Master Spinners Program

I & II

In association with Alberta’s Olds College, Colaisde na Gàidhlig is proud to offer a Master Spinner Certificate Program on-site in St. Ann’s, Cape Breton. 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 more information, including a link to the Master Spinner Handbook, click here.

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of spinning yarns; the nature and characteristics of wool; selection, processing and spinning of wool; and nature dyeing.

Pre-requisite: A beginner spinning course or equivalent - must be comfortable with a spinning wheel.

This course explores advanced spinning techniques such as plying, blending, spinning to specifics and advanced wheel operations. In addition to wool students will learn to spin silk, llama, alpaca, mohair, camel and camel down.

Pre-requisite: Master Spinner Level 1

  • Tuition
    • Levels 1-5: $855/level + materials: $85

Once registered and ready to reserve your spot on campus, please contact Gail at or (902) 295-3411

Feel free to connect with us with any inquiries you may have. Send a note to Dianne, ( our resident weaver - we'd be glad to help.