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Spinning for Lace Knitting with Galina Khmeleva (Sat AM)

Spinning for Lace Knitting with Galina Khmeleva (Sat AM)

Come join reowned lace knitting and handspinning instructor Galina Khmeleva, author of Gossamer Webs and The Design Collection, as she introduces you to the magical handspinning techniques of Russian knitters that ultimately result in the creation of arguably the most luxurious shawls and scarves found in the knitting universe. In this workshop, the emphasis will be on the spinning of luxury fibers, ie. cashmere, qiviut, pygora, buffalo etc., on a supported spindle and the significance of gauging the proper thickness and the length of these fibers, while learning the more economical use of luxury fibers, helping you conserve precious yardage.

Level: Adventurous beginner+

Ages:  13+ (students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult taking the class)

Materials Fee: $10 material fee includes all the fibers used in class. Russian spindles and bowls are provided for use in class and available for purchase directly from instructor.

Options:  none

Please Bring: note-taking materials and a kitchen towel

To Do BEFORE Class:  nothing


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

In Classroom Area: 3

Date/Time: Sat April 27 - 9am - noon


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

    Galina Khmeleva, lace knitter, spinner and educator extraordinaire, is the author of Gossamer Webs, The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs, The Design Collection. She has mentored classes all over the globe, including Great Britain, Italy, Australia, the United States of America and Craft Cruises’ Baltic Cruise.

    Galina’s work has appeared in the industry’s leading magazines including Piecwork, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, Knitting Traditions, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Wild Fibers and Verena USA.

    Born in 1950 in Leningrad, today’s St. Petersburg, in Russia Galina was educated there. It soon became clear that her interests lie more in the field of art and less in science or mathematics. She took advantage of every opportunity to participate in special after school art programs.

  • 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, 2024, we will refund 50% of the class fee, and after April 15, 2024, refunds are no longer available.

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

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