Class Details for the 2017 Fiber Festival

Class Details for the 2017 Fiber Festival.

 

Online registration has closed for 2017.

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Friday Afternoon Session (1pm - 4pm)

A1

How to Buy a Fleece  

Melissa Weaver Dunning

 

Are you curious about working with wool fleece, but not sure where to start? 

 

This class will be a discussion about fleece types, how to choose a good one, how to wash your new fleece, how to prepare the fleece for spinning or felting, with some hands-on experience at the fleece jury for the festival.

 

Please wear old clothes or bring an apron. You should also have a notebook, pen, and camera.

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 10

Maximum participants - 24

 

A2

Beginning Sock Knitting  

Dorothea Pierce

 

Learn to knit a traditional heel flap sock by knitting a wee ornamental sock in class!  

 

Class includes basic pattern reading skills, casting on choices, sizing, turning a heel, finishing the toe, and a basic sock pattern personalized for your foot or that of a loved one. 

 

Students must have a solid working knowledge of knitting, and be comfortable with how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease. Students can bring #2 needles (dpns or circular) or borrow needles from instructor. 

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 16

Maximum participants - 4

A3

Knitting:  Techniques to Finish Your Knitted Garments

Jennifer Raymond

 

Finishing is one of the greatest hurdles for knitters.  A well finished garment is the difference between a garment that is homemade and one that is handmade.  Master different versions of the mattress stitch, keys to “easing” a sleeve into place, when & how to block, the best ways to weave in ends, and much more.

 

Skill Level:  Must know how to knit and purl, increase and decrease, and read your knitting

Skills Covered: Blocking, various seaming techniques (and when to use them), tricks to pick up stitches, attach zippers, tricks to keep buttons smooth.

 

 

Instructor will Provide: Worksheets, samples, closeable stitch markers.

Homework: 4 swatches at least 4” wide, blocked.  2 should be done in one yarn in stockinet, 2 done in another yarn and worked in garter.  Yarn should be smooth and light colored, please refrain from yarn that is fuzzy or single-ply.

 

Materials Provided: Worksheets, samples, closeable stitch markers, Extra yarn to use for practicing seaming, Blunt-tip needle, and Sharp needle.

 

Students Should Bring: 

 

  • Pen or pencil.
  • Extra yarn to use for practicing seaming
  • Blunt-tip needle
  • Sharp needle (that yarn can fit through)
  • Corresponding needles to yarn.
  • Students have the option of bringing projects to the class that they would like advice on.  The last 15-20 minutes will be spent brainstorming solutions to different pieces.

 

Maximum number of students: 14

 

 

A4

Crochet a Flower Key Chain

Laura Bretz

 

Learn how to crochet in the round and join colors. Make a beautiful keychain, perfect for quick gifts or gift box decorations this holiday season!

 

Must know basics of crochet – how to hold a hook, chain, and single crochet. All other skills will be taught.

 

Please bring a size H (5mm) crochet hook.

 

Materials fee $10 - includes yarn, stitch markers, and keychain accessories.

 

Minimum Age - 8 (with adult), 10 without a parent

Maximum participants - 6

 

No Walk-ins Accepted

A5

Rigid Heddle Weaving: Make an Upcycled Table Runner

Lois Weaver

 

 

In this class you will begin to weave a table runner using upcycled weft materials of your choice. Use from your fabric stash, old t-shirts, plastic bags, chunky handspun, art yarn or roving. Or purchase Sari Silk from the instructor (example pictured). In this class you will be encouraged to experiment with color and texture and let your inner child come out to play. Project will be finished on your own.

 

 

Skills Required:

Must be able to warp your own rigid heddle loom

 

Equipment & Supplies: Bring pre-warped rigid heddle loom and be ready to weave, long stick shuttle (bring multiple shuttles if possible), tapestry beater (optional) or fork, scissors and materials of your choice for weft (see homework below).

 

Homework:

 

For prepared warp you will need 200 yds of 5/2 or 3/2 cotton, sett at 8 epi. Warp length: 70 inches. Width in heddle: 13 inches.

Weft Material – approximately 2 ½ yds. of flat fold fabric cut into 1-1 ½” width strips. Or, 150-200 yds of chunky yarn, roving or other filler.

Other options; plastic bags, t-shirts – you name it, let’s upcycle it!

