SP05 Batts, Batts, Batts with Abby Franquemont
Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rooms 1&2 at Turf Valley Resort
Make your own drum-carded wool blends and learn different ways to spin them. You’ll learn how to make textured batts, smooth batts, and color-effect batts, and you’ll learn how to handle them to produce different results, including color effects, yarn structure effects, and general texture effects. This is a perfect class to get to know the drum carder you already have or to learn what you personally might want in a drum carder you plan to buy. Proficiency Level: All levels. Bring to Class: Drum carder, if you have one (the instructor will also bring drum carders); spinning wheel, e-spinner, or spindle; small hand tools (hand cards, flicker, etc.) if you already have them (don’t buy them for the class; you’ll know better what you want after you take the class).
Class Fee: $100. Materials Fee: $45.
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.