• Intro to Drop Spindle Yarn Spinning

Intro to Drop Spindle Yarn Spinning



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Make your own yarn!! In this beginner-level class, you'll learn to spin your own yarn using a simple tool called a drop spindle -- no spinning wheel required! This is a perfect craft for fiber-loving apartment dwellers, as it requires only minimal tools and a small amount of space, yet it packs a huge punch. You can even spin on the subway. What's better than making your own custom yarn?!


In this workshop, you'll learn:

  • Overview of various plant and animal fiber types 
  • How to prepare fiber for spinning on a drop spindle
  • Everything you need to know to start spinning yarn, including:
-Pre-drafting and staple length
-Attaching a leader
-Potential problems and how to fix them

    Each student will make a 4-ounce ball of wool yarn, which you can use to knit, weave, or simply to take home and admire!

    Four ounces of wool fiber is included with class, and drop spindles will be provided for use during class. 


    Skill requirements:
    No previous experience is required for this class. All are welcome! 


      Class Details

      Date & Time: select date above
      Class Length: 3 hours
      Location: Brooklyn Craft Company (here’s where we’re located)
      Cost: $85 includes 3 hours of instruction, 4+ ounces of wool fiber, and a wooden drop spindle which is yours to keep after class. Also, all students receive a 10% discount on all store merchandise on the day of class!

      All class registrations are final; please view our policy for more information.


      Meet Your Instructor

      Kristin Parker (she/her) is a queer fiber artist currently living on Lenape/Canarsee territory in now-called Brooklyn. Her work centers around interdependence, repair, and connection. Kristin has been knitting for over 25 years and is particularly passionate about knitting socks as well as stranded color work using local fiber. She teaches knitting all over the city in both class formats as well as one-on-ones. Her writing about knitting has been published in Hudson Valley Textile Project’s publication Common Threads. Kristin is also very involved in the Fibershed movement and is co-leading the expansion of the New York Fibershed with NY Textile Lab. Though knitting is Kristin’s main squeeze spinning her own yarn is a close second. She also adores visible mending, natural dyeing, sewing, and dabbling in many other crafts. She is also an organizer with SURJ NYC, focusing on Indigenous Solidarity work. Connect with her at @kpmadethings on instagram.

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