Black Sheep Gathering

Online Registration Opens at 9am PST on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Visit Workshop Registration page on that date.

List of All Classes &
Their Availability

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Friday Classes

Morning Classes
  • Cancelled - Advanced Felting Textures - Inclusions – Loyce Ericson
  • Diameter Control – Judie Overbeek
  • Patterned Brioche – JC Briar
  • Short Row Magic!: Baby Hat – Harry Wells
  • Supported Spindle Spinning – Teresa Waldo
All-Day Classes
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle – Diane McKinnon
  • Beginning Wheel Spinning – Linda Hansen
  • Breed Sampler!: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book (Day 1 of 2) – Terry Mattison
  • Dye Your Own Fiber – Allison Harding
  • Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations – Michael Kelson
  • Textural Nuno Samplers – Patti Barker
Afternoon Classes
  • Cancelled - Advanced Felting Textures • Manipulation and Surface Design – Loyce Ericson
  • Creating Bumps and Bubbles – Judie Overbeek
  • Flipside Awesomeness: Reversible Cables – Harry Wells
  • Grazing, Pastures, and Soil Health • "Doing it Right" – Woody Lane
  • Your First Stranded Colorwork – JC Briar

Saturday Classes

Morning Classes
  • Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet – Teresa Waldo
  • Beginning Inkle Loom – Leslie Verts
  • Blending and Spinning Your Stash with Hand Cards – Michael Kelson
  • Drum Carding 101 – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Cancelled - Fish Sticks or Chicken Tender Felted Pin Cushion – Loyce Ericson
  • Versatility with Cast-Ons – Harry Wells
All-Day Classes
  • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book (Day 2 of 2) – Terry Mattison
  • Dye Your Own Yarn – Allison Harding
  • Cancelled - Fundamentals of Orenburg Lace – Galina Khmeleva
  • Perfecting Your Plying – Judie Overbeek
  • Rigid Heddle Loom: Using Two Heddles for Twice the Fun – Diane McKinnon
  • Stained Glass Shawl – Patti Barker
Afternoon Classes
  • Anything But Batts – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Colorwork the Easy Way: Mosaic Knitting and Garter Slip Stitch – Harry Wells
  • Cancelled - Felted Buttons of Many Colors – Loyce Ericson
  • Frac That!: Fractal Spinning Fun – Linda Hansen
  • Let’s Do the Twist – Ruth Northrop
  • Viking Knit 4 Petal Bracelet – Teresa Waldo

Sunday Classes

Morning Classes
  • Bountiful Beasts: Spinning Yak – Judith MacKenzie
  • Captivating Cotton on a Turkish Spindle – Wanda Jenkins
  • Entrelac Basics – JC Briar
  • Felted Sheep: Basic 3D Needle Felting – Miranda Rommel
  • Floating Cables – M K Nance
  • Intro to Blending Boards – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Spinning a Beehive Coil – Allison Harding
  • Cancelled - Spinning the Orenburg Way – Galina Khmeleva
  • The Americans – Linda Hansen
Afternoon Classes
  • Advanced Pick-up Inkle Weaving – Leslie Verts
  • Beginning Pin Loom Weaving – Hazel Spencer
  • Beginning Rug Hooking – Judy Taylor
  • Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Blue Faced Leicester – Judith MacKenzie
  • Design Your Own Shawl – M K Nance
  • Loving Your Lace Edgings– JC Briar
  • Cancelled - Russian Style Continental Knitting – Galina Khmeleva
  • Short Steps to Long Draw – Ruth Northrop

