Beginning Spinning: How Should You Get Started?

There are oh-so-many options for getting started spinning. Beginning spinning workshops might be multi-week courses where you begin on spindles before moving on to a wheel, a two-hour drop-in class where you try a variety of wheels, or an online course. I don’t believe there is one correct way to learn, and we don’t all have easy access to a spinning class.

But I do strongly believe that we should aspinnerate (aka, turn from non-spinner to spinner through assimilation) as many people as we can. The world needs more spinners, and I love to spread the fiber-love as far as I can. Before filming my online course, Beginning Spinning on a Wheel, I had taught spinning in all kinds of venues and formats: short workshops at yarn shops, weekend guild gatherings around the country, and even week-long intensives at John C. Campbell Folk School. If you’re trying to aspinnerate and build up new spinners, or if you are a new spinner yourself, take some time with different ways to learn and find out what works best!

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Kate demonstrates several different spinning draws.

I loved creating the Beginning Spinning on a Wheel course because I think it’s important for future spinners to have options. Every teacher explains things in a different way, and we all learn at our own pace. An online course might be for you if you struggle to focus in a group, don’t live within easy reach of a teacher, or want to preview a class before signing up for a local-to-you workshop.

Whether you are totally new to spinning or have taken a class and still feel unsure with your feet on the treadles, an online course might be just the thing to get you hooked.


Featured Image: Kate tuning wheels on the set of Beginning Spinning on a Wheel. Photos by Jill Brooke

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