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
    ALL-DAY
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle – Diane McKinnon
  • Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist – Shelia January
  • Dye Your Own Fiber – Allison Harding
  • Exploring the Drum Carder – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

SATURDAY, JULY 6, MORNING CLASSES

Black Sheep Gathering: Fleece in Your Hands
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber samples and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: The Black Sheep Gathering is well known for having a truly wonderful fleece show. And fleeces, being pretty well irresistible, have a way, just like puppies, of following you home. In this class we'll talk about how to buy a fleece – what to look for and what to look out for and what to do with it when you get home. We'll talk about storing your fleeces safely and how to deal with insects and mice. We'll look at pros and cons of different methods of washing. We'll look at the different methods of spinning and how to bring out your fleeces best characteristics.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: Bring any fleeces you have questions about. Bring your wheel and all its parts – if you have a wooly winder, bring the regular flyer. Bring at least 4 bobbins and a lazy Kate.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Using Your Stash in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Felted Sheep – Basic Sculptural Needle Felting
Miranda Rommel14 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes a handout, all wool to be used in class, 2 needles and felting foam to keep.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is The Black SHEEP Gathering – so let's felt a sheep! This class is great for the beginning needle felter. Students will learn about different felting tools/materials, how to needle-felt a firm core, attach basic legs and head, work with color, and use different techniques for creating texture and pattern on your project: an adorable tiny sheep. This is a very fun class!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary. This class is suitable for students with zero to beginning needle-felting experience.
STUDENTS BRING: Optional to bring a small amount of CLEAN wool /fiber from their own animals.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Miranda Rommel is an artist and homesteader living in rural Kings Valley, Oregon. An illustrator by training and a hand spinner for recreation, Miranda took up needle felting in 2012. Soon after and thanks to inspiration by her Corgi Pocket, her business "Fiber Friends" was born. Miranda now felts full time, creating beautiful pet sculptures for her clients all over the world. She loves teaching her craft to people with all levels of experience.
Plying With Confidence
Shelia January15 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes additional fiber and singles-spun yarn to be used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Plying is almost an afterthought to spinning, but it can be the thing that makes finished yarn look great and behave just as you planned for your project. In this workshop we will examine different methods of plying and practice them, including traditional plying from a lazy-kate (2- and 3-ply), chain plying, plying from both ends of a ball and "Andean" plying. We'll also use thread to ply, making a bulky or thick-and-thin single without adding more bulk.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Advanced beginner to intermediate, must be able to spin a consistent singles yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel in working order. If you have a Woolee Winder, please bring your standard flyer as well; at least 4 bobbins – including 2 bobbins with at least 1 ounce of singles on each; a lazy kate that holds up to 3 bobbins, a spool of sewing thread in a dark or bright color if you have it – some will be available for use in class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Shaping with Short Rows
Harry Wells18 Students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $3 – handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Shape a collar or a shoulder slope, make a toe or heel, work an inset sleeve cap within an armhole (an easy way to work an inset sleeve downward), or knit a hat on straight needles, achieving a rounded shape by building the entire circumference with short rows and no seaming. This is a versatile technique! You will learn two ways of doing short rows and also knit some swatches. Then we will explore several applications of short rows – sock heels, shoulder shaping, and inset sleeve cap with short rows.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Participants should be able to accomplish long tail cast on, knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, without supervision.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn in light or medium color (no dark colors). Same color in which you did your homework is best, but not necessary. Size 7 straight needles (or 24" circular) and DPN's, small scissors, locking stitch markers and waste yarn.
HOMEWORK: Using the yarn listed above, complete following swatches:
SWATCH 1: CO 28 sts. (swatch for practicing short row techniques) Work 6 garter stitch rows (3 ridges), then 2 rows of stockinette stitch
Place sts on waste yarn or stitch holder with a 15 yard tail (rolled into a ball) for use as working yarn.
SWATCH 2: (Swatch will be for a miniature sweater upper back.)
CO 46 sts
. Work 16 rows in st. st.
Next row (RS): BO 2 sts, knit to end of row. 44 sts
Next row: BO 2 sts, purl to end of row. 42 sts
Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last three sts, K2tog, k1. 40 sts
Dec row: P1, P2tog, purl to last three sts, ssp, p1. 38 sts
Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last three sts, K2tog, k1. 36 sts
Next row: Purl
Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last three sts, K2tog, k1 34 sts
Work even (in stockinette stitch) for 16 more rows, ending with RS.
