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Spinning Series: Preparing Fibers

One of the secrets to spinning the yarn you want is good fiber preparation. We will begin by working with a raw fleece, learning where and what to look for in buying a fleece for the best fiber for your project. We will go through the steps for washing the fleece and preparing it for carding or combing. Using hand cards, a drum carder or combs we will create the roving for spinning. The best method, carding or combing, for the various fibers will be discussed.  We will also explore blending fibers on the drum carder. Each day of the Spinning Series is a stand-alone one day course that will expose students of any level to a particular set of skills related to spinning. However, students are highly encouraged to enroll in 2 or 3 days for the fullest possible introduction to this engaging craft.


New! Sun, Feb 19, 2017
(Early bird tuition deadline: 01/08/17)

Course Details

Length in days:


$85.00 per student (Regular rate)
$75.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

* The Feb 19, 2017 course is part of the Northern Fiber Retreat event

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All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

Allen Holzhueter Allen Holzhueter

Allen has been knitting since the 1980s with an interest in multicolor knitting techniques. He has focused on the knitting traditions of Northern Europe and the British Isles, and has taught traditional Scandinavian, Fair Isle and Latvian projects using the multicolor technique. Allen has expanded on his fiber interests to include spinning his own knitting yarns on one of his several spinning wheels. Allen lives in Madison where he divides his time among knitting and spinning projects - and spoiling the family Greyhounds.

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Spinning Series: Preparing Fibers

Spinning Series: Preparing Fibers