Spinning Workshops – Silk and Art Yarn


Two Days of Spinning Workshops
Saturday November 17 and Sunday November 18
Free Your Wheel Free Yourself -Spinning Silk and Spinning Art Yarn

Many of us find ourselves in ‘default mode’ when we spin; same fiber, same grist, same results. While consistency is a noble goal, it can be energizing to step out of the comfort zone and experiment with new materials and new techniques.

Jan Massie is a highly engaging instructor and will be leading us on a high energy spinning adventure.

Registration and Location Information

Workshop location: The Orthodox   630 American Street   California, PA

Each full day (9:00 to 4:30) workshop is $100 which includes instructor and materials fees. Class size limited to 12 each day.  Sign up with the Paypal Links at the bottom of the page.

Saturday November 17: We’ll kick off with a lively session of Wheel Magic – Jan describes this as “Learning ratio and how to make your wheel do the work”. Structured exercises allow us to stretch and warm up our wheel, our attitude, and our technique.
Once we are done with the warm-up we will be Spinning All Things Silk – Cocoons, caps, hankies, silk lapp, and top

Spinning Art Yarn Art Yarn -We do it all. This high speed high energy session is  packed with different materials and techniques.

Pre reqs: basic spinning is a must for each day

Jan Massie has been spinning fiber for more than 40 years and describes herself as having the attention span of a gnat who loves to laugh and enjoy life. Jan loves color and texture in her works and is great at pushing boundaries and instilling that creativity in others. Not a technical person, she loves what she does, is good at it, and it makes her happy to share her gift with others.
Jan has her own shop/studio, where she does all sorts of fiber arts and painting. Spinning is her first love, but she also weaves, felts, and knits. She teaches classes out of her shop and online and most recently has taught in Mulberry Days, Ambia, Iowa; EGLFC in Chautauqua, N.Y.; Sheep in the City, Milwaukee; Fiber Retreat, Temecula, Calif, Stitches Midwest and September 2018 series of workshops in the Netherlands. Jan will be teaching at MAFA in 2019.
She is a certified Teacher and Master Dyer Redding Method and known Internationally for her Art Yarn DVD. She is a member of Fiberygoodness and Redding method groups and does many online spinning classes.

Each full day workshop is $100 and includes materials.


New sheep

Periodically we add carefully selected sheep to our flock. This fall we imported a Natural Colored Merino. Bob, to our fiber flock. Bob will go home in 60 days, after he’s done his job. He will be visiting with our Shetlands, our merino crosses and two of our Finn girls. We will be looking for some lovely fleeced lambs next spring.

Dyeing with fiber reactive dyes

I am primarily a dyer of protein fibers – wool, alpaca, mohair, bunny. This weekend I learned about dyeing cellulose fibers – linen, rayon, tencel, bamboo, cotton. Some of my prior experience transferred and some didn’t. I’m still sorting out the similarities and differences. While I don’t intend to shift my focus, I do intend to do more of this type of dyeing.

Indie Knit & Spin

Woo hoo! I’ve been accepted as a vendor at the November Indie Knit and Spin fiber show.

I’ve developed a new line of roving primarily from my Texel sheep that I’m calling Ruggles. This roving is softer than you might imagine and perfect for spinning thick or thin yarns and for braiding for Shepherd’s rugs.

These are just a few of the colors we’ve dyed up for you.