Black Sheep Gathering

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Friday Classes

All-Day Classes
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle – Diane McKinnon
  • Breed Sampler!: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em – Henry & Roy Clemes
  • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 1 of 2 - Terry Mattison
  • Dye Your Own Fiber – Allison Harding
  • Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations – Michael Kelson
  • Textural Nuno Samplers – Patti Barker
Morning Classes
  • Advanced Felting Textures – Loyce Ericson
  • Diameter Control – Judie Overbeek
  • Lustrous, "Springy", or Strong: Sample & Compare a Longwool, a Down Wool & a Primitive – Shelia January
  • Patterned Brioche – JC Briar
  • Short Row Magic!: Baby Hat – Harry Wells
  • Supported Spindle Spinning – Teresa Waldo
Afternoon Classes
  • Combing & Carding for Spinning Success – Shelia January
  • Creating Bumps & Bubbles – Judie Overbeek
  • Felted Buttons of Many Colors - Loyce Ericson
  • Flipside Awesomeness: Reversible Cables – Harry Wells
  • Grazing, Pastures, & Soil Health – "Doing it Right" – Woody Lane
  • Your first Stranded Colorwork – JC Briar

Saturday Classes

    All-Day Classes
    • Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist – Shelia January
    • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 2 of 2 - Terry Mattison
    • Dye Your Own Yarn – Allison Harding
    • Perfecting Your Plying – Judie Overbeek
    • Rigid Heddle Weaving: Using 2 Heddles for Twice the Fun – Di McKinnon
    • Stained Glass Shawl – Patti Barker
    Morning Classes
    • Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet – Teresa Waldo
    • Beginning Inkle Loom – Barbara diJeannene
    • Blending & Spinning Your Stash with Hand Cards – Michael Kelson
    • Drum Carding 101 – Henry and Roy Clemes
    • Fish Sticks or Chicken Tender Felted Pin Cushion – Loyce Ericson
    • Versatility with Cast-Ons – Harry Wells
    Afternoon Classes
    • Advanced Pick-up Inkle Weaving – Leslie Verts
    • Anything But Batts – Henry & Roy Clemes
    • Blending Fiber on a Hackle – Liz Palmer
    • Colorwork the Easy Way: Mosaic Knitting & Garter Slip Stitch – Harry Wells
    • Let's Do the Twist – Ruth Northrop
    • Viking Knit 4 Petal Bracelet – Teresa Waldo

    Sunday Classes

    All-Day Classes
    • Felted Hat with 3D Elements – Baya Batomunkueva
    • No Fault Weaving: Weaving for Texture and Color – Liz Palmer
    Morning Classes
    • Beginning Rug Hooking – Judy Taylor
    • Bountiful Beasts: Spinning Yak – Judith MacKenzie
    • Captivating Cotton with a Turkish Spindle – Wanda Jenkins
    • Entrelac Basics – JC Briar
    • Felted Sheep: Basic 3D Needle Felting – Miranda Rommel
    • Floating Cables – M K Nance
    • Intro to Blending Boards – Henry & Roy Clemes
    • Shearing on Your Own – Susie Wilson
    • Spinning a Beehive Coil – Allison Harding
    • The Americans – Linda Hansen
    Afternoon Classes
    • Beginner Wool Appliqué: Sheep Coasters – Belinda Mordhorst
    • Beginning Pin Loom Weaving – Hazel Spencer
    • Black Cat Gathering – Juneko Martinson
    • Bountiful Sheep: Blue Faced Leicester – Judith MacKenzie
    • Coil Wrap Basket – Jill Colbert
    • Design Your Own Shawl – M K Nance
    • Frac That! Fractal Spinning Fun – Linda Hansen
    • Loving Your Lace Edges – JC Briar
    • Short Steps to Long Draw – Ruth Northrop
    • Sock Obsessed: Naturally–Dyed Self Striping & Variegated Yarn – Michelle Russell & Meghan Maze
    • Spinning for Socks – Shelia January

