Calypso offers a variety of wool-related workshops over throughout the year, including topics such as beginning and intermediate spinning, core spinning, art yarn spinning, natural dyeing, dye painting techniques, and acid dyeing.

Check out our Calendar for upcoming workshops!

The cost for workshops is $10/hour for members and $15/hr for non-members

Many of the wool workshops are in a series and do not include any additional material costs. For classes requiring a spinning wheel, you may bring your own or rent one from Calypso; wheel rental is $20/week and rental wheels are limited so it is recommended to reserve a wheel early.

Call 451-0691 or email to register or if you are interested in a topic that is not currently offered on the calendar! 


Wool Workshops

may 002Beginning Spinning

Learn how to create your own yarn! This series of classes will introduce students to spinning yarn on a spinning wheel. The classes will cover an overview of how the spinning wheel works, preparing fiber for spinning, how to spin a continuous yarn and how to create a balanced 2-ply yarn. Students will be encouraged to practice between classes and should gain the fundamental experience needed to go on to become a versatile spinner. This class is offered as a three part series. Each class is 3 hours. October-April.

Intermediate Spinning

The class will cover a variety of spinning techniques and yarn construction. Throughout the class, we will focus on: spinning different diameter yarns, experimenting with plying techniques and learning how to design the right yarn for a project. We will also spin a few different types of fibers like silk, alpaca, or mohair blends in addition to wool. By the end of the class, participants will have a nice selection of yarn samples and will have the ability to spin yarns designed specifically for different uses. We recommend bringing a notebook! The Intermediate Spinning class also lends itself easily to special topics when the group has an interest that they wish to explore like art yarn, various spinning techniques like Navajo plying, or working with color in different ways. The special topic depends on what the group is enthusiastic about, so you can take this class multiple times and get new information each time. Talk with Susan if you have a topic you are interested in! This class is offered as either a three or four part series. Each class is 3 hours. October- April. 

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Learn how to use eco-friendly dyes to create unique multiple color effects, using several different techniques. We will be dyeing wool yarn or roving; students can choose between those options. If you are not already a spinner, you can do the first three classes or you can also arrange for some private spinning classes so that you’ll be ready for the fourth class! These classes are sometimes offered independently. Each class is 3 hours. May-September.

Introduction to Acid Dyes and Kettle Dyeing: In this class, students will become familiar with Acids Dyes and how they work – and Kettle Dyeing, which results in beautiful, colorful, random, variegated results.

Intro to Color Work (Using the Color Wheel) and Hand Painting: In this class, students will be exposed to some of the basics of using the color wheel as a tool to help decide on a color pallet. Students will also learn how to hand paint yarn or roving.

Creating a Color-way: In this class, students will have the opportunity to play with colors and create a personal color-way using any of the dyeing techniques used in previous classes.

Spinning in Color: In this class, students will experiment with different spinning techniques and how the spinning impacts the end result color of the yarn and finished product.

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Uncover the astonishing colors hidden within different plants used for dyeing. Learn how to make your own dye baths to dye wool, cotton and silk. Come away with a full array of your own naturally dyed samples! This class is offered as a 2 part series. Each class is 3 hours. September.



Wool Basics and Sheep Shearing

Interested in sheep and wool? Come meet our sheep and learn about the world of wool including: exploring different types of wool, cleaning raw fleeces, carding, spinning, felting and using wool to make functional items. Get an overview and introduction to shearing. The shearing demonstration is only available at the scheduled April 18th workshop – although if you have sheep, we can arrange to hold a workshop at your location. 2 hours. May.

Fleece to Finish Four-Part Workshop

This is a four part class exploring the complete process of starting with raw wool and hand-processing the wool into a finished project like an item of clothing or household object. Each class is 3 hours. May-August. The sessions will cover the following:

Exploring Fleece Qualities, Choosing Appropriate Projects, Washing Fleece:  In this class, we’ll take a look at a variety of fleeces and we’ll talk about which projects are best suited to which fleeces. We’ll then learn about different methods for washing fleeces and we’ll wash the fleeces and leave them to dry.


Exploring Fiber Preparation Methods: Carding, Combing, Picking, etc In this class, we’ll explore fiber preparation methods and which are best suited to each project. Students will have the opportunity to try out the different fiber preparation tools and prepare their fiber for their specific project.

Spinning Samples, Choosing Spinning Methods and Spinning for Consistency: In this class, we’ll explore spinning technique and qualities, including yarn thickness, amount of twist, etc. Students will create spun samples and will learn some techniques for spinning consistently for the project.

Swatching and Spinning: In this class, students will knit up sample swatches, decide on the yarn desired for the project and spin!

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Learn how to make simple needle felted ornaments! Needle felting is a process which uses needles with notches to interlock wool fibers to form a more condensed material. Felting needles are used to entangle the fibers into the dense felt material.  As the felting needle is moved up and down, the barbs on the needles catch the scales of the wool and entangle them into the desired placement in a creative form. All of the needle felting workshops introduce the technique, but each has its own focus as to what you create in the class. 

Ornaments: This workshop is often scheduled around the holiday season. As you learn the technique of needle felting, you use your creativity to make festive decorations for yourself or gifts for friends! 2 hours. December.

Faces: Learn the technique of needle felting by making an engaging face!

General Projects: This workshop is oriented towards those who have an idea in mind that they would like to create, but need to learn needle felting. 2-3 hours.

Wet Felting

We are hoping to offer some wet felting workshops in the near future. Wet felting is a process of applying hot water to layers of raw wool. Through repeated agitation and compression, the fibers hook together into a single piece of fabric. Only certain kings of fiber can be wet felted successfully; wool is particularly suited to wet felting.

Introduction to Wet Felting: This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of wet felting and make simple item. 2 hours. May- September.

Make a Hat: Another introductory class with the specific intention of making a wet felted hat! 3 hours. May-September.


Become a member to Receive a Discount!

Become a member of Calypso to receive the discounted member rate for all workshops sponsored by Calypso. Give a donation of any amount to support Calypso’s educational programs by Donating Now or you can donate when you pay for your first workshop!