This past week I took a 3 days of classes with Jacey Boggs, Corespinning, Boucle and Cable and Crepe yarns.  It was a lot of new things for me, I’ve had one other class in Boucle yarns, spun along with Jacey’s DVD, poked around on You Tube, and tried to figure highly textured yarns out from books, with not a lot of success. I was prepared to work.

corespun

What I wasn’t prepared for was how Jacey taught.

Many spinning teachers teach in a style that I call, “Want this? Do this.”  Sort of like paint by numbers, following along exactly how the teacher spins – how they hold their hands and treadle – you make the class yarns. It works, and sometimes spinners can adapt their style of spinning to make it work for them away from the class.

But for me these aren’t the classes that make a change to my spinning or truly open up a new pathway in my spinning thinking.

big boucle

Jacey teaches the thinking kind of classes. Actually, she can teach both kinds at the same time. If you are there to learn to replicate, fantastic, she’s a crack demonstrator – she’ll show you, then make sure your hands are doing it right, until you leave with yarns similar to hers.

But if you are there to learn, to have your spinning brain cracked open and shaken like a dusty rug, you are in for the best kind of class.

no loop boucle

She explains the how and the why in detail. She wants her students to make yarns that are balanced, repeatable and useable. She has spent hours and years figuring out all of this and how to best explain it. She is excited by it all and it’s infectious.

tailspun sari silk

I was ready for it. I went to class  open minded, open brained. We went through many steps, many explanations and many fibers. Some of the best were the ones that didn’t work – it looks like corespun or cabled yarn but you wouldn’t want to knit with it.

cables and crepes

While she’s teaching, demonstrating and making you think, Jacey also talks about what’s exciting her now and what she’s puzzling on. A peek into future books and classes.

Fat cables

 

The best analogy I can come up with is that Jacey is a living, spinning version the the David McCauley book, The Way Things Work.

Like this, but spinning

All three of her classes so fully engaged both my hands and my brain that I was wholly present for each – no worrying about what wasn’t getting done at home , no mental or actual list making for the week to come – just thinking and spinning. My yarns didn’t come out perfect, the are all over spun, but I didn’t care because I was learning so much. I was tired, but not exhausted at the end of each day and mentally excited.

Clouds

Now looking at my yarns from the classes I know exactly what to do to repeat them, make them better or make them different. I feel really ready to step on the textured yarn path.

 

Jacey has a book/DVD combo coming out in late Fall, Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn. So, if you can’t take a class with her you can still get her to explode your brain. If you follow the book link and scroll down there is an 8 page preview of the book. Just try not to swoon.

Jacey's new book

 

 

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8 Responses to Spinning Tuesdays: Spinning with Jacey Boggs

  1. WonderMike says:

    I completely agree about your assessment of Jacey’s teaching style. There really is something for all learning approaches.

    I’m BEYOND excited about the book and new DVD. I loved her first offering. It’s what inspired me to tack her workshop… and to interview her on my podcast. :)

  2. Seanna Lea says:

    Wow. That sounds awesome. I like knitting with novelty yarns like some of the ones you’ve made, but they are very expensive (with lots of good reason). It would be interesting to make my own.

  3. jp says:

    I love teachers that make me think. Nothing drives me more spare than teachers sho say this is the only way to do it.

    When it comes to fibre teachers I need someone who is telling me about the outcome and how what you do (and variations) can impact the outcome – why? Because then I can grow beyond what you taught me.

    On top of that I will always come back for more brain food.
    Jacey sounds like the best of the kind of teachers I love

  4. Meg says:

    Wow! I mean WOW-really! That’s on my ToDo list. Thank you. Your yarns are gorgeous, covet-worthy, to die for as well.

  5. Carol says:

    Having taken weekend classes with Jacey, I agree 100%.
    She has a great way of teaching to the many learning styles in her classes and she keeps it FUN!!
    Your yarns are amazing!

  6. Darcey says:

    Here’s your odd query for the day: what did the sari silk start as — strips knotted together? Something else?

    I live in India, and the ladies here are just boggled at the fact that Westerners pay HOW much for balls of “sari silk yarn”. You can’t find wool or cotton here, only acrylic yarns – this just entirely blows minds for the ladies I know. :)

  7. Michelle Tourigny says:

    I cannot wait to take her class in less than 2 weeks!
    michelle

  8. Jennifer says:

    I’m just learning how to spin, and can’t imagine being able to control how the yarn looks! However, it is inspiring to know that it can be done. Beautiful. Thanks for the hope.

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