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Up and Coming Classes and Events

by Laurie Weinsoft on 05/08/16

Welcome to my website.  There is so many exciting events coming up and if you are in search of spinning classes, please check out this blog and contact me if  you have any questions or concerns.  I love to hear from students and friends who follow my adventures.  

Classes:  I am teaching a full day beginning spinning class at the Black Sheep Gathering June 23rd 2016 weekend.  The beginning spinning class is called Straw into Gold.  If you have tried Craftsy Classes and/or U-Tube and just can't figure out why your spinning isn't what you expected, then you are perfect for this class.  If you really want to learn to spin but have never tried to spin.  If you don't have a wheel and really want to learn, then this is a class for you.  Black Sheep Gathering and I have been working together to teach potential spinners how to spin for many years.   Just ask us and we will get you going.  I am only offering this one day class at Black Sheep this year, so sign up now.  Just go to the Black Sheep Website for all the details.  

I am also teaching a drum carding class on Sunday at Black Sheep.  This class is a very busy class full of fun fibers, exotic fibers, and flash galore.  This year I am working with Clemes and Clemes to provide several electric drum carders for students to try during class.  I have dyed some wonderful fibers for you to card.  Learn the art of color and yarn design. We will have everything from washed fleece to dyed rovings.  Learn how to make that drum carder of yours really work as a useful tool to enhance the type of yarns you want to make.  

I am looking forward to meeting you at the Black Sheep Gathering 2016.  Lets get together and spin.  

Spinning classes 2016

by Laurie Weinsoft on 01/25/16

I know it has been a great while since I posted to my site. I really have been so busy with a new grandchild, a new daughter-in-law, far too many fiber shows to visit and quite a few spinning classes. This is retirement for me.  I certainly have knitted my share of projects in 2015. Last year was the year of the mittens. This year will be the year of many sweaters. 

I have been asked if I am still teaching.  Yes. This is the love in my life that I cannot see me leaving. Until someone stops me I shall continue to teach the Pacific Northwest how to spin yarn. My classes are available just by your asking me to teach you.  I teach at Northwest Wools on Tuesday nights 7-9 pm.  The beginning class is four lessons (one a week for four weeks).  I provide all the fibers.  You can rent a wheel for $10 a week or bring your own wheel. I teach at my home Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights 7-9 pm.  I can also teach during many afternoons. I am fairly flexible.  I offer the classes at my home for the same cost as at the yarn shop.  Call me or email me and I will get you scheduled.  U-tube and on line classes cannot give most students the hands-on help that a live class can do for you. I keep hearing that over and over from my students. Please join the classes.  You will have lots of fun playing with my fibers. 

October vacations/fiber shows 2014

by Laurie Weinsoft on 10/14/14

As I sit here, cannot believe that OFFF is actually over let alone that my vacation time is quickly coming to an end.  By the phone calls I am receiving maybe taking all of October off might have been a bit much but when you read all I have done this month hopefully my students will understand and forgive my time off.  

The last weekend in September I taught three classes at OFFF.  MY CLASSES WERE ALL FULL.  I even had a waiting list.  Ok ego rein yourself in.  It was so much fun to teach such eager and excited students.  We even helped sell three wheels that weekend to new spinners.  What a great chance for new students to get the benefit of buying a used wheel from former students who are moving up to more professional wheels.  Once again this labor of love for spinning really does seem to spread.  You would think I planned it! 

My carding class the first day was just an explosion of activity. The students walked out of class exhausted with stacks of batts to do some serious spinning practice.  I always learn a great deal from these classes as well.  I am thinking of buying a new drum carder with a longer tined cloth.  We will begin saving and evaluating what is available.  I will keep you posted on my findings out there.  This will be hard as I do so love my Duncan's but there are some others out there that might be fun to get to know as well.  For those that think spinning cannot change after being around for so long has not really paid attention.  So many new innovations every day.  

I have already touched on my beginning spinners but they were all spinning by eleven am.  With 17 in the class, I was very impressed at how well they did listen and learn. Once again we learned that Utube while helpful does not replace actual hands on learning.  The class was so excited at the end of class as the packed up their skeins to show to friends.

Finally we concluded the weekend with spinning two.  I had several former students in this class.  As always I am pleased to see those students again and rejoice in their great progress. We had about two days worth of material to learn in six hours.  As you can imagine I really wanted to give them all I could in one day.  The class ended with an overwhelming request to do a Spinning 2.5 so we could continue this class at black sheep and at OFFF.  PREREQUISITE: you must have already taken spinning two from me.  Would people really sign up for this class? I certainly would gladly teach it.  

I will share more a little later.  So much to say and so little space to say it.  Laurie

Spinning and Quilting

by Laurie Weinsoft on 07/24/14

I was up at 4 am yesterday as we headed over the mountains to see the quilts in Sisters, Oregon. Of course they were beautiful and colorful. Kaffe would have loved them as I bet half of the quilts had Kaffe fabric as a major component. Unfortunately by 10:30 am the temp was heading towards 102 degrees.

I did walk pretty much the whole town with my walker pretty effortlessly thanks to my exercise bike I ride everyday. By noon the heat was unbearable. We hopped in the car and drove to Redmond where there was an indoor quilt show at the expo. It is always interesting to me the number of spinners vs quilters at these shows.

I saw several former spinning students, two with a booth selling gorgeous dyed wool for wool work quilting. Cathy and her daughter and actually her husband are all former students. Cathy is an incredible fabric dyer. If you run across her dyed wool you will see what I mean. She now offers shades of colors which could make a rainbow blush. I was very tempted but didn't get dyed wool yardage mainly because they are cut in small amounts for quilters and I need serious yardage for the sewing I do. Maybe I will do a special dye project with Cathy someday. She has extremely cool kits for quilts too. Cathy is at every quilt show she can attend all over the country.

