Teaching & Class Offerings

Contact Joan at SpinCotton@Yahoo.com

"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)

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




A big thank you to all the students at PLY AWAY 2019 - it was a joy to interact with such dedicated students at such a special teaching venue!

Joan will be headed for the East Coast in June 2020 starting in Pennsylvania at Red Stone Glen, where she will be teaching an advanced cotton class that will include dyeing, spinning and each student making a scarf on a ridge heddle loom with their own handspun cotton. A "Start to Finish" workshop.

Joan will be accepting workshops all along the East coast June through July 2020.

If you are interested in scheduling a class or workshop with Joan, email her at spincotton@yahoo.com to discuss a workshop in your area.


January 27-29, 2020

Desert Spinners, Palm Springs, California

CREATE Center for the Arts, 73733 Fred Waring Drive #100, Palm Desert

9:30 am Guild Presentation “What Happened to Hemp”

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Workshop: Spinning & Dyeing Cotton & Hemp

For Info: TBA