The View from My Wheel: Deb Robson’s Wool Breed Study Class

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This past weekend I took a two day wool breed study class with Deb Robson, at The Spinning Loft.

We covered a variety of breeds within the categories of primitive wools, down type wools , long wools and fine wools. Covering a category included history, lock, crimp, luster characteristics,  prep methods, and spinning at least 4 breeds within each category.

Not being a breed junky, for me, it was the type of class that introduced me to a whole world of things that I don’t know. My first instinct was to panic (usually, my first instinct), it all seemed huge and overwhelming and there were combs, which I’ve never managed to get to work for me.

Knowing that I couldn’t just run screaming, because there are no take backs in spinning. I sat and listened. Deb is wonderful teacher. She has a calm melodious voice and a depth of knowledge that makes the history of sheep breeds seem like an enchanted fairy tale. I soaked it up like a sponge. I spun and learned.

It was hours of fascinating learning. And in that casual- sneaky way that only the best teachers have, Deb got me on combs. I finally understood and used combs, and even came home with a pair.

Like in the best types of classes there was learning from each other too. I came home having learned combing and better ways to hand card and taught Andean plying. It reminds me of the square dancing move, the allemande where you pass around your circle hand over hand.

It’s classes exactly like this one that keep me excited, keep me signing up for things I’m not sure about, and keep me spinning every day.

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website

6 thoughts on “The View from My Wheel: Deb Robson’s Wool Breed Study Class

  1. Tabitha

    My goodness, I just listened to It’s a Purl, Man podcast in which Deb was interviewed at 2009 TNNA. Then I went hunting to see if Deb has published anything regarding her breed study. No luck. I hope she will in the future, and when she does, I will be her first customer! 🙂

  2. Heather

    This is exactly why I read blogs the info is amazing. I would have never know there was such a thing as a breed study class. Sounds fantastic!

  3. Beth

    Deb wasn’t at TNNA but I was and I think I talked about my breeds study class…
    But Deb does have a book coming out in late spring where everyone who readsw it will want to sleep with the book under their pillow to soak up all of the knowledge!

  4. Kris

    I’ve seen tiny, tiny bits of the book in progress, and let me tell you, I wish we could pre-order NOW! It will be flat out incredible, with Deb’s wonderful attention to detail, imparting knowledge at the same time making you say “I want to try that!”

  5. Deborah Robson

    Jillian, it was a true gift to have you in the workshops. So glad you enjoyed them!

    Thanks for sponsoring, Beth, and for the great podcast about breeds.

    Me, I’m home and writing more captions for the book. They keep expanding the page count and there’s still a whole lot more to say on the topic. . . .

    Kris lives nearby and so has seen bits and pieces as I’ve been working on the book.

    Fairy tales. Zen. I like that. Thanks, Jillian!

  6. Mary Jane

    You’re so fortunate to have access to this kind of shop that can host spinning workshops. Is my face turning green(with envy)?

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