Class Details for the 2017 Fiber Festival

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Friday Afternoon Session (1pm - 4pm)

A1

How to Buy a Fleece  

Melissa 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

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!

 

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

 

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.

 

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

Maximum participants - 6

 

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.

 

Materials Fee $30 for Sari Silk - OPTIONAL - Please contact instructor directly if you want this.

 

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.

 

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

B2

Spinning, Traditional Wool Preparation
Melissa Dunning 

B3

Rigid Heddle Weaving - Cellphone Bag / Eyeglass Case

Lois Weaver

 

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.

 

Materials fee $10

 

 

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

 

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

Jennifer Raymond

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

B7

Spinning Designer Yarns

Candy Hargett

 

Saturday Afternoon Session (1pm - 4pm)

 

 

C1

Spinning on a Handspindle

Melissa Dunning

 

Learn to make yarn on a spindle. We will try various fibers, talk about preparation of fiber, and finishing.

 

Student should bring their own spindle if they have one.

 

Materials Fee $5

 

Minimum Age - 12 (with adult)

Maximum participants - 8

C2

Beginning Spinning

Dorothea Pierce

C3

Learn to Weave on a Zoom Loom / Pin Loom

Lois Weaver

 

 

 

Materials fee $3

 

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.

 

 

 

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!

 

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

 

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.

 

Minimum Age - 10

Maximum participants - 4

C6

Sock Knitting: Heel Flaps

Jennifer Raymond

 

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

 

Sunday Morning Session (9am - Noon)

 

 

D1

Spinning: Handpaint Magic

Melissa 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.

 

Materials Fee $10

 

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

 

 

Maximum participants - 6

D4

Knitting: Bind Offs

Jennifer Raymond

D5

Crochet: Make a Hairpin Lace Headband

Laura Bretz

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

Minimum Age - 12 (with adult)

Maximum participants - 4

D6

Needlefelted Lamb

Jill Newman

 

Sunday Afternoon Session (1pm - 4pm)

 

 

E1

Beginning Spinning

Dorothea Pierce

E2

Spinning on a Handspindle

Melissa Dunning

 

Learn to make yarn on a spindle. We will try various fibers, talk about preparation of fiber, and finishing.

 

Student should bring their own spindle if they have one.

 

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.

 

Material Fee $10

 

 

Equipment/Supplies: Yarn or Roving (optional)

 

Maximum students: 8

E5

Needlefelted Pumpkin

Jill Newman

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