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Spinning the Luxury Fibers!

Silk, cashmere, yak, alpaca, mohair–all fibers that have been coveted around the world for centuries! Learn to spin them all as you explore the ins and outs of the more exotic fibers. In this class, students will blend a variety of these fibers with wool and also spin them by themselves. There will be extensive discussions on the characteristics of these fibers, how best to spin them, and the most appropriate uses for them in making an article of clothing.  Students will use alpaca, llama, mohair, angora rabbit, dog, and cat as well as downy fibers like cashmere, yak, or quiviet. Take home information handouts on the fibers and many hand-spun samples. Students should have some experience spinning.


New! Fri, Feb 17, 2017
(Early bird tuition deadline: 01/06/17)

Course Details

Length in days:


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


Beginner to Advanced

* The Feb 17, 2017 course is part of the Northern Fiber Retreat event

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You will need the following tools for this class:

spinning wheel
hand carders
extra bobbins
lazy kate
ball winder
niddy noddy
hang tags
Stefania Isaacson Stefania Isaacson

 Stefania has been a life-long knitter, and started spinning and dying to supply herself with the best yarns in the world! She got her Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning from the Handweaver’s Guild of America in 1997. Since then she has opened her own business called Handspun by Stefania and taught numerous workshops dealing in natural dyes, spinning and basket making. She has spoken about the fiber arts to numerous groups, and has appeared on Home & Garden TV as a guest on the Carol Duvall Show. She sells handspun, natural hand dyed yarns, original knitting kits using her own yarns and patterns, hand dyed roving dyed with natural dyes, and handmade baskets. She was previously a high school English teacher, and now enjoys teaching spinning, dyeing, and knitting to fiber enthusiasts. Most recently, Stefania has authored a book on natural dyes called In Search of the Perfect Green–and Orange, Too!

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