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Drop Spindle Spinning

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Drop Spindle Spinning

The Old Courthouse Thirsk
Saturday 26th January

(£60 + £6 materials)

Agnis Smallwood is a Designer Maker Researcher and Educator. Since completing her BA in Contemporary Applied Art at Cumbria Institute of the Arts, in 2009, she has continued to passionately make. Agnis specialises in constructed textiles using fleece, fibre and yarn to design and create. Agnis graduated in 2017 from Goldsmiths, University of London in MA in Artist Teachers and Contemporary Practices. As well as making her own work, Agnis now spends much of her time facilitating opportunities in which people are able to gather together and make for themselves, whether that be within communities, schools, hospitals or museums and galleries.

More about the artist can be found:

Instagram: @agnissmallwood

Twitter: @WovenByHand

Pinterest: Agnis Smallwood


Enjoy the day learning to spin on a drop spindle. Using natural fibres in a range of different colours you will design and create your very own handspun yarn. You will create your own unique colour palette with which to work from, thinking about how different colours will work together when combined. This workshop will focus on learning skills and techniques needed to spin on a drop spindle and to help you create your own unique yarn.

Please note you will be going home with some spun yarn and the skills and knowledge to spin using a drop spindle, you won’t have spun enough on this beginners day workshop for your next huge knitting project!

You may like to use the yarn you have created during this workshop along with lots more lovely yarn provided on the day to weave your own chunky scarf. You could join us for Agnis Smallwood's peg loom weaving workshop on Saturday 9th February

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with no prior knowledge of spinning.

 Please note: We don't issue physical tickets. Please use your email order confirmation as proof of purchase.
Saturday 26th January (10 am - 4pm) The Courthouse, Thirsk Tickets Available: 5
Ticket(s) 66.00


Workshops at Rural Arts give you the opportunity to learn or develop an artistic skill in a relaxed, creative environment and are all suitable for beginners. Our tutors are friendly, passionate and have lots of experience and knowledge to share with you. We want your day with us to be relaxed, offering you a bit of escapism and the chance to get to know like-minded people (plus there’s the bonus of getting to take something you have lovingly made home with you!).

Get to know others in the group whilst enjoying a drink in the Rural Arts Café before heading through to the workshop to start getting creative! The Café will be open throughout the day for you to get drinks and delicious lunches and cakes. Visit the café page to view our menu.

Please bring an apron.


Disability Access

If you require any special assistance in the workshop, please let us know in advance.

Car Parking

The Courthouse offers disabled parking for Blue Badge owners. If you will be needing to use the disabled parking please contact us prior to arrival so we can reserve you a place in our carpark. 

Wheel Chair Access

The Courthouse has wheel chair access into, and throughout, the building. There is a lift providing access to the second floor and disabled toilet.

If you are coming to a workshop or performance please let us know in advance so we can allocate a space for you in the audience or studio.


If you have purchased a place on a workshop or to one of our performances at The Courthouse and are bringing a carer with you, please let us know when you book your place. Carers are welcome to attend the activity, but if they wish to participate they will need to book a place. 

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs are allowed in the building.

How To Find The Venue

Planning Your Visit

  • A short walk from Thirsk Market Place
  • Local parking
  • Disabled parking, access and toilet
  • Games, books and activities for children
  • Children’s menu
  • Baby changing facilities
  • High chair

Drop Spindle Spinning

Drop Spindle Spinning
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