The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

Woolen and Worsted

Sunday, October 20, 2013

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Beth Smith

Class Fee: $125.00

Material Fee: $0.00

Maximum Class Size: 18

18 Seats Available

About Seat Availability: The availability shown above does NOT A GUARANTEE that an actual seat is available to be purchased. Each registration will be verified after your purchase and if an over sale of seats occurs you will be notified and the price of the over sold seat will be refunded in it's entirety.

Registration Disabled


It seems so confusing. What is which and which goes where? Should you spin with the cut end first or the tip? Does it matter which way you load your hand cards? What about all that processed wool? There are so many different ways to look at woolen and worsted. Experts have been arguing for decades about the right and wrong of it.We will explore woolen and worsted wool in both preparation methods and drafting methods. After we look at all the technicalities of the words we will break it down into simple methods that are easy to understand and then combine the techniques in different ways to get wonderful yarns that are perfect for every project you can imagine.Students will use hand combs, hand cards and flick cards to prep several different wool types and see what happens when they follow the rules and when they begin to learn how to break the rules in ways that change the final yarns in beautiful ways. We will also spin processed top and roving to look at the differences between machine and hand processed fibers.

Spinning Level: Must be able to spin a continuous thread. Students will leave with a deeper understanding of the words Woolen and Worsted and how those two small words can open up worlds of possibility with their spinning.

Materials Information

Please Bring: A spinning wheel in good working order, hand cards, hand combs, flick if you have them. A few will be available to lend in class, lap cloth, hang tags for labeling and note taking materials.

Workshop Instructor

Beth has been a fiber addict for most of her life. She learned to knit as a child, and since then has pursued a large variety of fiber arts. more