Patricia Gillies has led spinning workshops in topics ranging from fibre prep to spinning luxury blends to spindle spinning. She has taught beginner spinning to small groups and in one-on-one settings. Patricia is a graduate, with distinction, from the Master Spinner program at Olds College in Alberta. For her in-depth study at Olds, Patricia specialized in spinning luxury blends. She is accomplished in preparing, spinning and dyeing fibre from a broad range of sheep breeds – from downs to longwools – and in working with such fibres as alpaca, llama, bison, cashmere, angora and flax. Patricia is an active member of the Guelph Guild of Handweavers and Spinners.
Workshop – Breed Study for Spinners
In this hands-on workshop, participants will spin fibres from a variety of sheep breeds raised in Canada, including the long and luxurious and the short and sturdy. Alpaca will also be included. Participants will learn what fibre preps and spinning techniques work best for what types of fibres, and how to select and prep fibre for a particular project. This workshop is designed for spinners who can create a two-ply yarn. Participants should bring a spinning wheel, hand carders, a niddy noddy, and a pocket digital scale (capable of measuring in 0.1-gram increments).