2018 Classes

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Friday All Day Classes

 

Wet Felted Sheep Rug

Instuctor: Linda Johnson-Morke

Date/time: Friday, 5/11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16

Class Fee: $70

Material Fee payable to instructor: $75

Class Description: Would you like to make a sheep rug in less than a day. It is possible with some quick felting Karakul wool. This small rug with a sheep theme will be made from washed picked natural colored wool for a one of a kind felt rug for your home.

Students should bring: Towels, bubble wrap, reed mat (also called a matchstick blind), risers for tables – to put under the table legs making the table height more comfortable (usually called bed risers),  spray tool

Beginning Chair Caning

Instuctor: Mary Jo Harris

Date/time: Friday, 5/11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $70

Material Fee payable to instructor: $25

Class Description: Ever wonder how a caned chair seat is made? Do you have one (or more) caned chair seats to replace? Then this is the class for you. In this class, participants will hand cane a wooden trivet using natural strand cane to learn the chair caning process. Other topics that will be discussed include: The difference between the various types of caning ; The different types of caning materials; The 7-step method of hand caning ; How to care for caned furniture; Chair caning resources.

Students should bring: Small hand clippers or shears; small rag; spray bottle; bucket or tub (in addition to spray bottle); paper for notes; pen or pencil; an awl or ice pick.

Small Felted Tote Bag

Instuctor: Leslie Granbeck

Date/time: Friday, 5/11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16

Class Fee: $70

Material Fee payable to instructor: $25

Class Description: Learn the art of traditional wet feltmaking. Without knitting or sewing, create a small seamless bag from colorful wool fibers. This durable bag is perfect for carrying your phone, wallet, keys and other items you need while out and about. You can even make your bag reversible! $25 materials fee includes fibers and supplies for bag, and is payable to instructor in class. A variety of handle options will be discussed and some are available for an additional fee. Or, you can provide your own handles.

Students should bring: Sharp scissors, 2-3 old hand towels, 1 old bath towel, plastic bag to carry home wet items and a bag lunch. Optional: apron (waterproof or cloth), chemical hand warmers.

 

Friday AM Classes

 

Painter’s Pallet*

Instuctor: Tracey Schuh

Date/time: Friday, 5/11, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $30

Class Description: Step into this classroom and explore the world of hand dyeing and painting. No experience necessary. Learn the basics and apply your learning as you paint your own unique sock blank. Plenty of opportunities and tips to personalize your masterpiece. Once dyed, consider making a shawl. A great companion class with this class would be “Unravel While You Knit” which is scheduled Saturday Afternoon!

Students should bring: Wear clothing that is okay to dye in. We won’t be making a huge mess, but dye does stain shoes, jeans, and shirts. So please wear old clothing. If you have an apron that is perfect too. Please also bring a pair of rubber gloves to fit your hands, and have your hair tied up if it is long and loose. I will provide all the other things you will need to dye your “blank”

 

Birds & Balloons: 3D Needle Felting Wool & Wire

Instuctor: Stacy Drenckhahn

Date/time: Friday, 5/11, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 8 and up with an adult helper

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $15

Class Description: We will be combining wire and wool to make little bitty birds with wire feet, and exploring suspending wool items perhaps a balloon, kite, heart or something else entirely! We will be using loose wool, wire and special felting needles. This class will cover a variety of needle felting techniques including creating 3-D objects, joining pieces, and much more. To customize your creations, there will be a wide assortment of wool available to choose from. If birds aren’t your thing, students are welcome to attempt other critters. If students have their own needle felting supplies they are welcome to bring them along to the class. IF students do not require the felting kit a reduced Material Fee of $7.00 will be applied. Our kit includes a foam felting surface, 4 needles and additional wool that students will take home with them.

Students should bring: Suggested, not required: Wire cutters, needle nosed pliers. Optional: students are welcome to bring any felting supplies of their own.

Friday PM Classes

 

SAORI Weaving—Discover/Express Yourself! – 1

CLASS IS FULL!

