Apr 10

Good morning, Fiber Friends!  The sun is up, the sky is blue and the temps are to get up to near 70 today.  I think Old Man Winter has finally gone beddy-bye for a few months.  I hope he over sleeps this fall.

Check out what one of my students has done.

stephply

This is Stephanie’s first foray into spinning top and she is working hard at getting a good, balanced ply.  Doesn’t that look lovely?  It’s funny about this color combination.  It’s purple and a gun-metal gray.  Once it was plied though, the gray had a greenish cast in real life.

stephskein

The photo doesn’t show the green as much, but it’s there.  Don’t you love how colors change when they are combined?

A couple of my students, Stephanie and Marta, started their spinning off on wheels and had never had the chance to spin on spindles.

spindling

So, I showed them the ropes, and off they went.  Both are contemplating trips and love the idea of being able to spin in tight quarters.  All three students went home with a homework assignment and the different fibers to get it done.  The next class will prove to be interesting indeed.

And all three of these students in this beginning class are graduating to my Spinning II class beginning in May.  I now have three spinning classes that I teach at Starstruck Cat Studio in Greenwood, Indiana.

Spinning I is for those who have never spun at all, or have spun very little and want to learn.  This class will get the student spinning, plying, blending and being able to work with roving and top with forays into long-draw and true worsted techniques.  I provide all of the fiber for this class.  This is the 2nd Tuesday night of the month from 6-8 PM.

Spinning II takes the student on to different plying techniques, how to use the wheel to greater effect (i.e. tweaking the wheel for different thicknesses of yarn), getting more consistent yarns in the weights needed for specific projects and spinning for a project either crocheted, knitted or woven.  Carding and combing are also taught in this class.  I provide most of the fiber for this class.  This is the 4th Tuesday night of the month from 6-8 PM.  This class will begin on May 27th.

Spinning III delves more into designer yarns, blending fibers, spinning different fibers from different breeds/plants (some pretty exotic) and how they would best be used in projects.  Yarns learned are beaded, core-spun, thick and thin, and many others.  This class opens up for more student driven desires and allows the student to begin specializing in what he or she wants to create.  Yarns spin from many different materials will be explored as well.  While I still provide a lot of the fiber for this class, students are encouraged to bring in fiber or materials that they want to explore to add to the experience of the students. This is the 3rd Wednesday night of the month from 6-8 PM.

I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying each of these classes.  The students bring so much joy into my life.  I hope I can teach for many years to come.