Spinning Short Stapled Fibers with Jill Duarte

About Spinning Short Stapled Fibers with Jill Duarte

Ever wanted to spin short stapled fibers? Fibers like luxury down fibers such as Cashmere, or short stapled wools. In this workshop, we will address the needs of short stapled fibers when hand spinning, how to setup your spinning wheel for spinning short stapled fibers, a variety of fiber preps (carded rolags/punis, combed top, cloud), spinning techniques (woolen drafting), and yarn structure. We will go over different methods for woolen drafts including point of contact, double drafting and supported long draw. With these skills, students will have the skills necessary to spin any short stapled fibers that may come their way.

Materials, Equipment, and Supplies the Student Must Bring to Class

A spinning wheel or e-spinner (with 4 bobbins) or 4 supported spindles in good working order; appropriate tools for plying including but not limited to lazy Kate; niddy noddy; hand cards with 72 tpi or more are recommended but not required (instructor will have hand cards students can borrow if needed).

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor) and Kit Description

$30 - includes a variety of short stapled fibers for students to work with in class and extra to take home for practice - a minimum of 6 ounces of fiber.



Skill Level

Advanced Beginner: Student should be familiar with their wheel, know how to spin a consistent singles, and have plied a yarn.

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Single 3-hour session on Friday, May 3, at 1 pm ET.

Class Location

Howard County Arts Council – Conference Room

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Spinning Short Stapled Fibers with Jill Duarte
Jill Duarte

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Jill Duarte

    Jill Duarte spends their days geeking out about all things fiber, diving into the nuances of fiber preparation, color, and the act of spinning. As co-owner of HipStrings, Jill is dedicated to the resurgence of modern craft that is based on a foundation of technical and historical knowledge. This approach is reflected in the fiber, yarn and tools they’ve developed and produce. Jill shares their insights as a regular contributor to PLY magazine, with the goal of making the technical aspects of craft accessible to all.

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