SP12 Lockspinning and Tailspinning – The Long and Short of It with Esther Rodgers

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

Tailspun yarns are both intriguing and inspiring but can be intimidating to attempt spinning. This class will take you through 5 different techniques from basic lockspinning through extreme tailspinning, as well as adding locks into your plying. Discussion will include how to wash locks to keep them intact as well as ways to use these yarns in your knitting, crochet, felting and weaving. Skill level: Intermediate. Corespinning experience is helpful for success in this class. Maximum number of students: 20. Students should bring: Their wheel, bobbins and lazy kate. Core yarn of crochet cotton #10 and/or brushed mohair.

Class Code: SP12 Class Fee: $55. Materials Fee: $30.

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.

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