2015 Classes

Class registration will close May 8th, 2015  Click here to sign up!

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, 2015 will result in a $5 cancellation fee.
50% Refund  – May 1 – May 8, 2015
No Refunds   – after May 8, 2015

Questions:  education@shepherdsharvestfestival.org

FRIDAY CLASS

The Shepherd’s Rug
Instructor: Letty Klein
Date: Friday 9am – 4pm
Min # 5 / Max # 15

Class fee: $100
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $18 for kit which includes all equipment needed to finish the project, except for wool roving; students can bring their own roving or buy roving from the instructor. They will need about a pound of roving in 2-3 colors or shades.

This day-long workshop is for the fiber artist with a closet full of fiber, or the shepherd wishing to make something from their wool sheep. Students will learn how to braid roving, felt the braids, and sew the braids into a beautiful, functional rug. In this class students will complete a simple chair pad using minimal equipment. We will braid in the morning while talking about color/design options. The instructor will take the braids to a laundry-mat over lunch, and the afternoon will be spent sewing. The techniques learned can then be used to create their own beautiful rugs at home. The instructor will have copies of the book The Shepherd’s Rug as well as roving, in natural colors and dyed, available for purchase.

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Raw Felted Fleece
Instructor: Becky Utecht
Date: Friday 9am – 4pm
Min # 7 / Max # 10
Minimum age: 14 – previous wet felting experience necessary

Class fee: $90
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $25

Students in this class will felt a small (1 – 3 pound) raw fleece into a faux “sheepskin” rug or blanket in just one day. We will learn from each other as we explore the various fleeces brought to class. We will discuss their most appropriate uses. Students can bring a fleece from their own fleece or a purchased fleece. Shepherds and fiber lovers alike will appreciate the efficiency of washing and felting a fleece into a beautiful, usable product all in one day.

Students should bring: a skirted fleece with minimal vegetable mater/chaff, solar pool cover with bubbles 3’ x 6’, pool noodle, 6’ x 6’ mosquito netting or tulle (or two pieces 3’ x 6’), 2 – 3 old bath towels, 5 gallon bucket, garden watering can with sprinkler head, your favorite bar soap and felting tools, bed risers if you want/need to use them, apron, if desired (you will get wet and dirty), two plastic garbage bags for wet items.

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Scarves to Dye For
Instructor: Leslie Granbeck
Date: Friday 9am – 4pm
Min # 4 / Max # 12
Minimum age: 16

Class fee: $90
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $45

Dye your own silk scarves in the morning, then design a nuno felted scarf in the afternoon. Learn silk dyeing basics, safety tips and eco-friendly methods. After a short “setting” period, your silk will be beautifully dyed and ready for an afternoon of felting. With your dyed silk as a base, apply soft wool and other exotic fibers to the surface and learn the steps to bond them into a beautiful nuno felted scarf. Dress for mess! Materials fee includes silk for 3 scarves, dyes, fibers and supplies.

Students should bring: Sharp scissors, 2-3 old hand towels, 1 old bath towel, and plastic bag to carry home wet items. Optional: apron and bag lunch.

 

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Making the Yarn You Want
Instructor: Amy King
Date: Friday 9am – 4pm
Min # 6 / Max # 15

Class fee: $100
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $0 – $10, depending on the materials students bring to class.

This is that class…you have commercially-made yarn and can’t duplicate it. You had a favorite yarn and the manufacturer discontinued it! We don’t need to be content and accept that these yarns will never happen again. I’m here to help you copy and make the yarn you want. So dry your tears, grab a piece of that yarn you want to copy and sign up for class!

Students should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order with 3 or more bobbins and note-taking materials. Also helpful are a lazy kate and a niddy noddy. You must be capable of making yarn and have a good working knowledge of the wheel and basic spinning instructions. This is an intermediate class. You will need to bring in a couple of yarns you want to copy; not a huge sample, but enough so that you can work with it to copy. The instructor will bring some fiber too, but you will have the yarn you want to copy and know what material it’s made of. We can always change the material but we’ll go through the implications of doing so.

