Olds College Master Spinner Program Coming to Tempe & Tucson

October 24, 2011
October 28, 2011
1642 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ, United States

Do you spin?  Have you ever wanted to grow your spinning skills to the point where you are recognized as a “Master Spinner?”  Well your time has come.  During 2011, you will have two opportunities here in Arizona to begin your journey to becoming a Master Spinner.

The Olds College Master Spinner Certificate Program consists of six progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments in the area of hand spinning of all major types of fibers, yarns and the end use of the spun yarns.  At all levels, students are evaluated on the basis of written assignments, practical projects, oral presentations and skill development.  This is a program that spinners talk about around the world.

Each level is taught once per year. Levels 1-4 consist of a five day (30 hours) workshop, while Levels 5 and 6 are seven days (42 hours) in length. Each level is followed by an independent home study portion for those students working towards certification.  Those individuals who successfully complete the assignments in all six levels will receive a Master Spinner Certificate from Olds College. 

The class fee per level is $495, plus materials fee of $65. The class content for Level 1 will include selecting and preparing fibers, use of spinning equipment, spinning techniques, dyeing and general spinning knowledge. This is  a fabulous opportunity for spinners of all levels. This first level will cover the basics so beginners are most welcome. You may audit the class or do the homework and receive college credit and work toward the Master Spinner Certificate.


Here is the exciting part; in the past to participate in the Master Spinner Certification program you had to travel to Canada.  Now you have the opportunity to choose between taking the spinning sessions in Tempe or Tucson.

Where Can You Participate?

Tempe Yarn & Fiber (1415 E University Drive A102, Tempe) will be hosting the Master Spinners Level 1 on October 17-21 from 10:30 to 5:30.

The Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild will be hosting Level 1 from 9am to 4pm, the next week, October 24-28 at Crizmac, 1642 N. Alvernon Way,

You can select which venue and dates works best for your schedule.

Registration/More Information

Registration for the Master Spinners program will open on July 1, 2011 for both venues.  To register call Olds College at 1-800-661-6537, extension 7956 or 4677 or go to oldscollege.ca/programs/ContinuingEducation/fibreweek/registration.htm

For more information about this excellent program visit:   http://www.oldscollege.ca/programs/ContinuingEducation/fibreweek/master-spinner-program.htm

For more information on the Tempe Yarn & Fiber Level 1 either call 480-557-9166 or email tempeyarn@gmail.com.

For the Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild Level1, email jillholbrook@earthlink.net.

If you have considered signing up for the Master Spinners Class, Level 1 but are concerned about your current skill level, here is a great offer for you -a spinning class at no charge to enhance your skills or level of confidence so you can take the class. This may be taught as a one-on-one or for a group. Contact Jill Holbrook at jillholbrook@earthlink.net if you are interested. Times, dates and locations will be determined based on student and teacher availability.