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

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.

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.