This spring/summer we will be offering 2 classes, From Fleece to Fashion and Spinning Fluffy.
-Fleece to Fashion will be a 4 part (1 each month so you have time to finish) long course that takes freshly sheered sheep (or other?) fleeces through the process of cleaning, carding, spinning, plying, and finally into a weaving and/or knitting project. It's an amazing feeling to participate in every step of a process most people never see. This will be a very beginner level course designed for someone who has never tried this (or even considered it!) before.
-In Spinning Fluffy we will be learning to spin our own dog's fur. This course will will be offered after Fleece to Fashion so that you will be able to learn how to spin with fiber that is hopefully a bit more forgiving than most dog fur is.
If you would like to join us for Spinning Fluffy, I recommend that you start collecting your dog's shed coat now, since if they are like my guys, the fur is already starting to fly! The best way to store shed fur is in a pillowcase or other fabric bag, though a ziplock bag that isn't tightly closed will also work for a short period of time. Be sure to pick out any burrs or other debris (known as vegetable matter or VM) and make sure the fur is fully dry before bagging it. If you don't collect enough fur, or your dog's coat isn't long enough, don't worry, we can blend it with wool before spinning. Don't worry about washing it - we will wash our yarn after it's spun, or our projects when they are finished.