From Fleece to  Yarn (FRI)
Instructors: Jan Zita Grover and Mary Bishop
Date: Friday 9am – 1pm
Min # 4 / Max # 10
Minimum age: 10

Class fee: $40
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $40

Many spinners like to start with fleece and take their craft all the way through spinning to knitting, crocheting, felting or weaving. If starting fresh off the sheep appeals to you, here’s the class to help you get started. You’ll learn about the properties of fine wools, medium wools, down wools and longwool, and how to choose the right one for your projects; how to assess fleece for soundness and consistency; how to skirt (or reskirt); how to separate fleece by length and fineness/coarseness; how to wash and dry fleece; how to choose carding of combing; what to look for in hand cards and combs; how to tease locks open; how to store your prepared fiber. Each of these topics could easily be the subject of an entire workshop, so understand that this class will give you an overview rather than in-depth practice in these many topics. But provided with extensive handouts and hands-on exercises, you will definitely leave this workshop confident that you’ll know what to do with your first fleece3! Materials fee covers samples of raw and washed fleece, samples of PowerScour, a fleece that will be skirted and sorted in class and divided among participants, use of instructor’s hand tools, and handouts.

Students should bring: An apron to wear while working with dirty fleece, rubber gloves if you want the experience of lowering and raising fleece from water, and 3 quart-sized Ziploc bags for bringing home fleece samples. You are also welcome to bring flick carders, pin dog brushes, hand cards, or dog combs.

 

3-D Needle Felting: Sheep in a Hat
Instructor: Stacy Drenckhahn
Date: Friday 9 am – noon
Min # 4 / Max # 12
Minimum age: 10

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $10

You can do more than knit and crochet with wool; you can make your own menagerie! This easy class will show you how to sculpt with wool using a specially designed barbed felting needle. Students will learn how to layer wool into three-dimensional shapes, and how to build the underlying structure to create a compact 3-D object. This same technique can be applied to many different critters and whimsical creatures. There will be many colors of wool available to customize hats, sheep color, hair and faces. No prior felting experience needed.

Students should bring: All basic supplies are included in the materials fee. You are welcome to bring your own needle felting supplies if you already have them. Optional supplies (brush mat, 3 needle tool) will be available for sale from the instructor, but are not necessary for class.

 

Finishing Knits and Blocking
Instructor: Carol Wurst
Date: Friday 9am – noon
Min # 4 / Max # 12
Minimum age: none

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee: $8

Finishing touches like “Invisible Seaming,” grafting methods, latching seams for a lacy effect, binding off rib from waste yarn and other master touches will be taught. Students 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 item such as an afghan if you wish to do hands-on blocking.  

 

Needle Felting Over Wire: A Funny Bunny
Instructor: Stacy Drenckhahn
Date: Friday 1pm – 4pm
Min # 4 / Max # 12
Minimum age: 10

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $10

The funny bunny is an original design by Stacy of BeeLighted. No prior felting experience necessary. This easy class will show you how to sculpt with wool using a specially designed barbed felting needle. Students will learn how to layer wool into three-dimensional shapes, and how to build the underlying structure to create a compact 3-D object. We will be adding wire to the ears so they will be able to be shaped and bent. This same technique can be applied to many different critters and whimsical creatures.

Students should bring: All basic supplies needed for the class are included in the materials fee. Students are welcome to bring their own supplies if they already own them. Optional supplies (brush mat, 3 needle tool) will be available for sale from the instructor, but are not necessary for class.

 

Core Spinning Four Different Ways
Instructor: Melissa Bohrtz
Date: Friday 1pm – 4pm
Min # 4 / Max # 10
Minimum age: 16 – Students must have a working relationship with their spinning wheel. Must know how to spin yarn as well as ply.

Class fee: $30
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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 techniques that will allow you to create a variety of yarns. We will use combed top and textured are batts to corespin these yarns smooth and textured. 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 corespin over wire to create a hard-core yarn.

Students should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order with at least a ½” orifice, at least 2 bobbins, a cone of strong flexible core yarn (not thread) to spin with, a small spool of thread to auto-wrap with, and any extra fiber you wish to work with. Materials fee includes art batts, combed top and locks, and wire. Students will work in 1-2 ounce amounts to make the four yarns using 5-7 ounces of fiber.

