Beginning Spinning on a Spinning Wheel

April 29, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


Throughout most of human history, we relied on the skills of a handful of talented spinners to make every thread for every piece of clothing, every flour sack, every sail on every ship. Spinning fibers into thread or yarn is one of the oldest human skills. Today, we practice hand spinning for the joy it brings us through the creation of something beautiful and useful, through the fun of playing with various textures and colors, and for the relaxation of the rhythm when we sit behind the wheel.

Skills and Techniques:

How to set up and manage your wheel
The basics of fiber prep and selection
How to spin a singles yarn
How to ply two singles to make a finished yarn
The basics of spinning on a drop spindle
Practice fiber blending on a drum carder

Materials Fee: $15 Paid directly to the instructor.
Special Tools or Equipment: Your own spinning wheel in good working order if you have one.
A limited number of loaner wheels may be available upon request
Students are also invited to bring fiber they are curious to try spinning, but not required

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.
Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee.
A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date.
A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.