Black Sheep Gathering

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Friday Classes

    MORNING
  • Brioche Wristers – JC Briar
  • Felted Cat Cave – Loyce Ericson
  • Mosaic Knitting: Colorwork the Easy Way – Harry Wells
  • Navajo Style Spindling – Christine Thomas-Flitcroft
  • Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist – Shelia January
    ALL-DAY
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle – Diane McKinnon
  • Dye Your Own Fiber – Allison Harding
  • Exploring the Drum Carder – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • CANCELLED Frac! That! – Fractal Spinning for Fun – Linda Hansen
  • How to Make an Art (Spirit) Doll – Patti Barker
  • Organic Indigo – Linda Hartshorn
  • Using Your Stash – Judith MacKenzie
    AFTERNOON
  • Felted Fingerless Gloves – Loyce Ericson
  • Next Steps in Brioche – JC Briar
  • Oops! Fixing Common Mistakes/Learning How to Read your
  • Knitting – Harry Wells
  • Spinning the Orenburg Way – Galina A. Khmeleva

Saturday Classes

    MORNING
  • Black Sheep Gathering: Fleece in Your Hands – Judith MacKenzie
  • Felted Sheep: Basic Sculptural Needle Felting – Miranda Rommel
  • Plying with Confidence – Shelia January
  • Shaping with Short Rows – Harry Wells
  • SpinPossible: Tweed Yarns with Silk Inclusions – Michael Kelson
    ALL-DAY
  • Color Theory on the Drum Carder – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 1 of 2 – Terry Mattison
  • Dye Your Own Yarn – Allison Harding
  • Felted Ruffled Scarf – Flora Carlile-Kovacs
  • Indigo Shibori – Linda Hartshorn
  • CANCELLED Navajo Hand Spinning – Sarah H. Natani and Tahnibaa Naataanii
  • Rigid Heddle Loom: Advanced Techniques – Diane McKinnon
    AFTERNOON
  • Advanced Twists on Twists: Reversible, Multi-color, Two Colored
  • and Textured Cables – Harry Wells
  • Beginning Inkle Loom – Barbara diJeannene
  • Combing and Carding for Spinning Success – Shelia January
  • Shifting Light: Spinning Shade, Tint and Tone – Judith MacKenzie
  • SpinPossible: Loft, Stable Singles – Michael Kelson

Sunday Classes

    MORNING
  • Beginning Rug Hooking – Hook a Flock of Sheep – Judy Taylor
  • CANCELLED Charts Made Essential – JC Briar
  • Embellished Needle Felted Patch or Brooch – Allison Harding
  • Exploring Spinning Techniques on a Turkish Spindle – W. Jenkins
  • Painted Skeins and Warps – Linda Hartshorn
  • Russian Style Continental Knitting – Galina A. Khmeleva
  • Shearing on Your own – Susie Wilson
  • Spinning Angora – Janet Deutmeyer
  • Spinning Cabled Yarns – Judith MacKenzie
    ALL-DAY
  • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 2 of 2 – Terry Mattison
  • Felted Sculpted Hat – Flora Carlile-Kovacs
  • Small Gifts Made of Sheepskin – Anette Skoog
    AFTERNOON
  • Coil Wrap Basket – Jill Colbert
  • Lace Basics – JC Briar
  • Nuno Felt Trellis Shawl – Patti Barker
  • Pin Loom Weaving – Hazel Spencer
  • Spinning Long Wools – Janet Deutmeyer
  • SpinPossible: Spinner’s Study – Down Breed Fibers – M. Kelson
  • Spinning Silk Hankies Without Tears – Barbara diJeannene
  • Spinning the Camelids – Alpaca, Llama and Camel – Shelia January