Sari Silk Ribbon & yarn will be available to purchase from instructor.

 

Materials Fee - $30 for Sari Silk -

OPTIONAL - Please contact instructor directly if you want this.

 

 

Maximum students - 8

 

A6

Make your Own Handpainted Yarns  

Linda Witt

 

Students will turn beautiful white skeins of luxury yarns into fabulous colorways, applying multiple dye colors of their own choosing.Skeins of fingering sock, worsted, and lace weight will all be available.

 

No experience is necessary

 

Students should bring an apron, rubber gloves and a dust mask if they wish to mix dyes.

  

 

Materials Fee - $35

 

Minimum Age - 15

Maximum participants - 8

 

 

 

 

Saturday Morning Session (9am - Noon)

 

 

B1

Beginning Spinning

Dorothea Pierce

 

Learn the ancient and timeless art of spinning. Students will start on a drop spindle to learn basic skills, and then move onto a wheel if they wish. Easy to learn and so rewarding, this is a class you will enjoy and a skill you will learn to love. The class includes an introduction to basic spinning skills and hands on assistance from a spinner with more than ten years’ experience in teaching.

 

 

 

Materials Fee - $15

 

Minimum Age - 16

Maximum participants - 6

 

B2

Spinning, Traditional Wool Preparation
Melissa Weaver Dunning 

 

We will start at the sheep with sorting and grading fleece, moving on to washing, picking & carding with hand cards.  Wool combing and preparation for worsted spinning and a unique approach to using the drum carder to produce small rolags will also be covered.

 

Please wear old clothing or bring an apron. Also have a notebook, pen, and camera.

 

Students should bring hand cards, hand spindles and/or a spinning wheel.

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 10

Maximum participants - 12

 

B3

Rigid Heddle Weaving - Cellphone Bag / Eyeglass Case

Lois Weaver

 

NO Previous weaving experience required.

 

In this fun 3-hour class you’ll learn how to set up a rigid heddle loom and weave. By the end of the class, you will have a good idea of what weaving is all about and go home with a project you’ve made! Yarn is provided or bring your own novelty, art yarn or handspun yarn. No previous weaving experience is required. Looms will be provided and ready to weave. No previous weaving experience is required.

 

Supplies: Scissors, Yarn (optional - worsted weight, chunky, art yarn or roving)

 

Materials fee - $10

 

Maximum students - 8

 

 

B4

Needle Felting on a Drawstring Bag

Nan Crawford 

 

Learn the technique of needle felting on cotton fabric by beginning with a functional drawstring bag. This technique can be applied to any cotton fabric and creates a unique accent. The workshop includes discussion of types of locally produced wool fibers and their properties.

 

Materials fee - $15

 

Minimum age - 16 (with adult)

Maximum students - 10

B5

Knitting: Picking up Stitches: Getting it Right

Jennifer Raymond

 

Picking up stitches can be a tricky proposition! There are so many times in knitting when picking up stitches is a vital skill.  Yet what are the best ways to pick up stitches? What are tricks to picking up stitches on an angle, over rows, or over stitches? How do you know how many stitches to pick up when it says “distribute evenly?”  Learn Jennifer’s tips and tricks while working on Arya Mitts, and quick pattern that will reinforce your skills!

 

Skill Level: Advanced beginner: must know how to knit and purl, increase and decrease.

 

Skills Covered: Picking up stitches in garter and stockinette.  Determining the best edge to pick up stitches in garments, socks and accessories.  Tips and tricks to make picking up stitches easier!

 

Homework:

Please purchase Arya Mitts from Willow Yarns

(link: https://www.willowyarns.com/product/940487.do)

  1. Work 3 braiding strips from pattern as follows: Using larger needle, CO 42 sts using long tail cast on. P one row. Row 1-8: K1 all sts. Row 9 (RS): Bind off, loosely.
  2. Please work the following swatch before the class. We will practice picking up stitches with this swatch in addition to working on the mitts. Gauge: 5 sts/in (row gauge is not a concern). 
  • CO 32 sts in Long Tail, Knitted CO, or Cable CO (please do not use backwards loop cast on). 
  • Rows 1-20: k all sts.  
  • Row 21: (WS) P all sts. 
  • Row 22: (RS) K all sts. 
  • Rows 23 – 31: P all odd rows, k all even rows. 
  • Row 32: (RS) K1, ssk, k until 3 sts from end, k2tog, k1. (2 sts dec) – 30 sts left. 
  • All odd rows 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45: P all sts.
  • Row 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44: repeat as for row 32, 2 sts dec each time – 18 sts left.
  • Bind off loosely. Block swatch if possible, getting wet and lying flat to dry.

