Learn to Spin

October 5 - October 6, 2024

Learn to Spin


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $395
Material Fee: $60

What weaver, knitter or crocheter hasn’t fantasized about making their own yarn!? Explore the interaction of color and fiber at the most fundamental level in textile arts. Learn to spin wool and blend it with other fibers like silk and cotton, making yarns to weave, knit or sculpt. You will learn how to use a drop spindle and move on to a wheel if you want. We will prepare fibers, create and test design options, and achieve a range of colors with blending techniques. Different wheels are available for use and trial during the class. You will get a drop spindle to bring home.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
NOTE: Our Dining Hall is closed for the season so lunches are NOT included. 

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Kate Sarah Mitchell

Kate Sarah Mitchell is a practicing artist and teacher and currently has a studio in Saugerties, N.Y. She served as Artist Fellow in Textiles and Surface Design for 2016 and 2017 at Peters Valley. She had intense and immersive natural dye experience in 2015 as Head Designer at Awamaki in Ollantaytambo, Peru, not far from Machu Picchu. There she worked in capacity building and skill development with six women’s textile cooperatives in the rural Peruvian Highlands, serving the international fair trade market. Mitchell focuses on traditional textile processes, handcraft, and sustainability. Her work has been exhibited in shows in New York City, throughout the Hudson Valley of New York, and in Layton N.J. She received the HGA Dendel Scholarship in 2014 and was a finalist for the Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize, 2015. She received the HGA Teach it Forward Grant in 2019 and in 2022 and 2023 she served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts grants review board. Mitchell balances her work in Textile Design with a career in arts and non-profit management. She has served as Executive Director at Fall Kill Creative Works managing 4 craft studios (print, textiles, ceramics, and storytelling), and has worked on projects in public history, environmental protection, and social justice.

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