 

Low-Tech Spinning: Create Beautiful Yarns on the Humble, Portable Spindle
Instructor: Jan Zita Grover
Date: Friday 1pm – 4pm
Min # 4 / Max # 10
Minimum age: 7

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

Lay the groundwork for spinning effectively on the ancient, low-tech spindle. You’ll first learn about wool and how it works, then apply your knowledge to spinning on the top-whorl spindle. You’ll explore twist, predrafting, drafting, and spinning a single. With regular practice, you’ll soon be spinning yarns you’ll enjoy knitting or crocheting with. Best of all, you can spin anywhere, any time you have a few minutes to spare. Materials fee includes a Greensleeves spindle you’ll never outgrow, and extensive handouts covering everything from scouring wool to finishing yarns to set their twist.

Students should bring: Notebook, 1-qt baggies to bring home fleece and roving.  

 

SATURDAY CLASSES

An Introduction to Rare Wools with Deborah Robson
Date: Saturday 9am – 4pm
Max # 18

Class fee: $100
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $36

Here’s an all-day excursion that will introduce you to some of the types of wool grown by rare breeds of sheep. I’ll put together a diverse collection of fleece varieties—aiming for 8, so we’ll have a very busy day—to whet your appetite and increase your confidence in dealing with unusual fibers.

Student skill level: Advanced beginner spinner, able to independently spin singles and make two-ply yarn; experience in preparing fibers for spinning is useful but not essential.

Students should bring: Wheel or spindle; fiber-prep tools of choice (combs, carders, flicker or any other OR dog-grooming combs or slickers); the ability to wind a small center-pull ball and ply from it (or skill at Andean plying, or a lazy kate and extra bobbins); sampling tools as convenient, like knitting needles, crochet hooks, or Weave-It or similar extra-simple loom; optional tape and/or hole punch, for keeping track of fiber sample and yarns (record cards will be provided); a notebook and pen.

 

Passionate Purples
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
Date: Saturday 9am – 4pm
Min # 5 / Max # 15
Minimum age: 12

Class fee: $90
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $30

Take an adventure into natural dyes by discovering purple possibilities! We will discuss basic color theory as to how to create various purples and lavenders. In this class, we will dye with various reds, overdye with indigo and logwood, and achieve a variety of purples. We will discuss how to vary these results for even more shades. There will be instruction for the mordanting process, the dyeing process, and creating and using a natural indigo vat. Students will take home dyeing instructions, many samples, and information on each of the dyes used and source lists for where to get them. Let your passion for purple abound!

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

 

From Fleece to Yarn (SAT)
Instructors: Jan Zita Grover and Mary Bishop
Date: Saturday 9am – 1pm
Min # 4 / Max # 10
Minimum age: 10

Class fee: $40
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $40

Many spinners like to start with fleece and take their craft all the way through spinning to knitting, crocheting, felting or weaving. If starting fresh off the sheep appeals to you, here’s the class to help you get started. You’ll learn about the properties of fine wools, medium wools, down wools and longwool, and how to choose the right one for your projects; how to assess fleece for soundness and consistency; how to skirt (or reskirt); how to separate fleece by length and fineness/coarseness; how to wash and dry fleece; how to choose carding of combing; what to look for in hand cards and combs; how to tease locks open; how to store your prepared fiber. Each of these topics could easily be the subject of an entire workshop, so understand that this class will give you an overview rather than in-depth practice in these many topics. But provided with extensive handouts and hands-on exercises, you will definitely leave this workshop confident that you’ll know what to do with your first fleece!

Materials fee covers samples of raw and washed fleece, samples of PowerScour, a fleece that will be skirted and sorted in class and divided among participants, use of instructor’s hand tools, and handouts.

Students should bring: An apron to wear while working with dirty fleece, rubber gloves if you want the experience of lowering and raising fleece from water, and 3 quart-sized Ziploc bags for bringing home fleece samples. You are also welcome to bring flick carders, pin dog brushes, hand cards, or dog combs.

 

Shadows Basket
Instructor: Ellie Lida
Date: Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
Min # 4 / Max # 12
Minimum age: 15

Class fee: $40
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $26

Enjoy weaving this fun and colorful basket, shaped like a miniature laundry basket. This basket begins with an oval oak base and lots of spokes. Twining and chase weaving are some of the techniques. Both flat oval and round wicker materials are woven at the same time creating the shadow effect. Handcrafted ceramic handles top off the basket. Everyone will finish. Color choices. Approximate size is 12 “.

