Black Sheep Gathering

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Friday Classes

    MORNING
  • Beginning Rug Hooking: Hook a Flock of Sheep, Judy Taylor
  • Navajo Style Spindling, Christine Thomas-Flitcroft
  • Ply on the Fly: Stranded Spinning on a Turkish Spindle, Wanda Jenkins
  • Round & Round the Felt Goes – Treasure Boxes & Vessels, L. Ericson
  • Russian Style Continental Knitting, Galina A. Khmeleva
    ALL-DAY
  • All Steamed Up!, Debbie Ellis
  • Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist, Shelia January
  • Exploring the Drum Carder, Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Felt Hat, Tash Wesp
  • Mobius and the Mysterious Stitch Mirror, Sivia Harding
  • Shibori, Judie Overbeek
  • Using Your Stash, Judith MacKenzie
    AFTERNOON
  • Felted Fingerless Gloves, Loyce Ericson
  • Sheep and Goat Nutrition, Woody Lane
  • Spinning for Socks, Janel Laidman Vaisbort
  • Spinning the Orenburg Way, Galina A. Khmeleva

Saturday Classes

    MORNING
  • Blending Boards: Stripes to Monet, Amelia Garripoli
  • Bountiful Sheep: Bluefaced Leicester, Judith MacKenzie
  • Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments I: Seams, Harry Wells
  • Spinning for Lace, Michael Kelson
  • Wedge Shawl Design, JC Briar
    ALL-DAY
  • All Steamed Up!, Debbie Ellis
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle, Diane McKinnon
  • Designing Noro-Style Yarns, Gwen Powell
  • Double-Faced Tablet Weaving, Marilyn Romatka
  • Eco/Botanical Printing, Tash Wesp
  • Felted Slippers, Flora Carlile-Kovacs
  • The “You Asked for It” Vest Class, Loyce Ericson
    AFTERNOON
  • Beginning Brioche, JC Briar
  • Combing & Carding for Spinning Success, Shelia January
  • Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments II: Button Bands,
  • Button Holes and Zippers, Harry Wells
  • Perfect Your Plying, Judie Overbeek
  • Three Glorious Downs: Camel, Yak and Cashmere, Judith MacKenzie

Sunday Classes

    MORNING
  • Bow Loom Weaving, Marilyn Romatka
  • Fabulous and Fun Locker Hooking, Rosanne Anderson
  • Knitting Cables: Lovely Twists and Turns, Harry Wells
  • Shearing on Your own, Susie Wilson
  • Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations, Michael Kelson
  • Spinning Luxury Fibers on Supported Spindles, Jennifer Green
  • Spinning Your Dream Yarn, Judith MacKenzie
    ALL-DAY
  • Chain Plying and Beyond the 3-Ply, Gwen Powell
  • Felted Small Bag, Flora Carlile-Kovacs
  • Hand-Sewing in Sheepskin: A Beginners Guide, Anette Skoog
  • Indigo Dyeing, Marilyn Robert
  • Silk Lab, Janel Laidman Vaisbort
    AFTERNOON
  • Beaded Buttoned Bracelets, Sivia Harding
  • Bunny Love: Spinning Angora and Angora Blends, Shelia January
  • Felted Sheep: Basic Sculptural Needle Felting, Miranda Rommel
  • Multi-Directional Scarves, JC Briar
  • Power Spinning on an Electric Wheel, Amelia Garripoli

All Workshop Descriptions

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, MORNING CLASSES

Beginning Rug Hooking — Hook a Flock of Sheep
Judy Taylor20 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $28 includes kit containing everything needed for class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Hooking rugs with yarn is easy, fun, and 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 and cleaning of handhooked rugs, and much more, while hooking four sheep ornaments suitable for the Christmas tree or refrigerator magnets.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: 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 Joy of Hooking (With Yarn) and Rug Hookers Guide to the YARNIVERSE! both won the eLit Book Awards. You can find Judy's work on her website www.littlehouserugs.com and her blog judytaylor2013.wordpress.com.
Navajo Style Spindling
Chris Thomas-Flitcroft12 students
Friday, June 29, 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. We will also 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.
Ply on the Fly: Stranded Spinning on a Turkish Spindle
Wanda Jenkins14 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes wool, silk, beads, clasp and needle-threader and Pygora/Silk necklace pattern designed by Wanda.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to Ply-on-the-Fly (POF) while incorporating a silk thread. This method will produce a chain-plyed yarn even as you are spinning the singles. At the same time a silk thread will be spun with the wool to make yarn with sparkle and strength. The end goal of the class is to become proficient at POF Stranded Spinning and to spin enough yarn to crochet a necklace (pattern provided). Knowing how to crochet is not absolutely necessary.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Not for beginners, must be able to spin a fine yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Small scissors, small project bag or basket, one 3.25mm (US D) crochet hook. Turkish spindles will be available for use in the class.
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.
Round and Round the Felt Goes — Treasure Boxes and Vessels
Loyce Ericson15 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes wool, silk, all felting tools needed, yarn, handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Fascinating, organic and charming are the compliments you'll receive on your secret treasure box. No one else needs to know they are easy and so much fun to make. We will wrap luscious layers of merino wool around rocks and balloons then add water and felting magic to create unique treasure boxes and vessels. Cutting open our vessels reveals the secret colors and designs inside. Bring a fancy button, broken jewelry, rocks or shells with holes in them to make a knob for the top of your treasure box.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No previous felting experience is needed.
STUDENTS BRING: An old towel or two, a plastic grocery bag to take home wet projects. Students need to wear clothes that can get wet. Be aware that felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires hand and arm strength.
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 such places as 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 student's faces as their projects come together.
Russian Style Continental Knitting
Galina Khmeleva15 students
Friday, June 29, 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: Your favorite knitting needles any style sizes 0-3 fingering/sport weight, non-textured yarn (no acrylics/cottons) and note-taking materials (including pencils).
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. Addotionally, Galina's classes are an unforgettable cultural experience.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, ALL-DAY CLASSES

