Friday September 28 - Morning Session (9 AM - Noon)

A1

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.

 

Materials Fee - $12

 

Minimum Age - 16

 

Maximum participants - 6

 

Your Fee Covers: Pattern, Yarn

 

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

 

Special Requirements: Students can bring #2 needles (dpns or circular) or borrow needles from instructor.

 

A3

Knitting with Hand Dyed Yarn

Dawn Craig

 

Do you ever wonder what to do with that lovely hank of hand dyed yarn you fell in love with? Do you want to knit it into the perfect project but are afraid it’s going to pool or stack? Have you never heard of these things but know your projects using beautiful hand-dyed yarns could use some TLC? This is the class for you. We will go over different dyeing methods, how they affect your knitting and how to know what to look for or ask when you find that yarn you can’t do without.

 

Materials Fee - $14

 

Minimum Age - 12

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers: half a hank of hand dyed yarn.

 

Skills Required: know how to knit and purl, can read a pattern, increases and decreases, cables, lace, and familiar with knitting charts.

 

Special Requirements:

 

A4

Intro to Fair Isle Knitting

Paige Shipley

 

The Knit Your Own Adventure hat is a great crash course into Fair Isle knitting (also known as stranded colorwork) and design.  You’ll learn the basics of the technique, from how to pick a yarn, how to knit with multiple colors, and the math behind designing your own Fair Isle patterns all in this simple project.  Just bring your US size 4, 5, and 6 circulars (16 or 24 inches) and the instructor will provide the rest. The yarn that we'll be using is Claddagh by Good For Ewe - a merino and baby llama blend. If you prefer to not use this yarn, please bring your own sport or DK weight yarn. Animal fibers work best for this technique.  The class also includes a coupon that can be used in the Good For Ewe booth in the marketplace.

 

Materials Fee - $15

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 14

 

Your Fee Covers: 1 ball of the yarn in the main color, and as many mini-skeins of accents colors as you want, pattern and one handmade stitch marker.

 

Skills Required: know how to knit and purl, can read a pattern, It is helpful but not required to know how to knit English (throwing) and Continental (picking).

 

Special Requirements: Please bring  US size 4, 5, and 6 circulars (16 or 24 inches) 

 

A5

Make Your own Handpainted Yarns and Fiber

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.

 

Materials Fee - $35

 

Minimum Age - 15

 

Maximum participants - 8

 

Your Fee Covers:

 

Skills Required:

 

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

 

Photograph courtesy of Lagasse Photography.

 

A6

 

Broomstick Lace

Cindie Bennett

 

Broomstick Lace is a historic technique from the 19th century that continues to give a sophisticated look to any project. You will learn how to properly create broomstick lace using a crochet hook and knitting needle to create a beautiful, elegant infinity scarf. 

 

Materials Fee - $0

 

Minimum Age - 18

 

Maximum participants - 6

 

Your Fee Covers: Yarn, crochet hook, and knitting needle.

 

Yarn and hooks are provided through the instructor's sponsorship by
Red Heart Yarns.

 

Skills Required: This is an intermediate class. The student must be comfortable with

the following crochet stitches: single crochet, slip knot, slip stitch, and chain. 

 

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

 

 

Friday September 28 - Afternoon Session (1 PM - 4 PM)

B1

Beginning Shawl Knitting

Dorothea Pierce

 

Learn the skills you need to knit a beautiful shawl. We will talk about shawl types, making edgings, creating lace, finishing, blocking, and wearing your creations. In class you will learn how to read and follow the pattern and charts, how to create a garter stitch tab, how to create the lace pattern, and how to bind off your finished piece. This class is a great basic introduction to shawl knitting; as well as a great way to build your shawl toolkit.

 

Materials Fee - $12

 

Minimum Age - 16

 

Maximum participants - 6

 

Your Fee Covers: Pattern, yarn to practice with.

 

Skills Required: Students MUST have a solid working knowledge of knitting, and be comfortable with how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease. Students must bring US # 6 knitting needles of any length.

 

Special Requirements:

 

B2

Choosing a Fleece

Melissa Weaver Dunning

 

Are you curious about working with wool fleece, but not sure where to start? Are you a sheep owner who would like to know more about how spinners look at fleece? This class includes 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, and time allowing, what to do with your finished yarn or fiber. There will be hands-on fleece jurying, so wear old clothes or bring an apron!

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers: handouts, fleece samples.

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements: we will be standing for much of the second half of the class.

 

Photograph courtesy of Lagasse Photography.

 

B3

This class has been cancelled
If you are interested in a Punch Needle Class please check out the Sunday morning offering (E6).

