Teaching & Class Offerings

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Joan on Taproot Video

Joan has partnered with TAPROOT VIDEO to make her popular spinning videos available to watch on-line.

They are available as either streaming video by itself or a combination DVD/streaming package. Joan's spinning books are available as E-books.

Hemp Spinning

Joan Spinning Hemp

Cotton Spinning Made Easy

Joan Spinning Cotton

Cotton Spinning on the Takli & Charka

DVD cover for Cottong Spinning on the Takli

Cotton Spinning on a Wheel E-book

Beginning Cotton Spinning on Wheel

Hand Spinning Cotton E-book

Hand Spinning Cottong book cover


Welcome to the World of Spinning Plant Fibers!




Jaon will teach three days of intensive spinning using cellulose fibers. From solar dyeing to blending to create original yarns for weaving, knitting, crochet, or whatever your creativy desires. Learning to spin on traditional spinning wheels to spinning off the point, will be taught. The cotton fiber techniques include spinning off the boll, using sliver to make a smooth yarn, and blending with other fibers to give you the yarns you have dreamed about. We'll even sneak in a little bit of bio-engineered fibers!

Only $150 for 3 whole days of perfecting your cellulose fiber spinning. To register contact Kristin Jacobsen at kristinarizona@gmail.com 1090 Arrowhead Lane, Dewey AZ 86327 Phone 928-925-9664. To register you must be a member of the Prescott Guild which is $17.50 for ½ year. The material fee is $20. Paid directly to Joan.

For more details about Prescott guild, contact Nancy Wilson at 928-220-5553 or e-mail: spinllama@msn.com

For more details on the workshop contact Joan Ruane at spincotton@yahoo.com.

Joan Ruane


Joan Ruane was first a teacher and then a fiber artist. Her love of teaching shows when ever she has a chance to teach spinning, weaving or even a little dyeing. Seeing the need for BEGINNING classes, and her love of teaching beginners, has brought her to start beginning classes locally as well as to bring in teachers to teach advance classes.

Realizing that the guilds and conferences often favor bringing in advance classes, Joan wants to offer new people the opportunity to take beginning classes so they can learn the basic fiber art skills, and then be able to move on to advance classes.

Southwest Corner will be offering several classes during 2022 and then will bring in complimentary advanced classes in the winter of 2023. Already Amy Tyler, who teaches advanced spinning techniques, is scheduled to teach in Tucson January 13-15, 2023. Details for her class will be posted on the website soon.

If you or a group of friends are interested in a fiber art class, please let Joan know by emailing or speaking with her so she can accommodate the needs of fiber interested folks who want to learn or even re-learn a new skill. Contact her at spincotton@yahoo.com or text 520-335-4113.


Here are some new articles to check out, hope you enjoy them!

  1. “Spinning Hemp Fibre.” The Wheel, by Ashford Wheels & Looms (Issue #32| 2020-2021)
  2. “Solar Dyeing.” Spin Off, by Long Thread (Spring 2021)
  3. “Spinning Off the Point on My E-Spinner” PLY Magazine, by Jacey Boggs Faulkner (Summer 2021)


Recently I have begun doing some experiments with solar dyeing. Living in the Southwestern United States, there is ample opportunity to use the sun to help dye cotton fiber. Read more...

Solar Dyed Hemp


Joan's Cotton HarvestBack in the late 60’s and early 70’s when Harry and Olive Linder started teaching cotton spinning the only cotton available to them for their classes was a bale, 480 lbs., of ginned cotton from the local gin in Phoenix, AZ. They would take off wafers depending of how many where in their classes. At that time almost all spinning wheels only had one ratio and that was 6-1. Cotton carders where hard to come by and thus students had to use wool carders. All spinning instructional books said was “cotton is hard to spin”!

When Harry could no longer travel and they asked me to carry on the teaching of cotton spinning, I bought bales of Acala, Pima and Sea Island ginned cotton but soon learned that spinners wanted something already prepared for them to spin. I also learned that commercially cotton was carded and stretched to such an extent for electric commercial spinning gins, that it had no crimp left in it.

That meant I needed to find a place to have it just run through the carding machine. This I did and it was perfect and so I called the sliver “Easy to Spin”. For several years I sold it until my teaching demand made it impossible to do both, I convinced my good friends Jill and Lura to take over the distribution of this wonderful cotton sliver. They have done a marvelous job and has “Easy to Spin” cotton in shops all over the world. If you do not have a local shop carrying it, go to their web site: www.brookmoorecreations.com or e-mail them at cotton@brookmoorecreations.com


Singles Scarf

Weaving with handspun cotton singles presents its own challenges and rewards! Over the summer I wove up a scarf using handspun singles and wrote up a description of my project step by step as I worked it through.

I was able to create a completely handspun and handwoven cotton singles scarf that I'm very happy with! When it was finished, it was wonderful to see and FEEL this scarf in my hands and thought I would share my experiences. Here is a review of what I did. More...


The takli is a small support-style spindle that is easily carried from place to place. Because of the high whorl speed it can attain, it is the perfect tool for spinning cotton - you can spin a much finer diameter yarn on the takli than is possible to spin using a wheel. And don't let the small size fool you - you can spin a great deal of yarn in a short time. Joan used takli-spun yarn for the warp on the green blouse described in the article "My Green Blouse"! More...