The Great Aspinneration

aspinnerate (verb) - to teach and/or enable a new recruit in the craft of handspinning yarn. Origin and etymology: from assimilate + spinner. Information: Join us in our quest to recruit new spinners. When you help someone learn to spin, you are aspinnerating them—introducing them to the noble art of making yarn and inviting them to join our community. The world needs more spinners. And that’s where you come in.Are you a spinner? Join our campaign to introduce someone to the love of handspinning yarn. OR Do you want to learn to spin? You’ve come to the right place! You can use these resources to teach yourself to spin—and find kindred spirits to learn and spin with.

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Learn how to spin or to teach others to spin with The Spinning Teacher with Maggie Casey: Online Workshop
Find all the tools you need to learn to spin or teach a friend to spin in the Beginner’s Drop Spindle Collection
Find other spinners in a Spinning Guild
Learn how to make a drop spindle with a cd
Spinner on a Mission: Why Every Fiber Lover Needs to Learn to Spin
Why Did You Learn to Spin Yarn?

FAQ

Q. What is The Great Aspinneration?

A. The Great Aspinneration is a program to share the love of spinning and teach other people to spin.

Q. I’m not a very good spinner or teacher; am I out?

A. There’s no need to be an expert, just someone who enjoys spinning. All you need is about 20 minutes, the ability to spin a continuous thread, some fiber and a spindle to lend, and a tiny bit of patience. Maggie Casey demonstrates how she teaches new spinners in “The Spinning Teacher” online course. You just need to help someone turn fluff into yarn!

Q. Shouldn’t someone take a real spinning class?

A. Most of us learn spinning from different teachers along the way; just get someone started on the journey. Helping someone take the first step on the spinning path may lead them to a class, a spinning guild, a wool festival, or an online course.

Q. What do I need to have?

A. We recommend a midweight drop spindle and an ounce or two of carded medium wool such as Corriedale or Romney. If you can lend the spindle to the student, that’s perfect (or you can make a drop spindle with a CD or a toy wheel. You may want to look at the free resources here for here for teaching instruction.

Q. I want to learn; where can I find other spinners?

A. Welcome! You might wonder about joining a spinning guild, but they are one great place to find other spinners;  look for one near you in our list of spinning guilds around the world.

Q. I have a shop and I’d like to be part of this. What should I do?

A. We’d love to have you! Send us an email at spinoff@interweave.com and we’ll discuss ways you can be involved.

Q. What do I do after I purchase the free course? How do I access it?

A. To view your Course or Streaming Video please follow these instructions:
1) Go to www.Interweave.com
2) Click on “Sign Up/Sign In” at the top right corner
3) Sign in with your email and password
4) Click “Welcome, (your name)!” in the upper right corner
5) On the left side of the screen click on “My Courses” or “My Workshops”. It could say either variation depending on what screen you are on.
6) Click Go to Course next to the title of the course you purchased*
7) This will take you to the courses dashboard where you can view and watch all purchased courses
8) Click Start Watching next to your selected title
* First-time users will be required to verify their email address and first and last name