The Spinner’s Loft Experience

Inside workshop, outside of the Loft

Learning the ancient art and craft of hand spinning fibers in the fully-equipped Spinner’s Loft on Nova Scotia’s coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Spinner’s Loft is situated on the Eastern Shore of the province where there are abundant opportunities for leisure hiking, birdwatching, swimming, beach strolling, and canoeing in Canada’s beautiful “Ocean Playground”.

A visit here is a multi-sensual experience: see the very blue, or maybe the mists, of Jeddore Harbour; hear the soft clicks of the spinning wheels along with the gentle lapping of the water against the rocky shoreline, and the call of gulls; handle the myriad fibres that can be spun into yarn; smell the sea air mixed with the subtlety of silk noil or the pungent sheep’s wool redolent of a farm meadow in summer; and enjoy the tastes of fresh, local foods put together for snacks and lunches in interesting, healthful, and delicious ways.

But the Spinner’s Loft is not just about learning to spin, honing your spinning skills, or creating novelty yarns from the exotic fibres you just spun, it is also about unwinding and enjoying your surroundings. We will take the time to learn, relax and play.

Herons by the sea

More sensual delights are yours for the choosing: a refreshing swim in a lake or the ocean, a barefoot-soothing stroll on sand beaches with rolling surf, a woodland hike, canoe picnic, or simply sitting by the water and watching the sun rise or set. Maybe even a lesson in Scottish Country Dancing set to lively fiddle tunes!

All this packaged with the opportunity to be in the company of like-minded craftspeople, in the stunning beauty of the Nova Scotia coastline.

The Spinner’s Loft Studio is located in a natural setting of ocean, field, and woods adjacent to a 19th century fisherman’s Cape house full of warmth, character, comfort and charm. The fully-equipped Studio offers a stunning view of the harbour, and with a wood stove inside, workshops are possible all year round.

Photo: Great Blue Herons aloft