Fiber Arts FAQ


Kate Larson

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. I’m very comfortable teaching a wide range of experience levels within one group. 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 me prior to registration.

I’m an experienced spinner. Will there be intermediate to advanced content to challenge me?
I have designed a group of classes that allow everyone to work at their own pace as much as possible. If you are more experienced, I hope this workshop will help you fine-tune your spinning, explore new fibers and yarns, and find fresh energy and inspiration for your work. With two and a half 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 and spinning wheels are equally welcome. Some equipment will be available for beginners to borrow. I will also be bringing a charkha if you would like to give it a try!

I don’t have some of the equipment listed–can I borrow some?
Yes! Some things, such as handcards, I always bring with me. For other items, such as spindles, combs, small looms, knitting needles, and the like, please let me know so I can bring everything we need for our time together.