All Workshop Descriptions

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, MORNING CLASSES

Cancelled - Advanced Felting Textures – Inclusions
Loyce Ericson 15 Students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $30 – includes lots of wool, fabric and felting tools
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Are you ready for the next step in your felting?I'll teach you how to add texture to your felted hats, scarves, and bags. By adding a variety of fabrics, cord, recycled pieces of felt, we will make intentional bumps, lumps, bubbles, and ridges in our sample pieces. You will leave the class with a double handful of techniques and new strategies for creating fascinating felt.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate to experienced felter, Students must have prior felting experience for this class.
STUDENTS BRING: Clothes that can get wet, a couple of old towels, a pair of sharp scissors and a plastic grocery bag to take home wet samples. Be aware that wet felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires upper body strength/health.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Loyce worked for 20+ years in high tech as a mechanical designer and then she took a personal and professional turn to follow her passion of making felt and teaching her craft. She has been making felt since 1999 and began teaching in 2001. Loyce travels and teaches nationally as well as in her studio, teaching such places as at SOAR, OFFF, and BSG. She is a product oriented teacher, preferring to teach felting techniques as students produce a finished piece in class. Loyce approaches her classes as a time for fun and open creative expression and teaches that there is never only one way to make felt. Loyce loves color and texture when she makes felt. Her greatest delight is to see the smiles on her student's faces as their projects come together.
Diameter Control - Full as of 04/16/22
Judie Overbeek 20 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $12 – includes all fiber for spinning and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: From the finest lace-weight yarn to lovely bulky yarn and everything in between, you can create them all on your spinning wheel. It doesn't matter so much what wheel you have. It matters greatly how you adjust the wheel. This is a very focused topic but one which will set you free from whatever your "default" yarn might be. How wonderful it will be to have so much control that you can make a full range of yarn diameters just by the knobs and pulleys on your wheel. Once you get the hang of it you can make any yarn for any purpose.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: A great class for the beginner to intermediate spinner who wants more flexibility in their yarn choices – from fine to bulky, you can make them all on one wheel.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you know well in good working order, 3 usable bobbins, tensioned lazy-kate, maintenance kit and note taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Numerous instructors have illuminated some aspect of weaving, spinning or dyeing to help me along my path. My goal is to pass that help and knowledge along to those who want to learn these crafts. I have taken refuge in spinning, weaving and dyeing for over 40 years, incorporating the three disciplines into a single project whenever possible. A love of process and a deep desire to share my skills keeps me involved both as a student and a teacher. I live in NW Montana and teach spinning, weaving and dyeing throughout the Northwest.
Patterned Brioche
JC Bria 20 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take plain brioche rib; mix in some increases and decreases, and what do you get? Gorgeous patterning! Leaves and branches, feathers and faux cables: all created by increasing from one stitch to three (or five) and decreasing from three or (five) to one. Take this class to learn how to work these magic increases and decreases, to minimize bulk at the decrease points, and to choose the correct decrease for the effect you want. Focus on working patterned brioche in a single color, avoiding the fuss of dealing with a second color. No prior brioche experience is necessary. You'll pick up tips for forming the fabric, following instructions, fixing mistakes, and casting on and binding off effectively. You'll walk away with the start of a reversible scarf.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Basic knitting skills – no experience knitting brioche required.
STUDENTS BRING: smooth, plain/light colored worsted-weight yarn, size US 6 needles (4mm); crochet hook size G/6 Homework: None
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: A self-confessed "technique freak" and "skill junkie," JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it in-volves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye. JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity and beauty.
Short Row Magic! – Baby Hat
Harry Wells 20 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $1 – printed materials
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Inserting short rows can create angles, curves, and add additional shaped ease in areas like collars and busts. In this class you will learn and practice two methods of short rows, and then watch the magic begin as you knit an adorable baby hat on straight needles, achieving the entire rounded shape with short rows and no seaming.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students should be able to accomplish long tail cast on, knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, YO without assistance.
STUDENTS BRING: For working swatch exercise in class, bring DK or worsted wt yarn with needles you normally use with that wt yarn, and locking stitch markers or knitters pins. Homework completed prior to coming to class. Purchase Aviatrix pattern by Justine Turner on Ravelry (you do not have to be a member to purchase a pattern) and bring your copy to class. Link to pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aviatrix-hat Homework: Using DK weight yarn in a color you desire for a baby hat and US Size 4 needles – cast on 41 sts: Row1: [K1, P1] to last stitch, K1, Row2: [P1, K1] to last stitch, P1, Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have worked a total of 8 rows — leave on your needles with the yarn attached and bring to class
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry. In 2010, he retired from being a university professor to pursue his passion for knitting fulltime, including managing Northcoast Knittery from 2010-2017 and teaching a myriad of classes at knitting confer-ences and fiber festivals. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience. Harry enjoys designing knitwear and accessories with an aesthetic that emphasizes texture and linear flow. Check out his designs and knitting blog at www.goodforaboy.com. Harry is knitteryninja on Ravelry, @harrywellsknits on Instagram, and Good for a Boy Knitting on Facebook.
Supported Spindle Spinning
Teresa Waldo 15 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $15 – all fiber samples used in class, extensive handouts, spinning bean bag and spindle bowl
CLASS DESCRIPTION: You spin to relax, right? Well come learn this ultimate relaxing way to spin – SUPPORT SPINDLING! You can do this with your feet up lying in bed, or even while driving (well not anymore with the distracted driving laws). Did you know any fiber can be spun on a supported spindle? In this class the instructor will give you a wealth of information on supported spinning and will take you step by step through the process of spinning on a supported spindle. And yes, you will have the hang of it before our time is up. You will also have the chance to try different fibers, different spindles and spindle bowls.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must have some spinning experi-ence on either a wheel or spindle, and be able to spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: No advanced preparation required. Please bring a support spindle and bowl to class if you have them. Instructor will have some for use in class if you do not have them. Homework: None
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Teresa Waldo combines her passion for teaching with her passion for crafting. She taught elementary and special education for 30 years and has taught adult crafting for 10+ years. Teresa has been knitting since age 5 and fell down the spinning rabbit hole 17 years ago. Teresa loves sharing her excitement for anything fiber related with others and has a keen ability to break a skill down into manageable steps. She makes sure all her students are successful and that they leave with a new skill. Teresa has taught knitting and spinning classes in shops around the Pacific Northwest and at regional conferences. She resides in Auburn WA, and is a member of NwRSA, Arachne Guild, South Sound Knitters Guild, Moonspinner's Guild, Yarning for Community, and Covington Knitworks.

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Beginning Rigid Heddle
Diane McKinnon 12 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus Materials Fee: $15 includes all yarns for class project, use of extra weaving equipment and tools during class, and detailed handout.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to make the most of the Rigid Heddle Loom! These wonderful looms make it easy to weave just about anywhere and anytime. They are a relatively inexpensive way to get into weaving and are lightweight, portable, and practical. They can be used to make 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 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 poten-tial as they have fun with fibers. Her first loom was a rigid heddle loom. She has a long history of weaving study. She teaches at BSG, NwRSA's annual conference, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and holds regular fiber classes at her home studio – The Thistle Patch Fiber Studio. She was selected as an Invitational Artist for 2012 at Oregon Flock and Fiber. Diane is an enthusiastic spinner and she uses her collection of looms to weave her special yarns into unique hand-woven items. She especially enjoys sharing the wonders of weaving with beginning weavers.
Beginning Wheel Spinning
Linda Hansen 10 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus Materials Fee: $45 – includes all fiber and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you been wanting to learn to spin? This class will get you started spinning on a wheel. From first steps to making your own yarn, we'll also touch on basic wheel mechanics and maintenance as well as primer information on fibers. We'll be using prepared wool to learn the magic of spinning and plying yarn.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner
STUDENTS BRING: a well-functioning spinning wheel
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Besides managing her small sheep farm, Linda is a partner with The Bellwether Wool Company. Linda brings her teaching skills and experience as a livestock and wool judge to sharing her passion for the fiber arts. Linda has taught spinning and music privately and in workshops.
Breed Sampler: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em
Henry and Roy Clemes 16 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus Materials Fee: $95 – includes use of a carder; all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This workshop is designed around the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative from the National Livestock Conser-vancy, which aims to connect fiber artists with heritage breeds of sheep. The day begins with instruction on the use and safety of an electric drum carder, followed by an overview of the initiative and the wide variety of breeds available to the class. The fun then goes hands-on as each student selects the three breeds they will sample. Each student will receive 4 ounces per sample and earn a passport sticker for each breed. All carding will be done on our Elite Series Drum Carders with each student using their own electric carder. All materials, carders, and tools will be provided for use by the instruc-tors.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate. While no carding experience is required for this class, the amount of carding that takes place during the day may be a challenge for someone that has never carded before. Some drum carding experience or having taken our ‘Exploring the Drum Carder' class is preferred.
STUDENTS BRING: None – but students should bring an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: A lifelong woodworker and small business owner, Henry has been building fiber equipment for almost 50 years and drum carders for over 40 years. He and his son Roy have introduced many innovations to the fiber community and their equipment is known for being not only thoughtfully engineered but visually pleasing and durable as well. They regularly consult and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers, and professional fiber artists in the use of drum carders for fiber prep.
Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 1of 2
Terry Mattison 12 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: Cost $100 each day, plus $50 materials. (Total cost $250) – 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 (2) one-gallon buckets for soaking yarn and washing samples, and scissors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Terry Mattison is an award-winning spinner and weaver who claims dyeing is her first love! She has over 30 years as an industry professional, matching color for clients nationwide. She works with both synthetic and natural dyes creating her own unique designs in her studio in Washington state.
Dye Your Own Fiber
Allison Harding 10 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus Materials Fee: $35 – Includes 12 oz plus more of high quality wool/wool blend fibers and more, dyes and use of equipment and detailed handouts. Additional fibers will be available for purchase at time of class. Students may bring some of your own CLEAN undyed fiber to dye if time and space is available.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Design and dye three different fibers plus 1 oz samples of things like nylon sparkle for spinning or felting! Learn about random, gradient, painted, and palindrome versus continuous color repeats. Dye fibers differently or dye to coordinate for a bigger project. Allison will take you through each step from preparing your fibers to finishing the set dye with a little color theory for good measure!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: A love of color and yarn/fiber.
STUDENTS BRING: Old clothes or bring an apron, color inspiration photos, waterproof gloves, (instructor will provide powder free vinyl gloves, please bring your own if you have allergies).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Allison Harding (aka Fleebers) still remembers the pattern for her first knitting project at age 7, an orange acrylic scarf, which launched her into a lifetime love of all fibers. While working as the in-house costume designer for Studio East School for Performing Arts, Allison fell in love with teaching. She is now a published and an award winning fiber artist who strives to explain not only the how, but the why of everything she does in fun and innovative ways. Allison loves ALL the colors and playing with pointy sticks.
Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations
Michael Kelson 15 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus Materials Fee: $15 – includes all fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Much of the fiber we have access to as hand spinners comes to us in the form of combed top. Top is a worsted preparation and can spin a very dense yarn, which is great for hard wearing items like socks or mittens, but what if we want to turn those beautiful hand-dyed braids of fiber into loftier yarns for hats, scarves, or even sweaters? This class will explore techniques to introduce more air, loft, and bounce into our hand spun yarns. We will discuss drafting techniques for various fiber preparations, ways to modify our fiber preps, and using a yarn balance and other tools. We will learn to evaluate our yarns to ensure that we get exactly the characteristics we want for projects we have in mind.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students should have a good working rela-tionship with your wheel and be capable of spinning a consistent single.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, lazy-kate and 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. By day Michael is software professional, but on week-ends he's usually out and about with his e-Spinner in tow. Michael has taught spinning classes at Weaving Works in Seattle, and teaches regularly at fiber festivals across the Pacific Northwest including Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival, Knot Another Fiber Festival, NwRSA Conference and The Black Sheep Gathering.
Textural Nuno Samplers
Patti Barker 20 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus Materials Fee: $60 – provides kits with all materials required for the class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: An adventure in textural Nuno techniques –from simulated animal skins to roses and ruffles. We will entrap beads, and create raised shapes. This is one of my most popular workshops. Participants come away with six 10 x 10 samplers, printed instructions, and skills to use in creating any number of unique felted accessories or garments. Patti brings loads of examples showing how these techniques might be used.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience required,
STUDENTS BRING: One 2' x 8' rubber rug mat (be sure to get the ones with small holes); one gallon garden sprayer, sharp full sized scissors; at least 2 old towels, 4 table risers (optional) and wear comfy shoes.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Patti Barker is an award winning felt wear designer, teacher and author. She earned a BA degree in studio art, with a concentration in fiber at Western Washington University. All of her designs are produced with felted seams (no sewing). The fabric and the garment are created simultaneously, using wet felting techniques. What makes Patti's work unique is that she dyes most all of the elements in her designs, and spins complimentary art yarn to use as embellishment. To see more of her work, visit pattibarker.com. Patti lives in the San Juan Islands with her husband Rex and their parrot Baby Huey.

