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Beginning Spinning: Spindle and Wheel

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Course Overview

Discover the historical craft of hand carding and spinning on a spinning wheel. Beginning spinsters will strive to get the feel for the simple act of creating consistent yarn. Those with some prior experience will work to improve their techniques. Class will include ample time for discussions of many topics, including sheep and wool, raw wool preparation, washing raw wool, hand carding and spinning basics, and the all-important question, on what part of the wheel did sleeping beauty prick her finger? Students will play with color and fiber blends from the start and work with some simple novelty yarns. The adventure includes spinning on a point spindle/wheel. Students are encouraged to bring their own wheel in working order or borrow a wheel from North House. Please let us know if you plan to bring your own wheel.

Check out our blog post about Martha here!

Required Tools

  • Apron
  • Song or story you have heard about sheep and wool
  • Favorite tea to share

Optional Tools

  • If you have one:  Spinning wheel in good working order.  Please let us know.
  • Pair of hand cards
  • Oil bottle  
  • Any fiber ( a small sample) that you have a question about.


Sat, Feb 18th, 2023  –  Mon, Feb 20th, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $300.00
Materials fee: $25.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Martha Owen
Martha Owen
Murphy, NC

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Beginning Spinning: Spindle and Wheel