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Life Skills

Make a Spindle and Learn to Spin

In this 2 session class, students will make a spindle and learn to turn fibre to yarn. They will gain insight into the importance of spinning and how archaeology shows it played a vital role in human development.
Vanessa B
62 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 2 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn how to make a spindle.
Students will learn how to turn wool fleece to yarn to make it useful for clothing and fabric
I have been spinning and teaching children to spin for more than 5 years..
No homework is required, however pupils may wish to continue in their free time.
1-2 squares of polymer clay Dowling or rod 2-8mm in diameter 20-30 cm long* Hook Medium sandpaper Tray lined with foil for baking Fleece ** Scissors Empty toilet roll or similar *If you are using a found stick please ensure that the bark has been removed and that the stick is smooth and straight. **Wool tops and roving wool are available from a variety of online sellers. The class will be based around sheep wool, but other fleeces can be supported.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Informal assessment and verbal feedback during the class.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Dependant on your polymer clay it is likely to need baking for up to 30 minutes.  Please ensure that the oven is on at the start of the class and that all pupils are supervised in placing the whorl in the oven and removing it.


Vanessa B
Lives in the United Kingdom
Archaeologist, explorer, storyteller and creator
62 total reviews
70 completed classes

About Me

Hi, my name is Vanessa  and I love to learn and to teach.  I love seeing learners light up with excitement when they make a break-through.  Growing up I spent a lot of time in museums and was influenced by adults who had a passion for learning in... 
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