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Fiber Expo Fall 2014

Available Classes/Workshops

Saturday - October 25

Morning

 

#101 - Hook a Christmas Stocking or Mitten Pouch       - Annette Shaffer - instructor, 9:00 - Noon

              

Cost:   $35/student

Skill Level:  Beginner

Class Requirements:  Bring Sharp Scissors to class.

Description:   Using the technique of rug hooking, you will learn how to hook a holiday stocking or mitten.  Annette Shaffer of Annie’s Wool Works will bring an assortment of design ideas and lots of wools for you to choose from for your project.  Both projects are approximately 7” tall and have a backing so that they can be used as a pouch.  The class fee includes a handout, pattern and all the supplies needed to create and finish one project of your choice.  Hooks and hoops will be provided for your use and may be purchased but please bring sharp fabric scissors.  This is a fun project for someone looking to give rug hooking a try.  Rug hooking experience not required. 

Class Size:  10

 

  

#102 - Arm Knitting - Sue Schalk - instructor, 9 - Noon

      

Cost:  $35/student 

Skill Level:  Beginner

DescriptionArm knitting is very popular right now and you'll be right in style with your own arm knit cowl that you'll make in this class.  This is a beginner class and no experience is needed!  Students will have the choice of several different colored yarns to arm knit a cowl in this class.  All materials will be provided. 

Class Size:  10 

 

 

 #103 - Learn To Spin With a Drop Spindle - Kathy Moskal - instructor, 9 - 11 am

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

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:       Learn to Spin with a Drop Spindle - 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:  9  

 

 #104 - Dyeing prefelts for Scarves and Embellishments - Suzanne Pufpaff - instructor, 9 - Noon

Cost: $35/student plus a $35 material fee - includes - 3 prefelt scarf blanks, dyes, acid and all supplies needed to dye in the microwave and vat dyeing.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:   Acid dyeing is really a very simple dye process.  That said many people that want to dye their fibers or fabrics seem to be able to find ways to fail to get a good dyed product.  The basic ingredients for acid dyeing are:  something to dye, the dye, an acid source, water, a heat source and time.   If any one of the previous ingredients is not controlled properly, the dyeing process will not create a usable product.  In this beginning dye workshop, we will use light weight felt prefelt scarf blanks to learn how to control acid dyes so that your prefelts will hold their color, not bleed onto surrounding fibers and the hands of the felter.  Both microwave dyeing and vat dyeing with be explored.  Learning how to balance the acid, heat and amount of dye to get the best results and tips and tricks discovered by in the process of dyeing many pounds of fiber, yarn and fabric will be shared during the class.   As time allows, we will also try our hand at dying wool locks,  silk hankies and batting.
 

Class Requirements:  Students should bring an apron, rubber gloves and safety glasses

 ClClassClass Size: 8  


 

 

 

 

 Afternoon

 

#201 - Rug Hooked Poinsettia Workshop   - -  - Annette Shaffer - instructor, 1:00 - 3:30 pm

  

Cost:  $35/student

Skill Level:  Beginner

Class Requirements:  Bring sharp scissors to class.

Description:   Using the techniques of rug hooking, prodding and embroidery, you will learn how to make your own hooked poinsettia.  Annette Shaffer of Annie’s Wool Works will bring an array of red and pink wools for the petals, accents fibers for the center and green wools for the leaves for you to choose from.  The class fee includes a handout, pattern and all the supplies needed to create and finish one 6”- 7” poinsettia with three leaves mounted on a reclaimed bedspring.  Hooks and hoops will be provided for your use and may be purchased but please bring sharp fabric scissors.  Rug hooking experience not required.  

Class Size:  10

 

#202 - Fiber Prep - From Raw to Ready - Carol Densmore - 1:00 - 4:00 pm      

  

Cost:  $55/student, plus $15 material fee (includes fiber samples and handouts) to be paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class . 

Skill Level:  Beginner/Intermediate

Class Requirments:  No equipment necessary.

Description:   Fiber preparation makes all the difference in your finished item. This workshop focuses on everything you need to know BEFORE you start spinning/felting. Follow one fleece through the various stages of prep: skirting, washing, dyeing, picking, carding, combing, and blending. Learn different ways to turn your fiber into solid or multi-colored roving or batts that are ready to spin or felt. Hand cards and combs, a blending board, drum carder, and hackles will be demonstrated and available for use. Feel free to bring your own equipment. Each participant will receive a raw “mini fleece” and enough know-how to turn it into a small project. Other various fibers will be on hand for blending and practice. (NOTE: We won’t be actually washing, dyeing, and picking the fleece due to limited time, but various samples and explanation will be shared to provide ample instruction.) 

Class Size:  5- minimum, 10 - maximum  

 

 

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

  

Cost:  $65/student 

Skill Level:  Beginner 

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 have the choice of a fall or winter themed silk scarf with various merino prefelts, dyed wools, silk, and other embellishments included to make your own one of a kind nuno felted scarf. 
 
