Start Spinning with Maggie Casey

About Start Spinning with Maggie Casey

Spider Woman taught the Navajo to spin with spindles of lightning and turquoise. Gandhi encouraged the people of India to spin every day for meditation and economic freedom. Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on her spindle. History and fable are full of tales of spinning and its effect on the people who do it. If you have always wanted to spin, have taught yourself a little, or haven’t spun for a while, this workshop will help you gain skill and confidence. Starting with an easy to spin commercial fiber we’ll practice, and get used to the wheel. Next we will work with a beautiful fleece, learn to card, spin some more, ply and set the twist. We’ll look at woolen and worsted techniques and our last spin will be a dyed braid. Spinning straw into gold may be beyond our reach, but beautiful yarn is not!

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

-Spinning wheel in good working condition and all its parts
-Lazy Kate and at least 3 bobbins
-Wool hand cards

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

$35 - includes notebook, fleece, carded and combed top, wool and silk top.



Skill Level

Suitable for all

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The class will meet on Wednesday and Thursday, May 1st and 2nd, from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, for a total of 12 hours of instruction. See the class schedule below.

Class Location

Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Haymeadow Room

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Start Spinning with Maggie Casey
Maggie Casey

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Maggie Casey

    Maggie Casey has been addicted to spinning since the last century and while some people are proud of their wine cellars, she much prefers her fleece basement. She was co-owner of Shuttles Spindles & Skeins until it closed in 2020. Besides teaching spinning at Shuttles, she also teaches at the Estes Park Wool Market, Harrisville Designs, John C. Campbell Folk School, Maryland Sheep & Wool, PlyAway and SOAR. She holds Part 1 of the Handweavers Guild of America’s Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning and is the author of Start Spinning, Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn and several Long Thread downloads, and writes for Ply Magazine.

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