From Fleece to Spin to Skein' with Susan Denham-Smith

From Fleece to Spin to Skein' with Susan Denham-Smith


Organizer: Quirky Workshops Art, Craft and Heritage Skill Courses

Name: Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

Phone: 017684 83984

Email: [email protected]



CA11 0UT

Price Notes


Just 8 mins west of M6 J40, off the A66 towards Keswick.


Join Susan Denham-Smith of 'Wild Wool Workshops' in one of the studios for a 'Hands On' day learning the techniques & processes in turning raw fleece into a useable skein of yarn (wool) using traditional Spinning Wheels and Drop Spindles!

This promises to be a fascinating day learning how to process wool from the raw fleece. You will discover the parts and functions of a spinning wheel, how to thread, adjust and maintain it. How to spin fibre to create yarn, using both a drop spindle and a treadle spinning wheel, and how to finish the yarn into a skein for use in your own projects.

During the first coffee and biscuits, Susan will begin to tell you ...

Why Do we Spin? Hand spun yarns, twists, drafting fibre and creating a basic yarn using a drop spindle (Park and draft)

Getting to know your wheel! History of spinning wheels, parts of the wheel & how they work, about treading, and different wheel types.

Fibres and Sheep ...the amazing properties of wool, wool breeds and what this means for different spinning styles including Staple length

Preparation of Wool for Spinning Washing – to wash or not to wash! Preparing, Hand Carding, Drum Carding, Hand Combing and Drafting Fibre

Spinning with the Wheel Don’t worry, it won’t take us all day to get to this the exciting spinning part, but the above info and preparing the wool well, just like DIY, is vital for successful spinning! Threading your wheel, tension, drafting and holding the fibre, treading, your drafting triangle, the mysterious 'Z and S', and “Pinch, Pull, Slide”!

Plying Plying with 2 strands of your own spun wool, using a Lazy Kate, using a Niddy noddy (!), and finally, finishing the yarn!

In short, a really comprehensive day workshop learning, from an expert, all aspects of Home Spinning - 'from Fleece, to Spin, to Skein'!

Event Details

Start Date End Date Times
29/03/2023 29/03/2023 9.30am - 4.30pm
02/04/2023 02/04/2023 9.30am - 4.30pm