March 8-13, 2023
This registration site has basic class descriptions. Please refer to https://carolinafiberfest.org/workshops-2023/ for Required Skills, Materials Students Should Bring and Homework.
Introduction to Supported Spindle Spinning - Hannah Smith [Sold Out]
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.
Working with Breed-Specific Yarns - Kerry Bullock-Ozkan [Sold Out]
Are you curious about breed specific yarns? What’s special about them anyway? This class will cover types of sheep breeds and their characteristics - from silky shine to next to skin softness. We will discuss where to find breed specific yarns and how to best use them, and participants will have a chance to swatch with 3-4 breed specific yarns from our region.
Free Range Design and Knit Triangular Shawls - MarySue Moore [Sold Out]
“Free Range Design and Knit Triangular Shawls”; Most LYSs have a colloquial pattern for an irregular, triangular shawl that shows off their special pattern for creating this traditional garment. It may have lace, it may have special fiber, it may have a special stitch. This Beginner to Intermediate class is easy enough for beginners and challenging enough for intermediate knitters. You will learn to design your own unique shawl through construction of shawl edges, fabric, and finishing. Shawls can be designed in many styles and fibers. We will begin your creative shawl in the workshop! Bring your needles and yarn and learn how to make your special shawl. 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.
Freeform Crochet Denim Tote - Lisa Doherty [Sold Out]
Turn a plain, purchased denim or canvas tote into a zippy freeform crochet tote to carry your yarn projects around in style. We'll use simple motifs and textural stitches to make this one of a kind tote. If you're so inclined, this is a great opportunity to use some of those novelty yarns lurking in your stash.
An Introduction to weaving a strap on the Inkle Loom - Grace McFetters Caldwell - BORROW A LOOM [Sold Out]
Same class as below - but I NEED TO BORROW A LOOM. Learn to weave a strap using this unique and ancient loom: the inkle loom! Straps are super useful and surround us in 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.Students Will Learn: The basics of weaving on an inkle loom, dressing a loom for a weave plan, weaving techniques, and finishing a strap techniques.
An Introduction to weaving a strap on the Inkle Loom (Bringing my own loom)- Grace McFetters Caldwell - BRINGING LOOM [Sold Out]
Same class as above - same time - I agree that I AM BRINGING MY LOOM
Double Knit Mug Rug - Karen McFetters [Sold Out]
Have you seen beautiful reversable double-knit patterns, but felt intimidated and didn’t know where to begin? You aren’t alone. Come join fellow knitters as we learn the basics of double knitting in this easy-to-follow class. We will knit a beautiful reversable Mug Rug that will impress your friends the next time they stop by for a cup of tea or a mug of hot cocoa. When you leave this class with your completed mug rug, you will be ready to take on a full-size double-knit scarf, cowl or other project.
Explore the Core [Sold Out]
Take a deep dive into core-spinning. We’ll explore multiple approaches to spinning this technique for effect, as well as combining it with other art yarn techniques for truly spectacular textured yarns.
Wool Applique Wall Hanging (There’s always one) - Grace McFetters Caldwell [Sold Out]
This four-patch wall hanging tapestry sums up the sheep personality! Learn to use hand stitching to applique sheep onto a wall hanging and enjoy the shenanigans that only sheep can provide!
Knit Your Own Sheep Hat - Karen McFetters [Sold Out]
Ever fancy yourself a sheep or are young at heart and just love wearing fun hats? Then this is the class for you. Join us in this fun class as we work on and improve our basic knitting skills.
Choosing a Sweater Size - Kerry Bullock-Ozkan [Sold Out]
Despite what most patterns indicate, using your full bust measurement isn’t always the best way to choose your sweater size. In this workshop, we’ll discuss alternative measurements to consider in choosing your size. We’ll talk about different sweater construction, how to compare your measurements to a pattern schematic, and which alterations can be made easily for a better fit.
All About Brioche - Amie Palmer [Sold Out]
Reversible brioche patterns can seem complex but just require an extension of knitting and purling skills. In this extended session, learn to cast on for brioche, work the basic brioche stitches 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.
