Fiber Prep 101 with Tammy Jordan

Fiber Prep 101 with Tammy Jordan

Are you new to fiber processing or wanting to learn how to start from the beginning? If so, this is the perfect class for you! During this class we'll cover the basic types of wool and best preparation practices including skirting, picking, washing, carding, and combing. There will be plenty of time for questions and for those who have experience and would like, you'll have the opportunity to spin some of the fiber as well. In the morning we'll go over types of wool and washing of fiber, and in the afternoon, process it for spinning. Also provided as part of materials will be a resource binder with information on wool, processing equipment, best practices, tips, tricks, and other helpful information.


Level:  No experience necessary

Ages:  8+ Students under 13 are welcome with an adult who is also taking the class.

Materials Fee:  $15 - Includes 2 ounces raw fiber, 1 ounce processed fiber, wash bin, 4 ounce bottle Power Scour, gloves, wash bag, and class resource guide, all of which students will take with them when they leave the class. Students will also have access to use several types of fiber processing equipment while in the class.

Options: none

Please Bring:  Questions, a smile, and a willingness to learn. Students may also bring any raw fiber they are interested in learning how to process (just a couple of ounces will do).

To Do BEFORE Class:  nothing


This Class will be held in Building 1 (Classroom Building)

In Classroom Area:  1 (Kitchen)

Date/Time:  Sat May 7  9am - noon  AND  2pm-5pm


Please arrive at Class Check-In (at the entrance to the Class Building) at least 10 minutes early to receive your Nametag and find your class area.

  • Instructor Bio


    Tammy is a third-generation fiber artist who enjoys sharing her passion with everyone she meets. Her love of sheep, wool, writing, and inspiring others to learn led her on the path of running her own business, Goldieknots Montana, which specializes in Montana grown wool, locally processed yarn and spinning fiber, and Made in Montana handmade gift items, as well as educational programming in fiber arts, ranging from fiber preparation to completed projects which she lovingly refers to as “Fleece to Fashion.” She participated in the Montana Arts Council’s MAP Program in 2016 and has taught fiber-related classes throughout the state of Montana. She has been spinning, knitting, and felting for more than ten years and is a member of the Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners, current member and past Secretary and Co-Chair of the Prairie Handspinners Guild in Billings, MT, a member and Secretary of the Lincoln Council for the Arts, and recently began the Lincoln Fiber Circle in her new home of Lincoln, MT. Prior to moving to Montana, Tammy lived in Southern California and the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania where she was a former Humane Education specialist for the SPCA. Her teaching style is fun, creative, and interactive, and when she’s not in her studio creating or on the road teaching, you can find her spending time with her dogs, sheep, horse, and other barnyard critters.

  • Cancellation / Refund Policy

    In the unfortunate event you need to cancel your registration, please contact the Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair team at or by calling 385.429.3201.

    Please note: after March 31, 2022, we will refund 50% of the class fee, and after April 15, 2022, refunds are no longer available.

    Transfers to other classes will be approved on an individual basis.

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