Finishing School: Washing, Blocking, And Fulling Techniques For Handspun Yarns.

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Finishing School: Washing, Blocking, And Fulling Techniques For Handspun Yarns.
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After your yarn is spun and wound into a skein, what comes next? Finishing handspun typically involves washing, but the exact approach depends on the fiber and spinning method used and what type of textile you want to make. Wet-finishing can be used to remove carding oils and excess dye, but can also add strength and durability or loft and halo depending on the method. This workshop will cover three common approaches to wet-finishing: washing, fulling, and blocking. We will spin a variety of fibers and yarn types, ranging from singles to tailspun, and finish them using different techniques. You'll leave class with the skills you need to add a perfect finish to your handspun beauties.

Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in soil chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate is the author of The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015), and her articles and designs have appeared in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, Enchanted Knits, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and more. You can follow her woolly adventures at katelarsontextiles.com.

# of Participants: 10-20

Experience Level: Ability to spin and ply a basic yarn.

Required Supplies: Several spindles or working spinning wheel, extra bobbins, lazy kate, rubber gloves (the type used for washing dishes), and an old bath towel.

Additional Supply Fee: $10 payable to the instructor.

Cost: $90 for SEFAA and PHG members; $110 for nonmembers.

Questions? Please email info@fiberartsalliance.org or call 678-235-4328.
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