Thursday, April 5, 2012

Plying and Skein Preparation Workshop

Subject: Plying and Skein Preparation Workshop
1 Day Workshop on Plying and Skein Preparation
on June 16th Saturday – mentored by Louise Smith - Sponsored by Shuswap Spinners & Weavers
Louise has been spinning and weaving since 1990 and has used many different types of wheels.  She has entered many competitions and filled cork boards with skeins and prize ribbons. The Canadian Alpaca and Llama shows in Red Deer- many classes, at Silver Star- many classes;  Fibres West in Abbotsford –Lace weight, Novelty yarn; ANWG Conference in Bozeman- best 2 ply wool; local fairs and uses her yarns in weaving and knitting. Louise also teaches a Novelty Yarn workshop which stresses stable, functional finished yarns. She has studied with Judith MacKenzie, Kim McKenna and many other proficient spinners and done a lot of self study.
Start 9:00 a.m finish 4:00p.m. with lunch break.  Bring lunch or buy lunch in the mall restaurants.
Held at Picadilly Mall , Salmon Arm, B.C.  Directions will be given to participants
Topics covered:   2 ply to achieve a balanced skein.                                       
                            Amount of twist in singles needed- what happens if too little twist, what happens if too much twist
                            Reasons to vary from a balanced twist
                            3 ply technique- Navajo and regular 3 strands
                            4 or more ply techniques
                            What is a cabled yarn?
                            What is Lace weight?
                            Examples of all above to look, feel and examine
Competition Hints and Tips- Length of competition skein and winding it correctly
                                              Tying a competition skein correctly
                                              Steaming a skein
                                              Washing a skein
                                              Labelling a skein
Questions answered throughout day.
Cost:  $30.00 each   Payment in full to be sent to Gudrun W. – Ph 250-835-4657