Instuctor: Chiaki O’Brien

Date/time: Friday, 5/11, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 8

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $20

Class Description: SAORI is very different from traditional weaving: placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or the regularity of the woven cloth. This is a therapeutic/healing weaving technique. Students in this class will relax, enjoy, explore, and develop positive thinking through weaving. Be ready to feel like you are 5 years old and be ready to follow your heart! Even though there are only two harnesses, students can still enjoy weaving with many colors, textures and utilizing the inherent sense of exploration we all possess! Students will be amazed how much they can do with two harnesses! The warp will be set for students, so they can start weaving right away. Students will take home whatever length they weave. We always try to do what only human beings can do, without imitating machine-made products. 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 unique way. Irregular selvages and accidental skips of thread add to the un-programmed beauty of SAORI cloths. We admire this irregularity as the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity.

Students should bring: Scissors and if you have something you want to use for your project, you are welcome to bring. (such as home spun yarn, strips of fabric etc..), some pillows for your back if you are worried about your back.

Beginning Wet Felting

Instuctor: Kim Specht

Date/time: Friday, 5/11, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 14

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $15

Class Description: Learn to wet felt with a resist while you create your own one-of-a-kind bag for a cell phone or ipod. Fiber preparation, use of color, and all kinds of embellishments will be demonstrated and discussed. A pre-formed hip- length strap and closure are included in the kit. Students will go home with a damp but completed bag.

Students should bring: Bring a couple of old towels.

 

Sami-Inspired Bracelets -1

Instuctor: Connie LaTendresse

Date/time: Friday, 5/11, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $25

Class Description: These bracelets are based on the designs of the Sami people, who are the native people from the far northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The bracelets are constructed with traditional materials including reindeer leather, tin thread (4% silver), and reindeer antler buttons. Students will learn to make a four strand braid using tin thread, and then they will hand sew their piece to reindeer leather to finish an elegant bracelet.

Students should bring: Small sharp scissors; Reading glasses if needed

It’s‚ A Wrap – Belt

Instuctor: Jill Colbert

Date/time: Friday, 5/11, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $20

Class Description: You will make a beautiful belt using handspun , hand dyed wool with the leather base

Students should bring: Nothing and no experience necessary

Fabulous Beginnings; Tips and Tricks for New Spinners

Instuctor: Kimberly Darling

Date/time: Friday, 5/11, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16 – Students should be familiar with the way their wheel works and be able to spin a bit of yarn on it.

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $25 Includes handout, all fiber for spinning, and use of instructor’s tools.

Class Description: If you are fairly new to spinning or not as confident as you would like to be when sitting down at your wheel, then this is the class for you. If you are not quite clear about the difference between twist and grist, or worsted and woolen, then you should take this class. Hands-on instruction from a knowledgeable spinner will be provided in a frustration-free spinning circle. Fabulous tips and tricks will take the fear out of spinning, while having some fun along the way!

In this class we will investigate: Staple – the Long and the Short of it; Roving or Top; Front End Alignment; Fluffing is not a Sin; Right or Left; Good Leaders; The Drafting Zone; Thick or Thin; Joining Up; To Whack or Not to Whack.
After this class, you will have the know-how to be a better spinner, and make fabulous yarn!

Students should bring: Spinning Wheel, in working order; 3 or 4 bobbins; Lazy Kate; Niddy Noddy or Nostepinne (optional); Scissors; Marker/Pen.

 

Saturday All Day Classes

 

In Search of the Perfect Green . . . and Orange, Too!

Instuctor: Stefania Isaacson

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16

Class Fee: $70

Material Fee payable to instructor: $30

Class Description: Spend a day with natural dyes, and learn an exciting avenue into color possibilities from ancient traditions. This class will cover some of the long history of natural dyes, the color possibilities they offer, mordanting technics, extraction process, dyeing methods, and some color theory. With so many dye plants readily available, and most of the giving a variety of yellows, this class will concentrate not only on these yellows, but on the variety of greens and oranges for which they serve as a basis. Students will take home many samples, instructions, and knowledge of how to dye from nature on their own. As always, enthusiasm for beautiful color and for the fun process will abound!