All Workshop Descriptions

FRIDAY, JULY 5, MORNING CLASSES

Brioche Wristers
JC Briar20 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: none
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Brioche rib worked in two colors is amazing. Even though you work one row stripes, you get vertical ribs of color in a squishy, bouncy and reversible fabric. And when worked in the round, it's a simple two row pattern. Learn all the basics in this class by starting a pair of wristers: working Brioche slip stitches both on knit rounds and on purl rounds; casting on and binding off effectively; keeping your yarns from tangling; and fixing mistakes.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to work in small rounds using double point needles, two circular needles, or the Magic Loop technique; no experience knitting Brioche required.
STUDENTS BRING: Smooth, plain, worsted weight yarn in two colors; US 6 (4mm) needles for working in small rounds (a set of double points, a pair of circulars, or one long Magic Loop circular). Stitch marker to mark the beginning of rounds; crochet hook roughly US size G/6 (4mm).
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, on line at Craftsy, and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating gridfree charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity and beauty.
Felted Cat Cave
Loyce Ericson15 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $45 includes approx 10-12 ounces wool, plastic pattern and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Does your feline fur baby need a warm snug place to nap? You can indulge your baby by making one in this class. We will take wool, a plastic pattern, water and the power of your hands to create the perfect cat cave. Felting is a physically active craft, this class requires upper body, shoulder, arm, wrist and hand health.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Some wet-felting experience preferred.
STUDENTS BRING: Clothes that can get wet, a plastic sack to take wet cat cave home, and a couple of old towels
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 travels and teaches nationally as well as in her studio, teaching at SOAR, OFFF and BSG. Loyce approaches her classes as a time for fun and open creative expression. Her greatest joy is seeing the smiles on her students' faces as their projects come together.
Mosaic Knitting: Colorwork the Easy Way
Harry Wells20 Students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $3 handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: With Mosaic knitting, you knit with only one color per row to achieve intricate looking patterns without stranding or Intarsia wrapping. You simply knit and slip stitches, but the result is stunning! This workshop will teach you how to do several textual variations of Mosaic Knitting, how color and hues work together (or don't), how charts are written and read differently for Mosaic Knitting, and practical tips about the best applications for Mosaic Knitting in garments and accessories. Once you learn the technique, and practice it in a swatch, you will begin a hat in class which you can quickly complete at home or pick a Mosaic chart to begin a scarf.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able to cast on (basic long tail cast on is preferable) and work knit and purl stitches without assistance.
STUDENTS BRING: Two balls, in very contrasting colors, of worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn. You can use the same yarn that you are using for the hat homework, but you will need to roll off a smaller ball (20 g) to use for the practice swatch in class. Needles – US size 6 (or the size to get approximately 5.5 sts
= 1" in stockinette st), straight or 24" circular and stitch markers.
HOMEWORK: Choose which of your contrasting yarns you want for the main color (MC) of your hat. Using size 6 (or a size to obtain 5.5 sts = 1" in stockinette st), 16" circular needle, cast on 96 sts
with MC. Join in the round and place beginning of rd marker, being careful not to twist stitches around cable. Work 1 x 1 rib for 1.5". Leave sts
on needle with working yarn attached.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry. In 2010, he retired as a university professor to pursue knitting fulltime. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience. Harry managed the Northcoast Knittery in Eureka, California from 2010-2017 and enjoys designing, including publishing patterns in magazines and on Ravelry. His design aesthetic emphasizes texture and linear flow. Harry designs mainly with men in mind, but his accessories almost always end up being unisex in appeal. Check out his knitting website at www.goodforaboy.com.
Navajo Style Spindling
Christine Thomas-Flitcroft12 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber and handouts for class. Navajo style spindles, hand cards and ball winders will be available for use in class. Navajo spindles will be for sale if students wish to purchase.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This workshop will cover Navajo style spinning techniques using the traditional Navajo style spindle. We will discuss different types of Navajo spindles, Navajo spinning techniques and wool types traditionally used. We will focus on the Navajo technique of drafting and spinning wool two and three times and cover the Navajo three-ply technique on the Navajo style spindle.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Some experience with spindle spinning or wheel spinning is helpful. This class is great for beginners to advanced spinners wishing to learn Navajo style spinning.
STUDENTS BRING: A Navajo spindle and hand cards if you have them, pencil and paper for taking notes.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Christine Thomas-Flitcroft has been spinning and weaving for 37 years. She is a student of the textile arts. She studied weaving at the University of Idaho and wool and sheep production at the University of Idaho and Montana State University. Chris is the owner of Aurora Colony FiberArts, a fiber art business that specializes in teaching spinning and weaving and offering a multitude of fibers for spinning and felting. She maintains a flock of Border Leicester and English Leicester sheep on her farm in Aurora, Oregon. Her current interest is tapestry weaving Navajo style, using hand-spun yarns, spun on Navajo spindles and wheels along with commercial yarns.
Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist
Shelia January15 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes all fiber to be used in class (roving and combed top) and handout on wheel maintenance and spinning basics.
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, draft fiber, and adding the twist to make yarn. The basics of plying will be covered and we'll practice as time allows.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: 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: Shelia January has been a knitter since she was 8 years old. She now lives in Oregon with her yaks, sheep, cattle, chickens, cat and husband. She knits and designs, and has taught spinning, dyeing, and knitting at sheep and wool shows, retreats, conferences, and shops. Shelia's patterns are featured in The Knitter's Book of Yarn, Fiber Gathering, The Knitter's Book of Wool, Dreaming of Shetland and What (Else) Would Madame LaFarge Knit? on Ravelry, and at various yarn and fiber businesses.

