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)



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.


July 9-11, 2021

Conference of Northern California Handweavers 2021, San Luis Obispo, California

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)

Workshop: Spinning Cotton and Hemp Fibers

For Info: TBA