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Embark on a journey through the ancient art of spinning with this captivating Drop Spindle Workshop with a local partner. For centuries, you could not buy pre-made yarn at the store, you had to make your own based on wool. Workshop attendees will learn the basics of the ancient craft of spindle spinning, and take home the yarn they spin. In addition to this, attendees will take home their own drop spindle and their choice of Shetland roving braid so they can keep up the craft afterward! 

Join us for an hour of creativity, tradition, and hands-on learning as we guide you through the mesmerizing process of transforming raw fibers into beautiful, hand-spun yarn using the time-honored drop spindle technique.


Introduction to yarn making:

Begin your adventure with an introduction to the history and artistry of drop spindle spinning. Learn about the origins of this traditional craft and discover the versatile fibers you can use to create your own unique yarn.


Understanding the Drop Spindle:

Dive into the anatomy and mechanics of the drop spindle. Our experienced instructors will guide you in selecting the perfect drop spindle and understanding how the simple yet effective tool can be wielded to produce a wide range of yarn textures.

Gain hands-on experience as you use local wool to explore different spinning techniques and unleash your creativity with each turn of the spindle.


Troubleshooting and Finishing:

Encounter common challenges and solutions in the spinning process. From addressing uneven tension to achieving a balanced yarn, our instructors will share tips and tricks to ensure your hand-spun creation is a true work of art. Explore finishing techniques to enhance the beauty and durability of your yarn.

Inclusions :   

  • All materials, including a drop spindle and an assortment of fibers

  • Expert guidance from skilled instructors

  • Your own hand-spun yarn 

  • Bring home with you your drop spindle and a roving braid to continue the craft

  • Your own tote bag to bring home


  • £59 per person


Note that

  • All guests must be over 13 and under 18s must be with an adult

  • Max base workshop capacity is as follow: 4 pax / contact us for bigger groups

Dress code: 

Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes. Cloaks, and kilts are of course welcome! 

Raincoats or umbrellas are recommended. 


What to bring with you? 

Bring your confirmation, in your phone or printed to be checked by the guide  


Meeting point: 

63 Causewayside, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1QF

Workshop times: 

Spinning currently runs Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11-12:30

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