Black Sheep Gathering

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Friday Classes

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

Saturday Classes

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

Sunday Classes

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

Workshop Descriptions

FRIDAY, JULY 5, MORNING CLASSES

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

FRIDAY, JULY 5, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Beginning Rigid Heddle
Diane McKinnon12 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes all yarns for class project, use of extra weaving equipment and tools during class, and detailed handout.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to make the most of the Rigid Heddle Loom! These wonderful looms make it easy to weave just about anywhere and any time. They are a relatively inexpensive way to get into weaving and are lightweight, portable, and practical. They can be used to make everything from everyday hand towels to luxurious shawls for that evening at the opera. This class is designed to teach the soup-to-nuts of weaving on a Rigid Heddle loom. We'll cover how to select yarns and plan a project, how to prepare and calculate a warp, how to thread the loom and how to weave the project. You will leave the class with a completed purse and the ability to use your Rigid Heddle Loom on your own to weave a variety of handwoven projects.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels from beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Rigid Heddle loom that is ASSEMBLED and ready to weave on. If you have any questions, please contact me to discuss it. All extra equipment that came with the loom, shuttle (instructor will bring extras), scissors, tape measure, pen/pencil. NO Harrisville Easy Weaver looms please (I've had some unassembled as well as really poor to completely unusable looms show up in class).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Diane McKinnon is an avid weaver and spinner who especially enjoys seeing her students discover their own potential as they have fun with fibers. Her first loom was a rigid heddle loom. She has a long history of weaving study. She teaches at BSG, NwRSA's annual conference, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival and holds regular fiber classes at her home studio – The Thistle Patch Fiber Studio. She was selected as an Invitational Artist for 2012 at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Diane is an enthusiastic spinner and she uses her collection of looms to weave her special yarns into unique hand-woven items. She especially enjoys sharing the wonders of weaving with beginning weavers.
Dye Your Own Fiber
Allison Harding10 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $35 includes 12 ounces plus more of high quality wool/wool blend fibers and more, dyes and use of equipment and detailed handouts. Additional fibers will be available for purchase at time of class. Students may bring some of their own CLEAN undyed fiber to dye if time and space is available.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Design and dye three different fibers plus 1 ounce samples of things like nylon sparkle for spinning or felting! Learn about random, gradient, painted and palindrome versus continuous color repeats. Dye fibers differently or dye to coordinate for a bigger project. Allison will take you through each step from preparing your fibers to finishing the set dye with a little color theory for good measure!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: a love of color and yarn/fiber
STUDENTS BRING: Old clothes or bring an apron, color inspiration photos, waterproof gloves, (instructor will provide powder free vinyl gloves, please bring your own if you have allergies).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Allison Harding (aka Fleebers) still remembers the pattern for her first knitting project at age 7, an orange acrylic scarf, which launched her into a lifetime love of all fibers. While working as the in-house costume designer for Studio East School for Performing Arts, Allison fell in love with teaching. She is now a published and an award-winning fiber artist who strives to explain not only the how, but the why of everything she does in fun and innovative ways. Allison loves ALL the colors and playing with pointy sticks.
Exploring the Drum Carder
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $35 includes use of a carder, all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Drum carders are a mystery to the average fiber artist: fiber is fed into the carder, ends up on the big drum, and something magical happens in between. In our "Exploring the Drum Carder" class, students begin the day by learning the history of drum carders, how they work and why they function the way they do. The fun goes hands-on for the rest of the day as we delve into the differences of woolen and worsted carding, explore the many tools that make drum carding more efficient and crank out five different batts. The first batt will be hand cranked before switching over to the Electric Drive for the duration of the class. All materials, carders and tools for use will be provided by the instructors.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: Nothing – but an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: A lifelong woodworker and small business owner, Henry has been building fiber equipment for almost 50 years and drum carders for over 40 years. He and his son Roy have introduced many innovations to the fiber community, and their equipment is known for being not only thoughtfully engineered but visually pleasing and durable as well. They regularly consult and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers and professional fiber artists in the use of drum carders for fiber prep.
CANCELLED Frac That! – Fractal Spinning for Fun
Linda Hansen10 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $40 includes handouts and a variety of fibers
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you wondered what fractal spinning is all about? This class will get you started in spinning fractal yarn using gradient dyed top/roving as well as selected color bars of top/roving. We will spin 2- and 3-ply samples of this fun and beautiful yarn. Fractal spinning creates patterns of color and overlaps that translate to a fantastic color stripe and progressively variegated yarn for knit, crochet or weaving.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: intermediate spinner