Free Range Design and Crochet Triangular Shawls - MarySue Moore [Sold Out]
“Free Range Design and Crochet Triangular Shawls”; Most LYSs have a colloquial pattern for an irregular, triangular shawl that shows off their special pattern for creating this traditional garment. It may have lace, it may have special fiber, it may have a special stitch. This Beginner to Intermediate class is easy enough for beginners and challenging enough for intermediate crocheters. You will learn to design your own unique shawl through construction of shawl edges, fabric, and finishing. Shawls can be designed in many styles and fibers. We will begin your creative shawl in the workshop! Bring your needles and yarn and learn how to make your special shawl. Free Range Crocheting 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.
Beginning Knitting – Everybody CAN Knit! - Karen McFetters [Sold Out]
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”!!!!
Design a Sweater in the Round - Varian Brandon [Sold Out]
Interested in designing your own sweater to be knitted in the round? In this class, we will explore some basic concepts for knitting in the round from the bottom up using a classic drop and modified drop sleeve construction. Other sleeve construction methods will be discussed. Students will design a simple child’s sweater during class. Homework required.
Grasp Continental Knitting - Amy Wentley [Sold Out]
If you already knit using the English (throwing) or another method, this class is for you! Continental knitting is a style of knitting where you hold the yarn in your left hand and "pick" the yarn with your right needle. For some people, this turns out to be a faster way to knit. Also, if you experience hand, arm or shoulder pain when knitting, this method could be less painful. We will begin knitting a washcloth to practice knitting and purling using the Continental method.
Stranded Colorwork (Fair Isle) - Varian BrandonBeginning - [Sold Out]
The class explores the technique of Stranded Colorwork Knitting using a headband pattern which can be expanded into a hat…for those who just can’t stop this extremely addictive form of knitting. This is a beginning class for knitters who are fascinated with what can be accomplished using only two colors per one round.
Spinning Flax on a Drop Spindle - Hannah Smith [Sold Out]
Have you been using a drop spindle 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.
Wet-felted Wooly Leaf Wrap [Sold Out]
Students will wet-felt a leaf-shaped scarf with a lacy effect that's all in the layout! Kits will be available in several colors to make this beauty in merino wool and novelty fibers. A fun class for all! As is often the case in wet-felting classes, some physical exertion is required.
Ecoprint on Silk and Wool Naturally [Sold Out]
Learn how to create beautiful natural plants designs directly from Nature on silk and wool naturally! Ecoprinting (also known as botanical printing) involves collecting leaves, plants and flowers to imprint their images directly upon protein fibers using 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.
Stained Glass Shawl [Sold Out]
Inspired by colorful cathedral windows, the Stained Glass Shawl is created by deconstructing yardage of hand-painted silk gauze and piecing them back together using mosaic nuno felt techniques. This is a full day class, and students come away with a completed (damp) shawl. Choose between full spectrum of colors, or neutrals in your materials kit.
Mosaic Crochet [Sold Out]
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.Students Will Learn: Students will learn both inset and overlay mosaic crochet - the technique and reading the charts. Also an inset mosaic border.
Hands on Angora Rabbits [Sold Out]
: 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.
Oops! Now What Do I Do? [Sold Out]
You too can be a knitting surgeon! This class will teach you how to fix mistakes. We will explore and practice how to use a lifeline, when to frog (i.e. rip back), when to tink (unknit backward), and when to drop stitches and pick them up. You’ll even practice how to correct an incorrectly crossed cable. This class is always empowering!
Stranded Colorwork (Fair Isle) - Beyond Beginning [Sold Out]
You have taken a beginning stranded colorwork class and have more 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. Students will work on a two color swatch as we explore solutions to these beyond beginning questions.
Intro to Crochet [Sold Out]
Fun crochet patterns are surging in popularity! Learn how to start a project and form the basic stitches of chaining, single, and double crochet. We’ll make two coasters, one round and one square, to give you the skills you need to get started with this quick and addictive craft.
Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs [Sold Out]
A well-planned and executed cast on and bind off can take a piece of hand knitting from just ‘nice’ to ‘professional’. Join us as we learn a few of the more decorative ways to begin and end our knitting.
Short Rows around the World [Sold Out]
Discover three different ways to work short rows, a technique for shaping knitted fabric. We’ll explore the Wrap-and-Turn method, German Short Rows, and Japanese Short Rows. We’ll also discuss how to substitute one for the other in your patterns. Join us for a short trip around the world!
The Wonder of Combing: Processing Fiber using Combs and Hackles [Sold Out]
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.
Wool Bead Earrings [Sold Out]
Students will wet-felt wool beads in their choice of colors and join them with assorted novelty beads to make 2 unique pairs of earrings.
