March 6-10, 2024
This registration site has basic class descriptions. Please refer to https://carolinafiberfest.org/workshops-2024/for Required Skills, Materials Students Should Bring and Homework.
Freeform Favorite (Shawlette)
Combine freeform techniques taught in class with traditional crochet techniques to take a simple asymmetrical shawlette/wrap to a new level of artistry. Perfect project for established crocheters who want to try freeform crochet.
Intro to Crochet
Fun crochet patterns are surging in popularity! Learn how to start a project and form the basic stitches of chain, slip stitch, single, and double crochet. We’ll make a classic Granny Square coaster to give you the skills you need to get started with this quick and addictive craft.
Mosaic Crochet is one of those "I can't put this down" techniques. These colorful crochet stitches are a must have in your basket of crochet knowledge. You'll be learning both inset and overlay techniques while making a lovely placemat or pillow top. We'll also learn how to read the sometimes-confusing mosaic crochet charts.
Next Steps In Crochet
You can make the basic crochet stitches but struggle with counting stitches and reading patterns. It's not just you - crochet terms can be confusing! Learn how to reliably count stitches, calculate gauge and maintain stitch count. During class, we'll make a square coaster that is worked in rows to develop your understanding of crochet terminology. With your new skills, you'll be ready to tackle a major project!
Organic Freeform Shawl
Learn techniques for combining yarns and stitches to make a wrap in a one of a kind, organic, freeform fabric. Lisa will help you incorporate your favorite stitches and fiber crafts into your project, allowing you to paint with your yarn and hooks. A great class for crocheters who are interested in trying freeform crochet.
Ecoprint in Color on Silk and Wool
Learn how to imprint beautiful Plant designs from Nature and create a background in rich color on silk and wool ! Ecoprinting (also known as botanical printing) involves collecting leaves, plants and flowers to imprint their images directly upon protein fibers using the process you learn in the workshop. Students will learn techniques to enhance the natural designs to create richly colored backgrounds on their silk and wool. At the end of the day, students will take home both a silk and wool scarf sample ecoprinted in color and the knowledge to continue Ecoprinting from Nature's resources. Previous experience in ecoprinting is helpful but the class is beginner friendly!Ecoprinting is a natural, sustainable art form.
Ecoprint Naturally on Silk and Wool
Learn how to create beautiful natural plant designs directly from Nature on silk and wool. Ecoprinting (also known as botanical printing) involves collecting leaves, plants and flowers to imprint their images directly upon protein fibers using the process taught in the workshop. Students will learn techniques to create beautiful, natural designs with colors drawn directly from Nature on silk and wool. At the end of the day, students will take home their silk and wool ecoprinted samples and the knowledge to continue Ecoprinting from Nature's resources. Ecoprinting is a natural, sustainable art form. Beginner friendly
Ecoprint on Leather
Learn how to ecoprint on lambskin leather naturally and in color! Ecoprinting (also known as botanical printing) involves collecting leaves, plants and flowers to imprint their images directly upon their leather. Students will learn:• Leather-everything you need to know to understand, locate, select and work with leathers that accept ecoprinting no matter where you live! • Equipment-what you need and how to use it (most of which you already have!• Plants-All about plants, leaves, weeds and flowers and using them on Leather• Mordants- descriptions and ratios• Dyes- easy to use selections for permanent results• Care - and conditioning of your leather • Sources for leather, dyes and mordants and tools (in US and online)At the end of class students will leave with 2 samples (approx. 8” x 18”) of ecoprinted lambskin leather both naturally ecoprinted and in color, the rest of the leather hide and the ability to continue the process with the knowledge learned in the workshop. Designed to be beginner friendly.
Seeing Red: Working with Madder and Cochineal as Dyestuffs
When working with natural dyes, madder and cochineal have been the “go to” materials for reds (and related colors) for much of human history. As a dyer, they can present a fascinating challenge. Depending on a variety of factors (including quality of dye materials and the water used in your dye bath), you can get a range of colors from pale pinks/beiges through reds and all the way to purples. This class will give you the information to experiment with these two dyestuffs and see how your dyeing conditions can affect the outcome. No dyeing will happen during the class, but students will be sent home with supplies to do a small scale color experiment on their own time using samples of wool, mohair, and silk yarn and wool and silk fabric.
