Bird Alpaca Farm / Workshops and Courses
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Working with Willow
Spinning For Beginners
Learn how to spin your own yarn using our alpaca fibre.
The day includes
· An introduction to alpaca fibre
· Skirting a fleece
· Carding - using hand carders and a drum carder
· Spinning on a wheel
· Plying – making a 2 ply yarn
· Make a skein
· How to wash and care for your yarn
Learn how to spin your own yarn using our alpaca fibre. This is a hands on practical day and the day begins with a tour of the farm to meet our 20 strong herd of alpacas. The course is designed for beginners. You will go home with your own yarn and some raw alpaca fibre to continue.
Cost: £65(including materials) Discounts for groups
Review of spinning course November 2014
Being interested in all things woolly, I was really keen to learn to use a spinning wheel prior to buying one for myself. Finding Emma at Bird Farm was perfect. It was a treat to meet the alpacas who provide the fibre and I loved having the chance to learn about parts of the fleece and how to prepare it prior to spinning. Emma was a very patient teacher, starting me off and helping me through when things got difficult, but allowing me time to work through my initial difficulties in co-ordination. She was generous with her materials and, in the 6 hour course I learned a lot about alpacas and life on the farm. I went home delighted and proud of my self-spun, plied, super-soft alpaca yarn, inspired to spin and knit with alpaca in future. I would recommend her course highly to any beginner interested in learning to spin.