Students should bring: Students need to bring: apron, rubber gloves, 2 old towels, plastic baggies, calculator, pen and paper.

 

Fractal Fascination

Instuctor: Kimberly Darling

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16 – Students should be able to spin a 2-ply yarn on their wheel.

Class Fee: $70

Material Fee payable to instructor: $30

Class Description: Do you have some of those beautiful hand painted rovings with all of those gorgeous colors? Or maybe one with an unusual color scheme? Are you tired of spinning them the same old way, or don’t know how to spin them into something useable? Then this is the class for you! Fractal yarns are a wonderful solution for those multi-colored rovings. This class will take the confusion out of fractal spinning. Students will create several fractal yarns, and most importantly, will make quick samples to be able to see how those fractals will look when made up. There will be discussion on what types of fractals to use for different pieces, from head to toe. Preferred finishing techniques will be outlined, and examples of fractal fabrics will be shown.
In this class we will explore: Hand-Painted Roving; Making Fractals; 2-ply v. 3-ply; Color Ratios; Finishing Techniques; Fractal Fabric. After this class, you will be able to spin beautiful fractal yarns that are uniquely suited to create fascinating color patterns within a garment or fabric.

Students should bring: Supplies Students Should Bring: Spinning Wheel, in working order; 3 or 4 bobbins; Lazy Kate; Niddy Noddy (optional); Scissors; Marker/Pen; 1 Roll Invisible tape

 

Saturday Mini Classes

 

Dryer Balls ~ They Work! – 1

Instuctor: Jill Colbert

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Minimum Age:

Class Fee: $15

Material Fee payable to instructor: $10

Class Description: Wool dryer balls absorb moisture and help separate clothes in the dryer which allows them to dry quicker! You will make three dryer balls and you can adorn them with a flower, heart, lamb face, or whatever you would like! Or just leave them natural!

Students should bring: Nothing and no experience necessary

 

Wall Hanging – Dream Catcher -1

Instuctor: Jill Colbert

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 10:30 – 12 a.m.

Minimum Age:

Class Fee: $15

Material Fee payable to instructor: $20 and up depending on size and materials you choose

Class Description: Use wool to create a small wall hanging or a dream catcher. You can use hand spun natural or hand dyed yarn for your creation!

Students should bring: Nothing and no experience necessary

 

Saturday AM Classes

 

Sami-Inspired Bracelets – 2

CLASS IS FULL!

Instuctor: Connie LaTendresse

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $25

Class Description: These bracelets are based on the designs of the Sami people, who are the native people from the far northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The bracelets are constructed with traditional materials including reindeer leather, tin thread (4% silver), and reindeer antler buttons. Students will learn to make a four strand braid using tin thread, and then they will hand sew their piece to reindeer leather to finish an elegant bracelet.

Students should bring: Small sharp scissors; Reading glasses if needed

Beginning Drop Spindling

Instuctor: Kim Specht

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 14

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $15

Class Description: It’s relaxing, it’s portable, its inexpensive, and it spun the world’s threads for thousands of years: the infamous drop spindle! Spindling is a great way to learn the mechanics of spinning, to learn how to handle fiber, and to experiment with new fibers. Spindlers have great control of drafting and the insertion of twist. While students practice, we will talk about fiber preparation and the history and variety of spindles. Kim will demonstrate on top and bottom whorl suspended spindles as well as supported spindles. Several plying techniques will be demonstrated.

Students should bring: Bring a drop spindle if you have one (spindles will be provided for use in class), and any fiber you have dreams of spinning.

 

A Montage of Mosaic – or how a simple slip stitch can create so many Different Looks!

Instuctor: Mary Jo Harris

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: None

Class Description: What do you think of when you think of Mosaic Knitting? Do you think of something geometric or ‘Greek’ looking? Checkerboard? Windowpane? Waffle-like or Woven? Something abstract or ‘Op Art’? No matter which of the above you think of, they’re all part of Mosaic Knitting! In this class we will explore: How mosaic patterns work; Types of Mosaic patterns; Advantages of using a Mosaic pattern; Disadvantages of using a Mosaic pattern; How to make a sampler using one or more Mosaic patterns.