 

Oxford Punch Needle Pumpkin for Beginners

Kathy Donovan

 

Have you wanted to try Punch Needle Rug hooking? Join me for this basic introduction into Oxford Punch needle rug hooking. Simple for beginners and fun for those that may already be familiar with punch needle rug hooking. We will be creating this quick little Pumpkin ornament using hand dyed wool rug yarn and the size 10 regular Oxford punch needle. We will finish the ornament in class. Kit will include pattern on monk’s cloth, yarn and embellishments. **Frames and Punch needles will be available for class use and purchase from the instructor**

 

Materials Fee - $15

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 10

 

Your Fee Covers: Class fee includes materials, pattern, embellishments, yarn.

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements:

 

B4

Taking the EEK out of Steek!

Paige Shipley

 

Steeking is the very exact art of cutting open your knitting. It is often used in Scandinavian colorwork patterns, or simply to turn a pullover into a cardigan! You will need to bring something ready to steek, knitting needles for the button band and the yarns you would like to finish the project with (contact teacher for suggestions) and we will discuss how steeking works, reinforce your work, make our cuts, reinforce again and finish with a button band.

 

Materials Fee - 0

 

Minimum Age - 15

 

Maximum participants - 14

 

Your Fee Covers:

 

Skills Required: know how to knit and purl, Be confident in picking up stitches.

 

Special Requirements: you need to bring your own project to steek and yarn to finish it.

 

B5

Felted Wine Soap with Needle Felted Design

Judy Wilson

 

Wet-felt a bar of handmade, wine soap in a blanket of wool. Students will wet-felt a bar to take home. Then students will learn how to needle-felt a design onto a dry bar of previously felted soap. Each student will go home with wool and a needle to create a design on the bar of soap they wet-felted. This is a good way to learn how to felt soap as well as learn the basics of needle-felting. The scent of the wine enhances a luxurious bathing experience while the wool softly exfoliates the skin. The antioxidants in the wine benefits the skin as an anti-aging agent. Students will have a bar of soap to keep and one for a gift and knowledge to do this fun activity at home.

 

Materials Fee - $15

 

Minimum Age - 12

 

Maximum participants - 15

 

Your Fee Covers: 2 cakes of home-made all natural soap, felting foam, felting needle to take home, wool for felting, and card/envelope stock.

 

Skills Required: Ability to use both hands for felting.

 

Special Requirements:

 

B6

Needle Felted Owl

Jill Newman

 

Learn to felt an adorable owl! Students will learn the basics of needle-felting, including how to form shapes and create a smooth solid felted surface with wool. Your creation can be as realistic or as fantastical as you wish. Wool – like your imagination—has no limits!

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 11

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers: Wool only. **Foam pad, Felting kit, and needles to keep will be available from the instructor for an additional $20.

 

Skills Required: Beginner to Intermediate.

 

Special Requirements: Please bring your own foam pad and felting needles, unless you plan to purchase a kit from the instructor.

 

Saturday September 29 - Morning Session (9 AM - Noon)

C1

Introduction to 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 fiber characteristics, basic spinning skills, and hands on assistance from a spinner with more than fifteen years’ experience in teaching.

 

Materials Fee - $20

 

Minimum Age - 16

 

Maximum participants - 6

 

Your Fee Covers: Samples of various fibers to practice spinning with in class and at home.

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements:

 

C2

Rare Breed Spinning

Melissa Weaver Dunning

 

Working with raw fleeces as well as prepared roving, we will explore the world of rare breed wool, including: how to choose a fleece for a particular project, skirting and grading fleece, sourcing rare wool, traditional and modern wool preparation, different spinning styles and sampling & swatching for a particular project. Students will work with Navajo-Churro, Romeldale/CVM, Shetland, Tunis and other breeds as available.

 

Materials Fee - $20

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers: handouts, rare breed fleece samples set, roving.

 

Skills Required: Ability to spin and ply a basic yarn is needed.

 

Special Requirements:

 

C3

Needle Felted Lamb or Lion

Jill Newman

 

Celebrate your love of fiber by learning to needle felt an adorable mini sheep or lion! 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 locks for the fluffy fleece or mane, how to create flat shapes for ears and add fine details for the expressive face.

 

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 11

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers: Wool only. **Foam pad, Felting kit, and needles to keep will be available from the instructor for an additional $20.

 

Skills Required: Beginner to Intermediate.

 

Special Requirements: Please bring your own foam pad and felting needles, unless you plan to purchase a kit from the instructor.

 

C4

Spin So Fine! - A lace Spinning Class

Kimberly Radcliffe

 

Do you have a desire to spin finer? With some patience and your wheel set up just right, or a lightweight spindle, you can! It’s not as scary or intimidating as you 
may think! It’s really quite easy once you get into the rhythm of it! I will show you what I've found to be the best prep methods for spinning fine yarns and the most suitable fibers. I will bring hand combed top of a few different fibers for you to spin and ply in class. 
You will go from admiring other’s lace yarns to enjoying spinning your own!

