2017 Classes

2017 class registration will begin March 25, 2017  – Click Here

2017 Class Descriptions

All classes include free admission to the Festival, on the day of your class.  Please print out your Eventbrite ticket and bring it with you to the gate for admission.   If your class starts before the Festival opens, you will be allowed in early.

Note:  Friday classes, we suggest your bring your own lunch, as the Festival will not be open.

Class Refund Policy – If you need to cancel your class registration, please contact us directly.
Any class canceled before April 15, 2017 will result in a $5 cancellation fee.
50% Refund  – April 16 – April 30, 2017
No Refunds   – after May 1, 2017

Questions:  [email protected]

**Classes subject to change**

Friday, May 12  Classes 

Wet Felted Circular Vest  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Linda Johnson-Morke
Date: Friday, May 12  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 6 / 12
Min Age:  16
Class Fee: $95
Materials fee payable to instructor: $45
Make a one of a kind circular felted vest wearable creation. This class will allow you to make thin garment weight fabric that can be decorated to your hearts content. We will be using all natural fibers to make a buttery soft felt. The vest may be fringed with natural wool locks or not it is totally up to you. This is a way to learn how to make a large felt project that you can wear.

Students should bring: Embellishments that you prefer such as yarn bits, silk fabric, dyed wool if you have a preference for a certain color, plastic bag, towels(3), bucket, waterproof apron, table risers, large reed mat and other felt tools you may have.   Bring a lunch as well.

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Small Felted Tote Bag  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Leslie Granbeck
Date: Friday, May 12 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 6 / 12
Min Age:  16
Class Fee: $95
Materials fee payable to instructor: $25
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. Some handles will be available for an additional fee, or you can provide your own.

Students should bring: Bring from home:  Sharp scissors; 2-3 old hand towels; 1 old bath towel; Plastic bag to carry home wet items; Bag lunch or snack.    Optional: apron (waterproof or cloth), chemical hand warmers

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Valais Blacknose 3-D Needlefelted Sheep  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Stacy Drenckhahn
Date: Friday, May 12 9:00 a.m to Noon
Min/Max: 6 / 15
Min Age:  8 with adult
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $15
The Valais Blacknose sheep are some of the cutest sheep in the world, they don’t even look real!   We will be starting our herd using 100% wool, no wire core. These sheep are adorable and you should be able to complete the entire project during the class. This class will cover a variety of needle felting techniques including creating 3-D animals, joining pieces and how to begin with simple core shapes.

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Students should bring: 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 $5.00 will be applied. Our kit includes a foam felting surface, 4 needles and additional wool that students will be able to take home with them.

There will also be additional Needle Felting supplies available for sale at the time of the class, and also at the BeeLighted booth.

 

Thin Pole-wrapped Coral Reef Scarf with Bengala Dye – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Chiaki O’Brien
Date: Friday, May 12 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Min/Max: 6 / 12
Min Age:  14
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20
Another Shibori technique. You can stitch or/and tie, a silk scarf and will make it to a tube by stitching. Then, a thin pole is inserted in the central core and pushed to compress the scarf. You’ll be able to choose any colors you like from a dozen of Bengala Mud Dye colors. If you have extra time, you can dye another item free-style with additional material fees, if you bring your own material, a dye fee will be charged.

Students should bring:  thin sewing needle; sewing thread; scissors; rubber bands; plastic bags for the dyed material to take home, towels that you don’t mind getting dye on and one for your hand. Aprons and gloves are optional.

