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Remember that breakout sessions are selected at registration, but payment is made in class to each individual instructor – so bring cash or checks, or see in the description if the instructor can accept cards or PayPal payment.


9 Ways to Spin Hand Dyed Braids

Saturday, 1 – 3 pm

Instructor: Sharon Barnes

It can be hard to decide how to spin those gorgeous braids! We’ll discuss several dye ‘patterns’ and practice ways to prep and spin them for different effects. Learn how to plan a fractal spin or a combo spin, try your hand at blending colors at the prep stage, practice combo drafting and more. See how plying or adding a neutral or solid color can extend that favorite fiber or shift the color focus. Instructor will provide supplemental fiber.

BRING:

  • Working spinning wheel with 3 bobbins
  • Lazy kate (cardboard box w/ knitting needles or chopsticks is just fine!)
  • At least 1 oz. of hand-dyed braid
  • Note-taking materials
  • 10-2 sandwich-size zipper bags
  • Optional – hand carders or flicker
  • PREP: Spin several yards of undyed wool (white or colored) on one of the bobbins, ready for plying

Fee & payment methods: $30 cash, check or PayPal

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Add Texture to Your Weaving with Soumak

Saturday, 9 – 11 am

Instructor: Kennita Tully

Add texture to your weavings with Soumak, an ancient tapestry technique. Use it for outlines, building shapes, or simply added texture. This class will cover methods of applying Soumak as you practice variations of both Single and Double Soumak. A kit of various weft and wrapping yarns will be included in the session fee.

BRING:

  • Loom warped for 4″ to 6″ width at 8 EPI – or your favorite sett
  • Any accessories like beater, shed stick and weaving needle you normally use
  • A small amount of weft yarn appropriate for the sett, scissors, and tape measure.

Fee & payment methods: $45, cash or check

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Advanced Soumak Techniques

Saturday, 1 – 3 pm

Instructor: Kennita Tully

Soumak is a weaving technique often used to start and end a weaving as a functional turning row, but it can be so much more than that! Explore more variations of Soumak including knots and looping techniques. A kit of various weft and wrapping yarns will be included in the session fee.

BRING:

  • Loom warped for 4″ to 6″ width at 8 EPI – or your favorite sett
  • Any accessories like beater, shed stick and weaving needle you normally use
  • Small amount of weft yarn appropriate for the sett, scissors, and tape measure

Fee & payment methods: $45, cash or check

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Cable Knitting 101

Saturday, 9 – 11 am

Instructor: Sharon Barnes

Fall is coming with its cozy and gorgeous cabled sweater and accessory patterns.  Good news – cable knitting is easier than it looks!  If you know how to knit & purl, this 2-hour class will help you take your knitting to a new level.

Learn how to read text instructions and charts, and make a cabled coffee cup sleeve – add your own buttons later, or make the no-button version.  Learn about different types of cables and get tips on project planning and adding cables to favorite patterns.

This is not a ‘learn to knit’ class, but is appropriate for all levels of  knitters.  Participants need to be able to knit & purl, cast on, increase, decrease and bind off.

BRING:

  • Worsted weight wool or wool-blend yarn (at least 50 yds in a center-pull ball) – any solid color
  • Size 7 or 8 knitting needles – circular, straight or double-pointed
  • Cable needle OR double-pointed needle smaller than project needles

Fee & payment methods: $20, cash, check or PayPal.

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Darning and Mending – FULL

Saturday, 3:15 – 4:15 pm

Instructor: Mary Limpus

This class is for anyone wanting to learn to darn or take your darning to a new level. You will have a booklet with several types of darning examples. Fix a hole, mend a thin place in your sweater or socks with a woven darn patch or learn a knitted darn.

Instructor will provide a kit with all supplies and materials, including: Bag to hold supplies, darning disk, clippers, needle, materials to practice on, threads to use in several colors.

Fee & payment methods: $50; cash or check

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Felted Spirit Vessel

Saturday, 9 – 11 am

Instructor: Susan de Wit

This is a beginner class. We will felt on a 6 inch flat circular resist, using various wool and decorative fiber elements. This is a wet process. After felting we will shape into a 3d vessel shape which can be embellished with personal items and/or provided beads and charms. This vessel can be used to store small personal items. It can be used during meditation, prayer and similar activities. All supplies and tools are included or provided for use during the session.

BRING: Apron

Fee & payment methods: $25; cash, check or card

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Fiber Prep Tool Time

Friday, 1 – 3 pm

Instructor: Sharon Barnes

The yarn you spin depends in large part on how the fiber is prepared.  In this class, you will see demos and get hands-on experience (as time allows) using a variety of fiber prep tools.  We’ll cover tools and techniques for different fiber types, and some tips on blending fibers and colors, including gradients, tweeds and heathered yarns.

Beginning and experienced spinners alike can benefit from this review of pickers, flickers, hand and drum carders, combs and other tools.

BRING:

  • CLEAN fiber to use with tools in class
  • Optional – bring your own tools for practice

Fee & payment methods: $20; cash, check or PayPal

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Introduction to Spinning Wool on a Drop Spindle

Saturday, 9 – 11 am
Saturday, 1 – 3 pm (repeat)

Instructor: Liz Bonny

Learn to spin & ply wool fiber into yarn on a portable homemade drop spindle. We will make a two-ply yarn, wind a skein, and learn how to set the twist. We will discuss wool fiber preparation, types of spindles and how to design your own yarn on a drop spindle. Class kit provided – includes handmade spindle, fiber and handmade bag.

