SP10 Fearless Plying with Navajo Plying and Center-Pull with Heavenly Bresser

Wednesday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows C & D

No more stress! Join us as we tackle ply techniques on the spinning wheel. Learn how to establish and maintain a smooth rhythm while Navajo plying. Explore ways to ply from a center-pull ball for better control and fewer tangles. We will also discuss what makes for a truly balanced yarn, how to intentionally spin an “off” balance yarn and the many reasons you might want to do so. Finally, we’ll take a look at additional tools for your future plying endeavors. Are you ready? Let’s ply! Skill level: Intermediate. Maximum number of students: 15. Students should bring: Notebook, pen or pencil with eraser, spinning wheel in working order (e-spinners with battery packs are welcome), handspun samples on bobbins or spindles* (see homework notes), lazy kate or equivalent. Homework: Prior to class, spin two samples of singles yarn, approximately 1.5 ounces each, of your choice of fiber. Samples may be spun on a wheel, e-spinner, or spindles. Samples should be spun at least 48 hours prior to class session. Do not wind samples into balls (cakes) prior to class.

Class Code: SP10 Class Fee: $55. Materials Fee: None.

Heavenly Bresser is the owner and founder of Heavenly Knitchet. She is excited to share her love for knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and all things fiber related with the world. Not only is Heavenly a well-rounded fiber artist, but she is also a jewelry maker and loves to work with polymer clay. She currently sells various prepared fibers including batts, rolags, handpainted braids of fiber, handspun yarn, and accessories as well as jewelry for fiber artists and enthusiasts. Heavenly is dedicated to helping fiber artists of all levels expand their knowledge about their craft and try new things. She loves working with color, repairing older spinning wheels, and spending time with family.

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

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