Mark your calendar…arrange for time off from work…

May 31 – June 3 are the dates…

Hotel RL, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia, WA is the place.



Registration is open for the 2018 NwRSA Conference, “A NEW TWIST,” May 31-June 3, at Hotel RL in Olympia, WA.

  • Click HERE to go to the on-line Conference registration site.
  • Click HERE to download the Conference Program, including the mail-in registration form.
  • Click HERE to download Vendor Application and information.

There is much for spinners to enjoy — vendors, tutorials and demonstrations, informal spinning and networking, a delicious banquet – all in a comfortable, affordable setting with private baths in each room, and close proximity of hotel rooms to activity locations.

One of the highlights of our NwRSA Conferences is the opportunity to learn new fiber-related skills and improve what you are already doing by taking classes with incredibly talented instructors. Did you know that a number of instructors now on the international teaching circuit  got their start as instructors at NwRSA conferences?

To introduce our Instructors and their classes…..

  • Jillian Moreno – author of Yarnitecture: A Knitters Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn Your Want, Craftsy online instructor, and well-known teacher at many different venues throughout the country. She will teach a full-day class on Yarnitecture and a half-day class on Gist of Grist.
  • Michael Kelson – has been teaching spinning techniques here in the Puget Sound area for the past few years and has developed a series of SpinPossible classes. For our Conference this year, he will feature SpinPossible – Loft and SpinPossible – Socks.
  • Gayle Vallance – a favorite Canadian who has taught several excellent classes for us in previous Conferences. This year she will teach Spinning Like a Viking and Opening the Door to Designer Yarns with Cabling.
  • Amelia Garripoli – those of us who have taken Amelia’s spindling classes know her expertise and easy going teaching make spindling fun and productive. This year she is also introducing a variety of techniques for weaving on small looms as well as Twists and Tricks with Turkish Spindles.
  • Samantha Loftin – many of us would like to learn more about weaving but don’t have space, money, or time to invest in looms of various kinds and sizes. With Peg Loom Weaving, expense is minimal yet easy to create useful household items.
  • Kim Perkins – In Art Yarn Carding, learn to create wonderful to spin textured art batts from a large array of wool, alpaca, silk, bamboo, nylon, and multiple other fibers.
  • Leslie Hoex – In Getting to the Core of Things, class participants can learn various methods of spinning textured art batts, using either batts from Kim Perkin’s class or batts from their own stash.
  • Elizabeth Palmer – many of us have been frustrated by errors and mistakes made as we learn new skills. Think what fun it would be to learn No Fault Weaving, a Saori style technique where there are no mistakes but rather an emphasis on color and texture.
  • Teresa Waldo – Learn the ultimate relaxing way to spin with Supported Spindling. This class teaches the step by step techniques. Plus Teresa will be using the Living Stage at the hotel to demonstrate Viking Knitting, a technique in which knitting with wire is used to create jewelry.
  • Andrea Love – created Stop Motion Animation with Needle Felting techniques. Our Conference logo this year is one of her creations. She will teach two classes, be featured on the Living Stage and will be our Keynote Speaker at Saturday’s banquet.


March 15-18, 2018  – NwRSA Camp Burton Spinners’ Retreat, Vashon Island WA

February 28 is the deadline for registering for this year’s NwRSA Spinners Retreat at Camp Burton on Vashon Island, WA.  Online registration with credit card payment  is available at or you can click HERE to download a registration form and mail in with a check.  Space is filling up fast but housing is still available and day-trippers are welcome.

Host Area 2055 (Spinners Rock) invites you to join in for  two and a half days of spinning, good food, friendship, fiber shopping, and fun at a woodland camp on beautiful Vashon Island, just 30 minutes from Seattle and 15 minutes from Tacoma.

Wait!  There’s more …

  • wine-and-cheese tasting before dinner on Friday
  • Friday night movie after dinner
  • One-hour tutorials and demo’s on Friday and Saturday including  long draw spinning, using a blending board, spinning cotton, drop spindle spinning, combing your own top, spinning a multi-colored braid, plying, hand/drum carding

And if that is not enough, here is your chance to test drive a wide variety of spinning wheels on Saturday when you can have a go at  “Speed-Dating for Spinning Wheels” — double drive, Scotch tension, single treadle, double treadle, electric, Delta orifice, bobbin-lead, flyer-lead, Lendrum, Ashford, Schacht, Majacraft, Spinolution, Hansen and many more.

A little retail therapy is always a nice option.  A used equipment sales table will be available for registered participants to sell their no-longer-needed equipment items. If you don’t find what you need there, then our ten great vendors are sure to have that special something to enhance your spinning.

Aurora Colony Fiberarts Spinning fibers, Navajo spindles, antique wheels, collectibles, jewelry
BJS Fiber Creations/Merrimac Fiberworks Hand-dyed yarn, wool, buttons, pins
Cabled Fiber & Yarn Tools, books, dyes, some fiber and yarn
Fleebers Farm Hand-dyed combed top/sliver/batts, wool locks, rayon plying threads, Spinolution wheels, tools, kits
Glacier Water Massage Chair massage
Map’s Treasures All sorts of spinning-related items and more from Map’s collection
Phoenixx Fibers Vintage Czech glass buttons
Plum Crazy Ranch & Fiber Art Exotic spinning fibers, felting and fiber supplies
Pronkin’ Pastures Alpaca Ranch Alpaca and alpaca blends – yarns and roving
Siren of the Skeins Silks, blending boards and hackle sets, vintage tools, antique wheel

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