Supported spindles are very common in Asia and are especially advantageous for very thin threads or short-stapled fine wool. Because the spindle is supported by placing it in a bowl, no weight is placed on the thread. Using this method even Shetland fleece with a short staple can be spun into a lace thread.
In this workshop we will work with a traditional Russian supported spindle. Asita will take the spindles with her for use in class. These can also be purchased after the workshop.
Materials: Shetland fleece will be supplied. Students do not need to bring their own supported spindles, but are free to do so if they like. We will work with a traditional Russian supported spindle.
Skills required: Students must have a basic knowledge of hand spinning like drafting and plying. No knowledge of supported spinning is necessary.