Course curriculum

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    WELCOME TO THE WORKSHOP

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    MODULE 1 - JANUARY 2021 - GET TO KNOW YOUR WHEEL

    • PRE-CHAPTER QUIZ - TEST YOUR BEGINNER SKILLS

    • Spinning should not hurt. See how to sit properly at your wheel

    • Proper foot position on the treadel(s)

    • What does grip strength have to do with spinning?

    • Intro to the spinning wheels pieces and parts

    • Parts of a FLYER-LEAD spinning wheel or scotch tension wheel

    • Parts of a BOBBIN-LEAD spinning wheel or Irish tension wheel

    • Up take or take up. Whatever you call it you need it

    • Treadling tricks and S & Z. Which way is which?

    • Managing drive bands on a single-drive wheel

    • Why does my drive band need to rest?

    • How to attach and thread the leader

    • Whorls, pullies and twists per inch (TPI). How to measure yours

    • Test your knowledge

    • What's my wheel?

    • GUEST SPEAKER - Jim Eichter master spindle maker/woodturner and owner of True Creations - About me

    • GUEST SPEAKER - Watch Jim Echter turn a Nostepinne

    • GUEST INSTRUCTOR - Beginning drop spindle with Cynthia Haney

    • RECORDED LIVE FACEBOOK VIDEO WITH MARY 1-5-21

    • SPINNING WHEEL SPOTLIGHT - The Kromski Sonata

    • Eszee Twist Tool and Yarn Planner 30% off for members

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    MODULE 2 - FEBRUARY 2021 - SPINNING FUNDEMENTALS AND CONSISTENCY

    • And here we go

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    • Module 2 intro

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    • 1 - Pre-module spinning exercise WATCH NOW - The rest of the module will be ready February 1st.

    • 2 - What fiber might be good for a new spinner?

    • 3 - How to use the Eszee Twist Tool spinners control card

    • 4 - Staple length and what it has to do with spinning

    • 5 - Fiber supply, drafting hand and drafting/pinch styles

    • 6 - Managing combed top and pre-drafting

    • 7 - Find your rhythm

    • 8 - The math and art of twist - Twist per inch

    • 9 - Twist per inch (TPI) calculations and ply back

    • 10 - Backspin...why????

    • 11. Joins that hold

    • 12 - Kinky yarn

    • 13 - Flyer Hook, hoops and cross-lacing

    • 14 - Recorded Facebook live with Mary Egbert from February 2, 2021

    • 15 - See how steam works on combed top. It's amazing!

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    MODULE 3 - MARCH 2021 - PLYING

    • Get ready for module 3 coming March 1st

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Try this yummy recipe

    • 1 - Plying introduction

    • 2 - Plying - What? When? Why? Where?

    • 3 - Plying Fundementals

    • 4 - Yarn package

    • 5 - Setting up kate

    • 6 - Revive it and measure bumps and angle

    • 7 - Plyback from a stale bobbin

    • 8 - Kate far away from me

    • 9 - Kate close to me

    • 10 - Wind it up

    • 11 - Navajo 3-ply

    • 12 - Classic 3-ply

    • 13 - calculating 2-oly and 3-ply yarn

    • Plying on a drop spindle LIVE Facebook class with Cynthia Haney

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    MODULE 4 - APRIL 2021 - SCOURING

    • WELCOME TO MODULE 4 - SCOURING

      FREE PREVIEW
    • FREE PRINTABLE WOOL SCOURING LOG

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    • Research citations for this module

    • 1. Scrouing Class Intro

    • 2. It all starts out raw

    • 3. The Burn Test

    • 4. Testing your water

    • 5. Water: How hot and why?

    • 6. Water: How much and why?

    • 7. Intro to wool grades

    • 8.. Micron and crimp structure

    • 9. Crimp and wool grade show and tell

    • 10. Soaps for scouring

    • 11. But first, a word

    • 12. Assessment before scouring

    • 13. Pre-rinse. Yay or nay?

    • 14. . Scouring in action

    • 15. Advanced sampling

    • 16. The nuances of fine grade fiber and scouring in lock formation

    • 17. How to scour alpaca or other fiber with no lanolin

    • 18. Parade of the scoured fibers

    • LIVE FACEBOOK DEMO/CLASS 4-8-21 SHOWING HOW TO TEST FOR PH, WOOL STRENGTH AND MORE!

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    MODULE 5 - MAY 2021 - WOOLEN PREP, DRAFTING STYLES & SETTING WOOLEN YARN

    • 1. Introduction to Module 5 - Welcome!

    • 2. Intro to WOOLEN everything

    • 3. TPI or Teet/tines per Inch . Does this matter?

    • 4. Drum card safely

    • 5. Drum carding scouring Corriedale locks - POOF!

    • 6. Carding scoured Corridale locks removing 2nd cuts

    • 7. Drum carding fine grade wool and what happens

    • 8. Making rolags on a drum carder

    • 9. What is a diz? Check these out!