All Steamed Up!
Debbie Ellis12 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes dye pan, fibers, mask, and gloves to keep. Use of dyes and brushes and kettles.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: An enthusiastic, colorful day will be spent painting protein fibers with acid type dyes — then steam-setting them — an efficient process that wastes less dye and water and allows the painter considerable freedom and control of the results. You will create gorgeous (and generous) samples of wool and silk fibers, skeins, and ribbon that can be used for surface design, embellishment, felting, weaving, knitting and other projects.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels welcome.
STUDENTS BRING: old clothes to wear in class (or an apron), closed toed shoes; optional notebook and water for your own hydration.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Debbie has had her head in the dyepots since 1995 when she learned to skirt, wash, clean and dye a huge Suffolk fleece. Spinning, weaving, and dyeing classes (both acid and natural) followed, as did eco-printing, paper-making and book arts. Debbie credits Judith MacKenzie, Judilee Fitshugh, India Flint and many other remarkable teachers for guiding her along this path. Debbie markets her art yarns, batts, rovings, eco-print scarves and other artwork at local and regional fiber events, art shows and galleries under the name Artisan Fibers.
Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist
Shelia January15 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $35 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.
SKILLS 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 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.
Exploring the Drum Carder
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Friday, June 29, 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 Electric Drive for the duration of the class. All materials, carders, and tools will be provided for use.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: all tools and materials will be provided by instructors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: This class will be taught by the tag team of Henry and Roy Clemes. A lifelong woodworker and small business owner, Henry has been building fiber equipment for over 45 years and drum carders for 38 years. Roy grew up in his family's woodshop and is one of the few 30-year-olds with 25 years experience in his field. Together they have introduced many innovations to the fiber arts community and their equipment is known for being both thoughtfully engineered and 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.
Felt Hat
Tash Wesp20 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes template patterns for hats, 19 micron wool, fabrics that felt into wool, thin plastic.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the technique of creating a 3D felt hat. Start with a flat template and learn to layout your wool roving to create a lovely strong felt base to design and experiment on an original hat like no other. At the end of class you will learn traditional millinery techniques with steaming the felt hood and sculpting and stretching over a hat blocker.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Small bubble wrap roll, apron, comfortable shoes, 3 big towels, your felting soap (Tash will share hers), scraps of rayon, silk, cotton and wool yarns, button thread sewing needles, sharp scissors, pool noodle, Sharpie™ felt pen and a ball squirter if you have one.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Tash Wesp has been a fiber artist for over 20 years, exploring the world of felt making, acid and natural dyeing, and everything in between fiber related. Tash lives in a small coastal town in Oregon where her studio is surrounded by big fir trees and the sound of the ocean. She makes and sells a line of felt wearables, felt hangings, rugs and unusual objects. You can check out her work on her website at: www.tashwesp.com or on Facebook at Felt Fusion by Tash Wesp felting artist.
Moebius and the Mysterious Stitch Mirror
Sivia Harding25 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $5 includes full-color handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: The knitted Moebius is a beautiful, graceful and endlessly fascinating form made popular in the knitting world since Cat Bordhi presented her brilliant (and easy) Moebius cast-on technique. The experience of Moebius knitting is easy, accessible, and soothing, just like knitting in the round. The fun begins when seeing what happens to various stitch patterns when worked in this form. In this structure, patterns amazingly appear to be mirrored and reversed on either side of the cast-on round. What stitches will reliably produce symmetry? There are some guidelines, but there are also ways to bend the rules and make many stitch patterns work once you understand the structure. Not all will produce symmetry, but all will be interesting and beautiful. I guarantee that students will have many “aha” moments as we see simple stitch patterns develop in amazing and sometimes unpredictable ways. The Harmonia's Rings Cowl will be cast on during class.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students need to know how to knit, purl, and perform basic increases and decreases. Experience with knitting in the round is required.
STUDENTS BRING: At least 500 yards of soft worsted-weight yarn, US8/5mm circular needle — 47" long, pencil with good eraser, magnetic chart keeper, or other method to keep your place on a chart. Optional: 25 seed beads or pony or crow beads — size 3/0, and a small steel crochet hook US14 or .75mm
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Sivia Harding has worked with fiber and art since she can remember. Obsessed since youth, she came to knitting in the year 2000. Almost immediately she began to design. Sivia is known mainly for her exceptional lace and bead design. Her patterns include accessories, garments, and imaginative Moebious creations. She has been widely published in books and collections including, Jared Flood's Wool People series, online magazines such as Twist Collective, Knitty, and on Ravelry as Sivia Harding Knit Design.
Shibori
Judie Overbeek12 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes handouts, 3 silk scarves, dyes and all necessary supplies.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Since the eighth century AD the Japanese have used methods of shaping and securing cloth before dyeing to create intricate and beautiful patterns. Four traditional Shibori techniques are taught in this full-day class: stitching, pole wrapping, clamping, and knotting. Participants will receive 3 silk scarves with which to explore these systems. It's fun, experimental, creative and not surprisingly — no two are alike.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: None — you don't need to know anything about dyeing or Shibori to have a great time with this workshop.
STUDENTS BRING: Note-taking materials, scissors, 3 old towels, rubber gloves and eye glasses/safety glasses. It would be nice to have several irons, ironing boards, and a drying rack is always appreciated.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Numerous instructors have illuminated aspects of weaving, spinning or dyeing to help me along my path. My goal is to pass this knowledge along to those that want to learn these inexhaustible 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 student and teacher. I live in NW Montana, and I teach spinning, weaving and dyeing throughout the Northwest.