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Cancelled - Advanced Felting Textures – Manipulation and Surface Design
Loyce Ericson 15 students
Friday, June 24, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $30 – includes lots of wool, fabric and felting tools
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Are you ready for the next step in your felting?I'll teach you how to add texture to your felted hats, scarves, and bags. Using our hands, plastic resists, silk and pinches of wool we will make intentional folds, ruffles, scalloped edges and create textured surfaces in our sample pieces. You will leave the class with a double handful of techniques and new strategies for creating fascinating felt.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate to experienced felter, students must have prior felting experience for this class.
STUDENTS BRING: Clothes that can get wet, a couple of old towels, a pair of sharp scissors and a plastic grocery bag to take home wet samples. Be aware that wet felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires upper body strength/health.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Advanced Felting Textures – Inclusions in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Creating Bumps and Bubbles
Judie Overbeek 20 students
Friday, June 24, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $12 – includes all fiber for spinning and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Making boucles (bumps and bubbles) in your yarn is wonderful fun and results in an endless variety of textured yarns to use in weaving or knitting. We'll learn several different techniques in this class using handspun singles with sewing thread as binders.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate – should be able to spin a consistent single and manipulate plying easily.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you know well in good working order, 3 usable bobbins, and tensioned lazy-kate, maintenance kit, fine metallic threads if you have them and note taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Diameter Control in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Flipside Awesomeness: Reversible Cables
Harry Wells 20 students
Friday, June 24, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $3 – printed materials
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Cables are lovely … until you flip them over. In this class you will learn two methods of making cables reversible. Many examples of cables – rope, lozenge, Celtic braid, horn, and more – are covered in their regular versions and in their reversible versions with step by step exercises. What can and cannot be made reversible is discussed. Participants will be given several sample stitch patterns to knit up.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Should be able to accomplish long tail cast on, knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, and be able to do a basic rope cable, such as C4F, C6B, etc, without assistance. Familiarity with cable charting is also expected.
STUDENTS BRING: need to bring a cable needle, preferably straight. Worsted-weight wool or wool blend yarn, size 7 needles (or what-ever size you normally use for worsted-weight yarn). Students are encouraged to bring stitch dictionaries with cable patterns if they have them. HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Short Row Magic! – Baby Hat in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Grazing, Pastures and Soil Health – "Doing It Right"
Woody Lane 30 students
Friday, June 24, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $11 – handout packets
CLASS DESCRIPTION: A very practical workshop on how to create sustainable pastures for your sheep and goats. We'll cover the principles of good grazing, especially sustainable grazing: when to open the gate, when to move the animals off the pasture, and how many animals a pasture can support. We'll discuss different types of forages and how to identify them, choosing the best forages for your place, how to use fences, place water and minerals, etc. Also practical guidelines to improve and maintain healthy soils – what those fertilizer numbers mean; when and what to add. We'll also include time for discussion about your farm.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels are welcome – beginner to ad-vanced.
STUDENTS BRING: Soil tests if you have them.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Woody Lane is nationally known as a livestock and forage specialist from Roseburg, Oregon. He teaches courses in forages and livestock nutrition, facilitates three forage study groups for farmers, and writes a popular monthly column "From the Feed Trough" for The Shepherd magazine. A popular speaker across the continent, Woody, has written two books: From the Feed Trough: Essays and Insights on Livestock Nutrition in a Complex World, and Capturing Sunlight – Skills and Ideas for Intensive Grazing, Sustain-able Pastures, Healthy Soils and Grassfed Livestock. Woody has been the president of the Oregon Forage and Grassland Council. Woody earned his PhD and MS degrees at Cornell. In the 1980s he was the Sheep Extension Specialist for the University of Wisconsin.
Your First Stranded Colorwork
JC Briar 20 students
Friday, June 24, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you always admired stranded colorwork, but been too intimidated to try it on your own? Ease into it with this class! Learn how to follow a colorwork chart and manage 2 yarns at once while creating smooth, unpuckered fabric. Learn about "color dominance", and how to use it to your advantage. Discover the difference between stranded colorwork and Fair Isle. See how you can fix mistakes with duplicate stitch. And practice by knitting a simple, unshaped cowl in worsted-weight yarn.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to knit in the round.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted-weight yarn in two contrasting colors (approximately 80 yards of each if you intend to complete the cowl); one US 7 (4.5mm) circular needle, 16" or 24" long, and stitch markers
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Patterned Brioche in Friday morning's listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, MORNING CLASSES

Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet
Teresa Waldo 15 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $17 – Instructor will provide handouts with photos, 6" circular Kumihimo disk, silver plated findings, thread, and size 10 silver beads, embroidery card bobbins and bead threader.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Come create a lovely beaded bracelet with Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding. In this class we will use a circular Kumihimo disk with eight strands of thread that we have strung beads on. We will follow a repetitive pattern to braid the threads together to create spirals of two different colors and sizes of beads. We will then attach end caps and findings to finish our stunning bracelets.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: No advanced preparation required. Please bring 160 size 6 seed beads in a color of choice (that will go with the silver beads provided by instructor)
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Supported Spindle Spinning in Friday, morning's listing for bio.
Beginning Inkle Loom
Leslie Verts Saturday, June 25, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $10 – handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Students will learn to warp their looms and begin weaving a band. This is a easy and fun way to make book-marks.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner
STUDENTS BRING: Need a functioning inkle loom and shuttle; need 2 colors (white with a dark color) of 5/2 or 3/2 cotton thread.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Leslie has been inkle weaving since 2003 and is the leader of the Eugene Weaving Guild Inkle Group.
Blending and Spinning Your Stash with Hand Cards
Michael Kelson 15 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-noon
COST: $55 plus Materials Fee: $15 – includes fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: As spinners we often end up with bits of lots of fibers and samples as part of our spinning stash. Carding is a fun way to use your spinning stash and get the perfect yarn for YOU! This class will explore the use of hand cards to prepare and blend fibers for spinning different types of yarns. We will blend various different types of down fibers (e.g. camel, yak), silks, and we will discuss how to select and blend fibers from your stash to make fantastic knitting or weaving yarns. This class will also review "woolen" spinning techniques (e.g. long draw), discuss how to evaluate the amount of singles twist and ply twist for the fibers in your custom carded blend, and will discuss yarn finishing techniques.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: should have a good working relationship with your wheel. Be able to spin a stable consistent single.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, lazy-kate. Bring any tools you might like to use (hand cards, mini-combs, etc) and any fiber you would like to practice with, and note taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Prepara-tions in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Drum Carding 101
Henry and Roy Clemes 16 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $20 – includes use of carders; all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this hand on beginning drum carding class, students will make two batts using a variety of basic techniques and tools: both hand-crank and motorized carders, as well as both woolen and worsted preparations. Students timid about using their carder at home will leave with working knowledge and confidence in their drum carding abilities.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginner – no drum carding experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: None – but should bring an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Breed Sampler: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Cancelled - Fish Sticks or Chicken Tender Felted Pin Cushion
Loyce Ericson 15 students
Saturday, June 25 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $20 – includes lots of wool and felting tools
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this wet felting class students will learn to create a 3D fish or chicken pin cushion on a resist (pattern). We will learn to make protrusions and wet felted additions as we add fins and wings to these whimsical critters. Don't want a pin cushion? Call it a soft sculpture or add a hanger and it's an ornament.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginning to experienced felter.
STUDENTS BRING: Clothes that can get wet, a couple of old towels, a pair of sharp scissors and a plastic grocery bag to take home wet samples. Be aware that wet felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires upper body strength/health.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Advanced Felting Textures – Inclusions in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Versatility with Cast-Ons
Harry Wells 20 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $3 – printed materials
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We knitters all have our "go to" cast-on, the one which is automatic in our head and hands, and flows quickly. However as our experience grows, we begin to recognize that different projects require different types of cast-ons. Some projects need stretchy cast-ons; others need a cast-on that allows knitting in two different directions, and some projects gain sophistication and pizzazz by having a decorative edge cast-on. This class covers multiple cast-ons, including German Twisted, Crochet Hook Provi-sional, Channel Island, Tubular, Braided Two Color, Frilled, Picot, Rolled Edge, Judy's Magic Cast-on, and a rather complex two needle cast-on excellent for when an elastic edge (like for lace or K1B) is needed. Come discover a new versatility in beginning projects!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: should be able to accomplish long tail cast on, knit, purl, K2tog, and SSK without assistance.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted-weight wool or wool blend yarn in two colors, size 7 straight needles preferred (or whatever size you normally use for worsted-weight yarn) but 24" circular is okay. Also DPN size 7, a straight needle or DPNs size 3, 4, or 5, waste yarn (worsted or DK), crochet hook (size G or H), tapestry needle, and small scissors. Homework: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Short Row Magic! – Baby Hat in Friday morning's listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 2 of 2
Terry Mattison 12 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: Cost $100 each day, plus $50 materials. (Total cost $250) – includes dye, dye chemicals, cardstock for samples, and flagging for labeling, wool yarn, color blending cups, Ziploc® bags and notebook
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is a continuation of Friday's dye class on building a dye book you can take home with you. Must have taken day 1. Take the mystery out of the color wheel and free yourself to dye the color you want by learning a simple system of color blending! Using acid dyes and wool yarns students will create over 100 samples for their own personal dye book (the more students, the more samples!). Along with a wonderful set of samples, each student will have the recipes and know how to recreate each color on their own.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner
STUDENTS BRING: Apron, gloves, regular Sharpie® pen (no fat or skinny ones), two 1-gallon buckets for soaking yarn and washing samples, scissors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Dye Your Own Yarn
Allison Harding 10 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus Materials Fee: $35 – Includes 3 skeins of 420-490 yards of high quality wool/wool blend yarn plus samples of other fiber types, dyes, use of equipment, and detailed handouts. Additional fibers will be available for purchase at time of class. Students may bring some of your own CLEAN undyed wool or wool blend yarn to dye if time and space is available.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Design and dye 400 plus yard skeins of different wool/wool blend fingering weight yarn! Learn about random, gra-dient, painted, and palindrome versus continuous color repeats. Dye skeins differently or dye to coordinate for a bigger project. Allison will take you through each step from preparing your fibers to finishing the set dye with a little color theory for good measure!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: A love of color and yarn/fiber.
STUDENTS BRING: Old clothes or bring an apron, color inspiration photos, waterproof gloves, (instructor will provide powder free vinyl gloves, please bring your own if you have allergies).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Dye Your Own Fiber in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Fundamentals of Orenburg Lace
Galina Khmeleva 15 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus Materials Fee: $5 – includes all yarns and charts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Mouseprint, cat's paw, honeycomb, fisheye …these are but four of the ten basic elements that form the core foundation of Orenburg knitted lace, combinations of which result in the near-mystical pattern designs that evolve into Orenburg lace shawls and scarves. In this class, Galina Khmeleva, author of Gossamer Webs, the History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs, The Design Collection, will introduce students to the basic elements and discuss how the knitters of Orenburg combine specific basic elements to form the elegant motifs that adorn their exquisite lace shawls and scarves.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must know how to knit.
STUDENTS BRING: Their favorite needles, any style in sizes 0 to3, and note-taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Galina A Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs, the History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Scarves, and Gossamer Webs, The Design Collection, has earned the 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 knitting techniques of Russian lace to her classes. Her unique, inspiring, and fun-loving teaching style has made her the guru of lace enthusiast across the US. And as an extra bonus, Galina's classes are an awesome, unforgettable cultural experience.
Perfecting Your Plying
