Spinning fibers into yarn has long been a fascination with people around the world. All human people have some form and way to spin the materials native to their place and region, into workable yarn. These yarns were then either plyed or left in singles to be made into clothing, mats, nets, and enclosures, a necessity for the living of life. Coast Salish Wool Weavings, the indigenous regalia of our region, utilized a spindle whorl to create these yarns. In Paimarire, the Fiber Arts Studio, we will learn how to draft and spin singles on the spindle whorl. We will then ply those singles utilizing the suspended ring method. We will also be introduced to and have an opportunity to learn other spinning methods such as: thigh spinning, treadle spinning, and electric spinning. Students will also have a fantastic opportunity to make their own spindle whorls in the first summer session in Woodcarving: Art and Function with Alex McCarty.
Whether remote or in-person, this offering will include lectures, workshops, and seminars. If remote, learning will include recorded lectures and video-conferencing workshop sessions and seminars. Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit.
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$10 for required project materials