Discovering Spinning on a Drop Spindle

Date(s) - 16 Oct 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

On this short workshop you will discover the joy of spinning fleece with a simple drop spindle.

Our plan for the day 

  • Welcome and introductions over a (BYO) cuppa. Looking at why the students have chosen to learn to spin.
  • A short history of spinning, the drop spindle and spinning wheel and the drop spindle’s attraction.
  • Explanation of fleece – choice and variety and the anatomy of a drop spindle and how to choose one. A brief introduction as to how to prepare fleece for spinning.
  • Demonstration of the processes in beginning to spin and hands on learning.
  • Lunch
  • Development of skills at the level of each student.
  • Exploration of the use of different styles of spindles and different fibres.
  • The next stages – how to ply and how to wash skeins to ‘fix’ the twist in the yarn.
  • Questions and where to go from here…

Tutor: Amy Ford

My name is Amy and I run Sheepish Woollens from my small farm in West Wales. I started spinning about ten years ago having always been fascinated by the alchemy of fleece to yarn! 

My love of spinning and sheep led to me buying my first three sheep 7 years ago and now I have a flock of over thirty. I particularly love the natural  diversity in colour and texture of our native sheep and mostly spin this fleece. 

I love spinning  using drop spindles and spinning wheels but am passionate about teaching the use of the drop spindle as it’s incredibly portable, inexpensive and practical and has a long and fascinating history. 

This is the first of two workshops Amy will be running at Denmark Farm this season. The second one is Next Level Drop Spindle Spinning ~ Beyond the Basics on Sunday 13th November 2022.

    drop spindle spinning 
Fee: £55 per person

NB. There is an additional fee of either £10 or £13 for a drop spindle and supply of fleece which will be yours to keep. Please bring this amount on the day in cash.

There will be maximum of 8 places.

Click here to read our terms and conditions of booking

NB. COVID-19: This workshop will take place according to COVID safety regulations at the time of running.

  • Please do not attend if you should be self-isolating for any reason.
  • Please come prepared to work in a well ventilated room.
  • Please bring a packed lunch and cup.
  • A selection of teas and coffee will be provided.

You may also be interested in other creative workshops at Denmark Farm. Please see our events calendar for our full list. 

For accommodation during this workshop in our self-catering Eco Lodge, shared Dormitory or Eco Campsite please do get in touch to check availability.

Mae’r holl enillion o’n digwyddiadau a gwyliau’n cael eu hailfuddsoddi’n uniongyrchol i reoli ein gwarchodfa natur 40 erw. Diolch i chi am eich cefnogaeth a chofiwch ddod i ymweld â ni’n fuan.

All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.



Ticket Type Price Spaces
Drop Spindle Spinning £55.00

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