This is it! I have pushed the publish button. Drum rolls and fanfares – My new online course Know your fleece has officially launched! Make sure you enroll in tonight’s free webinar The Hand spinner’s advantage to get access to special course offers!
Know your fleece
After a lot of hard work and a long launch period it is finally Launch Day. I wanted to make a course in wool knowledge that takes its starting point in the characteristics of the fleece you have in front of you. A breed can have typical breed characteristics, but it is the fleece you have that you will work with and get to know.
In this course you work with a fleece that you have chosen. With the help of inspirational video material and structured assignments you will explore, analyze, empower, plan and experiment with your fleece to get to know it. You work with your fleece, at your skill level, with the tools you have access to and as extensively as you like. I provide inspiration, my experience, my perspective on wool and a structure to work within.
When you have finished the course you will feel more confident in handling raw fleece and planning the process from fleece to textile. You will know how your fleece feels, behaves and how it wants to be spun.
Five sheep breeds
Through the course you will get to know five Swedish sheep breeds – Gotland sheep, Gute sheep, Klövsjö sheep, Helsinge sheep and Dalapäls sheep. Three of these breeds are presented as webinars that I have streamed during the past couple of years. You may have seen them, but for the course I have edited them and added pictures, keywords and captions. For the two remaining breeds I have made new videos where I present how I prepare, spin and use them.
I will also take you on a tour of the Swedish fleece championships of 2019 together with my spinning friend Anna Lindemark. We go through the fleeces in the championships, category by category, and look at what is unique to the breeds and to the individual fleeces.
A visit to a shepherdess
Another friend of mine is shepherdess and spinner Lena Hansjons. She has a flock of Dalapäls sheep and in one of the inspirational videos of the course I visit her while she shears her sheep and talk about the endangered Dalapäls breed.
Dalapäls sheep are also presented in one of the breed study webinars that is included in the inspirational material.
Know your fleece: Course outline
The course is organized in five themed modules which include the inspirational videos. Each module also presents an assignment you will work on with your fleece and document. When the course is over you will have produced a wool board with samples and swatches to use as a guide for when you process and spin the rest of the fleece.
When you sign up for the course you will get
- over 5 hours of video material
- presentations of five Swedish sheep breeds
- a tour of the Swedish fleece championships
- a visit to a shepherdess
- a pdf ebook of the course
- checklists for each assignment
- a list of the tools I use
- useful links to further reading.
The videos (except the visit to the shepherdess) are in English. All the videos are fully captioned in English.
Requirements and material
To take this course you need to be comfortable spinning yarn and you need basic knowledge of wool preparation. When it comes to material you need
- a washed fleece*
- tools for wool processing
- knitting needles
*it is up to you if you want to work with washed or unwashed fleece, but I don’t provide washing instructions in the course
This is not a course in spinning or wool preparation, it is about wool knowledge and with your fleece as a case study. You work with your fleece, at your level and with the tools you have. The work and time you invest in exploring your fleece now will bring you closer to the essence of your fleece and to making it shine.
Should I buy the course?
Buying a course is an investment. Many students of my free five-day challenge Fleece through the senses have expressed a feeling of transformation in how they look at fleece after having taken on the challenge. I hope this course will do the same for you if you buy it.
I have tried to describe the course as extensively as possible. To help you decide I have made several things available for you:
- The course page provides information about the course. You can also see the themes and headers of the lectures in the course.
- The course promo is available on the course page. In the promo I show you glimpses of the video material and talk about the content, purpose and goal of the course.
- The introductory video of the course is available as a preview before you buy the course.
Webinar: The hand spinner’s advantage
(the webinar has already taken place)
Another way to help you decide about buying the course or not is tonight’s webinar The Hand spinner’s advantage. I will stream it live today Saturday, September 19th at 5 pm CET (world clock here). In the webinar I will talk about
- what a fleece can teach us
- how we as hand spinners can make the superpowers of a fleece shine
- a mindful approach to working with fleece.
In the webinar I will also talk about the online course Know your fleece. Towards the end of the webinar I have made special course offers for you that you don’t want to miss. The offers are time-limited.
The webinar has already taken place
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