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Contact me at: 503-803-7143

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by Laurie Weinsoft on 07/25/13

BEGINNING SPINNING CLASSES AT NW WOOLS

TUESDAY NIGHTS STARTING THE FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH

THE NEXT CLASS BEGINS AUGUST 6, 2013

7-9 PM $60.00 PLUS WHEEL RENTAL IF NEEDED $10.00 PER WEEK

 

 

 

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ADVANCED SPINNING AT LAURIE’S HOUSE SECOND AND THIRD THURSDAY EACH MONTH.  7-9 PM  $20.00 PER WEEK BRING YOUR WHEEL, YOUR QUESTIONS, AND YOUR CURRENT SPINNING PROJECT.  SHOW AND TELL ALWAYS WELCOME.

 

Register for either class at NW Wools or by contacting Laurie at spnwul@yahoo.com

 

Private lessons are always available upon request.

 

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UP AND COMING CLASSES AT NW WOOLS OR AT LAURIE’S HOUSE:

 

DROP SPINDLE: AUGUST 10TH 10:00 TO 1:00 AT NW WOOLS

Drop Spindles: Taking the first steps in learning to spin

 

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Bring your drop spindle or use one of mine and learn how to use it properly to make great yarns.  We will spin, wind off and ply.  Learn the use of the nostespinne in winding yarn and in plying applications with your spindle.  We will use a variety if fibers carded for easy spinning.  Finally I promise to temp you to try the spinning wheel.

 

Materials: $10.00

3 hour class

 

 

 

 

This class is at NW Wools.

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FIBER DYEING WORKSHOP: SEPT. 7 10-3 $45.00 AT LAURIE’S HOUSE

I Want My Sheep Purple: A Dye Workshop

 

This class is an exploration in fiber dyeing.  We are going to use crockpots and the microwave oven to create beautiful dyed fibers using a variety of acid dyes available to us.  We will experiment with both immersions dyeing techniques and handpainting a variety of locks and roving.  Wools, mohair, alpaca and silk will be available to the student.  This is a more artistic approach to dyeing as opposed to a controlled scientific method.

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THE SPINNING CHALLENGE:  AUGUST 18TH 9 TO 4 $60.00 AT LAURIE’S HOUSE

This is a competition between you and your wheel and what you know as well as how you match up to your fellow participants.

1.     Dye Challenge:  You have one hour to demonstrate that you can prepare wool for the dye bath or micro dyeing.  Mix the dye and apply the dye to your dye pot or micro.  Fibers will be judged by depth of color and beauty of the finished fiber.

2.     Wool wash challenge: Prepare and wash a small amount of wool properly for spinning.

3.     Card-Comb-Drum card:  Using the tools provided you must create a roving, a batt and a rolag while demonstrating a knowledge and understanding of the tools and how they are used.

4.     Lunch break-bring your lunch and relax and visit with participants.

5.     Spinning Challenge:  You will spin for one hour (timed).  The longest continuous thread wins phase one.

6.     Hour two you will spin a variety of fibers of your choice that will be available for the challenge.  You must spin a roving, a batt, a rolag, a raw (unwashed and unprepared) fiber and also spin a fine thread, a bulky thread and a novelty thread.

7.     Points will be awarded for each challenge you pass.  The person with the most points wins.  Judging will be done by Laurie Weinsoft.  Some decisions will be purely the subjective judgment of the teacher.  Her decisions will not be influenced or challenged.

 

The prize is a gift basket of spinning fibers worth at least $75.00.  If there is a tie the prize will be awarded by drawing.

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How much do you really know about spinning?  Join us and find out.

Memorial Weekend brings surprises

by Laurie Weinsoft on 05/26/13

Sorry I haven't written in a while.  It has been such a marathon this last month.  I taught two big classes of beginning spinning students.  I actually have every wheel available for rental and then some out on rent.  I had to call back two wheels just to cover a class.  Such fun for me as I love to teach.


