Magical Turkish Spindles, Spinning you can do Anywhere!

October 4th-3 hours(9:00-noon)

Classroom Location: SOMOS Rm. A, 108 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, NM 87571

This class provides an overview of lots of possibilities for using Turkish spindles. Nothing is lovelier than watching beautifully patterned layers pile up on your spindle and watching them reveal themselves again in reverse order as you use your yarn. Learn to wind gorgeous cops, to ply from your cops, and to use them for easy skein winding. Plying in beads, silk flowers and sequins will be demonstrated as will ply on the fly (chain plying as you spin your singles). Support spindling with your Turk as well as spinning energized singles (and their uses), will also be discussed as will thoughts on combining colors and fibers and a basic wash process to set the twist. There will be lots of Turkish spindle spun skeins made from numerous fiber mixes to examine. Special emphasis will be placed on ergonemetric hand positions to provide hours of comfort and safety and to help you spin beautifully consistent singles. In addition there will be a discussion of stained glass inspired spinning and knitting, to fill your work with luminous color and shimmer!

Skill Level:Intermediate

Students should be able to

Instructor Ilisha Helfman

$8 materials fee, includes: A variety of small samples of different fibers to try plus a 1 page handout

Students need to bring: A Turkish spindle if they have one. I may be able to provide some for purchase in class if needed or if you don't have a vendor in the marketplace.

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