Educating America's Craftspeople
  • Spinning Flax & Hemp - August 4 & 5, 2018 from 9am-4:30pm

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    Instructor: Susan Conover 

    Prerequisites: Basic Spinning or equivalent 

    Max Enrollment: 6 

    Price: $145 (includes all instruction time, distaffs and materials) Participants supply their own fully functional treadle spinning wheel. Dates Offered: Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5, 2017  from 9am-4:30pm.  Payment of a $45 deposit is required to secure a spot in this course.

    Two fibers that have been around since the beginning of civilization - flax and hemp - still seem to be a mystery for most modern hand spinners. Because there are so many different ways to purchase the prepared fibers today (roving, top, stricks, line stricks, etc.), many spinners are stumped. If you are comfortable spinning on a treadle wheel and able to create a continuous yarn please join us for this two-day workshop with Susan Conover. 


    Susan Conover’s love of flax and hemp began in 1982 after reading articles on the subject in The Weaver’s Journal, Fall 1982 issue. Mary A. Chase wrote about Flax Processing, and being an avid gardener, Susan instantly searched for flax seeds to grow the next spring. Susan also discovered that nearby Hungarian neighbors were raising and processing flax annually. There was no turning back … the rest, as they say, is history. 


    The curriculum for this fun and legend filled class will include the following:

    • A 20-minute film on flax processing created by the Conovers
    • Hackling line stricks for a finer yarn
    • Dressing a distaff
    •  Spinning singles
    • Scouring your linen yarn
    • Yarn counts


    Participants should bring their own treadle wheel in good working order; single drive, flyer lead or bobbin lead are acceptable. One bobbin is required, preferably of a standard size.  Please do not bring a wheel with a hooked orifice, jumbo bobbin or WooLee Winder.

    If you have a distaff by all means bring it. A towel would be great to catch water drips.

    Susan will provide all fibers, water pots and chair/floor distaffs and class handouts.

    Please note our cancellation policy: Thirty days or more prior to the start date, your deposit/fee is 50% refundable. If you cancel less than thirty days from the course beginning, the deposit/fee is non-refundable. To cancel email sales@conoverworkshops.comwrite or telephone and leave a message on our answering machine. If for any reason we cancel a course, your entire payment will be refunded promptly.