Handspinning is an ancient craft, which is enjoyed today as a satisfying and rewarding hobby.
Most people feel that spinning is very therapeutic and furthermore there is an end product to show for their endeavours. Spinning tuition is offered for individuals or small groups, all necessary equipment including wool and fleece is provided.
Hand spinning is ideal for anyone interested in traditional arts and crafts, or is looking to learn a new hobby that is both creative and relaxing. The aim of our course is to explain the history and development of spinning, the different types of wheels and sundry equipment. Basic and luxury fibres are explained, and the fleece used to demonstrate and practise is from my flocks of Shetland sheep (in a wide range of natural colours), the Angora Goats (Mohair) and the Alpacas.
Pulling the wool over your… wheel?
Yes, it’s totally deceitful the way handspinning starts in your life as an occasional hobby then slowly creeps its way in more and more with the rewardingly satisfying feeling it creates, until it’s completely taken over your life. It’s addictive and I’ve sheepishly followed the crowd (no pun intended). It’s difficult not to love the ancient craft with such an interesting historical background all the while enjoying the therapeutic experience AND the sense of accomplishment the end product you have created brings!
A true form of natural art.
Handspinning really is a true form of natural art, using the fibres from animals and plants to create yarn all by yourself. I personally prefer to use the wool from sheep, the mohair from goats or the fibre from alpacas (although I may be ever so slightly biased as I am lucky enough to own these wonderful animals). However, this does mean that, if like me you are an animal lover, I get to personally ensure that all of the fibres I use are ethically sourced and the animals are very well looked after.
Rocks, Spindles and Wheels
One of the oldest tools recognised to be used in handspinning, is in fact rocks, but very few people use rocks to spin today. The more traditional tool used for spinning is a spindle, which has been used for over 9,000 years and the more typical tool to use today is a wheel, which dates back to the middle ages. Here at handspinning our courses will give you the opportunity to teach you everything that you need to know and we can give you our professional advice on the materials and tools best suited to you!