Tie-dyed silk scarves
Students will dye 2 silk scarves in this fun and creative class featuring several tie-dye techniques! We'll manipulate the scarves to add lots of visual texture, then we'll dye them using instant-set dyes. Students will have lots of color choices and can also mix dyes to create special color blends. A fun class for all skill levels!
Bring an art doll to life in this workshop! This class is more fun than you can imagine. It's almost therapeutic to have permission to play with dolls again. Create your muse or art doll in one class! Some hand stitching (large basting stitches) is required.
Autumn Leaf Bowl
Create a colorful leaf-shaped bowl or mat of wool fibers and lustrous bamboo to enhance your fall home decor! Students will learn to make pre-felt and add dimension to their project. We'll also wet-felt wool balls to make wooly acorns to complete the autumn look!
Felted Jewelry (Pendant & Brooch)
Join new fiber friends as we create a fabulous, felted pendant or brooch. We will combine needle felting with a smidge of embroidery (optional) and then finish the felt as a pendant or brooch. Students will have the opportunity to complete both. These would make great gifts for yourself or friends! 😊
Needle Felt Teacup Garden or Scene
In this fun workshop you will learn the basics of needle felting while creating a charming fairy garden, village, or scene inside a teacup. These can be used decoratively or as a pincushion. Needle felting is a fun, creative and inexpensive fiber craft in which wool fleece or roving is sculpted using special barbed needles. You will learn a variety of needle felting techniques, create your very own original piece, and go home with all the materials you need to continue felting! This project has many elements and is fast paced but still beginner friendly.
Needle Felted Mushrooms
Students will learn basic needle felting techniques as they make their own needle felted magical mushroom complete with wood base. This mushroom is great as a decoration or to be used as a pin cushion. Be creative or as basic as you would like.
Needle Felted Pumpkins
Students will learn basic needle felting techniques as they make their own wooly pumpkin friend.
Needle-felt an adorable alpaca to enhance your home decor or even use as a pincushion! Students will learn basics of needle-felting as well as how to add special features to this sweet whimsical creation. Kit includes the ribbon and fringe trim.
Needle-felt a wooly gnome to use as a pincushion or to add a touch of whimsy to your home decor! A fun class for all skill levels; kits available in assorted colors. We'll wet-felt a wool ball for his nose, a technique you can also use to make jewelry, acorns and more!
Nuno Felt Art Vest
You're the designer of an art vest as you create this A-line fashion statement. This project is the perfect introduction to creating garments in nuno felt, as it is made flat.
Nuno Felt Garment Making
So you would really like to learn nuno felt garment making but are not sure how to proceed. Here's the class that will teach you how to make a dress, a circle vest and a coat! A discussion will follow on how to make patterns in any size.
Nuno Leaf Scarf
Like falling leaves, this nuno felt scarf is a one-of-a-kind wearable art statement. Choose between several color combinations in the kits provided.
Painting with Wool
Fun, Creative and Relaxing!!! Easy enough for a beginner, but still enjoyable for an experienced felter. This workshop is designed to inspire & ignite your creative side and give you the confidence to enjoy the process of creating something beautiful.Join us in this exciting workshop and learn the basics of Needle Felting or how to “paint” and “sculpt” with wool fibers. You will learn a variety of needle felting techniques, create your very own original piece, and go home with all the materials you need to continue felting! These techniques can then be used to create many different items including 3-D sculptures, wool paintings, jewelry, ornaments, embellishments and more. In addition to basic skills, we will explore the special qualities of wool and other fibers, and more advanced skills such as blending colors, layering, perspective, and more.NEVER MADE ANYTHING BEFORE? That’s OK - needle felting is the perfect craft for you. It is quick and easy to learn the basics, not messy, doesn’t require expensive equipment or a lot of space, and it’s fun for all skill levels.
