top of page

Ontario Handspinning Seminar

Spinning a Rainbow of Yarns (inspired by the 12-step Colour Wheel)

Barb Fawcett

Equipment List

Electronic scale capable of measuring in grams
Hand carders
Spinning wheel, in working order
At least three bobbins
Lazy Kate
Niddy noddy
Lap cloth
Pen or pencil
Workshop Notes
12 Baggies
12 Labels

Workshop Description

Have you ever run out of yarn for that special project just a few meters shy of completion? Or do you simply enjoy playing with colour? This workshop will provide you with the tools to create an infinite number of colours for specialized yarn construction using three coloured (red, blue, yellow) and three basic (white, gray, black) fibres from your stash (or specifically purchased, if you choose.) Focus will be placed on designing yarns based on the 12-step colour wheel and will inspire creativity to construct literally hundreds of colours using tints, tones, and shades.

Teacher Bio

Barbara Fawcett was fascinated as a child about the story of the girl who, with magical help from an imp named Rumpelstiltskin, could spin straw into gold. About 10 years ago she embarked on a journey to turn that fascination into reality. A recent OHS Spinning Certificate graduate, Barb is currently exploring many concepts presented over the program’s six years, primarily focussing on the design of yarns using Ramie fibre. A lover of all types of textiles, she spins, weaves, knits, crochets, quilts, and makes clothes for her grandchildren. She is a passionate dyer using both natural and commercial dyes and can’t wait until warm weather returns to explore new dye stuff possibilities from her husband’s gardens and the world around her in Haliburton.


Fibre List

This workshop does not require a specific kit. You are welcome to source the materials from your stash or local fibre supplier.

No less than 40 grams of (each) red, blue, yellow fibre from your stash or specifically purchased for the workshop. IMPORTANT: fibre colours should be similar in value, ie. all medium or light (please avoid very dark colours)

Approximately 10 grams of (each) white, gray, black fibre

NOTE: to get the most even results, fibres selected should either be the same type ie. all Merino, Corriedale, Rambouillet, etc. or have similar properties such as staple length and micron count (ie. course or fine).

Also Note; Workshop Leader has some notes to weigh fibres in piles/groupings prior to workshop . Image of list is above.

bottom of page