Materials Needed: Yarn called for in pattern and waste yarn to work swatch and practice.  Make sure yarn is smooth and sturdy in a light color.

 

Materials Provided:

Worksheets, samples and pattern.

  

Minimum Age - 14

Maximum Participants - 12

B6

Beginning Crochet

Laura Bretz

 

Learn how to hold a crochet hook, make a crochet chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

 

 

Student should bring 200+ yards of worsted weight yarn in a light solid color.

 

Material Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 10

Maximum participants - 6

 

Saturday Afternoon Session (1pm - 4pm)

 

 

C1

Spinning on a Handspindle

Melissa Weaver Dunning

 

 

 

 

 

Hand spindles are the most basic tools used to spin fiber into yarn.  Students will explore the techniques of spinning and plying on the grasped spindle, supported spindle and the suspended or drop spindle.  We will discuss fiber preparation and finishing for spindling, too.

 

The Teacher will supply spindles but please bring any spindles you may already have.

 

Materials Fee - $5

 

Minimum Age - 12 (with adult)

Maximum participants - 8

C2

Beginning Spinning

Dorothea Pierce

 

Learn the ancient and timeless art of spinning. Students will start on a drop spindle to learn basic skills, and then move onto a wheel if they wish. Easy to learn and so rewarding, this is a class you will enjoy and a skill you will learn to love. The class includes an introduction to basic spinning skills and hands on assistance from a spinner with more than ten years’ experience in teaching.

 

 

 

Materials Fee - $15

 

Minimum Age - 16

Maximum participants - 6

 

C3

Learn to Weave on a Zoom Loom / Pin Loom

Lois Weaver

 

In this class you’ll learn how to weave squares on a Zoom Loom and make a couple of embellished coasters. You will be introduced to the many ways you can use these squares in other projects. Looms and yarn are provided.

 

 

Zoom Looms will be available for purchase at a discount.

 

 

Materials fee - $3

  

Maximum students - 6

 

C4

Needle Felting Colors That Pop

Nan Crawford

 

Use the nuno-felting technique to create a piece of felted wool with eye-catching surface designs

 

and colors. We will use pre-felted wool batting, silk hankies, silk sliver and wool roving to build the colors.

 

Students should bring a small towel for blotting water and a pair of scissors. No previous felting experience is required.

 

 

Materials cost - $15

 

Minimum age - 14

Maximum students - 15

 

C5

Crochet Swimmy the Fish

Laura Bretz

 

Swimmy the Fish. Make an adorable little crocheted friend! Learn continuous crochet, increases, and decreases!

 

 

Must know basics of crochet – how to hold a hook, chain, and single crochet. All other skills will be taught.

 

Please bring a size G (4mm) crochet hook.

 

Materials cost - $10 - includes yarn, stuffing, stitch markers, needle, and amigurimi accessories.

 

Minimum Age - 10

Maximum participants - 4

C6

Sock Knitting: Heel Flaps

Jennifer Raymond

 

If you love sock knitting, this class is for you. In this half-day class we’ll learn about some lesser-known variations of the heel flap, and discuss ways of substituting one for another.

 

Skill Level: Intermediate: must know how to knit and purl, increase, decrease and work in the round in their preferred method.

 

Skills Covered: 

Students will learn to work three of the following heel styles: The square/Dutch heel, the common heel, half handkerchief, round heel, and the riverbed heel.  Students will be able to choose during the class.

 

Materials Included: Worksheets, printed mini-heel patterns, stitch markers.

 

Homework: 

 

3 pieces worked in the following method:

  • CO 44 sts and join in the round.  
  • Work (k, p) for 5 rounds.  
  • Begin heel flap: (k 32 sts. Turn. P 32 sts. Turn) repeat 7 times more.  
  • Put all sts on waste yarn.

 

For all pieces: Make sure yarn is light colored and not fuzzy so you can see your work. Yarn should be worsted or DK, needles should be appropriate to yarn.