Sheep or Peacock Felted Table Topper/ Mug Rug (Needle & Wet Felted)
Join new fiber friends as we create these one of a kind sheep or peacock mug rugs. They are so much fun to make and simple too! You can use them under your favorite cup of tea or coffee or just for decoration. No animals are harmed to create these adorable mug rugs! 😊
Wool Bead Earrings
Create your own beautiful wool bead earrings as you learn to wet-felt wool beads using wool fibers along with sparkly Angelina fibers to add a touch of bling! We'll make 2 pairs of earrings using instructor's wide variety of novelty beads in your choice of colors. A fun & easy class for all skill levels. Instructor will bring other wool bead jewelry pieces for inspiration.
Color Blending for Everyone –Simple Tools for Color Effects
Blending of wool and other fibers to achieve different color effects is possible using almost any type of tool that can be used for fiber preparation. This includes everything from simple pet combs and dog brushes to more specific tools like hand cards, blending boards and combs. Come and explore the wonder of color effects from streaks and swirls to true optical blending. Samples of color blends and resulting yarns will be available for viewing and discussion. Handouts will be provided.
Fiber-ology (What to look for at a Fleece Sale)
Thinking about purchasing fiber? Wondering how to pick out a great fleece? Curious about what is involved in preparing your own fleece? Should you process it yourself or send it to a mill? What are your options? Fiber quality and preparation makes a huge difference in your final product. Knowing your options will allow you to control the process and achieve the outcome you desire.
Gettin’ Batty with It: Art-Batt Tools and Techniques
What is an art batt? How might you make one? What can you do with it, and why would you want to? How does a dog comb come into the fiber-prep picture? And what in the world is a rolag? Come card with Q and learn answers to those questions–and more. Yes, we ARE batty for batts–and we think you will be as well!
The Wonder of Combing: Processing Fiber using Combs and Hackles
Have you ever looked at combs and wondered how and why they are used?, or perhaps avoided them completely because they look so dangerous. In this class, combs will be demystified. Combs are a versatile tool that serve well for making worsted spinning preparations, cleaning, and separating fibers and even color blending.
All About Brioche
Reversible brioche patterns can seem daunting but with a few extensions of knitting and purling skills, you too can be creating those irresistible two-color designs. In this extended session, learn to cast on for brioche, work the basic brioche stitch and then dive into the increases and decreases that make the magic happen. Along the way, learn troubleshooting skills for the things that commonly happen with brioche. By the end of the day, you'll leave with a firm understanding of the skills needed to tackle almost any brioche project.
Beginning Knitting – Everybody CAN Knit! (A - Wednesday)
Have you ever wanted to join that elusive group of people called “KNITTERS”? Have you wondered what the “World Wide Knit in Public Day” is all about? Have you previously taken a knit class and been told you ought to take up Bull Riding instead? This THIS is the class for YOU! When you leave this class, you will proudly be able to say: “I CAN knit”!!!!
Beginning Knitting – Everybody CAN Knit! (B - Saturday)
Build a Better Garter Tab Shawl
Learn a simplified way to make a garter tab to start a triangle or crescent shawl. Method requires just one circular needle, and no stitch pickup. Practice basics of triangle and crescent shawl construction, and how to adapt other garter tab instructions. Discuss stretchy bind-off options, including picot and sideways lace.
The shape of this wrap is inspired by woven wraps created at the Crossnore School in Western North Carolina. Worked in lace, the wrap is a rectangle with a twist at the join resulting in a wrap appearance in the front with more coverage in the back. While the lace may look complicated, there are only 3 lines of pattern, one of which is ribbing. The cast on is provisional so the garment may be joined while completing rectangle. The last few border stitches are grafted together for a seamless appearance. The natural waves of the edges both frame the face elegantly in the front, and nest together at the join. This class mini version shows all aspects of construction. Class includes a free Ravelry download of the full size version.
Ever wanted to embellish your knitting with a monogram or crest, or perhaps your child's artwork? Learn the art of duplicate stitch in the class as we work a small motif that may be used as a rug mug. Then, using your own picture, and a download of my specially created tracing paper, create a personalized guide to duplicate stitch your design to your (or other) knitting.