Judie Overbeek 15 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus Materials Fee: $12 – includes all fiber for spinning in class and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the basics of plying with plenty of time for practice. You'll work on 2-ply yarns, uneven plies, 3-ply yarns, and 4 strand cabled yarns. See what a difference good plying can make for your final project.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: An important topic for the beginning to intermediate spinner who wants more flexibility in their yarn choices.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you are familiar with in GOOD working order, 3/4 usable bobbins, tensioned lazy-kate, notebook and pencil, wheel maintenance kit (could include lubricant, spare drive band, screwdriver, and cloth).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Diameter Control on Friday morning's listing for bio.
Rigid Heddle Weaving: Using Two Heddles for Twice the Fun - Full as of 04/16/22
Diane McKinnon 8 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus Materials Fee: $15 – includes all warp yarns and weft yarns, use of extra weaving equipment and tools during class and a detailed handout
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to expand the weaving capabilities of your rigid heddle loom by using 2 heddles to hold the warp. By using two heddles you can weave with finer yearns for a finer fabric, create simple patterns, weave a 1/3 twill, or thread different warp densities. You can even tackle double weave for interesting fabrics that can be used for everything from storm worthy coat fabric to gossamer curtain panels. This class is designed to teach how to do more advance weaving techniques on a Rigid Heddle loom. We will explore weave structures that are possible with two rigid heddles. You will leave the class with a completed sampler and the ability to use your Rigid Heddle loom on your own, to use two heddles simultaneously to produce finer cloth, and to weave a variety of advanced weave structures such as twill, basket weave, and double weave using two heddles at a time on your rigid heddle loom.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Experience warping a rigid heddle loom and doing beginning weaving on either a rigid heddle loom or a table loom. Loom must be assembled prior to class so class time is focused on weaving and learning new techniques.
STUDENTS BRING: An ASSEMBLED and ready to weave on Rigid Heddle loom with the capability of using two rigid heddles of the same size simultaneously. Loom will be warped in class with yarns provided as part of the materials. At least two shuttles, pick up stick, scissors, and tape measure, pen/pencil. If you have any questions, please contact me to discuss it.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Stained Glass Shawl
Patti Barker 20 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus Materials Fee: $75 – provides four yards hand-painted silk gauze Merino wool, and printed instructions
CLASS DESCRIPTION: If you enjoy puzzles, you will love this class. Participants deconstruct, or cut up rainbow dyed silk gauze, then piece it together using mosaic, Nuno felt techniques. Enjoy creating something warm and soft, inspired by something hard and cold. Patti is an Excellence in Fiber award winner Fiber Art Now 2017.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience required
STUDENTS BRING: One 3' x 9' rubber rug mat (be sure to get the ones with small holes); one-gallon garden sprayer, sharp full sized scissors; four table risers (optional), at least two old towels, and wear comfy shoes.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Textural Nuno Sampler in Friday's all-day listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Anything But Batts
Henry and Roy Clemes 16 students
Saturday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $20 – includes use of a carder, all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We all like big batts, but is that really all a drum carder is good for? Of course not! In this class, we will roll rolags and remove carded sliver (roving) from a drum carder. Students will discover which tools to use – and more importantly the techniques behind them – when using a drum carder for preparing fiber in a manner other than a batt. All carding and blending will be done on our Elite Series Drum Carders with each student using their own electric carder.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate. While no drum carding expe-rience is required for this class, the amount of carding that takes place during the class may be a challenge for someone that has never carded before. Some drum carding experience or having taken our ‘Exploring the Drum Carder' or ‘Drum Carding 101' class is preferred.
STUDENTS BRING: None – but should bring an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Breed Sampler: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Colorwork the Easy Way: Mosaic Knitting and Garter Slip Stitch
Harry Wells 20 students
Saturday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $5 – includes printed materials and color pattern
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Slip-stitch knits can boast amazing colorwork without the hassle of stranding or working with multiple colors in a row! Stunning results such as intricate mosaic designs, textural colorwork like houndstooth, and more are in your future. Along with the basic techniques, learn to predict when combinations of variegated and solids color yarn work together and when they will not, and how charts are written and read differently for mosaic knitting. Practical tips about navigating the technique and advice regarding the best uses for mosaic knitting are included. Once you learn the technique, and as time permits, you will begin a hat or a scarf (your choice) designed by the instructor, or uses the reference books to chart your own mosaic pattern onto a scarf. Also covered are examples of adding slip stitch to basic garter and progressively adding one, two, and three colors to achieve stunning colorwork results with so little effort!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able to cast on (basic long tail cast on is preferable) and work knit, purl, K2, tog, and SSK stitches without assistance. Homework: After learning the technique on a swatch in class, you will have the option of working a different motif on a second swatch; starting a scarf (pattern will be provided in class) or working on a hat (pattern will be provided in class). HAT HOMEWORK: – This is homework for a Mosaic Hat pattern by instructor. With main color (MC=darker of the 2 colors), using a 16" circular needle in size 6, cast on 96 stitches, join the round, and place marker at beginning of round. Work in 1 x 1 rib for 2". Leave stitches on needles with MC yarn attached. SCARF HOMEWORK: If you are choosing to work on the scarf in the second part of class, bring size 6 or 7 straight needles, worsted yarn (2 colors – highly contrasting MC and CC) 100 gram each.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Short Row Magic! – Baby Hat in Friday's morning listing for bio.
Cancelled - Felted Buttons of Many Colors
Loyce Ericson 17 students
Saturday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $20 – includes lots of wool and felting tools
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this wet felting class students will learn to create unique buttons using a wide array of techniques. We will wrap wool around plastic buttons, sticks, beach glass, or broken pottery. We will create colored layered wool logs then cut them to show off the different colors. We will create laminated fabric collages and install them on metal button bases.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginning to experienced felter.
STUDENTS BRING: Clothes that can get wet, a couple of old towels, a pair of sharp scissors and a plastic grocery bag to take home wet samples. Be aware that wet felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires upper body strength/health.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Advanced Felting Textures – Inclusions in Friday's morning listing for bio.
Frac That!: Fractal Spinning Fun - Full as of 04/16/22
Linda Hansen 10 students
Saturday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $40 – includes all fiber used in class and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you wondered what fractal spinning is all about? This class will get you started in spinning fractal yarn using gradient dyed top/roving as well as selected color bars of top/roving. We will spin 2 ply 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
STUDENTS BRING: A well-functioning spinning wheel you are famil-iar with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See The Americans in Sunday's morning listing for bio.
Let's Do the Twist
Ruth Northrop 10 students
Saturday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $10 – includes all fiber to be used in class, use of a spindle, handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class you'll learn the basics of spinning wool into yarn using a hand spindle, including how much twist is necessary to hold the fibers together. Because we'll explore this ancient craft on hand spindles and in short steps, you will have success before you leave class. This class is the place to discover whether or not you like spinning.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: themselves
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Ruth has been spinning for 20 years and her yarns have won several awards. She uses her experience as a first grade teacher to make spinning fun and easy to learn. Ruth has taught at The Black Sheep Gathering, Taos Wool Festival, regarding the best uses for mosaic knitting are included with the basic technique, and OFFF. Ruth lives in So California with a wonderful husband and a calico cat named Chloe.
Viking Knit 4 Petal Bracelet
Teresa Waldo 15 students
Saturday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $12 – Instructor will provide handouts with photos, dowel, silver plated wire, findings and charm.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Come learn the age-old technique of Viking knitting and walk away with your own finished charm bracelet. Viking knitting is done by looping wire around a dowel and then pulling the wire tube that is created through a draw plate to condense the tube down to the desired thinness. The finished piece resembles the look of knitting. In this class we will explore a brief history of the craft, the tools needed, and the many possibilities of creating beautiful jewelry with this fun technique. Then we will get down to business making a single knit bracelet with a charm attached.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: No advanced preparation required. Please bring wire cutters, round nosed pliers, and needle nosed pliers if you have them – instructor will have some to share during class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Supported Spindle Spinning in Friday's morning listing for bio.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, MORNING CLASSES