Using Your Stash
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes variety of fibers for blending, variety of colored top, binder threads in silk, wool and novelty yarns and handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Bring three fibers from your stash 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: 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, measuring tape and 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: Judith MacKenzie has spun, woven and knit for many years. Her love of textiles has led her to many places, including Peru and Turkey. She has taught throughout North America and Europe. Judith is a frequent contributor to Spin•Off, Handwoven, Piecework and Interweave Knits magazines. She has 10 DVDs, and 3 books published on spinning: Teach Yourself Handspinning, The Intentional Spinner and Rare Luxury Fibers. She lives happily ever after on the wild northwest coast of America.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Beginning Spindle
Sultana Charania20 students
Friday, June 29, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes basic spindle, fiber and handouts that can be used as a reference guide.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Here is your chance to learn how to spin beautiful, squishy, lofty yarns on a spindle. In this class we will explore how to start out spinning on a spindle, manage the fiber supply, and learn how to spin yarn. We will end with a variation on Andean Plying. Each student will leave class with a finished mini skein of their own handspun yarn.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: some experience recommended but not required
STUDENTS BRING: A drop spindle if you have one.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: My name is Sultana; I have been knitting for over 40 years and spinning for over 15 years. I am the proud owner of only 5 wheels but over 75 spindles. Spindle spinning has always had a strong hold on me. I love how affordable and portable spindle spinning is. I am always surprised at how much yarn can be produced while going through daily activities. I enjoy sharing my spinning and knitting experience with students throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Felted Fingerless Gloves
Loyce Ericson15 students
Friday, June 29, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes wool, plastic patterns, handouts and felting tools.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: These fingerless gloves are warm and 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 is 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 Round and Round the Felt Goes: Treasure Boxes and Vessels in Friday's morning class listing for bio.
Sheep and Goat Nutrition
Woody Lane30 students
Friday, June 29, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $11 extensive sets of handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: So you want to feed sheep or goats? Here's how to do it! We'll cover the basic principles of energy and protein nutrition and how to apply these principles to your day-to-day choices of rations and feeds. We'll focus on the different periods of your animal's production cycle: growth, flushing, gestation, lactation and weaning. Topics will include matching your animal's needs with pastures, weaning and early weaning of orphans, how, what, and when to supplement grain, vitamins and minerals. We'll specifically cover how nutrition affects fiber growth and quality. We'll also discuss some common nutritional issues like grain overload, pregnancy disease, urinary calculi, selenium and copper. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels are welcome — beginner to advance.
STUDENTS BRING: feed tags from your own farm
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Since 1990, Woody Lane has been a consulting livestock nutritionist and forage specialist from Roseburg, Oregon. He teaches private courses in forages and livestock nutrition, facilitates three forage study groups for farmers, writes a popular monthly column “From the Feed Trough” for The Shepherd magazine, and has written the nutrition book: From the feed Trough: Essays and Insights on Livestock Nutrition in a Complex World. Woody is a popular speaker across the United States and Canada, and helped develop the ASI Sheep Production Handbook. Woody earned his PhD and MS degrees at Cornell. In the 1980s he was the Sheep Extension Specialist for the University of Wisconsin.
Spinning for Socks
Janel Laidman Vaisbort24 students
Friday, June 29, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes all fiber for class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Socks are hard wearing garments that benefit from durable yarns. Explore the best fibers, blends, and yarn structures to make these wonderful foot coverings, while at the same time learning how to get handsome color effects from that handpainted roving in your stash. Topics we will explore include superwash, blends, carry along thread, twist, plies and, of course, color!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: This class is suitable for anyone who can spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel, lazy-kate, extra bobbins. This workshop is not geared toward spindle spinners.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Janel Laidman learned to knit while an exchange student in Denmark, where she observed that all the Danish girls seemed to be able to knit socks and learn physics at the same time. Wanting to be just a cool, she bought a sweater's worth of Icelandic yarn — and a lifelong odyssey was launched! Janel is known for her artistic colorwork and lace designs. Remembering those Danish days, Janel returned to the intriguing subject of socks and in 2005 wrote her first book, The Eclectic Sole. Since then she has gone on to author The Enchanted Sole, The Sock Report, Skein Theory and her newest venture, Art and Sole. Janel lives in the semi-wilds of Sherwood, Oregon where she spends her time playing with wool string, spinning yarn, and inventing new and exciting ways to incorporate chocolate into her diet.
Spinning the Orenburg Way
Galina A. Khmeleva15 students
Friday June 29, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $5 includes all fiber to be spun in workshop and Russian spindles/bowls will be provided for use in class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Come join renowned lace-knitting and handspinning instructor Galina A. Khmeleva, author of Gossamer Webs, The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls, and Gossamer Webs, The Design Collection, as she introduces you to the magical handspinning techniques of Russian spinners using the Russian supported spindle. This technique results in creating 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: Must be able to spin a continuous yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Note-taking materials and a kitchen towel.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Russian Style Continental Knitting in Friday's morning class listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, MORNING CLASSES