Edgy, Easiest Entrelac Ever
Have you been wanting to learn entrelac, or tried and been confused by triangles and different slants? “Edgy” takes full advantage of the intrinsic shape of the rectangles to create a zig zag edge, with no need to learn any triangles. The rectangles are all worked in k1, p1 ribbing, and stitches are picked up using my 'double half stitch pickup' method for a fully reversible scarf. Because there is no right side or wrong side, all rectangles slant in the same direction, so most of them are identical, and the few rectangles with slight variations are easy to learn. If you want to master the basic structure of entrelac, this is the easiest way! Edgy debuted at Rhinebeck 2014 and quickly shot to #1 on Ravelry’s “Hot Right Now” list. Join the fun.
Fixing Mistakes in Stranded (Fair Isle) Knitting
This class is for knitters who have made mistakes in their gorgeous stranded colorwork project and want to give up. Wrong color in the right place? One round too many? Or too few? Do you need to rip it out and start again? Not always. Let’s look at the possibilities of correcting mistakes in your colorwork knitting. For this class, student will work on a homework swatch with mistakes built in. We will correct these missteps in class.
Free Range Exploration of Two Pointed Techniques
“Free Range Exploration of Two Pointed Techniques”: You don’t have to use the same skein of yarn row after row after row, in the same usual way. If you are up for an exploration without boundaries, come and explore with us. You will design the knitted fabric for your creation with an array of yarns intertwined, with the magic of circular and double pointed needles, to create a one-of-a-kind fabric for your scarf, shawl, pillow, or placemat! We will explore working with multiple colors, textures, stitches, and sizes of fiber as well as the joys of knitting from both ends of a circular or two pointed needle. Please note that only swatches are created in this workshop. Free Range Knitting is Mary Sue’s encouraging practice of using simple instructions with creativity hints to allow and encourage her student to go boldly into creating with their own unique style.
Free Range Exploration of Double Knits
“Free Range Exploration of Double Knits”: Double knitting is a fun technique for Intermediate knitters that brings depth and color to knitting. Learn how to knit ‘on both sides’ with one and two colors. It will be easier if you practice your Continental Knitting prior to the class but is not required. Bring two of your favorite contrasting, colored, same-size yarns with appropriate-sized needles and learn how to knit two sides with one pass! Please note that only two swatches are created in this workshop. Free Range Knitting is Mary Sue’s encouraging practice of using simple instructions with creativity hints to allow and encourage her student to go boldly into creating with their own unique style.
Free Range Knitted Handwarmer Design
“Free Range Knitted Hand Warmer Design”: You can’t knit with cold hands! Learn how to design your unique knitted hand warmers. The instructions are customizable for different stitch patterns and can be as easy or as intricate as you decide. Free Range Knitting is Mary Sue’s encouraging practice of using simple instructions with creativity hints to allow and encourage her student to go boldly into creating with their own unique style.
German Short Rows; Eins, Zwei, Drei German Short Rows; Eins, Zwei, Drei
German Short Rows involve no wraps, pins, or other accessories. At the short row turn, the yarn is slipped to create a double stitch. This double stitch is a real ugly duckling, visibly bigger than all the surrounding stitches. However, just as the ugly duckling transformed into a beautiful swan, the double stitch, when worked in a subsequent row, transforms, filling the short row gap beautifully on the front and back of your work. Learn to work German Short Rows in stockinette and garter stitch as you make a coffee koozie. Learn how to fix them if the unthinkable happens and your double stitch goes rogue. Finally, the class will also cover places to use German short rows, how they compare to other short row methods, and how to substitute them in patterns, including a side-by-side comparison of substituting in a short row heel.
Holding Yarn w/ Two Hands for Stranded Colorwork Knitting
This class is for the knitter who has always wanted to learn how to carry yarns in two hands when knitting Colorwork/Fair Isle designs. This 2-hour class will take the mystery out of this traditional way to manage your yarns for stranded colorwork knitting. Holding yarns in two hands also helps keep your yarns from twisting so you will not lose time straightening everything out. Evening out your tension, as well as catching long floats will also be discussed.
