Learn the basics of spinning on a drop spindle!

You'll run through the following information: 

  • Spindle Basics & Fiber Preparation
  • Learning to Spin: the Park and Draft Method
  • Plying, Washing, & Making a Skein

Meet Maggie Casey

Maggie Casey

As the co-owner of Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins, a fiber arts store in Boulder, Colorado, Maggie Casey taught hundreds of people to spin in her own shop and hundreds more at events around the country. A spinner since 1973, she holds the Handweavers Guild of America Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning. Maggie is the author of the classic book Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn.


Great for true beginners

“I had tried to learn drop spinning from a few YouTube videos, and it got me started, but I didn't understand why and how it all worked like this video course showed. I wished I'd started with this video! But now I'm on the right track, and fully understand why I'm doing what I'm doing with the fiber, spindle, yarn, playing and the niddy noddy. Love it!” - Cherie Davidson

Informative and Creative

“Some of the different approaches helped me with my own troubleshooting. And I appreciate that she does everything with just the bare essentials so you don't have to spend a lot to get started.” - Chelsea Fawson

Inspired to give it another try

“I had tried learning how to spin on a drop spindle previously, but did not enjoy it at all. After recently considering giving my equipment and fiber away, I came across this workshop by Maggie Casey. Her patient and thorough teaching of the process in this workshop had me captivated, especially as she helped her student work through the questions and the hiccups that had previously had me so frustrated. Her workshop has truly re-ignited the excitement I once had to try spinning, and I feel a lot more confident in giving it another try! A plus is her very pleasant and patient demeanor. Would love to take more workshops by her.” - Lindsay Gardner

Course curriculum

    1. What You Will Learn

    2. About the Instructor

    3. Materials Used

    4. Meet Maggie Casey

    5. Technical Support

    1. Video Lesson

    1. Video Lesson

    1. Video Lesson

    1. Conclusion

    2. Survey

About this course

  • Free
  • 10 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content