All Workshop Descriptions

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Beginning Rigid Heddle
Diane McKinnon12 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $15 includes all yarns for class project, use of extra weaving equipment and tools during class, and detailed handout.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to make the most of the Rigid Heddle Loom! These wonderful looms make it easy to weave just about anywhere and anytime. They are a relatively inexpensive way to get into weaving and are lightweight, portable, and practical. They can be used to make everyday useful things such as hand towels to luxurious shawls for that evening at the opera. This class is designed to teach the soup-to-nuts of weaving on a Rigid Heddle loom. We'll cover how to select yarns and plan a project, how to prepare and calculate a warp, how to thread the loom, and how to weave the project. You will leave the class with a completed purse and the ability to use your Rigid Heddle Loom on your own to weave a variety of handwoven projects.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels from beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Rigid Heddle loom that is ASSEMBLED and ready to weave on. If you have any questions, please contact me to discuss it. All extra equipment that came with the loom, shuttle (instructor will bring extras), scissors, tape measure, pen/pencil. NO Harrisville Easy Weaver looms please (I've had some unassembled as well as really poor to completely unusable looms show up in class).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Diane McKinnon is an avid weaver and spinner who especially enjoys seeing her students discover their own potential as they have fun with fibers. Her first loom was a rigid heddle loom. She has a long history of weaving study. She teaches at BSG, NwRSA's annual conference, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and holds regular fiber classes at her home studio – The Thistle Patch Fiber Studio. She was selected as an Invitational Artist for 2012 at Oregon Flock and Fiber. Diane is an enthusiastic spinner and she uses her collection of looms to weave her special yarns into unique hand-woven items. She especially enjoys sharing the wonders of weaving with beginning weavers.
Breed Sampler: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $65 includes use of a carder; all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This workshop is designed around the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative from the National Livestock Conservancy, which aims to connect fiber artists with heritage breeds of sheep. The day begins with instruction on the use and safety of an electric drum carder, followed by an overview of the initiative and the wide variety of breeds available to the class. The fun then goes hands-on as each student selects the two breeds they will sample. Each student will receive 4 ounces per sample and earn a passport sticker for each breed. All carding will be done on our Elite Series Drum Carders with each student using their own electric carder. All materials, carders, and tools will be provided for use by the instructors.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate. While no carding experience is required for this class, the amount of carding that takes place during the day may be a challenge for someone that has never carded before. Some drum carding experience or having taken our Exploring the Drum Carder class is preferred.
STUDENTS BRING: None – but students should bring an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: A lifelong woodworker and small business owner, Henry has been building fiber equipment for almost 50 years and drum carders for over 40 years. He and his son Roy have introduced many innovations to the fiber community and their equipment is known for being not only thoughtfully engineered but visually pleasing and durable as well. They regularly consult and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers, and professional fiber artists in the use of drum carders for fiber prep.
Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 1 of 2
Terry Mattison12 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $50 – includes dye, dye chemicals, cardstock for samples, flagging for labeling, wool yarn, color blending cups, Ziploc® bags and notebook
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Build a dye book you can take home with you. Take the mystery out of the color wheel and free yourself to dye the color you want by learning a simple system of color blending! Using acid dyes and wool yarns, students will create over 100 samples for their own personal dye book (the more students, the more samples!). Along with a wonderful set of samples, each student will have the recipes and know-how to recreate each color on their own.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner
STUDENTS BRING: Apron, gloves, regular Sharpie® pen (no fat or skinny ones), two 1-gallon buckets for soaking yarn and washing samples, and scissors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Terry Mattison is an award winning spinner and weaver who claims dyeing is her first love! She has over 30 years as an industry professional, matching color for clients nationwide. She created and operated Rainbow Farms Pygora, a small fiber business specializing in dyed artisan style batts utilizing locally grown Pygora fiber for twelve years. Recently retired from both her day job and fiber vending, Terry now devotes much of her time creating her own work in her studio in Washington state.
Dye Your Own Fiber
Allison Harding10 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $35 – includes 12 ounces plus more of high-quality wool/wool blend fibers and more, dyes and use of equipment and detailed handouts. Additional fibers will be available for purchase at time of class. Students may bring some of your own CLEAN undyed fiber to dye if time and space is available. CLASS DESCRIPTION: Design and dye three different fibers plus 1 oz. samples of things like nylon sparkle for spinning or felting! Learn about random, gradient, painted, and palindrome versus continuous color repeats. Dye fibers differently or dye to coordinate for a bigger project. Allison will take you through each step from preparing your fibers to finishing the set dye with a little color theory for good measure!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: A love of color and yarn and fiber.
STUDENTS BRING: Old clothes or bring an apron, color inspiration photos, waterproof gloves, (instructor will provide powder free vinyl gloves, please bring your own if you have allergies).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Allison Harding (aka Fleebers) still remembers the pattern for her first knitting project at age 7, an orange acrylic scarf, which launched her into a lifetime love of all fibers. While working as the in-house costume designer for Studio East School for Performing Arts, Allison fell in love with teaching. She is now a published and an award-winning fiber artist who strives to explain not only the how, but the why of everything she does in fun and innovative ways. Allison loves ALL the colors and playing with pointy sticks.
Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations
Michael Kelson15 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $15 – includes all fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Much of the fiber we have access to as hand spinners comes to us in the form of combed top. Top is a worsted preparation and can spin a very dense yarn, which is great for hard-wearing items like socks or mittens, but what if we want to turn those beautiful hand dyed braids of fiber into loftier yarns for hats, scarves, or even sweaters? This class will explore techniques to introduce more air, loft, and bounce into our hand spun yarns. We will discuss drafting techniques for various fiber preparations, ways to modify our fiber preps, and using a yarn balance and other tools to measure our results. We will learn to evaluate our yarns to ensure that we get exactly the characteristics we want for projects we have in mind.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students should have a good working relationship with your wheel and be capable of spinning a consistent single.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, lazy-kate. Bring any tools you might like to use (handcards, mini-combs, blending boards, etc.), any fiber you would like to practice with, and note taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Michael Kelson is the coordinator of the annual Men's Fall Knitting Retreat and the Seattle Men Who Knit meet up groups. By day Michael is software professional, but on weekends he's usually out and about with his e-Spinner in tow. Michael has taught spinning classes at Weaving Works in Seattle, Abundant Earth Fiber Studio, and at fiber festivals across the Pacific Northwest including Madrona, Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival, Knot Another Fiber Festival, NwRSA Conference, and The Black Sheep Gathering.
Textural Nuno Samplers
Patti Barker20 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $60 – provides kits with all materials required for the class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: An adventure in textural Nuno techniques – from simulated animal skins to roses and ruffles. We will entrap beads, and create raised shapes. This is one of my most popular workshops. Participants come away with six 10 x 10 samplers, printed instructions, and skills to use in creating any number of unique felted accessories or garments. I'll bring loads of examples showing how these techniques might be used.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience required.
STUDENTS BRING: One 2' x 8' rubber rug mat (be sure to get the ones with small holes); one gallon garden sprayer, sharp full sized scissors; at least two old towels, four table risers (optional) and wear comfy shoes.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Patti Barker is an award winning felt wear designer, teacher and author. She earned a BA degree in studio art, with a concentration in fiber at Western Washington University. All of her designs are produced with felted seams (no sewing). The fabric and the garment are created simultaneously, using wet felting techniques. What makes Patti's work unique is that she dyes most all of the elements in her designs, and spins complimentary art yarn to use as embellishment. To see more of her work, visit pattibarker.com. Patti lives in the San Juan Islands with her husband Rex and their parrot Baby Huey.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, MORNING CLASSES