Students should bring: Skills needed: know how to cast on, knit, purl, and join in a circle. Materials needed: 2 or more different colors of basic worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn); needles in a size appropriate for your yarn; Paper for taking notes; Pen or Pencil; Stitch markers appropriate for your needles; Scissors; Yarn needle.

SAORI Weaving—Discover/Express Yourself! – 2

CLASS IS FULL!

Instuctor: Chiaki or Dan O’Brien

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 8

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $20

Class Description: SAORI is very different from traditional weaving: placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or the regularity of the woven cloth. This is a therapeutic/healing weaving technique. Students in this class will relax, enjoy, explore, and develop positive thinking through weaving. Be ready to feel like you are 5 years old and be ready to follow your heart! Even though there are only two harnesses, students can still enjoy weaving with many colors, textures and utilizing the inherent sense of exploration we all possess! Students will be amazed how much they can do with two harnesses! The warp will be set for students, so they can start weaving right away. Students will take home whatever length they weave. We always try to do what only human beings can do, without imitating machine-made products. 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 unique way. Irregular selvages and accidental skips of thread add to the un-programmed beauty of SAORI cloths. We admire this irregularity as the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity.

Students should bring: Scissors and if you have something you want to use for your project, you are welcome to bring. (such as home spun yarn, strips of fabric etc..), some pillows for your back if you are worried about your back.

Core-spinning

Instuctor: Melissa Bohrtz

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $20

Class Description: Learn how to core-spin with Melissa of Hello Purl. In this class you will learn the technique to core-spin fibers allowing you to create a variety of art yarns. First you will learn the basics of core-spinning to create a single core-spun yarn. Then you will discover how to ply a core-spun yarn to create a bubble wrap‚ textured art yarn. We will work with locks in our core-spinning as well.

Students should bring: Please bring a working spinning wheel preferably with a 1/2″ orifice (it isn’t necessary but makes it easier). At least two bobbins. A thin “sewing” thread for auto-wrapping if you wish to add that effect to the plied core-spun yarn.

Snowpeople of Wool: 3D Needle Felting

Instuctor: Stacy Drenckhahn

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 8 and up with an adult helper

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $15

Class Description: We will be creating funny little snowpeople by using only loose wool and special felting needles. Top them off with a warm and wooly hat, perhaps even a scarf and matching jacket. This project will be completed in the class, if time permits more than one may be created. This class will cover a variety of needle felting techniques including creating 3-D objects, joining pieces, and much more. To customize your creations, there will be a wide assortment of wool available to choose from. If students have their own needle felting supplies they are welcome to bring them along to the class. IF students do not require the felting kit a reduced Material Fee of $7.00 will be applied. Our kit includes a foam felting surface, 4 needles and additional wool that students will take home with them.

Students should bring: Nothing special needed for this class. Optional: students are welcome to bring any felting supplies of their own.

Finishing Knits: Seams & Blocking

Instuctor: Carole Wurst

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $12.00 – includes leaflet, swatches and seaming needles that can be taken home

Class Description: As a Needle Arts & Textile judge Carole knows the secret things judges look for: blocking, seaming, and other finishing touches. Learn the ultimate finishing touch of correct blocking to give your handwork a professional appearance. Bring a garment, swatch or other knit item if you wish to do hands-on blocking. Learn how to block raised designs such as cables, ribbing, or embellishments without ruining the effect. A Jiffy Steamer will be demonstrated. Special emphasis will be given to natural fibers, but methods can be applied to knits of any fiber content. Experience the (tender-loving-feel) of your knit fabric! After blocking the class will focus on seaming. Techniques like Invisible Seaming, grafting methods, latching seams for a lacy effect, and other master touches will be taught. Participants will receive seaming needles, latch tools and an idea booklet of Duplicate Stitch instructions to take home.

Students should bring: Participants can bring a swatch or other knit item for blocking.

