Variations on a Draw: Beyond Wool

Nov 14, 2020 1:00PM—Nov 22, 2020 2:30PM

Categories ,


So, you’ve learned to spin, but trying a new fiber makes your hands sweat and your body shudder. In this virtual class, you’ll learn to control your thread and wheel instead of letting them control you!

You already have a method of holding the fiber and drafting it into a thread – your “draw”. Now, expand your knowledge of your own equipment, drafting, styles, and  fiber preparations to give you more control over the yarns you create. You’ll learn how the combination of wheel design, treadling speed, and draw style work together to form thread. And, you’ll get to experiment with different fibers and preparations to get the “feel” of drafting with control.

This will be a 3-session class (November 14, 15, and 21 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm each day) which will be a mix of short PowerPoint presentations, live demonstration, and spinning together plus plenty of time for questions.

Paula Vester started spinning 40 years ago and even today continues her quest for spinning and dyeing knowledge. She has been teaching formal classes since the mid-1980’s and she has taught throughout the Southeast, as well as at The Estes Park Wool Market in Colorado, the Taos Wool Market in New Mexico and at regional and national conferences.  Paula teaches to share her joy and excitement with students.

$65 – $80

Additional Supply Fee: None. The kit fee for all spinning supplies and a handout is included in class cost, and the kit will be mailed to you before the first class. Note: Registration will close at midnight on November 6th so there is ample time for kits to be mailed and to arrive before the first class on November 14th.

Scholarship Available: No

Level: Advanced beginner and above – must be able to spin a continuous thread and have a good working relationship with your spinning wheel.

Required Supplies:

  • Spinning wheel or a selection of spindles
  • Niddy noddy
  • Ball winder
  • Hand cards (if you have them)
  • Pen or pencil

Image Credit:; Photo by George Boe