Advanced Felting Textures
Loyce Ericson15 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $30 – includes lots of wool, fabric and felting tools
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Are you ready for the next step in your felting? I'll teach you how to add texture to your felted hats, scarves, and bags. We will make intentional bumps, lumps, bubbles, ridges, ruffles and tucks in our sample pieces. You will leave the class with a double handful of techniques and new strategies for creating fascinating felt.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate to experienced felter. Students must have prior felting experience for this class.
STUDENTS BRING: Clothes that can get wet, a couple of old towels, a pair of sharp scissors and a plastic grocery bag to take home wet samples. Be aware that wet felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires upper body strength/health.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Loyce worked for 20+ years in high tech as a mechanical designer and then she took a personal and professional turn to follow her passion of making felt and teaching her craft. She has been making felt since 1999 and began teaching in 2001. Loyce teaches in her studio and nationally in places such as SOAR, OFFF and the BSG. She is a product oriented teacher, preferring to teach felting techniques as students produce a finished piece in class. Loyce approaches her classes as a time for fun and open creative expression and believes there is never only one way to make felt. Loyce loves color and texture when she makes felt. Her greatest delight is to see the smiles on her student's faces as their projects come together.
Diameter Control
Judie Overbeek20 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $12 – includes all fiber for spinning and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: From the finest lace-weight yarn to lovely bulky yarn and everything in between, you can create them all on your spinning wheel. It doesn't matter so much what wheel you have. It matters greatly how you adjust the wheel. This is a very focused topic but one which will set you free from whatever your "default" yarn might be. How wonderful it will be to have so much control that you can make a full range of yarn diameters just by adjusting the knobs and pulleys on your wheel. Once you get the hang of it you can make any yarn for any purpose.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: A great class for the beginner to intermediate spinner who wants more flexibility in their yarn choices – from fine to bulky, you can make them all on one wheel.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you know well in good working order, 3 usable bobbins, tensioned lazy-kate, maintenance kit and note taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Numerous instructors have illuminated some aspect of weaving, spinning or dyeing to help me along my path. My goal is to pass that help and knowledge along to those who want to learn these crafts. I have taken refuge in spinning, weaving and dyeing for over 40 years, incorporating the three disciplines into a single project whenever possible. A love of process and a deep desire to share my skills keeps me involved both as a student and a teacher. I live in NW Montana and teach spinning, weaving and dyeing throughout the Northwest.
Lustrous, "Springy" or Strong: Sample and Compare a Longwool, a Down Wool and a Primitive
Shelia January15 students
Friday, June 26 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $17 – includes all fiber for spinning in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Are you spinning in a fine wool rut? Do you wonder how to make the most of some of the fleeces and wool that have tempted you but can disappoint when spun? In this class we will work with a Longwool such as Wensleydale, Teeswater, Lincoln, Cotswold or Gotland; down wool such as Dorset, Cheviot, Southdown or Hampshire; and a primitive wool such as Shetland, Icelandic, Finn or Jacob. Each will respond differently to different spinning techniques and methods. You may discover a new favorite type of wool.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a consistent single.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working order – if you have a Woolie Winder, please bring your standard flyer as well, 3 or 4 empty bobbins, lazy-kate, medium TPI hand cards if you have them (several pairs will be available for use in the classroom).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Shelia January has been a knitter since she was 8 years old and growing up on a farm in Oregon, following on the heels of embroidery and crochet a couple years before. Knitting saved her sanity while attending college, while working for 28 years in the financial services industry, and finally while preparing to retire to her own farm in Oregon, where she lived with yaks, sheep, cattle, chickens, cat and husband. Shelia became a spinner 18 years ago, has studied extensively in the US and Canada, and now collects spinning wheels as well as yarn. She knits and designs with her handspun yarn as well as with commercial yarn, and has taught spinning and knitting at, retreats, shops, conferences and fiber festivals worldwide. Shelia's writings and patterns have been published in The Knitter's Book of Wool, Fiber Gathering and The Knitter's Book of Yarn, and in Spin•Off and Ply magazines.
Patterned Brioche
JC Briar25 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Materials fee: none – handouts are provided.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take plain brioche rib; mix in some increases and decreases, and what do you get? Gorgeous patterning! Leaves and branches, feathers and faux cables: all created by increasing from one stitch to three (or five) and decreasing from three or (five) to one. Take this class to learn how to work these magic increases and decreases, to minimize bulk at the decrease points, and to choose the correct decrease for the effect you want. Focus on working patterned brioche in a single color, avoiding the fuss of dealing with a second color. No prior brioche experience – you'll pick up tips for forming the fabric, following instructions, fixing mistakes, and casting on and binding off effectively. And you'll walk away with the start of a reversible scarf.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Basic knitting skills – no experience knitting brioche required.
STUDENTS BRING: Smooth, plain/light colored worsted-weight yarn, size US 6 needles (4mm); crochet hook size G/6.
HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: A self-confessed "technique freak" and "skill junkie," JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye. JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops, through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity and beauty.
Short Row Magic! – Baby Hat
Harry Wells20 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee $1 – printed materials
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Inserting short rows can create angles, curves, and add additional shaped ease in areas like collars and busts. In this class you will learn and practice two methods of short rows, and then watch the magic begin as you knit an adorable baby hat on straight needles, achieving the entire rounded shape with short rows and no seaming.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students should be able to accomplish long tail cast on, knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, YO without assistance.
STUDENTS BRING: For working swatch exercise in class, bring DK or worsted wt yarn with needles you normally use with that weight yarn, and locking stitch markers or knitters pins. Homework completed prior to coming to class. Purchase Aviatrix pattern by Justine Turner on Ravelry (you do not have to be a member to purchase a pattern) and bring your copy to class. Link to pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aviatrix-hat
HOMEWORK: Using DK weight yarn in a color you desire for a baby hat and US Size 4 needles – cast on 41 sts: Row1: [K1, P1] to last stitch, K1 Row2: [P1, K1] to last stitch, P1 Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have worked a total of 8 rows – leave on your needles with the yarn attached and bring to class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry. In 2010, he retired from being a university professor to pursue his passion for knitting full time, including managing Northcoast Knittery from 2010-2017 and teaching a myriad of classes at knitting conferences and fiber festivals. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience. Harry enjoys designing knitwear and accessories with an aesthetic that emphasizes texture and linear flow. Check out his designs and knitting blog at www.goodforaboy.com. Harry is knitteryninja on Ravelry, @harrywellsknits on Instagram, and Good for a Boy Knitting on Facebook.
Supported Spindle Spinning
Teresa Waldo15 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee $15 – all fiber samples used in class, extensive handouts, spinning bean bag and spindle bowl
CLASS DESCRIPTION: You spin to relax, right? Well come learn this ultimate relaxing way to spin – SUPPORT SPINDLING! You can do this with your feet up lying in bed, or even while driving (well not anymore with the distracted driving laws). Did you know any fiber can be spun on a support spindle? In this class the instructor will give you a wealth of information on supported spindling and will take you step by step through the process of spinning on a support spindle. And yes, you will have the hang of it before our time is up. You will also have the chance to try different fibers, different spindles and spindle bowls.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must have some spinning experience on either a wheel or spindle, and be able to spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: No advanced preparation required. Please bring a support spindle and bowl to class if you have them. Instructor will have some for use in class if you do not have them.
HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Teresa Waldo combines her passion for teaching with her passion for crafting. She taught elementary and special education for 30 years and has taught adult crafting for 10+ years. Teresa has been knitting since age 5 and fell down the spinning rabbit hole 17 years ago. Teresa loves sharing her excitement for anything fiber related with others and has a keen ability to break a skill down into manageable steps. She makes sure all her students are successful and that they leave with a new skill. Teresa has taught knitting and spinning classes in shops around the Pacific Northwest and at regional conferences. She resides in Auburn, Washington and is a member of NwRSA, Arachne Guild, South Sound Knitters Guild, Moonspinner's Guild, Yarning for Community and Covington Knitworks.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Combing and Carding for Spinning Success
Shelia January15 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $10 – includes fiber to be used in class and the use of cards, combs, drum carder and blending board brought by instructor.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Do you wonder if you need hand cards, combs, or both? Do you have hand cards, and/or combs that you wish you knew how to use or want to be more comfortable using? We'll look at the various types of both as well as the types of fibers that work well with the various types of each. We'll also look at color blending on hand cards, a blending board and combs.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able to spin a consistent singles yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Hand cards or combs (if you have them), a limited number will be available for use in class, a spindle or wheel for sampling if time allows.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Lustrous, "Springy" or Strong – Sample and Compare a Longwool, a Down Wool and a Primitive in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Creating Bumps and Bubbles
Judie Overbeek20 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $12 – includes all fiber for spinning and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Making boucles (bumps and bubbles) in your yarn is wonderful fun and results in an endless variety of textured yarns to use in weaving or knitting. We'll learn several different techniques in this class using handspun singles with sewing thread as binders.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate – should be able to spin a consistent single and manipulate plying easily.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you know well in good working order, 3 usable bobbins, and tensioned lazy-kate, maintenance kit, fine metallic threads if you have them and note taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Diameter Control in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Felted Buttons of Many Colors