Get Hooked on Tunisian crochet *

Instuctor: Sheryl Thies

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: 0

Class Description: Learn the technique that has captured the attention of the knitting world. Even if you’ve never knitted or crocheted (although knowing how to make a slip knot and chain is helpful) you can learn Tunisian crochet and create a complex looking fabric that appears almost woven. Easy to learn, quick to work up, Tunisian crochet will take your creativity to new heights. But beware you just might get hooked! After learning the Tunisian simple stitch (Tss), play with color and design your own scarves. “Basic recipes” for rectangle and triangle shaped scarves, worked in various yarn weights, will be covered.

Students should bring: Materials: Size L/11 (8mm) Tunisian crochet hook; 3 Partial skeins of smooth worsted weight yarn, each a different color (hooks will be available in class if you are unable to find elsewhere).

Saturday PM Classes

 

Unravel While You Knit *

Instuctor: Sheryl Thies

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16 years

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: 0

Class Description: Unraveling as you knit is magical. Experience the intrigue of working from a sock blank while your make a generously sized contemporary triangle shawl. Begin with an I-cord cast on, work an I-cord edge while knitting the easily memorized pattern and finish with an applied I-cord edge. All while unraveling and creating a new dye pattern. Pattern provided as part of handout. A companion class would be Friday morning – Painter’s Pallet – where you can dye your own skein – otherwise you may purchase a colorful skien or bring your own.

Students should bring: 1 hand dyed sock blank from Interlacements size 6 circular needles (24” or longer cable)

 

Wool wet felted slippers

CLASS IS FULL!

Instuctor: Linda Johnson-Morke

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 14

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $50

Class Description: Would you like to make a pair of unique felted slippers custom fit to your feet in a day? It is possible. Learn to felt using a resist to make seamless 3D slippers. Options for soles will be discussed. Use special Karakul wool that felts fast and firm for a strong long lasting pair of slippers. Use the felt as a blank canvas for your imagination to run wild with decorating ideas that can happen both during and after the felting process. Base wool batts will be provided to ensure a firm felt slipper. Embellishing ideas will be available.

Students should bring: Towels, plastic bag, reed mat also called matchstick blinds, bubble wrap, thick vinyl placements or discarded yoga mat for pattern, plastic bag, table risers to raise the table height (usually called bed risers), foot last if you have for the size slipper, colored wool if desired.

Play with Bengala Mud Dyes!

Instuctor: Chiaki O’Brien

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 8

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $8-15.00 depending on what is chosen

Class Description: Natural Japanese dye, Bengala mud dyes are made from soil, environmentally safe and fun to use. Everyone will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form as they dye material that students chose. We begin with a process of pre-fix the material. You are welcome to dye multiple items in a session (material feel will be charged). This is not a soaking dye, so be ready to knead the material as well as being creative! You can play with the material by knotting, folding and tie-dyeing. You will also be able to learn Itajime-shibori (clamp) dye if you’d like. Nobody knows how your work will turn out. It feels like we are opening unexpected presents when you finish dyeing and see the finished work! The image of a work is just a sample. Let’s have fun being creative! You’ll have 12+ colors of dye and some tools for you to play with. You can choose your materials from silk scarves, cotton scarves/shawls, socks and t-shirts. This is a perfect class for a family, too! As the dyes have latex in it, this is not a good class for people who has latex allergy. Sorry!

Students should bring: If they don’t mind bringing an iron and an iron board, that’d be helpful to fold the materials; plastic bags for the dyed material to take home, towels (bigger is better) that you don’t mind getting dye on and one for your hand. Aprons and gloves are optional.   If you bring your material, the dye fee will be charged. It should be clean (doesn’t need to be new.) and light color. Some light stains might be able to hide with darker colors!