FRIDAY, JULY 5, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Beginning Rigid Heddle
Diane McKinnon12 students
Friday, July 5, 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 any time. They are a relatively inexpensive way to get into weaving and are lightweight, portable, and practical. They can be used to make everything from everyday 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 Festival. 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.
Dye Your Own Fiber
Allison Harding10 students
Friday, July 5, 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 their own CLEAN undyed fiber to dye if time and space is available.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Design and dye three different fibers plus 1 ounce 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/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.
Exploring the Drum Carder
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $35 includes use of a carder, all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Drum carders are a mystery to the average fiber artist: fiber is fed into the carder, ends up on the big drum, and something magical happens in between. In our "Exploring the Drum Carder" class, students begin the day by learning the history of drum carders, how they work and why they function the way they do. The fun goes hands-on for the rest of the day as we delve into the differences of woolen and worsted carding, explore the many tools that make drum carding more efficient and crank out five different batts. The first batt will be hand cranked before switching over to the Electric Drive for the duration of the class. All materials, carders and tools for use will be provided by the instructors.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: Nothing – but 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.
CANCELLED Frac That! – Fractal Spinning for Fun
Linda Hansen10 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $40 includes handouts and a variety of fibers
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- and 3-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 spinner
STUDENTS BRING: A well functioning spinning wheel that you are familiar with
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Besides running her small family sheep farm, and being ½ of The Bellwether Wool Company, Linda Hansen brings her skills as a private music teacher and a livestock and fleece judge to sharing her love of fiber arts. Linda is a weaver, spinner, dyer, felter, knitter, basket weaver and quilter. She teaches spinning both privately and in workshops.
How to Make an Art (Spirit) Doll
Patty Barker20 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $40 provides kits which include 2 felting needles, a pad to felt on, wool, curly locks (many color choices), and bins of fabric choices for clothing. Please take only what you need for your doll. Also provided is a wire hoop for hanging your doll.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Here's an excuse for grown women to play with dolls! Art Dolls are created using sticks as a base, and are meant to be hung on a wall. The first two hours are spent creating the face and head, while learning needle-felt sculpting techniques, and then we add "makeup" and curly locks for hair. It is as much therapy as it is good fun to bring a doll to life! EXPERIENCE LEVEL: no experience required
STUDENTS BRING: The base of this doll is a stick, and the one you bring to class is very important. It can provide attitude or be completely hidden. I have used driftwood and Madrona branches, but my favorite is Douglas Fir. The stick should be approximately 12-14" tall and extra points for Y branches that have "fingers."
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 wearable art designs are produced with felted seams (no sewing). The fabric and the garment are created simultaneously, using wetfelting 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.
Organic Indigo
Linda Hartshorn12 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes dye, small skein of wool yarn, cotton and silk fabrics for samples and workshop notebook with recipes EXPERIENCE LEVEL: open to all
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Discover the Organic Indigo Vat, a way of Indigo dyeing that uses fruits and other natural substances to dye beautiful blues. Developed by Michel Garcia, this method works faster than fermentation and does not require the use of chemicals. In this class we will create several different vats and dye fabric samples and wool yarns. Learn how to replenish and keep an indigo vat going. Create a mini vat in a jar to take home with you!
STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or apron, gloves, scissors, black Sharpie™ marker, glue stick, a one quart glass mason jar with lid. Optional: one UNDYED skein of natural fiber yarn – 4 ounces maximum, to dye as time permits.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Linda Hartshorn is a weaver and dyer known for unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. Linda weaves and dyes in her home on the redwood coast of northern California, and teaches weaving at the Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka. Linda enjoys leading workshops and brings her positive, fun and supportive teaching style to events all over the country. She is a two-time winner of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award for spinners, weavers and dyers.
Using Your Stash
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $20 includes variety of fibers for blending, variety of colored top, binder threads in silk wool and novelty yarns
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Bring three fibers from your stash (at least 2 ounces each) and we'll design a new yarn and a great project to go with it. You'll learn how fibers are best spun to bring out their natural beauty. You'll also learn how to make a strong and stable yarn that will suit the project you have in mind. We'll look at possible blends that will extend that bit of precious fiber you have been saving and we'll look at creative ways to revive a project that has gone awry. We'll learn how to make a pattern fit the yarn and how to calculate out how many yards you'll need to spin for either a knit or woven project.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a continuous yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Bring three fibers from your stash (at least 2 ounces each). Students should bring their wheel and all its parts – even the ones you've never used, extra bobbins, a ball winder and a swift if you have them, niddy-noddy, lazy-kate, measuring tape, a variety of knitting needles in the range you like to work with. Bring patterns or pictures of projects that interest you. Mini combs, dog brush, or flicker and hand cards if you have them. Bring a notebook and pen.
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.

