Teaching & Class Offerings

Contact Joan at spincotton@Yahoo.com


Dyed Lint

Drying Rack


One of the great joys of working with fiber is that there is always something new to learn. Joan is an experienced teacher with a knack of presenting information and techniques in a way that students are able to easily understand and put to use immediately.

Would you like to customize a workshop or presentation for your group? Contact Joan to discuss your unique situation!

Contact Joan at spincotton@Yahoo.com

Workshops & Lectures

Joan is beginning to limit her “traveling classes” as of the end of the 2023 summer. She is happy to announce that Julie Drogsvold will be taking over most of the away classes. Please check out her web site, www.tangledyarnfarms.com or reach out to her by e-mail: tangledyarnfarms@gmail.com. For a quick response you can text her at 520-216-8767.

Starting in the fall of 2023, Joan will be teaching both private and open classes here in Tucson. Along with her classes, Southwest Corner will be bringing in guest fiber artists throughout the winter. What better place to go to take a class in the winter but to sunny warm Tucson!! Keep an eye on this web site for the 2023-24 classes that will be coming up.

Regarding Zoom lectures, Joan is happy to schedule the lectures that are listed below. Zoom hour lecture is $200. E-mail spincotton@yahoo.com to schedule your date

Joan offers lectures pertaining to cellulose fibers and techniques for spinning them for groups. These can be customized to meet your specific needs. The length of most of the lectures is 60 minutes.

Contact Joan via email at spincotton@yahoo.com or text to (520) 335.4113

Current Lectures

  • WHY Industrial Hemp is So Important Today - 1 hour

    This lecture includes a history of hemp, information about the actual plant, what happened to it for 50 years and why it is so important to our world today. Includes a short Power Point presentation and question and answer time.

  • Cotton from the Field to the Loom - 1 hour

    This lecture uses a Power Point with pictures to cover cotton raising, harvesting, ginning, the classification station, processing lint into sliver and then into yarn. Weaving and knitting with handspun cotton is discussed and photos of handwoven projects rounds out the talk. Question are taken during the presentation.

  • Cotton is KING - 45 minutes

    A history of cotton and the influence cotton has had in the United states. Lecture with power point.

  • Yarn Structure - 1 hour

    This is an ideal lecture for any group that is working with cotton yarns. It shows the importance of having a good understanding of how yarn is spun and knowing the kind of fiber used, its preparation and type of ply. It also compares different fibers with cotton. To have a good finished product, you must start with the right kind of yarn. Using Power point gives the audience visual as well as verbal input.

  • Life of a Cotton Spinner - 45 minutes

    This is a story of Joan’s life and how she got involved with teaching cotton spinning. It includes her travels and associations in the fiber world. Open to questions, this Power Point presentation is colorful and exciting.

  • Fiber Arts "Down Under" - 1 hour

    Joan has traveled and taught cotton spinning in both New Zealand and Australia. She would like to share her love of these countries with you and tell you what they are doing with fiber art. Lots of photos of scenery and fiber art projects. Power Point and open to questions.

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