Educating America's Craftspeople
  • 2024 Wonders of the Great, Wool or Walking Wheel $135



    Explore the myths, legends, wool preparation and spinning techniques of this beautiful piece of equipment.

    Instructor: Susan Conover 

    Prerequisites: Participants need to be able to make a continuous yarn on a spinning wheel or drop spindle. 

    Max Enrollment: 4 

    Price: $135 (includes all instruction time, materials & use of equipment) Students to supply their own lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required to secure a spot in this course with the balance due two weeks prior to the course beginning. 

    Date OfferedSaturday, September 21, 2024

    Course Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm 

    Susan has been enamored with the Great Wheel (Wool Wheel, Walking Wheel) since the early 1990's. While working for several historic sites, she would bring her Great Wheel along to dazzle spectators. She would always gather a crowd!

    Susan will begin with the history of the spinning wheel via a PowerPoint show highlighting the basic treadle spinning wheel and how the Great Wheel evolved. Also included will be tips and tricks as how to make drive bands, cornhusk bearings, preparation of fiber, dressing a chair and floor stand distaff and the long draw technique. Attendees should not bring a Great Wheel; there will be wheels available to "test drive" from the Conovers' personal collection.

    Please note our cancellation policy: A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required to secure a spot in this class. The balance is due two weeks prior to the course beginning.