Spinning Luxury Fibers

Spinning Luxury Fibers


Saturday Morning 9-12.

Cashmere, camel, silk, and yak—the range of prepared luxury fibers we modern spinners have at our fingertips would astound our textile predecessors. Today, we often find these fibers in blends—merino and cashmere, silk and yak, the enticing list goes on and on. These blends often combine fibers with very different characteristics. How we spin silk is typically different from how we might spin yak—how should we spin a blend of the two? This workshop will introduce you to a variety of luxury blends and methods to spin these special fibers to get the yarns you want.

Instructor: Kate Larson

Materials Fee: $15 (payable to to instructor day of class).
Includes a variety of fibers, handouts, and recordkeeping materials.

What to bring: A spindle or working wheel, extra bobbins, and lazy kate. You will need handcards for this class—some will be available to borrow.

Capacity: 15

Instructor Biography: Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in soil chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate is the editor of Spin Off and author of The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Make Yarn to Knit (Interweave, 2016). Follow her woolly adventures at KateLarsonTextiles.com.

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