 

Students Should Bring: 

  • DK or worsted weight yarn (wool and wool blends are best), in at least 2 colors: make sure the yarn is light colored (to be able to see stitches) and not very fuzzy.  Should hold up well to unraveling, if necessary.
  • Needles corresponding to yarn to get a “firm” fabric.
  • Sharp needle suitable to using with yarn.

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 16

Maximum participants - 4

 

Sunday Morning Session (9am - Noon)

 

 

D1

Spinning: Handpaint Magic

Melissa Weaver Dunning

 

Handpainted rovings are both popular and plentiful these days, but many spinners are not sure how to work with these beautiful fibers.  Come and learn different methods of pre-drafting, fractal spinning and chain plying to help you make the best use of these exciting rovings.

 

Student should bring a spindle or wheel.

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 16

Maximum participants - 12

D2

Knitting: Shawl Knitting - Basics and Beyond

Dorothea Pierce

 

 

Learn the skills you need to knit a beautiful shawl.  Shawl pattern, included in the class fee, will include central garter stitch triangle, lace, and add on edging – all important skills to making shawls. We will talk about shawl types, making edgings, creating lace, finishing, blocking, and wearing your creations. This class is a great basic introduction to shawl knitting; as well as a great way to build your shawl toolkit.

 

Skill level: Students MUST have a solid working knowledge of knitting, and be comfortable with how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease. 

 

Students should bring: Their own #5 needle (24-inch circular minimum length for class, 32-inch circular minimum length for completed shawl).  

 

Materials Fee - $15

 

Minimum Age - 16

Maximum participants - 6

D3

Hip to be Square Cowl

Lois Weaver

 

Take your Zoom Loom/pin loom weaving to the next level and use your multiple skills in one project. In addition to weaving squares, you will learn how to crochet a border, sew squares together and finally pick up and knit an edge. Looms will be provided for your use. Materials fee includes one ball of yarn, enough for the woven squares. To finish the full cowl, you will need to purchase the kit which is available along with Zoom Looms at festival prices.

 

Skills Required:

Pin loom weaving (optional), know how to single crochet and knit.

 

 

Equipment/supplies: Crochet hook, size F/3.75 mm, knitting needles size 8/5.0mm, scissors

 

Materials Fee - $10

  

Maximum participants - 6

 

Walk-ins Accepted

D4

Knitting: Bind Offs

Jennifer Raymond

 

Review and expand your repertoire of bind offs! We’ll talk about stretchy bind offs, fancy bind offs, decorative and practical!

 

Skill Level: Advanced beginner: must know how to knit and purl, increase and decrease.

Skills Covered: a variety of bind offs, including: Knitted, lace, Jenny’s super stretchy bind off, picot, and a few others!  Learn the situations when various bind offs should be used.

 

 

Homework: 

Please cast on 150 stitches and work in stockinette stitch for 2.”

Materials Needed: Worsted weight yarn in at least two colors, needles appropriate to yarn (US #7 or US #8), pen and paper.

 

Materials Provided:

Worksheets, samples and pattern. 

 

Maximum Number of Students: 12

D5

Crochet: Make a Hairpin Lace Headband

Laura Bretz

 

Learn an awesome technique that produces beautiful, elegant hairpin lace!

 

This class is for students who are very comfortable with all the basics of crochet, including holding the yarn and hook, chaining, and single crochet. All other skills will be taught.

 

Students should bring a size G crochet hook.

 

Materials Fee - $12 - Includes Hairpin Lace Loom, yarn, and stitch markers.

 

Minimum Age - 12 (with adult)

Maximum participants - 4

 

No Walk-ins Accepted

D6

Needlefelted Lamb

Jill Newman

 

Celebrate your love of fiber by learning to needle felt an adorable mini sheep or lamb!

Students will learn the basics of needle-felting, including how to form shapes and create

a smooth solid felted surface with wool, as well as how to add natural wool curls for the

fluffy fleece.

 

 

 

Materials cost: - $30 - includes wool to make mini-sheep plus foam pad, felting needles and tool kit with case to keep for future projects.

 

Maximum students - 10

Minimum age - Adults and children 12 and up (or 9-11 year olds accompanied by parent)

 

 

D7

Spinning Designer Yarns

Candy Hargett

 

Learn the basics of purposeful spinning thick and thin singles.

 

Then learn the controlled plying technique to create a beehives & lace yarn.