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THINK SMALL – SHAWLS, THAT IS – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Mary Jo Harris
Date: Friday, May 12 – 9:00 a.m. to  Noon
Min/Max: 5 / 15
Min Age:  10
Class Fee:  $45
Materials fee payable to instructor: $0
Shawls can come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.  In this class we’ll be looking at – and knitting – small shawls in a variety of shapes.  Depending on your preferences, the resulting shawls can be made for the fun and educational aspects of making them; to use with dolls and stuffed creatures; as doilies, dresser scarves, or other table dressing; as dishcloths or washcloths; as real scarves; or they can be framed and used as art!    In this class participants will learn:

  • Different types of shawl shapes
  • Terms used in shawl knitting
  • How to create each of the basic shapes
  • How to use and read the charts associated with each shawl
  • How to enlarge the basic shapes for normal ‘human’ use
  • Ways to use/add ‘designs and patterns’ to the basic shapes
  • Ideas for creating your own shawl – whatever size and shape

Students should bring: Worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn)  Straight and/or Circular needles (16”) in a size to match your yarn, Stitch Markers, Paper for taking notes, Pen or Pencil, Other usual knitting accessories
Skill Level:   Know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and join in the round

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PORTUGUESE STYLE KNITTING – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Mary Jo Harris
Date: Friday, May 12 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 5 / 15
Min Age:  10
Class Fee:  $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $8.00 for Portuguese Knitting Pin and authorized Handouts
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: Worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn) – one or two colors.   Either straight or circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn and usual knitting accessories   Skill Level:  Knowing how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl helpful

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Pi without the calories: Bat Cave Mountain Pi Shawl – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Sheryl Thies
Date: Friday, May 12 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 6 /20
Min Age:  16
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $0
Gain an understanding of the geometry of a Pi shawl. But don’t fret, the math has already been calculated. Learn how to work a central cast on using a crochet hook and bind off with an applied decorative edge.  Increases, stitch patterns, how to avoid and recover from problems and tips for blocking will also be covered.

Students should bring: Bat Cave Mountain was designed using 2 skeins of Lacey from Interlacements (100% superfine merino; 930 yds), Size 7 needles – double pointed, 16”, 24” and 60”, Size 7 Crochet hook, Stitch marker.  If substituting yarn, bring needles that work for your chosen yarn. Blocked gauge is 3 sts per inch, but exact gauge is not critical to the project.

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Be creative and have fun with Bengala Mud Dye – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Chiaki O’Brien
Date: Friday, May 12 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 6 / 12
Min Age:  8
Class Fee:  $45
Materials fee payable to instructor: one item $7-15.  There will be shawls, cotton/silk scarves, socks and t-shirts to choose from to dye. You can also choose multiple items to choose in a session for additional material fee. If you bring your own materials, the dye fee will be charged depends on the weight of the material. ($3-10)

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 dye material that students chose. We begin with a process of pre-fix the material.

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, tie-dyeing…We will bring 12 colors of dye and some tools for you to play with. Let’s have fun dyeing. This is a perfect class for a family, too!

Students should bring: 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 have a latex allergy, this might not be a good class for you. Bengals Dye has rubber latex in it**

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Saturday, May 13 Classes 

Spinning Textured Singles: Bumps – Buy Tickets! 
Instructor: Melissa Bohrtz
Date: Saturday, May 13 –  9:00 to Noon
Min/Max: 5 / 10
Min Age:  12
Class Fee: $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20
Do you want to add some texture to your smooth singles?  Melissa of Hello Purl will show you how in this spinning textured singles: Bumps class.  The techniques you will learn in this class include: Nubs/Cocoons, Beehives, Knotted Slubs and Single Granny Stacks.  We will be using combed top as well as some other fun fibers if you wish to add more dimension to your finished yarns. Students will walk away with four 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 at least a 1/2” orifice.  At least one bobbin.   Skill Level:  Must have a working relationship with your wheel.  Know how to spin a single yarn.  Knowing how to core-spin is a plus but not necessary.

