Teaching & Class Offerings

Contact Joan at SpinCotton@Yahoo.com

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

Contact Joan at SpinCotton@yahoo.com to arrange private classes or create a customized group class.




Joan is working on her 2018 teaching schedule and here is where we know she will be so far:

  • January - Florida & Australia
  • February - New Zealand & Tucson
  • March - Tucson & Missouri
  • April - Iowa
  • May - North Carolina
  • June - California
  • July - New Mexico
  • August - Canada
  • September - Tucson
  • October - East Coast
  • November - New Hampshire & Tucson
  • December - Home

See below for the teaching dates already confirmed.

If you are interested in scheduling a class or workshop with Joan, please let her know right away as the calendar is filling up. Email her at spincotton@yahoo.com to discuss a workshop in your area.

January 16-17-18, 2018

NSW Guild, Sydney, Australia

Held at Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, 26 Stanley Road. EPPING 2121.

Workshop: Dyeing & Spinning Cotton

Info: Elizabeth Woods at Elizabeth@ourguild.com.au


January 26-27-28, 2018


Victorian Guild , Melbourne Australia

Three Day Cotton Spinning Workshop

Info: Renuka Potter at renupotter48@gmail.com


February 1st through 11th, 2018

Visiting New Zealand - Openings for lectures/workshops available


February 17th, 2018

Grandma's Spinning Wheel, Tucson, AZ

1-3 PM Spinning Cotton on a Takli Spindle

Info: 520-290-3738 E-mail: Spinninggramma@aol.com Website: www.grandmasspinningwheel.com


March 3-4, 2018

Grandma's Spinning Wheel, Tucson, AZ

9am-4 pm Easy to Spin Cotton Workshop

Info: 520-290-3738 E-mail:Spinningramma@aol.com

Website: www.grandmasspinningwheel.com


March 27-31, 2018

PLY AWAY, Kansas City, MO

Cotton & Hemp Love Affair & Spinning Off the Point

Schedle times to be announced.

For Info: www.plyaway.com


April 14-15, 2018

Iowa Federation of Handweavers & Handspinners

(A.M.) Cotton From Field to Loom
(P.M.) History of Hemp

Full-day workshop: Cotton and Beyond

Info: Greg Cotton @ gcotton@cornellcollege.edu


May 19-20, 2018

Twisted Threads, Raleigh, NC (in the NCSU Craft Center)

Workshop: Cotton and Beyond

Info: Jane Bynum at janebynum@att.net


June 2 & 3, 2018

Flag Wool & Fiber , Flagstaff, AZ

June 2:

9am-12pm - Dyeing Cellulose Fibers
1-4 pm - Spinning Hemp Fiber

June 3:

9am-4pm Falling in Love with Cotton Spinning

Info: 928-699-2012 E-mail: flagwool@yahoo.com

Website: www.flagwool.com


June 9 & 10, 2018

Handweaver’s of the Valley Exeter, California

Workshop:Cotton Spinning Made Easy
Lecture: Cotton From Field to the Loom

For info: Monica Rook at rooksworld2003@yahoo.com

Website: www.hwotv


September 21-23, 2018

Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild

Workshop: Dyeing & Spinning Cotton
Lecture: Cotton From Field to Fabric

For Info: programs@glasg.org


October 5 & 6, 2018

Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center, York Haven, PA

Workshops: Spinning Off the Point & Spinning Bast Fibers

Info: Sara Bixler @ redstoneglen@gmail.com Telephone: 717-212-9022


November 2-3-4, 2018

Northeast Handspinners Gathering, Nashua, New Hampshire

Workshop (11/3):Bio-Engineered Fibers

Workshop (11/4): Flax Spinning

Website: http://www.nehandspinners.org/the-gathering/

Info: Wendy Booth at h2ofront@comcast.net



















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