Seeing Red: Working with Madder and Cochineal as Dyestuffs [Sold Out]
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.
Peg Loom Weaving [Sold Out]
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.
Beginning Drop Spindle - Friday 9-10am [Sold Out]
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!
Wool Geode Zipper Necklace [Sold Out]
Students will create an exquisite one-of-a-kind necklace of wool beads, a felted wool geode, and novelty beads on a zipper base. They'll wet-felt wool beads of fibers and sparkly Angelina and then choose their harmonizing components from the instructor's "bead buffet". Each extraordinary art piece will be unique; kits available in all colors.
Ecoprint in Color on Silk and Wool [Sold Out]
Learn how to imprint beautiful Plant designs from Nature plus 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!
Collage Nuno Felt Scarf [Sold Out]
: If you enjoy puzzles, you will love this class. Techniques perfect for using recycled silk fabrics. Wearable art samples will be presented, no two scarves turn out alike!
Punch Needle with Yarn [Sold Out]
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. 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.
Seeing Double Knitting [Sold Out]
Double-knitting (i.e. reversible stockinette) is an unfairly feared technique that produces a flat fabric with no wrong side. While it can be used for a whole garment, it also works great for button bands, collars, hoods, or other areas where both sides will show. And it makes fabulous color work blankets with no floats waiting to be snagged! If you can knit 1×1 ribbing, you are ready to learn basic two-color, negative mirror-image, stockinette-on-both-sides double-knitting.
Converting Flat to "In The Round" [Sold Out]
Flat garment patterns. Flat stitch patterns. Both can be converted to knit in the round. In the class, we will go over the concepts of circular knitting and work through translating patterns for in the round knitting using circular or double pointed needles. After going through a flat to in the round conversion as a class, students will work on the translation of a simple pattern for themselves.
I've got this yarn... [Sold Out]
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. Learn the tips and tricks to figure out what you have and what it can do.
Sweaters That Fit [Sold Out]
Have you ever knitted a sweater that ended up not fitting nicely? You matched gauge, and followed the pattern precisely, and it ended up too tight in the bust, or way too loose, or with armholes that were too deep? You are not alone!! There are some key measurements to look for - not only in the pattern you want to knit, but on your own body - that can make or break how the finished sweater fits you. Learn what to look for in a pattern to minimize these disappointments, how to choose the correct size to knit, and how and where to modify a pattern to end up with a sweater you adore!
Beginning Spinning on Spinning Wheel Friday 12-3 [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
Knit a Reversible Cabled Shawl [Sold Out]
Learn how to knit a completely reversible shawl using reversible cable techniques. We will explore what makes cables reversible, as well as other reversible knit and purl stitch patterns, while knitting a cozy spring accessory that is easily adjustable in size.
Beginner Tunisian Crochet
Create a simple swatch using two Tunisian Crochet stitches to be used as a coaster. You will learn how to make your first row, Forward Pass, Return Pass, Tunisian Simple Stitch, & Tunisian Knit Stitch. Tunisian Crochet is an exciting way to expand your stitching knowledge to create knit-like garments and accessories.
Beginning Drop Spindle 2-3pm [Sold Out]
: 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!
Two-At-A-Time-Socks [Sold Out]
How many single socks have you knit? Never have another single sock without a mate by learning to knit them two at a time for a perfect matching set. We'll make two worsted weight top-down miniature socks to give you all the techniques you need to make any pattern two-at-a-time.
Sheep Mug Rug (Needle Felted) [Sold Out]
Join new fiber friends as we create these fun and festive sheep 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! 😊
Knit Faster with Combination Knitting [Sold Out]
Do you dread 1×1 ribbing? Are your ssk decreases less tidy than your k2tog? Are you a continental knitter who hates purling? Do you have trouble working make1-left and make1-right? Learn how to combination knit and when to use it to make your knitting both more pleasant to do and more beautiful as a finished product.
No Alcohol Needed - Intro to Steek Stitches [Sold Out]
In this class, we will explore the use of steek stitches and how to secure them (or not) both before and after cutting. Students will come to class with a homework swatch which will be cut during class time. The easiest way to get over your fear is to just do it! Then you can and move on to enjoying the benefits of this historic construction technique. The alcohol will then be less of a fortification and more of a celebration! Homework required.
