12+ Ways to spin A Hand Painted Top for Colour


Friday, August 18
09:30 to 16:30


143,05 $
18,00 $
161,05 $ (without taxes)

Spaces available


All workshop registrations are non-refundable, unless the class is cancelled by the Festival.

Your weekend pass for the festival is included when taking a workshop. Only one pass per person. You can get your bracelet at the entrance.


Did you ever purchase a hand painted top and spin it only to be disappointed in the final colour outcome? This workshop analyzes how dyed tops and rovings are painted and how the fiber can be spun in 12+ ways to yield different colour combinations in the final yarn. The focus will be on colour and how to achieve beautiful colour results instead of mud.

What to bring

Hand carders, working wheel, spinning wheel oil, tensioned lazy kate to accommodate minimum of 3 bobbins, 4-5 empty bobbins with leaders, a hand painted top/roving you are curious about spinning (but haven't tried it yet because you didn't want to ""mess it up"", only if you have some), 1 or 2 handspun yarns from painted tops that you aren't pleased with the way the colors turned out ( optional ).

Material provided:

Wool to practice spinning, handouts


Alanna Wilcox
Friday, August 18 09:30 to 16:30
L'Ancestrale B&B

Students should already be able to spin a yarn on their wheel.

Alanna Wilcox spinnybuns

Alanna Wilcox spinnybuns

Alanna Wilcox is an accomplished fiber artist, designer, author and presenter with over 10 years history of spinning, dyeing, knitting, and teaching. She has earned the OHS Spinning Certificate with honors and is currently pursuing an in-depth study to earn the title Master Spinner. With a background in fine art and art education, she is able to make new fiber art techniques accessible to her students while helping them build confidence in using their newly acquired skills. She is currently on the faculty of Nazareth College in addition to having taught at an OHS Seminar and conference, the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival, & private group workshops. Alanna was introduced to fiber crafts at a young age by her grandmother when her love of playing with thread began. She finds inspiration in colors, textures, and soft squishy things.


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