    • 10. Dizzing scoured Corriedale off of a drum carder

    • 11. Dizzing combed top ROVING off a drum carder

    • 12. Let's look at all the preps made using a drum carder

    • 13. Making rolags on a blending board Part 1

    • 14. Making rolags on a blending board Part 2

    • 15. Dizzing roving off a blending board

    • 16. Spinning Woolen - Why? What? How to calculate the amount of twist and more!

    • 17. Woolen drafting styles or draws. Let's get spinning!

    • 18. How do I adjust the yarn thickness using longdraw? I show you how.

    • 19. Spinning rolags long draw

    • 20. Samples, samples, samples

    • 21. Finishing woolen yarn - YAY! You made it to the end of Module 5!

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    MODULE 6 - JUNE 2021 - WORSTED PREP, DRAFTING STYLES & SETTING WORSTED YARNS

    • IT'S HERE!!

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    • 1. Welcome to the worsted module

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    • 2. The history of worsted

    • 3. Inro to home worsted fiber tools

    • 4. How to set up worsted tools for optimum and safe use

    • 5. To grease or not to grease

    • 6. Combing it rough

    • 7. Combing with milk?

    • 8. Worsted draw or drafting technique

    • 9. Spinning conditioned Merino and Corridale

    • 10. Scouring and prepping wool for lock combing

    • 11 . Lock combing but not true

    • 12. Looooong lock on 5-pitch combs

    • 13. Combing dual-coated wools

    • 14. Blending natural colored scoured wool locks on wool combs

    • 15. Blending commercial combed top on wool combs

    • 16. Blending and dizzing with a hackle

    • 17. Setting the twist for worsted spun yarn

    • TO BE ANNOUNCED - LIVE CLASS ON: 1. Combing and spinning true worsted, semi worsted and combing with dog combs

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    MODULE 7 - JULY 2021 - DYEING! COLOR THEORY IS YOUR FRIEND

    • COMING SOON

    • References

    • Test your dye knowledge

    • Dyeing intro

    • Calculations for dyers

    • Simple color theory for dyers

    • Mixing ancillary dye solutions

    • Mixing pirmary colors using food grade gel dyes

    • Mixing secondary colors from primary food grade gel dyes

    • Mixing tertiary colors from primary and secondary liquid dyes

    • High immersion sample dyeing of all 12 colors & how to set up dye sample sheet for your dye book

    • Mixing acid dyes 1% DOS

    • How to mix pastels for a pretty ombre effect

    • How to tone down a hue, or color, and make shades

    • How to handpaint combed top

    • A little secret using your drum carder

    • Tie dye dyeing

    • Solar dyeing firestar and Snow on the Mountain

    • Troubleshooting - let me help you

    • Worksheets for your Dye Record Workbook and flow sheets

    • Want to get a certificate of excellence in dyeing? Check it out

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    MODULE 8 - AUGUST 2021 - BREED/GRADE STUDY

    • INTRO

    • Intro to breeds/grades

    • FINE GRADE SHEEP WOOL - MERINO

    • COMPARISON OF MERINO GRADES

    • SCOURING FINE GRADE SHEEP WOOL FOR COMBING

    • FINE GRADE SHEEP WOOL PREP

    • SPINNING FINE GRADE WOOL AND TRUE WORSTED

    • MEDIUM GRADE SHEEP WOOL - CORRIEDALE

    • SCOURING MEDIUM GRADE WOOL BOWL METHOD - CORRIEDALE

    • ROUGH COMBING MEDIUM GRADE CORRIEDALE

    • CARDING CORRIEDALE WOOL THAT WAS SCOURED USING THE BOWL METHOD

    • MEDIUM GRADE SHEEP WOOL COMBING IN LOCK FORMATION

    • COARSE GRADE SHEEP WOOL - LEICESTER LONGWOOL

    • SCOURING COARSE GRADE WOOL - LEICESTER

    • COMBING COURSE GRADE LEICESTER WOOL

    • COURSE GRADE LEICESTER - USING A SWING PICKER AND DRUM CARDING A BATT

    • BONUS - FULL COURSE - SWING PICKER BASICS

    • DUAL COATS

    • DUAL COATED SHEEP - ICELANDIC AND NAVAJO CHURRO

    • SCOURING DUAL COATED NAVAJO CHURRO

    • Congrats! You have completed this module

    • SPUN AND SWATCHED

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    MODULE 9 - SEPTEMBER 2021 - SPINNING ADVANCED YARNS - THICK 'N THIN, COILS, CABLES AND MORE!

    • COMING SOON

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    MODULE 10 - OCTOBER 2021 - SPINNING FOR PURPOSE - KNITTING YARN VS WEAVING YARN

    • COMING SOON

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    MODULE 11 - NOVEMBER 2021 - HOW TO SPLIT A BATT OR DYED COMBED TOP TO MAKE A VARIETY OF UNIQUE YARNS

    • COMING SOON

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    MODULE 12 - DECEMBER 2021 - TAKE YOUR STASH AND LEARN HOW TO COMBINE IT TO MAKE AMAZING PREPS AND YARNS - HOW TO MARKET YOUR BUSINESS

    • COMING SOON