Draft-O-Rama : Woolen and Worsted Prep and Draft (NEW!)
Sunday, January 19, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Are you new to spinning? Know how to make yarn, but not sure about the difference between woolen and worsted, or even what it means? In this class we’ll explore the mysterious and sometimes daunting world of woolen and worsted. You will learn woolen and worsted drafting techniques, how they are different, how they can be similar and what is the key factor for each one. Hint: It’s not the direction you draft. You’ll learn how to set up your wheel and the right rhythm between hands and feet to make spinning woolen or worsted easy. As you practice your drafting, we’ll talk about how woolen and worsted drafts change a yarn’s characteristics and what that means to your knitting and other fiber crafts. Working with both top and roving you’ll learn how to make each draft work in sync with different fiber preparations, wools, and blends and what type of yarn you can expect.
Is a short forward draft always worsted? Is long draw the only woolen draft? What about spinning from the fold? Can I spin top woolen? Which draft is good for sweaters? For socks? You will leave this class knowing the answers to those questions and with the satisfaction and confidence of knowing several ways to draft woolen and draft worsted.
Technique Requirements: If you are familiar with your wheel, can spin a continuous thread, and are comfortable making a 2-ply yarn, this class is for you.
Supplies to Bring:
Materials Fee (to Be Paid Directly to the Teacher):
$20. Take a dive into my traveling stash! You will spin a variety of fibers, breeds, and preparations, including fibers dyed by independent dyers, and receive enough fiber for class and to practice skills at home after the class.