Bountiful Beasts: Spinning Yak
Judith MacKenzie 16 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $15 – includes yak, dyed yak, yak wool blend, yak silk blend
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Yaks have a mysterious past and a very long history. Of all the animals we have domesticated, yaks are one of the oldest, their partnership with us going back to the Stone Age some 10,000 years ago. Yaks have beautiful fiber, and luckily for us, it has recently become available for handspinners. In this class, we'll spin pure yak down fibers, prepared top, and some beautiful blends, dyed and undyed.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts – even the ones you don't use. Bring enough bobbins that you can three ply and a lazy-kate.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judith MacKenzie has been spinning, and weaving most of her life. Her traditional training expanded with world travel, deep research and industry consultation. Judith writes and teaches extensively and is the author of three bestselling books and many videos.
Captivating Cotton with a Turkish Spindle
Wanda Jenkins 12 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $5 – includes Organic USA grown cotton sliver, Organic punis, and ginned Louisiana brown cotton
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Yes, you can spin cotton on a suspended cross-arm spindle! Do you dream of knitting or weaving a summer shirt with your handspun cotton? This class is for you! We will cover twist, drafting, and drawing out the short fibers of sliver to success-fully spin cotton without the need for a supported spindle. Rounding out your experience spinning with cotton, we'll explore, we'll explore playing with Wanda's method of "Stranded Spinning".
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to easily spin fine lace-weight wool yarn with a spindle.
STUDENTS BRING: Bring a Turkish spindle if you have one or borrow from the ones that will be available for using in class. Hand cards if you have them
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Wanda has played with yarn and threads since childhood. Starting with embroidery, then learning crochet and weaving when she was fourteen. Spinning took her by storm in 2005 when her husband Ed began making Turkish spindles. Reluctant to pursue other fiber arts, she unexpectedly fell in love with spinning. Wanda enjoys helping spinners discover those "ah-ha" moments with various fibers and techniques.
Entrelac Basics
JC Briar 20 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Materials Fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Entrelac fabric looks like strips of knitting woven over and under each other, but it's really formed of individu-ally-knit diamonds. No sewing is required: you join the diamonds together as you knit them. In this class you will learn to form the basic units of Entrelac: base triangles, side triangles, left-and-right leaning diamonds, and top triangles. You'll also pick up tricks like knitting backwards, and methods for sizing and shaping Entrelac fabric.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Basic knitting experience.
STUDENTS BRING: Smooth, light colored worsted-weight yarn in two or more colors, needles of a size appropriate for your yarn. Homework: None.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Patterned Brioche in Friday's morning listing for bio.
Felted Sheep – Basic 3D Needle Felting
Miranda Rommel 14 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
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 about different felting tools/materials and will learn hands on how to needle-felt a firm core, attach basic legs and head, work with color, and use different techniques for creating texture and pattern on your project: an adorable tiny sheep. This is a very fun class!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary. This class is suitable for students with zero to beginning needle-felting experi-ence.
STUDENTS BRING: Students may wish to bring their favorite felting tools or to bring a small amount of CLEAN wool/fiber from their own animals or stash.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Miranda Rommel is an artist and homesteader living in rural Kings Valley, Oregon. An illustrator by training and a hand spinner for recreation, Miranda took up needle felting in 2012. Soon after and thanks to inspiration by her Corgi Pocket - her business "Fiber Friends" was born. Miranda now felts full time, creating beautiful pet sculptures for her clients all over the world and she loves teaching her craft to people of all levels.
Floating Cables
M.K. Nance 15 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $6 – includes handouts and pattern for a cup cozy and a coaster
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take your cables up a notch by integrating them with slip stitches (related to mosaic knitting). You'll leave this class with a start of a cup cozy, a coaster, two colored long tail cast on, and floating cables over garter stitch.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner
STUDENTS BRING: Fingering weight yarn in contrasting colors (about 15 grams of each, needles for small diameter knitting and flat knitting (US 2-4), and a cable needle.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Nance has been knitting for over 25 years and designing the last seven years. She has published over 90 patterns and has been included in "Twist Collective," "Knitty," and "Sweet Georgia." In 2019 she taught at the New York Sheep and Wool show in Rhinebeck, New York.
Intro to Blending Boards
Henry and Roy Clemes 16 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $20 – includes all fiber carded during class and use of blending boards and other equipment
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In 2011 Gwen Powell approached Henry and Roy to create a new tool that eventually became the wildly popular Blending Board. In this class you will learn basic techniques and use of a blending board from one of its designers. The class will not only demonstrate the versatility of the blending board – blending fibers of various types, lengths, and colors – but also the strength of the blending board – quickly preparing fibers in rolags for woolen spinning. All carding and blending will be done on Clemes and Clemes Blending Boards with each student getting to use their own boards. All materials, boards, and tools will be provided by instruc-tors.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginner – no blending board experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: None – but should bring an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Breed Sampler: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Spinning A Beehive Coil
Allison Harding 10 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $20 – includes beautiful hand dyed wool and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the technique that won Best in Show 2016! Allison will teach you the hows and whys of spinning the components and how to ply a stable coiled beehive yarn. You will also learn about fiber choices, finishing technique, and ideas for usage.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to spin a single and 2-ply yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel with a large orifice (you do not need a bulky spinner but your beehive size needs to fit through the orifice of your wheel), 3 bobbins, lazy-kate, niddy-noddy, and any tools needed for your wheel (oil, orifice hook, drive band material, and etc).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Dye Your Own Fiber in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Spinning the Orenburg Way
Galina Khmeleva 15 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $5 – includes fiber; Russian spindles and bowls will be provided for use during class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Come join renowned ace knitting and hand spinning instructor Galina Khneleva as she introduces you to the magical hand spinning techniques of Russian spinners that ulti-mately result in the creation of the most luxurious shawls and scarves found in the knitting universe. In this workshop, the emphasis will be on the spinning of luxury fibers, i.e. cashmere, qiviut, pygoras, buffalo down, etc. … and the significance of gauging the proper thickness and length of these fibers, while learning the more eco-nomical use of these fibers, helping you conserve precious yardage.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Should be able to spin a consistent yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: note taking materials and a small kitchen towel
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Fundamentals of Orenburg Lace in Saturday's listing for bio.
The Americans
Linda Hansen 10 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $30 – includes all fiber used in class and handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Of the thousands of sheep breeds throughout the world, there are less than a dozen that have been developed in the United States since colonial times. We'll learn about these amazing sheep breeds, their fascinating history, and you will spin their wool.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels welcome.
STUDENTS BRING: A well functioning spinning wheel you are familiar with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Besides managing her small sheep farm and being a partner with The Bellwether Wool Co., Linda brings her teaching skills and experience as a livestock and wool judge to sharing her passion for the fiber arts. Linda has taught spinning and music privately and in workshops.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Felted Hat with 3D Elements - CANCELLED
Baya Batomunkueva