Blending Boards: Stripes to Monet
Amelia Garripoli20 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber and handout; there will be a blending board and hand cards to use and share in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Blending boards give us the opportunities to design yarns that stripe, marl, or surprise. In this workshop we play with color placement and design to go from fiber to yarn. These techniques can be done on blending boards, handcards and even drum carders. We will go over the use of all three tools. In this workshop we will design rolags on blending boards and handcards, then spin them to see the yarn they make. We will develop ideas, try them out and build on them.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a continuous yarn, either on a wheel or a spindle.
STUDENTS BRING: Blending boards or handcards if you have them. Two blending boards and several handcards will be available to use and share in class. Bring a wheel, e-spinner, or spindles to spin your rolags in class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Amelia learned to knit at her mother's knee at a young age and fell into spinning when she bought a house that came with two llamas in 2001. Her life has been a whirlwind of fiber pursuits since; publishing Productive Spindling in 2009, and many monographs and articles on fiber arts in Spin•Off, Ply magazine, Yarn, Knitty-Spin, e-tutorials and on her blog: www.askthebellwether.com. In 2017 Amelia's studio and garden moved to Poulsbo, Washington, where she explores fiber, grows dye plants and holds fiber workshops.
Bountiful Sheep: BlueFaced Leicester
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm
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 BFLs, these sheep have lovely fleeces, primarily white but often shades of grey, brown and black. BFLs are classed as a long wool and 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), flicker, or dog brush.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Using Your Stash in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments I: Seams
Harry Wells15 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee $3 handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Finishing means many things in knitting, and doing it well is essential for an attractive garment outcome. In this workshop the following will be covered: various methods of seaming and weaving; including joining side seams, sleeves, ribbing, garter stitch to garter stitch, weaving to bound off edges (e.g., shoulders), vertical-to-horizontal (e.g., sleeve-to-armhole) and making sloped shoulders with short rows and three needle bind off.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be proficient at casting on (long tail preferred), Knitting, Purling, and basic decreases (K2 tog, SSK, etc).
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn in light color (no dark colors), size 7 straight needles (or 24" circular) and DPN's, small scissors, locking stitch markers and waste yarn.
HOMEWORK: Several swatches to be completed prior to class in order to do seaming exercises as follows:
Swatches 1-10: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 10 swatches of stockinette stitch – Cast on 16 sts and work 20 rows. Bind off 8 of the swatches. Leave live stitches on waste yarn or stitch holders on the last 2 swatches leaving at least 4-foot tails for working yarn.
Swatches 11-12: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 2 swatches of 1 x 1 ribbing with odd number of stitches. Cast on 17 Sts & work 20 rows – begin & end ribbing with a knit stitch in the right side rows. Bind off in ribbing.
Swatches 13 & 14: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 2 swatches in 1 x 1 ribbing with an even number of stitches. Cast on 18 Sts & work 20 rows. On the right side rows, place 2 knit Sts on one end and 1 knit St on the other end. Bind off in ribbing.
Swatches 15 & 16: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 2 swatches in 2 x 2 ribbing – set up your ribbing for a multiple of 4 plus2 Sts. Cast on 18 Sts and work 20 rows, placing 2 knit sts on each end of the right side rows. Bind off in ribbing.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry. In 2010, he retired from being a university professor to pursue knitting fulltime, including teaching a myriad of classes at knitting conferences and fiber festivals. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized learning experience. Harry enjoys designing knitwear for both men and women, with an aesthetic that emphasizes texture and linear flow. His designs have been published in knitting magazines and can be found at: www.ravelry.com/designers/harry-wells.
Spinning for Lace
Michael Kelson15 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Would you like to use your handspun yarn with your next lace project? With lace yarns one size does not fit all. Lace can be tightly spun worsted, softly spun woolen, or anywhere in between, and with a little experimentation and thoughtfully choosing your fiber and preparation, it's possible to spin the perfect lace yarn for your next project. This class will explore techniques for successfully spinning lace yarns, including what makes a good lace yarn, basic wheel adjustments, diameter control, spinning consistent singles, evaluating twist in your singles, and techniques for plying and finishing. We'll also discuss spinning lace yarns from luxury fibers like cashmere, yak, and other short-stapled fibers (camelids) and practice with a variety of different fibers and preparations. Students will learn how micron count, staple length, crimp structure and fiber prep might influence your spinning choices.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must already have the ability to produce a consistent single and have some experience plying and finishing yarn. It is helpful to have a good working relationship with your wheel.
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 like to practice with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Michael is the coordinator of the annual "Men's Fall Knitting Retreat" and the "Seattle Men Who Knit" meet-up. 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 mini-Spinner in tow.
Wedge Shawl Design
JC Briar24students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none, handouts and graph paper are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Stunning shawls are often formed of lace "wedges," sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed of 2 "wedges" are a familiar option, but shawls of 3 or more wedges are also possible, and often sit more securely on the wearer's shoulders. Take this class to learn how to design a wedge shawl of your own. Choose from a selection of lace wedges, or learn to tweak your favorite lace pattern into a wedge shawl shape. Choose your edgings and a "divider" to appear between the wedges. By the end of class you will be well on your way to a new unique shawl. SKILLS REQUIRED: experience knitting lace and reading charts
STUDENTS BRING: Fingering weight, DK weight, or lace weight yarn for starting a shawl project (please do not select lace weight if you have never used it before!), needles of a size appropriate for your yarn, clip-on stitch markers, a small scrap of contrast color yarn, crochet hook and pencil and eraser. Graph paper will be provided. Optional: stitch dictionaries.
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, online at Craftsy, and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Regardless of the topic, she aims to build confidence by expressing concepts clearly and concisely and by presenting skills and ideas in a digestible progression. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity and beauty.
All Steamed Up!
Debbie Ellis12 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes dye pan, fibers, mask and gloves to keep and use of dyes and brushes and kettles
CLASS DESCRIPTION: An enthusiastic, colorful day will be spent painting protein fibers with acid-type dyes — then steam-setting them — an efficient process that wastes less dye and water, and allows the painter considerable freedom and control of the results. You will create gorgeous (and generous) samples of wool and silk fibers, skeins and ribbon that can be used for surface design, embellishment, felting, weaving, knitting or other projects.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels welcome.
STUDENTS BRING: old clothes to wear during class (or an apron), closedtoed shoes and water for your own hydration; notebook is optional.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See All Steamed Up! in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Beginning Rigid Heddle
Diane McKinnon12 students
Saturday, June 30, 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 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 put the warp on in class. If you have any questions, please contact me to discuss it. Also bring all extra equipment that came with the loom, shuttle (instructor will bring extras), scissors, tape measure, pen/pencil. NO Harrisville Easy Weaver looms please.
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 and 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.
Designing Noro-Style Yarns
Gwen Powell15 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes clean unprocessed wool in natural color for base and various fibers to add interest to the blends
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Noro-style yarns are more popular than ever. If you are not familiar with them, they are specialty yarns that have colorways with extremely long color repeats. Noro-style yarns come in many fibers and colorways, but the styles and colors you want might not be available and they are expensive. In this workshop you will learn to design and prepare fiber into a roving that is ready to spin to create a Noro-style yarn of your own. Drum carders and blending boards will be provided for use in class to prepare the fiber
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary but the class is designed for hand spinners. Knowledge of fiber preparation and blending board are very useful for this class.
STUDENTS BRING: 8 ounces of mixed fiber and colors of student's choice for creating their colorway. At least 3 colors that may, or may not, coordinate. Flick or hand cards if you have them and scissors. If you have a blending board please bring it, but blending boards will also be provided. Optional: any clean fibers or bits of yarn that the student wishes to incorporate into the fiber preparation, bags and labels for identifying your blends and techniques and note-taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Gwen Powell achieved the HGA Certificate in Handspinning Master in 1991. Gwen began teaching basketry at age 10 and other fiber arts she picked up along the way. Currently she teaches young children and adults all the fiber arts in her home studio and at conferences. Working with Henry Clemes, together they reinvented the carding board into a safe and useful tool for fiber preparation. Gwen is occasionally published in Spin•Off magazine and is the author of the new book Blending Board Basics and Beyond.
Double-Faced Tablet Weaving
