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Woollen vs Worsted – The long and short of it! with Amanda Hannaford

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


A course for intermediate spinners with the wonderful Amanda Hannaford.

We are really lucky in the UK in having over 60 different breeds to choose from, and you have probably noticed the trend towards preparing your own fibres from raw fleece, and spinning breed-specific yarns. All those breeds have wildly different properties, from super-soft to hardwearing carpet wool; and also wildly differing fibres lengths too, from barely an inch to over a foot long. So, you’ve learnt to spin, and you can probably manage the in-between fibres already, but what about the extra short or extra long? Rest assured this workshop with the expert spinner Amanda Hannaford is just what you need!

To cope with all these breeds and different wool characteristics, various different spinning techniques have evolved. This course is designed to give you an introduction to the two techniques that cover either end of the spectrum, the very short and the very long.

This workshop will encompass a discussion on which type of fleece is suitable for which technique, and what type of yarn you can make from each.  Amanda will teach hand-carding for light and airy rolags, which we will then spin into light and airy yarn using the English Woollen Longdraw draft. The longer fibres from the Lustre breeds will also be tackled, by combing on hand-combs and mounted English combs, for smooth and lustrous worsted yarns.

We are so pleased to be hosting Amanda’s spinning workshops again in 2022, which are always really popular, so don’t delay in booking!

The cost of the workshop includes lunch, tea/coffee and of course cake.


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Woollen vs Worsted Spinning
£ 79.00
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