Then I stopped by the booth that sells rug making supplies. I am also a rug puncher (not a hooker) and visited with Ulla. We are both involved with presenting at OFFF in September. She in the gallery, of course me teaching. We have lots of friends in common in the spinning world so it was fun to visit. I did buy a new bag kit from her. Hopefully I will have time to punch it out before OFFF. Yes I know, who am I kidding.

Heading home over beautiful Mt. Hood I arrived in time for dinner. I spent one hour at my wheel. How I don’t really know how as I was exhausted. The sun will rise here soon and I will take some progress pictures. I may just ply what I have today just to see if my ply plan will work. My ply plan is to ply in little buttons on to my yarn. I'll let you know how it comes out.

Well almost 4:00 am again. You might ask why am I up. Because I fell asleep for the night at 9:00 pm last night but I actually slept at my wheel for at least an hour before my hubby sent me off to bed. Now I have had lots of sleep for me. I may just go fix some coffee and spin watching the sun rise in Oregon. I can

always nap later today. With summer in full swing here the sun rise should be worth seeing. Enjoy your summer wherever you are. I'll see you in September at OFFF.

I have two shows coming up if you want to see my work.  I am having a trunk show at Northwest Wools on August 1st from 1-4:30 and then 6-8:30.  I will be there demonstrating spinning and the blending board. I will also have blending boards for sale should you want one.  I will custom blend fibers for you as well that day so come one in and see what I do when I am not teaching.  There will be some handspun yarns for sale as well.  

The second show opens August 7 at the church/art Gallery next to the Portland Art museum.  This is through the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild.  My two favorite works of art will be displayed for all to see.  My leaf coat and my new handspun sparkle jacket.  I would love to have you see them and let me know what you think  See you then.  

Summer Spinning 2014

by Laurie Weinsoft on 05/27/14

Summer Spinning 2014

It is the end of May, 2014.  Tomorrow we celebrate Bruce’s birthday.  It seems as if the last six months have gone by without even a thought as to the time passing so quickly.  A great deal has happened to me personally that has changed how I look at my life ahead.

In a very short time, I had a close friend find out he had cancer and much too quickly pass away.  Without me even taking a moment to morn this loss, my beloved cairn terrier, Amy, suddenly had full renal failure.  She too was gone before I had a chance to digest her illness.  Six months later, her kennel still sits in our bedroom with the door open as if she will be home soon.  Poor Wilson, my first cairn, misses his buddy too.  Finally a second friend died recently after very short illness that has left me analyzing every thing I do.  I have decided life is just too short to waste a single day doing anything I do not want to do or need to do.  

My first step was to end my working as a bookkeeper/manager.  I think I am just done arranging payments and tax returns.  I am ready for a different life that is all about my family and my art.  If that means I stay home more, cook more meals, see more of my family and create more art, then so be it.  

I have made a commitment to continue offering my classes at Northwest Wools.  With Linda Bering now retired a great deal has changed at my LYS.  I have accepted the challenge to build up the spinning classes.  This summer I am offering a Tuesday class form 1-3 pm.  This is a class we are calling Summer Spinning Fun.  The class will be open to spinners at all levels.  I will teach both drop spindle and beginning spinning to those interested in learning.  If you are already spinning but have questions, problems, or just want to learn more, then please sign up for this class.  The class will cost $75.00 for four weeks of class in advance or $25.00 per week.  Yes you do get one week free if you sign up and pay in advance.  I do have wheels to rent at $10.00 per week should you need a wheel.  I will provide all materials.  As so many students have learned the hard way, properly prepared wool is the key to perfecting the spinning skills you need.  I would love for you to join us this summer.

My regular beginning spinning class will be offered on Tuesday nights from 7-9 at Northwest Wools.  I will be there to bring you the best beginning spinning class in town as you learn to spin on a spinning wheel, learn how to purchase, prepare and enjoy the many fibers available to spinners today.  Included in this class are carding techniques and plying techniques.  At the end of four weeks you should have a very good but broad level of spinning knowledge.  

My spinning two class will continue to meet every second and third thursday each month at my house from 7-9 pm.  You must know how to spin to join this class.  I will offer advice and spinning knowledge as we go but this is a more informal class where you bring in your questions and interest and I do everything I can to give you the skills to create your own special yarn.  

I am thinking of offering a day time spinning two class at my house.  I understand there is possible interest in dyeing workshops, carding workshops, combing, exotics, raw wool preparation and felting.  Please let me know if this interests you.  I have the time now to offer these classes.  

Finally, I set up a Ravelry page for me and my students and those just interested in spinning to join and share what you are making, answer any questions you might have, and just chat with other spinners.  Please join Laurie Weinsoft Hanspinning and Felting on Ravelry.  If you have already joined this group, please stop by and comment and join in the sharing.  I really enjoy hearing from my students and friends.  

Additional notes:  PLY Magazine is re-printing the first issue.  You can order it online.  Check out PLY on Ravelry. 

I think I am going to try and attend the Nordic Heritage Knitting conference in my old home town of Seattle in October.  If you are there and you see me, please stop and say hello.  I love seeing old students and friends as well as making new friends along the way.

See you all at Black Sheep.  We are just a few short weeks away.  We have been working hard here dyeing and washing wool for my classes.  You lucky students are going to have so much fun and way too many wonderful choices to card.  

I hope you all can follow your personal dreams.  Have a great fibery summer.  Laurie

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