 

Double Knitting Basics

Instuctor: Mary Jo Harris

Date/time: Saturday, 5/13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 10

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: None

Class Description: Join the Double Knitting Revolution! The Double Knitting technique has been around for centuries with only minor changes but has had a huge increase in popularity in recent years. Come and find out what everyone is talking about. In this class you’ll learn: What IS double knitting? ; History of double knitting; Double knitting guidelines; Double knitting terminolog; How to double knit; How to increase and decrease when double knitting; How to double knit inside out; How to make a sampler using double knitting techniques

Students should bring: Skills needed: know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl. Materials needed: 2 different colors of basic worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn); needles in a size appropriate for your yarn; Paper for taking notes; Pen or Pencil; Stitch markers appropriate for your needles.

Plying for Texture: Bumps

Instuctor: Melissa Bohrtz

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $20

Class Description: Curious on how to create a little texture when plying? Just add some bumps! In this class Melissa of Hello Purl will show you how to ply for texture by creating bumps in their yarns. The techniques covered will be how to spiral ply, create stacks and traps. We will be working with combed top and fiber art batts to achieve the techniques described. Students will walk away with three small skeins of textured art yarn and the knowledge to create them again at home.

Students should bring: Please bring a working spinning wheel preferably with a 1/2″ orifice (it isn’t necessary but makes it easier). At least two bobbins.

Coil Basket

Instuctor: Jill Colbert

Date/time: Saturday, 5/12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age:

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $40

Class Description: You will create a beautiful basket starting with a wood base and a core material to wrap the fiber. Handspun natural fiber will be used for this project.

Students should bring: Nothing and no experience necessary

Sunday Mini Classes

 

Dryer Balls ~ They Work! – 2

Instuctor: Jill Colbert

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Minimum Age:

Class Fee: $15

Material Fee payable to instructor: $10

Class Description: Wool dryer balls absorb moisture and help separate clothes in the dryer which allows them to dry quicker! You will make three dryer balls and you can adorn them with a flower, heart, lamb face, or whatever you would like! Or just leave them natural!

Students should bring: Nothing and no experience necessary

 

Wall Hanging – Dream Catcher – 2

Instuctor: Jill Colbert

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 10:30 – 12 a.m.

Minimum Age:

Class Fee: $15

Material Fee payable to instructor: $20 and up depending on size and materials you choose

Class Description: Use wool to create a small wall hanging or a dream catcher. You can use hand spun natural or hand dyed yarn for your creation!

Students should bring: Nothing and no experience necessary

 

Sunday AM Day Classes

 

Itajime Shibori Silk Scarf with Bengala Dye

Instuctor: Chiaki O’Brien

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $15

Class Description: Have fun with your creativities and make a one-of-a-kind silk scarf or two using Bengala dyes and Japanese Itajime dyeing techniques on a silk scard. 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. Everyone will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form. The instructor will bring variety of clamps for your creativities. Just fold the scarves in unique shapes and clamp them with a set of clamps you choose from. The instructor will also introduce some Japanese traditional patterns using certain clamps and the way to fold the material. Then, you can also choose as many colors you like from a dozen different Bengala Dyes. You won’t be able to imagine what kind of pattern you are creating when you are preparing the material free-style. That’s the fun part of this class! You‚Äôll enjoy the feeling of opening up an unexpected present. If you have extra time, you can make another one or dye something free-style (without clamps). The instructor will also prepare some cotton/silk scarves and shawls for you to choose from (extra materials feel of $8-15 will be charged). You can also bring your own extra fabric to dye (washed, light color such as white, or beige, new or gently used) for an extra dye fee (up to $5 depending on the weight of the material). If you have latex allergy, this is not a good class for you as dyes have natural rubber latex in it.

Students should bring: If there is some extra time, people can purchase whatever I prepare (cotton/silk scarves and cotton shawls…) for $10-15 . If students bring their own material, I will have to decide the dye fee depends on the weight of the material ($3 and up). Materials students will need to bring to the workshop: An iron and iron board if it’s possible. Students are welcome to bring their own Itajime clamps if they have some. Bigger towels they don’t mind getting dyes on, plastic bags to take dyed material home. Gloves and aprons are optional.

Slick Tricks for Cast on and Bind off

Instuctor: Sheryl Thies

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: enough to seat students around table

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor:

Class Description: Nothing happens until you’re cast on and eventually you will want to end it all. There are many ways of casting on and binding off and each technique has its own characteristics. Learn several methods to achieve stretchy, firm and fancy edges. You’ll be able to apply your new learning while working the Interlaced Ring Cowl. Pattern provided as part of hand out.

