Fluff & Stuff: Drop Spindle Classes!
Wednesday Classes (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
July 12, August 9 & September 6
Saturday Classes (2-4 p.m.):
July 8 & August 5
Price: $20 - General Public/$15 - Members
RSVP: 281-342-6478 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever wondered how the Egyptians made thread? Ever wanted to make your own yarn? The Fort Bend Museum is offering several classes this summer to explore the wonderfully-fluffy world of the fiber arts! Join Outreach Coordinator Allison Harrell to learn about the history of the drop spindle and how to use this simple tool to make yarn.
Harrell, whose passion for the fiber arts is matched only by her quest to find her husband the best enchiladas in Houston, said she is super excited to share everything she's learned about making yarn the old-fashioned way.
"I was taught to spin a long time ago, and was never really that good at it, but I do it all the time for my job," she said. "I wanted to practice more, so this year I asked for a Turkish drop spindle for Christmas. Now I am very addicted!"
Harrell's drop spindle collection has expanded to include nearly a half-dozen different types, including one made using a 3-D printer. She has done extensive research on the history of the fiber arts, different techniques used throughout the centuries and how those skills can be used in modern times.
In the end, though, she's mostly just excited about sharing her love of "all things fluff" with class-goers.
"Spinning is very soothing and is a great way to be creative without a lot of pressure. You don't have to worry about color choices or if you are within the lines as you spin. You just have to spin! It's almost meditative," she said.
The two-hour class is geared for ages 12+ and will cover the basics of bottom whorl spindles and prepare you to learn more fiber arts skills such as spinning on a spinning wheel and weaving. Price includes a bottom whorl drop spindle and an ounce of merino wool to take home!
Saturday, July 8: 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 5: 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 9: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 6: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.