Wool Wet Felted Slippers  – Buy Tickets! 
Instructor: 
Linda Johnson-Morke
Date: Saturday, May 13  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 6 / 12
Min Age:  16
Class Fee:  $60
Materials Fee: $25 Included base wool, pattern and printed instructions
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: For wet felting:  Bubble wrap (small bubbles, not jumbo), Tulle fabric (fine), or nylon mesh, Olive Oil soap.  Towels, Non-skid mat (optional), Rolling pin (optional), Bamboo mats (Optional some will be provided), Empty squirt bottle, OR ladle, OR turkey baster, Scissors    Add-ins (optional) –locks, special colored wool, yarn, buttons silk noil, etc.   Base Wool batting (natural black or grey) will be provided in materials fee, dyed wool and locks available for purchase

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Natural Dyes: Adding Iron – How Sad can be Happy! – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
Date: Saturday, May 13 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 5/15
Min Age:  12
Class Fee: $75
Materials fee payable to instructor: $30
The wide variety of colors from natural dyes can be greatly augmented by adding an iron post-mordant.  In this class we will cover some of the basic natural dyes like cochineal, fustic, logwood, pomegranate, and madder and the effect that adding iron has on the colors they give.  We will cover some of the long history of these dyes, the mordanting process, and some color theory.  Students will take home dyeing instructions, many samples, and information on each of the dyes used.  No experience is necessary.

Students should bring: apron, rubber gloves, 2 old towels, paper towels, calculator, small baggies and marking pen, pen and paper.

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Needle Felting: Perpie Sheep on a Horse Shoe Nail Frame and Resting Ewe – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Danita Doerre
Date: Saturday, May 13 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Min/Max: 5 / 8
Min Age:  16
Class Fee: $25
Materials fee payable to instructor: $25.00 includes 36 and 38 gauge felt needles, horse shoe nail frame for feet, carded roving wool, washed unprocessed wool, hand-painted pin eyes, yarn and bells to create two finished projects.
Class participants will learn the art of needle felting by creating a soft sculpture sheep on a Horse Shoe Nail Frame and a resting ewe.  Using a 36- gauge barbed, felt needle to lock fibers into place with carded roving wool, and a pecking motion of your wrist you will create two dry felted sheep to start your flock. You will learn techniques of needle felting onto a Horse Shoe Nail Frame to create feet as well as the process of adding washed, unprocessed wool to create a curly effect for the resting ewe.  Details will be defined with a 38-gauge needle and your sheep will be embellished with hand-painted pin eyes, yarn and a bell.

Students should bring: Foam pad approximately 12” x 12” x 2” covered with a pillow case or cloth and a scissor

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SAORI Weaving—Discover Yourself!  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Chiaki and Dan O’Brien
Date: Saturday, May 13 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Min/Max: 5 / 9
Min Age:  8
Class Fee: $50
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20
Be ready to feel like being 5 years old or younger!  SAORI focuses on the freedom of expression and creativity rather than on technical skills or regularity.  You might be able to find your tendencies, too. This is a therapeutic weaving technique. Students will weave on SAORI looms that are ready to weave. Whatever you create in a session is the finished product. We learn together as a group, think about the differences between human and machines, weave with a happy heart and be bold!

Students should bring: Scissors, Willingness to explore! If the participants have material they would like to use in their project. (feather, home-spun yarn, fabric…)

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An Introduction to Lace Knitting – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Mary Jo Harris
Date: Saturday, May 13 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Min/Max: 5 / 15
Min Age:  10
Class Fee: $30
Materials fee payable to instructor: $0
Have you always loved the look of knitted lace items but been afraid to make them because they intimidated you?  Lace knitting is easier than you think once you know some of the tips and tricks.  In this class, students will learn:

  • The composition of knitted lace
  • Some basic knitted lace stitches
  • How to read a lace chart
  • Lace knitting tips and tricks
  • How to make a lace scarf or sampler

Students should bring: 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.
Skill Level:   Know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl.  Knowing basic increases and decreases helpful, but not required.

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Plying for Texture: Bumps     – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Melissa Bohrtz
Date: Saturday, May 13 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 5 / 10
Min Age:  12
Class Fee: $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20
Curious on how to create texture when plying? Just add some bumps! In this class Melissa of Hello Purl will show you how. Students will learn how to ply for texture by creating bumps in their yarns. The techniques covered in the plying for texture: bumps class will be how to spiral ply, create stacks, trap fiber, and coil a thick and thin single. We will be working with combed top and fiber art batts to achieve the techniques described. Students will walk away with four 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 at least a 1/2” orifice.  At least two bobbins.