 

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 18

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers: Hand combed top for spinning, bags, tags, misc class supplies.

 

Skills Required: This class is best suited for intermediate to advanced spinners who want to take their spinning to a new level. Students must be able to spin a continuous singles and make a two ply yarn.

 

Special Requirements: Please Bring: Your working spinning wheel (scotch tension or double drive is best, and the fastest whorl), or a lightweight spindle, extra bobbins or spindles, and a kate for plying. A contrasting(light and dark) lap cover is helpful. If you have a fine fiber that you’re dying to spin thin, go ahead and bring that and I’ll help get you started! Wheels with a strong take-up, like bobbin lead or those with a WooLee Winder, are not recommended for this class. 

If you have questions, please ask. krzykar@yahoo.com

 

C5

Easy Dye Silk Scarves

M Theresa Brown

 

Create your own beautiful abstract designs on silk scarves. No need to steam or heat set with the specially formulated, safe dyes. You’ll leave with 2 ready to wear pure silk scarves that you designed using the techniques learned in the workshop.

 

Materials Fee - $25

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers: All the dye supplies and two 8" x72" silk scarves.

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements:

 

Saturday September 29 - Afternoon Session (1 PM - 4 PM)

D1

Beginning Knitting

Dorothea Pierce

 

Learn the basics of knitting – Students will learn how to knit and purl. Then will go on to learn different ways to use those stitches – stockinet, garter, and ribbing. Students will be introduced to increasing and decreasing, how to read a basic pattern, and how to fix common beginner mistakes.

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 16

 

Maximum participants - 6

 

Your Fee Covers: Patterns, Yarn

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements:

 

D2

Portugese Knitting

Kimberly Garver

 

Class will focus on the techniques needed to become proficient with this style of knitting. If you are a newbie to knitting this is the way to go as you will have faster results with both knitting and purling.

 

Materials Fee - 0

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 15

 

Your Fee Covers:

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements: Students should have knitting needles size US 4, 5, or 6 and dk weight yarn. Traditionally this style of knitting used neck for yarn support.  Beautiful pins and pendants will be available to purchase before class begins. Prices range between $20-$50 and are hand crafted by Appalachia Fibers. Dk weight hand dyed yarns by Appalachia Fibers will be available to students with a 10% discount before class begins in booth 1 of Ruritan building.

 

D3

Handpaint Magic Spinning

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 techniques including different styles of predrafting, chain plying and fractal spinning to help you make the best use of these exciting rovings.

 

Materials Fee - $20

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers: hand painted rovings, handouts.

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements: Students should bring hand spindles and/or spinning wheels, any handspun or rovings they may have to discuss; optional – hand cards if available.

 

D4

Felted Greeting Cards

Judy Wilson

 

Using a special barbed needle, you will learn how to make colorful wool pictures on a wet-felted wool base. It is rather like painting with wool. You will be provided a finished, wet-felted base and will needle-felt a design onto the base and then mount onto a greeting card. You will also learn to wet-felt a base which you can take home to finish, so you will learn the entire process from beginning to end. The techniques are the same for making many other felted items. Once you master the techniques, you will see the broad creative possibilities of using needle-felting by itself or in conjunction with other fiber arts.

 

Materials Fee - $15

 

Minimum Age - 11

 

Maximum participants - 15

 

Your Fee Covers:

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements:

 

D5

Rigid Heddle Weaving

Linda Witt

 

Learn to warp and weave on a rigid heddle loom. Looms will be available for you to,use, or bring your own to warp up with colors of your choice to weave a set of mug rugs in a variety patterns.

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 6

 

Your Fee Covers:

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements: 

 

Sunday September 30 - Morning Session (9 AM - Noon)

E1

Introduction to 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 fiber characteristics, basic spinning skills, and hands on assistance from a spinner with more than fifteen years’ experience in teaching.

 

Materials Fee - $20

 

Minimum Age - 16

 

Maximum participants - 6

 

Your Fee Covers: Samples of various fibers to practice spinning with in class and at home.

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements:

 

E2

Spinning on a great wheel

Melissa Weaver Dunning

 

Hand spindles were the earliest tools used to spin fiber into yarn. The Great Wheel was created by simply turning a spindle perpendicular to the ground and adding a drive wheel. Students will explore the basic techniques of spinning and plying on the great wheel. We will discuss the types of spinning heads for great wheels and basic renovation of antique wheels for spinners.

 

Materials Fee - $5

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 6

 

Your Fee Covers: handouts and fiber.

 

Skills Required: must be able to stand to spin.

 

Special Requirements: The Instructor will bring 3 great wheels for use in class. Students who have a great wheel may bring their own.

