SP01 Spinning Bootcamp with Abby Franquemont
Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rooms 1&2 at Turf Valley Resort
Are you interested in learning to spin? Do you have a wheel or a spindle, or are you thinking of buying one or both? What do you really need? How long does it take to learn this stuff? What’s the RIGHT way to spin? What’s plying, and do you have to do it? Can you only spin wool or is there other stuff too? How can you tell if fiber is good? Where can you get it? What kind do you want? Do you have questions, confusions, and need straight answers and a chance to try things out hands on? Proficiency Level: Beginner. Bring to Class: Spinning wheel or e-spinner if you have one (spindles will be supplied).
Class Fee: $100. Materials Fee: $30 (includes spindle and materials kit).
Abby Franquemont, author of bestselling spinning book Respect The Spindle, is steeped in the fiber arts since birth. The daughter of field anthropologists studying textile production, she was raised largely in the rural Andes of Peru, where she learned to spin, weave and more starting at the age of five. In 2006, she left a successful career in information technology in order to write and teach full-time about the fiber arts, particularly spinning. Why spinning? Abby says it’s the most fundamental of the fiber arts – the one upon which the most others depend – as well as the most at risk of being lost and the hardest to pass down in any way other than hand to hand. Abby is technical, passionate, inquisitive, and informed; she has taught individuals and groups of all ages, skill levels, and combinations thereof. Her classes are among the first to sell out wherever she goes; her book, instructional DVDs, magazine articles, and blog are widely recommended; and her down-to-earth approach is empowering for students of all levels.