Loyce Ericson17 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $20 – includes lots of wool and felting tools
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this wet felting class students will learn to create unique buttons using a wide array of techniques. We'll wrap wool around plastic buttons, sticks, beach glass or broken pottery. We will create colored, layered wool logs then cut them to show off the different colors. We'll create laminated fabric collages and install them on metal button bases.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginning to experienced felter.
STUDENTS BRING: Clothes that can get wet, a couple of old towels, a pair of sharp scissors and a plastic grocery bag to take home wet samples. Be aware that wet felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires upper body strength/health. FRIDAY, JUNE 26, AFTERNOON CLASSES Winter 2020 / 31
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Advanced Felting Textures in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Flipside Awesomeness: Reversible Cables
Harry Wells20 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee $3 – printed materials
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Cables are lovely…until you flip them over. In this class you will learn two methods of making cables reversible. Many examples of cables – rope, lozenge, Celtic braid, horn, and more – are covered in their regular versions and in their reversible versions with step by step exercises. What can and cannot be made reversible is discussed. Participants will be given several sample stitch patterns to knit up.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: should be able to accomplish long tail cast on, knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, and be able to do a basic rope cable, such as C4F, C6B, etc, without assistance. Familiarity with cable charting is also expected.
STUDENTS BRING: A cable needle, preferably straight. Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn, size 7 needles (or whatever size you normally use for worsted weight yarn). Students are encouraged to bring stitch dictionaries with cable patterns if they have them.
HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Short Row Magic! – Baby Hat in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Grazing, Pastures and Soil Health – "Doing it Right"
Woody Lane30 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $11 – handout packets
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is a very practical workshop on how to create sustainable pastures for your sheep and goats. We'll cover the principles of good grazing, especially sustainable grazing: when to open the gate, when to move the animals off the pasture and how many animals a pasture can support. We'll discuss different types of forages and how to identify them, choosing the best forages for your place, how to use fences, place water and minerals, etc. Also practical guidelines to improve and maintain healthy soils – what those fertilizer numbers mean; when and what to add. We'll also include time for discussion about your farm.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels are welcome – beginner to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Soil tests if you have them.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Woody Lane is nationally known as a livestock and forage specialist from Roseburg, Oregon. He teaches courses in forages and livestock nutrition, facilitates three forage study groups for farmers, and writes a popular monthly column "From the Feed Trough" for The Shepherd magazine. A popular speaker across the continent, Woody has written two books: From the Feed Trough: Essays and Insights on Livestock Nutrition in a Complex World and Capturing Sunlight – Skills and Ideas for Intensive Grazing, Sustainable Pastures, Healthy Soils and Grassfed Livestock. Woody is the president of the Oregon Forage and Grassland Council. Woody earned his PhD and MS degrees at Cornell. In the 1980s he was the Sheep Extension Specialist for the University of Wisconsin.
Your First Stranded Colorwork
JC Briar25 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Materials fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you always admired stranded colorwork, but been too intimidated to try it on your own? Ease into it with this class! Learn how to follow a colorwork chart and manage 2 yarns at once while creating smooth, unpuckered fabric. Learn about "color dominance", and how to use it to your advantage. Discover the difference between stranded colorwork and Fair Isle. See how you can fix mistakes with duplicate stitch. And practice by knitting a simple, unshaped cowl in worsted weight yarn.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to knit in the round.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted-weight yarn in two contrasting colors (approximately 80 yards of each if you intend to complete the cowl); one US 7 (4.5mm) circular needle, 16" long, and stitch markers.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Patterned Brioche in Friday morning's listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist
Shelia January16 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $35 includes all fiber to be used in class (roving and combed top) and handout.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Here's your chance to spend a day learning the basics of spinning on a wheel, from fiber characteristics to how a spinning wheel works, to seeing your own first yarn on the bobbin! We'll start by examining our wheels and ensuring that they are all tuned up for spinning success. Then we'll spend time learning to treadle, drafting fiber, and adding the twist to make yarn. The basics of plying will be covered and we'll practice as time allows. There are many types of fiber that can be spun, and while we'll concentrate on some of the many types of sheep's wool, we'll also look at what other fibers are available and popular to spin – such as alpaca, silk, mohair, and cotton. This class is designed to provide a solid foundation on which you can build further spinning skills while having fun with other fiber folks in a low-stress environment. Skills required: None other than the desire to try spinning.
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel in working order, several empty bobbins, a lazy-kate if you have one, materials for taking notes.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Lustrous, "Springy" or Strong – Sample and Compare a Longwool, a Down Wool and a Primitive in Friday morning's class listing for bio.
Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 2 of 2
Terry Mattison12 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: (see day 1) – includes dye, dye chemicals, cardstock for samples, and flagging for labeling, wool yarn, color blending cups, Ziploc® bags and notebook.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is a continuation of Friday's dye class on building a dye book you can take home with you; student must have taken day 1 of this class. Take the mystery out of the color wheel and free yourself to dye the color you want by learning a simple system of color blending! Using acid dyes and wool yarns students will create over 100 samples for their own personal dye book (the more students, the more samples!). Along with a wonderful set of samples, each student will have the recipes and know how to recreate each color on their own.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner
STUDENTS BRING: Apron, gloves, regular Sharpie® pen (no fat or skinny ones), two 1-gallon buckets for soaking yarn and washing samples, scissors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Dye Your Own Yarn
Allison Harding10 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $35 – includes 3 skeins of 420 to 490 yds of high quality wool/wool blend yarn plus samples of other fiber types, dyes, use of equipment, and detailed handouts. Additional fibers will be available for purchase at time of class. Students may bring some of your own CLEAN undyed wool or wool blend yarn to dye if time and space is available.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Design and dye 400 plus yard skeins of different wool/wool blend fingering weight yarn! Learn about random, gradient, painted, and palindrome versus continuous color repeats. Dye skeins differently or dye to coordinate for a bigger project. Allison will take you through each step from preparing your fibers to finishing the set dye with a little color theory for good measure!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: A love of color and yarn/fiber.
STUDENTS BRING: Old clothes or bring an apron, color inspiration photos, waterproof gloves, (instructor will provide powder free vinyl gloves, please bring your own if you have allergies).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Dye Your Own Fiber in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Perfecting Your Plying
Judie Overbeek15 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $12 includes all fiber for spinning in class and handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the basics of plying with plenty of time for practice. You'll work on 2-ply yarns, uneven plies, 3-ply yarns, and 4 strand cabled yarns. See what a difference good plying can make for your final project.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginning to intermediate spinner who wants more flexibility in their yarn choices.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you are familiar with in GOOD working order, 4 usable bobbins, tensioned lazy-kate, notebook and pencil, wheel maintenance kit (could include lubricant, spare drive band, screwdriver, and cloth).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Diameter Control in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Rigid Heddle Weaving: Using Two Heddles for Twice the Fun
Diane McKinnon8 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $15 includes all warp yarns and weft yarns, use of extra weaving equipment and tools during class, and detailed handout.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to expand the weaving capabilities of your rigid heddle loom by using 2 heddles to hold the warp. By using two heddles you can weave with finer yearns for a finer fabric, create simple patterns, weave a 1/3 twill, or thread different warp densities. You can even tackle double weave for interesting fabrics that can be used for everything from storm worthy coat fabric to gossamer curtain panels. This class is designed to teach you how to do more advance weaving techniques on a Rigid Heddle loom. We will explore weave structures that can be used as a reference for future projects. You will leave the class with a completed sampler and the ability to use your Rigid Heddle loom on your own, to use two heddles simultaneously to produce finer cloth, and to weave a variety of advanced weave structures such as twill, basket weave, and double weave using two heddles at a time on your rigid heddle loom.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Experience warping a rigid heddle loom and doing beginning weaving on either a rigid heddle loom or a table loom. Loom must be assembled prior to class so class time is focused on weaving and learning new techniques.
STUDENTS BRING: An ASSEMBLED and ready to weave on Rigid Heddle loom with the capability of using two rigid heddles of the same size simultaneously. Loom will be warped in class with yarns provided as part of the materials. At least two shuttles, pick up stick, scissors, and tape measure, pen/pencil. If you have any questions, please contact me to discuss it at: DiMcKinnon@aol.com
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Stained Glass Shawl
Patti Barker20 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $75 – provides four yards hand painted, silk gauze, Merino wool and printed instructions,
CLASS DESCRIPTION: If you enjoy puzzles, you will love this class. Participants deconstruct, or cut up rainbow dyed silk gauze, then piece it together using mosaic, Nuno felt techniques. Enjoy creating something warm and soft, inspired by something hard and cold. This design is an Excellence in Fiber award winner Fiber Art Now 2017.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience required.
STUDENTS BRING: One 3' x 9' rubber rug mat (be sure to get the ones with small holes); one-gallon garden sprayer; sharp, fullsized scissors; four table risers (optional); at least two old towels and wear comfy shoes.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Textural Nuno Sampler in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, MORNING CLASSES

Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet
Teresa Waldo15 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Materials fee: $17 – Instructor will provide a handout with photos, 6" circular Kumihimo disk, silver plated findings, thread, and size 10 silver beads, embroidery card bobbins and bead threader.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Come create a lovely beaded bracelet with Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding. In this class we will use a circular Kumihimo disk with eight strands of thread that we have strung beads on. We will follow a repetitive pattern to braid the threads together to create spirals of two different colors and sizes of beads. We will then attach end caps and findings to finish our stunning bracelets.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: No advanced preparation required. Please bring 160 size 6 seed beads in a color of your choice (that will go with the silver beads provided by instructor).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Supported Spindle Spinning in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Beginning Inkle Loom
Barbara diJeannene10 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $10 includes 10/2 cotton weaving yarns in many colors for a band
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class students will learn to weave simple narrow bands on the Inkle loom. Inkle weaving is portable and easy to learn. Additional design possibilities will be discussed.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: An Inkle loom – if you have one (if you do not have an Inkle loom and/or shuttle, these will be provided for use in class with the option to purchase after class), small stick shuttle, scissors, note taking supplies. If you need to borrow a loom please contact the instructor at: msdijeannene@gmail.com
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Barbara started spinning in the early 80's and learned that handspun yarn stacks up quickly. Weaving seemed to use a lot of fine yarns, so a loom appeared and then another. Spinning, and then weaving with handspun yarns have been her focus ever since.
Blending and Spinning Your Stash with Hand Cards
Michael Kelson15 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $15 – includes fiber used in class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: As spinners we often end up with bits of lots of fibers and samples as part of our spinning stash. Carding is a fun way to use your spinning stash and get the perfect yarn for YOU! This class will explore the use of hand cards to prepare and blend fibers for spinning different types of yarns. We will blend various different types of down fibers (e.g., camel, yak), silks, and discuss how to select and blend fibers from your stash to make fantastic knitting or weaving yarns. This class will also review "woolen" spinning techniques (e.g., long draw), how to evaluate the amount of singles twist and ply twist for the fibers in your custom carded blend, and yarn finishing techniques.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Should have a good working relationship with your wheel. Be able to spin a stable consistent single.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, lazy-kate;.bring any tools you might like to use (handcards, mini-combs, blending boards, etc.); any fiber you would like to practice with, and note taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations in Friday's all-day for bio.
Drum Carding 101
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $20 – includes use of carders; all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this hand on beginning drum carding class, students will make two batts using a variety of basic techniques and tools: both hand-crank and motorized carders, as well as both woolen and worsted preparations. Students timid about using their carder at home will leave with working knowledge and confidence in their drum carding abilities.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginner – no drum carding experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: None – but should bring an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Breed Sampler: Shave' Em to Save 'Em in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Fish Sticks or Chicken Tender Felted Pin Cushion
Loyce Ericson15 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $20 – includes lots of wool and felting tools
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this wet felting class students will learn to create a 3D fish or chicken pin cushion on a resist (pattern). We'll learn to make protrusions and wet felted additions as we add fins and wings to these whimsical critters. Don't want a pin cushion? Call it a soft sculpture or add a hanger and it's an ornament.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginning to experienced felter
STUDENTS BRING: Clothes that can get wet, a couple of old towels, a pair of sharp scissors and a plastic grocery bag to take home wet samples. Be aware that wet felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires upper body strength/health.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Advanced Felting Textures in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Versatility with Cast-Ons
Harry Wells20 students
Saturday, June 27, 9am - 12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee $3 – printed materials
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We knitters all have our "go to" cast-on, the one which is automatic in our head and hands, and flows quickly. However as our experience grows, we begin to recognize that different projects require different types of cast-ons. Some projects need stretchy cast-ons; others need a cast-on that allows knitting in two different directions, and some projects gain sophistication and pizzazz by having a decorative edge cast-on. This class covers multiple cast-ons, including German Twisted, Crochet Hook Provisional, Channel Island, Tubular, Braided Two Color, Frilled, Picot, Rolled Edge, Judy's Magic Cast-on, and a rather complex two needle cast-on excellent for when an elastic edge (like for lace or K1B) is needed. Come discover a new versatility in beginning projects!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Should be able to accomplish long tail cast on, knit, purl, K2tog, and SSK without assistance.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn in two colors, size 7 straight needles preferred (or whatever size you normally use for worsted weight yarn) but 24" circular is okay. Also DPN size 7, a straight needle or DPNs size 3, 4, or 5, waste yarn (worsted or DK), crochet hook (size G or H), tapestry needle, and small scissors.
HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Short Row Magic! – Baby Hat in Friday morning's listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Advanced Pick-up Inkle Weaving
Leslie Verts15 students
Saturday, June 27, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee $10 - handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Students will learn the pick-up technique of pattern design in inkle weaving.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: advanced
STUDENTS BRING: A functioning inkle loom and shuttle; need 3 colors (white with a dark color – black, and dark brown, blue, red, or purple – and a bright contrast color) of 5/2 cotton thread; 15 heddles.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Leslie has been inkle weaving since 2003 and is the leader of the Eugene Weaving Guild Inkle Group.
Anything but Batts
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Saturday, June 27, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $20 – includes use of a carder, all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We all like big batts, but is that really all a drum carder is good for? Of course not! In this class, we will roll rolags and remove carded sliver (roving) from a drum carder. Students will discover which tools to use – and more importantly the techniques behind them – when using a drum carder for preparing fiber in a manner other than a batt. All carding and blending will be done on our Elite Series Drum Carders with each student using their own electric carder.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate. While no drum carding experience is required for this class, the amount of carding that takes place during the class may be a challenge for someone that has never carded before. Some drum carding experience or having taken our Exploring the Drum Carder or Drum Carding 101 class is preferred.
