Learn the ancient art of drop spinning with Tina. Using just your hands, a drop spindle and some fibre, you can spin your very own yarn from Australian and NZ fibre. This is a class for absolute beginners or for those who have tried on their own and need a few tips and tricks to get started. A fun hands-on class – 2.5 hours of sheepy goodness. No previous knowledge required.
From raw fleece to soft fluffy commercially prepared fibre, learn to turn sheep's wool into yarn. You will learn the most important part of spinning which is how to draft your fibre, and the class will focus on the park and draft method to break down the steps into manageable chunks. You will learn to spin a single ply, then how to spin two strands together to make a 2-ply yarn.The drop spindle is inexpensive, portable and once you get the hang of it is a great social project to do while chatting with others. Before you know it you'll be making gorgeous yarn to knit or crochet with or use in weavings. They even look beautiful in the skein with the satisfaction of 'I made that'!

Cost: $65 for 2.5hr class (+ class materials extra)

Class Materials: $10 for fibre payable in cash to the teacher on the day, (+$30 optional if you wish to purchase a spindle on the day)

We will play with several different varieties of roving and combed top including Australian Gotland, Polwarth and NZ Corriedale. Either bring your own spindle or use one provided. Australian hand-turned wood drop spindles available for purchase (bring $30 cash if you want to purchase a spindle, extra fibre will also be available for sale). You're also entitled to 10% off any purchases made in store on the day.

Your instructor: Tina McLeish is a fibre enthusiast who loves the relaxing and meditative process of spinning fibre into yarn. A keen drop spindler, Tina has a background in art, textiles and design and has become obsessed by knitting in recent years. When she became curious about drop spinning she joined the Spinners Guild and bought some Border Leicester fleece and learned how to prepare it at home. Silver Boy ram proved to be a wonderful fibre to start with and after doing a little practice each day was soon addicted. To knit with handspun yarn is a joy for the hands and to work with raw fleece connects you with the lovely sheep who provided the wool. She loves experimenting with different fibres and hunting for local rare breeds by small producers.

Terms and conditions

  • Full payment is required prior to the start of the class to confirm your spot. 
  • Minimum numbers - All classes require a minimum of three people in order to go ahead and, depending on the class, a maximum of 10. If your class or workshop does not have the minimum number of students, the class will be postponed and you will be notified within three days of the class date if it has been cancelled or changed.
  • We cannot be held liable for travel or any other costs in the event of a cancellation.
  • If your class is postponed or cancelled you can use the amount paid to transfer to another event/activity, use it as a store credit, or be issued a full refund. Cancelling a class – you are able to cancel, postpone or swap a class up to 7 days prior to the class date to receive a full refund. Less than 7 days prior, we cannot guarantee a full refund unless another booking fills your spot.
  • Once a course has started, we are unable to provide a refund for change of mind or cancellations. 

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