Book- and briefcase-style charkhas—largely used for spinning cotton singles—are captivating, self-contained little devices. However, the learning curve can feel steep. Kate will show you some of the tips and tricks she wishes she had known when starting a charkha practice: exploring multiple types and preparations of cotton to find your best fit, understanding adjustments and lubrication, seated positions and ergonomics, troubleshooting, yarn handling, the beauty of corn-husk bearings, and more. Learn to listen to your charkha, tune it like an instrument, and adjust your movements to spin in harmony.
Previous spinning experience is helpful but not required.
$10: variety of prepared cotton fibers, handouts, and recordkeeping materials.
No supplies necessary. Optional: If you have a charkha, bring it along! If it isn't currently working, Kate will be happy to give it a tune-up.