Spinning Classes Aren’t Just for Big Fiber Shows

Tint, tone and shade blended from a gorgeous blue.
Tint, tone and shade blended from a gorgeous blue.

If you are looking for in-person spinning classes and there are no big fiber festivals near you, do not despair!

I get questions about where to find classes from newer spinners especially.

Every spinner I’ve met has a dream about going to Rhinebeck or Maryland Sheep and Wool, but there are A LOT of middle sized and small fiber shows across the country. Knitter’s Review still has the best list that I’ve found for all types of fiber shows.

Look for local and not quite local guilds. Spinning guilds bring in teachers on the regular, a lot of these don’t advertise much outside of their guild, so you need to do some google-sleuthing. If you are a newer spinner, joining a guild is a great way to meet other spinners and get all of your burning spinning questions answered.

Knitting shops and retreats. Spinning continues to attract knitters who are interested in playing with fiber and making exactly the yarn they want to knit. I’ve been getting lots of request to teach spinning for knitters at yarn shops and retreats over the past couple of years. Ask your local shop to bring in a spinning teacher.

Weaving retreats. Weavers and spinners have been learning side by side forever. Weaving retreats and conferences usually have spinning classes too. I spent years being intimidated by weaving conferences, they seem so advanced and, well, mathy. I discovered there are weaving classes of all levels and types, plus many other fiber arts classes.

Artists studios. A fiber artist that has a studio is probably already teaching classes, and having other teachers in to play.

Several events where I’m teaching have opened for registration recently. Come take a class from me!

Maryland Sheep and Wool

MidAtlantic Fiber Association Conference

Susan’s Fiber Retreat (this is coming up fast)

Kalamazoo Fiber and Dye Studio

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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 jillianmoreno.com