Hand Spun, Hand Knit: Fair Isle

Hand Spun, Hand Knit: Fair Isle with Martha Owen

Start with a naturally dyed fleece palette from common and historic renewable dye sources and combine with natural Shetland shades for blends to spin and knit. Produce an array of heather and multicolor yarns, then design Fair Isle-inspired, stranded knitting. Study wheel adjustment, combing, carding, color blending, plying, and more! Compare ethnicities of stranded knitting and explore yarn design and fabric finishing to see how it changes fabric character.

The capacity for this class is 15 students. This class is presented in collaboration with the John C. Campbell Folk School. There will be an optional Orientation and Closing Ceremony hosted from the Folk School campus that students can attend online.

Class Materials

Your class registration fee includes a materials kit with a value of $70 shipped to your door. Materials mailed ahead include: Home grown Shetland fleece shades and assorted naturally dyed colors and handouts for future reference.

Students must have: A spinning wheel in workable condition, extra bobbins, maintenance tools and oil bottle. (Hand spindles work too.) Make sure your wheel likes to spin fine yarn. A Louet can also work.

Your special spinning chair, hand cards and/or drum carder, nostepinne (ball winder), baby oil and small spray bottle, hand combs or a hair comb, card stock for wrapping samples, favorite photos or postcards for color inspiration notebook for note taking, tape for securing samples, T pins, wet towel, iron and ironing board, Knitting needles for circular knitting (dpn or long enough for magic loop) sizes 3-8, Tea cup and favorite tea.

Age Range


Skill Level

Intermediate. For ambitious spinsters able to happily spin a continuous yarn with any spinning style; beyond beginner to advanced skills in knitting requested. This is not a how-to spin or how to knit class.

About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

For 96 years, 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 2,000 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 five days on the dates below. Each day starts with a 90-minute live demonstration session at 10 am ET | 7 am PT | 14:00 UTC and meets again for a 30-min check in at 6 pm ET | 3 pm PT | 22:00 UTC. The first session is on March 20.
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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Post-class check-in - Hand Spun, Hand Knit: Fair Isle
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. Class enrollments may be cancelled for full refund up to five days before the class start date, with the exception of the materials kit fees which are non-refundable.

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Martha Owen

Martha Owen

Martha Owen is an artisan/shepherd and resident artist at the John C Campbell Folkschool (www.folkschool.org) in Brasstown, NC. She oversees classes in spinning/knitting,crochet/feltmaking /surface design and dyeing. Her adventure in spinning began here in 1978.

Students Say

Ann P. on March 4, 2021


Cindy S. on March 2, 2021

Very fun!

Barbara Z. on March 3, 2021


Jean M. on March 2, 2021

Awesome. Martha was extremely well prepared and knowledgeable about the subject. She took any software issues in stride and used them as another teaching tool. Her class was both fun and informative. Somehow she made the participants feel they had individual instruction even in the online venue. The only thing I missed was interaction with the other participants but that is the nature of the beast. Great class! Keep them coming!

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