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Woolen vs Worsted Throwdown!
Instructor: Amy King
Date: Saturday 9am – noon
Min # 8 / Max # 18

Class fee: $50
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $16

As spinner we use the terms woolen and worsted all the time. Experts argue over what is truly woolen and truly worsted. The terms get used so much and sometimes incorrectly. It can get confusing. Woolen spinning and worsted prep? Is that even possible?

It’s all possible and we’re going to have a cagematch. Half the participants will work on worsted methods and the other half will work on woolen methods. Then we’ll present our yarns to the other side. Talking smack is totally acceptable and actually quite fun in this class. You’ll not only leave with a fire from a good debate but you’ll actually gain a lot of knowledge about woolen and worsted.

Student should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order with 3 or more bobbins. It’s also helpful to have a niddy noddy and a lazy kate. You must have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions. This is an intermediate class. If you have combs, hackles or cards, please bring them with you as well.

 

Handcarding and Woolen Spinning
Instructor: Carol Wagner
Date: Saturday 9am – noon
Min # 4 / Max # 12
Minimum age: 18

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

Students will learn basic carding techniques and effective fiber preparation using handcards. We will learn to card with a relaxed, stress-free technique which will enable the student to enjoy the process. We will also explore yarn design to create striped of speckled yarns. There will be lots of opportunity to practice carding by using a variety of wool from different breeds of sheep. We will use the carded rolags to learn the techniques of woolen spinning. The workshop will be divided between carding and spinning. Come and create!

Students should bring: Hand cards and a spinning wheel in good working order. Please note that the wheel should be one that you use regularly. Don’t bring a wheel you are using for the first time. Also bring a lazy kate, niddy noddy, and extra bobbins.

 

Creative Fiber Blending
Instructor: Melissa Bohrtz
Date: Saturday 9am – noon
Min # 4 / Max # 10
Minimum age: 12

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $30

Get creative in fiber preparation and artistically blend fibers to make textured art yarns with Melissa of Hello Purl. Learn how to use a drum carder, blending board and hackle to prepare a variety of fibers including natural and synthetic. You will learn how to layer fibers to make a batt, rolags and pulled roving. We will also discuss your creative wishes as a fiber artist so that you can achieve specific blended effects you may desire in your work.

Materials fee includes use of fibers used in class including combed top, loose fibers and a variety of add-ins. Students will work with 1-2 ounces at a time and can make 2 batts, 2 sets of rolags, and 3 pulled rovings, using around 8-10 ounces of fiber.

Students should bring: Any blending equipment you have as there will be a limited number of tools to share. Also bring any fiber you wish to blend with.

 

Origami Shibori and Free-Style Bengala Dye
Instructor: Chiaki O’Brien
Date: Saturday 9am – noon
Min # 4 / Max # 10
Minimum age: 10

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $10 for Origami Shibori and about $8-$15 for free-style

Bengala Dyes are made from soil, are safe for the environment and are fun to use. Learn about this ancient color dye process and its history. We will focus on creating a pattern by folding a cotton fabric square just like folding Origami paper after pre-fixing the material. Move beyond traditional dye soaking processes to make pattern-rich fabric as you knead in the dye.

Origami, Shibori and Bengala Dye are all from Japan. Why not learn all these from a Japanese instructor! We will probably have time to dye something “free-style.” The instructor will bring scarves and shawls for you to dye after Origami Shibori.

Students should bring: Plastic bags to take home dyed material home, old towels (bigger is better). Aprons and gloves are optional. If you bring material, dye will be charged by weight.

 

Longdraw Truth or Dare
Instructor: Amy King
Date: Saturday 1pm – 4pm
Min # 6 / Max # 15

Class fee: $50
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $18

I’ll tell you all the truths and then you need to dare to trust the twist! We’ll expand your drafting horizons. Even if you walk out of this class not loving the true long draw, we’ll be working on all the drafting methods between short and long draws. You’ll have a new appreciation and new abilities for working with your wheel and mastering that twist with several different types of fibers.

Students should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order with 3 or more bobbins. It’s also helpful to have a niddy noddy and a lazy kate. You must have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions. This is an intermediate class.

 

Coil Basket
Instructor: Jill Colbert
Date: Saturday 1pm – 4pm
Min # 5 / Max # 15
Minimum age: 12

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee: $40

In this class you will learn how to make a basic coil basket with wool. Students will create a unique basket using a base material and wrapping it with wool. Material fee of $40 includes all supplies necessary to make your basket.

