All About Cotton Spinning

Skill Level

Beginner to Intermediate
  • Students must know their wheel and be able to treadle their wheel clockwise without any trouble.

Class Length

  • 2.5 Days
  • Friday: 9 am to 12 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am to 12 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am to 12 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm


The goal of this class is to learn how to relax and enjoy spinning cotton. Joan will start off the first morning with each student learning the long draw from spinning on Gandhi’s little tahkli spindle and the book charkhas. From there students will learn to card and blend cotton to make punis to spin on their spinning wheels as well as spinning off the cotton bolls to natural colored cotton slivers. Plying a balanced yarn to finishing and storing your yarns will be covered in this 2.5 day workshop.


Registration Fee $290 for FTWG members and $320 for all others
Materials Fee $30

Materials Fee includes: Joan’s workbook "Beginning Cotton Spinning on a Wheel," tahkli & charkha instruction sheets. All the fiber used in class including the use of tahkli spindles & book charkhas for those who do not have one. Puni sticks and rulers.

Students to Bring

  • Spinning Wheel (recommend a flyer driven wheel with at least 10/1 ratio if possible and no Woolee Winder flyers please)
  • Lazy kate and 4 bobbins
  • Carders (prefer cotton carders but wool will do)
  • Small niddy noddy
  • Apron/ lap cloth. Dark preferred
  • Wheel Maintenance kit (oil etc.)
  • Tags/ pen
  • Recommend bringing a cushion for the chair.


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