Spindlers2 for beautiful spindles & fibres

for beautiful spindles & fibres


We have taught workshops for many Guilds in the North of England and the Midlands, at Alston Hall in Lancashire, at the Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Summer School, at Woolfest in Cumbria, at Knit-Nation in London and in our own home in West Yorkshire. These classes can be of varying duration and involve working with various fibres and spindles, or with spinning wheels.

We are best known for teaching workshops on spindle spinning; the longest of these is Comprehensive Spindle Spinning, which lasts a week and which we taught at the 2007 and 2011 Summer Schools.

Most frequently, we teach an Introduction to Spindle Spinning, which is aimed at completely new spinners and is even suitable for people with no previous experience of handling fibre. Half a day is the normal duration of such beginners' classes, but a full day workshop is also possible.

We can take matters further, with an Improve Your Spindle Spinning class; this is well suited to a full day and covers fibres such as alpaca, mohair and silk, in addition to wool. In all of these workshops, we use top (AKA high) whorl spindles.

We also teach spindle spinning the short stapled fibres, such as cotton and the down fibres (camel, cashmere, etc.). For such a workshop, which needs a full day, we use akha and supported spindles such as tahklis. Having developed a fondness for the fibre as a result of this, we also teach a one day workshop in spinning cotton, using spindles, wheel and charka.

We led an enjoyable and successful weekend Spindling Retreat in March 2011; another is scheduled for May 2013.

We taught a week-long workshop called “Spin to Knit”at Summer School 2009, but which can be cut down to a shorter time-scale. In this class, we look at a range of wheel spinning techniques with lots of different fibres with the end in mind of knitting with them. Lots of other good stuff in there, as well!

Pete and Carol regularly teach a long-running spinning class at Alston Hall in Lancashire, covering every aspect of the craft. Experience from this can translate into one day workshops, or individual tuition. One such class is “Improve your Spinning” but the possibilities are endless.

Pete teaches a one day class on “Knitting with Energised Singles”, as well as specialising in the akha spindle.

All of these can be tailored to suit individual requirements, or we are happy to consider suggestions for workshops – please feel free to contact us to discuss what you would like us to do.

We bring all necessary fibres, spindles and other equipment to our workshops; for all but the Introduction to Spindle Spinning, we charge at cost for the materials supplied.

In all of our workshops, regardless of what participants are learning, our primary objective is that they shoudl have fun!