Spinning Yarn with Sticks and Stones (SOLD OUT)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Spinning Yarn with Sticks and Stones (SOLD OUT)

March 25, 2021 (6:00-7:30 PM CT) with Lesley Darling

Level of Instruction
$70.00 Members
$70.00 Non-members

Curious about making yarn but not sure about a spinning wheel?  Believe it or not, the spinning wheel is still a NEW technology, and the traditional method is just as fun. In this beginning spinner's workshop, we'll learn basic hand-spinning techniques on a supported spindle. We'll discuss fiber types, processing, spinning styles, and more! Your kit for the workshop includes your very own spindle, plenty of hand processed wool fibers to spin, and a special treat from Vesterheim!

This class requires moderate manual dexterity, such as thumb and index finger contact.

Supplies: A complete kit of supplies including a spindle, hand-processed and carded wool in various sheep breeds, yarn samples for study, and roving (a $30 value) is included in the cost of enrollment. You'll also need a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the contiguous United States, additional shipping charges may apply. Please contact jtorkelson@vesterheim.org when you register for more information. 

Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitation sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the class.

Enrollment Deadline: March 11, 2021


Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Lesley Darling

Lesley Darling

Hailing from the Great Plains, Lesley Darling's passion for fiber and folklife has led her on quite the journey, including herding rare-breed sheep in Wales and learning a dying language while knitting with elders in Sweden. In addition to growing and foraging natural dyes, she practices off-road knitting, creates conceptual nature-based garments, and occasionally spins and weaves. She teaches throughout the Midwest and Appalachia and loves to work with beginners and intermediate students with humor while sparking their curiosity for folk culture.