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Now You Can Spin – Time to Understand Twist and Grist

April 29 @ 12:00 am - April 30 @ 12:00 am

Now You Can Spin – Time to Understand Twist and Grist with Patsy Zawistoski

This weekend workshop is aimed for spinners who want better control of their wool yarns. We will cover understanding your own wheel’s gear ratios and take-up mechanics plus how they might differ from your friend’s wheel. I’ll cover why you might want to choose carding, combing, or purchased rovings and tops. The class covers various drafting styles that offer speed and/or fine control.
Most importantly we will work to understand two crucial factors that create the density of your finished yarns. These are the amounts of twist compared to the amount of fiber drafted – grist. You’ll see firsthand how to control these important variables to gain the consistency that you desire for your project. I firmly believe spinners can learn to spin multiple yarns from super thick to fine using one fleece breed.
This inspiration for this workshop came from my article “Limitless Corriedale, Density, Twist & Grist,” PLY Magazine, 2019 Spring, Issue 24, pages 26-37.
This workshop will be perfect timing – you’ll learn new techniques, just in time for the Sheep and Wool Festival so you can choose fleece or roving to try out your new skills.

Dates/Times: 04/29/2023, 1 to 5 pm, and 04/30/2023, 10 am to 4:30 pm

Skills Needed: Ability to spin yarn using a spinning wheel. Bring your own wheel.
Class Fee: $125
Instructor: Patsy Zawistoski
Questions: Email Anne Elixhauser


April 29 @ 12:00 am
April 30 @ 12:00 am
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