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Fiber Expo Fall 2015

Available Classes/Workshops

 

 

Saturday - October 24

Morning

#102 - Angora Rabbit Care - The Beginning - Colleen Boyde - Instructor, 9:00 am - 1 pm

Cost:  $45/student plus a materials fee of $17 to be paid directly to the instructor at beginning of class.  Includes: grooming kit and workshop booklet. 

Skill Level:  Beginner

Class Requirements:  Wear long sleeves and bring a bunny if you have one. 

Description:   If you’re thinking about getting an Angora rabbit or you already have one, this workshop is for you. Using a hands-on approach you will learn about angora care, housing, grooming,and much more. In this workshop you will learn how to handle your bunny (yes you are the boss), cut nails, groom, and ask any other questions you might have. If you don’t have a bunny the instructor will provide one for you to work with.  

Class Size:  12 

 

#103 - Hand Painting Yarn or Roving - Kathy Moskal - Instructor, 9:00 am - Noon

Cost:  $70/student, includes all equipment and materials.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:   In this class we will learn different dyeing techniques to hand paint yarns/rovings using protein dyes to color animal fiber yarns in the microwave.  Class includes tools, dyes and either two 4oz skeins of Sock Yarn OR two 8oz rovings of combed top wool.
Please bring an apron, rubber gloves (like kitchen dishwashing gloves) and old clothes as they may get some dye on them. Instructor will also have disposable apron and gloves available.   

Class Size:  6    

 

 #104 - Triangle Weaving - Dee Jackson - Instructor, 9:00 am - Noon

Cost:  $40/student, includes all equipment and materials.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:  Weaving on the Triangle Loom. Hands on instruction on a one foot triangle nail type loom.  Learn how to Weave on a Triangular Loom, the loom that warps its self as you weave. Includes Take home project.  

Class Size:  6  

  

 #105 - Gourd Basket - Gail Hollinger - Instructor, 9:00 am - Noon  

Cost:  $50/student plus a $10 material fee to be paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class. 

Skill Level:  Beginner

Class Requirements:  Please bring scissors, an awl and a small portable drill if available. 

Description:  Embellish an everyday gourd and turn it into a work of art by weaving around the edge. You can use a wide variety of materials including yarn, raffia, cane, pine needles and more. Add even more pizazz with beads, feathers, bone, clay or anything else you can think of. In this class we will learn the safe way to clean gourds and basic edge weaving techniques. Gourds and weaving materials will be provided but feel free to bring along any interesting materials you have. Also bring sharp scissors and an awl. If you have a small portable drill you can bring, that will be helpful.     

Class Size:  10 

 

 Afternoon 

#201 - Quillie Tree and Wreath - Annette Shaffer - instructor, 1:00 - 4:30 pm   

    

Cost:  $38/student

Skill Level:  Beginner

Class Requirements:  Students need to bring a pair of sharp fabric scissors. 

Description:    Learn quilling with wool to create a fun and unique holiday wreath or tree.   Annette Shaffer of Annie’s Wool Works will bring a large assortment of precut green wools for you to choose from and will show you two ways to make quillies then how to apply them.  The finished tree stands 11” tall and the wreath is 7” in diameter.  Workshop fee includes all the materials and embellishments you will need to create either a wreath or cone tree.  Please bring sharp fabric scissors.     

Class Size:  5 minimum, 10 max 

 

#202 - Pin Loom Weaving - Carol Densmore - instructor, 1:00 - 4 pm   

Cost:  $40/student

Skill Level:  Beginner

Class Requirements:  Students need to bring a pin loom in working order (if you have one) along with various yarns (worsted weight or lighter).  Students may purchase a 4 Zoom Loom directly from the instructor for $39.00 at class time, if needed.   

Description:    Pin looms are a great tool that provides a simple and quick way to weave small squares from left over handspun or commercial yarn. A larger project is fun because you tackle it one square at a time. Then the squares can be arranged and connected to make a variety of items. We'll learn how to use the Schacht Zoom Loom to turn your yarn into woven pieces such as shawls, throws, pillows, bags, etc. These looms are small, very portable, and the warp is wound right around the loom. Pattern designs are easily mastered to give many different looks to your weaving.  

Class Size:  5 minimum, 10 max

 

#203 - Nuno Felting - Sue Schalk - instructor, 1:00 - 4 pm

Cost:  $50/student

Skill Level:  Beginner

Class Requirements:   Students should bring an apron and gloves if they want them for felting; and a plastic bag to take home their wet items.      

Description:    "As the agitation of a grain of sand in an oyster creates a pearl, so too the agitation of wool fibers into silk fabric creates nuno felt, a beautifully textured thin lightweight drapable fabric."  Students will learn how to nuno felt a scarf. You can use the scarf you dyed in an earlier class or a pre-dyed silk scarf will be available for you to pick from.    

Class Size:  6

 

 #204 - Knot Your Grandmothers Boa - Tina Etter - instructor, Noon - 4 pm 

Cost:  $50/student

Skill Level:  Beginner

Class Requirements:  Bring To Class:  4-6oz roving, 4-6oz wool locks 3"or longer in length (locks come from shearing sheep and/or other fiber animals) look for locks with good definition - you can shop for these items at Fiber Expo or bring them from home.  You may also want:  ribbon, yarn, silk, rug hooking cuts or other fun stuff.  Handy items are: scissors, felt tipped pen, tape measure.   The Instructor will have a wool kit to purchase for $45 at class time if you want.    

Description:    Create a 6 foot long boa using the wool and roving you love.  A lucious creation that is sure to garner everyone's attention and keep you toasty to boot.    

