Love to knit/crochet, and want to make your own yarn? Not ready to invest in a spinning wheel, but still want to figure out that fleece-roving-drafting language? How about making your own device for pennies?
This introductory workshop will go over the very basics of using a Drop Spindle to make single-ply yarns. Historically, this process is thousands of years old! You will learn about the simple parts of a spindle, how to hold the wool, and twist away! Also, you will be shown the amazingly easy and cheap way to make your own spindle. Drop Spinning is truly a gateway to spinning wheel spinning; it’s much more portable, affordable, and easy to learn.
A small supply of wool for practicing will be provided at no cost. A list of materials to make your own Drop Spindle and local resources for wool will also be provided.
About your instructor – Lori Schafer
How I came to be WalkingWool(tm)Studio . . . February 2017
Soon after being born in Yonkers NY in 1963, Lori Schafer relocated to farm country in Upstate New York while still in diapers.
Surrounded by a menagerie of farm animals, her love of them continued to grow and eventually found this love running alongside her love of creating art. A few decades later she founded WalkingWoolTMStudio — a name chosen because her love of sheep transcended all other animals, save for dogs. She spends the majority of her time making photographic portraits, spinning and dyeing wool, and creating wearable objects — including beaded jewelry and fiber art — that celebrate the unique qualities of the “raw stuff.”
A longtime artist, Lori Schafer has worked at iconic NYC art museums and galleries. She is a dedicated vegetarian and spent many years creatively absorbed with the fruits of her existence. A multiyear series of large scale vegetable drawings were inspired by her involvement with CSA farms. A juried competition sponsored by The Fitchburg Art Museum culminated in having those works displayed in the museum for three months. She has been selected over three decades to exhibit throughout the Northeast United States.
Lori received her BA Cum Laude in Fine Art and German from St. Lawrence University and studied art history at CUNY Grad School for several years. She has also lived and traveled abroad extensively. She currently resides in Rockland ME with her husband Jeffrey Wolff, an artist and award-winning writer.
My approach with farm animals is up close and personal, just as it was with vegetables. It would not be possible for me to get too near to them, and even take home pieces of their existence (wool fleece) to handle, transform, and celebrate. Even the fiber dyes I work with have a natural origin, whether they grow wild, or are cultivated in my gardens. Taking the portraits is my way of bringing the animals back to the studio with me so that I can constantly savor the joy I get being near them. How can anyone not adore these beautiful and peaceful creatures? Clearly, I cannot!