(217) Hemp and Ramie: Spinning Historic Fibers

Hemp and ramie are back! These important historic cellulose bast fibers have moved in and out of vogue, but now they are very much in. Ramie is native to southern Asia and traveled to Europe along the Silk Road. Hemp, also from Asia, is possibly the oldest cultivated plant for both food and fiber. Now it is time to fully appreciate and understand the differences between these fibers and ways to use them. PatsyZ will have a reference worksheet download included with the workshop.

In this class, she will concentrate on spinning techniques and various ways of plying and finishing these fibers. 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:

Friday 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.
  • Ramie fiber.
  • Hemp fiber, natural and dyed if desired.