Patsy Sue Zawistoski

Patsy Sue Zawistoski, master handspinner and teacher, enjoys achieving full design potential in her handspun work by creating yarns for use in knitting, weaving, and crochet.

A widely-traveled international lecturer and teacher, Patsy has taught classes and presented programs for various guilds, shops, community arts programs, and conferences, with many inviting her back multiple years.

I’m a Textile Teacher/Artist – Not a Scientist, nor Rumplestiltskin
I’m a Master hand spinner and an international spinning teacher for nearly thirty years (like Rumplestiltskin, the old man in the fairy tale, except I don’t hold babies for ransom). I teach the old skills, spinning fleece into wool yarns and straw into gold. Actually, flax into linen!”

-Patsy Sue Zawistoski


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Patsy receives accolades for her teaching techniques in the states and abroad. She is known for her understanding of the art of spinning and all aspects of spinning wheels and creating yarns.

She delights in seeing her students reach that “aha” moment in their spinning skill set. Relaxed and thorough – you’ll enjoy working with Patsy in class. She is totally committed to teaching spinners efficient ways to create their own source books of yarns.

Sampling and record keeping create invaluable yarn collections for choosing and repeating yarns when needed.

Patsy says, “Having taught spinning and weaving over 30 years, I continue my own fiber explorations, weave with my handspun, write, and teach across the USA and internationally.” Patsy’s three videos continue to be favorites.

“Textiles include fibers, yarns, fabrics, and finished goods. I enjoy all the processes, all the decisions. I also enjoy teaching others to do the same. I take pride in providing accurate, clear, and understandable information.”

Patsy Sue Zawistowski

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Patsy creates and teaches spinning classes on all natural and manufactured fibers, including comparative information. At the core are clear techniques for spinning simple, even yarns or more complex multiple-ply yarns. Patsy enjoys tailoring workshops to fit the interests of specific conferences, groups, and guilds. Worksheets completed in class supplemented by her informative booklets are some of the special benefits of her workshops. Worksheets include short samples and written notations about the various fibers and yarns from class, helping organization and memory. As a result, the worksheets can be combined in notebooks, and are useful references for planning particular yarns for that next project.

Student Levels

Classes are geared to spinners who already have some experience but now have questions about controlling the process and starting projects. Classes can also be geared to more experienced spinners who want to master their spinning wheels and finesse their yarns.

Students Usually Bring

A good working wheel or a variety of hand spindles, hole punch, note cards, small bags, and a small towel Preparation tools – handcards, hand combs, or drumcarders For yarn structure classes – lazy kate and extra bobbins For dyeing classes – apron, rubber gloves, small tubs, old towels, and plastic sacks


Programs and Presentations each last about 1.5 – 2 hours


Pulling together her knowledge of various textile fields Patsy gives engaging and informative multimedia presentations.


With hands-on samples and illustrations her programs appeal to mixed audiences including, but not limited to spinners, weavers, knitters, and other textile enthusiasts.

Warped and Ready – the Handspinning Weaver
Many spinners are wary of using their yarns when weaving. There are ways to guarantee success as you learn about the requirements of weaving yarns. Of course there are basically there are two types of …
Using Your Yarns, A Look at One Creative Process
This PowerPoint program / show and tell, offers three questions to help start the creative process for using handspun or commercial yarn. Hints and helps are given to assist as you tame the treasures in …
Sumptuous Silk the Improbable Fiber from a Hungry Worm
Silk, perhaps the most mysterious of natural fibers, is a gift from a lowly, but hungry caterpillar. In the PowerPoint I document my own chaotic story of raising silkworms. Learn about the amazingly diverse preparations …
Manufactured Fibers and Facts for Textiles
Holographic, coated cotton, bi-component, UV color changing, stretch wool, stainless steel; are some of the descriptors for today's weaving threads and yarns. Like the retro-reflective yarn used on my bike helmet scarf. Our spinning baskets …
Lavish Luxury Fibers and Animals
Spinners, weavers, and all textile enthusiasts enjoy the luxury of yarns and fibers from a wide variety of animals from around the world. Understanding the animals, their fibers, and the process of making the yarns …
How Many Times Must I Turn Around to be an Excellent Spinner – the COE
The Handweavers Guild of America, HGA, maintain 4 important Certificate of Excellence, COE, programs for textile artists, weaving, spinning, dyeing and basketry. There have been several adjustments and revisions to keep the COE programs relevant …
Goats and More Goats
Goats were always considered a sign of wealth. They are one of the oldest herd animals, and at the same time one of the quickest to revert to a wild feral state if allowed. Goats …
Fascinating Flax. Blossom, Harvest, Processing and Spinning
Flax once grown in almost every home plot was synonymous with household term – linen. Today most "linens" are anything but made from linen. A truly classy fiber when correctly cleaned and processed, spun, finished, …
Classic Cotton Fibers from Seed to Crop to Yarn
Although grown all over the world, cotton is a classic American fiber. Several varieties grow in the states, just as several controversies surround this perennial plant fiber. Cotton played a large part in shaping American …
Adding That Special Twist – Spinning for Knitting
Many spinners are wary of using their yarns when knitting. There are ways to guarantee success as you learn about the requirements of knitting yarns. Matching density of the yarn is the biggest challenges. I …