STUDENTS BRING: None – but should bring an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Breed Sampler: Shave' Em to Save 'Em in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Blending Fiber on a Hackle
Liz Palmer10 students
Saturday, June 27, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $20 – includes fiber to be used in class including hand-dyed wool and alpaca as well as lots of samples of silk, bamboo, tencel, Angelina® and Firestar and handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to blend different fibers and bling on a hackle. It is my favorite way to prepare fiber for spinning as I can get the colors blended in the proportions that I want and the fiber is a dream to spin. Also, it is not terribly labor intensive. A hackle is also a great tool for removing vegetable matter.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: Hackle, comb and something you can use as a diz (a button will work).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Liz Palmer was born with knitting needles in her hands in a small town in Connecticut. Knitting helped her cope with childrearing and her career as a scientist and chemistry teacher. When Liz moved to Washington state 17 years ago she learned how to spin and it was all downhill ever since. An early retirement has allowed Liz to explore everything fiber, from carding and combing to dyeing and blending, spinning and designing her own knitted and woven garments. Now it is all about sharing her passion by teaching. Liz has taught classes at NwRSA Conferences, OFFF, Blizzards Yarn and Fiber store, and at her studio.
Colorwork the Easy Way: Mosaic Knitting and Garter Slip Stitch
Harry Wells20 students
Saturday, June 27, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee $5 – Includes printed materials and color pattern
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Slip-stitch knits can boast amazing colorwork without the hassle of stranding or working with multiple colors in a row! Stunning results such as intricate mosaic designs, textural colorwork like houndstooth, and more are in your future. Along with the basic techniques, learn to predict when combinations of variegated and solids color yarn work together and when they will not, and how charts are written and read differently for mosaic knitting. Practical tips about navigating the technique and advice regarding the best uses for mosaic knitting are included. Once you learn the technique, and as time permits, you will begin a hat designed by the instructor, or use the reference books to chart your own mosaic pattern onto a scarf. Also covered are examples of adding slip stitch to basic garter and progressively adding one, two, and three colors to achieve stunning colorwork results with so little effort!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able to cast on (basic long tail cast on is preferable) and work knit, purl, K2, tog, and SSK stitches without assistance.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight yarn, two colors, highly contrasting (MC and CC). MC should be darker than CC. Two other small balls of worsted weight wool, contrasting colors, for swatch practice in class. Double point needles (7" or 8" is best) or 16" circular in size you normally use for worsted weight yarn you've chosen. Straight needles in the same size. Stitch markers, waste yarn that is sport or fingering weight or DMC perle cotton, Knit Check or ruler.
HOMEWORK: This is the ribbing for your hat. Using the 16" circular needle (or DPs) and MC yarn listed in supplies, CO 96 stitches with MC, join in the round and place beginning of round marker, being careful not to twist stitches around cable. Work 1x1 rib for 1.5" leaving work on the needles with yarn attached to bring to class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Short Row Magic! – Baby Hat in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Let's Do the Twist
Ruth Northrop10 students
Saturday, June 27, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $10 includes all fiber to be used in class, use of a spindle, handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class you'll learn the basics of spinning wool into yarn using a hand spindle, including how much twist is necessary to hold the fibers together. Because we'll explore this ancient craft on hand spindles and in short steps, you will have success before you leave class. This class is the place to discover whether or not you like spinning before you do the spending.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: themselves
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Ruth has been spinning for 20 years and her yarns have won several awards. She uses her experience as a first grade teacher to make spinning fun and easy to learn. Ruth has taught at the Black Sheep Gathering and the Taos Wool Festival and at OFFF. Ruth lives in Southern California with a wonderful husband and a calico cat named Chloe.
Viking Knit 4-Petal Bracelet
Teresa Waldo15 students
Saturday, June 27, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $12 – Instructor will provide handouts with photos, dowel, silver plated wire, findings and charm.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Come learn the age-old technique of Viking knitting and walk away with your own finished charm bracelet. Viking knitting is done by looping wire around a dowel and then pulling the wire tube that is created through a draw plate to condense the tube down to the desired thinness. The finished piece resembles the look of knitting. In this class we will explore a brief history of the craft, the tools needed, and the many possibilities of creating beautiful jewelry with this fun technique. Then we will get down to business making a single knit bracelet with a charm attached.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: No advanced preparation required. Please bring wire cutters, round-nosed pliers and needle-nosed pliers, if you have them – instructor will have some to share during class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Supported Spindle Spinning in Friday morning's listing for bio.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Felted Hat with 3D Elements
Baya Batomunkueva15 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus material fee: $30 – includes all materials used in class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We will make a whimsical hat with ears. You will learn how to create 3D shapes using a hat template. I will teach you how to lay out roving in order to create strong but gentle non-woven textiles in desired shapes. You will get to keep the pattern so you can make more hats by yourself and you can even create your own pattern
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels.
STUDENTS BRING: A 7" rubber ball or a hat block.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Coming from Siberia, Baya was introduced to felting at a very young age. Baya has a passion for fiber and many years of experience helped her to develop a deep understanding of fiber and its qualities.
No Fault Weaving: Weaving for Texture and Color
Liz Palmer15 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $15 – includes yarn (novelty, cotton, and wool), ribbon, beads, dyed locks, and handout.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class you will weave in the "Saori" style where there are no mistakes, and the emphasis is on color and texture. Leave worrying about selvedges behind, and concern yourself with what novelty yarn or ribbon, or roving you want to incorporate. Use up some of your leftover yarn, throw in some beads … everything depends on what you are seeing on your loom and where you want to take it – we are working with the right brain here!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students need to be able to warp their loom and be able to weave plain weave.
STUDENTS BRING: Students need to bring a rigid heddle loom warped at either 10 or 12 epi with 8/2 cotton (preferable – any warp at a sett appropriate for plain weave will work). The warp should be between 8" and 12" wide. Black is best but any color will work. A 4 harness loom can also be used set up for plain weave. Bring some of your stash of handspun or novelty yarn, and any other yarns, locks, or roving you think you might want to weave with. Lots of things to try will be provided. Also bring some shuttles if you have them.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Blending Fiber on a Hackle in Saturday's afternoon listing for bio.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, MORNING CLASSES

