(218) Bamboo: Spinning Old and New Fibers

Today bamboo fibers are receiving abundant coverage by production companies and vendors that are striving to take advantage of the “green ecological revolution”. Whether bamboo is a truly ecological fiber or not is being debated on several levels. To begin making sense of the debate, we need to understand that bamboo is an important historical bast fiber. PatsyZ will have a reference worksheet available for download.

Now it is time to fully appreciate and understand the differences between these fibers that are available for purchase: original bast fiber, rayon from bamboo, and charcoal bamboo. This class will focus on spinning techniques and various ways of plying and finishing these fibers and she will discuss how to create sample yarns for crocheting, knitting, or a weavette weaving. Making small samples can help you decide which historic cellulose yarn to spin for a project like a summer shawl, top, scarf, placemats, or kitchen towel.


X-Patsy Sue Zawistoski

Experience Level:


Class Length:

Two-hour Class

Class Day/Time:

Saturday Afternoon

Maximum Class Size:


Student Supplies:

  • Spinning tools: A good working wheel, lazy kate, and extra bobbins.
  • Preparation tools: Handcards, optional: niddy-noddy, ball winder.
  • Documentation tools: Scissors, single hole punch or tags, pen or pencil, note cards, small bags, and a towel.
  • Bast bamboo fiber.
  • Rayon from bamboo.
  • Charcoal bamboo fiber.