SP09 Corespinning for Funk and Function with Esther Rodgers

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows A & B

Ever wonder how to make that cloud of expensive cashmere go as far as possible, spin functional textured yarns or add embellishment into your yarns like fabric, feathers, sequins and bobbles? In this class you’ll learn how to do it all!  Combining fun with function, corespinning is a wonderful way to make the most of your expensive fibers, as well as preserve texture and spin those creative layered yarns. We’ll talk about what different cores provide, troubleshoot overspinning and how to achieve structural integrity. Skill level: Advanced beginner. Students must be able to spin a single and ply on a wheel. Maximum number of students: 20. Students should bring: Their spinning wheel with all its parts, bobbins and lazy kate. Core yarn of crochet cotton #10 and/or brushed mohair. Any add-ins, embellishments or fiber they don’t know what to do with or would like to see how to add/spin into the yarn.

Class Code: SP09 Class Fee: $55. Materials Fee: $25.

Esther Rodgers is a full-time fiber artist from Mebane, North Carolina. She is known for her creative art yarns, and her unique fiber preparation, while constantly innovating her spinning techniques to create new textures and is on the cutting edge in terms of yarn design. She loves to design and spin concept yarns from an inspiration and tell stories with her yarns. Esther is also a SAORI weaver and creative knitter which gives her the perspective of how these extra special yarns can be used. She challenges herself by creating garments and other items out of her yarns and woven cloth. Esther is an enthusiastic and patient teacher; possessing both national and international teaching experience. She enjoys the adventure of traveling around, sharing her techniques and fun. Some of the events she has taught at include Iceland spinners group, MAFA, John C. Campbell Folk School, Interweave YarnFest, PLY Away, New York Sheep and Wool (Rhinebeck), Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival (SAFF), Stitches South and Stitches Midwest and for both Ashford Wheels and Looms and Majacraft Camp in New Zealand. She loves to challenge her students to embrace their design elements rather than “mistakes” and to learn from each new spin.

2020 Catalog Cover Artist

Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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