2016 Classes

2016 class registration will begin March 21, 2016  – Click Here

2016 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 May 1, 2016 will result in a $5 cancellation fee.
50% Refund  – May 1 – May 8, 2016
No Refunds   – after May 8, 2016

Questions: [email protected]

**Classes subject to change**

Friday, May 13, 2016  Classes 

Needle Felted Wristlet    Register here!
Instructor:  Jill Colbert
Date: Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 20 Max
Min Age:  6+
Class Fee: $30
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20
You will start with a pre-made wool wristlet and embellish by “painting” with wool to create a beautiful little purse! No experience necessary!

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Sculptural Vessels with Finn Wool    Register here!
Instructor:  Leslie Granbeck
Date: Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  6 Min / 15 Max
Min Age: 16
Class Fee: $95
Materials fee payable to instructor: $25
Move over Merino! Discover the subtle beauty of Finn Wool in its natural earthy colors. Known for its luster and excellent felting capabilities, Finn is the perfect wool for strong, sculptural vessels and bowls. Explore the fascinating art of 3-dimensional seamless felting while creating a beautiful and functional work of art.

Students should bring: Bring from home: An old bath towel, 2-3 hand towels, sharp scissors, a plastic bag to carry home wet items and a bag lunch or snack. Optional: apron.

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PORTUGUESE STYLE KNITTING   SOLD OUT! 
Instructor:  Mary Jo Harris
Date: Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 15 Max
Min Age: 14
Class Fee: $30
Materials fee payable to instructor: $11.00 for Portuguese Knitting Pin and 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
It would be helpful if participants know how to cast on, knit, but that’s not required.

Students should bring: Two balls of yarn (a light color and a dark color).  Either straight or circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn.   Usual knitting accessories

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Wet Felted Sheep Rug     Register here!
Instructor:  Linda Johnson-Morke
Date: Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Min/Max:  min 5 Max 10
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $95
Materials fee payable to instructor: $49.00
Felt an oval sheep rug from natural colored Karakul sheep wool. This will be an experience for a larger felt project using some prefelted wool and just picked wool for a beautiful one of a kind wet felted rug.

Students should bring: Towel, plastic bag, olive oil soap, scissors, Cotton sheeting fabric 48” X 64” min., fiberglass window screening of a similar size, & lots of energy.

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Beginning Spinning   SOLD OUT!
Instructor:  Deb Jones
Date: Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 10 Max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $100
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20 (includes a generous supply of spinning fibers, and all equipment)

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! Spinning wheels will be provided. Students may bring their own spinning wheel only if it is in excellent operating condition and completely assembled. Please no antique wheels.
Students should bring: N/A

 

Pin Loom Weaving on a Potholder Loom    Register here!
Instructor:  Margaret (Meg) Stump
Date: Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 Min / 10 Max
Min Age: 10
Class Fee: $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $12.00 (Each participant will recieve a potholder loom kit and a 12″ weaving hook to take home.)
We are all familiar with that staple of childhood crafts, the potholder loom. In this class we will turn that loom into a pin loom. We will be weaving with yarn for a lovely, soft weave and completing squares that have a finished selvedge, they can be popped off the loom without any need for a crocheted edging.

Participants will learn how to weave pin loom squares on their potholder loom and will practice two different joining techniques. There will be yarn available for practice however participants are encouraged to bring their choice of bulky, worsted weight or dk yarn to begin work on a scarf that they can finish at home. Each 7″ pin loom potholder square requires 20 yards of yarn.

Students should bring: Participants are encouraged to bring their choice of bulky, worsted weight or dk yarn to begin work on a scarf they can finish at home. Each pin loom potholder square requires 20 yards of yarn.  Feel free to bring your own potholder loom, particularly if you have a Harrisville metal loom or handmade wooden loom. Both work very well for this style of weaving.

