I’ll be demonstrating how to prepare and spin natural fibers
including different breeds of sheeps wool, angora and mohair into
yarn using a spinning wheel. I’ll also show items that can be
knitted or woven from your own handspun yarns.
Lisa Smith is an avid sock knitter who one day decided to learn to
spin her own sock yarn. This adventure eventually led to the
purchase of Smokey, her hillbilly French angora rabbit, numerous
sheep fleeces and a houseful of fuzz.
Her blog is
This lecture/ workshop will explore making yarn, thread, and cloth.
Preparing the natural fiber, the hand spinning process, and
weaving will be demonstrated. There will be a hands-on
introduction to many different natural fibers and a discussion of
their individual characteristics which may be used to enhance a
final cloth. A few spindles and wool will be available if you would
like to try out what you have learned . Inexpensive spinning and
weaving tools that are easy to make will be discussed so you can get
spinning and weaving right away. Though the emphasis in this hour
and a half is on spinning for weaving, discussion will also include
spinning for knitting, crocheting, lacemaking, embroidery, and
sewing. Come and join us and learn to turn your cotton fields, pet
hair, sheep wool, and other fabulous fibers into unique cloth that
your friends will admire.