University of Atlantia

Course Detail

Introduction to Handspinning on a Drop Spindle

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Anne of Middlegate
Annice Argent

Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA92 February 6, 2016
Crs #:
Sat Feb 06
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2 hrs
Course Category:
Arts & Sciences
New To You
"Have you ever watched people spinning at an SCA event and desperately wanted to learn but were too shy to ask? Have you tried spinning in that past and couldn't quite get it on your own? Do you want to pick up a life-long skill that has been passed down from hand to hand since time immemorial? Then this class is for you! Whether you have never seen a drop spindle in your life or you are a spinning wheel aficionado that wants a more portable tool, this class will give you the skills to start making your own yarn by hand. The class will include a short history of the drop spindle and its geographic places of use, a brief summary of the different kinds of drop spindles available, and a quick introduction to different kinds of fiber that one may spin. The cost of the class will include one ounce of fiber for you to work with as well as handouts on the topics mentioned above. We will provide you with a drop spindle that you may purchase after the class is over if you decide you would like to continue spinning. If you already own a drop spindle, please feel free to bring it to the class! If you have a wool allergy or are allergic to any other kinds of fiber, please email me at and let me know so that I may find a substitution for you. Drop spindles should be $5 to purchase, but the final price will depend on whether we are able to get our spindles from our normal supplier. They are currently out but should hopefully have more available by class time. "