2014 Class Descriptions & Registration

Quick Links Scarves to Dye For! From Fleece To YarnMajestic Curls BasketLockerhooking - Felt Birdhouse  Spinning Downy Fibers  - Beginning SpinningNatural Dyeing – Blending Colors At The Wheel - – Venture Tote BasketDrum Carding - – Bengala Dye Class – - Test Drive a Rigid Heddle Loom - Beginning Spinning  – - SAORI Weaving Beginning Knitting - Evaluating Lambs for Breeding Purposes Beginning Spinning – -Felted Vasses, Vessles and Bowls Spinning Luxury Fibers - Spinning Novelty Yarn  - Bad Hair Day Hats  - Spinning Hemp, Ramie, Bamboo, Tencel - Plying Balanced Yarn - SAORI Weaving Beginning Spindling  - Low-Tech Spinning: Create beautiful yarns on the humble portable spindle Artistic Fiber Blending  SAORI Weaving Woven Bracelets  Shawls for People Who Don’t Knit Shawls  Which is the Best Fleece?  Knitting a Moebius Cowl  How To Skirt A Fleece  Shepherding Amid Climate Change  Growing the Fiber Industry in Minnesota  High End Fiber Production 

Scarves to Dye For!

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Instructor: Leslie Granbeck
Day and Time: Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $90.00
Materials Fee: $40.00
Class Description
Dye your own silk scarves in the morning, then design a Nuno felted scarf in the afternoon. Learn silk dyeing basics, safety tips and eco-friendly dyeing methods. After a short “setting” period, your silk will be beautifully dyed and ready for an afternoon of felting. With your dyed silk as a base, apply soft wool and other exotic fibers to the surface and learn the steps to bond them into a beautiful Nuno felted scarf. Dress for mess and be ready to roll up your sleeves.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$40 materials fee includes silk for 3 scarves, dyes, all fibers and supplies.
Bring to Class
Scissors
2-3 hand towels
1 old bath towel
Plastic bag to carry home wet items
Bag lunch or snack
Optional: apron (waterproof or cloth)

From Fleece to Yarn

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Instructor: Mary Bishop
Day and Time: Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Class Description
From Fleece to Spinning: Finding the Wool You Need. Many spinners like to start with fleece and take their craft all the way through spinning to knitting, crocheting, felting, or weaving. If starting fresh off the sheep appeals to you, here’s the class to help you get started. You’ll learn about the properties of fine wools, medium wools, down wools, and longwool and how to choose the right one for your projects; how to assess fleeces for soundness and consistency; how to skirt (or reskirt) a fleece; how to separate fleece by length and fineness/coarseness; how to wash and dry fleece; how to choose carding or combing; what to look for in hand cards and combs; how to tease locks open; how to store your prepared fiber. Each of these topics could easily be the subject of an entire workshop, so understand that this class will give you an overview rather than in-depth practice in these many topics. But provided with extensive handouts and hands-on exercises, you will definitely leave this workshop confident that you know what to do with your first fleece!
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$15 – Covers samples of raw and washed fleece; samples of PowerScour; a fleece that will be skirted and sorted in class and then divided among participants; use of my hand tools; extensive handouts on assessing and preparing raw fleece for spinning.
Bring to Class
An apron to wear while working with dirty fleece, rubber gloves if you want the experience of lowering and raising fleece from water, and 3 quart-sized Ziploc baggies for bringing home fleece samples. You are also welcome to bring flick carders, pin dog brushes, hand cards, or dog combs.

Majestic Curls Basket

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Instructor: Ellie Lida
Day and Time: Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $40.00
Materials Fee: $35.00
Class Description
This is a good choice for all levels of weaver, both beginners and experienced weavers. Lots of eye-appeal to this sturdy basket, making it perfect for displaying projects. Starting with a round oak base, we weave the basket, using natural wood materials. Rows of color make an attractive and vivid contrast. Charming curls add finishing touches. The riveted handmade leather handles are optional at an additional cost. Color choice. Everyone will finish this basket. Size: 10” across by 7” high.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$35 for all materials used to make the basket.
Bring to Class
Tools provided, but will be shared among class. Bring your own tools if you have them. Tools also available for purchase.

