6.29.24 Cotton Spinning on a Wheel with Melanie Duarte

Regular price $165.00 Sale

Saturday, June 29th - 10:00am - 4:30pm

Cotton is a very short stapled fiber and can feel daunting to spin, especially if you have mostly spun animal fibers.  However, given that it's summer in Maine, what better time to learn a new skill?!

In this class, we will learn how to make adjustments to our spinning wheels for cotton spinning.  Each student will be given a variety of carded sliver and ginned cotton and learn how to card these into punis and rolags.  We'll practice spinning singles, plying, and discuss how to finish yarns for knitting, crochet, and weaving.

Students need a general understanding of spinning wheel mechanics and need to know how to spin and ply a stable yarn.  

Irish tension (bobbin led) wheels are not recommended.

Please no bulky flyers.  

Please bring:

  • Spinning wheel
  • Lazy Kate
  • At least 3 bobbins (toilet paper rolls and ball winders work too!)
  • Niddy noddy
  • String and scissors
  • Tags to label samples
  • Paper and pen for notes
  • if you have cotton (or wool) hand cards, please bring those along
  • lunch... or cash if you'd like some slices of Otto Pizza.  We'll get it delivered! 

Class includes about $15 in cotton materials - 1 ounce of EZ spin cotton in green, natural, and brown + 1 ounce of ginned cotton.

Class Cancelation Policy:

If you cancel more than 30 days before the beginning of your class, we will offer you store credit in the amount of your class.  Cancelation with 30 days or less notice will result in the forfeiture of your entire course fee.  However, if we are able to fill your spot, we will offer store credit in the amount of the class.

If we cancel a class, you can choose to receive a full refund or store credit.