Spinning Novelty Yarns Workshop with Tom Knisely

  • 23 Jan 2019
  • 24 Jan 2019
  • 2 sessions
  • 23 Jan 2019, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (HAST)
  • 24 Jan 2019, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (HAST)
  • North Hawaii Education and Research Center, Meeting room A
  • 5


Spinning Novelty Yarns

Join us for a two day workshop, Spinning Novelty Yarns, with instructor, Tom Knisely. Registration is open to the public. Participants will bring their own wheels and some experience in spinning would be helpful. Please register online to pay by PayPal, credit card or be invoiced and mail a check to Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui, P.O. Box 11808, Honolulu, HI 96828.

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This program is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaiʻi and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tom Knisely, owner of Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center in York County, Pennsylvania and nationally known authority on weaving and spinning, will be teaching in Hawaiʻi in January 2019.

Knisely has made his career from his interest and love of textiles from around the world. He has been studying, collecting and teaching others about weaving and spinning for more than four decades, making him one of the most well versed weaving instructors in North America. In addition to teaching, Knisely weaves professionally and is a frequent contributor to Handwoven magazine. He is the author of three books: Weaving Rag Rugs, Weaving Baby Blankets and Table Toppers.

Voted Handwoven’s Teacher of the Year, Knisely is renowned among his students for his kindness, good humor, and “seemingly infinite knowledge on the subject of weaving.” His broad knowledge of textiles and textile equipment has brought him international recognition and he is frequently asked to teach and lecture to groups all over the world. For more information go to redstoneglen.com

For more information on the Hawaiʻi workshops contact: kamuelaweaver@gmail.com

Spinning Novelty Yarns  $175

Wed. Jan. 23    9 am - 4 pm    Day 1 workshop

Thurs. Jan. 24  9 am - 4 pm    Day 2 workshop

Have you ever wondered how to spin those wonderful yarns that have interesting textures and visual appeal? This 2 day workshop will take you beyond the typical yarn. Learn to spin several different styles of yarn including thick and thin spiral yarns, slub yarns, core spun yarns and yarns that incorporate mill spun yarns in the plying process. We will also take a closer look at how to prepare your fiber by either carding or combing your fiber for woolen spun or worsted spun threads. You will also learn to use your hand carders to make a proper rolag and how to comb wool for worsted yarns by using both Viking Combs and English Combs. I will bring Wool Hackles for color blending. Learn about color blending and techniques that will enhance the way you spin novelty yarns. You will leave with all kinds of ideas and many samples to inspire you when you get home.

Terms - January 2019 Workshop with Tom Knisely.pdf

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