2022 Summer Program


Class #34

Fiber Blending For Spinners

Deb Jones

June 19 - June 25, 2022

instructor imageThis week will be a learning laboratory exploring the qualities of many plant and animal fibers, and what each brings to a finished yarn. Each day will be a set of experiments blending various fibers to produce both woolen and worsted preparations for spinning. More than 20 different fibers will be available for your experimentation, many of them very new to the fiber scene. You will create a notebook of blended preparations and the resulting yarn. Near the end of the week, you will design your own signature yarn and prepare and spin the fibers in a sufficient quantity to knit, crochet or weave a finished project.

Some beginning spinning experience is necessary, but you don’t need to be an expert to take this class. “Early career spinners” are welcome! Students should be able to spin a continuous length of wool.

Deb Jones is from Black River Falls, Wisconsin and is an enthusiastic hand spinner, weaver and dyer who has taught workshops throughout the Midwest, including at The Clearing, Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island and the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, as well as at her studio, The Fiber Garden. For 25 years, The Fiber Garden has offered year-round fiber arts workshops and a mercantile that has been featured in American Small Farm, Impressions and Positive Thinking magazines. Since retiring in 2013 from a career with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, her newest fiber venture is as a travel consultant, sponsoring land and sea fiber arts travel tours. For Deb, it’s all a means to promote fiber arts and combine her love of fiber arts, teaching and country living!

A supply list will be sent prior to class and is available online.
Deb will contact students prior to class.

Level: Intermediate
Materials Fee: $75 for a generous supply of fibers for blending experiments, use of equipment and an in-depth learning guide/sample book payable to Deb in class
Supply List: Supply List PDF
Web: www.fibergarden.com

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


NEW IN 2022! In order to register online, you will need to sign into a Clearing User Account. Complete user account info and "How To's" can be found on our Clearing User Account Page.