 

E3

Easy Dye Silk Scarves

M Theresa Brown

 

Create your own beautiful abstract designs on silk scarves. No need to steam or heat set with the specially formulated, safe dyes. You’ll leave with 2 ready to wear pure silk scarves that you designed using the techniques learned in the workshop.

 

Materials Fee - $25

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers: All the dye supplies and two 8" x72" silk scarves.

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements:

 

E4

Fiber Experience: Paco-Vicuna

Kimberly Radcliffe

 

What is Paco-Vicuna(P-V) and what is it like to process and spin? Each student will get P-V fiber to experience and spin. There will be raw fleece to combed top, with some as fine as Vicuna. I’ll show you how to handle it, wash and prep it for spinning, and I’ll have samples of spun yarn. You will get to experience spinning P-V from hand combed top and find out why it is so special!!

 

Materials Fee - $25

 

Minimum Age - 18

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers: Paco-Vicuña fiber for students to spin and take home, bags, labels, and written information about Paco-Vicuña, misc. class supplies.

 

Skills Required: Students must be able to spin a continuous singles and make a two ply yarn.

 

Special Requirements: Student must bring: a working spinning wheel set up for a light take-up, because Paco-Vicuña likes to be spun finer (scotch tension or double drive is best), three bobbins and a kate for plying sample yarns. A contrasting(light and dark) lap cover is helpful. If you prefer spindle spinning, no problem, just bring what you need to make a two ply yarn. If you have any questions, please ask. krzykar@yahoo.com

E5

Back to the Source

Patty Williams

 

The closer to raw fiber an artist chooses the more options we have. This class teaches how to design a project backwards. We start with the finished project and decide which plying, spinning, fiber preparation, and raw materials to choose. We will also discuss when to dye and the advantages and disadvantages to dying at different points in the process.

 

Materials Fee - 0

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers:

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements: They should take notes.

 

E6

Oxford Punch Needle Pumpkin for Beginners

Kathy Donovan

 

Have you wanted to try Punch Needle Rug hooking? Join me for this basic introduction into Oxford Punch needle rug hooking. Simple for beginners and fun for those that may already be familiar with punch needle rug hooking. We will be creating this quick little Pumpkin ornament using hand dyed wool rug yarn and the size 10 regular Oxford punch needle. We will finish the ornament in class. Kit will include pattern on monk’s cloth, yarn and embellishments. **Frames and Punch needles will be available for purchase from the instructor.

 

Materials Fee - $15

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 10

 

Your Fee Covers: Class fee includes materials, pattern, embellishments, yarn.

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements:

 

Sunday September 30 - Afternoon Session (1 PM - 4 PM)

F1

Introduction to 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 fiber characteristics, basic spinning skills, and hands on assistance from a spinner with more than fifteen years’ experience in teaching.

 

Materials Fee - $20

 

Minimum Age - 16

 

Maximum participants - 6

 

Your Fee Covers: Samples of various fibers to practice spinning with in class and at home.

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements:

 

F2

Traditinal Wool Prep

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.

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 12

 

Your Fee Covers: handouts, fleece

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements: Instructor will provide hand cards and a drum carder. Students may bring handcards if they have them.

 

F3

Basic Drop Spindling

Chelsea Fehskens

 

You may wonder why anyone would use a drop spindle when there are so many good spinning wheels on the market, but drop spindles are efficient, inexpensive, and really portable. A drop spindle lets you take your spinning anywhere. In this class you will learn the centuries-old art of creating yarn on a wooden drop spindle. You will learn the step-by-step process including some basics of wool types and preparation. Each student will leave with their own drop spindle, a mini yarn skein, and extra wool roving so you can keep spinning!

 

Materials Fee - $25

 

Minimum Age - 9

 

Maximum participants - 15

 

Your Fee Covers: Spindle, fiber, handouts.

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements:

 

F4

Introduction to Intarsia Crochet

Cindie Bennett

 

You will learn the basics of intarsia crochet, how to use intarsia, read graphs, read a written pattern, properly change colors, and use bobbins. We will create an easy intarsia project.

 

Materials Fee - 0

 

Minimum Age - 12

 

Maximum participants - 20

 

Your Fee Covers: Yarn and a crochet hook.

 

Yarn and hooks are provided through the instructor's sponsorship by
Red Heart Yarns.

 

Skills Required: Student must have basic understandings of crochet. Student will need to know how to do a slip knot, chain, and single crochet.

 

Special Requirements:

 

F5

Rigid Heddle Weaving

Linda Witt

 

Learn to warp and weave on a rigid heddle loom. Looms will be available for you to,use, or bring your own to warp up with colors of your choice to weave a set of mug rugs in a variety patterns.

 

Materials Fee - $10

 

Minimum Age - 10

 

Maximum participants - 6

 

Your Fee Covers:

 

Skills Required:

 

Special Requirements: