Making Cloth: Intro to Hand-Spinning (Fiber Series #1)


Ever wanted to know how cloth is made? Our ancestors usually made their cloth themselves from the plants and animals in their surroundings, but today we usually don’t know where our cloth comes from, what it’s made of, or who made it. In this class, we’ll cover the first steps of making cloth: spinning on a drop spindle with the basics of the ‘park and draft’ technique; plying; understanding the key role of fiber preparation in the final outcome, and sampling a couple of different fibres, including wool from sheep, angora from rabbits, and flax from linen. This beginner level workshop will cover the following:
  • Basic fundamentals of fabric composition
  • Discussion of spun fibers that make cloths
  • Hands on practice with hand-spinning using a drop spindle
  • Hands on practice with the ‘park and draft’ technique, and plying
  • Samples of different fibers¬†from plants and animals
  • Discussion of contemporary¬†basket technology and commonly found store bought fibers
Participants will also be able to take home the project they finish in the workshop. This workshop is one of three Fibers workshops that we are hosting with instructor Rebecca Graham.  Enrol in all three workshops at checkout, and receive a 15% discount!

About the Instructor

Rebecca Graham is an environmental artist and weaver who specializes in creating exciting connections between ancient skills and contemporary knowledge and issues. She is the artistic director of EartHand Gleaners Society. With a background in agriculture and environmental ethics and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, her workshops reconnect people of all ages and abilities to the land in ways that aim to honour cultures, ancestors, First Nations, and the land itself.

Date and Time

Tuesday, October 9 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm (2 hours) Location UBC Farm | 3461 Ross Dr. Vancouver, BC


$45 ($38 student pricing) + GST

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