Lockerhooking

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Instructor: Roseanne Anderson
Day and Time: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $40
Class Description
While locker hooking is certainly not as intricate, detailed or exacting as so much of our fiber art world, it is a fantastic way to use up tons of stash or “questionable” yarn, and wind up with a cushy, beautiful product and experience the joy of almost instant gratification. Even ugly, scratchy fiber results in a beautiful, durable work of art. Artists can add to the basics by incorporating strips of material, ribbons, etc. to reflect their own imaginations. Come, relax and enjoy!
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class  $40 
Materials fee includes locker hook, prepared canvas, roving, binder yarns, various yarns, roving, etc., and 15-page instruction book.
Bring to Class
N/A

Felted Birdhouse

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Instructor: Becky Utecht
Day and Time: Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 :00 p.m.
Fee: $45.00
Materials Fee: $20.00
Class Description
Make an environmentally friendly home for the feathered friends in your yard. Using locally grown wool and wet felting resist techniques, we’ll make an adorable little house that the wrens will snap up right away. We will embellish the birdhouses and attach a hanger. These functional birdhouses will last for many summers and are wonderful indoor decorations during the winter.

Wet felting is a physical process so dress comfortably and come prepared to get a little wet and have fun.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$20
Bring to Class
An ice cream bucket, two old towels, and a plastic grocery bag. Optional items to bring: a darning egg, your favorite soap, a small sharp scissors, bubble wrap or shelf liner 24″ x 36″ and a pool noodle about 18″ long.

Spinning Downy Fibers

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Instructor: Patsy Zawistowski
Day and Time: Friday , 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $100.00
Materials Fee: $15.00
Class Description
Take control of your daunting precious fibers.  Buffalo, cashmere and cashgora from goats, angora bunny, yak and camel down are downright daring after you paid the price.  They can be spun with relative ease after learning how to properly tune-up your wheel, improve your preparation techniques and execute correct drafting styles.  Learn which expensive fibers you like best.  Add tussah silk for the final luxurious note.

Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$15
Bring to Class
A spinning wheel in good working order or variety of hand spindles, preparation tools (handcards, hand combs, or drumcarder), for yarn structure classes—lazy kates and extra bobbins.

Beginning Spinning

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Instructor: Deb Jones
Day and Time: Friday, 9-4
Fee: $90.00
Materials Fee: $10.00
Class Description
Learn to turn wool into your own unique yarns! You’ll try many different spinning wheels during the class, learn the techniques of spinning a single yarn, and create a two-ply finished skein. No previous spinning experience required – this all-day workshop is designed for the person who has never tried spinning before!
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$ 10 for fibers used in class. Spinning wheels available for rent for $ 10
Bring to Class
Students may bring their own spinning wheel if it is in excellent operating condition and completely assembled. Please no antique wheels. Spinning wheels will be available at the class to rent for $10.

Natural Dyes – Exploration, Extraction, Enthusiasm

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Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
Day and Time: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $90.00
Materials Fee: $30.00
Class Description
This natural dye class will explore plant materials from garden and field, how to extract the dye, and how to create our own dye pot. We will use the flowers of Queen Anne’s Lace, Goldenrod, Weld, and Marigolds, among others, to get yellows, and then we will overdye in indigo and madder to get a variety of greens and oranges. We will also use some extracts made from dyes to which we don’t have access, such as Fustic and Quebracho Yellow! Students will become immersed in color theory as well as the dye process. They will take home many samples, instruction, and knowledge of how to dye from nature on their own. As always, enthusiasm for beautiful color and for the fun process will abound!
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$30
Bring to Class
Apron, rubber gloves, 2 old towels, paper towels, baggies, calculator, pen and paper.