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Plying for Texture: Bumps    Register here!
Instructor:  Melissa Bohrtz
Date: Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  3 Min / 10 Max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20  (The material fee will cover all spinning fibers needed to complete the techniques in class, about four ounces. Students will work with 1 ounce of fiber for each of the four techniques.)

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, coil a thick and thin single and ply super coils. 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 a 1/2” orifice (it isn’t necessary but makes it easier). At least two bobbins. Must have a working relationship with your wheel. Know how to spin a single yarn as well as basic plying knowledge.

 

Beginning Knitted Pattern & Chart Reading     Register here!
Instructor:  Mary Jo Harris
Date: Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 15 Max
Min Age: 14
Class Fee: $30
Materials fee payable to instructor: None
Have you ever not made a knitted item because you couldn’t understand the pattern or because it used a knitting chart?  In this class students will learn:

  • Various knitting terms, abbreviations, and symbols used on patterns
  • How to ‘de-code’ knitting patterns
  • How to determine the ‘level’ of a pattern – beginner to expert
  • How to ‘read’ a knitting chart
  • Tips and Tricks of pattern and chart reading
  • Pattern and chart reading resources
    NOTE:  This class will not involve any actual knitting, but students should know how to cast on, knit, and purl.

Students should bring: A pattern that you’re not understanding, Paper, pen or pencil for taking notes
Materials you may want to bring:  Basic Yarn (no novelty yarn) and needles in an appropriate size for yarn to ‘try out’ various pattern rows or stitches.

 

Coil Basket    Register here!
Instructor:  Jill Colbert
Date: Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 16 Max
Min Age:  12
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $35
In this class you will make a coil basket with a wooden base.  You will create a beautiful unique basket wrapping a core material with wool. No experience necessary!!
Students should bring:  N/A

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Saturday, May 14 Classes 

Beginning Spinning     Register here!
Instructor:  Deb Jones
Date: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 10 Max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $100
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20 (includes a generous supply of spinning fibers, and all equipment)

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! Spinning wheels will be provided. Students may bring their own spinning wheel only if it is in excellent operating condition and completely assembled. Please no antique wheels.
Students should bring: N/A

Corespinning Four Different Ways   Register here!
Instructor:  Melissa Bohrtz
Date: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 min / 10 max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

Learn how to corespin four different ways with Melissa of Hello Purl. In this class you will learn the technique to corespin fibers allowing you to create a variety of art yarns. First you will learn the basics of corespinning to create a single corespun yarn. Next you will discover how to ply a corespun yarn to create a “bubble wrap” textured art yarn. Then we will work with locks to create a tailspun yarn. Finally you will corespun over wire to create a hard-core yarn.

Students should bring: Please bring a cone of strong flexible core yarn (not thread) to spin with. A small spool of thread to auto-wrap with. A working spinning wheel preferably with a 1/2” orifice (it isn’t necessary but makes it easier). At least two bobbins. Must have a working relationship with your wheel. Know how to spin a single yarn as well as how to ply.

 

Covered Button Making    Register here!
Instructor:  Pamela Manthei
Date: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 10 Max
Min Age: 12 years
Class Fee: $20
Materials fee payable to instructor: $10

Students will learn to cover button blanks using fabric or fish leather. The first button will use fabric, then students will move on to use fish leather. Class will provide instruction on how to choose the leather best suited for making buttons. After the fabric practice, students will be selecting leather from a variety of colors and two different species. Class discussion will also cover choosing the proper button size when planning their fashion projects upon completion of the class the students will take home four buttons, one fabric and three leather.

Students should bring: Students should bring a sharp pair of scissors. Other tools will be provided.

 

In Search of the Perfect Green: A Natural Dye Workshop   Register here!
Instructor:  Stefania Isaacson
Date: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 15 Max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $90
Materials fee payable to instructor: $30

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: apron; heavy rubber gloves; 2 old towels, sandwich sized baggies and marker; calculator; pen and paper

 

SAORI Weaving—Express Yourself!   SOLD OUT! 
Instructor:  Chiaki and Dan O’Brien
Date: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 Min / 9 Max
Min Age: 6
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

SAORI is very different from the traditional weaving: placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or 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 year 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 exploration! 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. The finished project might be a scarf, table runner or wall hanging.

