Drop It Like It’s Hot!
October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
An introduction to making and plying art yarn.
This workshop hearkens back to the OG makers by employing rocks and sticks to create drop spindles while you learn how to make your own art yarn. Rather than gathering flax and grass, we will gather old fabric and plastic bags to make our yarn. We will learn how to ply by dropping that rock like it’s hot and spinning our way back to our ancestors without needing to spend a single penny while keeping trash out of landfills. The art yarn created can be used for weaving, macramé, and more!
Each participant is expected to bring 10 or (hopefully!) more fiber items with them. The more we contribute, the more we can all make. Learning with a group of curious individuals is a wonderful way to create personal connections and let our inhibitions go through the fun of play and experimentation!
Please DO NOT purchase anything! Learning craft techniques often require a large cost for tools and classes. As a low-income and differently-abled individual, I recognize how real that struggle is. I want to encourage our very diverse city to join us. By using recycled materials we are able to eliminate any material hierarchy which will allow for our group to focus on connecting, making, and having fun! Think plastic bags (eg. onion sack, grocery bag), clothes or linens that can no longer be used, and other flexible materials (eg. dead string lights, wires).
The instructor will supply materials to make drop spindles, scissors, cutting mat, and tables. If you are able to bring along your own scissors for personal use or to share, we can all cut our materials together as tools are limited (except for the drop spindle).
This workshop will be held outdoors with access to flat pavement and grass. For my differently-abled friends, the park is handicap accessible, and all techniques are able to be done both sitting or standing. Please bring along anything you need to be comfortable and warm!