinning 2 is a little … umm … sparse. May I ask what types of things you’ll be covering?

  3. quenouille says:

    Hi Dave–my full class description did not make it on to the website (and I’d also like to clarify that a drop spindle is NOT included with Spinning 2, just Spinning 1). Here’s a few more details on what I’ll be covering:

    – Woollen versus worsted technique (eg, long draw, short draw, etc.) demonstrated with roving, hand-combed top, and rolags;
    – Spinning from the fold;
    – Fibres other than wool, such as alpaca, mohair locks, and silk/rayon-type fibres;
    – How to spin from batts;
    – Adjusting spin and ply twist to change the character of your yarn.

    Hope this helps!

  4. Dave says:

    Yes, it does help — thank you very much! I think I’m going to sign up.

    I’ve been spindling for close a year, so I have the basics. I can do batts and the fold, but long draw eludes me, and silk is impossible. :-) We bring our own spindle, and you provide the fiber? Does it matter what weight spindle, or top or bottom whorl?

  5. quenouille says:

    Yes, that’s right–you bring the spindle and all the fibres are supplied. Bring whatever you’re comfortable with (with regards to top vs. bottom whorl), and I recommend something in the 1.5 oz/40-gram range. Better to go a little lighter than super heavy, i.e., no Navajo spindles for this class :)

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