This is a wet and messy class so bring rubber gloves and a bath sized towel for your work.   Note:  Previous students have said not to wear a low cut shirt as you are doing a lot of bending over.        Note:  Previous students have said not to wear a low cut shirt as you are doing a lot of bending over.        Note:  Previous students have said not to wear a low cut shirt as you are doing a lot of bending over.       
Note:  Previous students have said not to wear a low cut shirt as you are doing a lot of bending over.        Note:  Previous students have said not to wear a low cut shirt as you are doing a lot of bending over.         Class Size:  6
 
 
 

 

#204 - Un-seam Your Sweater! - Faina Letoutchaia - instructor, Noon - 4 pm  

Cost:  $45/student 

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Class Requirements

1. A ball of yarn, worsted weight, smooth light color (variegated yarn is strongly discouraged)  

2. Circular needle the size suitable for worsted weight yarn.  

3. A set of double point needles the same size as circular needle or any needles for knitting small object in the round.

4. Scissors, tapestry needle, waste yarn.
 

Description:   After many years of teaching people how to put a sweater together I have arrived to a different solution for “I hate to seam!” problem.  Un-seam your sweater!
Just fuse parts together as you knit. With Fusion Construction technique for bottom-up set-in sleeve sweater after you three-needle bind off your shoulder seams your sweater is assembled. No seaming. No torture. No puckering set in sleeves. No ill-fitting sleeve caps. No picking up stitches around armhole. No un-twisting sleeves as you work on the cuffs with the whole sweater attached. True set in sleeves, shaped as the pattern suggests, nice fit, rounded sleeve cap. Start at the bottom of the sweater, fuse together sleeves and the body and end up at the neck. Done.  Come and learn how to do it!   

Class Size:  10 

 

 

Sunday - October 26

MORNING

#301 - Hand Painting Yarn or Roving - Kathy Moskal - instructor, 9 - 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 6oz 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:  8

 

 

#304 - Tapestry Style Basket - Kathy McMinn, The Basket Sampler - 9:00 - 4:00 pm with lunch break - NOTE:  THIS IS AN ALL DAY CLASS 

Cost:  $60/student plus $25 material fee to be paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class . 

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Description:   Weave a beautiful tapestry basket and fill it with your fibers or ones that are supplied. It is woven on a removable mold with a hardwood base. Spaces are left in the weaving to be filled in with fiber after the basket is finished. An undulating rim finishes the basket, and guarantees that no two will be alike. You will leave class with the basket finished, but will fill in the fibers on your own.      

Class Size:  8 

 

#305 - Spinning Fibers from the Barnyard and Beyond - Carol Densmore - 9am - Noon

Cost:  $55/student, plus $15 material fee (includes fiber samples and handouts) to be paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class . 

Skill Level:  Beginner/Intermediate

Class Requirments:  BRING TO CLASS - A working spinning wheel

Description:   Wool is a great foundation fiber, but is doesn’t stop there. This workshop explores different types of fiber including mohair, angora, alpaca/llama, cashmere, bison, silk, and purebred and crossbred wool. We’ll spin fibers individually and several blended variations. We’ll compare fiber characteristics, spinning techniques, and the end use of the yarns we spin. If you’re looking for more spinning practice, have questions about the yarn you’re spinning, or if you need a spinning refresher, this workshop will answer your questions.  

Class Size:  5- minimum, 10 - maximum 

 

 

 

AFTERNOON

 #401 - Wet Felted Purse with Spiral Designs - Lorna Rankin - instructor, Noon - 3 pm

     

Cost: $50/student

Skill Level:  Beginner

Description:   Make a small purse or pouch (up to 6?x6?) using the resist technique. Students will learn how to wrap wool around a card board resist, then felt with soapy water to create seamless felt objects. This is the basic technique used to make larger bags, baskets, hats, slippers and mittens. Also learn how to felt spirals right into your purse without using felting needles!

Class Size:  8 

 

#402 - Fine Finishing Techniques For Knitters - Faina Letoutchaia - instructor, Noon - 4:00 pm 

 

Cost:  $45/student 

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Class Requirements

1. A ball of worsted weight yarn, in smooth, light color.
2. Two sets of circular needles, size 7-8.
3. Double point or circular needle size 2-3.
4. Double point or short circular needles size 5-6.
5. One set of circular needles, size 11-13.
6. Crochet hook, size appropriate for worsted weight yarn.
7. Stitch holder.
8. Scissors.
 

Description

In this class students are going to learn how to plan and knit the handknit garment so that finishing work is a pleasure instead of pain. There is no reason to be afraid of and dread finishing work if the sweater was properly prepared for it. 
We are going to knit a small sample on which we will learn how to make Long Tail Cast On relaxed and elastic instead of too tight; how to attach buttonband with sliding loop technique; how to make the neck shaping smooth and easy to pick up stitches along it; and how to do an encased neckline treatment for the collar.
         e:  Previous students have said not to wear a low cut shirt as you are doing a lot of bending over.        Note:  Previous students have said not to wear a low cut shirt as you are doing a lot of bending over.       

Note:  Previous students have said not to wear a low cut shirt as you are doing a lot of bending over.        Note:  Previous students have said not to wear a low cut shirt as you are doing a lot of bending over.       Class Size:  10 
 
#403 -  Thick & Thin Yarns - Emily Wohlscheid  - Instructor, Noon - 4:00 pm
   
Cost:  $55/student, plus a $30 material fee.
 
  Skill Level:  Intermediate
 
Class Requirements:  A spinning wheel in good working order.
 
Description:  This workshop will cover spinning a consistent thick & thin yarn. This is a skill that we often lose as spinner's when a smooth, even single is what we initially seek for so long. Once we master the thick and thin single, we will then utilize plying techniques that lend themselves well to a yarn of that nature. These techniques include supercoils and beehive coils.
 
Class Size:  10
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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