FRIDAY, JULY 5, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Felted Fingerless Gloves
Loyce Ericson15 students
Friday, July 5, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $30 includes wool, handouts, and felting tools
CLASS DESCRIPTION: These fingerless gloves are warm, comfy, and fast and fun to make. Learn to wet felt around a resist (a plastic felting pattern) as we use fine merino wool. Loyce's felting methods are easy to learn, easy on the body and fast. You will be able to wear your damp gloves home (if you want).
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No felting experience needed, regular hand strength needed.
STUDENTS BRING: A Sharpie™ pen, a couple of old towels, clothes that can get wet, scissors and a plastic grocery bag to take home wet projects
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Felted Cat Cave in Friday mornings class listings for bio.
Next Steps in Brioche
JC Briar20 students
Friday, July 5, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Maybe you've done one or two simple brioche projects, enough to know you like knitting brioche. What's next? Take this class to expand your options: see what is involved in knitting two-color brioche flat. (Hint: it's a 4 row pattern!) Add patterning via increases and decreases. Try a super slick I-cord selvage. You'll practice by knitting a small sample in class, but take away the skills needed to complete a lovely patterned scarf.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: experience working brioche rib
STUDENTS BRING: smooth, plain, and worsted-weight yarn in two solid colors; one circular needle or a pair of double points (not straight needles) in size US 6 (4mm); crochet hook size G
HOMEWORK: Using one solid-color yarn, cast on 14 sts
loosely. Continuing with the same color, work in basic one-color brioche rib as follows: *brSl (that is: bring yarn to front, slip 1 stitch purlwise, and bring yarn over right needle to back, creating two loops that count as one stitch), k1, repeat from * across row; turn. Repeat that same row, remembering to work the two loops of each brSl together, until your swatch is 1" tall and you can see the brioche rib pattern. For details, see Basic one-color brioche rib at Stitch-Maps.com.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Brioche Wristers in Friday morning's class listing for bio.
Oops! Fixing Common Mistakes and Learning to Read your Knitting
Harry Wells20 Students
Friday, July 5, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $2 handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Ever look at your knitting and say, "What happened there?" or see a dropped stitch running down your knitting, or picked up your knitting project and wondered where you were in the pattern – how many decreases/ increases have I worked, what row was I on, etc? This workshop is divided into two sections, "Knowing Where You Are" and "Identifying and Correcting Mistakes," teaching all sorts of tips on how to "read" your knitting – to recognize what you are looking at, where you are, and what to do next, whether that be correcting a problem or moving ahead! This workshop is designed to make you a more competent, informed knitter. A sampling of topics covered are: recognizing types of stitches, counting rows in stockinette and garter stitch, unknitting, stitch mount direction, identifying and fixing twisted stitches, vertical fixes for stitch mistakes or dropped stitches found lower down in your knitted fabric, lifelines, brake needles, causes for holes in knitting and common causes for having too many stitches or not enough stitches.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginner and above, participants must be able to cast on (basic long tail preferred), and work knit and purl stitches without assistance. We will be casting on 10 stitches and working several rows of knit and purl stitches throughout the class for many exercises – sometimes making stockinette stitch fabric, sometimes garter stitch fabric, and sometimes ribbing. These exercises will require you to be able to work rows of these stitches with competence.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn in light color (no dark colors), size 7 needles or size you normally use with worsted weight yarn when you knit (straight needles are preferred but circular are ok), a smaller knitting needle (straight is preferable) or dpn, any size from 1 to 4 will do, stitch markers, locking stitch markers or knitters pins, knitter repair hook or a crochet hook size F or G, ruler, tape measure, tapestry needle, Knit Chek or ruler.
HOMEWORK: Knit three swatches using yarn and needles above. One 5" x 5" swatch in stockinette stitch and one 5" x 5" swatch in garter stitch. Block these two swatches. Third swatch – CO 10 sts, work 6 rows of stockinette, leave sts
on needle with working yarn attached.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Mosaic Knitting: Color the Easy Way in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Spinning the Orenburg Way
Galina A. Khmeleva15 students
Friday, July 5, 1:30pm-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $5 includes all fiber to be spun in workshop
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Come join renowned lace knitting and handspinning instructor and author Galina A. Khmeleva as she introduces you to the magical handspinning techniques of Russian spinners using the Russian supported spindle. This technique results in creating the yarns for the famous scarves and shawls of the Orenburg region. In this workshop the emphasis will be on the spinning of luxury fibers, i.e.: cashmere, qiviut, Pygora, buffalo, etc. You will learn the significance of gauging the proper thickness and length of these fibers, while learning the more economical use of luxury fibers, helping you conserve precious yardage.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: note taking materials and a kitchen towel
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Galina A. Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs, The History of Orenburg Lace Shawls, and Gossamer Webs: The Design Collection, has earned a reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgeable lace knitting instructors in the country. As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the "aristocracy" of St. Petersburg's music and theater society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the "new" Russia that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status in private companies. As the principal student to Orenburg's lace knitting elite, Galina brings the classic style and revered traditional techniques of Russian lace to her classes. Galina's unique, inspiring, and fun-loving teaching style has made her the guru of lace enthusiasts across the USA. And as an extra, Galina's classes are an unforgettable cultural experience.