 

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Exploring Multiple-Plied Yarns
Instructor: Melissa Bohrtz
Date: Saturday 1pm – 4pm
Min # 4 / Max # 10
Minimum age: 16 –Must have a working relationship with your wheel and know how to spin a single yarn as well as how to ply.

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

Explore how to spin multiple-plied yarns with Melissa of Hello Purl. Plying already plied yarns together is call “cabling” and you will learn how to make a basic 4-plied yarn in this class. Then we will get fancy and explore another way to cable using a yarn plied with a thin commercial yarn cabled together of make a fun and textured “bubble-like” yarn. Finally you will learn how to create a corset crepe yarn using three single yarns.

Students should bring: A working spinning wheel in good order preferably with at least a ½” orifice, 2 or more bobbins (4 is ideal), thin commercial yarn for plying (cotton weaving works great). All fiber is included in materials fee, but feel free to bring any additional fibers you would like to work with.

 

Beginning Drop Spindle
Instructor: Elizabeth Harrington
Date: Saturday 1pm – 3pm
Min # 4 / Max # 6
Minimum age: 12

Class fee: $25
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Materials fee: $5

Have you always wondered what spinning was all about? Do spinning wheels make your head spin? Come discover the joy of creating your own handspun yarn. Students will learn how easy and fun it is to make yarn from wool roving using simple and inexpensive tools. We will start with finger spinning, move to hooky sticks, and finish with CD spindles that can be dropped on the floor without wincing! In just two hours, you will be on your way to making your own yarn. There will still be plenty of time to scoop up some delicious roving and beautiful spindles for sale in the vendor barns.

Students should bring: All material are provided. Spindles will be available to use in class.

 

SAORI Weaving (Sat PM)
Instructors: Dan and Chiaki O’Brien
Date: Saturday 1pm – 4pm
Min # 4 / Max # 9
Minimum age: 7

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills of regularity of the woven cloth. This is a therapeutic/healing weaving technique. Even though there are only two harnesses, students still enjoy weaving with many colors and textures, and they will be amazed how much they can do! The warp will be set for students, so they can start weaving right away, and will take home whatever length of cloth 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, instead of imitating machine-made products. No two weavers are alike, so it is very natural that every single cloth, feely 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: Willingness to explore! If you wish, bring any material you would like to use in your project (feathers, homespun yarn, fabric…)

 

SUNDAY CLASSES

Spinning With Deborah Robson: Wool Types
Date: Sunday 9am – 4pm
Max # 18

Class fee: $100
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $36

Wool comes in an amazing number of types, each of which invites and rewards different approaches to preparation and use. The fine wools, like Merino, are soft but not durable (yet when spun appropriately can last a gratifyingly long time). The mid-grade wools provide serviceable fabrics for daily use: not too soft, not too crisp, they have become one of the mainstays of industrial wool production and may be underestimated by handspinners. The classic British longwools can stand up to a lot of wear and produce nearly luminous colors when dyed but may be challenging to put to use. And then there are the double-coated fleeces, which can be initially perplexing but have the potential to yield every type of strand from cording to soft shawls. Each type of fiber reveals its nature most effectively to the handspinner, rather through mechanical processing.

Working with clean but otherwise straight-from-the-sheep fleece samples, you’ll get an overview of the types of wool that will let you evaluate the wools you encounter, including the odd ones that don’t fit a specific category. We’ll have a lot of fun and you’ll develop a solid framework for understanding the possibilities within the wide world of wool.

Student skill level: Advanced beginner spinner, able to independently spin singles and make a two-ply yarn; experience in preparing fibers for spinning is useful but not essential.

Students should bring: Wheel or spindle; fiber-prep tools of choice (combs, carders, flicker or any other OR dog-grooming combs or slickers); the ability to wind a small center-pull ball and ply from it; (or skill at Andean plying, or a lazy kate and extra bobbins); sampling tools as convenient, like knitting needles, crochet hooks, or Weave-It or similar extra-simple loom; optional tape and/or hole punch, for keeping track of fiber samples and yarns (record cards will be provided); a notebook and pen.