A Sampling of Sock Heels [Sold Out]
Did you know there are a TON of sock heel options out there? There are so many heels to choose from! Join us as we explore several different types of heels and analyze their pros and cons. We will cover cuff-down and toe-up options, so there will be a heel for every type of sock knitter!
Beginning Spinning on Spinning Wheel Friday 4-7 [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
Different View Cowl [Sold Out]
Are you interested in this year’s featured crochet design, the Different View Cowl? This workshop is going to focus on techniques and construction used in the pattern. We may not be able to make the whole cowl in a 2 hr class, but how about trying out the pattern in a smaller design? You get to learn all the techniques to you need to make the whole cowl. And BONUS you’ll finish a cute armband/bracelet that you can take home with you! Once you finish this class you’ll be confident you can master the full pattern. If you finish your armband early, then bring yarn with you to start the full-sized cowl or start another armband!
Introduction to Spinning Flax on a Spinning Wheel [Sold Out]
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. Spinning wheels will *not* be provided - students should plan on bringing their own.
Scheherazade Intarsia [Sold Out]
Get the jump on this beautiful, adaptable pattern while learning basic intarsia! Students will learn how to make a stunning project using very simple tangle-free intarsia technique. Special graph paper for planning your project included in the handouts.
Knit Socks that Fit [Sold Out]
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.
Introduction to Drop Spindle Spinning Sat 8am - 10am [Sold Out]
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.
Beginning Spinning on Spinning Wheel Saturday 8-11 [Sold Out]
Beginner Crochet [Sold Out]
: Beginner crochet class allows even the most beginner students to learn how to make a foundation chain, single crochet, half double crochet, turn work, and change colors to create a beautiful piece for your home. Through repetition and completion of the project, the student will cement the techniques of basic crochet.
Fiber Prep: Rolags for Art Yarns [Sold Out]
Learn to make your own beautiful rolags to spin up into art yarns! This class will be an overview of how to make rolags, along with a few techniques for making specific art yarns. Students will also blend with a variety of staple length fibers and specialty fibers such as firestar, cotton, silks, wool, and more!
Felted Soap [Sold Out]
Have fun wet-felting soap with wool and silk fibers for a pretty and practical addition to your washroom - it's like a built-in loofah sponge! Felt 2 bars of soap in your choice of colors - one to keep, and one for a gift. A fun and easy class for all skill levels.
Needle Felted Pendant or Brooch [Sold Out]
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! 😊
Yoga for Makers & Creatives [Sold Out]
An interactive workshop bringing yoga breathing, movement & the meditative mindset to makers in order to balance and bring circulation to the muscles and joints and tap deeply into their own experience and power to create.
Holding Yarn w/ Two Hands for Stranded Colorwork Knitting [Sold Out]
If you have always wanted to learn how to carry your yarns in two hands when knitting Fair Isle designs but do not have much time for classes, then this class will take the mystery out of this traditional way to manage your yarns. Two-handed stranded colorwork also helps keep your yarns from twisting so you will not lose time straightening everything out. We will also talk about several methods for creating a swatch for colorwork.
Needle Felted Sheep [Sold Out]
Come make your own curly sheep! These needle felted sheep are a great beginner's project to learn simple needle felting techniques. We will be working with core wool, wool locks and adding some embroidery to detail their faces. Your supplies will go home with you so you can keep creating past the class.
Introduction to Versa Lace [Sold Out]
We love lace! We love the feminine allure of lace shawls and wraps and cowls and scarves. But we do not love the wrong sides of these garments. Phooey! What’s a knitter to do? Did you know you can convert many stockinette-based lace patterns into reversible lace patterns? No, this is not double-knitting, but you should already be comfortable with 1×1 ribbing and lace knitting. Handout includes the pattern for Juniperus ficus scarf.
Fixing Stranded (Fair Isle) Knitting [Sold Out]
Wrong color in the right place? One round too many? Or too few? 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. Homework required.
Understanding Grafting [Sold Out]
Grafting magically joins knitted pieces to look like they were knit as a single piece. It can seem intimidating and resources for stitch patterns other than stockinette are hard to find. During this class, we’ll take a deep dive into the rhyme and reason behind basic grafting and then learn how to deduce what to do with unobvious stitch patterns. We’ll even graft some lace! You’ll come away with skills to analyze how to graft practically anything.
Spindle Spinning for Kids! [Sold Out]
Bring the kiddos to learn how to spin their own yarn! This is going to be a blast to teach the young ones how to spin using a drop spindle! The students will take home a drop spindle, fiber to spin, and a small project bag to keep their new-found craft safe!
