Certificate Of Spinning

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6.5 hours x 14 Months
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To provide the student the opportunity to study the characteristics, preparation and spinning techniques, of a variety of protein and cellulose fibres, so as to understand the spinning process, in order to design and produce yarns for a specific purpose. To be able to further pursue any area of interest in which the student wishes to further develop knowledge and expertise.


To understand the properties of different fibres.

To develop expertise in a variety of different spinning techniques.

To be able to spin to a given specification for a special purpose.

To explore the properties of yarn design.

To produce a comprehensive reference folio.

To produce an article of your own choice, demonstrating the understanding of the suitability of the choice, preparation of the fibre, and the spinning technique, appropriate for the end product.

Students to provide the materials to produce reference folio.

Fibres for the initial four (4) classes will be provided. Students to provide fibres for all other classes, except where special arrangements are made. i.e. in some instances bulk or luxury fibres will be sourced by the teaching committee and provided to students for a small additional fee. Instruction will be given in all topics during the course, however students will be expected to work at home to produce prepared fibre, samples, and reference folio.

All information is correct at the time of printing. The committee reserves the right to alter the topic, schedule or substitute tutors if the need arises.

Contents of Course

Sunday May 17th                  Introduction day.  Course outline presented

Tutors introduced. Folio requirements explained. Drop Spindle spinning tuition

Sunday June 14th                 Theory of wheels, ratios, TPI, etc. Fleece washing, Worsted Spinning.

Sunday July 12th                 Fleece selection                                         

Sunday August 9th               Fibre preparation.  E.g. wool combs, drum carding, Woollen spinning.                     Sunday September 13th      Mohair – am session. Alpaca – pm session.

Sunday October 11th           Camel, Angora, Cashmere & other protein fibres.                                                                                                                PM:  Tencel, Soy, Bamboo, etc.

Sunday November 8th          Silk 

Sunday December 6th           Cotton


Sunday February 14th         Flax

Sunday March 14th              Plying and other yarns

Sunday April 11th                 Natural Dyeing

Sunday May 9th                   Colour wheel theory and commercial dyes

Sunday June 13th                 Preparation and spinning of creative yarns.

Sunday July 11th                  Fractal spinning.

End of course dates to be announced.

Cost: $1,500  for Guild members and $1,650 for non-members.

A deposit of $600for members and $750 for non members 

Payments: Initial deposit due with application. Payment can then be made in full or by instalments to the Guild office.

If choosing three (3) $300 instalment payments these will be due on 4th Friday of the month in July, October and March .Alternatively payments can be made by twelve (9) $100 instalment payments due on the 4th Friday of each month June to March

Classes to be held in the Guild Rooms: 655 Nicholson Street, Carlton North. Class times will be 9.30am – 4.00pm with a half hour lunch break.

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What you will learn
  • Understand the properties of different fibres
  • Develop expertise in different spinning techniques
  • Spin to a given specification for a particular purpose
What you will get
  • Expert tuition in hand-spinning techniques

What to bring
  • Fibre for first four classes provided, remainder to be provided by students (Guild can assist source speciality fibres)
  • Students to provide materials for preference folios, which will be discussed during the course.
What to wear


Appropriate for

Must be able to spin a continuous fibre

The Guild's aim is to bring together those who practise handweaving, spinning and allied crafts and to help and encourage them to increase their knowledge, understanding and skills by discussion, demonstration, exhibition, teaching and the provision of quality resource materials.

Our Guild rooms house an excellent library and craft supply, sell members work and host a wonderful range of interest groups, classes and workshops.

We have members and affiliated groups throughout the state.

Come and join us!

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations and refunds

The Guild reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient numbers. If we cancel the workshop you will be notified and will be issued with a 100% refund.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop/course date the Guild will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days before the workshop/course date the Guild will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

No refunds for missed classes.

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