 

Nuno Felted Table Runner
Instructor: Leslie Granbeck
Date: Sunday 9am – 1pm
Min # 4 / Max # 12
Minimum age: 16

Class fee: $40
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $30

Felt a beautiful table runner or wall hanging using wool from local sheep. Learn to layer natural colored fibers, and then add texture and color with a variety of embellishing techniques. Add your own creative touches for a one-of-a-kind accessory. Materials fee includes all fibers and supplies.

Students should bring: Sharp scissors, 2-3 hand towels, 1 old bath towel, plastic bag to carry home wet items. Optional: apron.

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Wool-Drying Basket
Instructor: Ellie Lida
Date: Sunday 9am – 1pm
Min # 4 / Max # 12
Minimum age: 15

Class fee: $40
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $30

Historically, a wool-drying basket was elevated off the floor, with openings in the base, enabling air ti circulate and keep fleece dry.  Weave this traditional basket complete with 4 legs. Accent rows of color are embellished with vertical rows of cross-stitching detail. Approximate size is 13” x 10” x 10” high. Color choices. Optional double bail handle is extra. Everyone will finish.

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Combing and Worsted Spinning
Instructor: Carol Wagner
Date: Sunday 9am – noon
Min # 4 / Max # 12
Minimum age: 18

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

In this workshop we will concentrate on the combing preparation of wool. Students will learns how to comb, the best fleeces to comb, and why a dirty (debris-filled) fleece will improve when combed. We will discuss the types of combs and when to use them. Throughout the class, a variety of wool will be used and the characteristics will be discussed. Also the historical importance of combing will be considered. After the technique is learned we will use the fiber to learn worsted spinning. The workshop will be divided between combing and spinning. Spend a few hours playing with fibers!

Students should bring: Combs and a spinning wheel in good working order. Also bring a lazy kate, niddy noddy, and extra bobbins. Note that this is not a beginning spinning class. Please bring a wheel that you use regularly.

 

All About the Color
Instructor: Amy King
Date: Sunday 9 am – noon
Min # 10 / Max # 20

Class fee: $50
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $24

Color, Color, Color everywhere! You see colored tops and rovings all over the place. You want them but you aren’t sure what to do with them. Or you get them home, spin them and are a little disappointed in the results. This class is all about making some samples, talking about color, and helping you to see the fibers and predict how the colors will look. I’ll help you create a more predictable and desirable result in your final product.

Students should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order with 4 or more bobbins. It’s also helpful to have a niddy noddy and a lazy kate. If you have problem yarns or a confusing piece of handpaint that you want to discuss, bring those and we’ll have a discussion at the end of class. This is an intermediate beginner’s level class, but you must know how to make yarn already. It doesn’t have to be perfect but you must be able to make singles and ply reliably.

 

Needle Felted Wristlet
Instructor: Jill Colbert
Date: Sunday 9am – noon
Min # 5 / Max # 15
Minimum age: 12

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee: $35

A pre-made wool Wristlet will be provided to you to embellish by “painting” with wool using needle felting. A materials fee of $35 will supply all materials necessary for you to create a beautiful little purse. No experience necessary.

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Spinning for Socks
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
Date: Sunday 9am – noon
Min # 5 / Max # 15
Minimum age: 12

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

Join us to create the perfect sock yarn! Spinning for socks is a bit different from regular spinning because you have to put in more twist, but not too much. You have to add something for strength, but not too much that it feels synthetic. You have to spin pretty fine, but not too fine. This class will deal with these issues so that you can get the perfect yarn for the most comfortable socks you’ve ever worn, and have them last for years and years! The class will include all materials needed for spinning a pair of socks and a pattern for Basic Socks. If you are a spinner and have never knit socks, this is the pattern for you! If you are an experienced sock knitter, this pattern will allow you to make your own embellishments easily.

Students should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order, hand carders, ball winder, niddy noddy.

 

Card It, Then Spin It
Instructor: Melissa Bohrtz
Date: Sunday 9am – noon
Min # 4 / Max # 12
Minimum age: 14 – Spinning experience is necessary—students must have a working relationship with their spinning wheel and know the basics of spinning and plying. No drumcarding experience is necessary.

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

Students should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order 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.