Blending Colors at the Wheel

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Instructor: Amy Tyler
Day and Time: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $90.00
Materials Fee: $20.00
Class Description
Learn to make unique, multi-colored yarns at the wheel, without dying of the use of carding/combing equipment. In this workshop, we will take rovings and tops of different colors and combine them by pre-drafting in several simple ways to create yarns that produce more colorful and more textural fiber projects. We will cover techniques that allow you to create the same blends of color from skein to skein. We will practice making singles yarn as well as 2- and 3-ply yarns. We will also cover techniques for making marl yarns (plied yarns with two different colored singles).
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$20 – covers samples for examination, fiber for spinning, notebook with handouts, sundry supplies
Bring to Class
A spinning wheel in good working order, 3 bobbins, lazy kate, hand combs, and hand cards (or flick carder).

Venture Tote Basket

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Instructor: Ellie Lida
Day and Time: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $40.00
Materials Fee: $35.00
Class Description
Weave this oversized tote to carry “stuff.” A solidly woven base is followed up with rows of natural reed and twining using textured seagrass and round wicker. Dyed reed (choice of color) bands the midsection with more textured rows. The two oak handles are hinged so they can fold down allowing full access to the basket contents. This oversized huge tote is a great project for both beginning and returning weavers. Everyone will finish. Large cross-stitch embellishment. 16” long x 9” wide x 10” high.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$35 for all materials used to make the basket.
Bring to Class
Tools provided, but will be shared among class. Bring your own tools if you have them. Tools also available for purchase.

Drum Carding

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Instructor: Carol Wagner
Day and Time: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $20.00
Class Description
Students will review basic methods for using a drumcarder. They will also explore techniques for blending colors and fibers to create truly unique batts. Students will experiment with an assortment of fibers including wool (natural and dyed), mohair, camelid and other exotics. Color inspires, texture tantalizes and natural fibers enrich our lives. Student will have the opportunity to play with fibers and practice the techniques taught in class.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$20
Bring to Class
A drum carder in good working order. Please check your drive band.

Bengala Dye Class

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Instructors: Dan and Chiaki O’Brian
Day and Time: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $8.00 – $24.00
Class Description
Bengala dye is very new to in the U.S. and will be introduced at Shepherd’s Harvest for the first time!! A natural Japanese dye, Bengala dyes are made from soil, ‘environmentally safe’ and fun to use. The dye process doesn’t require hot water so is appropriate for students of all ages. Children and adults alike will find this to be a fun technique, just like playing with mud. Everyone will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form as they color t-shirts, scarves, shawls, bags. This is not a soaking dye, so be ready to knead the material! We can tie dye, stencil dye and free-style dye… We will bring about 10 colors of dye and some tools for you to play with. Let’s have fun dyeing.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$8 to $24 – depends upon the materials you choose to work with
Bring to Class
Plastic bag(s), a large towel, a hand towel (these will get dye on them),  an apron, and gloves (optional)

High End Fiber Production

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Instructor: Dee Heinrich, Peeper Hollow Farm
Day and Time: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Fee: $20.00
Materials Fee: none
Class Description
Is is possible to bring together the right factors so your fleece can increase your income and become a valuable product of your farm? By paying attention to details, you can produce award-winning fleeces that will jump off the skirting table and into the arms of hand-spinners and crafters year after year, while you enjoy the financial rewards!
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
None
Bring to Class
Paper and pen for notes

 

Test Drive A Rigid Heddle Loom

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Instructor: Elizabeth Harrington
Day and Time: Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $10.00
Class Description
Take your rigid heddle weaving to the next step! Pickup sticks can easily create designs on your rigid heddle loom which would require a mind-boggling number of shafts on a harness loom.
Rigid heddle looms will be warped and ready for you to sit down and explore the fun of hand-manipulated techniques. Huck lace, Brooks Bouquet, Danish Medallions, and more will be covered.
Your plain weave will be anything but plain after class!
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class $10
Bring to Class
Nothing – materials and equipment provided.

Beginning Spinning
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Instructor: Deb Jones
Day and Time: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $90.00
Materials Fee: $10.00
Class Description
Learn to turn wool into your own unique yarns! You’ll try many different spinning wheels during the class, learn the techniques of spinning a single yarn, and create a two-ply finished skein. No previous spinning experience required – this all-day workshop is designed for the person who has never tried spinning before!
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$ 10 for fibers used in class. Spinning wheels available for rent for $10.
Bring to Class
Students may bring their own spinning wheel if it is in excellent operating condition and completely assembled. Please no antique wheels. Spinning wheels will be available at the class to rent for $10.

