Interested in learning more about the mysteries that seem to surround spinning? First, we'll learn about sheep and visit at least one farm. Then we'll concentrate on fleece and how to card it for efficient use and interesting designs. Spinning instructions include the hand spindle and progresses to the spinning wheel. We will concentrate on how and why things work, so you will be spinning your own yarn in the workshop and exit with confidence in this ancient art. Please provide your own spinning wheel if you can; otherwise a variety of spinning wheels will be available for use. There will be a materials fee of $65 to cover fibers and misc. tools.
Kate Martinson is Professor Emerita of Art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University, followed by a M.F.A. at University of Alabama. She began her teaching career at Luther in 1977 and taught classes in weaving, bookmaking, and art education. Kate is an enthusiastic supporter of Vesterheim. She has served on the Vesterheim Board of Trustees and has been a Board officer. She has taught spinning and other textile-related classes throughout the United States and in Norway at Rauland Academy. Kate is known for introducing nålbinding to many American fiber artists.