Class Size:  7 people min, 15 people max 

 

#205 - Learn To Spin With a Drop Spindle - Kathy Moskal - instructor, 1:00 - 3 pm   

  

Cost:  $45/student, includes all materials and the drop spindle.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:   -Drop spindles and roving are included for you to keep and will be supplied at class time.  Using a spindle is a very economical way to learn hand-spinning for a beginner.  Drop Spindles are inexpensive to buy (relative to a spinning wheel) and also very easy to make.  Once you have mastered the spindle you will have learned the steps needed for spinning on the spinning wheel:  drafting out fibers, twisting the fiber into yarn, plying, winding up and storing the spun yarn.  This is a very relaxed class!  

Class Size: 6    

 

 #206 - Colorful Market Basket - Kathy McMinn - Instructor, NOTE:  This is an all day with lunch break class. 

Cost:  $80/student, includes all equipment and materials.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:   Make this beautiful market basket with a range of colors. It is big enough to hold lots of yarns or carry your supplies any where. Students will learn to start with a D handle and weave an open bottom. Sides will be woven with an assortment of weavers and topped off with a rim. 
 Class Size:  10 

Cost:  $70/student, includes all equipment and materials.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Sunday - October 25

MORNING

#301 - Hand Painting Yarn or Roving - Kathy Moskal - Instructor, 9:00 am - Noon

Cost:  $70/student, includes all equipment and materials.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:   In this class we will learn different dyeing techniques to hand paint yarns/rovings using protein dyes to color animal fiber yarns in the microwave.  Class includes tools, dyes and either two 4oz skeins of Sock Yarn OR two 8oz rovings of combed top wool.
Please bring an apron, rubber gloves (like kitchen dishwashing gloves) and old clothes as they may get some dye on them. Instructor will also have disposable apron and gloves available.  
 

Class Size:  6  

#302 - Twill Storage Basket - Kathy McMinn - Instructor, NOTE:  This is an all day with lunch break class.

Cost:  $70/student, includes all equipment and materials.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:   Make this medium size storage basket. You will start with a twill bottom and work up the sides in a twill as well. Many colors will be available for both spokes and weavers.

Class Size:  10 

 

#304 - Inkle Weaving - Charles Jackson - Instructor, 9:00 am - Noon

Cost:  $40/student, includes all equipment and materials.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:  This portable form of hand weaving produces decorative bands of fabric that can be used as trim for clothing, straps for bags or instruments, pet collars, leashes and more. Multiple bands stitched together create wider fabric. Weave a multicolored band and gain a basic understanding of rigid heddle weaving. Leave with the foundation to pursue more complex patterns on your own and your completed project.

Class Size:  6  

 

#305 - How Much Wool? Three Bags Full?,  Carol Densmore - Instructor, 9:00 am - Noon

Cost:  $45

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Requirements:  BRING TO CLASS -- Spinning wheel, various sized knitting needles, paper/pencil, calculator, and a sweater you’'d like to replicate or a pattern with measurements.  

Description:  Have you ever wondered how much raw wool you would need to make a sweater? And how much time you’re going to put into spinning the yarn? It’s important to determine the amount of time and wool a large project will take from beginning to end. This workshop will take you through the calculations a handspinner needs to know in order to buy sufficient raw wool as well as how to figure out the time commitment to build into the project. You’ll prepare a sample amount of wool and yarn for knitting a sweater, determine how much time is needed to spin all the yarn, and knit a sample swatch. You’ll also perform the calculations to determine the length of yarn, the weight of the washed fiber, and the weight of the raw fleece needed to complete your sweater. NOTE: There is math involved, but it’s not scary math. The comprehensive handout that you will receive is designed so that you can complete a project on your own. This method works well for production spinners, spinners doing custom projects, or anyone embarking on a large personal project.    

Class Size:  10

 

 #306 - Wet Felted Hat Using Your Head as a Hat Form - Lorna Rankin - instructor, 9 - Noon  

  

 

Cost:  $70

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Description:  Make a hat with a short brim or no brim at all. Students will learn to wrap wool around a resist, felt it and use their own heads to shape a seamless hat. Students should be prepared to smooth a slightly damp and soapy hat on their head during the end of the felting process.  Ivory soap is used, and will not be drippy or messy but may flatten your hair a bit!  

Class Size:  8

 

AFTERNOON

 #306 - Wet Felted Flowers - Lorna Rankin - instructor, 1-3 pm

 

Cost:  $45

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:  Use wet felting techniques to make beautiful and unique felt flowers.  Flowers can later be turned into pins, hair clips, or adorn hats and bags.   

Class Size:  10

 

#404 - Learn To Spin With a Drop Spindle - Kathy Moskal - instructor, 12:30 - 3:30 pm   

  

Cost:  $45/student, includes all materials and the drop spindle.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:   -Drop spindles and roving are included for you to keep and will be supplied at class time.  Using a spindle is a very economical way to learn hand-spinning for a beginner.  Drop Spindles are inexpensive to buy (relative to a spinning wheel) and also very easy to make.  Once you have mastered the spindle you will have learned the steps needed for spinning on the spinning wheel:  drafting out fibers, twisting the fiber into yarn, plying, winding up and storing the spun yarn.  This is a very relaxed class!  

Class Size:  6   

 

If you are interested in teaching a class or workshop, please use the link below to sign up Today!!

Class/Workshop Proposal CLICK HERE 

·         1 ball of worsted weight yarn in a smooth, light color. 

·         Two sets of circular needles in size 7 or 8. 

·         A double point or circular needle size 2 or 3. 

·         Double point or short circular needles size 5 or 6. 

·         One set of circular needles size 10 or 11. 

·         A crochet hook in a size appropriate for worsted weight yarn, stitch holders and scissors.

  

 

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