Fiber Arts FAQ

Madeline, a plus size pale woman in a yellow shirt and chartreuse apron, sits behind a spinning wheel and spins

Madeline at her wheel at Yarn & Yoga 2017

Do I have to be a spinner to join the retreat? 
We are welcoming individuals who have never spun as well as experienced spinners and fiber artists.  It is very helpful if you have beginner-level experience with at least one fiber arts technique, such as spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, embroidery, etc. If you do not have any previous handspinning experience, please contact us prior to registration.

I’m an experienced spinner. Will there be intermediate to advanced content to challenge me?
We are working to bring together materials, tools and activity options that will be exciting to a wide range of spinners. If you are more experienced, I hope this event will help you play with your spinning, explore new fibers and yarns, and find fresh energy and inspiration for your work. With two days together and plenty of time together outside of class, we can focus on specific issues you would like to learn more about. Just contact me if you have any questions.

I have a spinning wheel, but it doesn’t travel well. Can I bring spindles?
Drop spindles,  electric wheels and spinning wheels are equally welcome. Some equipment will be available for beginners to borrow. I will also be bringing a handful of supported spindles if you’d like to try them!

I don’t have some of the equipment listed–can I borrow some?
Yes! I am excited to be partnering with Shelley Stone of the Yarn Underground Yarn Shop, not only is she fun, but she has also offered to bring equipment, including wheels for people to try and use.  If you will be needing wheels, looms, or other specific equipment please do let us know ahead of time so we make sure we have everything we’ll need for our time together.