Inside Out, Casting On in the Center
Some projects are worked best from the inside out, and we'll look at several ways to cast on in the middle of your work. The Pinhole Cast-on, worked into a slip knot, is perfect for when just a few stitches are needed at the very center of a project. The provisional cord cast-on (PCCO), creates stitches, directly onto your needle(s), for working in both directions. Judy's Magic Cast-on is truly magic and may often replace the PCCO and other cast-ons. The crochet cast-on is very versatile; it mirrors a standard bind-off for a polished edge, it is easily added mid project where a long-tail cast-on is not an option, and when worked with waste yarn unzips later to reveal provisional stitches. We will cover the crochet cast-on for lefties and righties. Class will involve a small amount of knitting in the round, but it is not necessary to learn cast-ons.
Intro To Lace Knitting
Lace knitting adds beautiful detail to projects but requires more techniques than basic knit and purl. Today’s patterns document them in charts that seem mysterious until you know how to read them. Learn the foundational skills needed to create lace and how to easily read lace charts to prepare yourself for any lace project. Your sample from class can be used as a dishcloth or trivet.
Knit Socks that Fit
Nothing is better than a hand knit sock that fits but many sock patterns assume one size fits all. A little knowledge makes it easy to customize any sock pattern to your one-of-a-kind foot. We'll start with taking measurements and then customize each part of a sock to ensure success on your next sock knitting adventure.
Knitting in the Round; 5, 6, 7? Ways
Knitting in the round has many advantages, especially eliminating seams, and often purling. Most knitters are aware of traditional dpns, magic loop, and possibly 2 circulars, but what about slipped stitches and special dpns; curved or FlexiFlips (CraSy Trio)? Learn or polish your skills with magic loop, 2 circulars, dpns, and slipped stitches (especially good for small circumferences). Experiment with FlexiFlips, curved dpns, and 9" circulars and see if you like them before making the investment. Compare the pros and cons of different methods, and when you might want to use which. We will also cover joining to work in the round, avoiding the dreaded twist, and a quick fix to camuflauge a twist if you catch it early.
Looking for a new scarf shape with an alternative to ruffles? Lear to knit this bold scarf that takes full advantage of entrelac’s natural shape to mimic a castle rampart and channel your inner warrior, royalty, or both! Rampart looks great in solids or in color changing yarns, both long and short repeats. It works with any yarn weight from fingering to bulky, and uses 400 yards no matter which you choose. If you want a longer or shorter scarf, or like to play yarn chicken with your stash, Rampart is easily modified. All blocks are worked over 6 stitches in 1x1 rib. For picking up stitches, my Double Half Stitch Pickup method, make the pickup disappear into the rib to make Rampart truly reversible. While some experience with entrelac is helpful, block-by-block diagrams make it possible for new entrelac knitters to follow along too. Entrelac is the knitting equivalent of playing with Legos, just work tiny rectangles and stack them up, with no seaming required.
Ribbings and Edging for Added Color
The class is designed for the knitter who wants to add a bit of color to single-colored garments or to continue the color from a multi-colored masterpiece. During class, students will explore 10 styles of colored edgings and then choose 2 or 3 to work on during class time. A handout, including swatch instructions of all 10 styles, will be provided to take home. Styles include corrugated ribbing in multiple colors…in three variations, picot edging in multiple colors in two variations, as well as edgings that don’t curl without using a garter stitch or a knit-purl combination ribbing. Some of these you may have seen before and wondered how they are worked. Some may be new to you. All are fun to work and will add a dash of color to your knitting.
Stranded Colorwork (Fair Isle) - getting started
The class is designed to help the knitter who wants to try stranded colorwork knitting. You’ve seen all of those lovely stranded and Fair Isle designs and want to be able to cast one on for yourself. In this class, students will be working on a simple colorwork cowl…no increases…no decreases…no shaping…simple. The design was created to use color to create motifs with only two colors on one round. To be able to jump right in, there is homework. Yes, there are a lot of stitches to cast on. No, you probably will not be able to finish the project in class. You will, however, start to create muscle memory for a new technique and learn enough to finish the cowl on your own...at your own speed. Warning: this is an extremely addictive form of knitting!
