Create Your Own Yarn Workshop

Hand-spinning with traditional and contemporary style


Erica Watts

Erica Watts

Textile artist

2 hours 1 to 12 label $50 or 4 payments of $12.50


Hand-spinning is an ancient textile craft, practiced for thousands of years using the most simple tools. Predating the spinning wheel, spindles give twist and strength to fibers for all sorts of purposes. From simple lace thread to strong cord, this practice has roots across the world.

My personal spinning practice is a time set aside for peace and creativity.
The sensing and shaping the fleece through my fingers. The rhythmic turning of the wheel.

Working on a skein of yarn over several sessions, I can look back the finished piece and take note of how the momentary experience has impacted qualities of the yarn. The tension in the drafting, the twist of the fibres. These all form the story of the finished piece.

In this hands-on event we will use drop-spindles and wool fleece to experience hand-spinning. During the event, there will be a selection of batts in an array of colour, fibre textures and spin style to enjoy and get straight into the experience.

Together we'll indulge in the experience creating woolly handspun skeins with their own unique shape and story.


Knowledge Required
No prior experience with with fleece or textiles is required
 
What to bring
All equipment and supplies to be used during this event will be provided.
If you prefer to bring your own spindle, feel free
 
Location

Marrickville, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Erica Watts
Erica Watts

Textile artist


Erica is a Sydney-based artist drawn to textile manipulation art-making practices. She has studied a range of arts and textile practices through the University of Technology Sydney, the College of Fine Arts and through the mentorship of various practitioners.

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