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Questions Beginner Spinners Want to Ask......

Posted: 18th September 2018
Author: Catherine Wright

You know the feeling, you have a question, surely you're not the only person who is wondering this but you certainly don't want to look like an idiot.

Well the same questions come up again and again and we would like to put your mind at rest - there's no question too silly, we've been asked them all.  And probably asked them myself before I learned to spin.  OK, well not the first one, I knew the answer to the first one....

 Are the sheep killed when they're sheared?

No, they're not.  A sheep will be shorn once a year, an experience shearer will have the job done in a few minutes and although this is probably not the best night out the sheep has ever had (maybe the equivalent to our visit to the dentist), it will feel better afterwards and more healthy in the long term

 I've never spun before, can I still come on your course?

Yes, of course you can.  You're exactly who the workshop is for.  I will start you off from the very beginning and take you through the whole process.  If there are more than two on the course I will bring someone along to help out in case you need a bit of extra help (often I will treadle for you while you conquer the drafting process).

Beginners Spinning, Black Sheep Wools

I have a wheel but it doesn't work, shall I bring it along?

Yes, bring it along.  I'll have a look at it and see if I can get it to work, but I always have one wheel per person in case we can't

I have some alpaca/mohair/dog fur.  Can I bring that and spin it?

Yes, of course.  I would normally get everyone started using wool, simply because it'll be easier to begin with and we want to make the process as painless as possible.  Once you've got it like, then by all means have a go of any fibre you like!

I'm vegan, am I welcome at your workshops?

Yes of course you are.  If you let me know beforehand then I can prepare alternative fibre for you.  You'll be very welcome and might be surprised of the amount of fibres available.

Beginner's Spinning Workshop Lancashire


If you have any questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them, don't hold back - in 10 years of teaching you certainly won't be the first!  Have a look to see when the next workshop is click here

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