Stranded Colorwork (Fair Isle) - next steps
This class is for the knitter who wants to continue the journey into stranded colorwork knitting. You know the basic concepts. Two colors per round. Following a chart. But you’ve seen some basic Fair Isle motifs and want to put them to use. And how do you work simple increases and decreases and maintain the colorwork pattern? These questions and more will be covered in class. Students will work on a headband with a classic Fair Isle motif which can be expanded into a hat…for those who just can’t stop this addictive form of knitting.
Stranded Colorwork (Fair Isle) - deep dive
The class is designed for the knitter who has found the joys of stranded colorwork knitting, but after working stranded and Fair Isle patterns, still have some questions. How long do you leave the tails? Is there a way around weaving in all of those ends? Can I untangle the ever-twisting yarns? What is yarn dominance? How do I get rid of long floats in the back? This class will answer these questions and more using a discussion format that covers over 20 topics related to stranded colorwork knitting. Students should bring yarn and needles to help further explore the solutions to these deep dive questions.
How many single socks have you knit? Never have another single sock with no mate by learning to knit them two at a time for a perfect matching set. We'll make two worsted weight miniature socks to give you all the techniques you need to make any pattern two-at-a-time.
Using Steek Stitches
The class is designed for the knitter who is interested in the use of steek stitches. Maybe you’ve watched all of the steeking videos. Maybe you’ve even cut one yourself. But you are still not convinced your stitches are not going to run. Or perhaps that cut steek looks a bit untidy for your heirloom masterpiece. In this class, we will look at how and why steek stitches are used, a variety of methods to secure those unsightly steek flaps as well as how to pick up stitches along the edge of the steek which will add to the security of the cut openings. All without losing a stitch!
What Do I Do Now?!?? Fixing And Preventing Knitting Mistakes
Every knitter has those moments when they realize that something just isn’t looking right. Learn strategies to fix mistakes in a variety of knitting projects to make it look like nothing ever happened without having to start over and gain tips to prevent problems in the first place.
Hands on Angora Rabbits
Have you seen angora rabbits and been captivated by their beauty and lovely soft fiber? In this class you'll have the opportunity to handle the different breeds of angora rabbit, learning what makes each breed and their fiber unique. We'll talk about care and grooming, as well as angora fiber preparation, blending and dyeing. There will also be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.
Introduction to Embroidery
Embroidery is a decorative technique that’s making a comeback. From historic designs pulled from museum collections to whimsical images by modern designers, there’s a variety of images that one can create with fabric, colorful threads, and a needle. This class will teach you several common stitches used for embroidery (including backstitch, satin, stem stitch, and French knots), along with the skills needed to start a project (how to thread a needle, knot your thread, and tension your hoop). Time to practice stitches and how to troubleshoot common problems will also be part of the class.
I've Got This Yarn...
We've all got mystery yarn that we can't identify, don't know how much we have, and don't know what to do with it. Bring some yarns and learn the tips and tricks to figure out what you have and what it can do.
Punch Needle - Basics
Get ready for your newest craft addiction! While this traditional embroidery technique has been around for centuries it has recently come back in a big and modern way in the crafting community. Learn beginner punch needle techniques as you design and make your own unique piece in this fun and relaxing workshop. Due to the wonderful detail you can create, punch needle embroidery is often called painting with thread. It is a form of embroidery worked with a special punch needle that creates different sized loops on the front of the fabric. This craft is easy to learn, gives quick results and makes stunning textile art. You'll work on a small design (approximately 7”-9"), use a punch needle tool to embroider an image with yarn, and gain the know-how to create more pieces on your own! The skills learned can also be used to make wall hangings, pillows, rugs, and more! Alesia will teach you everything you need to know to get started with this meditative and relaxing craft. Beginners are welcome – no experience is required, and all materials included. ***Punch Needle designs can be worked with yarn or embroidery thread. The technique is the same, but the tools are different. Students will have the option to choose which they would prefer. Additional punch needle tools/fabric can be purchased if you want to try both.
