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  • Writer's pictureAmber Rose Ostaszewski


Updated: Jul 21, 2021

**Update: you can still view this class for FREE at IGTV on my Instagram page, just click here to access!

Join me on WED June 30, 2021 at 8pm EST on Instagram Live for my FREE, SIGNATURE class on spinning.

When people hear my tag they often think of the rhyme "sticks and stones may break my bones..." which I have adored as a little protection spell in its own right since I was a child, but it's actually not where I take inspiration. Instead, the "sticks" and the "stones" comes from my signature class introducing the ancient technique of spinning yarn using nothing but, you guessed it, a stick and a stone, and well, some string. What I love about this technique is that it makes it SO ACCESSIBLE to anyone who is looking to get starting with hand-spinning. You can literally pick up a stone and stick from the park and get rocking (ha, I hope you're here for the puns!) right away, no specialized drop spindle or spinning wheel.

This class is for both beginners and experienced spinners. Here's what you'll need to turn it into a hands-on lesson:

  • A stone: While technically any stone will do, I recommend one that is kind of rough in texture and between 2 and 6 ounces in weight.

  • A stick: I recommend a rather smooth stick around 4-6 inches long and a quarter inch thick, think pencil--in fact pencils work great!

  • Some string: whatever scrap string you have will be great AS LONG AS it is a little over a yard in length, and preferably made of wool.

  • Wool roving: this is the fiber that you will be spinning into yarn. I'd recommend a wool with a staple length of 3-5 inches for this, so breeds like Targhee, Merino, Columbia, Dorset, Devon, or Corriedale would be perfect.

If you have any questions about sourcing wool roving or otherwise, feel free to reach out. My info can be found on my Contact Page.

And for those of you wondering what that "co" part is in my tag, no it does not stand for "company." Instead, it stands for COMMUNITY, which is why I'm hosting this class on Instagram Live for FREE. Because let's be honest, it's going to take a community for us to make progress in creating a more conscious world, and I believe that sharing the magic of fibercraeft with others is one step in that direction.

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