Casey Ryder is the owner of PortFiber, a fiber arts supply shop in Portland, Maine that serves as a hub for spinners, weavers, felters, knitters, crocheters, dyers, and other makers. Casey regularly teaches class in wheel and drop spindle spinning and rigid heddle weaving. She hosts other fiber arts instructors from around Maine and New England to teach classes in weaving, felting, dyeing, and stitching. In 2016, Casey became the US Distributor of Cashmere People Yarns, a women-run cooperative of hand spinners in Tajikistan & Afghanistan. She has since traveled to Tajikistan to meet the women she represents. This experience lives in her heart while she travels the US promoting their handspun cashmere and cashgora yarns. You can read about her travels in Tajikistan in the Trade Issue 23 of Taproot Magazine. In her spare time, Casey likes to make things with her hands, dance, drink coffee, read fantasy novels, and bike around town.
Spinning 101 - two 3 hour sessions
Fiber/tools will be provided
Want to take your fiber obsessions to the next level? In this intro class, you will learn the basics of wheel spinning - drafting, creating a singles, and plying a 2-ply yarn. Starting with understanding the mechanics of a wheel and working our way through different commercially prepared fibers, your hands will begin to become familiar with drafting and how twist + fiber = yarn! We will explore how preparing your own fiber can result in different yarns while playing with color on hand cards and hand combs. By the end of class, you will have created a two ply yarn!
Casey Ryder Roving for Spinning