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 different 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: Nothing is needed, though if students have materials that they would like to use for a project such as home spun yarn, ribbon, your own animals’ fleece…. Willingness to explore!

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An Introduction to Lace Knitting   Register here!
Instructor:  Mary Jo Harris
Date: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 Min / 15 Max
Min Age: 14
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.  Participants should know how to cast on, knit, and purl.  Knowing basic increases and decreases helpful, but not required.  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 & pencil for taking notes, stitch markers appropriate for your needles, usual knitting supplies

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Needle Felted Wristlet   Register here!
Instructor:  Jill Colbert
Date: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 20 Max
Min Age:  6+
Class Fee: $30
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

You will start with a pre-made wool wristlet and embellish by “painting” with wool to create a beautiful little purse! No experience necessary!

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Weave a Pin Loom Dog and Pouch    Register here!
Instructor:  Margaret (Meg) Stump
Date:  Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 10 Max
Min Age: 12, age 9 if accompanied by parent or relative.
Class Fee:  $75
Materials fee payable to instructor: $10.00

This is a full day introductory course that is intended to let participants go from pin loom novice to accomplished. In the morning, participants will learn to weave on 2″ and 4″ pin looms. The pin looms will be made available to the class. In the afternoon, participants will use their squares to construct two projects, a woven, stuffed dog and a woven pouch, a “Pooch Pouch”.  After one day, each student will have the opportunity to walk away with a really cute dog, a pouch to carry it in and an understanding of pin loom weaving, joining and constructing skills.

This course is intended to answer the basic questions of pin loom weaving. “How do you weave on this loom?  …how do you put the squares together?  …what can you make with it?” Constructing 3-D objects is one of the most recent innovations in pin loom weaving. Come learn just how easy it is to weave and create with pin looms.

Students should bring: All looms and materials will be provided. Looms are provided for the duration of the class only.  Participants are encouraged to bring any pin looms they already own, for example, Zoom Looms, Hazel Rose Looms or vintage Weave-It Looms, so that they have the opportunity to practice on their own looms.

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Covered Buttons, Fish leather style   Register here!
Instructor:  Pam Manthei
Date: Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Min/Max:  6 Min / 12 Max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $25
Materials fee payable to instructor: $15

Class instruction will begin with the basics of how to cover a button blank with fabric, including making a practice button. After the fabric button practice, we will discuss how to choose materials for buttons, specifically with fish leather. Students will then choose a fish leather and make 4 buttons of their choice.  When finished with the class students should go home with one fabric covered button and four fish leather buttons.

Students should bring: A pair of sharp scissors

 

Double Knitting Basics  SOLD OUT! 
Instructor:  Mary Jo Harris
Date: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 15 Max
Min Age: 14
Class Fee: $30
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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Spinning Art Yarn Add-ins   Register here!
Instructor:  Melissa Bohrtz
Date: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 Min / 10 Max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $30
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20 (Material fee covers all fibers used in spinning and all class add-ins. About four ounces of fiber will be used. Add-ins include but aren’t limited to feathers, fabric scraps, yarn bits and fiber bits.)

Looking to add elements into your yarns? Melissa of Hello Purl will show you how in this spinning art yarn add-in class. Students will learn how to add in various items into their yarns through stringing, integrating and plying. We will be working with feathers, fabric, tufts and create traps of fiber.

Students should bring: Please bring a working spinning wheel preferably with a 1/2” orifice (not necessary but makes applying add-ins easier). At least two bobbins. Any thing that you want to see if you can add it into your yarn.  Must have a working relationship with your wheel. Know how to spin a single yarn as well as how to ply.