Spinning Boucle
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Instructor: Patsy Zawistowski
Day and Time: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $100.00
Materials Fee: $15.00
Class Description
Bubbly, bouncy, bewitching, and beautiful!  Break out of the spinning doldrums and put some excitement back in your projects.  Bouclé yarns add that special spark to your knitted or woven creations.  You will be taught techniques to spin wild and imaginative or reproducible and warp-able bouclé yarns.

Explore the possibilities and spin the most expensive, fancy, bouclé-style yarns.  You’ll learn techniques for record keeping, allowing you to repeat the yarns you wish to spin again.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$15 – includes all supplies necessary to make a scarf.
Bring to Class
A spinning wheel in good working order or variety of hand spindles, preparation tools (handcards, hand combs, or drumcarder), for yarn structure classes—lazy kates and extra bobbins.

SAORI Weaving

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Instructors: Dan and Chiaki O’Brien
Day and Time: Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $20.00
Class Description
SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or regularity of the woven cloth. The emphasis is on having fun and exploring what humans can do with colors and textures. Students in this class will relax, enjoy, and explore through weaving. SAORI can be a therapeutic and healing weaving form.The warp will be ready, so students can start weaving right away. Students will take home the fabric they weave. The finished project might be a scarf, table runner or wall hanging.No two weavers are alike, so it is very natural that every single cloth, freely woven by people with different personalities, is beautiful in a different way.

Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$20.00
Bring to Class
A willingness to explore. Materials you’d like to explore. (optional)

Beginning Knitting: The Essentials

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Instructor: Anna Smegal
Day and Time: Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
Materials Fee: $30.00
Class Description
This class will cover the basics if knitting, including casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, basic shaping, binding off, and an introduction to reading patterns. Fixing common mistakes will also be discussed. Students will receive instructional handouts, and links to websites to help further their knitting after class. Materials include one pair of knitting needles, yarn to make two coaster squares, the instructor’s pattern for easy, warm headbands, and enough yarn to finish one headband. This class was designed for those who have no previous knitting experience.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$30
Bring to Class
TBD

Evaluating Lambs for Breeding Purposes

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Instructor: Dee Heinrich, Peeper Hollow Farm
Day and Time: Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Fee: $20.00
Materials Fee: none
Class Description
You have your new lambs in front of you and need to decide which are good enough to continue to breed and which should probably not. How do you know? They are all so cute! Come and hear how one dual-purpose sheep farm has successfully solved this issue of evaluating their lambs at regular intervals and choosing only the best to breed.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
None
Bring to Class
Paper and pen for notes

 

Shepherding Amid Climate Change

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Instructor: John Mesko
Day and Time: Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $20.00
Materials Fee: $0.00
Class Description
The prospect of a changing climate impacts practically everything in agriculture today.  Well-managed, small scale farms are becoming an increasingly important part of the local food picture in the Upper Midwest.  In this session, we’ll hear from John Mesko, a farmer, environmental science professor, and Director of the Sustainable Farming Association, as he addresses climate change, and how sheep producers and other farmers can prepare for, and even thrive under, less than “normal” conditions.  He’ll discuss pastures, hay production, alternative feeds, soils and balancing it all on a part time (or a full time) farm.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
None
Bring to Class
Paper and pen for notes

 

Felted Vases, Vessels and Bowls
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Instructor: Leslie Granbeck
Day and Time: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $40
Materials Fee: $20.00
Class Description
Still to come
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$20 materials fee, payable to instructor, includes all fibers and supplies.
Bring to Class
Scissors
2-3 hand towels
1 old bath towel
Plastic bag to carry home wet items
Optional: apron (waterproof or cloth)