SATURDAY, JULY 6, MORNING CLASSES

Black Sheep Gathering: Fleece in Your Hands
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber samples and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: The Black Sheep Gathering is well known for having a truly wonderful fleece show. And fleeces, being pretty well irresistible, have a way, just like puppies, of following you home. In this class we'll talk about how to buy a fleece – what to look for and what to look out for and what to do with it when you get home. We'll talk about storing your fleeces safely and how to deal with insects and mice. We'll look at pros and cons of different methods of washing. We'll look at the different methods of spinning and how to bring out your fleeces best characteristics.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: Bring any fleeces you have questions about. Bring your wheel and all its parts – if you have a wooly winder, bring the regular flyer. Bring at least 4 bobbins and a lazy Kate.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Using Your Stash in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Felted Sheep – Basic Sculptural Needle Felting
Miranda Rommel14 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes a handout, all wool to be used in class, 2 needles and felting foam 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, 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: Optional to bring a small amount of CLEAN wool /fiber from their own animals.
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 full time, creating beautiful pet sculptures for her clients all over the world. She loves teaching her craft to people with all levels of experience.
Plying With Confidence
Shelia January15 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes additional fiber and singles-spun yarn to be used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Plying is almost an afterthought to spinning, but it can be the thing that makes finished yarn look great and behave just as you planned for your project. In this workshop we will examine different methods of plying and practice them, including traditional plying from a lazy-kate (2- and 3-ply), chain plying, plying from both ends of a ball and "Andean" plying. We'll also use thread to ply, making a bulky or thick-and-thin single without adding more bulk.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Advanced beginner to intermediate, must be able to spin a consistent singles yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel in working order. If you have a Woolee Winder, please bring your standard flyer as well; at least 4 bobbins – including 2 bobbins with at least 1 ounce of singles on each; a lazy kate that holds up to 3 bobbins, a spool of sewing thread in a dark or bright color if you have it – some will be available for use in class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Shaping with Short Rows
Harry Wells18 Students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $3 – handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Shape a collar or a shoulder slope, make a toe or heel, work an inset sleeve cap within an armhole (an easy way to work an inset sleeve downward), or knit a hat on straight needles, achieving a rounded shape by building the entire circumference with short rows and no seaming. This is a versatile technique! You will learn two ways of doing short rows and also knit some swatches. Then we will explore several applications of short rows – sock heels, shoulder shaping, and inset sleeve cap with short rows.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Participants should be able to accomplish long tail cast on, knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, without supervision.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn in light or medium color (no dark colors). Same color in which you did your homework is best, but not necessary. Size 7 straight needles (or 24" circular) and DPN's, small scissors, locking stitch markers and waste yarn.
HOMEWORK: Using the yarn listed above, complete following swatches:
SWATCH 1: CO 28 sts. (swatch for practicing short row techniques) Work 6 garter stitch rows (3 ridges), then 2 rows of stockinette stitch
Place sts on waste yarn or stitch holder with a 15 yard tail (rolled into a ball) for use as working yarn.
SWATCH 2: (Swatch will be for a miniature sweater upper back.)
CO 46 sts
. Work 16 rows in st. st.
Next row (RS): BO 2 sts, knit to end of row. 44 sts
Next row: BO 2 sts, purl to end of row. 42 sts
Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last three sts, K2tog, k1. 40 sts
Dec row: P1, P2tog, purl to last three sts, ssp, p1. 38 sts
Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last three sts, K2tog, k1. 36 sts
Next row: Purl
Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last three sts, K2tog, k1 34 sts
Work even (in stockinette stitch) for 16 more rows, ending with RS.
Place live sts on stitch holder or waste yarn. Leave a tail of 6 yards as your working yarn for swatch.
SWATCH 3: (miniature sweater front #1)
CO 18 sts
Work 16 rows in stockinette stitch (ending with WS).
Next row (RS): BO 2, knit to end. 16 sts
Next row: Purl to last three sts, ssp, p1. 15 sts
Dec row (RS): K1, SSK, knit to end. 14 sts
Next row: Purl
Dec row (RS): K1, SSK, knit to end. 13 sts
Next row: Purl
Dec row (RS): K1, SSK, knit to end. 12 sts
Work even (in stockinette st) for 18 more rows, ending with RS row.
Place live sts on stitch holder or waste yarn. Leave a tail of 2 ½ yards as your working yarn for swatch.
SWATCH 4: (miniature sweater front #2)
CO 18 sts
Work 15 rows in stockinette st. (ending with RS)
Next row (WS): BO 2, purl to end. 16 sts
Dec row (RS): Knit to last three sts, K2 tog, k1. 15 sts
Dec row (WS): P1, p2 tog, purl to end. 14 sts
Dec row (RS): Knit to last three sts, K2 tog, k1. 13 sts
Next row: Purl
Dec row (RS): Knit to last three sts, K2 tog, k1. 12 sts
Work even for 19 more rows, ending with WS row.
Place live sts on stitch holder or waste yarn. Leave a tail of 2 ½ yards as your working yarn for swatch.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Mosaic Knitting: Colorwork the Easy Way in Friday morning's class listing for bio.
SpinPossible: Tweed Yarns with Silk Inclusions
Michael Kelson15 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Tweed yarns are great fun to spin! Tweed yarns typically have inclusions which add color or textural elements to a plied yarn, and a great way to add a tweedy effect to your yarn is to add silk! This class will explore getting tweed-like effects using various preparations of silk, including silk top, silk hankies and silk noil in both preparation and ply. The skills you will learn to achieve a tweedy effect include: working with silk hankies to add a tweedy effect to your plied yarns, "frosting" your singles using silk tops, using hand cards to card silk inclusions into your fiber prep. The inclusions we will explore will include sari silk, sari silk thread and silk noil.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must already have a good working relationship with your wheel. Be able to spin a consistent single and have some experience plying and finishing yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, lazy-kate. Bring any tools you might like to use (handcards, mini-combs, etc) and any fiber you would like to practice with.
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. He is passionate about sharing his love for spinning with beginning students. By day Michael is a software professional, but on weekends he's usually out and about with his e-Spinner in tow.