Marilyn Romatka18 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $20 includes deck of 24 tablets, all warps and wefts, (plus an additional warp to take home), and handout and use of loom and shuttle
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Want to learn to weave, but have no extra room for a loom in the den? Weave with a deck of cards! Just when you think there couldn't be another technique you can achieve with card weaving — along comes Double-Face. Even if you already tablet weave with other techniques, this class offers endless variations and possibilities. And the best part is we will learn the "speed warping" method! This is a fun and low stress class.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no experience "required" however, you will have an easier time if you have had one of Marilyn's Card Weaving classes
STUDENTS BRING: sharp scissors and two 2 -liter bottles (to fill with water) to use as weights for the warp
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Marilyn Romatka began her professional life in bio-chemistry, but life side-tracked her. Later when the family bought a pack Llama that gave bags of fleece, Marilyn found her second passion. She was started down the "Yellow-Brick-Road" into weaving and folk art. Marilyn's science background gives her a clear, sequential teaching style and her passion for fiber arts gives her classes Zing! Students in her class learn in a relaxed atmosphere. Marilyn has written Creative Crafts of the World, a book of crafts to teach groups of kids — from scouts to homeschoolers to grandkids! A select few of her classes are streaming and available as DVDs on www.taprootvideo.com.
Eco/Botanical Printing
Tash Wesp20 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes natural dye extracts, indigo vat, tannin reactions, 1 silk scarf and 1 wool/silk scarf and leaves for use in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the wonderful technique of transferring the dye from a leaf onto a piece of fabric. Learn the right mordant for the right fabric to extract the dye of the plant, use cotton, silk, and wool to print on. Learn to lay out the design with leaves, how to bundle them and steam and enjoy the results. Experiment with the wonders of nature to create art with this very fun technique that is all the rage! Eco Printing!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Collect leaves of maples, oak, sumac, smoke bush, and eucalyptus or any leaves and leaf shape you want to try. Apron, cotton t-shirts, silk scarves or wool/silk scarves from Dharma trading, teaspoon, tablespoon, 3 old cotton sheets (find in thrift store), string that will not break, heavy-duty plastic bags, plastic container/small bucket, scissors, 3 old towels, notebook and pen.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Felt Hat in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Felted Slippers
Flora Carlile-Kovacs15 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes 5 oz wool — dyed and natural, various kinds of wool
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Making a pair of slippers is a great opportunity to learn how to make a 3D object starting with a 2D resist pattern. In this workshop participants will develop confidence in planning a project, estimating shrinkage and enlarging the pattern. You will learn about the different qualities of different types of sheep's wool and how to choose and mix the right wools to get a strongly felted durable pair of slippers.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner to advance
STUDENTS BRING: 3' x 3' bubble wrap or rubber rug mat (needs small holes), 3' x3' cotton sheet (old cloth), sprinkler if you have one to wet the felt, one olive oil soap bar in a container, small bowl for water, 2 hand towels, waterproof apron sharp and pointy scissors, tape measure, ruler, 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.
The "You Asked for It" Felted Vest Class
Loyce Ericson15 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $50 includes approx 4 oz. wool, 1+ yards of fabric, locks, yarn, personalized pattern, paper handouts, misc bits of silk and yarns.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: You asked me for a one-piece felted vest class so here it is! You go home with a wearable although damp vest. To do this I will demo making a pattern from an undershirt then enlarging the pattern to make a resist for your vest. You will make your vest from your copy of my pre-made patterns. Now the best part — your choice of wool colors and fabrics from my bags of bits and fancies; add water and felting magic and you've got "the vest you asked me to help you make!"
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Prior wet felting experience strongly recommended, also upper body health (hands, wrists and shoulders) strongly recommended.
STUDENTS BRING: Sharp scissors, measuring tape, two Sharpies™ in different colors, and color inspiration (can be piece of clothing, magazines, photos, etc.) I also will have some to share.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Round and Round the Felt Goes: Treasure Boxes and Vessels in Friday's morning class listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Beginning Brioche
JC Briar25 students
Saturday, June 30, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none, handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Brioche knitting creates cushy fabric suitable for comfy garments and all sorts of cozy accessories. Done in two colors, it creates vertical stripes, even though only one color is used at a time. Take this class to learn all the basics: creating brioche rib in one or two colors; maintaining tidy selvedges; fixing mistakes; working pretty increases and decreases; and casting on and binding off effectively. 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: basic knitting experience
STUDENTS BRING: Smooth, plain, worsted-weight yarn in two solid colors; one circular needle or a pair of double points (not straight needles) size US 6 (4mm) needles; crochet hook roughly size G.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Wedge Shawl Design in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Combing and Carding for Spinning Success
Shelia January15 students
Saturday, June 30, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber to be used in workshop
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Do you wonder if you need hand carders, combs or both? Do you have hand carders, 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 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 carders or combs (a limited number will be available for use in class) and 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.
Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments II: Button Bands, Button Holes and Zippers
Harry Wells15 students
Saturday, June 30, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee $3 handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Finishing means many things in knitting, and doing it well is essential for an attractive garment. In this workshop participants will learn how to create several different types of button bands and button holes, (both embedded and on the edges), and how to sew a zipper into a knitted garment.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Advance beginner, intermediate and above. Students must be proficient at casting on (long tail preferred), and working knit, purl, K2 tog and SSK without assistance. Knitting exercises in class will require persons to work these stitches with competence. Participants should have knitted several smaller items (hats, scarves, fingerless mitts) and at least one garment.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn in light color (no dark colors), size 7 straight needles (or 24" circular) and DPN's, small scissors, locking stitch markers, and waste yarn, t-pins or pearlized head straight pins, sewing needle, nylon thread that matches zipper color, and a separating 6" zipper.
HOMEWORK: Several swatches to be completed prior to class in order to do zipper exercises as follows:
Swatches 1-3: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 3 stockinette stitch swatches - cast on 16 sts and work 30 rows for each swatch.
Swatches 4: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work one garter stitch swatch – cast on 16 sts and work 30 rows, and bind off.
Swatches 5 & 6: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 2 stockinette swatches – cast on 20 sts and work 6 inches, and bind off.
Swatches 7 & 8: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 2 stockinette swatches – cast on 14 sts, work 10 rows and place live stitches on waste yarn or stitch holder. Leave 10-foot tails for working yarn.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments I in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Perfect Your Plying
Judie Overbeek15 students
Saturday, June 30, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $12 includes fiber and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Spinners spend a lot of time and effort creating lovely singles, but often throw them together into quickly plied yarns which don't have the desired structure or consistency. For years I thought that plying was more of a "foot race" than a process, and my plied yarns were a disappointment. With proper plying techniques you'll make structurally sound and beautiful yarns over and over again. These yarns will hold up well to abrasion and be easy to knit or weave. Plying is also the foundation skill for making novelty yarns. In this class we will work with worsted-spun singles to make 2-ply and 3-ply yarns as well as cabled, Navajo-plies (chain ply) yarns and if time permits, uneven plies.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate, because this is a technique class, it will open up many new areas to you in your pursuit of spinning, which will be challenging and exciting.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you are familiar with in GOOD working order, four usable bobbins, tensioned lazy-kate, niddynoddy or ball winder, notebook and pencil, wheel maintenance kit (could include lubricant, spare drive band, screwdriver, and cloth). If you borrow a wheel, make sure to give it a trial run before you bring it to class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Shibori in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Three Glorious Downs: Camel, Yak and Cashmere
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Saturday, June 30, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes yak, camel and cashmere fiber and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Yaks from the wilds of Tibet, camels from the great Gobi desert, and goats from Mongolia! These animals all produce rare and wonderful fibers and, amazingly, they all can be found here in America! In this class we'll learn how to prepare these fibers for spinning and what spinning techniques work best for them. We'll also learn how to extend these precious fibers by making blends with a variety of fibers.
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 carders 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.

