Join Maggie Casey and Joan Ruane at Interweave Yarn Fest!

Interweave Yarn Fest will be here before we know it. In March, we have a great group of returning spinning instructors and fresh faces. Beloved instructor Maggie Casey will join us once again, and Joan Ruane is joining us for the first time in Loveland!

Explore all that hemp fibers have to offer. Photo courtesy of Joan Ruane

Joan Ruane is known far and wide for her cellulose-spinning passion. She will teach several cotton-focused workshops, as well as lead a full-day deep dive into hemp fiber. Joan, who has a lot to say about the long history of useful hemp, would love to put this fascinating fiber in your hands. And in case you are wondering, there are legal distinctions between marijuana and hemp.

Join Joan for a look at how hemp fibers have been an important part of history and where they are headed!

Spinning Fabulous Hemp with Joan Ruane
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Illegal plant or miracle fiber? Learn the history and importance of the hemp plant and learn to spin several different kinds of hemp preparations. The class will also explore finishing for handspun hemp uses for hemp yarn. Joan will have plenty of samples to see and touch.

Tools of the trade: Teach your old wheel some new tricks. Photo courtesy of Maggie Casey

Maggie Casey is famous for blending a gentle teaching style with solid, technical instruction. Here is a clip from The Spinning Teacher that shows Maggie in action.



In her “Teach Your Old Wheel Some New Tricks” workshop, she will help you better understand what your spinning wheel can do and how to make adjustments that help expand the range of yarns that your wheel can make comfortably.

Teach Your Old Wheel Some New Tricks with Maggie Casey
Thursday March 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
IT IS ALWAYS THE WHEEL, not the spinner (well, maybe not always, but a lot of the time). Sometimes, just the smallest adjustment to your wheel can make a world of difference. Because spinning wheels, like people, need a little TLC, we will start the session by cleaning, oiling, and adjusting our wheels. When the wheels are tuned and happy, we will play some tricks with them to make them more responsive. Sometimes, all it takes is a new drive band or an adjustment here or there to let your wheel do things you didn’t know it could do.

Join us for another Interweave Yarn Fest!


Interweave Yarn Fest
Loveland, Colorado
March 27–31, 2019


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