Spinning Study Guide: Working from Fleece

Join us for the Working from Fleece study guide at the School! Work through content from Kim McKenna's courses Working from Fleece and Nuances to Spinning Better Yarns and become a better spinner.


Kim McKenna · August 25, 2022

Welcome to the Spinning Study Guide: Working from Fleece!

If you love spinning and working with wool, this is the study guide for you. If you have never scour raw fleece and are intimidated by the whole process, never fear! 

Work along Kim McKenna’s beautiful new course Working from Fleece and some of the content in Nuances to Spinning Better Yarns, available in their totality in the School to watch at your own pace.

You can choose to either start from raw fleece, clean fleece, or if you prefer, commercial top. Work through the scouring process to wash your raw wool or if you choose to start from a clean fleece/hand-dyed top, you can then join in the fibre prep and sampling.


  • Get Ready: Prep & materials
  • Week 1: Scour a small sample
  • Week 2: Scour the rest of your raw fleece
  • Week 3: Progress meetup via Zoom
  • Week 4: Fibre prep the clean fleece 
  • Week 5: Spin singles, ply and finish
  • Week 6: Finale meetup recording 

In this guide you will find support as you go from raw wool straight from the sheep to the handspun yarn of your dreams.  You can work through the content with as little as 30 grams / one ounce of wool or try the small batch technique for 100g /3.5 ounces.

If you choose to join in the study guide with clean wool, you will find lots of fibre prep techniques to prepare your fleece, be it lock by lock or even if you are joining with commercial hand-dyed top.

Once you spin and ply your singles, find different finish techniques so your hand spun yarn serves your crafting purpose.

Find the weekly guidance and the progress meetups recordings. All of the questions and members discussion is taking place over in the Spinning Study Guide: Working from Fleece forums.

About Instructor

Kim McKenna

My fibre journey is a delicate balance between science and art. Curiosity and research help me to understand the intrinsic nature of my materials and practice helps me to improve upon the mechanics of skill. There is a point, however, where I must turn my mind off and allow my hands and intuition to guide me.

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