Beginning Spinning

Thursday September 5th  from 1-4pm 
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $48 plus $10 materials fee
Limit: 10 students

Learn to spin, using one of our spinning wheels and local wool. You will learn how to spin, as well as basic wheel mechanics and an introduction to turning fiber into your own handspun yarn.  For returning spinners, this class will allow you to review what you already know and get you up to speed, so that you can

relax and enjoy the rest of the weekend courses. 

Beginning Spinners are encouraged to also take 

Continuing Spinning, to get additional hours of guided


The Woolgathering

September 5-8, 2019

September 5-8th,  2019

​Join us for our 19th year of Woolgatherings

Four glorious days of Spinning and Natural Dyeing Classes

Learn about techniques, fibers and working with locally sourced wool

​Forage for dye plants 
Learn the "ins and outs" of how to process your own wool at the mills.

Knit Night at the local Historic Pub

Spinning Circle 


Kay Antunez de Mayolo
Kay studied botany at CAL POLY. She became fascinated with textiles and natural dyes while working as a science teacher in Central

and South America in the 1970s. Her interest in ethno-botany led her to complete a MS thesis on the sources of textile dyes used in

Peru. Supported by funding from the Smithsonian, she traveled extensively in Peru to collect botanical specimens that were later

used by experts at UCLA, the Getty Museum, and the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History to verify the sources of dyes extracted

from ancient Peruvian textiles.
Recently retired from the California Department of Forestry where she was the environmental education coordinator, she is now living

in Eagleville, CA – tending her large garden that includes several sources of natural dyes.

Melissa Harris
Melissa has been teaching knitting, spinning and rigid heddle weaving at Warner Mountain Weavers for 15 years and is the resident

knitting troubleshooter. She judged the Fiber Arts Competition and the Sheep to Shawl at Black Sheep Gathering in 2010. Melissa

also taught knitting and judged the Sheep to Shawl competition at Lambtown, in Dixon, California. She has been a 4-H leader in

Fiber Arts for the last 10 years and is passing on these techniques to a new generations. 

 Lani Estill

​​Lani Estill is the founder of Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet Wool.  A commercial wool business and small yarn line that produces yarn and roving for use by brands, fiber artists, commercial artisans and anyone who loves to create with wool!!  All of the wool for the brand comes from Rambouillet Sheep raised on the Bare Ranch located in Surprise Valley.  Some of the brands using Lani’s Lana Wool are The North Face, Brooklyn Tweed, Sincere Sheep, and A Verb for Keeping Warm.
Lani Natural Dyes her dyed yarn for her brand and enjoys teaching others the craft of Natural Dyeing.

Surprise Valley Hot Springs

Sunrise Motel and RV Park and Victorian

Bush House  530 279-2161

AirBnB The Bonner House unit 4

The Cottage at Winje’s Farm Bed and Breakfast  
 Lake City, CA        530 279-2371

Toll Free: 877-818-8632

Modoc District Fairgrounds   Camping spots available. 530-279-2315 / 

High Desert Lodging 
1-888-279-2209. Call for Woolgathering group rates


Check back with us later!


Continuing Spinning

Friday September 6th

10am-3pm with a lunch break

Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost $75- plus $15 materials fee

​Prerequisite: Beginning Spinning or equivalent.

​Limit 10 students

For those new spinners, this is a chance to get more time on your wheel. For intermediate and advanced spinners, you will have a chance to perfect your drafting (woolen and worsted) and plying. Emphasis will be placed on creating even, balanced yarn.