Viking Spinner for a Day

With LindaDee Derrickson

Date: June 30, 2018

Skill Level: Beginner

Class Fee:  $75.00

Learn to spin wool the way the Vikings did – with a drop spindle! Viking spinners made yarn which they dyed and wove into cloth for clothing, but more importantly for the sails of their ships, enabling them to rule the seas and engage in some of the earliest global exchanges of  culture. Students will learn, not only how to spin your own yarn – including top-whorl and bottom-whorl techniques – but also some fascinating historic, stereotype-busting facts/lore about Viking women & men, archaeological findings, the importance of sheep farmers in Viking times, as well as a spinning song.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  $10.00, which includes wool roving for the yarn you will spin and take home.  Students may bring their own drop spindles, or use one of Linda’s.  Drop spindles and a “how-to” booklet will also be available to purchase.

LindaDee Derrickson holds a UW-Madison teaching degree in Home Economics, with food and fiber being life long passions.  She teaches all ages at Grandview Folk Museum, Monroe Art Center, Shake Rag Alley, local schools and her home. LindaDee is active in the “Soil Sisters” of Southern Wisconsin and Sarasponda Spinning Guild. Like her Viking ancestors, she has traveled throughout Scandinavia and to many countries, including Russia, Morocco, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and the Caribbean islands where she served in the Peace Corps. She tends a large garden and a diverse flock of endangered heritage sheep on her organic farm between New Glarus and Monticello in Green County.

Register for this class HERE