 

Tunisian from the Top and to the Point  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Sheryl Thies
Date: Saturday, May 13 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 6 / 20
Min Age:  16
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $0
Learn a “tab” like cast on and the formula for this top down shawl with chevrons that get wider as they get longer. Pattern for “Eileen’s Point Shawl” provided.  Students need to know how to Tss. This is not a “learn how” to Tunisian crochet class, although trouble shooting will be provided.

Students should bring: Size J/10 (6mm), K/10 ½ (5.5 mm) or L/11 (8mm) Tunisian crochet hook (depending on how open you like your work), 30” cord is suggested to accommodate the number of stitches.  Hooks with long cords can be purchased in class if you have trouble finding what you need.
600 yds of dk weight yarn.  Shawl was designed using 1 skein of Interlacements Irish Jig and a size J/10 Tunisian crochet hook.  If you are substituting yarn bring a Tunisian crochet hook that is appropriate your yarn. Gauge is not critical.

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Finishing Knits: Seams & Blocking  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Carole Wurst
Date: Saturday, May 13 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 6 / 12
Min Age:  12
Class Fee:  $25
Materials fee payable to instructor: $12.00
As a competition 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 or crochet 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 “TLF” (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 garment, swatch or other knit item for blocking.

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SAORI Weaving—Discover Yourself!  – Sold Out!
Instructor: Chiaki and Dan O’Brien
Date: Saturday, May 13 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 5 / 9
Min Age:  8
Class Fee: $50
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20
Be ready to feel like being 5 years old or younger!  SAORI focuses on the freedom of expression and creativity rather than on technical skills or regularity.  You might be able to find your tendencies, too. This is a therapeutic weaving technique. Students will weave on SAORI looms that are ready to weave. Whatever you create in a session is the finished product. We learn together as a group, think about the differences between human and machines, weave with a happy heart and be bold!

Students should bring: Scissors, Willingness to explore! If the participants have material they would like to use in their project. (feather, home-spun yarn, fabric…)

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Needle Felt a Fairy House  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Stacy Drenckhahn
Date: Saturday, May 13 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 8 / 15
Min Age:  8 with adult
Class Fee: $30
Materials fee payable to instructor: $15
Needle felt a little whimsical home for your favorite fairy!   Will your little home have a fireplace, a wild flower garden, a smoking chimney, windows glowing with candlelight? We will be creating a 3D home from 100% wool and your imagination! To customize your creations, we will have a wide variety of wool available in colors ranging from natural stone to neon pink!

This class will cover a variety of needle felting techniques including creating a core shape, layering colors, joining pieces and more.  This class is open to all skill levels, no previous experience needed.

Students should bring: 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 $5.00 will be applied. Our kit included a foam felting surface, 4 needles and additional wool that students will be able to take home with them.

There will also be additional Needle Felting supplies available for sale at the time of the class, and also at the BeeLighted booth.

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Mitten Basics  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Mary Jo Harris
Date: Saturday, May 13 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 5 / 15
Min Age:  10
Class Fee:  $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $0
This class is designed for the person that wants to learn (or learn more about) knitting mittens.  Mitten patterns will be provided in class, but you are welcome to bring a mitten pattern to class that you would like to try.  Special emphasis will be on ways to knit in the round as well as several methods for knitting thumbs and thumb gussets.    Items that will be covered in this class include:

  • Mitten Shapes
  • Ways in Knit in the Round
  • Making Mittens that Fit
  • Parts of a Mitten
  • Ways to shape the thumb and thumb gusset
  • Ways to finish a mitten
  • Ways to change a mitten pattern or to make it ‘your own’

Students should bring: If the participant has a pattern they want to use for class, they can bring the yarn and needles specified in their pattern.  Those that want to use the pattern provided in class should bring:  worsted weight yarn, either two size 8 circular needles – of varying lengths, size 8 double pointed needles, or a size 8 circular needle that is 40” or longer, Usual knitting supplies   Skill Level:   Know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.  Knowing how to knit in the round will be helpful but is not required.

