Virtual Spinning 101

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Date(s) - 26/10/2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Sharon Kallis

Wed. October 26

6:30-8:30 pm PST

Virtual (Zoom)

An online interactive introduction to spinning on a drop spindle. 

This program is a prerequisite option for the Spinners Social Circle if you are new to spinning.

Sharon will lead this small group through the fundamentals of 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 the basics of plying. We will have a brief discussion of handling wool from different breeds and how that affects your yarn and how you spin it.

Required Materials:

  • 20-40gm of clean wool (clean raw fleece preferred, roving will work)
  • One or all of the following: a metal hair pick, a wide toothed comb, cat/dog brushes or hair brush 
  • medium sized drop spindle

If you want to make a spindle, this video may help. If buying a drop spindle, here is the spindle that EartHand uses for our in-person sessions. Note: we are working from top weighted spindles, but bottom whirls are fine. Please do not purchase an Ashford student spindle (this spindle requires modifications in order to be useful, refer to the anatomy of a drop spindle video above to find out why!).

Participants need a device with a camera, mic, and wifi to participate.

Participants are welcome to bring their dinner to the sessions to eat and spin while talking (perhaps not all at once!)


This is a paid session with tiered pay-as-you-can tickets*:

$60 – Community Patron (CP)

$50 – Volunteer Supported (VS)

$40 – Sponsored Placement (SP)

*Prices do not include supplies. 

Subsidized spaces in this program are available thanks to the generous donations of EartHand community members. For more information about our pricing scale please see our EartHand Fee Structure page.


Bookings are closed for this event.