 

SAORI Weaving (Sun AM)
Instructors: Dan and Chiaki O’Brien
Date: Sunday 9am – noon
Min # 4 / Max # 9
Minimum age: 7

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills of regularity of the woven cloth. This is a therapeutic/healing weaving technique. Even though there are only two harnesses, students still enjoy weaving with many colors and textures, and they will be amazed how much they can do! The warp will be set for students, so they can start weaving right away, and will take home whatever length of cloth 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, instead of imitating machine-made products. No two weavers are alike, so it is very natural that every single cloth, feely 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: Willingness to explore! If you wish, bring any material you would like to use in your project (feathers, homespun yarn, fabric…)

 

3-D Needle Felting: Learn Faces & Make a Gnome
Instructor: Stacy Drenckhahn
Date: Sunday 9am – noon
Min # 4 / Max # 8
Minimum age: 10

Class fee: $30
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Materials fee payable to instructor: $10

Sculpting faces seems to be one of the trickiest techniques to figure out. Stacy will walk you through it step by step and students will learn tips for adding expression and the tiny details that make felted sculptures stand out.

This is a more advanced class; students should have previous needle felting experience.

Using only wool and a specially designed barbed needle, students will learn how to layer wool into three dimensional shapes, and how to build the underlying structure to create a compact 3-D object. The same technique can be applied to many different critters and whimsical creatures.

Students should bring: All basic supplies for the class are included in the materials fee. Students are welcome to bring their own needle felting supplies if they already own them. Optional supplies (brush mat, 3 needle tool) will be available for sale from the instructor, but are not necessary for the class.

All-Natural Lip Balms
Instructor: Elizabeth Harrington
Date: Sunday 1pm – 3pm
Min # 4 / Max # 8
Minimum age: 12

Class fee: $25
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Materials fee: $10

Learn how simple and satisfying it is to create your own all-natural lip balms. Be warned, though—once you have tried a lip balm made only from vegetable oils and beeswax, you may never buy it from the store again! We will make at least two balms together. Students will take home the balms we make. Materials, supplies and recipes provided.

 

SAORI Weaving (Sun PM)
Instructors: Dan and Chiaki O’Brien
Date: Sunday 1pm – 4pm
Min # 4 / Max # 9
Minimum age: 7

Class fee: $30
Register for this class

Materials fee payable to instructor: $20

SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills of regularity of the woven cloth. This is a therapeutic/healing weaving technique. Even though there are only two harnesses, students still enjoy weaving with many colors and textures, and they will be amazed how much they can do! The warp will be set for students, so they can start weaving right away, and will take home whatever length of cloth 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, instead of imitating machine-made products. No two weavers are alike, so it is very natural that every single cloth, feely 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: Willingness to explore! If you wish, bring any material you would like to use in your project (feathers, homespun yarn, fabric…)

 

FREE CLASSES

Minerals for Health in Sheep and Goats
Location:  Band Shell
Date/Time:  Saturday   9:00 – 10:00am
Instructor: Alethea Kenney
This class is an overview of what minerals are needed for health in sheep and goats, and what problems are associated with deficiencies and toxicities. Possible reasons for imbalances and health problems that may be prevented or helped through proper mineral supplementation will be discussed. Students will learn possible reasons their animals may not be reaching their potential, and what to look for in a sheep or goat mineral mix. This class is not a substitute for veterinary care or advice!

Natural First Aid on the Farm
Location:  Band Shell
Date/Time:  Saturday   1:00 – 2:00pm
Instructor: Alethea Kenney
This seminar is an introduction to using herbs for simple first aid and common illnesses in sheep and goats and their human caretakers. Students will learn how to use some common herbs available on most farms or easily found in health stores or online, and what their medicinal action is. Handouts will include explanations and a material medical—a list of the herbs, homeopathy and essential oils covered and their actions. By the time students leave, hopefully they will be inspired to look at their fields and fencerows in a different light and notice the medicine chest at their feet. This class is not a substitute for veterinary advice or care!

 

Homeopathy: A Holistic Way to Provide Better Health for Your Flocks
Location:  Band Shell
Date/Time:  Saturday 11:00 – 12:00
Instructor: Alethea Kenney
Students will learn what homeopathy is, the science behind it, and how it can be used for both acute and chronic conditions in animals, in conjunction with veterinary care and medications when needed. Homeopathy provides a non-invasive, safe way to address health imbalances in flocks, herds and people. But its use requires understanding some basic tenets of the healing system. This workshop will provide the basics needed to understand and start using homeopathy.

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