Beginning Drop Spindle (A - Fri. 8-9)
Here is your chance to learn the centuries-old art of creating yarn on a wood drop spindle. Step-by-step process ensures understanding and success. We'll also cover some basics of wool types and preparation. Each student will leave with a new skill, Spindle, and extra wool roving so you can keep spinning!
Beginning Drop Spindle (B - Fri. 6-7)
Beginning Drop Spindle (C - Sat. 8-9)
Beginning Drop Spindle (D Sat. 4-5)
Beginning Spinning on Spinning Wheel (A - Fri. 9-1) [Sold Out]
Do you ever wonder how yarn is made? Twist the fibers and you will make yarn. Guaranteed! Learn the basics of a spinning wheel (double treadle Lendrums wheels will be provided for you in class). Learn how to draft the fibers and allow the twisted fibers to slide through your fingers onto the spool. Learn how to change spools, spin more fiber onto a second spool and then ply the two spools of singles together. You will make yarn. You will learn how to measure your finished yarn on a NIddy Noddy. Take home your first homespun skein of yarn and enjoy. All you need to bring is patience and a smile
Beginning Spinning on Spinning Wheel (B - Fri. 2-6)
Beginning Spinning on Spinning Wheel (C - Sat. 8-12)
Beginning Spinning on Spinning Wheel (D - Sat 1-5)
Electric Sheep: Basic Experiential e-Spinning (A - Thurs.)
Tempted by spinning but not sure a regular wheel’s for you? Intrigued by the idea of making just the yarn you want but not sure where you’d put a wheel if you had one? Feet/knees not doing what you want as painlessly as they used to, making the whole treadling part of wheel spinning look less than fun? Take an e-spinner for, well, a spin! Try several out in this experiential, process-oriented class for folks just starting their spinning journey. E-spinners are small, tabletop-friendly, juiced up and ready to go–you might discover one that’s just right for you!
Electric Sheep: Basic Experiential e-Spinning (B - Fri.)
Explore the Core
Corespinning is a fun, versatile art yarn technique. In this class, you’ll learn how to corespin as well as how to manipulate and combine it with a variety of art yarn techniques to create unique and exciting textured yarns.
Introduction to Spinning Cellulose Fibers
Have you been spinning protein fibers (wool, camelid, or silk), and are now curious about spinning cellulose fibers (cotton, flax, and other plant fibers)? This class will give you the chance to start exploring. In addition to discussing fiber preparation techniques and the types of cellulose fibers available to spinners today, the class will cover spinning singles yarn, why to ply your yarn (or not), and some common issues encountered while spinning this fiber.
Introduction to Spinning Flax on a Spinning Wheel
Have you been using a spinning wheel to spin protein fibers (wool, camelid, or silk), and are curious about spinning flax? This class will give you the chance to start exploring this interesting bast fiber. In addition to discussing fiber preparation techniques and the types of flax fibers available to spinners today, the class will cover spinning singles yarn, why to ply your yarn (or not), and some common issues encountered while spinning this fiber.
Introduction to Supported Spindle Spinning
Are you interested in learning to spin, but don’t have the space or interest in a spinning wheel right now? Are you interested in making your spinning projects easier to transport? Are you looking to spin very fine/fluffy yarn that you’re afraid won’t hold together with a drop spindle? Whether you’re a beginning spinner or an experienced spinner looking to expand or refresh your skills, this is the class for you. This class will focus on spinning with a supported spindle, and cover fiber preparation, spinning singles yarn, winding yarn off your spindle, plying, and some common issues encountered while spinning on a supported spindle.
Spinning for Structure - An Introduction to Novelty Yarns
This class is all about thinking outside the 2-ply worsted box of spinning! Students will learn to design their own yarns using structure. Using the text, “The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs,” students will first learn the overall categories of yarn structures. Students will then sample the designs using small increments of spinning fiber on their own wheels to learn to execute the structures. Students will be able to view sample skeins or swatches of most of the categories of structures and will be able to discuss pros and cons of each, along with which breeds of wool or other fiber animals offer best fiber qualities for structures. This class will be big on thinking through hand spinning beyond simply making yarn and more about conceptual use of your hand spun yarn. It will also be heavy on learning new techniques, so a good understanding of basic hand spinning skills will be necessary. Please be familiar with your spinning wheel or e-spinner. Please do not bring a new-to-you device or a wheel that is malfunctioning. This class will be intense and long, so bring your patience, your spinning wheel, and be ready to blow the world of spinning wide open!
