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Master Spinner Program

Program Description

The Master Spinner Program consists of six progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments in the area of hand spinning of all major types of fibers, yarns and the end use of the spun yarns.  At all levels, students are evaluated on the basis of written assignments, practical projects, oral presentations and skill development.

For a complete guide to the Master Spinner Program, please see the Master Spinner Handbook.

For a list of the incredible In Depth Studies created by our Master Spinner Level 6 Students click here. 

Program Prerequisites:

Beginning Spinning:  If you have never had any spinning experience, but are interested in exploring the art, we offer a Beginning Spinning workshop during Fibre Week.  Located in our Workshops section, classes starting on Friday.

Master Spinner Level 1 requires students to be comfortable with the basic operation of a spinning wheel.  This course is not a Beginner's Spinning course.

Levels 2-6 require the previous Level's class to be completed.  While the completion of the previous level's independent study portion (ie - homework) is not a requirement, it is strongly recommended.  Each level builds off of the previous skill developments.

Materials Requirements:

All students are required to bring the supplies noted in their course's supply list.  Each level has a different supply list, outlined below.   In addition to the supply lists, students attending off campus classes should bring bring a 1" binder.

Level 1 Supply List
Level 2 Supply List
Level 3 Supply List
Level 4 Supply List
Level 5 Supply List
Level 6 Supply List

This course requires the use of a manual spinning wheel.  If you are considering using an electronic spinner, please see our Electronic Spinners Policy

Spinning Wheel Rentals

There are 10 wheels available for rent on a first-come basis. Contact the program coordinator for reservations and make your rental payment when you register. View the rental wheel specifications here.

NoteOlds College does not promote or endorse the purchase of a specific brand or type of spinning wheel.

Course Details

  • Levels 1-5 are 5 day workshops, during Fibre Week.
  • Levels 1-4 are also available at select locations off campus.
  • Level 6 courses are 7 day workshops.
  • All courses run from 9am – 4:30pm with a 1.5 hour lunch break unless otherwise noted.
  • All instructors will be selected from our qualified roster of Master Spinner instructors.
  • All course tuition prices for off campus courses have slight increases to accommodate additional offering costs, as listed on the off campus offerings page.

Level 1

Students should have a working relationship with a spinning wheel.  The Beginner Spinning course is strongly recommended for those with little or no experience. Students should read the Master Spinner Handbook before attending this class.

Instructor:  Maria Lougheed
Date:  June 18-22, 2017
Tuition $595     Materials $85    Marking fees  $160

Level 2

Instructor:  Jayne Deardorff
June 18-22, 2017
Tuition $595     Materials $85    Marking fees  $160
Pre/Co-requisite: Level 1

Level 3

Instructor:  Kristi Lacey
Date:  June 18-22, 2017
Tuition $595     Materials $85    Marking fees  $160
Pre/Co-requisite: Level 2

Level 4

Instructor:  Mary Lessman
Date:  June 18-22, 2017
Tuition $595     Materials $85    Marking fees  $160
Pre/Co-requisite: Level 3

Level 5

Date:  Cancelled
Tuition $595     Materials $85    Marking fees  $160

Level 6

Instructor:  Donna Rudd
Date:  June 16-22, 2017
Tuition $695     Materials $85    Marking fees  $250
Prerequisite: completion of homework in Levels 1-5


Registration opens March 1, 2017.  Registrations are taken through Olds College and are most easily processed online through the link to the right, or by phone using a credit card:

This course list comes from our Curricunet Academic database

Continuing Education

Phone: 403-556-8281
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 
Fax: (403) 556-4711
Location: Bell e-Learning Centre, Room 957

Continuing Education

Materials fees collected at the time of registration are for fibres, etc supplied by the instructor for use during the class. They are not meant to be of sufficient quantity for homework completion.

5% Canadian Goods and Services Tax will be added to all registrations. For more information, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency's web page on Visitors to Canada.

Workbook/Homework Marking

Please include a copy of the requirements you used when you send your work.

Check with your marker for any special instructions before mailing your work. For Levels 1-5, include a cheque equal to your mailing cost for return postage (payable to the marking instructor). Level 6 will require two postage cheques since there are two markers involved.

When shipping workbooks across the Canada/US border, please label them as "Student Homework - paperwork and yarn samples, will be returned to the USA".  If asked the value of the package, indicate that this amount is less than $100.  The best way to avoid any fees is to use the Postal System, not services like UPS.

Marking Fees

Marking fees for students enrolled in classes starting in Fibre Week 2014 and beyond will be payable upon registration of the course.  These fees are to cover the cost of the instructor's time and enable us to provide you with valuable feedback on your spinning.  Return postage payable to the instructor with mailed homework is still required.

Levels 1-5: $160 + return postage payable to the instructor. 
Level 6: $250 + 2 postage checks; one payable to each marking instructor.

Homework Extensions

Homework must be submitted for marking within 12 months after the class has ended. If the work has not been submitted by this deadline, the student will not receive credit for the course.

An extension to this deadline can be requested by filling out the extension request form on page 7 of the Handbook (or available here) and mailing (or emailing) it to the Olds College Operations Manager, Debbie Bailey.  This request must be received at least one month before the due date.  If granted, the extension will not exceed four months beyond the original completion date. Only one extension date will be allowed per course level.

A processing fee of $75 will be applied for extensions.

Refund Policy:

Refund requests, accompanied by the original course receipt, received at Olds College three (3) full work days prior to the start date of a course will be granted in full, less course specific material fees that have been incurred, non-refundable deposits and an administration fee of 20% of the course tuition or $150, whichever is less. No refunds will be issued less than three (3) full work days prior to the start date of a course. Non-attendance does not constitute notice of withdrawal. In the event that a course is cancelled, registrants will receive a full refund.

Continuing Education Department

Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 

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