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Student feedback:

"I just wanted to say thank you. I so enjoyed the bast fiber, dyeing and charka workshop in Sarasota. My cotton spinning has improved and so has my puni making. Thanks again,"


"I took your Falling In Love With Cotton Spinning class at The Mannings last Thursday (June 6). You might remember that you had one student who came with her Louet S10... that was me. You suggested some foam pipe insulation for my bobbin and I couldn't wait to get home and try it. My husband had a piece that was just the right size. I was spinning like crazy in no time. However, I found as I moved my thread further up the bobbin toward the orifice, my thread broke much more often. I decided to try making punis since I seemed to have more control with them and that does seem to work better.

I should also tell you that I am using some old sliver that is cotton mixed with denim and I must have bought it about 15 years ago! That may have something to do with it!

Nevertheless, I couldn't do any of this without your wonderful class. Your web site has been a big help too. So...Thank You! I do love spinning cotton again."

Chris Y

"Even though I have been spinning cotton for many years, I took the class because I had heard that Joan Ruane was THE instructor for cotton. Boy is that correct. She knows cotton from the ground up.

I’m not sure how many different wheels were brought to the class. Joan taught everyone how to adjust their wheel and soon had us spinning away. We spun cotton off the seed, hand-carded cotton, Pima sliver, Acala sliver and Sea Island sliver. We learned that it is called sliver and not roving because there is no twist in the prep. We spun creamy colored cotton, green colored cotton and brown colored cotton, all natural colors and not dyed.

We learned how to blend dyed cotton with our natural colors and also tried our hands with a takli support spindle. More than one spindle found a good home to go to."

Cindy K (Western Washington workshop)

Joan's Teaching Schedule

In addition to the workshops listed below, Joan offers private classes in McNeal, Arizona and at the Bisbee Fiber Arts Studio located at the Bisbee Community Y, Bisbee, Arizona. Classes are $30 an hour or a full 6 hour class day for $150.

Contact Joan at to arrange private classes or create a customized group class.




2017 Schedule


April 25-27 & 29, 2017

PLY Away Retreat, Crown Center's Westin, Kansas City, MO

April 25-27: Workshop - Spinning Cotton Made Easy

April 29: Workshop - Cotton Spinning off the Point

For registration information check out their website: PLY AWAY


MAY 27, 2017

43rd Annual Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA

Joan will be demonstrating cotton spinning.

For more information about the Fair check out their website:


June 3-4, 2017

South Deerfield, Massachusetts

Workshop: Easy to Spin Cotton

For information contact Lisa Bertoldi at


June 17 & 19-20, 2017

Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center in York Haven, PA

June 17: Open House Event - Joan will be demonstrating cotton spinning.

June 19-20: Workshop - Dyeing and Spinning Cotton

For registration information check out their website: Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center


June 24-25, 2017

Madison Wool, 56-A Wall Street, Madison, Connecticut

Workshop: Dyeing & Spinning Cotton and Hemp

Class information is available on the Madison Wool website.

Contact: Dayna Mankowski at


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