SUNDAY, JULY 1, MORNING CLASSES

Bow Loom Weaving
Marilyn Romatka20 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes reusable Bow loom, beads, beading pad, beading aid, all warp and weft, weaving shuttle, needle for hiding ends, end caps and clasp findings, E-6000 glue and 8-page handouts with step-by-step directions.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Bow loom is an ancient technique using a simple, portable loom to make narrow, beaded bands. The technique is used in ethnic groups in Thailand to make bands for exquisite headdresses. The weaving is quick, fun and so portable that you can weave on the bus. This is a great introduction to ethnic weaving. The product of this class can be viewed at: www.taprootfolkarts.com
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no weaving experience needed
STUDENTS BRING: sewing snips
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Double-Faced Tablet Weaving in Saturday's all-day class listing for bio.
Fabulous and Fun Locker Hooking
Rosanne Anderson15 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee $35 includes a locker hook, prepared canvas, roving, binder yarns, lots of "designer" yarns, bound 15- page instruction book and especially — fun!
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Locker Hooking is a fantastic way to use up lots of "questionable" yarn, achieve a cushy, beautiful product and experience the joy of instant gratification. This fiber art goes quickly so students will see their progress with a project that is easily finished. We will cover proper canvas prep and edge prep, using handspun yarn and store-bought yarn, roving and more. We will also discuss cleaning and various tips to creating an exciting fiber masterpiece.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none — all levels welcome
STUDENTS BRING: scissors, pencil and notebook
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Rosanne has been locker hooking for many years, after she attended a fiber show in Montana and saw a beautiful handhooked wall hanging. Rosanne learned the reality of proper canvas preparation on her first piece, as the canvas disintegrated during the dry cleaning process. She raises a small flock of sheep and enjoys all aspects of working with wool, and is fortunate in that her husband will build almost anything for her sheep and craft. Rosanne loves to knit, spin and locker-hook. She enjoys the ambiance of the fiber world by attending many fairs and fiber conferences — looking for new opportunities to learn, teach and keep current.
Knitting Cables – Lovely Twists and Turns
Harry Wells15 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee $3 handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Cables and Twists make some of the most stunning visual effects in knitting. Learn the basic cable and twist stitches, which will allow you to create visual effects of twisting, turning, honeycomb, braiding and the like. We will compare different cabling effects, both twists and "running" lines, and how to achieve them, making several cable and twist stitch swatches in class. Included will be a discussion of background stitches often used with cables, and how that changes the effect.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be proficient at casting on (long tail preferred), Knitting, Purling, and basic decreases (K2 tog, SSK, etc).
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight wool yarn (in a light to medium color) and needles (straight or 24" circulars) the size you usually use to knit worsted-weight yarn, cable needle and locking stitch markers
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments I in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Shearing on Your Own
Susie Wilson30 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-1pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $10 includes handouts, a sheep to sheer, and use of all equipment
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most popular, ongoing classes (since 1994) at BSG and is for the beginning shearer. Susie guides you through the intricacies and practical applications of shearing your own animals. Anyone 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: none
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 Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations
Michael Kelson15 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Much of the wonderful fiber we have access to comes in the form of combed top, which is a worsted preparation. Top often spins a dense yarn which is great for hardwearing items like socks, mittens, etc., but what if you want to turn those hand-dyed braids into a soft lofty yarn. This class will explore techniques to introduce more air and loft into your yarn. Students will learn the differences between worsted and woolen drafting techniques and fiber preparations, spinning semi-woolen yarns from combed top, spinning from the fold, modifying combed top preparations (fauxlags and carding), measuring the grist of your yarn with a McMorran balance.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must already have the ability to produce a consistent single and have some experience plying and finishing yarn. It is helpful to have a good working relationship with your wheel.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, lazy-kate, any tools you might like to use (handcards, mini-combs, etc.) and any fiber you would like to practice with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinning for Lace in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Spinning Luxury Fibers on Supported Spindles
Jennifer Green12 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes luxury fibers
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to spin luxury fibers on your support spindles. Bring your Tibetan, Russian, Tahkli, Navajo, Phang or other supported spindles and learn how to spin on them. Try out Camel, Yak, Cashmere and other luxury fibers in the process. We will talk about how they can go to work for us, what makes our support spindles special and how to use them to their best advantage, and we will spoil ourselves with delicious fiber in the process.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Basic spinning knowledge.
STUDENTS BRING: One or more support spindles.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Jennifer Green has been spinning for 13 years. She especially loves introducing new students to the fiber arts and discussing all things yarn related. Jennifer lives with her family in Idaho where they raise Shetland sheep and live on a sustainable farm in a tiny house. Jennifer spends her days spinning, writing about spinning and teaching others about fiber arts.
Spinning Your Dream Yarn
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber worsted prep, woolen prep, long wool binding threads and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: If you've ever said "I used to spin nice bulky yarn and I can't spin anything but sewing thread now!" or "Everything I spin looks the same!", here is a simple spinning method that allows you and your wheel to work in harmony to spin the perfect yarn for the projects you have in your mind's eye. We'll look at diameter control and how to change our spinning style to get the yarn we need to create the cloth we want.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must be able to spin a continuous yarn
STUDENTS BRING: their wheel and all its parts — even the ones you don't use, extra bobbins and a lazy-kate.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Using Your Stash in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.

