Naked Sheep Courses

Spinning Lessons

We offer a variety of modules to get you started or to refresh your skills.  Choose from the list below or add a few together to make your spinning experience exceptional! Many students have really enjoyed taking a full day course where all topics are covered. I have had the pleasure of hosting a few students in the Alpaca Lodge B&B and spanned their lessons over a few days. The alpacas are always on hand to entertain during tea breaks as well.

Circular Sock knitting lessons

Knitting on a circular sock knitting machine (CSM) can be incredibly frustrating. These machines are truly antique and some are more than 100 years old. If you are lucky enough to find one that is in good order, all you need is patience and the knowledge to produce perfectly knitted socks. Everyone I know that knits socks on them will say the same thing. They are horrible to learn on, but once you get it, you got it. 

There are a few techniques that are necessary to complete a sock and A LOT of practice.  We will cover the basics; cuff, leg, heel, foot, and toe. Other bits will include talking about cast on socks, sewing up the toe, and a word or two on yarns. 

If you own your own machine already, we can have a chat about it specifically. I don’t usually teach on an unknown machine because it can eat up a considerable amount of class time timing and testing it.

PRICES (SPINNING) :

  • €192 full day
  • €96 half day
  • €24 per hour module
Full Day €192
  • History of Spinning
  • Carding
  • Combing
  • Wheel Mechanics
  • Worsted Spinning
  • Woolen Spinning
  • Basic Plying & Finishing
Half Day €96
  • History of Spinning
  • Carding or Combing
  • Wheel Mechanics
  • Worsted or Woolen Spinning
  • Basic Plying & Finishing
One Hour Modules €24 each

Module One - Overview of Spinning

History of Spinning
Overview of Fibre Prep (carding & combing)
Overview of Spinning Methods (Worsted & Woolen)
Overview of Plying & Finishing


Module Two - Carding

Hand Carding
Drum Carding


Module Three - combing

Combing;
English Combs (5 pitch)
Standard Combs (2 pitch)
Mini Combs (2 pitch)


Module Four - Wheel Mechanics

How the spinning wheel works
Making adjustments to the wheel


Module Five - worsted Method

Worsted Drafting 
Applying Twist


Module Six - Woolen Method

Woolen Drafting
Applying Twist


Module Seven - Plying & Finishing

Simple Plying (2, 3, 4 ply)
Navajo Plying
Cable Plying
Worsted & Woolen Finishing

PRICES (SOCK KNITTNG MACHINE) :

  • €192 full day
  • €96 half day
Full Day €192
  • Parts of the Machine & Maintenance
  • Elements of a Sock
  • Casting On
  • Ribbing
  • Leg
  • Heels & Toes
  • Casting Off
  • Kitchner Stitch
Half Day €96
  • Parts of the Machine & Maintenance
  • Elements of a Sock
  • Casting On
  • Ribbing
  • Leg
  • Heels & Toes
  • Casting Off
  • Kitchner Stitch

The half day course will cover the same sections as the full day course but will be very compact. Notes are strongly encouraged.