SP09 Spinning Icelandic Wool with Patsy Sue Zawistoski
Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rooms 3&4 at Turf Valley Resort
Icelandic wool has a very distinctive history, look and feel. This double-coated sheep is a primitive breed, and, using restrictive breeding laws, the people of Iceland have made a concerted effort to preserve the original breed. There are techniques that will help you make the most of this valuable wool. We’ll be spinning three styles of yarn: carding the two coats together for a thick Lopi-style yarn, combing to separate the coats to make a smooth yarn with the long tog fibers, and carding the undercoat (thel) to make soft yarns. Proficiency Level: Students must be able to spin a continuous yarn. Bring to Class: Spinning wheel in good working order or spindles in a variety of weights; lazy kate; extra bobbins; hand cards, hand combs or dog combs; about a dozen baggies and 3×5 cards for labeling; scissors; single-hole punch, tape, or stapler for attaching fibers and yarns to the worksheets; a small towel; and your usual wheel maintenance equipment.
Class Fee: $100. Materials Fee: $15.
Patsy Sue Zawistoski receives accolades for her teaching skills here and abroad. She is known for her understanding of the art of teaching spinning, spinning wheels, and yarn design. She delights in seeing her students reach their “aha” moment in spinning. Patsy is totally committed to teaching spinners efficient ways to create their own yarn source books. Sampling and record keeping create invaluable information for choosing or repeating yarns. Having over 35 years of teaching experience, she continues fiber explorations, weaving with handspun, writing, and teaching.