Russian Spindles and Plying Techniques-November 2017

November 16, 2017 9:00 am
November 16, 2017 4:00 pm
U of A Agricultural Center Modular Classroom
Tucson, AZ, United States

spinningRussian Spindles and Plying Techniques

Instructor:  Galina Khmeleva
Date:  Thursday, November 16, 2017
Location:  U of A Agricultural Center Modular Classroom
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $80* for THSG members; $105 for nonmembers
*Supported by a generous grant from the Harriet Rein Memorial Fund

Materials Fee: $10.  This fee covers all fleece used in the class.

Level: Precocious beginners and all other levels welcome.

Maximum # of students: 15

Instructor Information: Galina Khmeleva became enamored with clothing design and crafts in her mid-twenties while working as a cartographer for the Soviet government.  While traveling to the Orenburg region of Russia, she developed a close working relationship with the masters of Orenburg knitted lace and eventually became a master knitter herself.  Galina has extensive knowledge and skill in the art of knitting in general, and lace-knitting in particular.  She is well known for her teaching skills and has taught all over the country.  She is the author of Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and The Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit.  Galina has also contributed articles to many journals including Knitter’s, Cast-On, Interweave Knits and is a frequent contributor to Piecework magazine.  

Workshop Description: Here is an introduction to the magical handspinning techniques of Russian knitters that ultimately result in the creation of some of the most luxurious shawls and scarves in the knitting universe.  The emphasis will be on the spinning and plying of luxury fibers (e.g. cashmere, quiviut, pygora, buffalo) and the significance of gauging the proper thickness and length of these fibers.  Galina will also teach the economical use of luxury fibers, helping you conserve precious yardage.  As always, a class with Galina will prove to be an unforgettable cultural experience.  

Materials and Supplies: Russian spindles and bowls will be provided for class use.  Students should bring note-taking materials and a kitchen towel.  For the plying techniques, students should bring approximately 100 yards of a single-ply yarn – spun by any method with a ‘z’ twist. Plying spindles and silk will be available for class use. 

Registration opens to THSG Members:  Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the general meeting.  Online registration begins after 2 p.m. on the same day.

Registration opens to Nonmembers:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Participants may register at the monthly meeting, electronically from the website using PayPal, or by snail mail to THSG Workshops, PO Box 65413, Tucson, AZ  85728.  Direct any questions to Maddie at


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