Spinning with Ruth Gough

Spinning with Ruth Gough
Our Price:  £100.00
(Inc. 20% VAT)(£83.33 Exc. VAT)

Two day handspinning course

Select from available dates below.

Please see the bottom of the page for individual tuition details for beginners and advanced spinners.


Product Code:  CRS.SC.MAR20
Brand:  Wingham Wool


Spinning Tuition by Ruth Gough

Ruth has been spinning for over 50 years. Over this time she has taught spinning all around the UK, Europe and Australia. Her knowledge of fibres and spinning techniques has been gained by constant study and practice. 


A 2 day course with Ruth is an excellent way to improve your existing skills with the wheel, as well as learning new techniques. Rather than having a “syllabus” structure, Ruth will start the first day by discussing what you would like to focus on, as well as observing your work and making general suggestions on how to improve.  From there she’ll be able to explore ways of improving upon your existing technique, if needed, and developing your work.

The following are popular recurring areas that students have wanted to focus on during previous classes:

Understanding the wheel, including gear ratios.
How to produce a consistent yarn.
Fleece sorting, preparation and merits of particular breeds.
Perfecting long and short draw techniques.
Working with new/exotic fibres.
Drop spindle, stick and charka spinning


These days Ruth is in high demand as a teacher, classes often being booked up months in advance. Those familiar with the work of Mabel Ross will recognise many similar techniques and teachings styles, as Ruth held Mabel in very high regard, as both teacher and friend. Emphasis is placed on mastering the basics; once you have full control of both your wheel and yarn you’ll find that more advanced methods of spinning come much easier.

About the course

  • Am I at the right level to do this course?

This course is ideally suited to those who are happy spinning a basic two-ply yarn. Ruth will help you progress your spinning, or perhaps stop any bad habits that may have crept in. If you are completely new to spinning you are welcome to join a group course, but you’ll probably get a much better introduction through Personal Tuition with Ruth.

  • Do I need to bring anything with me?

If you have a wheel then we suggest you bring it along. All wheels have their own character, so using your own will ensure you are comfortable with what you’re learning. You are of course welcome to try other wheels that we stock, we have most of the Ashford and Kromski range ready set up.
Please bring a packed lunch. We also have a village shop which does excellent sandwiches just 5 minutes walk up the road.

  • I’d specifically like to learn xxxxxx. Is this possible?

If you have a specific technique that you would like to learn please let us know in advance.

  • Can I use Wingham fibres? Is there any extra charge?

You are welcome to spin any of the fibres we stock for no extra charge for fibre or equipment use

  • How many people will be on the course?

We have a maximum number of 5 students.

Course Fee
The 2 day course costs £100 per person. This includes: 2 days tuition with Ruth, sample fibres, use of Wingham equipment (if needed), tea,coffee and biscuits.

If cancellation is made 2 weeks or more before the course date a refund of 95% will be made. If cancellation is made less than 2 weeks before the course date a refund of 90% will be made. If you wish to transfer to another date this can be arranged for the next available course without any loss of fee paid.

Timetable & Venue
All teaching is undertaken at the Wentworth premises. We have a glasshouse studio adjacent to our display room of spinning equipment and just across the lawn from all the fibres in the shop. Great natural light and in summer you can also work under the gazebo on the decking.

Please arrive by 9.30am for a 10am start, with a 45 minute lunch break. The course ends at 4pm.

Lunch is not included, however there is a very good sandwich shop 5 minutes walk away, together with 2 pubs in  the village.


Individual Tuition by the Hour.
If you are a new spinner or more advanced and want to concentrate on particular skills Ruth offers teaching by the hour. 
Just give us a call to discuss your needs and book a time.
We can provide a wheel and all fibres are included in the fee.

For absolute beginners we suggest two or three hours of tuition and then staying to continue practising techniques untutored for a couple of hours and then finish up with another one hour of tuition at the end of the session to look at what progress has been made.  Three hours fee is then charged.
This format gives time to get spinning and to then revue progress. 

More advanced spinners can focus on particular aspects of spinning either to learn new methods or to look at areas they may be having problems with.

Cost per hour £18