Spinning Luxury Fibers

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Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
Day and Time: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $25.00
Class Description
Silk, cashmere, yak, alpaca, mohair—all fibers to die for! And we will spin them all! You will learn the ins and outs of the exotic fibers. In this class, we will blend a variety of these fibers with wool and also spin them by themselves. There will be extensive discussions on the characteristics of these fibers, how best to spin them, and the most appropriate uses for them In making an article of clothing. We will use alpaca, llama, mohair, angora rabbit, dog, and cat as well as downy fibers like cashmere, yak, or quiviet. Students will take home information handouts on the fibers and many sample that they have spun during class.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$25
Bring to Class
Spinning wheel, hand carders, extra bobbins, lazy kate, ball winder, noddy noddy, hang tags, notebook and pen

Spinning Novelty Yarns

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Instructor: Carol Wagner
Day and Time: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fee: $30
Materials Fee: $20.00
Class Description
Spend a few hours learning a fun and creative style of spinning. Novelty yarns require you to be consistently inconsistent. They open a world of spinning opportunities to you as you develop your spinning knowledge. We will focus on lock yarns, beaded yarns, thick and thin yarns, coiled yarns and, if time allows, a boucle.
Experience Level: Must know how to spin.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class $20
Bring to Class
A spinning wheel in good working order, a lazy kate, extra bobbins, a niddy-noddy, and your enthusiasm!

Bad Hair Day Hats

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Instructor: Kay Crowthers
Day and Time: Sunday, 9:00 am – noon
Fee: $30
Materials Fee: none
Class Description
This class focuses on the basic rolled brim hat but moves beyond the basic one color hat. Techniques include purl round to tame the roll, inserting color patterns, various decrease patterns for shaping, working on a circular needle then shifting to double-pointed needles to finish.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$0
Bring to Class
4 oz/100g light or medium color worsted weight yarn with guage of 4-5 stitches/inch (Ex. Lamb’s Pride from Brown Sheep, Cascade 220, Lopi Light, or Lion’s Brand Fisherman Wool). Needles: 16” circular size 7 or 8 and one set of double pointed needles the same size as circular

Spinning Hemp, Ramie, Bamboo, Tencel

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Instructor: Patsy Zawistowski
Day and Time: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $100.00
Materials Fee: $15.00
Class Description
Hemp, ramie, Bamboo, and Tencel™, are all important cellulose fibers for today’s spinners to understand.  Three are very old and two are very new.  We will prepare, dye, spin and ply all of them to fully understand their differences.  Blends, novelties and combination yarns will be taught so you will know how to spin the ultimate cellulose yarns for summer shawls, tops and scarves. Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$15
Bring to Class
A spinning wheel in good working order or variety of hand spindles, preparation tools (handcards, hand combs, or drumcarder), for yarn structure classes—lazy kates and extra bobbins.

 

Growing the Fiber Industry in Minnesota

Instructor: Jean Mueller, Fiber Farmer/Project leader, staff of UM/CURA, Staff/Renew the Countryside
Day and Time: Sunday, 11:00
Location:
Fee: TBD
Materials Fee: $.00
Class Description
Grants from the UM Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and SARE, Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education,US Department of Agriculture had been received by the Sheep & Fiber Farm tour under the Renew the Countryside non-profit organization to do a feasibility study regarding the expansion of markets for natural fibers in Minnesota.  Get a brief overview regarding the vision, mission, survey, focus groups and tours to date This will be interactive  session with a discussion about the successes and barriers into to the international, national, state and local markets for natural fibers.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$0
Bring to Class
Paper and pen

How To Skirt A Fleece

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Instructor: 
Rachel Boucher of Rach-Al-Paca Fiber Processing
Day and Time: Sunday, 10:00 to 11:00
Location:
Fee: $20.00
Materials Fee: $.00
Class Description
Skirting is a crucial first step is key to preparing fleeces for processing, storage, sale, or competition.  Learn how to lay out a fleece, identify the main parts of the fleece, discard poor quality wool, and remove vegetable matter. Class will be limited to ten participants so that everyone gets hands on experience.   Discover common fleece problems.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$0
Bring to Class
Paper and pen

Plying Balanced Yarn

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Instructor: Amy Tyler
Day and Time: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $12.00
Class Description
Consistent and even plying is as important to a high-quality, hand-spun yarn as is the spinning of singles. Matching the twist in plying to the twist on the spun singles is the key. In this workshop, we will cover issues related to controlling tension on the singles while plying, and the amount of twist in both spinning and plying. We will practice techniques for plying from one source (Andean plying, Navajo plying) and from two or more sources.
Bring to Class
A spinning wheel in good working order, 2 bobbins partially filled with Z-spun singles plus 1 empty bobbin, a lazy kate.