STUDENTS BRING: A well functioning spinning wheel that you are familiar with
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Besides running her small family sheep farm, and being ½ of The Bellwether Wool Company, Linda Hansen brings her skills as a private music teacher and a livestock and fleece judge to sharing her love of fiber arts. Linda is a weaver, spinner, dyer, felter, knitter, basket weaver and quilter. She teaches spinning both privately and in workshops.
How to Make an Art (Spirit) Doll
Patty Barker20 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $40 provides kits which include 2 felting needles, a pad to felt on, wool, curly locks (many color choices), and bins of fabric choices for clothing. Please take only what you need for your doll. Also provided is a wire hoop for hanging your doll.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Here's an excuse for grown women to play with dolls! Art Dolls are created using sticks as a base, and are meant to be hung on a wall. The first two hours are spent creating the face and head, while learning needle-felt sculpting techniques, and then we add "makeup" and curly locks for hair. It is as much therapy as it is good fun to bring a doll to life! EXPERIENCE LEVEL: no experience required
STUDENTS BRING: The base of this doll is a stick, and the one you bring to class is very important. It can provide attitude or be completely hidden. I have used driftwood and Madrona branches, but my favorite is Douglas Fir. The stick should be approximately 12-14" tall and extra points for Y branches that have "fingers."
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Patti Barker is an award-winning felt-wear designer, teacher and author. She earned a BA degree in studio art, with a concentration in fiber at Western Washington University. All of her wearable art designs are produced with felted seams (no sewing). The fabric and the garment are created simultaneously, using wetfelting techniques. What makes Patti's work unique is that she dyes most all of the elements in her designs and spins complimentary art yarn to use as embellishment. To see more of her work, visit pattibarker.com. Patti lives in the San Juan Islands with her husband Rex and their parrot Baby Huey.
Organic Indigo
Linda Hartshorn12 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes dye, small skein of wool yarn, cotton and silk fabrics for samples and workshop notebook with recipes EXPERIENCE LEVEL: open to all
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Discover the Organic Indigo Vat, a way of Indigo dyeing that uses fruits and other natural substances to dye beautiful blues. Developed by Michel Garcia, this method works faster than fermentation and does not require the use of chemicals. In this class we will create several different vats and dye fabric samples and wool yarns. Learn how to replenish and keep an indigo vat going. Create a mini vat in a jar to take home with you!
STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or apron, gloves, scissors, black Sharpie™ marker, glue stick, a one quart glass mason jar with lid. Optional: one UNDYED skein of natural fiber yarn – 4 ounces maximum, to dye as time permits.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Linda Hartshorn is a weaver and dyer known for unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. Linda weaves and dyes in her home on the redwood coast of northern California, and teaches weaving at the Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka. Linda enjoys leading workshops and brings her positive, fun and supportive teaching style to events all over the country. She is a two-time winner of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award for spinners, weavers and dyers.
Using Your Stash
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Friday, July 5, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $20 includes variety of fibers for blending, variety of colored top, binder threads in silk wool and novelty yarns
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Bring three fibers from your stash (at least 2 ounces each) and we'll design a new yarn and a great project to go with it. You'll learn how fibers are best spun to bring out their natural beauty. You'll also learn how to make a strong and stable yarn that will suit the project you have in mind. We'll look at possible blends that will extend that bit of precious fiber you have been saving and we'll look at creative ways to revive a project that has gone awry. We'll learn how to make a pattern fit the yarn and how to calculate out how many yards you'll need to spin for either a knit or woven project.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a continuous yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Bring three fibers from your stash (at least 2 ounces each). Students should bring their wheel and all its parts – even the ones you've never used, extra bobbins, a ball winder and a swift if you have them, niddy-noddy, lazy-kate, measuring tape, a variety of knitting needles in the range you like to work with. Bring patterns or pictures of projects that interest you. Mini combs, dog brush, or flicker and hand cards if you have them. Bring a notebook and pen.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judith MacKenzie has been spinning and weaving most of her life. Her traditional training expanded with world travel, deep research and industry consultation. Judith writes and teaches extensively and is the author of three bestselling books and many videos.

FRIDAY, JULY 5, AFTERNOON CLASSES

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

SHEEP SHOW

Judge: John Merlau
New Palestine, Indiana

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

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

Judge: Clay Kneese
Harper, Texas

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

FLEECE SHOW

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

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

FIBER ARTS AND YARN SHOW

Judge: Michael Kelson
Seattle, Washington

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