Beginning Yarn Spinning Workshop

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

Mon, Nov 11 2019 9:00 AM Tue, Nov 12 2019 4:00 PM

Registration fee $43, due to the Ozark Folk Center when you register here. Class fee: $180 class which covers all materials and is due to instructor at the beginning of class. Total class cost $223

Take home your own skein of handspun as you spend a couple of days acquiring the peaceful and rewarding art of crafting your own yarn. Spinning is a wonderful way to while away a cozy evening by the fireplace or make good use of those summer days when the heat keeps you from going out. With the ability to create your own handspun, you will never lack for the perfect yarn for that special project again - or the perfect gift for the knitters and crocheters in your life! Registration is required two weeks prior to class.

Taught by Rusti Barger

Meeting Place: Administration Building Class Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m

All materials provided - Includes: 

• Fiber for spinning

• Written instructions

• List of continued learning resources

• Follow-up email support

• Bring your own spinning wheel, or one will be provided for you to use in class

Techniques covered:

• Drafting and spinning on a spinning wheel 

• Preparing fiber for spinning 

• Plying yarn

• Finishing yarn

• Basic spinning wheel maintenance



Meet your teacher

Rusti Barger is a lifelong Arkansan and avid fiber artist. She began her fiber arts journey 12 years ago when she taught herself to crochet and knit in the tradition of her Irish great-grandmother. Desiring to further broaden her textile skills, she accepted an apprenticeship in the Spinning and Weaving Shop at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in 2013, where she learned spinning, weaving, and the propagation and use of natural dyestuffs. In 2015 she began teaching workshops in weaving, knitting, and crocheting and continues to teach these workshops around the state.

Rusti and her spinning wheels have participated twice in the Mountain View Folk Festival Parade in ensemble floats which have placed with top honors. She has been featured in international media for her unique and engaging style of craft interpretation. Rusti’s true passion are her children. She has spent her life teaching them practical, hands-on skills, and in the process she discovered within herself a love of teaching and a passion to impart skills to any and all who would learn.