Meditating the Spindle Day 2

We had a wonderful second day of the Meditating the Spindle workshop.

The students had done their homework (lots of practice!) and came ready to learn how to ply their yarn and then how to finish it. After a break it was time to learn the very different technique of spinning silk, using silk hankies (including some gorgeous hand-dyed ones in lustrous colours).

Everyone did amazingly well and ended the workshop as very able and enthusiastic spinners, having made lots of yarn and ready to try new experiments incorporating all sorts of fibres and threads from embroidery floss to feathers and horsehair! Huge thanks to Giulia Mangoni for translation and teaching assistance!

As of Sunday 19 November, there are still a couple of places available in the next Meditating the Spindle Workshop, which will be held at Counterweave Arts Gallery & Workshop in Rome over the next two Saturday afternoons 25 November and 2 December 2-5pm.  Spindles, fibre and detailed class notes are provided: any previous experience with yarn or fibre will be helpful, but not necessary. Classes are in English with Italian translation.

You can book here or contact me at [email protected] for more details or if you would like private lessons.

We will be running regular workshops, including online classes, next year. As well as Meditating the Spindle, there will be classes on spinning with exotic fibres (including paper!), embroidery, silk papermaking, knitting, eco and indigo dyeing. We will be finalising the program over the next month with classes to start from the end of January – click here to sign up for the Counterweave newsletter for details and early bird discounts. And don’t forget we’re running a poll over on the Counterweave Facebook page to see what sort of workshops you would like to see next year. Click here to participate and get a 10% discount on 2018 workshop bookings!

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Meditating the Spindle Day 1

We had a great day on Saturday for the first Meditating the Spindle workshop. Keeping the group small makes for a cosier atmosphere and means I can give participants individual attention. Not that these students needed much attention! They picked it up so quickly and by the end of the afternoon everyone was spinning yarn.

Yoga mats meant that the inevitable dropped spindle wasn’t something to worry about, and short meditations kept the stress of learning a new skill down to a manageable level (no one swore, unlike me when I was learning) Chocolate helped too, of course…

Day 1 focused on getting to know the spindle and spinning lovely soft wool fibre from Hilltop Cloud. Day 2 is this Saturday and we’ll be learning to ply and exploring the possibilities of silk.

The next Meditating the Spindle workshop will be held on Saturday 25 November and Saturday 2 December – book here to reserve your place! If those dates don’t suit you I also take individual students – email me at [email protected]

And we’re running a poll over on the Counterweave Facebook page to see what sort of workshops you would like to see next year. Click here to participate and get a 10% discount on 2018 workshop bookings!

Meditating the Spindle workshops – book now!

We are now taking bookings for our Meditating the Spindle Workshops! Workshops are held on consecutive Saturday afternoons:

Saturday 4 & 11 November 2-5pm

OR

Saturday 25 November & 2 December 2-5pm

Spindles, fibre and class notes are provided. Any previous experience with yarn or fibre will be helpful, but not necessary

Min 2, max 6 students.

Cost: €120 incl IVA and materials

Click here to book your place!

 

Spinning fibre by hand using a drop spindle is an ancient technique and one the world relied on for thousands of years and it can teach us much about mindfulness in our very techno world in the 21st century. It is a skill that relies on patience, gentle concentration and mindful hands as well as a quiet mind.

This class will teach the fundamental skills required to use a drop spindle. By the end of the class participants will know and understand the use of the drop spindle; the different fibres that can be used to make different types of thread or yarn; be able to use their spindle to make yarn. They will learn how using a drop spindle can be an aid to mindfulness, meditation and calm.

Instructor: Felicity Griffin Clark has more than thirty years’ experience in fibre arts. She spins wool, silk, paper and hemp and makes textile and mixed media art. She is also a knitter and weaver. Felicity also takes private students for instruction, coaching or mentoring.

Contact: [email protected]

 

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