Spinning Hemp Fiber

Skill Level

Must know how to use your spinning wheel

Class Length

2 Hours


Introduction to spinning hemp fiber. Different hemp fibers and where to purchase as well as learning to spin a nice fine thread. With tips for solar dyeing your hemp fiber.


Registration Fee $5
Materials Fee $5

Materials Fee includes: hemp fibers to spin

Students to Bring

  • Spinning wheel
  • Niddy noddy for samples
  • Small dish for water
  • Lap cloth (optional)

Instructor Bio

Joan Ruane

First a professional teacher and then a spinner, Joan Ruane has been teaching spinning classes throughout the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand since 1980. Active in local and regional Guilds, she has also owned and operated fiber shops in both Florida and Arizona. Joan has published cotton newsletters, written articles for fiber magazines and has published three DVD: Cotton Spinning Made Easy, Cotton Spinning with A Takli/ Charkha and Spinning Hemp. She has republished Hand Spinning Cotton by Harry and Olive Linder, bringing it up to date with modern techniques. In 2015 Joan published the much needed “Beginning Cotton Spinning on the Wheel” workbook. Her DVD’s and books can be streamed or purchased through www.Taperootvideo.com. For more information check out her web site; www.cottonspinning.com


These pictures offer examples of the workshop content or experience.