SP08 All Spindles All Day with Abby Franquemont
Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rooms 1&2 at Turf Valley Resort
Even if you already spin with spindles, there’s probably something here for you. We’ll cover finger twisting, thigh spinning, stick spinning, many different types of spindles, plying with spindles, and finishing your yarn. We’ll spend in-depth time on a variety of exercises aimed at increasing your spindle skills. Spinning while walking, standing, sitting, talking, team spinning, spindle races, spinning blind, and a selection of tricks guaranteed to amaze your friends will be covered. Proficiency Level: Suitable for all. Bring to Class: Any spindles you love and any spindles you hate.
Class Fee: $100. Materials Fee: $30 (includes two spindles and 4-6 oz. of wool fiber to spin during class).
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.