SUNDAY, JULY 1, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Chain Plying and Beyond the 3-Ply
Gwen Powell10 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $10 includes fine threads for plying, fiber for novelty singles that will be spun and plied in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Chain-plying at the most basic level emulates a 3-ply yarn. But there are many other designs that can be achieved with the chain-ply that are not available with any other method. In this class students will learn to create color changes from solid yarns; 4-, 6-, and 9-ply yarns, thick and thin yarns from 3 individual strands, yarns with inclusions that hold, beaded yarns with integrity, gnarl yarns and one-step boucle yarns.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate to advanced — students must know how to ply 2 singles together. Ability to do simple chainplying is necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: A minimum of six balls of solid colored hand spun singles of no less than 200 yards each. Slow ratio wheel with delta or large orifice or point wheel. Though all of these yarns can be spun on spindles, it is difficult to keep up with the pace of this class on a spindle. If you cannot bring a wheel, then bring a medium weight spindle to spin the singles and a Navajo spindle to ply with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Designing Noro Style Yarns in Saturday's allday class listing for bio.
Felted Small Bag
Flora Carlile-Kovacs15 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes 5 oz wool, dyed and natural, various kinds of wool
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Bags are always challenging in design and can be complicated felting therefore this is one of the projects you can learn the most about constructional felt making. Bags have to have enough pockets, the right closures, the right size, the right depth, the seamless strap, and etc. Come design your own small bag and learn the following: how to make a template and enlarge it to the right size, how to mix different qualities of wool fibers for the best result, how to work around the resist templates to make several pockets, how to attach seamless straps and embellishments, how to full and shape the bag perfectly. By the end of the day you'll have a unique bag designed to your personal needs and all the skills you need to create more, independently.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner to advance
STUDENTS BRING: 3' x 3' 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, small bowl for water, 2 hand towels, waterproof apron, sharp and pointy scissors, tape measures, ruler, notebook, pen/pencil, comfortable shoes
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Felted Slippers in Saturday's all-day class listing for bio.
Hand-Sewing in Sheepskin: Beginners Guide
Anette Skoog10 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $60 includes needles, thread, patterns for classroom use, sheepskin, fabric (optional for some items).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Using sheepskins as a fabric for handmade items has a long history. In this class you will learn about different types of sheepskins and their use. Students will learn and practice basic sewing techniques before embarking on their own project. Choose to make slippers, mittens, a stuffed teddy bear, or a needle pad/pillow.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: sharp small scissors, thimble, 2 black ink pens and notebook.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Anette Skoog DVM is a Gotland Sheep breeder and a fiber artist who works professionally with the design and creation of sheepskin items. She learned the traditional handcraft techniques from a master teacher when living in Sweden. Today, Anette's work ranges from handmade wearable and decorative items, wall-hangings, and blankets to modern fashion using luxury Gotland pelts and fine wool. Anette has shown her art pieces and won several awards for her work in juried art and craft shows across the USA.
Indigo Dyeing
Marilyn Robert12 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $6 includes indigo dye, soda ash, calx, thiox, ph tape, synthrapol
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this workshop there will be two different dye vats, both with natural indigo. One uses pre-reduced indigo from Japan. Students will be encouraged to dye small skeins for gradations of color and depth of shade in this vat. In addition students will SUNDAY, JULY 1, ALL-DAY CLASSES Winter 2018 / 37 learn the steps in the 1-2-3 organic fermentation vat, which will be made during the workshops. Students will learn some history of this most ancient dyestuff. I will bring indigo dyed cloth and pertinent books for inspiration.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no experience required
STUDENTS BRING: optional: 3½ oz. skeins of natural fiber. The skeins must be clean — please wash them before the workshop. Please wear clothing that can tolerate dye drips, an apron if you choose, and gloves (should be sturdy and reach above the wrists).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Marilyn formerly taught the weaving/fibers curriculum at Lane Community College in Eugene for 13 years. She is a former recipient of the Japan Foundation Fellowship Artist Grant, which allowed her to travel in Japan to study indigo dyeing and her fascination with natural dyes has only grown. Marilyn has had indigo vats for 30 years, and continues to learn and teach about indigo around the world. She works and teaches from her studio in Eugene, Oregon.
Silk Lab
Janel Laidman Vaisbort25 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $35 includes all fiber for class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Silk, the magical thread that comes from moths and is stronger than steel! We will look at different varieties of silk and their properties as well as techniques for spinning them. We will also learn to reel silk from cocoons, make hankies, learn to spin and knit from hankies, cut silk and blends.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: able to spin a continuous thread
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working order, lazy-kate, extra bobbins. This class can be done on a spindle, but some techniques will be harder. Knitting needles size US 4 or 5, scissors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinning for Socks in Friday's afternoon class listing for bio.