Materials: Partial skein of smooth worsted weight yarn and needles appropriate for yarn. Crochet hook (G/6 or H/8) exact size not critical. Cowl designed using 1 Bundle of mini skeins from Interlacements and size 7 circular (24” cable) needles.

Students should bring: no special needs

 

Portuguese Style Knitting

Instuctor: Mary Jo Harris

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $8

Class Description: In Portuguese-style knitting the yarn is tensioned around a knitting pin on your shoulder or around your neck. Stitches are created by a flick of your thumb making this an easy way to knit without stressing your hands or wrists. Participants will learn: The history of Portuguese Knitting; The advantages of Portuguese Knitting; How to Purl using the Portuguese method; How to Knit using the Portuguese method; How to Bind off using the Portuguese method; How to make a scarf using the Portuguese method; Increases using the Portuguese method; Decreases using the Portuguese method; Resources available on Portuguese Knitting

Students should bring: Skill Level: Knowing how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl helpful. Materials Needed: One or two colors of worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn). Either straight or circular needles

 

Felted Vases, Vessels & Bowls

Instuctor: Leslie Granbeck

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16

Class Fee: $40

Material Fee payable to instructor: $20

Class Description: Learn the fascinating art of seamless 3-D wet felting! Using wool and a variety of other natural fibers, felt a small vessel to hold trinkets, chocolates, your keys or to simply brighten up any shelf. Choose bright or natural colors, then sculpt your vessel into any shape from organic to contemporary. You can even make it reversible. $20 materials fee, payable to instructor, includes all fibers and supplies.

Students should bring: Bring from home: 2-3 hand towels, an old bath towel, sharp scissors, and plastic bag to carry home wet items. Optional: apron (waterproof or cloth) and chemical hand warmers.

Create Your Own Wooly World!: 3D Needle Felting

Instuctor: Stacy Drenckhahn

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 8 and up with an adult helper

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $15

Class Description: We will be creating a little world of your own design, using loose wool and special felting needles. Bring your own little container, interesting piece of wood or any another perfect little resting spot for any gnomes or fairies that stop by to visit. This class will cover a variety of needle felting techniques including creating 3-D objects, flat felting, joining pieces, layering colors and much more. To customize your creations, there will be a wide variety of wool available in colors and extras including sparkle + glow in the dark! If students have their own needle felting supplies they are welcome to bring them along to the class. IF students do not require the felting kit a reduced Material Fee of $7.00 will be applied. Our kit includes a foam felting surface, 4 needles and additional wool that students will take home with them.

Students should bring: Students should bring: A place for their scene*: examples: a tea cup or saucer, clear jar, tiny flower pot, interesting piece of wood. *the object should be on the small side.

Textured Carding

Instuctor: Melissa Bohrtz

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $30

Class Description: Want to get creative in your carding and create textured fiber art batts? Then this class is just for you! Join Melissa of Hello Purl in a carding adventure where she will show you how to add a variety of fibers to achieve maximum texture in your batts. We will discuss layering fibers and how they work on the carder and in spinning. We will be working with un-carded wools, yarn/fiber scraps, tangles and other raw fibers. You will then create a few of your own batts to take home to spin up on your own.

Students should bring: A drum carder that can card textured fibers 72 TPI. No fine tooth carders, they won’t work. If you don’t have a drum carder there will be a few to share in class. Any fibers you think you may want to work with and try to card (not necessary as I will provide all necessary fibers).

Introduction to Lace Knitting

Instuctor: Stefania Isaacson

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $20

Class Description: Learn the basics of lace knitting!. We will explore different patterns of lace knitting, appropriate yarns for different purposes, appropriate needle sizes for the best effect, and uses for lace work. Students will come away with many samples as well as a handout with many basic patterns. Yarn will be provided.

Students should bring: Students need to bring: knitting needles, size 3, 5, 7 (can be straight or circular), calculator, note pad and pen.