SAORI Weaving

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Instructors: Dan and Chiaki O’Brien
Day and Time: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $20.00
Class Description
SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or regularity of the woven cloth. The emphasis is on having fun and exploring what humans can do with colors and textures. Students in this class will relax, enjoy, and explore through weaving. SAORI can be a therapeutic and healing weaving form.

The warp will be ready, so students can start weaving right away. Students will take home the fabric they weave. The finished project might be a scarf, table runner or wall hanging.

No two weavers are alike, so it is very natural that every single cloth, freely woven by people with different personalities, is beautiful in a different way.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$20
Bring to Class
A willingness to explore.

Beginning Spindling

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Instructor: Elizabeth Harrington
Day and Time: Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $25.00
Materials Fee: $5.00
Class Description
Have you always wondered what spinning was all about? Come discover the joy of creating your own handspun yarn. Participants will learn how easy it is to make yarn from wool roving using simple and inexpensive tools. We start with finger spinning, move to hooky sticks, and finish with CD spindles that can be dropped on the floor without wincing! In just two hours, you will be on your way to making your own yarn. There will still be plenty of time to scoop up some delicious roving and beautiful spindles for sale in the vendor barns.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$5.00
Bring to Class
Nothing, all materials furnished.

Low-Tech Spinning: Create Beautiful Yarns on the Humble, Portable Spindle

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Instructor: Jan Zita Grover
Day and Time: Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $15.00
Class Description
Lay the groundwork for spinning effectively on the ancient, low-tech spindle. You’ll first learn about wool and how it works, then apply your knowledge to spinning on the top-whorl spindle. You’ll explore twist, predrafting, drafting, and spinning a single. With regular practice, you’ll soon be spinning yarns you’ll enjoying knitting or crocheting with. Best of all, you can spin anywhere, any time you have a few minutes to spare. Materials fee includes a beautiful 1.6-oz. maple spindle you’ll never outgrow and extensive handouts covering everything from scouring wool to finishing yarns to set their twist.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$15 which includes a fine maple spindle, fleece, and roving to spin. Please do not plan on using a different spindle in class.
Bring to Class
Notebook, 1-quart baggies to bring home fleece and roving

Artistic Fiber Blending

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Instructor: Melissa Bohrtz
Day and Time: Sunday, 9 a.m.- noon
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $30.00
Class Description
In this class you will discover how to blend fibers into batts, rolags, and pulled rovings so you can spin of felt creatively. Learn how to use a drum carder, blending board and hackle to prepare a variety  of fibers including natural fibers and synthetics. With the use of the equipment and fibers you will find out how to layer as well as add texture. We will discuss your creative wishes as a fiber artist, and you will discover how to create those desired effects in your work. Please bring any fibers you wish to blend with as well as any blending equipment you may have. There will be a limited number of tools to share In class.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$30
Bring to Class
Any fibers you wish to blend with, and blending equipment you may have—hand cards, drumcarder, blending board, hackle. Ther will be a limited number of tools to share in class.

Surprising Yarnover

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Instructor:
Amy Tyler
Day and Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $8.00
Class Description
A yarn-over is a fundamental element in knitted lace, but there is more to the yarn-over than lace. The yarn-over is a surprising and versatile element in many forms of knitting. We will explore the use of yarn-overs to make beautiful edges, interesting cords, straight and wavy fabrics. In addition, we’ll cover variations on the yarn-over and how yarn-overs are created in a variety of knit stitch patterns.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$8 -
Bring to Class
100-200 yds of yarn and knitting needles appropriate for the yarn.