SUNDAY, JULY 1, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Beaded Buttoned Bracelets
Sivia Harding25 students
Sunday, July 1, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $5 includes full color handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: While working a beautiful beaded bracelet that is a tutorial of beading techniques, students will learn possibly a million things about beads and how they interact with different stitch patterns. You will emerge with inspiration and tons of ideas. The handout includes 3 additional bracelet patterns for you to enjoy making at home.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students need to know how to knit, purl, and perform basic increases and decreases, yarn over, cast on, bind off. Experience with knitting I-cord preferred but not required.
STUDENTS BRING: 20 yards of fingering weight or sock yarn, size 1 (2.25mm) circular needles, double points, or pair of straight needles — double points are preferred, steel crochet hook size 14 (0.75mm) for placing beads, dental floss threader for stringing beads (found in drug stores), yarn needle, decorative button of any size. BEADS: 88 seed beads — 70 of one color, size, shape, or texture (MC), and 18 of another color. Please choose beads from any combination of the following: size 8/0, 6/0, or 5/0 triangle, magatama, round, or cube seed beads — preferably Japanese because of the larger inner hole. Please make sure your beads will fit onto your yarn before you come to class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Moebius and the Mysterious Stitch Mirror in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Bunny Love — Spinning Angora and Angora Blends
Shelia January15 students
Sunday, July 1, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $16 includes Angora and Angora blend fiber to be used in workshop, sample cards/tags, and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Angora fiber from rabbits is soft and silky, but those qualities can make spinning a different experience from that of spinning sheep's wool or other fibers. It's also much warmer than wool, with less memory. We'll spin Angora and Angora blends that extend the use of this luxury fiber without sacrificing its unique qualities. Come prepared to experiment a bit and also learn how to minimize the "shed factor" and the lack of memory without sacrificing the soft fuzziness.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able spin a consistent singles yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: a spinning wheel in good working order — if you have a Woolee Winder, please bring your standard flyer as well. At least 3-4 bobbins, handcards or mini-combs, a limited number 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.
Exploring Color
Sultana Charania15 students
Sunday, July 1, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes all fibers used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you spun a hand-painted braid only to get a yarn where the colors were muddy or not distinct? In this class we will explore different ways to prepare and spin hand-painted braids to achieve a yarn where one color blends into another color. Both wheel and spindle spinners are welcome.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must be able to spin a continuous thread
STUDENTS BRING: Bring your wheel, orifice hook, lazy-kate and at least 3 bobbins. If you have it; bring a niddy-noddy. Spindle spinners: please bring a couple of spindles that you love.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spindle in Friday's afternoon class listing for bio.
Felted Sheep — Basic Sculptural Needle Felting
Miranda Rommel14 students
Sunday, July 1, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes a handout, all wool to be used in class, 2 needles and felting foam per student 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 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. This is a very fun class!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: Optional: bring a small amount of CLEAN wool/ fiber from your 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 and she loves teaching her craft to people of all levels.
Multi-Directional Scarves
JC Briar25 students
Sunday, July 1, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: none
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Turn variegated yarn into striking scarves with this new form of multi-directional knitting. Learn to form triangles and diamonds from a continuous length of yarn and to join them together without sewing any seams or picking up any stitches.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: basic knitting experience
STUDENTS BRING: Hand-painted or self-striping, or other variegated yarn in DK weight or heavier (aim for a yarn with color sections of 6" to 18" long), needles of a size appropriate for your yarn, stitch markers.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Wedge Shawl Design in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Power Spinning – Spinning on an Electronic Wheel
Amelia Garripoli20 students
Sunday, July 1, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 fiber and sample card
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Does your electric spinner run away with your yarn or get miles ahead of your fingers, or just not make the yarn you want? Whether you come from spindle or wheel or are new to spinning, you will work on your e-spinning technique with hands-on tips. Take control of your e-spinner and see what it can do. Art yarn to lace weight, casual to production spinning; we'll put our e-spinners through their paces.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must already have the ability to produce a continuous yarn on their e-spinner or be an experienced wheel or spindle spinner.
STUDENTS BRING: An electric wheel in good working condition, 3 empty bobbins, lazy-kate. An extension cord may be necessary as well, or a charged battery for your wheel if you have one.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Blending Boards: Stripes to Monet in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.

SHEEP SHOW

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; my mom was also from a ranching background. Read More.

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

Judge: Dr. Andy Laughlin
Lubbock, Texas

Dr. Andy Laughlin grew up in the rural town of Ingram, Texas located in the heart of the hill country. He received his bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas A & M Univerisity. Read More.

FLEECE SHOW

Wool Judge: Dr. Geof Ruppert
Fairfield, Pennsylvania

Your judge for the 2018 Black Sheep Gathering is Dr. Geof Ruppert. His involvement with sheep began in 1976 with a starter flock of Corriedales, chosen in part because of his mother’s interest in the fiber arts. Read More.

FIBER ARTS AND YARN SHOW

Judge: Marian Dyche
The Dalles, Oregon

I learned to spin when I moved to Oregon about 20 years ago, joined the Columbia Fibres Guild and also learned to live life as it really should be. Read More.