SATURDAY JULY 6, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Color Theory on the Drum Carder: the Color Wheel
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $30 includes use of a carder, all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We all learned in third grade art class that blue and yellow make green, but what if you were to go a step beyond this basic concept and explore the entire rainbow? This is color play for fiber artists! In this class students will learn the theory behind how colors mix and use this knowledge to make their own fiber color wheel, as well as card a gradient batt of complimentary colors. While Henry and Roy know a thing or two about making and using drum carders, they consulted with chemist, and well know indie dyer Kimber Baldwin, of Fiber Optic Yarns, to help them understand the science of color. The result is a class that takes the theory of color blending and applies it to drum carding as never before. All carding and blending will be done on our Elite Series Drum Carders with each student using one of our electric carders. All materials, carders, and tools will be provided by the instructors.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: 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: Nothing – but an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Exploring the Drum Carder in Friday's allday class listing for bio.
Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 1 of 2
Terry Mattison16 students
Saturday, July 6 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $50 includes dye, dye chemicals, cardstock for samples, and 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 one-gallon buckets for soaking yarn and washing samples, scissors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Terry Mattison is an avid spinner, weaver, knitter, and dyer 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 12 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 Yarn
Allison Harding10 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $35 includes three skeins of 420-490 yards of high quality wool/wool blend yarn plus samples of other fiber types, dyes and use of equipment and detailed handouts. Additional fibers will be available for purchase at time of class. Students may bring some of their own CLEAN, undyed yarn to dye if time and space is available.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Design and dye 400+-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 an apron, color inspiration photos and 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.
Felted Ruffled Scarf
Flora Carlile-Kovacs12 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $12 includes four ounces hand-dyed super-fine merino wool.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this project-oriented workshop you will learn how to work with thin and even layers of fine merino wool. You'll learn how to blend the colors and the silk fiber in the wool before felting. You will study and explore how varying the staple directions and the thickness of the layers of wool affects the shrinkage rates and provides us with control in shaping the scarf. Even-edge finishing techniques will also be taught.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: 3' x 8' bubble wrap or rubber rug mat (needs small holes), 3' x 3' cotton sheet (old cloth), sprinkler if you have one to wet the felt, one olive oil soap bar in a container, 2 hand towels, waterproof apron, small bowl for water, notebook, pen/pencil, comfortable shoes
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: The award winner of several wearable art shows, Flora Carlile-Kovacs is a professional felt artist born in Szeged, Hungary, now living and working in Seattle, Washington. In her work she incorporates two bodies of knowledge; the nomadic traditions and the urban, modern style of feltmaking. Coming from the European tradition of craftsmanship and quality, Flora is constantly experimenting with ways to improve not only the visual artistic aspect of her work, but also its physical integrity as a functional object appropriate for everyday use.
Indigo Shibori
Linda Hartshorn15 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 dye ingredients, cotton fabric, silk scarf, workshop notebook with indigo recipe
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Create beautiful blue-patterned fabrics with Shibori and Indigo! Shibori is the Japanese art of stitching, tying and clamping cloth to create dyed patterns. Indigo, the natural blue dye, is wonderful for Shibori dyeing. Prepare cotton and silk fabrics using the Japanese techniques of kumo, itajime, arashi and more. Make an indigo vat and dye your Shibori fabrics. Watch the cloth magically change from green to blue in your hands! Open your fabrics to reveal the dyed patterns.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: open to all
STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or apron, gloves, scissors, spool of heavy hand-sewing thread in white or natural (suggested is Duel Duty Button and Carpet thread), hand-sewing needles, number two pencil, seam ripper, a ball of size 10 crochet cotton or some 10/2 cotton in white or natural. If you can, please also bring a 3-4' long piece of straight rigid white PVC pipe or black ABS pipe (from a hardware store 2-10" in diameter – wider is better). Optional: natural fiber fabric, undyed – to dye as time permits.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Organic Indigo in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
CANCELLED Navajo Hand Spinning
Sarah H. Natani and Tahnibaa Naataanii15 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $65 includes washed Navajo Churro wool to work with, carded rolags, Navajo spindle for use during class (this is a rental as part of material fee). Students will listen to Navajo songs relating to weaving and spinning the Navajo way. (Students my purchase spindle they are using for additional $30)
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Students will learn how to spin Navajo Churro wool using the Navajo spindle. Students will learn drafting techniques and get an idea how the "Navajo 3-ply" is done on the Navajo lap spindle Students will also learn how to prepare the wool for hand spinning and how to make Navajo-style pencil roving while hearing the Navajo weaving creation story.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Apron, hand carders (if you have them, not necessary for class)
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Sarah Natani is a nationally acclaimed weaver and instructor. She has taught Navajo weaving to the fiber arts community at her homeland of Table Mesa, New Mexico, throughout the United States and abroad. Her personal weaving history and experiences describe her love as a weaver, sheepherder and grandmother. At 81 years she is very active in weaving and handspinning. Tahnibaa Naataanii is following in her mother's footsteps. She is a well known weaver in her community and participates in juried art shows across the United States.
Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving: Intermediate/Advanced Techniques
Diane McKinnon8 students
Saturday, July 6, 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.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Experience warping a rigid heddle loom and doing beginning weaving on either a rigid heddle loom or a table loom. Students 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. At least 2 shuttles, pick-up stick, scissors, tape measure, pen/pencil. If you have any questions, please contact me to discuss it.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take your Rigid Heddle loom to the next step! Now that you know how to warp your rigid heddle loom and weave a simple scarf, you are ready to move forward and advance your weaving skills using this fun loom. This class is designed to teach more advanced weaving techniques on a Rigid Heddle loom. We will explore advanced weave structures while you weave a sampler that can be used as a purse or decorative pillow. You will warp the loom using proven techniques that reduce tension issues and leave the class with a completed sample and the ability to use your Rigid Heddle loom on your own to weave a variety of advanced weave structures such as basket weave, Turkish or Rya Knots, pick and pick, soumak, tapestry and lace.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JULY 6, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Advanced Twists on Twists: Reversible, Multi-color, Two Colored and Textured Cables
Harry Wells20 students
Saturday, July 6, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $2 – handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: One can spend a knitting lifetime exploring the various lovely twists and turns that make up regular cable combinations. Now add to that mix with reversible cables, intarsia colorwork cables, bi-color cable effects, striped cables and some textural cable effects. If you already know basic cables, take the next step! This class will cover the tips and tricks for creating all these wonderful effects.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Participants should be able to accomplish basic long-tail cast-on and basic stitches such as knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, yo, and know how to knit a basic rope cable.
STUDENTS BRING: Three balls of worsted weight yarn in three different colors. Wool or predominantly wool blend yarn is recommended. Needle in size you normally use for worsted weight yarn. (For most people that means US size 6, 7, or 8). Stitch markers, locking stitch markers, cable needle (straight is preferred rather than a hook type), scissors, basically bring your regular knitting accessory bag.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Mosaic Knitting: Colorwork the Easy Way in Friday morning's class listing for bio.
Beginning Inkle Loom
Barbara diJeannene10 students
Saturday, July 6, 1:30-4:30pm
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 and note-taking supplies.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Barbara started spinning in the early '80s 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 weaving have been her focus ever since.
Combing and Carding for Spinning Success
Shelia January15 students
Saturday, July 6, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber to be used on all equipment provided as well as the cards and combs that participants bring to class. The fiber will include fine, medium and long wools, silk and mohair, washed and in natural and dyed colors.
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 spin a consistent singles yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Hand cards or combs, a limited number will be available for use in class, a spindle or wheel for sampling if time allows.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Shifting Light: Spinning Shade, Tint and Tone
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Saturday, July 6, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes dyed fiber and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class we'll learn how to make shades, tints and tones without a dye pot. Instead we'll learn how to create yarns that move light magically through our work. Along the way, we'll learn some exercises to strengthen our color perception and find ways to deepen our ability to use color to enrich both our knit and woven fabric.
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), flicker, or dog brush.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Using Your Stash in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
SpinPossible: Lofty, Stable Singles
Michael Kelson15 students
Saturday, July 6, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wondered how yarn manufacturers get those stable, balanced, bulky singles that everyone loves to knit? Here is the secret: often those yarns are not really singles. Using a low-twist 2-into-1 technique you can get a stable, balanced yarn that looks and behaves like a single. In this class we will discuss and teach you how to use a binder thread to add stability to your singles for knitting and weaving, how to finish your singles, how to identify fibers and fiber blends appropriate to spinning singles and how to modulate the twist in your singles using multiple passes through your wheel.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must already have a good working relationship with their wheel. Be able to spin a consistent single and have some experience plying and finishing yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, lazy-kate. Bring any tools you might like to use (handcards, mini-combs, etc.) and any fiber you would like to practice with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinpossible: Tweed Yarns with Silk Inclusion in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.