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Advanced Pick-up Inkle Weaving
Leslie Verts Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $10 – handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Students will learn the pick-up technique of pattern design in inkle weaving.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Need functioning inkle loom and shuttle; need 3 colors (white with a dark color {black, and dark brown, blue, red, or purple} and a bright contrast color) of 5/2 cotton thread; need 15 heddles.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Leslie has been inkle weaving since 2003 and is the leader of the Eugene Weaving Guild Inkle Group.
Beginning Pin Loom Weaving
Hazel Spencer 10 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Materials Fee: $20 – All yarn used for class. A 4" square Multi-loom and weaving needle will be supplied for use during the class. These will also be available to purchase at the class or in my booth.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Basic weaving on a 4" square pin loom. Students will learn to warp and weave a plain square, one with a design, and one with an all over pattern stitch, then assemble them into a useful little needle book. Skills Level Required: none
STUDENTS BRING: You can bring a 4" pin loom or use a class loom. Also bring scissors, needle threader, notebook and pen/pencil. Yarn can be sport weight – this is if you want to bring your own colors etc.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Hazel Spencer and her husband Randy are the owners of the Hazel Rose 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.
Beginning Rug Hooking
Judy Taylor 22 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $35 – Includes kit (T-shirt strips and yarn, pattern on burlap, instructions), and a hook.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class students will be introduced to the age-old craft of rug hooking. Everything from how to hook, how to create your own designs, how to use up leftovers in a new way, how to clean and care for hooked rugs and much more, will be covered.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience required.
STUDENTS BRING: Should wear long pants as you will be wrapping the backing around your legs; scissors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judy Taylor has been hooking rugs and teaching hooking rugs for nigh onto 30 years. Her five books on the subject have won the eLit Book Awards, Chantacleer book awards, and Forward Indies book awards. Judy's articles have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine, Spin-Off, and others. Her website is www.littlehouserugs.com.
Bountiful Sheep: Bluefaced Leicester - Full as of 04/04/2022
Judith MacKenzie 18 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $15 – includes all fibers used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: These sheep are a relatively new sheep to North America but have rapidly become popular with handspinners. Fondly called BFL's, these sheep have lovely fleeces, primarily white but often shades of grey, brown and black. BFL's are classed as a long wool, their fleeces are both silky and buoyant, an unusual fleece combination. Their fleeces are a joy to spin and they accept dye beautifully. In this class we'll look at the wide range of yarns that can be spun from these fleeces. We'll work with both fleeces and prepared fiber. We'll also use samples of dyed BFL.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must be able to spin a continuous yarn
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts – even the ones you don't use, extra bobbins, a ball winder and a swift if you have them, niddy-noddy, lazy-kate, hand cards and combs (mini and regular if you have them), flicker, or dog brush.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: see Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Yak in Sunday's morning listing for bio.
Design Your Own Shawl
M K Nance 20 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $6 – includes template on various sized of paper, and a handout with how to design information
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to design your own wedge shawl from both the bottom up and the top down. Play with cable and lace on paper. You'll have a new pattern which you could cast on that day.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginner – must be able to read charts.
STUDENTS BRING: Pencils, colored pencils, and/or markers. Stitch dictionary optional.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Floating Cables in Sunday's morning listing for bio.
Loving Your Lace Edgings
JC Briar 20 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Adding a lace edging is a sweet way of topping off shawls, scarves, socks, or any other kind of project! In this class you will learn where to find edging patterns, how you can use them, and how you can customize them. You will pick up tips for working tricky stitches – such as yarn overs at the beginning of a row – and for blocking. We'll go over multiple options for attaching edgings, and you'll have the chance to practice on a sampler piece.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Experience knitting lace is required; experi-ence reading charts is helpful but not required.
STUDENTS BRING: Fingering, DK weight, or laceweight yarn (do not select laceweight if you have never used it before!); needles of a size appropriate for your yarn. Homework: None.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Patterned Brioche in Friday's morning listing for bio.
Russian Style Continental Knitting
Galina Khmeleva 15 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
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, lace knitter extraordinaire, teach you this subtle Russian variation of the classic continental knitting methods. It is fast, it is easy and oh so forgiving on your wrists! You will wonder why you waited so long to switch!
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Fundamentals of Orenburg Lace in Saturday's all-day listing for bio.
Short Steps to Long Draw
Ruth Northrop 14 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $10 – includes all fiber to be used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Does your wool run away with you when you try to spin soft and fluffy yarn? While the long draw method of drafting is traditionally used to spin these types of yarn, it can be tricky. In this class we will break down the skill of long draw into simple steps that really are easy to learn. We'll progress from one step to the next, until you can spin an airy yarn that won't fall apart.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin singles.
STUDENTS BRING: A wheel in good working order that you are comfortable with, 3 empty bobbins, ball winder if you have one.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Let's do the Twist in Sunday's morning listing for bio.

SHEEP SHOW

Judge: Jacob Reister
Reister Farms
Washougal, Washington

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

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

Judge: Bonnie Pember Naumann
Bandera, Texas

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

FLEECE SHOW

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

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

FIBER ARTS AND YARN SHOW

Judge: Melissa Harris
Lake City California

She has been involved in fiber arts for 35+ years. She learned to knit from her Welsh Grandmother and later became interested in spinning and dyeing in the late 1970s. Read More.