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Martha Owen

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

Martha began her adventure in spinning at the John C. Campbell Folk School, in Brasstown, North Carolina in 1978. Since 1980 her extended family has included sheep and French angora rabbits, currently Corriedale/Merino, Romney, Shetland and a little Blue-faced Leicester for fun. Also a banjo player and known to tell a story or two, Martha’s interest in sheep and wool, music and dance, have carried her quite literally and joyfully around the world. Her children say she is a wool nerd but her sheep say she is outstanding in her field! Martha became a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in 1988, is Resident Artist at the John C. Campbell Folk School in spinning, knitting, crochet, felt making, surface design and dyeing, and was co-owner of Yarn Circle in Murphy, NC, a store catering to fiber enthusiasts. She has been teaching spinning, natural dyeing and knitting design since 1984. She taught her first class of thirteen students how to card and spin with a one month old nursling in a wind up swing as her assistant. That baby is 35 now!

Current Courses Offered by Martha Owen

2 Days
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How Can I Spin it, What Can I Make? Yarn Design and Color

Curious continuing spinners, gain inspiration and skill at making the yarn you have in mind. What gives a yarn personality? Prepare by carding, drum carding, combing or not at all; and spin lovely natural sheep shades; hand-dyed locks of wool; or work with the lovely solid top and space-dyed rovings…
Sat, Feb 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 16th, 2020
Instructor: Martha Owen
2.5 Days
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Spin Your Own Yarn: Spindle and Wheel

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,…
Tue, Feb 11th, 2020  –  Thu, Feb 13th, 2020
Days 1/2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Martha Owen

Past Courses Offered by Martha Owen

Wool: The (Really) Full Experience--Dyeing, Felting, Spinning & Warp-Weighted Looms