Combining Freeform and Traditional Crochet [Sold Out]
Freeform crochet is fabulous, but making an entire shawl or shawlette with it can be time consuming, and the result can be more dramatic than you might prefer for everyday use. Learn how to combine and balance freeform fabric with traditional crochet work to produce a very wearable accessory. Use your beautiful hand dyed fingering weight yarns to make this shawl or shawlette (size easily adjustable according to how many yards you have of your main color). The freeform section is great for your leftovers or mini skeins that look good together.
Color Blending for Everyone –Simple Tools for Color Effects [Sold Out]
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.
Felted "Peaceful Garden" Scarf [Sold Out]
Explore the joys of both needle-felting and wet-felting as you create a beautiful 50" wool/silk scarf using hand-dyed prefelts to get those nice crisp lines. Use instructor's "Peaceful Garden" pattern or your own unique design. A variety of scarf bases and pre-felts in all colors will be available to choose from.
Create your own Block Printed Tote Bag [Sold Out]
Carve your own design out of easy to carve rubber EZ cut block and print it onto a cotton canvas tote bag! A fun introductory class to the art of block printing. Learn the fundamentals of block printing. How to transfer a simple design onto your block, how to use a Speedball multi-headed tool to easily carve out and then ink your design to imprint onto paper and then a canvas tote bag. Students will leave with their own 19” x 14” x 5” heavy cotton tote bag imprinted with their own design as well as their handcrafted rubber block print stamp and several hand stamped prints on paper.
Felted Basket [Sold Out]
Baskets or bowls can be functional or decorative. In this class you will learn how to create a perfectly round basket with a wooden handle.
Punch Needle Embroidery [Sold Out]
Come learn the art of punch needle embroidery. This traditional embroidery technique has been around for centuries and has recently come back in a big and modern way in the crafting community. 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. In this workshop you will learn the basics of punch needle embroidery and receive step by step guidance on your project. * Please note: This is a punch needle with embroidery floss workshop, not to be confused with rug hooking with a hook & wool, or punch needle/punch hooking with yarn.
Drop Spindle Spinning with a Turkish Spindle [Sold Out]
Looking to explore a new type of drop spindle after getting the hang of a top or bottom whorl spindle? Just one of the many options is the Turkish spindle. This quick class for advanced beginners or more experienced spinners is your chance to experiment with this spindle type. We’ll cover how to choose and spin (and ply) with a Turkish spindle, wind a cop/turtle, and troubleshoot common issues.
Beginning Spinning on Spinning Wheel Saturday 12-3 [Sold Out]
Now How Do I Finish? [Sold Out]
Seams can bedevil even the best knitter and make a great project merely good. Tame the beast now! In this class students will seam stockinette stitch, garter stitch, and ribbing in pattern. We’ll practice grafting for sock toes, and end with two different versions of three-needle bind off.
Ribbings and Edging for Stranded Colorwork [Sold Out]
Corrugated ribbing in multiple colors…in three variations. Picot edging in multiple colors in two variations. Edgings that don’t curl without garter stitch or ribbing. Seeing a theme? In this class, we will explore different ways of adding color to your edgings and ribbings. Students will work on a variety of these colorful techniques for beginning or ending your knitting.
Knit a Sweater That Fits [Sold Out]
Are you too worried about sizing to even try to knit a sweater? Do your knitting needles produce randomly sized sweaters? Before you cast on a single stitch, ensure that the sweater you knit will fit by using techniques from this class to select your size, make modifications based on gauge, and customize the fit for a sweater that fits!
Tisket Tasket Entrelac Baskets [Sold Out]
Entrelac knitting is fun! Join us as we make these cute felted bowls using Entrelac. (We’ll also learn how to knit backwards!) We’ll cover felting basics so that students can felt the bowls at home after class.
Crochet Socks are Cool & Comfy [Sold Out]
Description: In this class, you'll learn how great crochet socks really are! Breaking down the construction to show you how to create the heel and move through the gusset for an easy comfortable sock. Students Will Learn: How to create and seam and hourglass heel, how to continue the sock in the round and create the gusset. What to look for when selecting a sock pattern, and how to pick the right yarn. Required Skills: Advanced Beginner, know how to crochet with fingering weight yarn. Students Should Bring: (2) skeins of sock weight yarn in two colors; (1) 3.25mm crochet hook; (1) 3.75mm crochet hook; (1) stitch marker. Students can optionally purchase the materials at CarolinaFiberFest from Siobhan at the Yarn Over Floyd booth.
