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Discovering Spinning on a Drop Spindle – 2 places left

Discovering Spinning on a Drop Spindle - 2 places left

In this workshop you will discover the joy of spinning fleece with a simple drop spindle, taught by an experienced spinner and teacher.

Our plan for the day 

  • Welcome and introductions over a 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 sheep farm in West Wales. I started spinning over a decade ago, and since then have taught groups and individuals and provided demonstrations at many events including for the staff at Adam Henson’s  farm and at Wool Days and Open Farm Sunday events.I love the alchemy of fleece to yarn and am a huge enthusiast of both Drop Spindle Spinning and Wheel Spinning and this love ties in with my love of my sheep – I now have a flock of over thirty having started with just three 7 years ago. I particularly love the natural diversity in colour and texture of our native sheep breeds but I will happily spin many many other fibres.I am passionate about teaching drop spindling as it’s such a fabulous tool with an incredible history, wonderfully small and portable and inexpensive to purchase.I hope you can join me for this course and learn to spin


Fee: £65 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.

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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.




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