Learn to Spin
Ever thought of spinning? Come and have a go. Spend a few days in the country, meet the sheep and spin their wool. Absorb the peace and quiet of the countryside away from the hustle and bustle of town or city.
Try turning the treadmill of life into the tread of a spinning wheel as you take a real fleece and transform it into a woollen yarn from which you can produce a garment that is all your own work. You won’t spin enough for a jumper in a couple of days but you should manage a woolly hat, or you could have a go at weaving if you don’t fancy the knitting and take home a little purse or bag. While you are here, walk that (extra) mile and listen to the sounds of the country. Hear the songbirds, the tractors churning or the wind blowing in the trees. Failing that, listen to the silence – it will hurt almost as much as the blast of a disco but do less damage to your eardrums.
Spinning can be even more relaxing than knitting. No clacking needles and the gentle whirr as the wheel goes round can be as therapeutic as watching a water-fall. In addition, your fingers are softened by the lanolin in the wool. Plus you have the positive experience of creating. If your yarn does not, at first, come out as smooth as you would like, think how effective it would look in a rug or wall hanging. Create your own very special and unique picture. What a buzz that could give you. Or create a funky bag or purse, coaster or place mat.
While you are here, on the Cambridgeshire / Herts / Essex border, you have the chance to see the sheep that the wool comes from. These are no ordinary sheep but a sample of Rare Breeds ranging from Soays, little primitive sheep with horns and short brown hairy fleeces to big cuddly Leicester Longwool with their fine lustre long staple white wool originally bred by Robert Bakewell to feed his workers in the eighteenth century. Also included are mouse brown Manx Loaghtans and an assortment of cross breeds, so although we do no dying of the wool, there will be a selection of natural colours to choose from. See history from a different perspective and see how animals have evolved as our farming methods developed.
In order to guarantee the personal touch, places are limited to only 4 people per course, as we want to ensure that you return home feeling that you have accomplished something special.
Courses run both at weekends and during the week:
Weekend courses from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.
Weekdays courses from Monday morning to Tuesday afternoon.
Full course price includes all materials, the use of equipment - £100.00.
One day taster courses - £54
For booking forms and available dates contact Jayne Drinkwater;
Tel: 01763 838485
We are able to provide a list of local bed and breakfast accommodation and we will provide lunch. If you wish to make other arrangements, please let us know at the time of booking.