The Yarn of Choice - Designing and Documenting Your Handspun Yarns
As handspinners grow and learn to make new yarns, they often document their yarns, both to preserve their knowledge and make it possible to recreate the yarn in the future, if needed. This course is designed to assist hand spinners in building a system to design intentional yarns, document the created masterpieces, and develop a better understanding of the yarn industry as it currently exists. This course is heavy in handouts, will inspect some existing systems of yarn documentation, and will include worksheets to help the students begin to build their own systems, designed for their own particular needs. Students will need to bring samples of their own hand spun yarns, and be ready to begin building a system.
Introduction to Drop Spindle Spinning
Are you interested in learning to spin, but don’t have the space or interest in a spinning wheel right now? Are you interested in making your spinning projects easier to transport? Whether you’re a beginning spinner or an experienced spinner looking to expand or refresh your skills, this is the class for you. In addition to discussing the types of drop spindles available and some fiber preparation techniques, the class will cover spinning singles yarn, winding yarn off your spindle, plying, and some common issues encountered while spinning on a drop spindle.
An Introduction to weaving a strap on the Inkle Loom
Learn to weave a strap using this unique and ancient loom: the inkle loom! Straps are super useful and can be found on many everyday items. This class will walk beginning students through parts of the inkle loom, how to read a weaving draft, dressing the loom for weaving, weaving a small strap, and brainstorming ideas of what to do with finished strap.
Continuing Your Freestyle Weaving Journey
Weave your joy! Maybe you’ve done a little weaving in the freestyle world, and you find it speaks to your heart. Now you’re ready to learn some new techniques to add to your free spirited toolbox as you continue down your weaving path. Invite this class into your life!
Freestyle Weaving for the Creative Spirit
Weave your heart! Learn to weave freestyle and free-spirited on a simple floor loom. Honor your own inner sense of beauty and truth as you play with color, texture, and technique, and come away with a unique piece of woven art that reflects your creative spirit (yes, you absolutely do have one!).
Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom
(Must also sign up for Planning for Weaving)If you want to dip your toes into weaving, a rigid heddle loom is where to start! Rigid heddle looms are unspoken heroes in the weaving world and can offer a great deal of versatility. In this class, students will pick up where they left in the Planning for Weaving Class and begin to dress their rigid heddle loom, then begin weaving their first project. Students will walk away with the knowledge to keep building their weaving experience and inspiration to weave whatever they want in the future!
Planning for Weaving: A Prerequisite to Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Rigid heddle looms are unspoken heroes in the weaving world and can offer a great deal of versatility. But first, let’s take the time to learn how to design your first project. This class will prepare students for the Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom by walking them through the designing phase. Students will follow a worksheet used by most weavers to plan out their projects. Learning to plan your own projects from the beginning opens the door to a wide and wonderful world of weaving where the student’s own limitations are their own imaginations. This class is a prerequisite for the Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom, but it is not limited to those students. If you are a beginning weaver and want to learn to plan and design your own weaving projects on a rigid heddle or floor loom, you are welcome in this class.
Peg Loom Weaving
Come learn the basics of peg loom weaving while creating a beautiful woven piece that can be used as a scarf, wall hanging or more. Peg loom weaving is a fun, easy to learn technique and great for all ages and abilities. It is a basic and ancient form of weaving. While no one knows for sure when these popular and simple looms were first used, some believe that peg loom weaving is a technique used by the early Vikings and European settlers. Peg Looms are so simple to use that anyone can create beautiful and useful woven items, including rugs, doormats, wall hangings, scarves, bags, baskets, blankets, wearable art and more. It is an ideal way to use a variety of yarns, fleece, and roving; or you can up-cycle recycled fabric, t-shirts, and even plastic bags.
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