This month has brought new ideas invading my world of art.  The first was such a surprise when I was told about a electric needle felting machine.  It took me less than an hour to place my order for this "Embellisher" by Baby Loc.  I felt that excitement I feel every time I sit at my wheel.  Oh what will I create with all the wool here?  Check out my Facebook for pictures of my felt production so far.  

I also finally got the time yesterday to visit my friend, Janice Thompson, at Eugene Textile Center.  I brought home some lovely dyed roving to spin and a couple of used/antique wheels for my students.  I really liked this store as it has fibers dyed and undyed, dyes, a gallery, lots of spinning wheels to buy and try, lots of support equipment from bobbins to cards.  It is just what Eugene and rest of us spinners really need.  Janice will be at Black Sheep gathering selling items from the store while the main owner of the shop brings her wares to Washington State for another event.  Go to Eugene sometime and check them out.  I promise it will be worth your time.  

On a more personal note, NW Wools is about to have a new owner.  While Linda will continue to work there, you have to meet Jackie.  She is just wonderful and artistic.  She is bringing in new yarns that are just beautiful.  Shabu yarns came in already.  Jackie has brought us Shabu mohairs and those other unique matching yarns that have steel in them and other unusual fibers.  Things are changing in the shop as new yarns bloom on the shelves.  

As Linda Berning has been such a mentor and supporter of my spinning and teaching, she has also been a very wonderful friend.  It is nice to know she will still be at NW Wools even after the sale closes.  Some people impact our lives so quietly but that impact is felt so deeply.  Linda your special touch will be forever appreciated.  

Finally for now, I look forward to seeing everyone at Black Sheep  Gathering June 21,22,23.  My class is full which I love.  I cannot wait to meet the new spinners and how they will react to this wonderful art form.  I am also so excited to see my old spinning friends.  If you have never been part of Black Sheep Gathering, take the time to come on down to Eugene, Or and play with the sheep and the spinners.  Who knows maybe you will fall in love with spinning. 

DYE WORKSHOP MAY 5, 2013

by Laurie Weinsoft on 04/22/13

 

I Want My Sheep Purple: A Dye Workshop-REPEATED BY POPULAR DEMAND

 

This class is an exploration in fiber dyeing.  We are going to use crockpots and the microwave oven to create beautiful dyed fibers using a variety of acid dyes available to us.  We will experiment with both immersions dyeing techniques and handpainting a variety of locks and roving.  Wools, mohair, alpaca and silk will be available to the student to try.  This is a more artistic approach to dyeing as opposed to a controlled scientific method.  

 

I will have fibers here to dye or you can bring your own but no more than 8 oz. so everyone gets time to dye.  I will provide the dyes.  We will have a nice range of colors to choose from.  Class will be at my house in the cold garage and basement so be prepared for the cold should it be a chilly day.

 

We are going to also dye skeins of spun or handspun yarn.  If you want to try your hand at skein dyeing, please bring a skein of light or white yarn to play with.

ANY FIBER YOU WANT TO TRY DYEING OF YOUR OWN MUST BE SOAKING  OVERNIGHT IN WATER WITH A ½ CUP VINEGAR BEFORE BRINGING TO CLASS.

 

4-hour class

Class: $40.00

Materials fee: $5.00

 

 

Students need to bring face mask, crockpot for dyeing (never to be used for food again) if you have one, apron.  Wear clothes you don’t care if they get dye on them. 

 

Bring your lunch and something to drink.  I will have coffee and tea available.

Bring your wheel for break time spinning/

Class is Sunday, May 5th 10 to 2 or when we are done.  Call Laurie 503-803-7143 with questions and to register.  I can take your credit card or check or cash to reserve your place.

 

Class is limited to 7 students.

 

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Blogging about my students

by Laurie Weinsoft on 03/30/13

Blogging can be as addictive as spinning I am finding.  I wasn't sure I wanted to do the blog but now I can't seem to sleep because I have so many things to say.  I would like to share with you some of my most interesting students.  I am going to start by introducing you to "Blue".