SAORI Weaving

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Instructors: Dan and Chiaki O’Brien
Day and Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $20.00
Class Description
SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or regularity of the woven cloth. The emphasis is on having fun and exploring what humans can do with colors and textures. Students in this class will relax, enjoy, and explore through weaving. SAORI can be a therapeutic and healing weaving form.The warp will be ready, so students can start weaving right away. Students will take home the fabric they weave. The finished project might be a scarf, table runner or wall hanging. No two weavers are alike, so it is very natural that every single cloth, freely woven by people with different personalities, is beautiful in a different way.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$20
Bring to Class
A willingness to explore.

Woven Bracelets

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Instructor: Kandys Bleil
Day and Time: Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Fee: $30.00
Materials Fee: $30.00
Class Description
Woven beaded bracelets are growing in popularity, and this is your opportunity to have one of your own while learning basic and some advanced techniques for making them. You will learn how to “warp” your loom, the basic weaving stitch use to attach beads, the “silk wrap” technique, how to attach buttons and charms, and lots of tips to help along. A loom (that I invented just for these bracelets) will be provided to each student for class use and available for purchase, if desired, after class. You will leave class with a finished single-wrap bracelet. All materials and written instructions provided in the class fee.
Materials Fee Payable to Instructor During Class
$30
Bring to Class
A good pair of scissors which can cut detail, a pair of pliers (any household pliers will do), tape measure or ruler. Optional (only if you already own them): a thread “zapper,” beeswax for conditioning your thread.

Shawls for People Who Don’t Knit Shawls

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Instructor: Kay Crowthers
Date: Saturday, 1-4
Min # 3 I Max 10
Fee: $30
Materials Fee: none

Do you dream of knitting a shawl or are put off because you believe they’re “too difficult?” Free your fears and take this class to see an assortment of basic shawl constructions de-mystified. We’ll focus on triangular shawls and learn some hints to customize according to your whim. You will start your own shawl/scarf in class and write your instructions for completing on your own.

Bring: 2 oz worsted, DK or sport weight smooth solid color yarn, preferably not black, navy blue or any other dark colors making it difficult to see stitches. Needles: 20”-24” circular needles size 7 or 8 for worsted yarn and 5 or 6 for lighter weight yarn.

Which is the Best Fleece?

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Instructor
: Dee Heinrich
Date: Saturday 11-12
Min # : 3 I Max # 20
Fee: $20
Materials fee: none

Producers want to select their best fleeces to prepare for competition. Artisans need to select the best fleece for their project. This session will look at the many traits of fleece, from strength to crimp, to luster and handle, and try to figure out how to select the best fleece from within a group of choices. We will also cover different ways of skirting a fleece, including skirting for competition and high-end sales.

Bring: Paper and pen for notes 

Knitting a Moebius Cowl

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Instructor: Diane Augustin
Date: NEW TIME: Friday 9:00 – noon
Min # 3   Max # 8
Age: Adult
Fee: $30
Materials Fee: $2.50 for beads (optional)

Learn how to knit the magical moebius using an innovative cast on technique. The cast on and join are in the middle of your work! Each round increases the depth of the cowl from the center out. A gentle 180-degre twist is created at the join, making  a simple infinity into a moebius loop, and away you go! It’s FUN, FAST, and FABULOUS. The finished project is a moebius cowl approximately 4” wide and 50” in circumference, using approximately 200 yards of any DK or light worsted weight yarn. This version is knit with enough length to be worn as a loop or doubled at the neck. Moebius knitting is quick and rewarding. Sound intriguing? Join us for the fun and add this technique to your knitting “toolbox.” Once you get going, you will want to knit one for everyone you love!

Bring: Approx. 200 yards of any DK or light worsted weight yarn (If you choose to add beads the yarn must be smooth.) Consider these warm weather suggestions: Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton, Cascade Sunseeker, Plymouth Gina Classis Elite Liberty wool, or similar yarns. The yarn should be wound into a usable skein/ball. Needles: Size 8 circular 47”. It is essential to use the 47” length because of the special cast on. (Chiagoo Lace needles recommended.)

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