Glaramara: The Masterclass Sessions 2017

Glaramara: The Masterclass Sessions 2017


NOTE: Ruth’s spinning class is now fully booked. We do however keep names on record in case of cancellations. Please contact the shop for more info about this. 

In August 2017 the Glaramara Centre will once again be host to a week of Masterclass Sessions run by Ruth Gough (Spinning) and Sue Pearl (Felting). This residential course, aimed at those who already have a working knowledge of fibre crafts, will allow you to improve upon your existing skills as well as expand your repertoire into new and exciting methods, led by two excellent tutors.

Monday 28th August – Friday 1st September, 2017


Spinning: Basics and beyond. Ruth Gough will be exploring ways in which to advance your spinning methods and techniques, ensuring you have full control over your wheel. Superfine, thick, fancy, plant fibres, silk…. You’ll be hands on with them all. Over the course there will also be guidance on how to how to record details of yours fibres and give direction on where to go next.

Day 1
*How Does My Wheel Work & What Does It Do? (Don’t be afraid to twiddle your knobs!)
A detailed look at how spinning wheels works with particular attention to drive band and brake band tensions and gear ratios.
Emphasis on using this knowledge to spin super fine to thick yarns and how it can change a spun yarn from from a soft to a hard one.
Perfect plying.
Record keeping.
Day 2
*What Does it Mean?
Explanation of Woollen, Semi Woollen, Worsted and Semi Worsted Yarns.
Learn how the fibres are processed for these types of spinning.
Spin and ply each of the 4 types of yarns.
Day 3
* What Fun Can I Have?
Learn to spin long and short fibres to produce “Fancy” yarns.
Fibres used will include a selection from long fibre fleece, silk combed tops & hankies, noils (silk, cotton, ramie etc) carded cashmere, rainbow merinos – you are invited to bring any of your own long and short fibres you may want to work with or be given advice about.


Felting: 3D vessels and bowls. Sue Pearl is widely known in the world of feltmaking, and has been helping her students develop their skills for many years. On this course you will explore colours, textures, patterns and techniques, culminating in producing your final piece.

Felting will be focussing on designing and making fabulous and outstanding vases, bowls or bags using a three-dimensional resist method which adds extra resist sections to maximise fullness. To make sure that the desired shape is achieved you will be sampling using different qualities and types of wool fibre. In the relaxed atmosphere, you will be able to indulge your creative juices to produce pieces you will be proud of.
The effects on the surface form an integral part of the design and you can use pre-felts, embellishing by needle-felting and creating layered and cracked effects. Using negative spaces to create interest or coloured inlays with slashed surfaces can give a dramatic effect. Cut-out edges could be stitched, wrapped or even treated with fine wire.
The negative spaces could be used with a colour contrast to give a ceramic or ‘raku’ look and embellishing the edges with colour can give a focal point of real interest. Try out different products to stiffen your pieces to turn them into viable objects for display.
This is an experimental workshop but one hopefully that will produce some wonderful work.



Situated deep in the Borrowdale Valley the Glaramara Centre is the perfect venue to get away from it all. Surrounding by the towering mountains of the Lake District its easy to let the rest  of the world slip away set you mind to some serious fibre-craft fun! Recently updated with simple and stylish décor, all rooms come equipped with complimentary hospitality tray which includes tea and coffee, toiletries and towels are also provided. And if you really need to keep in touch with the outside world there’s WiFi throughout. But with a bar and log fire, you probably wont have much need for it.

The meals provided by Glaramara are of a high standard, using local produce in their kitchens. You have the choice of a full English breakfast or cereals fruit and yoghurt to set you up for the day. The coffee and tea breaks are accompanied by homemade biscuits and cakes. Lunch is a buffet of soup, sandwiches and fruit. Dinner is a waitress service 3 course meal with each day a choice of 3 options for each course, with always a vegetarian choice.



The course fee includes all tuition and materials. Full board accommodation with morning coffee and biscuits and afternoon tea and cake. No additional supplements will be charged. All you will need to bring are any items of personal equipment that you like using.

Double/twin room ensuite £567 per person
Double/twin room ensuite, single occupancy £607 per person
Standard single room not ensuite £527
Non course participant sharing a twin/double room £355

Full course details and Booking Form

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