What we're about

Welcome to all who are interested in a slow handmade alternative to the fashion industry!

I am hosting a series of hand spinning and hand knitting classes with the intention to share these skills. The reasons broadly fit into environmental and social benefits, to offer options to what we are witnessing originating from the current fast fashion model.

The New Independent Spinners' Society recognises the history of spinning. The technological development over 20,000 years. The links to female focused communities gathering to spin a yarn, talk and create yarn. The industrial revolution, some masculine input. Gandhi finds spiritual enlightenment in the turning of the Charka, an Indian portable spinning wheel, he also used spinning to symbolise the Indian independence movement against British products.

I have no idea where this will grow but all I know now is that spinning has helped me to concentrate; given my hands something to do when I feel the urge to create; I can create what ever I want to create as it empowers me to make the clothes I want to make that fit me and my style. Spinning has given me moments to connect with strangers who have shown an interest in parks, restaurants or on trains. I has allowed me to break socially constructed fears about doing, expressing and my capacity.

Spinning is historically synonymous with women, however I view spinning as a gender neautral tool to express what is in your fingers so these workshops are open to anyone who would like to learn a new skill, make their own clothes, meet new people, join the slow fashion movement and want to make a difference for the environment with how they consume and interact with supply chains.

As with all things one must start at the beginning, so these meetings will start from the very beginning and learn new things as time progresses.

Please note you will experience hand cramp at some point. If this happens take a rest, massage your hands and start when you are ready again. Just like in yoga go with the pace of your body. If it hurts, stop, there's nothing to feel negative about, it's part of hand spinning and using new muscles.

Introductory classes cost €85. With this you receive the tools to get you started, and some 100g Dutch sheep roving.

Lessons are taught in English. However if you're patient I'm sure we don't need to use words to explain the techniques, if English is an inhibiting factor for your participation.

Get in touch if you want to start something like this in your own country let me know!

If this resonates and you feel it in your body then come along!

Namaste

Samm xxx

Upcoming events (4+)

Introduction to Spinning and Knitting your First Jumper

Van der Hoopstraat 70HS

€90.00

This is the introductory lesson where you will learn the basic techniques of spinning yarn and knitting your first jumper. You do not need any prior skills as you learn them here.

Do not come expecting to make a jumper in your first lesson, we are learning a process over time, at our pace, rather than forcing an end result quickly.

This is the first in a series of workshops which will add on new levels of complexity as time progresses, there will be correspondence about these workshops when they are ready.

We will also discuss the logistics of a weekly community meeting to work on projects in the presence of others, please spin a yarn!

The rough agenda of the afternoon will be:
Introductions - Interactive 10 mins
Fashion Autonomy - Interactive 50 mins
A lesson in spinning and knitting - Theory and practice 1 hour
Spinning - Practical 1 hour
Knitting - Practical 1 hour

Bring yourself and a note-taking system. You will take home materials required to get you started.

We will be meeting at De Steek - a new textile studio space near Westerpark. https://naaicursusamsterdam.com/en/about/ Therefore you may have noticed a slight increase to the price from the old location - this is to take into consideration the rent of the new space.

I am interested to meet you and excited to see what you create!

Much love and Namaste,

Samm xx

Introduction to Spinning and Knitting your First Jumper

Van der Hoopstraat 70HS

€90.00

This is the introductory lesson where you will learn the basic techniques of spinning yarn and knitting your first jumper. You do not need any prior skills as you learn them here.

Do not come expecting to make a jumper in your first lesson, we are learning a process over time, at our pace, rather than forcing an end result quickly.

This is the first in a series of workshops which will add on new levels of complexity as time progresses, there will be correspondence about these workshops when they are ready.

We will also discuss the logistics of a weekly community meeting to work on projects in the presence of others, please spin a yarn!

The rough agenda of the afternoon will be:
Introductions - Interactive 10 mins
Fashion Autonomy - Interactive 50 mins
A lesson in spinning and knitting - Theory and practice 1 hour
Spinning - Practical 1 hour
Knitting - Practical 1 hour

Bring yourself and a note-taking system. You will take home materials required to get you started.

We will be meeting at De Steek - a new textile studio space near Westerpark. https://naaicursusamsterdam.com/en/about/ Therefore you may have noticed a slight increase to the price from the old location - this is to take into consideration the rent of the new space.

I am interested to meet you and excited to see what you create!

Much love and Namaste,

Samm xx

Introduction to Spinning and Knitting your First Jumper

Van der Hoopstraat 70HS

€90.00

This is the introductory lesson where you will learn the basic techniques of spinning yarn and knitting your first jumper. You do not need any prior skills as you learn them here.

Do not come expecting to make a jumper in your first lesson, we are learning a process over time, at our pace, rather than forcing an end result quickly.

This is the first in a series of workshops which will add on new levels of complexity as time progresses, there will be correspondence about these workshops when they are ready.

We will also discuss the logistics of a weekly community meeting to work on projects in the presence of others, please spin a yarn!

The rough agenda of the afternoon will be:
Introductions - Interactive 10 mins
Fashion Autonomy - Interactive 50 mins
A lesson in spinning and knitting - Theory and practice 1 hour
Spinning - Practical 1 hour
Knitting - Practical 1 hour

Bring yourself and a note-taking system. You will take home materials required to get you started.

We will be meeting at De Steek - a new textile studio space near Westerpark. https://naaicursusamsterdam.com/en/about/ Therefore you may have noticed a slight increase to the price from the old location - this is to take into consideration the rent of the new space.

I am interested to meet you and excited to see what you create!

Much love and Namaste,

Samm xx

Introduction to Spinning and Knitting your First Jumper

Van der Hoopstraat 70HS

€90.00

This is the introductory lesson where you will learn the basic techniques of spinning yarn and knitting your first jumper. You do not need any prior skills as you learn them here.

Do not come expecting to make a jumper in your first lesson, we are learning a process over time, at our pace, rather than forcing an end result quickly.

This is the first in a series of workshops which will add on new levels of complexity as time progresses, there will be correspondence about these workshops when they are ready.

We will also discuss the logistics of a weekly community meeting to work on projects in the presence of others, please spin a yarn!

The rough agenda of the afternoon will be:
Introductions - Interactive 10 mins
Fashion Autonomy - Interactive 50 mins
A lesson in spinning and knitting - Theory and practice 1 hour
Spinning - Practical 1 hour
Knitting - Practical 1 hour

Bring yourself and a note-taking system. You will take home materials required to get you started.

We will be meeting at De Steek - a new textile studio space near Westerpark. https://naaicursusamsterdam.com/en/about/ Therefore you may have noticed a slight increase to the price from the old location - this is to take into consideration the rent of the new space.

I am interested to meet you and excited to see what you create!

Much love and Namaste,

Samm xx

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Introduction to Spinning and Knitting your First Jumper

Van der Hoopstraat 70HS

€90.00

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