SUNDAY, JULY 7, MORNING CLASSES

Beginning Rug Hooking – Hook a Flock of Sheep
Judy Taylor20 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $28 includes kit containing everything needed for class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Hooking rugs with yarn is easy, fun, & a great way to use up left-over yarn from other projects. In this class students will learn the basics of rug hooking; including what yarns work best, which backing to use for the project, the care & cleaning of hand hooked rugs, and much more while hooking 4 sheep ornaments suitable for the Christmas tree or refrigerator magnets.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
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 on 25 years. Her books; A Joy of Hooking (With Yarn) and Rug Hookers Guide to the YARNIVERSE! both won the eLit Book Awards. Her new rug-hooking book: T-Shirt Treasures is available now. You can find Judy's work on her website www.littlehouserugs.com and her blog judytaylor2013.wordpress.com.
CANCELLED Charts Made Essential
JC Briar20 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Being able to read charts is only half the story. Take this class and learn to write charts: to visualize written instructions, to convert between flat and in-the-round knitting and to plan shaping. Use charts to demystify phrases like "at the same time" "reverse shaping" and "shape in pattern."
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to read charts.
STUDENTS BRING: Pencil and eraser, graph paper will be provided. Optional: stitch dictionaries.
HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Brioche Wristers in Friday morning's class listing for bio.
Embellished Needle Felted Patch or Brooch
Allison Harding20 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes high quality wool handout, pin backs and embellishment materials (threads, sequins, beads, etc.) plus use of all equipment and felting tools.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to needle-felt a lovely leaf (or other shape) with a wire core that you can shape. Embellish with beads and threads, then sew on a pinback to make a one of a kind brooch or use as a patch. Allison will teach you fiber blending, beading and provide a guide for embroidery stitches.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no experience required
STUDENTS BRING: All materials and equipment provided by instructor.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Dye Your Own Fiber in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Exploring Spinning Techniques on a Turkish Spindle
Wanda Jenkins12 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $7 includes wool, cotton and silk thread
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn various techniques to broaden your spinning abilities: Ply-on-the-Fly (POF), Stranded Silk spinning, Modified Long Draw and Spinning with Cotton.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: intermediate and up
STUDENTS BRING: Students may bring their own spindles or use Turkish/Cross arm spindles that will be provided for use during the workshop. Bring a container such as a small basket or bag to hold spinning materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Wanda has played with yarn and threads since childhood. She fell down the bottomless spinning hole when a Turkish spindle was placed in her hands just over a decade ago. Lately she has been exploring new possibilities of spinning methods with Turkish spindles.
Painted Skeins and Warps
Linda Hartshorn15 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes dyes, brushes and workshop notebook
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to use dyes to paint yarn! If you knit or crochet, painted variegated yarns add lively color to your projects. If you are a weaver, painted warps provide a whole new dimension to your weaving. Handpaint your skeins and/or warps of cotton, rayon, bamboo with fiber reactive dyes; take your yarns home to use in any project you choose.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: open to all
STUDENTS BRING: Three to four skeins of undyed yarn or one to two undyed warps or a combination. Yarns must be cellulose fibers such as rayon, cotton, tencel, bamboo or linen. Wear old clothes or apron; bring gloves, scissors, plastic bags for wet projects and a black Sharpie™ marker.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Organic Indigo in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Russian Style Continental Knitting
Galina A. Khmeleva15 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: none
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Are you stuck in the past … still throwing your yarn, maybe even experiencing wrist discomfort? Let Galina A. Khmeleva lace knitter extraordinaire, teach you this subtle Russian variation of the classic continental knitting method.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Knitting experience helpful, should be able to do knit/purl stitch, yarn overs and k2tog
STUDENTS BRING: Fingering or sport-weight, non-textured yarn (no acrylics/cottons) and needle size according to the yarn being used. Note-taking materials (including pencils).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinning the Orenburg Way in Friday's afternoon class listing for bio.
Shearing on Your Own
Susie Wilson30 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-1pm
COST: $65 plus materials 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 clippers).
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 and also sell wholesale/retail USDA lamb, wool products galore and their Border Leicester, Coopworth, and Gotland breeding stock throughout the US and Canada.
Spinning Angora
Janet Deutmeyer10 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes all fibers used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wanted to spin bunny? Now is your chance. We'll cover the different types of Angora and how to prep and spin the fiber. The various uses for this wonderful fluffy fiber will be discussed as well.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able to spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel and all its parts – 3 bobbins, lazykate, baggies, labels and note taking materials. Any items you may need to aid in your spinning.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Janet has been living in the Pacific Northwest for nearly three years. She is a graduate of the Olds Master Spinner Program in Canada and she enjoys sharing the wonders of the fiber world. Janet has been published in Ply magazine and has taught at many fiber festivals.
Spinning Cabled Yarns
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes dyed fibers used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Cabled yarns are an incredibly useful with a beautiful yarn structure. They are strong and stable, a great choice for making a great sock yarn or a wonderful warp. They are the basis for almost every novelty yarn. Cabled yarns can be made of the very finest cashmere or stainless steel and gold threads. Cabled yarns produce endlessly fascinating color effects, and they can be used to mix incompatible yarns effectively. You could make a different cable for everyday of the year. All this in a simple structure that has only a few simple rules; what could be more fun!
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts – even the ones you've never used, extra bobbins, a ball winder and a swift if you have them, niddy-noddy, lazy-kate, measuring tape, a variety of knitting needles in the range you like to work with. Bring patterns or pictures of projects that interest you, mini combs, dog brush, or flicker and hand cards if you have them and a notebook and pen.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Using Your Stash in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.

SUNDAY, JULY 7, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 2 of 2
Terry Mattison16 students
Sunday, July 7, 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: This is a continuation of Saturday's dye class on building a dye book you can take home with you. Students 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 one-gallon buckets for soaking yarn and washing samples, scissors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book - Day 1 of 2 in Saturday's all-day class listing for bio.
Felted Sculpted Hat
Flora Carlile-Kovacs12 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $12 covers hand-dyed 19 micron merino wool
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this workshop you will learn techniques for designing and enlarging 2-D patterns to obtain a certain 3-D shape. Using fine merino wool it is possible to full a thin strong layer of felt that opens new possibilities in shaping a hat. You will study and explore how varying the staple directions and the thickness of the layers of wool affects the shrinkage rates and provides us with control in shaping the brim.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: 3' x 8' bubble wrap or rubber rug mat (needs small holes), 3' x 3' cotton sheet (old cloth), sprinkler if you have one to wet the felt, one olive oil soap bar in a container, 2 hand towels, waterproof apron, small bowl for water, notebook, pen/pencil, comfortable shoes
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Felted Ruffled Scarf in Saturday's all-day class listing for bio.
Small Gifts Made of Sheepskin
Anette Skoog12 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $60 includes needles, thread, paper clips, patterns, sheepskins for practice and for your project
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class participants will learn to make baby mittens, or baby slippers, using soft sheepskins and veg-tanned leather. Topics will include: selections of sheepskins, basic handsewing techniques, decorative techniques and finishing your own project.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: sharp small scissors, thimble, two black ink pens and notebook
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Anette Skoog is a veterinarian, Gotland Sheep breeder and Scandinavian skinnfell/fiber artist. She has worked with sheep skin and leather to create large decorative design items as well as wearable and small gifts. Anette's work has been shown at several juried art and crafts shows around the USA and she has won awards for her work. Anette is teaching her techniques classes with an aim to share the possibilities sheepskins will bring to your toolbox of techniques for making small gifts.

