The Workshops

Garden outside at the Loft, scarf, artists posing together

The Beginner’s Workshop focuses on sheep’s wool. It starts with learning about fleece, properties of wool fibres, terminology, types of basic yarn, carding wool, spinning wool on a drop spindle, and practice. Then we move to the magic of the spinning wheel: techniques, plying singles into 2-ply yarn, and more practice!

In The Exotic Fibres and Novelty Yarns Workshop you will learn the properties and qualities of various animal and vegetable fibres, techniques for handling and spinning them; then practice and plying to create exciting novelty yarns. You must be a very experienced spinner for this one.

I recommend 2 days (12 hours of instruction) for both of these workshops; there is a lot of information to absorb, and the challenge of a new hand-eye and foot coordinating skill set!

The Intermediate Level Workshop is for anyone who would like to hone their skills and techniques, and get help with drafting or plying problems. I recommend this one roughly 6 months to a year after the Beginner’s, depending on how much practice has occurred.

Wool being spun, up close

The Spinner’s Loft is a ‘‘cat-friendly” place. Sorry, no cat-allergic people unless you have a way to manage that! If you have food allergies, or are vegetarian or vegan, please let me know.

You do not need to bring anything with you but clothing for warm and cool weather, walking shoes and swimming gear if those are activities you enjoy. A notebook would be a good idea,  however I give you hand-outs of all the critical information.

All equipment and supplies will be provided. If you have your own wheel and carders you may bring them; let me know if you will be doing this.

Workshop Prices

People walking towards Fisherman's Life Museum, close up of wool being spun

Workshops are $150 CAD (Canadian dollars) per day. This includes 2 nutrition breaks and delicious, healthy, homemade lunch.

Supplies fee for The Beginner’s Workshop is 5 cents per gram calculated by the weight of your finished yarns. The Intermediate Workshop materials fee is 10 cents per gram, and for The Exotic Fibres and Novelty Yarns Workshop, the fee is approximately 20 cents per gram.

The Intermediate Workshop is $85 per day, and one day is usually sufficient and enlightening! Bring your own fibres, if you have them. If you need fibres supplied, let me know in advance; the fee depends on the type of and price of fibres needed.

25% of the workshop fee is required as a deposit upon registration. You may make payment by check or money order. The balance is due upon arrival.

Cancellation policy: Cancellation fee is 20% of total workshop price if cancelled 1 month before date; if cancelled less than 30 days before date, cancellation fee is 40% of total workshop price. If The Spinner’s Loft cancels a workshop, total deposit is returned.

For deposits: I accept U.S. or Canadian checks, no credit cards; for bill payments: U.S. or Canadian check, cash, no credit cards.

If travelling from afar, please arrive at accommodations of your choice the evening before start date; workshops begin at 9 A.M. Evenings may be spent in the studio for additional practice.

Since it is increasingly hard to coordinate a group of people with the rather hectic pace of life these days, I more often do any of the workshops as One-On-One, with just one student. This is advantageous to the student!

I can also offer a 1-day workshop for you if you are interested in just having a fun, trial experience of spinning, but you are not sure you want to commit to buying a wheel; this would be especially fun for a group of friends to come and spend the day together. Or escape the city Friday night and spend a ‘hands-on’ day here!  Ask  me about individual and group rates.

From Ann MacLeod, Dartmouth, NS:  “I am a weaver, and I had been wanting to learn spinning in order to incorporate something new in my work.  I took a Beginner’s spinning workshop from Leslie in Jeddore, and then a 1-day ‘Tune-Up’, later.  Her studio is well-equipped, wonderfully located by the sea, and she is a delightful and very experienced teacher”. 

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*Photo : Bottom left image of Fisherman’s Life Museum, Oyster Pond, Nova Scotia.