Fiber Prep: Get the most out of a Hand Painted Braid [Sold Out]
Do you have a special hand-painted braid with the most beautiful colors you have ever laid eyes on? Are you afraid to spin it up? This class is for you! We will be working with various ways to use a braid to get special color effects in your hand spinning.
Needle Felted Tapestry or Ornament [Sold Out]
In this workshop we will learn the basics of needle felting and “paint” with wool fibers to create a beautiful needle felted tapestry. These tapestries can be framed as wall hangings, sewn on a knitted bag as a decorative pocket or will even make a cute coaster or mug rug. In this class, we will start with a pre-drawn design on felt and use beautiful colored roving to “paint” your beautiful scene. Using the same skills, we will also create a beautiful needle felted ornament. These can be hung as ornaments, displayed in decorative baskets or bowls, and make beautiful gifts. Needle felting is a fun, creative and inexpensive fiber craft in which wool fleece or roving is sculpted or painted, 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! These techniques can then be used to create many different items including 3-D sculptures, wool paintings, jewelry, ornaments, embellishments and more.
Free Range Three Knitted Hats [Sold Out]
“Free Range Three Knitted Hats”: Hats, Hats, Hats for Everyone!! From beginner to intermediate knitter, the three easy hat patterns and design discussion will teach you to make your one-of-a-kind hat. Baby Grand Alpaca or any chunky sized fiber makes a soft, warm hat with these three different options. Bring your needles and yarn and learn which hat is right for you or your special someone. 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.
Brioche Rosetta Stone [Sold Out]
: It seems brioche is having a moment, especially in the work of Stephen West or Nancy Marchant. Do the directions look like Greek to you? How do I “bark” or “burp” in knitting? What does it mean to work the right-side twice without turning? What’s knitting in the stitch below? Students will leave ready to work brioche patterns regardless of how they are described.
Easter Felting Extravaganza [Sold Out]
Just in time for Easter (April 9th) we will be felting a variety of Easter decorations or gifts! Projects include decorated Easter eggs and an adorable chick – just coming out of the shell. If time permits, we will also work on an Easter egg brooch and/or a sheep egg cozy. Come join us in this felting fun as we look forward to the arrival of Spring.
Fiber Prep: Carding a Creative Batt [Sold Out]
This class is for the daredevils among us! We will dive into using a drum carder to make super fun creative batts to aide in making art yarns! This class will cover the types of materials that can be added to batts, along with hands-on preparation of batts. Students are encouraged to bring a spinning device to sample some of the batts!
Fiber Prep: Hackles for Color Pops [Sold Out]
Learn the subtle art of using a hackle to get impressive color pops in your hand spinning! The hackle is not the most intuitive method of fiber preparation, but if you want truly striking color pops, the hackles are the perfect tool! This class will use color combinations to make a beautiful spinnable roving with striking color!Students Will Learn: To use a hackle and diz with COMBED TOP.
Barking and Burping: Two-Color Brioche [Sold Out]
Enter a world where stitches bark and burp and even wear hoodies! Brioche is a fun knitting technique that creates an interwoven double layer of fabric that feels light and airy. It can be done with either one or two colors of yarn. In this class you'll learn the brioche knit (BRK - that's the bark!) stitch and the brioche purl (BRP - that's the burp!) stitch to create a lovely two-color reversible fabric that creates an interesting 3D effect. We'll learn this technique step-by-step and learn how to identify and fix mistakes. We will also explore some fun patterns available using 2-color brioche, and you'll take home a pattern for a whimsical coaster.
Rigid Heddle Weaving - BORROW LOOM [Sold Out]
Same class as below- same time - except I NEED TO BORROW A LOOMHave you been itching to learn to weave, but worried about the equipment involved? 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. But first, let’s take the time to learn how to design your first project, dress a loom, and begin to weave your 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!
Rigid Heddle Weaving - BRING LOOM [Sold Out]
Same class as above - same time - I agree that I AM BRINGING MY LOOMHave you been itching to learn to weave, but worried about the equipment involved? 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. But first, let’s take the time to learn how to design your first project, dress a loom, and begin to weave your 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!
Introduction to Embroidery [Sold Out]
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.
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