 

I have only known Blue for a month.  She was late arriving to her first class.  Blue had a hard time at first really understanding the simple exchange between her hands and the fiber.  I wasn't very confident she would ever really spin.  I was so very wrong. I jUst love when a student proves to me that determination and a wondful wheel can really bring such a change in a life.  Blue has several physical challenges that while none of them truly interferes with the spinning process, life long illness does zap energy,  concentration, and our spirit.  I know as I also share in some similar challenges.  So did the other other three students in this class.  It turned out that this particular class held four students all with very similar health issues.  While I tried to keep on spinning most of the time, it was great for this group to talk about their challenges of living a normal life while knowing that was an impossible goal.  I have to say I am still impressed at the sharing of personal health issues in this group.  Instead of bringing the class down with personal issues, this group seemed empowered by knowing they were not alone. It was so very inspiring. 

 

When the final class ended on Tuesday night, I wondered who I would see from this group again.  I had a feeling we were connected in such an intimate way.  Spinning is a great portal for stress relief.  I cannot explain how the contact of fiber and wood calms and inspires such creativity but it does.  Blue wrote to me on Thursday.  She had found a wheel.  That is her family had found her one.  An antique, in probably medium spinning condition.  Her family saw what I saw in Blue.  Spirits lifted through spinning.  With limited resources, they decided to find Blue a wheel.  So excited, Blue's first spinning adventure has begun.  Her little wheel will need some repair.  Blue has that handled by a brother with building skills and great family support.  Today Blue will stop by to introduce her new wheel to me.  Hopefully with a few tweaks we can get it working well enough. I am so pleased to have been a part of the joy. 

 

People often ask me why of all the things I do artistically why did i choose spinning as my outlet.  I guess it is the special relationship between my wheel and my fiber and my students that inspires me.  This is something I cannot easily express.  In the next few weeks as you meet a few more of my students, you will hopefully truly understand why I do what I do.  I have one philosophy I live by: live your life every day because you cannot predict what challenges lie ahead. 

 

 

 

 

 

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OFFF will fun this year

by Laurie Weinsoft on 03/30/13

Ah Thursday morning.  Normally my day off but I will be working part of today.  So of course I cannot sleep.  I thought I may as well get up and share a few thoughts on the world of spinning.  So here we go. 

 

I found out just before I went to bed last night the classes I will be teaching at OFFF in September 2013.  I am excited to be teaching one of my personal favorites, My Project: Beginning, Middle and End.  This is a wonderful class for spinners at every level.  So many spinners spin only dyed or natural roving then not suprisingly they get bored spinning and never finish what they started. Or they finish the yarn but never knit it up.  This class takes you through the process of buying a raw fleece, washing the fleece, dyeing that wool to your personal desire, then carding, spinning, and creating something with your yarn.  This could easily be a year long workshop but we do it all in one day. 

 

The second class was designed just for OFFF 2013 the year of the rabbit.  With angora the featured fiber this year, I am teaching a class I call Bunny Hop: spinning fibers that halo.  Here is your chance to use that high speed flyer you bought but never could figure out what to do with it.  We will use several whorls as well so don't buy a high speed flyer just for this class.  Angora loves a fast twist and so do the many fine, short, fuzzy fibers I have for you to try including possum fleece from New Zealand, amazing kid mohair, qviuit, and of course dog hair from some beautiful Newfoundland dogs.  We will wash some, dye some, and card some of these beauties.  Bring your hand cards if you have some to make this an ever evolving learning exploration.  I will bring you fibers and so much more to make the yarns sparkle. 

 

With both Black Sheep and Oregon Flock and Fiber set for classes, I can now concentrate on my local classes, my family and my life.  While I spend most of my free time spinning, I do plenty of other artistic activities as well. It the squeezing everything in that makes life interesting to me. 

 

Beginning spinning starts again Tuesday. If you are looking to learn how to spin, this is the place to start.  Contact me or call Northwest Wools at 503-244-5024. 

 

 

 

 

 

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