Learn to Spin Silk with Tony Meskauskas

Learn to Spin Silk with Tony Meskauskas

hand spinning silk fibre to make yarn

Over 20 people have attended this class


“Silk! The name conjures up images of rich colours, luxurious fabrics and shimmery smooth yarn.” 

But, what’s the best way to start spinning this fibre called silk. 

Come spend a day exploring in a practical way of spinning  Mulberry bricks and tops and wild silks Tussah, bleached Tussah, white and red Eri and Muga. 

We’ll talk about silk Noil, Caps and throwsters Waste. 

So let’s have fun and take a journey through the luxurious world of silk.

A materials fee of $25 payable in cash to the tutor will cover supplies for the day.

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What you will learn

  • You will learn the basics of spinning and plying the different silks.
  • You will also learn the different characteristics of commercial grown Mulberry silk and the wild silks.

What you will get

  • Silk Fibre kit, cost $25.00 to be paid to the tutor on the day
  • Confidence and skills to spin beautiful silk yarns
  • Expert tuition in a small group
Parking Info

Entry to parking is from the shared driveway with Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy. Drive to the rear of the house and park in the bays.  

What to bring

  • Spinning wheel with at least 3-5 ratios on the whorl, lazy kate, niddy noddy, bobbins (All equipment should be in good working order)
  • $25 in cash for the materials fee

What to wear

Comfortable clothes

Appropriate for

Experienced spinners only: You must be able to spin & ply a basic yarn.

Your Tutor - Tony Meskauskas

I’m a spinner, weaver, botanical contact printer and dyer. Exhibitions. Facebook  Audimas Weavers Instagram tonyaudimasweavers

The Guild brings together people who practise the arts of hand weaving, spinning and associated crafts and fosters and encourages the crafts by instruction, discussion and exhibition.

Joining the Guild has many benefits. These include: 

  • Discounted prices for workshops
  • Use of the library
  • Equipment hire
  • Special interest group membership eg: Weavers Interest group, Tapestry Interest group, Braids Plus, Spinning
  • Invitations to members-only events.

Email: membership@spinweavensw.org for an application form.

Membership rates are for one calendar year starting 1 January and ending 31 December. New members joining from 1 October receive the balance of the current year for free when purchasing next year’s membership.

Membership, single, with emailed Guild News — $50. 

If you would like a posted Guild News there is an additional $25.00.

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5.0 (12 reviews)
Suzanne rated it
16 Oct 2023
Top day learning about silks and their purpose, properties and strategies to spin them. Capacity to pursue own silk spinning goals or just join the journey of discovering the multiple silk samples. Plenty to see and hear and loads of fun then with practical time and feedback for us. Total great learning and enjoyable day.
Terryrated it
15 Oct 2023
A very informative class spinning various types of silks, with some background into origins and production of silk. Tony certainly demistified preparation for hand spinning silk and touched on dyeing processes. I always thought silk would be too difficult to work with and consequently didn’t want to buy or work with silk fibre. However with Tony’s good humour and wealth of experience he certainly changed my view. It’s so important to have the right instruction or learning process to be able to try out spinning silk. The excitement and confidence to continue naturally flows from there. Even in a full class, Tony managed to give each spinner individual guidance and assistance. Had a lot of fun and received an enormous bonus . . in a room of dedicated, enthusiastic spinners I enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere and interesting questions and answers regarding silk and other hand spinning issues. Tony was very generous with the silk fibre and gave us all plenty to spin after the class. I happily learnt so much from the silk spinning session.
Margeryrated it
15 Oct 2023
I had a wonderful day, learning about many different silks and spinning them from the very knowledgeable, Tony
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions


Secure your booking by paying according to the terms and conditions.


Most courses have requirement lists and a materials fee payable to your tutor in class. 

Location of Workshops 

Most workshops will be held at the Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild at Brush Farm House, 19 Lawson St, Eastwood. There is parking behind the house. Public transport is by bus accessed from Eastwood or Parramatta stations.


Participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to class commencing. The venue must be cleaned up within 30 minutes of class finishing.

Discounts on Workshops

Network Groups: For each course, one member may pay at the member’s rate on confirmation of their financial status by their group and its approval.

Knitters Guild NSW: We have a reciprocal arrangement with the Knitters Guild whereby their members may enroll at members’ prices and vice versa.

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