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Sunday, May 14 Classes 

Nuno Felted Scarf  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Leslie Granbeck
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 8 / 12
Min Age:  16
Class Fee: $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $25 includes all fibers and supplies
Embellish a silk scarf with soft wool fibers and felt a beautiful accessory for spring. Choose your color palette of beautifully dyed fibers, and then create any design from floral to geometric to abstract. Without knitting or sewing, you’ll create a supple scarf using a little soapy water and a unique felting technique.

Students should bring: Bring from home: Scissors, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, and a plastic bag to carry home wet items. Optional: apron

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Cobweb Felt Floor Lamp  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: BeckyUtecht
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 8 / 10
Min Age:  14
Class Fee: $75
Materials fee payable to instructor: $45
Create a cobweb felt floor lamp covering using wet felting resist techniques. We’ll use locally grown longwool fibers to create a  thin, durable shade that celebrates the fiber’s structure when illuminated. These felt-covered floor lamps create a soft, warm light that will accent any room. The materials fee of $45 includes the lamp, locally grown longwool roving, resist, and use of equipment in class.

Students should bring: Water container, 2 old bath towels, ball brauser (or plastic water bottle with holes punched in the cap), felting tool (Palm washboard, felting stone, or oldfashioned Tupperware lid), small bar soap. Optional: lightweight silks, yarns, or other embellishments.

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Spinning the Luxury Fibers!  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Min/Max: 8 / 15
Min Age:  12
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $25
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 samples that they have spun during the class.

Students should bring: spinning wheel, hand carders, extra bobbins, lazy kate, ball winder, niddy noddy, hang tags, notebook and pen.

Sami Inspired Bracelets  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Katherine Buenger
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 9:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Min/Max: 8 / 12
Min Age:  12
Class Fee: $25
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20
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

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Embroider a Mini Hoop  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Melissa Bohrtz
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Min/Max: 6 / 10
Min Age:  10
Class Fee:  $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20
Learn the basics of embroidery and create a Dandelyne Mini Hoop art piece with Melissa of Hello Purl.  The first part of class you will learn how to work with embroidery thread and some beginner embroidery stitches to get you started.  A few of the stitches include: split, back, stem, running and satin.  I will also show you how to transfer a pattern.  In the second part of class you will design and create a Dandelyne Mini Hoop art piece that can be turned into a necklace, brooch or magnet.  This Embroidering a Mini Hoop class is a great way to learn how to get started with embroidering.

Students should bring: An embroidery hoop 3-4” in diameter no larger then 6”.  Hoops can be wood or plastic.  Also bring ideas and/or mini patterns for your finished piece.

 

Get Hooked on Tunisian crochet and make scarves  – Buy Tickets! 
Instructor: Sheryl Thies
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Min/Max: 10 / 25
Min Age:  16
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $0
Learn the technique that has captured the attention of the knitting world. Even if you don’t consider yourself a crocheter,  you can learn Tunisian crochet and create a complex looking fabric that almost appears 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.

Students should bring: 3 partial skeins of smooth worsted weight yarn, in different colors  size 11/L (8mm) Tunisian crochet hook ( can be purchased in class)  optional: yarn for scarf

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Needle Felt a Gnome or Fairy Garden in a Tea Cup  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Stacy Drenckhahn
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Min/Max: 8 / 15
Min Age:  8 with adult
Class Fee:  $30
Materials fee payable to instructor: $15
We will be creating a little garden in your own tea cup, the 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, we will have a wide variety of wool available in colors ranging  from calm to crazy!

Students should bring: One Tea Cup.  Skill Level: All levels, no previous experience needed.
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 $5.00 will be applied. Our kit includes a foam felting surface, 4 needles and additional wool that students will take home with them.