 

Coil Basket  Register here!
Instructor:  Jill Colbert
Date: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 16 Max
Min Age:  12
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $35

In this class you will make a coil basket with a wooden base.  You will create a beautiful unique basket wrapping a core material with wool. No experience necessary!!

Students should bring:  N/A

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Finishing Touches for Knits: Seaming & Blocking    Register here!
Instructor:  Carole Wurst
Date: Saturday 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 Min / 12 Max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $25
Materials fee payable to instructor: $10

Finishing touches like “Invisible Seaming,” grafting methods, latching seams for a lacy effect, binding off rib stitches from waste yarn and other master touches will be taught. Participants can try embellishing with Duplicate Stitch. All participants will receive seaming needles & latch tools to take home. After practicing these techniques we will apply the ultimate finishing touch of correct blocking to give your handwork a professional appearance. Learn how to block raised designs such as cables, ribbing or embellishments without ruining the effect. 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!

Students should bring: A garment, swatch or other knit item if you wish to do hands-on blocking.

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Sunday, May 15 Classes 

SAORI Weaving—Express yourself!   SOLD OUT! 
Instructor:  Chiaki O’Brien
Date: Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 Min / 9 Max
Min Age: 6
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

SAORI is very different from the traditional weaving: placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or 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 year 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 exploration! 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. The finished project might be a scarf, table runner or wall hanging.

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 different 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: Nothing is needed, though if students have materials that they would like to use for a project such as home spun yarn, ribbon, your own animals’ fleece…. Willingness to explore!

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Classic Market Basket  – Register here!
Instructor:  Ellie Lida
Date: Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 12 Max
Min Age: 15
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $35

Learn to weave this timeless and traditional market basket and enjoy it for years to come.

A generous size of 12″ x 12″ x 8″ gives you ample room to stash projects-in-progress.  It is topped off with a sturdy oak handle for carrying ease.  The natural materials are embellished with vibrant accent colors (your choice) to trim the basket and further personalize your creation.

Open to all levels of weaving experience and everyone will leave with a finished basket.

Students should bring: If you have basketweaving tools, bring them along, otherwise we will share instructor’s tools.  A small old hand towel, pencil, and a dozen or so of clip clothespins is helpful.  Extra tools for purchase.

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Turn a tree branch into a loom   Register here!
Instructor:  Melissa Bohrtz
Date:  Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 Min / 12 Max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

Turn a tree branch into a loom and create a decorative weaving with it. Melissa of Hello Purl will show you how. Students will take a sturdy branch with a V shape in it and create a work of art by weaving with art yarns, ribbon, fabric and fiber. Let loose, get creative and add a little nature to your fiber art. 

Students should bring: Please bring a sturdy branch with a V in it and you can easily carry. Students are welcome to bring two smaller branches instead of one medium large branch. Any fibers, fabrics or materials you would like to add to your branch weaving.

 

Hem-Top Socks on the Knitting Machine   Register here!
Instructor:  Carole Wurst & J. Wurst
Date: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 Min / 6 Max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $30 fee will include pattern handouts and sock yarn wound onto a cone

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. Beginners knitters are welcome but the machine must be in working order and the participant must know how to cast on. Participants without knitting machines 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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Nuno Felted Table Runner   Register here!
Instructor:  Leslie Granbeck
Date: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  6 Min / 15 Max
Min Age: 16
Class Fee: $45
Materials fee payable to instructor: $30
Felt a beautiful table runner or wall hanging using wool from local sheep. Learn to layer naturally colored fibers, then add texture and color with a variety of embellishing techniques. Add your own creative touches for a one-of-a-kind accessory. $30 materials fee includes all fibers and supplies and is payable to instructor.

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

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Weave Pin Loom Mug Rugs with Embellishments   Register here!
Instructor:  Margaret (Meg) Stump
Date: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 Min / 8 Max
Min Age: 12, age 9 if accompanied by parent or relative.
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $8.00

This is an opportunity to learn to pin loom weave and take home two mug rugs (coasters) embellished with pin loom woven flowers and a tiny woven bee. 2″ and 4″ pin looms will be available for use during the class. Weaving tools and materials will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their choice of worsted weight or lighter yarn if they choose.

