Masters of the Craft - Michelle Boyd

Michelle Boyd is a spinner, knitter, weaver and writer who lives in Olds, Alberta. Educated as a graphic artist, Michelle has pursued a career in fibre arts for over 30 years, working in such diverse areas as theatrical costuming and fibre consultation for farmers. Michelle graduated from Olds College’s Master Spinner program in 2007 and she now instructs Master Spinner classes, both on and off campus, as well as teaching at regional conferences and fibre festivals. Michelle also writes about spinning for Spin-Off and PLY magazines and on her blog at

Michelle will present a two day workshop called Four Fibres, Four Fine Yarns:

Materials Fee: $45

Learn to spin lace weight and cobweb yarns like a boss, no matter what the fibre! We’ll start with 4 fine fibres- Polwarth, alpaca, silk, cashmere – in 4 preparations. Then we’ll spin them using 4 different drafting methods to make 4 very luxurious fine yarns. We will explore spinning wheel set-up for spinning fine yarns and how to choose the best fibre preparation for the yarn we want. Once our singles are spun, we will look at different ways to ply and finish the yarns to bring out the very best of each fibre’s characteristics.

Her seminars will look at How Much to Ply, and Why, Up to Batt, and Spinning Out of Control.


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