Spinning 3Ls and 3Cs: Leicester Longwool, Border Leicester, and Bluefaced Leicester; Coopworth, Corriedale, and Cormo

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • 2 sessions
  • Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM
  • Sunday, March 31, 2019, 9:30 AM 4:30 PM
  • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI033019DR
  • 7


  • $290 + $50 Materials Fee
  • $225 + $50 Materials Fee

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Over two wide-ranging days, we’ll experiment with six wools in two sets of three that relate to each other historically and yet differ radically from each other. We have a very early breed in this group, quite a modern one, and several that developed in the centuries in between. On the practical side, we will (of course) spin samples. As we do, we’ll talk about history and how the breeds came into existence and are defined.

Three Ls: Leicester Longwool, Border Leicester, and Bluefaced Leicester. The three Ls are all English longwools, and they’re all related to each other. Yet they’re astonishingly diverse. Come get acquainted with them.

Three Cs: Cormo, Corriedale, and Coopworth. These three breeds from Australia and New Zealand demonstrate the shift from traditional to modern production breed definitions and development. They’re also splendid wools to spin: not only different from each other, but from the three Ls. Your spinning life will be enriched by familiarity with them all. 

Materials: $50.  The Instructor will provide fiber samples.

Students Should Bring to ClassParticipants should bring: Spinning wheel or spindle; nostepinne or ability to do Andean plying (and this can be learned in the workshop as well); combs, carders, flicker or any other fiber-prep tools of choice (and I’ll have some to share); note-taking materials, tape, hole-punch to manage samples—and, although we usually run out of time, you may want some quick sampling tools such as knitting needles, crochet hooks or a small Weave-it loom.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner -- Workshop participants need to have the ability to independently spin singles and make a two-ply yarn. Beyond this requirement for the workshop, this class welcomes students within the full spectrum of spinning skills — from those with very basic spinning skills  through to those who are very experienced and proficient.

Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.

Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!

Instructor Bio: Deborah Robson is a fiber generalist who specializes in spinning, knitting, and weaving, although she experiments with all aspects of textiles. She is the fiber author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebookand of The Field Guide to Fleece, in collaboration with livestock expert Carol Ekarius. For fourteen years she served as an editor at Interweave Press, including twelve years as editor-in-chief of Spin-Off: The Magazine for Handspinners. At Interweave she initiated the Save the Sheep project and the book Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools. She also edited Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, has worked in trade, literary, and scholarly publishing, and has written for many publications, including PieceWork, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off,and The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, as well as several fiber-related anthologies. Her textile designs have appeared in several magazines and collections. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and of the Colorado Authors’ League, and served two terms on the board of directors of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (now The Livestock Conservancy). Her current research focuses on the millennia of alliances between sheep and humans, emphasizing the fiber perspective and using Shetland sheep as an example of how the relationships have evolved, and she is publishing monographs on fiber-related topics. Websites related to her work are at independentstitch.com, www.DreamingofShetland.com (a site maintained by friends), www.DRobson.info, and www.Fleeceand Fiber.com.

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