This course is intended as an introduction to pin loom weaving. No prior experience is required. Participants will learn to weave on a 2″ and a 4″ pin loom as well as come away with a better understanding of the many ways to use pin loom weaving.

Participants are encouraged to bring any pin looms they already own, examples include Zoom Looms, Hazel Rose Looms or vintage Weave-It Looms, so that they have the opportunity to practice with their own looms.

Students should bring: All workshop materials and tools will be provided.

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Aran Knitting Made Easy   Register here!
Instructor:  Stefania Isaacson
Date: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  5 Min / 15 Max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $30
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

Have you wondered how to keep all those Aran Knit patterns straight without losing it?  This class will cover all the basic patterns that Irish knitters used to make those wonderful sweaters for their loved ones.  It will let you know the meanings and feelings behind the patterns so that you will be able to design and create the personalized and special sweater for someone special.  You will learn to “read” the sweater as you are working, so that you won’t have to rely on a chart or pattern.  This way, you can just enjoy the knitting and the satisfaction in the act of creating.

In the class, we will work on samples of all the patterns, and then put them together in a sampler.  You will go home with instructions for each of the patterns and samples of each.  Also, you will begin a sampler which can easily be turned into a pillow top or wall hanging.

Students should bring: size 5 or 6 knitting needles;  notebook and pen

 

Beginning Chair Caning   Register here!
Instructor:  Mary Jo Harris
Date: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Min/Max:   4 Min / 10 Max
Min Age: 14
Class Fee: $40
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20.00 to cover cost of trivet kit.  Kit includes trivet frame, natural strand cane, binder cane, and instruction booklet.

Ever wonder how a caned chair seat is made?  Then this is the class for you.  In this class participants will hand cane a wooden trivet using natural strand cane.  No special skills needed

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

Students should bring:  Small hand clippers or shears, small rag, spray bottle, container for water (in addition to spray bottle), paper & pencil for notes, an awl or ice pick, a dozen or more golf tees or caning pegs

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Intro to Bengala Dye…Ultimate Eco Dye color from the Earth   Register here!
Instructor:  Chiaki O’Brien
Date: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 Min / 12 Max
Min Age: 8
Class Fee: $50
Materials fee payable to instructor: $8-24 depends on the material to choose from

New to in the U.S. and was introduced at the Shepherd’s Harvest for the first time last year. 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, Furoshiki (square wrapping cloth) of your choice. This is not a soaking dye, so be ready to knead the material! We will bring about 12 colors of dye and some tools for you to play with. Let’s have fun dyeing. You can dye multiple materials for an additional fee. If you’d like to dye your own material, you will be charged the dye fee according to the weight.

Students should bring: plastic bag(s) to take home your dyed material, towels (bigger is better) that you don’t mind getting dye on and one for your hand.  apron and gloves (option), tools if you would like to use in the class

Bengala Sample 2

Card It Then Spin It   Register here!
Instructor:  Melissa Bohrtz
Date: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Min/Max:  4 Min / 10 Max
Min Age: 12
Class Fee: $35
Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

Wondering how to spin a batt? Card some batts then spin them up with Melissa of Hello Purl. First you will learn some tips and techniques to using a drum carder to create batts. You will discover how to layer fibers to create batts using a variety of natural and synthetic fibers. With these fibers you will be able to create a textured batt, a blended batt, a striping batt, and a batt of your choosing. Then in the second part of class you will learn some tips and techniques to spinning yarn from the batts you just carded. 

Students should bring: Please bring a working spinning wheel and extra bobbins. If students have a drum carder please bring it as there will be a limited number to share. Students may also bring plying yarns and additional fibers to work with but will be provided with plenty of materials to work with.

 

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