Fee & payment methods: $50, cash or PayPal

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Introduction to Tapestry Weaving on a Little Loom

Friday, 1 – 3 pm

Instructor: Liz Bonny

Learn tapestry weaving on a handmade small notched frame loom. Warp your loom, weave tapestry, finish your weaving. We will make rya knots, hem stitch, learn joining techniques, design, working with a cartoon and weaving angular & curved shapes.

Class kit provided – includes handmade loom, shed stick & shuttle, plus a wool yarn ‘buffet’.

BRING:

  • Fork
  • Permanent marker

Fee & payment methods: $60, cash or PayPal

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Learn to Crochet

Friday, 1 – 3 pm

Instructor: Pat Houchin, with Isabella Aikman

Learn techniques of chain, single crochet, and double crochet.  We will start (and hope to finish) a curtain pull or simple belt.  See products from several weights of yarn, plus examples of other beginning level projects as inspiration.  

The instructor will serve as a resource for later questions.

BRING:

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Optional – Small scissors

Fee & payment methods: $10, cash or check

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The Magic of Mason Jar Dyeing – FULL

Saturday, 1 – 3 pm

Instructor: Deb Waggoner

We will be dyeing 4 oz of animal fiber in a mason jar. It is magical to put the dye in dry and watch it’s migration when you introduce the acid water. No two ever come out the same.

The class will use 4 oz of fiber per person. It can be combed top, single ply bulky yarn or some of your hand spun. I personally like the look of single ply bulky yarn if you want to dye yarn, so that is what I will bring. If you bring yarn it needs to be 4 ounces. Class fee if you bring your own is $15.  Make sure it is an animal/protein yarn.

Prepare to have a lot of fun dyeing in low water and a water bath. Sounds like an oxymoron, but it works!

BRING:

  • 4 oz. of undyed animal/protein fiber
  • OR an additional $20 to purchase fiber from instructor

Please wear clothes that you would not mind getting dye on or an apron to cover your clothes. Masks and gloves will be provided.

Fee & payment methods: $15; cash, check or card

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Making Wet Felted Flowers

Saturday, 9 – 11 am

Instructor: Kandys Bleil

This class will employ wet felting techniques (rubbing, hand manipulation, rolling, stretching, etc.) to make these beautiful flowers from handfuls of special short-stapled merino wool. The class presents progressive techniques with each new flower. The finished flowers can be used as pins, hairclips, table decorations or in other creative ways. This class will provide written instructions, all materials, and implements for the wet felting technique which will teach the stages of felting, from soft skin to a finished, sculpted flower. This class will offer a challenge for both beginning and experienced felters. Students will leave class with at least 3 finished flowers.

BRING:

  • A good pair of scissors which can cut fine detail
  • Hand towel
  • One-quart bowl (please no larger as space will be at a premium)

Fee & payment methods: $35, cash or check

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Master Knitter Certification: You can do it!

Saturday, 3:15 – 4:15 pm

Instructor: Tracy Hoover

Are you thinking about pursuing The Knitting Guild Association’s Master Knitter Certification? This session is for you. Tracy has successfully completed Levels I and II, and is working on Level III. She will walk through the process as she experienced it, providing tips and suggestions that worked for her. Tracy is not associated with The Knitting Guild Association except as a member. Master Knitter instructions are not included in course materials.

BRING: Note-taking materials

Fee & payment methods: $20, cash or Venmo

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Pull, Shape, Bend: Weave Tapestry Magic

Saturday, 1 – 3 pm

Instructor: Lu Ross

Tapestry may be woven on a frame, but it doesn’t have to stay in a rectangle once it’s off the loom. This class briefly introduces the pulled warp technique of tapestry weaving. Participants will make a small pulled warp project, approximately 3” x 4.” I’m not an expert, but I love to explore what can be woven outside the box. Examples of other shaped tapestry techniques will be displayed. Instructor will provide warped looms and yarns. Students may purchase their loom for an additional $18.

BRING:

  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Fee & payment methods: $25, cash or check only. (Optional – add $18 to purchase loom.)

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A Taste of Tatting (Plus Hacks)

Saturday, 3:15 – 4:15 pm

Instructor: Pat Houchin

This session is for people who already know how to tat (who will appreciate the tips & hacks) and also for people who may want to learn tatting (to see what it’s all about). This is not a comprehensive ‘how-to’ session for beginners, but a chance to see it in action and give it a first try.

The instructor will show how to make stitches, rings, turning, and chains. We will not finish a project, but students can contact instructor for follow up. Thread and tatting shuttles will be provided.

BRING: Nail clippers

Fee & payment methods: $10, cash or check.

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Stick Weaving

Friday, 1 – 3 pm

Instructor: Carol Ann Bachofer

This simple but productive method of stick weaving has reportedly been used in Ireland and Scotland as well as among peoples of the Great Lakes region. Finished products include belts and pouches, with many other possibilities. Instructor will provide all materials and tool

Fee & payment methods: $20, cash or check

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Stitching Metal

Friday, 1 – 3 pm
Saturday, 1 – 3 pm
(repeat)

Instructor: Malissa Long Wear

Take your sewing in a new direction by learning techniques to embellish fiber with metal. In this class you will make a 6″ x 6″ size sample or work of art. Postcard, mistifuse, some muslin or limited color 100% cotton fabric, and metal provided.

BRING: Sewing machine, size 14 denim needle, a bobbin of black or white thread, a selection of thread for decorative stitching, and protective eye wear. Optional – bring your own scraps to play with!

If you need to borrow a sewing machine, let us know; there are only a few available.

Fee & payment methods: $30; cash, check, card, Facebook Pay or Venmo

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