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About Carey Fleiner

  • I learnt embroider, knit, and crochet whilst still in single digits, and I has been spinning and weaving for about 30 years.
  • I have experience with and am available to demonstrate (in character or modern day) spinning, weaving, and other textiles at heritage sites and museum from Roman through to WWII
  • I have exhibited award-winning work in many fibre shows mainly in the United States including the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
  • As an historian of Classical history (University of Winchester) I am keen on the history of spinning and weaving, especially in Classical Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, and have given public talks on sheep, wool production, and wool in Classical culture and society.
  • Craftswork focuses on long-draw wool spinning,  cotton spinning, Nalbinding, Working with exotic fibres,  Nalbinding

Further Info

Specialised in
* History of textiles, especially woolwork in the Roman period (I am a Senior Lecturer in Roman History at the University of Winchester) * Cotton spinning on the charka *Handspinning with handspindles, especially French and medieval-style *Ancient textile craft including work with nettles, sprang, nalbinding * Long-draw wool spinning    
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
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Handspinning with handspindles workshop

In this three-hour workshop (with a break) we’ll learn about the basics of spinning wool on a hand spindle. Included is a brief over handling and sorting fleece, fibre preparation (carding), and the basics of getting started on a hand spindle.  We’ll start with a short talk on the basics of sorting a fleece, what is staple, and a look at the tools used for combing and carding wool for spinning. Participants will practice carding wool into rolags, and then learn the basics of drafting and creating a twist, as we work our way up to hand spindles. We’ll finish up with some information on setting the twist and plying the yarn.

Whilst we will work mainly with top-whorl spindles or medieval/French-style spindled, we will also talk about and handle other types of spindles, which may include medieval, French, support, and Turkish.


Materials (wool and top-whorl spindle) supplied. No previous experience needed (of any sort of textile work)