Beginning Rug Hooking
Judy Taylor22 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $35 – Includes kit (yarn, pattern on burlap, instructions) and a hook.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class students will be introduced to the age-old craft of rug hooking. Everything from how to hook, to how to create your own designs, to how to use up leftovers in a new way, how to clean and care for hooked rugs, and much more will be covered. SUNDAY, JUNE 28, ALL-DAY CLASSES SUNDAY, JUNE 28, MORNING CLASSES 36 / Black Sheep Newsletter
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience required.
STUDENTS BRING: Should wear long pants as you will be wrapping the backing around your legs; scissors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judy Taylor has been hooking rugs and teaching hooking rugs for nigh onto 30 years. Her three books on the subject have won the eLit Book Awards, and Judy's articles have been featured in Rug Hooking magazine, Spin•Off and others. Her website is www.littlehouserugs.com.
Bountiful Beasts: Spinning Yak
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $15 – includes yak, dyed yak, yak wool blend, yak silk blend
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Yaks have a mysterious past and a very long history. Of all the animals we have domesticated, yaks are one of the oldest, their partnership with us going back to the Stone Age some 10,000 years ago. Yaks have beautiful fiber, and luckily for us, it has recently become available for handspinners. In this class, we'll spin pure yak down fibers, prepared top, and some beautiful blends, dyed and undyed. Experience level: Must be able to spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts – even the ones you don't use. Bring enough bobbins that you can three ply and a lazy-kate.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judith MacKenzie has been spinning and weaving most of her life. Her traditional training expanded with world travel, deep research and industry consultation. Judith writes and teaches extensively and is the author of three bestselling books and many videos.
Captivating Cotton with a Turkish Spindle
Wanda Jenkins12 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $8 – includes organic USA grown cotton sliver, organic punis, and ginned Louisiana brown cotton.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Yes you can spin cotton on a suspended cross-arm spindle! Do you dream of knitting or weaving a summer shirt with your handspun cotton? This class is for you! We will cover twist, drafting, and drawing out the short fibers of sliver to successfully spin cotton without the need for a supported spindle. Rounding out your experience spinning with cotton, we'll explore combing ginned cotton, and Wanda's "Stranded Spinning."
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to easily spin fine laceweight wool yarn with a spindle.
STUDENTS BRING: A Turkish spindle if you have one, or borrow from the ones that will be available for use in class. Handcards if you have them
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Wanda has played with yarn and threads since childhood, starting with embroidery, then learning crochet and weaving when she was fourteen. Spinning took her by storm in 2005 when her husband Ed began making Turkish spindles. Reluctant to pursue other fiber arts, she unexpectedly fell in love with spinning. Wanda enjoys helping spinners discover those "ah-ha" moments with various fibers and techniques.
Entrelac Basics
JC Briar20 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Materials fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Entrelac fabric looks like strips of knitting woven over and under each other, but it's really formed of individually-knit diamonds. No sewing is required: you join the diamonds together as you knit them. In this class you will learn to form the basic units of entrelac: base triangles, side triangles, left- and right-leaning diamonds and top triangles. You'll also pick up tricks like knitting backwards and methods for sizing and shaping entrelac fabric.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Basic knitting experience.
STUDENTS BRING: Light colored worsted weight yarn in two or more colors, needles of a size appropriate for your yarn.
HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Patterned Brioche in Friday's morning's listing for bio.
Felted Sheep – Basic 3D Needle Felting
Miranda Rommel14 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $20 – includes a handout, all wool to be used in class, two needles and felting foam for students to keep.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is The Black SHEEP Gathering – so let's felt a sheep! This class is great for the beginning needle felter. Students will learn about different felting tools/materials and will learn hands on how to needle-felt a firm core, attach basic legs and head, work with color, and use different techniques for creating texture and pattern on your project: an adorable tiny sheep. This is a very fun class!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary. This class is suitable for students with zero to beginning needle-felting experience.
STUDENTS BRING: If desired, their favorite felting tools and/or a small amount of CLEAN wool /fiber from their own animals or stash.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Miranda Rommel is an artist and homesteader living in rural Kings Valley, Oregon. An illustrator by training and a hand spinner for recreation, Miranda took up needle felting in 2012. Soon after and thanks to inspiration by her Corgi Pocket – her business, Fiber Friends was born. Miranda now felts fulltime, creating beautiful pet sculptures for her clients all over the world and she loves teaching her craft to people of all levels.
Floating Cables
M K Nance15 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $6 – includes handouts and pattern for a cup cozy and a coaster.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take your cables up a notch by integrating them with slip stitches (related to mosaic knitting). You'll leave this class with a start of a cup cozy and a coaster. You will have know-how to do a two-colored long tail cast on, and floating cables over garter stitch.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner
STUDENTS BRING: Fingering weight yarn in contrasting colors Winter 2020 / 37 (about 15 grams of each, needles for small diameter knitting and flat knitting (US 2-4), and a cable needle.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Nance has been knitting for over 25 years and designing for the last seven years. She has published over 90 patterns and has been included in Twist Collective, Knitty and Sweet Georgia. In 2019 she taught at the New York Sheep and Wool show in Rhinebeck, New York.
Intro to Blending Boards
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $20 – includes all fiber carded during class and use of blending boards and other equipment.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In 2011 Gwen Powell approached Henry and Roy to create a new tool that eventually became the wildly popular Blending Board. In this class you will learn basic techniques and how to use of a blending board from one of its designers. The class will not only demonstrate the versatility of the blending board – blending fibers of various types, lengths, and colors – but also the strength of the blending board – quickly preparing fibers in rolags for woolen spinning. All carding and blending will be done on Clemes and Clemes Blending Boards with each student getting to use their own boards. All materials, boards, and tools will be provided by instructors.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginner – no blending board experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: None – but should bring an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Breed Sampler: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Shearing on Your Own
Susie Wilson30 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-1pm
COST: $65 Plus material fee: $10 – includes handouts and more.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most popular, ongoing classes (since1994) at BSG and is for the beginning shearer. Susie guides you through the intricacies and practical applications of shearing your own animals. Those with no experience can soon learn to shear a sheep, goat or Llama after taking this class. You'll learn techniques and shearing patterns using both hand and electric clippers. Susie advises taking this class before buying any clippers (electric or hand).
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginners and up.
STUDENTS BRING: nothing
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Susie and her husband, Dan, own SuDan Farm in Canby, Oregon. She is a shepherd, shearer, fiber artist, and an enthusiastic lamb and wool promoter. Susie and Dan are experienced direct marketers of wholesale/retail USDA lamb, wool products galore and their Border Leicester, Coopworth, and Gotland breeding stock throughout the US and Canada.
Spinning a Beehive Coil
Allison Harding10 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $20 – includes beautiful, hand dyed wool and handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the technique that won Best in Show 2016! Allison will teach you the hows and whys of spinning the components and how to ply a stable coiled beehive yarn. You will also learn about fiber choices, finishing technique, and ideas for usage.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to spin a single and 2-ply yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel with a large orifice (you do not need a bulky spinner but your beehive size needs to fit through the orifice of your wheel), 3 bobbins, lazy-kate, niddynoddy, and any tools needed for your wheel (oil, orifice hook, drive-band material, etc.).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Dye Your Own Fiber in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
The Americans
Linda Hansen10 students
Sunday, June 28, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $30 – includes all fiber used in class and handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Of the thousands of sheep breeds throughout the world, there are less than a dozen that have been developed in the United States since colonial times. We'll learn about these amazing sheep breeds, their fascinating history and you will spin their wool.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels welcome.
STUDENTS BRING: A well-functioning spinning wheel you are familiar with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Besides managing her small sheep farm and being a partner with The Bellwether Wool Co, Linda brings her teaching skills and experience as a livestock and wool judge to sharing her passion for the fiber arts. Linda has taught spinning and music privately and in workshops.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Beginner Wool Appliqué: Sheep Coasters
Belinda Mordhorst15 students
Sunday, June 28, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $25 – includes a kit with all supplies needed to make two sheep coasters. Kits will be available for purchase to make more coasters
CLASS DESCRIPTION: You will appliqué a set of sheep coasters using the wool embroidery techniques.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: Scissors suitable for cutting fabric.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Belinda loves hand stitching – especially wool appliqué. This is a beginner class to introduce you to the relaxing world of wool. I own a wool fabric shop at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Oregon where I teach classes in wool appliqué and where many have left with a new hobby – "There is nothing better than stitching together!"
Beginning Pin Loom Weaving