 

Plying for the Win!

Instuctor: Kimberly Darling

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minimum Age: 16 – students should be able to spin a simple yarn on their wheel.

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $25 Includes handout, sampling cards, fiber/yarn for spinning, storage bobbin, use of bobbin winder.

Class Description: This class will answer the Why, When, What, Where, Which, and How about plying. This class is for any spinner who wants to improve their knowledge of various plying techniques, and their importance in creating handspun yarn. Spinners will gain an understanding of ply terminology and equipment, and advance their skills in creating plied yarns that are well suited to their purpose. Students will create varying twist singles for 2-ply, 3-ply, chain-ply, and cable yarns. Tips on ply twist direction, making an Andean plying bracelet, managing multiple plies, achieving balance and consistency, will be covered within the class. This class will make you a plying winner.
In this class we will explore: Singles, Twist, Fiber; Plying Equipment; 2-, 3-, Chain-, and Cable plying; Plying Tips and Tricks ; Andean Plying; Plying for Knitting Techniques; Plying for Unbalanced (gasp) Yarn.

Students should bring: Spinning Wheel, in working order; 3 or 4 bobbins; Lazy Kate; Niddy Noddy (optional); Scissors; Marker/Pen

 

Sunday PM Classes

 

Double Knitting – Inside Out

Instuctor: Mary Jo Harris

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 10

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: None

Class Description: Double Knitting has been around for centuries and is experiencing a current resurgence but there is little information available regarding the ‘Inside Out’ version. This class is designed to remedy that. In this class you’ll learn: what is double knitting – right side out and inside out ; inside out double knitting guidelines and terminology ; how to double knit inside out; how to increase and decrease when double knitting inside out. You will have an option to make a headband or hat using the “Inside Out” technique.

Students should bring: 2 different colors of basic worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn), 16″ circular needles in a size appropriate for your yarn, paper for taking notes, pen or pencil, stiff markers appropriate for your needles, scissors (optional), yarn needle (optional).

Tunisian Crochet Shawl

Instuctor: Sheryl Thies

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: 0

Class Description: Make this versatile shawl with incredible drape using the extended knit stitch (aka corded stitch). Worked from side to side, you can adjust the size to your satisfaction. If you know how to work the Tunisian simple stitch (Tss) you are ready for this class. Pattern provided in class.

Students should bring: Supplies: 1 skein Rick Rack from Interlacements ; Size K/10 ¬Ω (6.5mm) or size L/11 (8mm) Tunisian crochet hook (hooks will be available in class if you are unable to find elsewhere).

 

Hem Top Socks or Lace-Like Scarf on the Knitting Machine

Instuctor: J. Wurst

Date/time: Sunday, 5/13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Minimum Age: 12

Class Fee: $35

Material Fee payable to instructor: $30 fee will include pattern handouts and sock yarn wound onto a cone.

Class Description: Participants will choose either Hem-Top Socks or the Textured Scarf. Scarf Option: Make a designer scarf on the knitting machine (either flat or circular machine) with a textured tuck design similar to lace. Learn how to hand-manipulate stitches, add beads while knitting, and more. Sock Option: Learn how to do perfect fitting heels and toes while knitting socks on the knitting machine (either flat or circular machine). We will do a Picot-Edge hem top and a hand-transferred lace design (optional). The instructor will emphasize knitting natural fibers on the machine and cover topics such as appropriate tension, short row shaping, use of ravel cord, closing the toe, and more. Standard flat 200 needle machines, mid-gauge or bulky needle machines, traditional circular machines, or modern reproduction sock machines can be used. Beginner machine knitters are welcome but the machine must be in working order and the participant must know how to cast on. Participants without a machine are welcome to register and observe only.

Students should bring: Any knitting machine (flat or circular) in working condition and knowledge of how to cast on. Machine must be working, repairs will not be done in class. Ribber attachment not required. Participants are encouraged to bring a knitting machine stand or table suitable for clamps. Instructors will bring one extra machine and some stands for flat machines.

 

 

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