Drop Spindle for Beginners With Amanda Hannaford

This workshop is part of our Mill Open Weekend celebrations.

If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at spinning up your own yarn then this is the class for you. Spinning extraordinaire, Amanda Hannaford, is here to show you how.

Using what is called either a drop or suspended spindle, you’ll learn how to add twist to turn loose fibres into thread. You will then discover how doubling the thread and turning the spindle in the opposite direction results in a balanced 2ply yarn, eventually working with much longer continuous lengths of yarn, finishing it beautifully. At the end of the class you will have a complete knowledge of spindle spinning and plying, allowing you to go away and create your own yarn for use in your favourite crafting technique, whether that be knitting, crochet or weaving!

Skill Level Information: The class is aimed at beginners. No prior knowledge or experience of spinning is necessary.
What is included? You will receive 50g Appledore tops and a beginner spindle as class materials. These will be yours to keep and continue practicing with after the class. Appledore is our grippiest fibre, so the best suited to beginner spinners. You will also receive a complimentary voucher for a beverage from the pop-up MOW café.
What do students need to bring? Nothing, just an open mind and a willingness to learn something new.

If you click the link below then you will be taken to our booking system on Eventbrite to complete your booking. You’re also more then welcome to give us a bell (+44 (0)1769 579861) and book over the phone if you would prefer. Thanks! 

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Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm – 3 hours. Please arrive 30 mins before event starts, to check in. Our doors officially open at 9:30am, but please just knock on the door and let us know you’re booked onto the class and we will be able to sign you in.
Date: Sunday 9th June, 2024
Location: The Mayor’s Parlour, South Molton Town Hall, EX36 3AB

For more information about our Mill Open Weekend celebrations please visit our website.

We are so looking forward to throwing our doors open and inviting you inside for our MOW celebrations!
– The Mill Folk x

Tutor Bio: Amanda has been spinning for about forty years, and dyeing for nearly as long. She is a member of Liskeard Spinners, Somerset, Peter Tavy and the Online Guilds and has had work selected for several Association Exhibitions. As well as teaching workshops and masterclasses around the UK and Europe she has also taught at all but two of the Association Summer Schools since 2007. She holds the National Association of Guilds’ Certificates of Achievement in spinning and dyeing, and has a City & Guilds Stage 1 teaching certificate.

Amanda also has a super spinning Q&A session this Mill Open Weekend, with our other spinning expert, Becks, of Tiny Fibre Studio.

website: www.mandacrafts.co.uk