How to Use a Drop Spindle

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fibre, drop spindle and spun yarn laid on a wooden table

10.30am - 12.30pm : The View

Textiles Workshop Yarn
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The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

01603 727 950

A morning workshop for complete beginners.

Ruth, The Slow Yarn Spinner, will show you how to use a drop spindle, so you can make your own yarns for knitting, crochet and weaving.

A drop spindle is the most simple, and ancient, of tools. Ruth will show you how to hold the spindle, and how twist works to strengthen wool fibres.

You will use two types of wool fibres to compare their qualities as you spin, and then ply one thread with another into a finished yarn.

Everyone will go away with their first sample of hand spun yarn.

No experience is needed and all materials and tools are provided.


Age 16+

Kits will be available to purchase on the day if you want to take a spindle home with you.

Woman using a spinning wheel
Ruth doing what she loves.

If you can't make Ruth's workshop, you can catch up with her as she demonstrates and offers free tasters on the first three days of the Festival. See below.

Ruth is passionate about textiles and the health benefits to be had from mindful, creative activity. You can read more of her story on her website.