SUNDAY, JULY 7, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Coil Wrap Basket
Jill Colbert16 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $40 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 wool that you will wrap around a core material. Your basket will begin on a wood base.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no experience necessary
STUDENTS BRING: nothing
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.
Lace Basics
JC Briar20 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Yarn-overs matched with decreases: that is all lace is. But an incredible variety of lace patterns stem from the way a handful of decrease stitches are placed in relation to their matching yarn-vers. Learn how to work these decreases, how to knit into a yarn-over, and how to keep track of your lace knitting while working some simple swatches. Pick up tips for choosing appropriate yarn and needles, handling mistakes and blocking.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: basic knitting experience
STUDENTS BRING: Smooth, light-colored DK-weight yarn, size US7 (4.5mm) needles, and stitch markers
HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Brioche Wristers in Friday morning's class listing for bio.
Nuno Felt Trellis Shawl
Patty Barker20 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $60 provides kits of various colorways – they will include four yards of painted silk gauze and fourounces of hand-painted merino roving. Instructor will provide the necessary rolling mats and water sprayers for use in the class only.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This design is simple to make and the results are stunning. The hand-painted silk gauze, combined with slight bits of hand-painted merino wool, create interest and intrigue. Originally designed for my linear friends, the trellis shawl is all about a given color palette, with a bit of texture. EXPERIENCE LEVEL: no experience required
STUDENTS BRING: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing you don't mind getting wet.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See How to Make an Art (Spirit) Doll in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Pin Loom Weaving
Hazel Spencer8 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Materials fee: $15 includes yarn for your project. 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.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Discover 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.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: Scissors, yarn needle, notebook and pen/pencil. Yarn can be sport, sock, or DK 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 the Hazel Looms and have been making small weaving looms since October 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.
Spinning Long Wools
Janet Deutmeyer10 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes all fibers used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This versatile wool has so many uses and ways to spin it. We'll cover the various breeds – including Wensleydale, Cotswold, Masham and Romney, along with the prep and uses for their wool. This is a fun spinning experience.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able to spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel and all its parts – 3 bobbins, lazykate, baggies, towel, labels and note-taking materials. Any items you may need to aid in your spinning.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinning Angora in Sunday morning's class listing for bio.
SpinPossible: Spinner's Study – Down Breed Fibers
Michael Kelson15 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: "Down" breeds are so named not because they have a downy undercoat, but because of their geographic origin in southeastern England (e.g. Suffolk, Hampshire, Dorset and Southdown). Unlike the typical fiber that we encounter as spinners, Down breeds have an indiscriminate crimp structure that adds some loft to your yarns and resists felting! This workshop will explore Down fibers and blends, discuss the characteristics and applications of these fibers in knitting and weaving and techniques for spinning Down fibers to take advantage of their unique characteristics.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must already have a good working relationship with their wheel. Be able to spin a consistent single and have some experience plying and finishing yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins and lazy Kate. Bring any tools you might like to use (handcards, mini-combs, etc.) and any fiber you would to use.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinpossible: Tweed Yarns with Silk Inclusion in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Spinning Silk Hankies without Tears
Barbara diJeannene15 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes silk hankies for spinning in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Do you have a pile of gorgeous dyed silk hankies sitting around? Have you tried that "poke a hole in the center and stretch them out" method only to end up with a tangled mess? Come to this class and learn to spin silk hankies without a lot of fuss. I teach this class using a spindle, but it can be done on a wheel also.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students should be comfortable spinning a continuous thread on whichever spinning method/device they bring to class.
STUDENTS BRING: Bring your favorite spindle (at least one ounce in weight), or a wheel you are comfortable using and note-taking supplies.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Inkle Loom Weaving in Saturday's afternoon class listing for bio.
Spinning the Camelids – Alpaca, Llama and Camel
Shelia January15 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes all fiber to be used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We will work with these soft and luxurious fibers using several techniques to discover ways to bring out their best qualities. The resulting yarns will vary from lace to worsted weight and can be used in many different fiber arts. We'll also talk about fiber preparation for these types of fibers, which are very different from sheep wool or mohair.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: able to spin a consistent singles yarn
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel in good working order – if you have a wooly winder – please bring a standard flyer as well, at least three or four empty bobbins, hand cards, lazy kate, a lap cloth if you have one.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.

SHEEP SHOW

Judge: John Merlau
New Palestine, Indiana

I currently raise both registered Natural Colored and Corriedale sheep on our central Indiana farm, having started with registered Corriedales as a 4-H youth in 1959.Read More.

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

Judge: Clay Kneese
Harper, Texas

Clay has raised Angora goats since the early ’80s. His fine-haired Angoras have won championships at all the major shows in Texas. Read More.

FLEECE SHOW

Wool , Mohair and Alpaca Judge: Zane Bone
College Station, Texas

I am a 4th generation sheep and goat raiser from the Texas Hill country. My father was a state-winning sheep and goat vocational agricultural teacher. Read More.

FIBER ARTS AND YARN SHOW

Judge: Michael Kelson
Seattle, Washington

Michael Kelson started his fiber-arts journey when he learned to knit over 12 years ago. Read More.