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August 17, 2022 - August 19, 2022

$75 – $105

Intermediate to Advanced: must have basic spinning & know your wheel! 

Workshop goalMake students comfortable with spinning and dyeing cotton and hemp fibers.

  • COSWG Members Tuition: $75 (includes PayPal processing fee)
  • Non-member Tuition: $105 (includes PayPal processing fee) 

Materials fee: $40, paid first day of workshop; includes fibers, dyes, etc. and Joan’s book Beginning Cotton Spinning on the Wheel. 

This workshop will open for registration June 3, 2022 @ 9 AM and closes July 1, 2022 @ 11 30 PM and opens to non-members on July 1 @ 11:30 PM closes on Aug 10 @ 9 AM. 

Call or email the Linda Gettmann with questions about a workshop that are not addressed on the website: workshop@coswg.org.

Maximum number of attendees is 18

If the seminar is full you may register for the Waitlist RSVP.

2.5 days Aug 17-19 

Aug 17 – Wednesday Afternoon (3 Hours) – Highland Baptist Church, Redmond

Students will learn proper carding and blending procedures for cotton and how to make a good punis.  This will include blending dyed fibers for spinning unique cotton yarns.  They will learn why and how to adjust their wheels for short staple fiber and how ratio and tension effects your yarn*.  Time for a little texture and sizing of the yarn will be included in the spinning techniques with basic long draw spinning. *Joan has asked no Woolie Winders as they do not work for this technique.  

August 18, Thursday (6 Hours)  Pine Meadow Ranch, Roundhouse Foundation, Sisters 

Morning:  Review Day 1.  *Dyeing cotton and hemp fiber with Cushing Dyes, as well as painting on sliver fiber. The class will include scouring the cotton and dyeing both with heat and solar.  During waiting periods students will learn how to spin on a support spindle.  Time to introduce spinning off the boll and cotton sliver. Students will learn techniques of spinning a fine smooth yarn of different sizes.  Using both Pima and Upland white sliver as well as natural green and brown fibers.  

Afternoon: All about plyingUsing our singles students will be exploring plying and the many ways to ply their singles to give them unique and specialty yarns.  Exploring plying and different plying techniques. Checking for balanced yarn.

August 19, Friday (6 Hours)  Pine Meadow Ranch, Roundhouse Foundation, Sisters 

Morning: Day 3 is time to introduce line hemp and how to spin different preparations including our dyed hemp fiber.   

Afternoon:  Play time; time to put together what we have learned and create yarns by combining cotton, hemp and our dyed fibers.  


  • Spinning wheels* should be flyer driven, with at least a 10/1 ratio, no Wooley Winders please for this class.  
  • Carders * prefer cotton carders (some available in class)
  • Lazy Kate with tensioner
  • 3 to 4 empty bobbins
  • Ball winder 
  • Tags for labeling 
  • Niddy noddy, small for samples (some available in class)
  • Pillow for chair to give back support or raise seat
  • For dyeing: mask, rubber gloves, small wide mouth jar, newspaper

Joan Ruane Bio 

First a professional teacher and then a spinner, Joan Ruane has been teaching spinning classes  throughout the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand since 1980.

Active in local and regional Guilds, she has also owned and operated fiber shops in both Florida and Arizona. Joan has published cotton newsletters, multiple You Tubes, written articles for fiber magazines and has produced three DVDs: Cotton Spinning Made Easy and Cotton Spinning with a Takli and a new Spinning Hemp DVD. She has republished Hand Spinning Cotton by Harry and Olive Linder, bringing it up to date with modern techniques. In 2015 Joan published the much-needed Beginning Cotton Spinning on the Wheel workbook. Her DVD’s and books can be streamed or purchased through Taperootsvideo.com. Additional information can be found on her web site: www.cottonspinning.com.


Registration requires that you comply with the following policies:

  1. Register only online for the workshop or seminar. No checks will be accepted.
  2. Full payment is required at the time of registration and 45 days prior to the event. If there are not enough paid attendees, the guild must give cancellation notice to the instructor and/or facility 30 days before the workshop start date.
  3. If the workshop/seminar is full, you may register for the Waitlist RSVP. It tracks wait-listed members in order.
  4. Registration is transferable. If you are unable to attend, it is your responsibility to contact centraloregonspinnersweavers@gmail.com  as soon as possible. The ticket mistress will cancel your registration and contact the next person on the Waitlist RSVP to register online.
  5. If you cancel >45 days prior to the event and no replacement is found, you are charged $50.
  6. If you cancel <45 days prior to the workshop and no replacement is found, there is no refund.
  7. If the workshop is cancelled for any reason, participants shall be refunded all workshop fees.
  8. If participant fee income exceeds the adjusted fixed cost, excess income goes to the Memorial Fund.
  9. Copyright Notice: All digital or printed handouts, lecture materials, study guides and recordings provided by the instructor for purposes of this in-person or online workshop, seminar or program are the property of the instructor, and may be copyrighted. No part of these materials may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the instructor.



August 17, 2022
August 19, 2022
$75 – $105
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68467 Three Creek Rd
Sisters, OR 97759 United States
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