Home Grown: Spinning for Fair Isle Knitting (Part A)

Home Grown: Spinning for Fair Isle Knitting (Part A) with Martha Owen

Students are encouraged to enroll for one, or both. Must have some recent previous skills. For 12 students maximum in each session.

Spinning (*non knitters welcomed)
Produce an array of colorful heathered yarns intended for Fair Isle-inspired stranded knitting. Prepare and spin Shetland sheepy shades and a dyed fleece palette from common and historic renewable natural dye sources to personalize your textiles. Working from fleece, explore; carding, combing, color blending, plying, hand positions, wheel adjustments, inspirations, yarn design and more! This Folk School class offers an immersive experience and all the fleece comes from Martha's Sheep!

This class is presented in collaboration with John C. Campbell Folk School and Lessonface. Class capacity is 12 students. Registration closes on January 14, 2024. Students are invited to attend a large group Orientation and Closing Ceremony to connect with various classes online.

Class Materials

Your class registration fee includes a materials kit with a value of $70 shipped to your door. Residents outside the USA will pay the difference in shipping.

The kit includes:
Home grown Shetland fleece shades and assorted naturally dyed colors, graph paper, handouts.

Students will also want to provide:
-A spinning wheel in workable condition, (Hand spindles work too.) Make sure your wheel likes to spin fine yarn. (A Louet can work.)
-Extra bobbins,
-Maintenance tools and oil bottle
-Hand cards and/or drum carder,
-Baby oil and small spray bottle,
-hand combs or a hair comb,
-favorite photos or postcards for color inspiration,
-notebook for note taking,
-tea cup and favorite tea.

Age Range

Teens and Adults

Skill Level


Contact the Teacher

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About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

Since 1925, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina has transformed lives, and brought people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Since 2012, Lessonface has connected more than 30,000 students with over 2,500 great teachers for live music, language, and arts lessons online, delivering on our mission to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably.

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The class will meet for three 120-min live online sessions at 10 am ET | 7 am PT | 15:00 UTC on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The first session is on February 12. See the schedule below.

Enrolled students receive 45-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
[Extra Session] Home Grown: Spinning for Fair Isle Knitting (Part A)
Martha Owen

How It Works

Enroll above to save your spot in the class. Lessonface will send you a confirmation right away, and a Zoom link 24 hours before the class start time. You can log into your Lessonface dashboard to access class materials, communicate with your instructor, join the live Zoom session, and access the class recordings and chat transcript afterward.

Refund Policy: To cancel an enrollment or request a refund, contact support@lessonface.com. For 30+ days before, we refund 95%. Between 30 and 5 days, receive a 75% refund. No refunds within 5 days of class start date. Materials kit fees are non-refundable.

Book 1:1 online lessons with Martha Owen on their Lessonface profile.

Martha Owen

Martha Owen

Martha Owen is an artisan/shepherd and a Creative Programming Artist at the Folk School. She designs and oversees classes in spinning/knitting, crochet/felt making /surface design and dyeing. Her adventure in spinning began in 1978. By 1980 her extended family included sheep, Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester, Great Pyrenees Guardians, Border Collies and Angora rabbits. A banjo player known to tell a story or two, Martha's interest in sheep and wool, music and dance has carried her quite literally and joyfully around the world.

– Visit Martha Owen's profile on Lessonface.

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