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Daedalus Fly-In Retreat Teacher Spotlight - Charan Sachar


Charan Sachar is an artist whose work reflects his passion for the fiber arts, like knitting, spinning, weaving, quilting and he uses it as an inspiration for his clay work. In all the fields that he works in, he loves to accept challenges and approach the making with a “what if..” attitude. Charan is a process person and believes if you are enjoying the way your fiber is twisting between your fingers and creating the yarn you want, you are doing it right. Charan specializes in creating art yarns with textures, using traditional spinning techniques and pushing them an extra step to create unique yarns. As a teacher, he shares his preferences and his learnings along his journey, but also encourages his students to try techniques/materials by themselves and then decide for themselves. Of course, everything that you do has been done before, but when you do it with your hands, your inspiration, your colors and materials, you will create work that is uniquely yours.

Classes

Core Spinning and Autowrap

3 hours $30 materials fee

This class will cover the basics of core spinning with batts. Students will explore the ways of core spinning to make thick, airy, puffy yarns and also how to make neater and smoother core-spun yarns. We will look into enhancing your core spun with auto wrap thread and the effects it creates by auto wrapping in different stages of spinning. Level of Spinning: Students should be able to spin a continuous thread and make a plied yarn. Additionally, students should be familiar with the wheel they bring and how it operates. Students should bring:

  • Wheel with a large orifice of 1/2" or more to accommodate textured yarns (Magpies will be available to rent)

  • At least 3 bobbins

  • Lazy kate

  • Niddy noddy

  • Any additional spinning tools you prefer.

Supplies Provided by Instructor: Art batts, core yarn, ply thread, and autowrap thread

Stacks

3 hours $25 materials fee

This class will focus on a plying technique for creating stacks that give the appearance of beads. We will explore ways to spin your singles with pops of color and texture using contrasting colors, sections of fiber fluff, and beads, then trapping them in the stacks during the plying process. Level of Spinning: Students should be able to spin a continuous thread and make a plied yarn. Additionally, students should be familiar with the wheel they bring and how it operates. Students should bring: ​

  • Wheel with a large orifice of 1/2" or more to accommodate textured yarns (Magpies will be available to rent)

  • 2 bobbins with at least 1 oz of singles spun on each, in contrasting colors. Worsted spun at approximately 10-12 WPI (not very fine), with enough twist for plying.

  • At least 3 additional empty bobbins

  • Lazy kate

  • Niddy noddy

  • Any additional spinning tools you prefer.

Supplies Provided by Instructor: fiber, beads, and ply thread



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