Hazel Spencer10 students
Sunday, June 28, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $20 – all yarn used for class. A 4" square Multi-loom and weaving needle will be supplied for use during the class. These will also be available to purchase at the class or in my booth. SUNDAY, JUNE 28, AFTERNOON CLASSES 38 / Black Sheep Newsletter
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Basic weaving on a 4" square pin loom, students will learn to warp and weave a plain square, one with a design, and one with an all over pattern stitch, then assemble them into a useful little needle book. Skills Level Required: none
STUDENTS BRING: You can bring a 4" pin loom or use a class loom. Also bring scissors, needle threader, notebook and pen/pencil. Yarn can be sport weight – this is if you want to bring your own colors, etc.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Hazel Spencer and her husband Randy are the owners of Hazel Rose Looms and have been making small weaving looms since Oct 2000. Hazel taught art; including weaving, and other fiber arts to all grades at the local K-8 school for 17 years. She has been teaching weaving on the internet and in her booth at fiber fairs for many years, including OFFF and Lambtown festivals. Making clothing and other useful items for the home is Hazel's favorite use of her hand woven fabrics.
Black Cat Gathering
Juneko Martinson14 students
Sunday, June 28, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $12 – includes four felting needles, wire, core material, and wool roving to make one cat.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Black, tuxedo, tabby and calico cats gathering and sitting pretty. You will learn needle felting basics while you create your frisky critter. You'll be able to customize the shape, markings, and color to make the design your own. The class materials include a color wheel palette to create one cat.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels.
STUDENTS BRING: Bring your own felting mat or foam, or use a loaner from the instructor.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Juneko has been needle felting and teaching since 2004. She and her husband raise their own alpacas and sheep in Clark County, Washington, where Juneko is able to immerse herself in all phases of her art from wool production to fiber sculptures. Juneko's passion is creating felted critters that delight and inspire others. She also teaches classes in the Portland/ Vancouver area and designs kits that let people discover the joy of needle felting. Juneko also enjoys spinning, weaving, crocheting, and knitting. See Juneko's work at www.fiberartbyjuneko.com
Bountiful Sheep: Bluefaced Leicester
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Sunday, June 28, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $15 – includes all fibers used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: These sheep are a relatively new sheep to North America but have rapidly become popular with handspinners. Fondly called BFL, these sheep have lovely fleeces, primarily white but often shades of grey, brown and black. BFL's are classed as a long wool, their fleeces are both silky and buoyant, an unusual fleece combination. Their fleeces are a joy to spin and they accept dye beautifully. In this class we'll look at the wide range of yarns that can be spun from these fleeces. We'll work with both fleeces and prepared fiber. We'll also use samples of dyed BFL.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a continuous yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts – even the ones you don't use, extra bobbins, a ball winder and a swift if you have them, niddy-noddy, lazy-kate, hand cards and combs (mini and regular if you have them) and a flicker or dog brush.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Yak in Sunday morning's listing for bio.
Coil Wrap Basket
Jill Colbert16 students
Sunday, June 28, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $25 – includes the wooden base (stained and holes drilled), the core material, the hand spun yarns from my sheep (all natural), the accent yarn if you choose, (including the natural sheep curls or a different hand spun yarn that may have beads or color) and the needle you will need to do the project. All materials used in the class will be provided by the instructor.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: You will create a beautiful, unique basket using hand-spun natural colored wool which you will wrap around a core material. Your basket will begin on a wood base.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: scissors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Jill has a small farm in Minnesota where she raises a variety of fiber animals, including alpacas and sheep. Jill loves creating with fiber.
Design Your Own Shawl
M K Nance20 students
Sunday, June 28, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $6 – includes template on various sizes of paper, and a handout with how to design information.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to design your own wedge shawl from both the bottom up and the top down. Play with cable and lace on paper. You'll have a new pattern which you could caston by the end of class.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginner – must be able to read charts.
STUDENTS BRING: Pencils, colored pencils, and/or markers. Stitch dictionary optional.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Floating Cables in Sunday morning's listing for bio.
Frac That!: Fractal Spinning Fun
Linda Hansen10 students
Sunday, June 28, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $40 – includes all fiber used in class and handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you wondered what fractal spinning is all about? This class will get you started in spinning fractal yarn using gradient dyed top/roving as well as selected color bars of top/roving. We will spin 2-ply samples of this fun and beautiful yarn. Fractal spinning creates patterns of color and overlaps that translate to a fantastic color stripe and progressively variegated yarn for knit, crochet, or weaving.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate.
STUDENTS BRING: A well-functioning spinning wheel you are familiar with. Winter 2020 / 39
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See The Americans in Sunday morning's listing for bio.
Loving Your Lace Edgings
JC Briar25 students
Sunday, June 28, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Materials fee: none – handouts are provided.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Adding a lace edging is a sweet way of topping off shawls, scarves, socks, or any other kind of project! In this class you will learn where to find edging patterns, how you can use them, and how you can customize them. You will pick up tips for working tricky stitches – such as yarn overs at the beginning of a row – and for blocking. We'll go over multiple options for attaching edgings, and you'll have the chance to practice on a sampler piece.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Experience knitting lace is required; experience reading knitting charts is helpful but not required.
STUDENTS BRING: Fingering, DK weight, or laceweight yarn (do not select laceweight if you have never used it before!); needles of a size appropriate for your yarn.
HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Patterned Brioche in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Sock Obsessed: Naturally Dyed Self Striping and Variegated Yarn
Michelle Russell and Meghan Maze14 students
Saturday, June 27, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $60 includes enough yarn for one pair of thigh high or two short pairs of variegated sock yarn, one skein self-striping yarn, and pamphlet describing the dyeing and process, a selection of natural dyes and equipment for use in class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Naturally dyed colorful sock yarn with an industrious pair of color obsessed instructors. You will explore several self-striping and variegated techniques – including twocolor and four-color variegations. You will learn the easiest way to skein yarn for self-striping. You will cheat with us as we create matching variegated sock yarn sets without ever touching the dye pot.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: An apron and gloves for dyeing.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Color Witches is a natural dyeing collaboration between Michelle Russell (California) and Meghan Maze (New York). Both instructors grow their own dye plants, and have worked in a wide spectrum of fiber arts, with a current focus on anything to do with plant based pigments/dyes. Michelle teaches reenactment groups, as well at fiber festivals. Her Color Witch super powers are: being excited about color/color history and encouraging a learner's mindset. Meghan leads dye parties at her home and at fiber festivals. Her Color Witch super powers are: having a forward thinking experimental, mindset and coming up with exciting class ideas.
Short Steps to Long Draw
Ruth Northrop14 students
Sunday, June 28, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $10 includes all fiber to be used in class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Does your wool run away with you when you try to spin soft and fluffy yarn? While the long draw method of drafting is traditionally used to spin these types of yarn, it can be tricky. In this class we will break down the skill of long draw into simple steps that really are easy to learn. We'll progress from one step to the next, until you can spin an airy yarn that won't fall apart.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin singles.
STUDENTS BRING: A wheel in good working order that you are comfortable with, 3 empty bobbins, ball winder if you have one.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Let's do the Twist in Sunday morning's listing for bio.
Spinning for Socks
Shelia January15 students
Sunday, June 28, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $12 includes fiber to be used in class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Are you a spinner who loves knitting socks but who hasn't been happy with the results from your handspun, or who wants to expand your sock yarns into more interesting and exotic fiber blends? In this class we'll look at the possible twist structures – 2-ply, 3-ply, and 4-ply sock yarn, as well as trying a variety of fibers and fiber blends. We'll also discuss fiber preparation and sock knitting tips for handspinners.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able spin a consistent singles yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working order – if you have a Woolie Winder, please bring your standard flyer as well, 3 or 4 empty bobbins, lazy-kate.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Lustrous, "Springy" or Strong – Sample and Compare a Longwool, a Down Wool and a Primitive in Friday morning's class listing for bio.

SHEEP SHOW

Judge: Jacob Reister
Reister Farms
Washougal, Washington

Reister Farms was established in 1957 in McMinnville, Oregon and is now a third generation farm located in Washougal, Washington.Read More.

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

Judge: Bonnie Pember Naumann
Bandera, Texas

Bonnie Pember Naumann was born and raised in Bandera, Texas and she grew up showing Angoras and judging wool and mohair with her local 4H program. Read More.

FLEECE SHOW

Wool , Mohair and Alpaca Judge: Judith MacKenzie
Forks, Washington

She has worked as a textile artist for many years. As a spinner, dyer and weaver, she has traveled and worked throughout North America and abroad. Read More.

FIBER ARTS AND YARN SHOW

Judge: Jane McLean
The Dalles, Oregon

I’m Northwest Regional Spinners Association trained. I have helped judge at NwRSA Conferences. Read More.