Classes

It's not enough to learn about something, you also need to share the knowledge.

Learn to spin

Focusing on the park and draft method, learn how to twist fibers into yarn. Fiber and drop spindle provided, but you're always welcome to bring your own tools. Aimed at people who have never picked up a spindle before, or folks who need a bit of a refresher.

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Drafting and distaff

Knowing how to make yarn is the easy part. Making the yarn you want is a bit harder. Depending on how you prepare the yarn, and how you draft and spin it, you can take the same fiber and make different yarns. Some are more suitable for knitting, others for weaving, and everything inbetween. There's also a tool in the medieval spinner's arsenal that modern spinners have forgotten about, the distaff. The distaff is your third hand to help wrangle your fiber supply as you spin.

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Learn to weave tape

Tape doesn't sound all that exciting, but it's one of the more fundimental bits of weaving. Also known as narrow work or inkle bands, tape weaving is making simple narrow bands that you can use for trim, lacing, or a belt. It's a great way to start learning to weave, as it can be a small project, yet walk you through the fundementals of weaving.

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Introduction to fiber prep

While you can buy all sorts of prepared fibers, there's nothing like preparing fiber to spin yourself. You can create preparations not possible with modern mills to get exactly the yarn you want. Due to time constraints, this class focuses on wool. This is a basic walk through of cleaning wool and preparing it to spin.

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Hand pies

Food wrapped in pastry is fabulous. At events, a concentrated bit of food you can grab and go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner as you run from one activity to the next is great. If you make them ahead of time, they're entirely cooked, so keep well in a cooler for camping events. They're generally very popular at pot lucks as well.

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