 

* Spinning the single - Learn to control the size, shape and placement of thick to thin in a single

* Ply – thick & thin with beehive coils

 

Material List:

 

I will provide:

o 1 hand-dyed roving per student for spinning the single

o Assorted add-ins for spinning

o Assorted yarns or threads to ply beehives

 

* Recommended that students also bring thin yarns/ threads to ply with, add-ins for spinning & plying

 

Tools:

 

* spinning wheel – required, several bobbins

* lazy kate

 

Advanced Spinners only.

 

Materials Fee - $30

 

Minimum Age - 16

Maximum participants - 12

 

Sunday Afternoon Session (1pm - 4pm)

 

 

E1

Beginning Spinning

Dorothea Pierce

 

Learn the ancient and timeless art of spinning. Students will start on a drop spindle to learn basic skills, and then move onto a wheel if they wish. Easy to learn and so rewarding, this is a class you will enjoy and a skill you will learn to love. The class includes an introduction to basic spinning skills and hands on assistance from a spinner with more than ten years’ experience in teaching.

 

 

 

Materials Fee - $15

 

Minimum Age - 16

Maximum participants - 6

 

E2

Spinning on a Handspindle

Melissa Weaver Dunning

 

 

 

 

 

Hand spindles are the most basic tools used to spin fiber into yarn. Students will explore the techniques of spinning and plying on the grasped spindle, supported spindle and the suspended or drop spindle.  We will discuss fiber preparation and finishing for spindling, too.

 

The Teacher will supply spindles but please bring any spindles you may already have.

 

Materials Fee - $5

 

Minimum Age - 12 (with adult)

Maximum participants - 8

E3

Knitting: Oops - Repairing Knitting Mistakes

Jennifer Raymond

 

 

Sometimes it happens – you make a mistake and you don’t know how to fix it so you bring it into your LYS to get some help. Instead of being stuck until the next time you make it to your LYS, learn how to fix those mistakes so you can keep knitting along. This class specializes in teaching you how to read your knitting and fix those mistakes.

 

 

 

Skill Level: must know how to knit and purl, increase and decrease

 

Skills Covered: laddering, dropped stitches, adding yarn overs, fixing a purl or a knit that should be the other.

 

Instructor will Provide: Worksheets, samples, crochet hooks.

 

Homework: 2-3 swatches in stockinette worked in worsted weight yarn, do not bind off – put stitches on stitch holder.

 

Materials Fee Includes: Worksheets, samples, crochet hooks.

 

Students Should Bring:

* Worsted weight yarn in a light color

* Corresponding knitting needle to get recommended yarn gauge.

 

Materials Fee - $3

 

Minimum Age - 14

Maximum participants - 12

E4

Tapestry Weaving - Woven Wall Hanging

Lois Weaver

 

Learn the basics of weaving one-of-a-kind tapestries. In this class, you’ll learn how to warp the loom, add dramatic fringe, fluffy clouds of roving, and tons of color and texture. You will design and weave your very own unique wall hanging. Looms will be provided for your use and available for purchase at a discount. Yarn and roving is provided or if you’d like, bring some of your own.

 

 

 

Equipment/Supplies: Yarn or Roving (optional)

 

 

Material Fee - $10

 

Maximum students - 8

 

Walk-ins Accepted

E5

Needlefelted Pumpkin

Jill Newman

 

Celebrate the fall season by learning to needle felt an adorable mini pumpkin! Students

will learn the basics of needle-felting, including how to form shapes and create a smooth

solid felted surface with wool. If there is time and interest, we will introduce advanced techniques. Your creation can be as realistic or as fantastical as you wish. Wool – like your imagination—has no limits!

 

Materials cost - $30 - includes wool to make mini-pumpkin plus foam pad, felting needles and tool kit with case to keep for future projects.

 

Maximum students -  10

Minimum age - Adults and children 12 and up (or 9-11 year olds accompanied by parent)

 

 

E6

Beginning Crochet

Laura Bretz

 

Learn how to hold a crochet hook, make a crochet chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

 

 

Student should bring 200+ yards of worsted weight yarn in a light solid color.

 

 

Material Fee - $10 - includes set of crochet hooks, yarn, and stitch markers.

 

Minimum Age - 8 with parent, 10 without parent.

Maximum participants - 6

 

No Walk-ins Accepted