Due to COVID-19, FTWG cancelled its 2022 Conference two months before it was scheduled to start. As a result, this workshop was not taught in 2022.

Spinning, Embroidery, and Needlepoint

Skill Level


Required Skills:

  • Student must be able to spin a continuous thread

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


Learn how to spin yarns specifically for embroidery and needlepoint. These yarns have very different characteristics than knitting or weaving yarns due to their usage. Embroidery and needlepoint yarns need to pass through fabric over and over without fraying or breaking. Students will learn what fibers are best for this type of yarn and spin them. Silks and silk blends will be used for the embroidery yarns because who doesn’t want shiny, glittering yarns for embroidery! Long wools will be used for the needlepoint yarns. Students will learn about worsted preparations for a smooth strong yarn that will resist fraying when being used.


Registration Fee $290 for FTWG members and $320 for all others
Materials Fee $25

Materials Fee includes: fibers, small practice embroidery or needlepoint fabric/mesh for students to use their handspun yarns, instructor's fibers, hand carders, combs, and hackle for use in class.

Students to Bring

  • Spinning wheel in good working order or spindles you are comfortable using
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own tools (hand carders, combs, hackle, drum carder) and any fibers they would like to share or have questions about appropriate use.

Instructor Bio

Ginger Clark has been spinning for more than 40 years and teaching spinning for almost as long. Her experience has given her the skills to be an effective teacher and sharer of knowledge. She spins on wheels, treadle and electric, contemporary and very old, and spindles of all sorts using all kinds of fibers. Her favorite spinning is making very fine yarns with cotton and luxury fibers like cashmere, qiviut, and silks for weaving and knitting/crochet. Ms. Clark likes to explore how to spin different yarns to better understand their properties so the yarn is ideal for the planned project whether it’s for knitting, crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, or weaving.


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