Spinning colour


Wednesday, August 14
09:30 to 16:30 &
Thursday, August 15
09:30 to 16:30


217,40 $ Can
24,25 $ Can
241,65 $ Can (without taxes)

Spaces available


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

Please note that your 3 day pass is included with this workshop (1 per person).


How many ways can you spin dyed wool to get different colour outcomes? In this workshop we’ll explore choices a spinner can make in three different phases that influence the way colours appear in their final yarn. First we’ll explore how wool is dyed and prepared, then the spinning options a spinner can make and finally plying choices that affect how the same colours appear in your hand spun yarns. Time will be left at the end to either knit or weave hand spun samples to see how the colours play out in fabric form.

What to bring

  • Hand carders (purchasing for the workshop isn’t require, participants who don’t have a set can share the teachers)
  • Working wheel or e-spinner (drop spindle spinners are welcome but we will be working quickly)
  • Spinning wheel oil
  • Lazy Kates (tensioned is preferred)
  • 4–5 empty bobbins with leader
  • A hand-painted top you are curious about how to spin for desired colour results (optional)
  • Examples of yarns that you didn’t like the way the colours spun up (optional)
  • If a participant wishes to sample their hand spun yarns made in class, please bring knitting needles, a crochet hook, or pin loom.

Material provided:

  • Wool to spin
  • Handouts


Alanna Wilcox
Wednesday, August 14 09:30 to 16:30 & Thursday, August 15 09:30 to 16:30
L'Ancestrale B&B

Participants should be able to spin a continuous yarn with their wheel and be comfortable with plying

Alanna Wilcox

Alanna Wilcoxspinnybuns

Alanna Wilcox is an art teacher by day and a fibre artist by night. She loves sharing her passion with others and is constantly making things, especially projects that have to do with colour and fibre to express her creativity. She earned the OHS Spinning Certificate with distinction in 2015 and the Master Spinner Certificate in 2017. Working with fibres is something that she lives and breathes, sometimes literally.

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