Beginner Drop Spindle- Online class

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Date(s) - 12/05/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Tuesday May 12th 7-9pm

An online interactive tutorial on spinning with a drop spindle.

Learn to make your own yarn with your own freshly washed fleece! A great next step after you’ve washed your fleece in the Washing Wool at Home workshop.

We will go over fibre preparation for spinning, using a top whorl spindle, the “park and draft” method to get started, then graduating to more continuous spinning from there and ending with plying.  We will also go over wool from different breeds and how that should affect your yarn and how you spin it.

6 participants max, pay what you can after through Weshowup with payment options of $20, $35 and $50.

Find out more and register here:

It is expected participants have their own wool, drop spindles are available for borrowing for this program and 2 months of practice afterwards through Earthand Gleaners for a $20 refundable deposit.

Registrants will be emailed a link to book their drop spindle upon registration.

Drop Spindle Pickup May 3rd 1-4pm from the EartHand Studio in Trillium park. Return date July 6th at which point your paypal fee will be refunded



Wanna learn how to wash your own fleece before you start spinning?Washing Wool at Home is happening in conjunction with this workshop on May 5th, but either can be taken on their own.

Materials: 50-100g of clean wool and medium sized drop spindle




Technology requirements: Zoom account, Weshowup account and device to watch video demonstration and write questions. No microphone setup is needed.

Weshowup is a sliding scale, pay afterwards model. At the end of the workshop participants will receive an email and be prompted to choose an amount of $20, $35, or $50 as course payment. There is also an option to put any amount of your choosing, lower or higher.

The reservation fee will only be charged if you don’t attend but otherwise the only payment you will make is the amount you choose at the end.



Nicola Hodges teaches with Earthand Gleaners and is a textile enthusiast who’s focused her skills on working with wool. She first learnt how to wash fleece by dish soap and garden hose in a strathcona backyard many years ago but has since washed many more fleeces in many more ways, most recently culminating in working at Longway Homestead Mill in Manitoba, washing and grading in a production environment. She brings this knowledge and her experience as a spinner and dyer with her into this workshop.