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Double Knitting Basics  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor:  Mary Jo Harris
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 15 Max
Min Age: 14
Class Fee: $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: None

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.  Participants should know how to cast on, knit, purl, and join in a circle.
In this class you’ll learn:

  • what IS double knitting?
  • history of double knitting
  • double knitting guidelines
  • double knitting terminology
  • how to double knit
  • how to increase and decrease when double knitting
  • how to double knit inside out

Students should bring: 2 or more different colors of basic worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn), 16-inch Circular needles in a size appropriate for your yarn, paper & pencil for taking notes, stitch markers appropriate for your needles and usual knitting accessories

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SAORI Weaving—Discover Yourself!  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Chiaki and Dan O’Brien
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 5 / 9
Min Age:  8
Class Fee: $50
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20
Be ready to feel like being 5 years old or younger!  SAORI focuses on the freedom of expression and creativity rather than on technical skills or regularity.  You might be able to find your tendencies, too. This is a therapeutic weaving technique. Students will weave on SAORI looms that are ready to weave. Whatever you create in a session is the finished product. We learn together as a group, think about the differences between human and machines, weave with a happy heart and be bold!

Students should bring: Scissors, Willingness to explore! If the participants have material they would like to use in their project. (feather, home-spun yarn, fabric…)

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Fall Pumpkins & Gnome  3-D Needle Felting   – Buy Tickets! 
Instructor: Stacy Drenckhahn
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 6 / 15
Min Age:  8 with adult
Class Fee: $30
Materials fee payable to instructor: $15
This class is designed to introduce 3-D needle felting by creating from a basic ball and cone shape. You will be creating pumpkins in whatever color you fancy, and ornaments that you will turn into either a Gnome or Santa, depending on which colors you choose. If there is time you will be able to create both!  You will learn how to join connections, add color over core wool and turn a ball into a pumpkin and a cone into a gnome. We will have a variety of colors available for you to customize your creations, everything from neon pink to traditional.

Students should bring: 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 $5.00 will be applied. Our kit includes a foam felting surface, 4 needles and additional wool that students will take home with them.    Skill Level: All levels, no previous experience needed.

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Hem-Top Socks or Textured Scarf on the Knitting Machine – Buy Tickets! 
Instructor: J.Wurst
Date:  Sunday, May 14 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 4 / 6
Min Age:  12
Class Fee: $30
Materials fee payable to instructor: $30 fee will include pattern handouts and sock yarn wound onto a cone.  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 extra stands for flat machines.

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Cables – Cables – Cables  – Buy Tickets! 
Instructor: Sheryl Thies
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 10 / 20
Min Age:  16
Class Fee: $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $0
Explore the elements of cables from simple twists to more complex cables and reversible cables. Learn how to work cables without a cable needle and with ua cable needle. Pattern for Both Sides Now, reversible cabled scarf, is included.

Students should bring: Several partial skeins yarn in different colors for experimenting.  Needles sized for your yarn, cable needle.  Both Sides Now was designed using 1 skein of Tippy Toes from Interlacements (100 super wash merino wool; 370 yds.)  Size 8 needle , Cable needle

If substituting yarn, bring needles that work for your chosen yarn. Blocked gauge is 5.5 sts per inch in St st with 2 strands of yarn held together.

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Sami Inspired Bracelets  – Sold Out!
Instructor: Katherine Buenger
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 8 / 12
Min Age:  12
Class Fee: $25
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20
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

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KNIT A CHRISTMAS STOCKING  – Buy Tickets!
Instructor: Mary JoHarris
Date: Sunday, May 14 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max: 5 / 15
Min Age:  10
Class Fee: $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $o
This class is designed for the person that has never knit a sock and still feels a bit intimidated when thinking about knitting socks.  Knitting a Christmas Stocking requires the same techniques used to knit a sock.  The Stocking uses a worsted weight yarn and only one stocking is made – preventing ‘second sock syndrome’.  Christmas Stockings can be easily customized too.

Participants will learn:

  • Parts of a sock
  • Terms used in sock knitting
  • Ways socks are made
  • Using short rows
  • How to Kitchener Stitch

Students should bring: Worsted Weight yarn – 2 skeins of the Main Color and 1 skein of the Contrasting Color (if you want a contrasting color) Two DIFFERENT 16″ or longer circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn.  Usual knitting accessories  Skill Level:  Know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and knit in the round

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