Remember when I wrote that post just a little while ago about how I love to spin white? Well, I don’t want to scare any of you away so I thought I would tell you a little about a class I will be teaching this fall about color. It’s called hand Carding the Color Wheel. Here is the official description:


It’s all about getting the perfect color. We can do that simply with a little fiber and a pair of hand cards. We will begin with just the primary colors and black and white. We will learn how to adjust and blend just the right amount of these colors to make a wide range of colors for your projects. You will leave the class with more faith in your ability to use hand cards as well as a knowledge of how to blend colors consistently for even the largest of projects.

Materials Information

Bring to Class:  Students should bring a spinning wheel in good working order or a spindle, a pair of general purpose hand cards (72 up to 112 tpi) and a battery powered scale that can measure in 0.1 ounce quantities if you have one.

color wheel


The thing is, this class will add several things to your skills.

First, you will leave class with ability to use hand cards with confidence. I meet lots of spinners who doubt their ability to hand card or they think that hand carding is very time consuming. My answer is that everyone can learn to use hand cards and they can process large amounts of fiber in a similar amount of time as is possible with a drum carder with a much less expensive tool.

Second, you will be able to make at least 30 different colors while beginning with only the 3 primaries. Add white and black to the mix and your color possibilities are endless. Again, this is a money saver for you as a spinner. In addition, if you are a weaver, knitter, embroiderer or anything else you can think of that uses yarn, you will learn how to add shading and dimension to your fiber projects.

Third, you will learn how to reproduce colors that you blend. This ability and knowledge can be expanded to any tool you might use for blending and processing your own fiber – from drum carders, to combs to blending boards and more.

In just three hours you will add a great deal of fabulousness to your fiber artistry.

I am teaching this class at two fun places this year.

In September you can joint me and Jillian Moreno and Rita Pettys at the Happy Camper Fiber Retreat in Michigan. Small classes and too much fun will be happening there.

In October I will be teaching this class and several others at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival – often referred to as Rhinebeck because it takes place in…rhinebeck:-)

I’ll be talking in depth about a few of my other upcoming classes in the next weeks. I can’t wait to see you all in class with me! Let me know if you have any questions about any of the others.

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