Using a Drop Spindle with Howard Hardiman
Sun 4 Aug / 10am – 4pm / £50 / £45*
The drop spindle has been in use since the Neolithic period as a way of making yarn and thread. In this workshop, you’ll learn to use a drop spindle to transform carded wool into spun and plied yarn that, once set, can be used for your own knitting and crochet projects. You’ll also learn about the stages involved in transforming a fleece into a finished product, to understand how the drop spindle fits into that process. We’ll also talk about easy ways to make your own drop spindle so you can continue spinning beyond the course. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners, but some experience with knitting, crochet or weaving might be helpful.
Meet the Tutor
Howard Hardiman is a previous Jubilee Stores artist who now lives and works in a house by the sea on a remote island in Orkney. There, he and his husband work with fleeces from local farmers and hand make their own yarn which is used for weaving. Howard is an artist who uses storytelling, folklore and mythology at the heart of his work. He has exhibited at Quay Arts and has been artist in residence at Brading Roman Villa and ArtSpace Portsmouth. He has worked as an artist-researcher with Royal Holloway University and the Institute for Classical Studies. He has also lectured on art history and practice for the National Gallery and Tate Galleries. His comic books include Badger and The Lengths which was published in the UK and Germany and is available to buy at Quay Arts. www.howardhardiman.com