Place live sts on stitch holder or waste yarn. Leave a tail of 6 yards as your working yarn for swatch.
SWATCH 3: (miniature sweater front #1)
CO 18 sts
Work 16 rows in stockinette stitch (ending with WS).
Next row (RS): BO 2, knit to end. 16 sts
Next row: Purl to last three sts, ssp, p1. 15 sts
Dec row (RS): K1, SSK, knit to end. 14 sts
Next row: Purl
Dec row (RS): K1, SSK, knit to end. 13 sts
Next row: Purl
Dec row (RS): K1, SSK, knit to end. 12 sts
Work even (in stockinette st) for 18 more rows, ending with RS row.
Place live sts on stitch holder or waste yarn. Leave a tail of 2 ½ yards as your working yarn for swatch.
SWATCH 4: (miniature sweater front #2)
CO 18 sts
Work 15 rows in stockinette st. (ending with RS)
Next row (WS): BO 2, purl to end. 16 sts
Dec row (RS): Knit to last three sts, K2 tog, k1. 15 sts
Dec row (WS): P1, p2 tog, purl to end. 14 sts
Dec row (RS): Knit to last three sts, K2 tog, k1. 13 sts
Next row: Purl
Dec row (RS): Knit to last three sts, K2 tog, k1. 12 sts
Work even for 19 more rows, ending with WS row.
Place live sts on stitch holder or waste yarn. Leave a tail of 2 ½ yards as your working yarn for swatch.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Mosaic Knitting: Colorwork the Easy Way in Friday morning's class listing for bio.
SpinPossible: Tweed Yarns with Silk Inclusions
Michael Kelson15 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Tweed yarns are great fun to spin! Tweed yarns typically have inclusions which add color or textural elements to a plied yarn, and a great way to add a tweedy effect to your yarn is to add silk! This class will explore getting tweed-like effects using various preparations of silk, including silk top, silk hankies and silk noil in both preparation and ply. The skills you will learn to achieve a tweedy effect include: working with silk hankies to add a tweedy effect to your plied yarns, "frosting" your singles using silk tops, using hand cards to card silk inclusions into your fiber prep. The inclusions we will explore will include sari silk, sari silk thread and silk noil.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must already have a good working relationship with your wheel. Be able to spin a consistent single and have some experience plying and finishing yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, lazy-kate. Bring any tools you might like to use (handcards, mini-combs, etc) and any fiber you would like to practice with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Michael Kelson is the coordinator of the annual "Men's Fall Knitting Retreat" and the "Seattle Men Who Knit" meet-up groups. He is passionate about sharing his love for spinning with beginning students. By day Michael is a software professional, but on weekends he's usually out and about with his e-Spinner in tow.

SATURDAY JULY 6, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Color Theory on the Drum Carder: the Color Wheel
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $30 includes use of a carder, all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We all learned in third grade art class that blue and yellow make green, but what if you were to go a step beyond this basic concept and explore the entire rainbow? This is color play for fiber artists! In this class students will learn the theory behind how colors mix and use this knowledge to make their own fiber color wheel, as well as card a gradient batt of complimentary colors. While Henry and Roy know a thing or two about making and using drum carders, they consulted with chemist, and well know indie dyer Kimber Baldwin, of Fiber Optic Yarns, to help them understand the science of color. The result is a class that takes the theory of color blending and applies it to drum carding as never before. All carding and blending will be done on our Elite Series Drum Carders with each student using one of our electric carders. All materials, carders, and tools will be provided by the instructors.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: While no carding experience is required for this class, the amount of carding that takes place during the day may be a challenge for someone that has never carded before. Some drum-carding experience or having taken our "Exploring the Drum Carder" class is preferred.
STUDENTS BRING: Nothing – but an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Exploring the Drum Carder in Friday's allday class listing for bio.
Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 1 of 2
Terry Mattison16 students
Saturday, July 6 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $50 includes dye, dye chemicals, cardstock for samples, and flagging for labeling, wool yarn, color blending cups, Ziploc™ bags and notebook
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Build a dye book you can take home with you. Take the mystery out of the color wheel and free yourself to dye the color you want by learning a simple system of color blending! Using acid dyes and wool yarns, students will create over 100 samples for their own personal dye book (the more students, the more samples!). Along with a wonderful set of samples, each student will have the recipes and know how to recreate each color on their own.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner
STUDENTS BRING: Apron, gloves, regular Sharpie™ pen (no fat or skinny ones), two one-gallon buckets for soaking yarn and washing samples, scissors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Terry Mattison is an avid spinner, weaver, knitter, and dyer who claims dyeing is her first love! She has over 30 years as an industry professional, matching color for clients nationwide. She created and operated Rainbow Farms Pygora, a small fiber business specializing in dyed artisan style batts utilizing locally grown Pygora fiber for 12 years. Recently retired from both her day job and fiber vending, Terry now devotes much of her time creating her own work in her studio in Washington state.
Dye Your Own Yarn
Allison Harding10 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $35 includes three skeins of 420-490 yards of high quality wool/wool blend yarn plus samples of other fiber types, dyes and use of equipment and detailed handouts. Additional fibers will be available for purchase at time of class. Students may bring some of their own CLEAN, undyed yarn to dye if time and space is available.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Design and dye 400+-yard skeins of different wool/wool blend fingering weight yarn! Learn about random, gradient, painted and palindrome versus continuous color repeats. Dye skeins differently or dye to coordinate for a bigger project. Allison will take you through each step from preparing your fibers to finishing the set dye with a little color theory for good measure!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: a love of color and yarn/fiber
STUDENTS BRING: Old clothes or an apron, color inspiration photos and waterproof gloves, (instructor will provide powder free vinyl gloves, please bring your own if you have allergies).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Dye Your Own Fiber in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Felted Ruffled Scarf
Flora Carlile-Kovacs12 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $12 includes four ounces hand-dyed super-fine merino wool.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this project-oriented workshop you will learn how to work with thin and even layers of fine merino wool. You'll learn how to blend the colors and the silk fiber in the wool before felting. You will study and explore how varying the staple directions and the thickness of the layers of wool affects the shrinkage rates and provides us with control in shaping the scarf. Even-edge finishing techniques will also be taught.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: 3' x 3' bubble wrap or rubber rug mat (needs small holes), 3' x 3' cotton sheet (old cloth), sprinkler if you have one to wet the felt, one olive oil soap bar in a container, 2 hand towels, waterproof apron, small bowl for water, notebook, pen/pencil, comfortable shoes
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: The award winner of several wearable art shows, Flora Carlile-Kovacs is a professional felt artist born in Szeged, Hungary, now living and working in Seattle, Washington. In her work she incorporates two bodies of knowledge; the nomadic traditions and the urban, modern style of feltmaking. Coming from the European tradition of craftsmanship and quality, Flora is constantly experimenting with ways to improve not only the visual artistic aspect of her work, but also its physical integrity as a functional object appropriate for everyday use.
Indigo Shibori
Linda Hartshorn15 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 dye ingredients, cotton fabric, silk scarf, workshop notebook with indigo recipe
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Create beautiful blue-patterned fabrics with Shibori and Indigo! Shibori is the Japanese art of stitching, tying and clamping cloth to create dyed patterns. Indigo, the natural blue dye, is wonderful for Shibori dyeing. Prepare cotton and silk fabrics using the Japanese techniques of kumo, itajime, arashi and more. Make an indigo vat and dye your Shibori fabrics. Watch the cloth magically change from green to blue in your hands! Open your fabrics to reveal the dyed patterns.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: open to all
STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or apron, gloves, scissors, spool of heavy hand-sewing thread in white or natural (suggested is Duel Duty Button and Carpet thread), hand-sewing needles, number two pencil, seam ripper, a ball of size 10 crochet cotton or some 10/2 cotton in white or natural. If you can, please also bring a 3-4' long piece of straight rigid white PVC pipe or black ABS pipe (from a hardware store 2-10" in diameter – wider is better). Optional: natural fiber fabric, undyed – to dye as time permits.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Organic Indigo in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Navajo Hand Spinning
Sarah H. Natani and Tahnibaa Naataanii15 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $65 includes washed Navajo Churro wool to work with, carded rolags, Navajo spindle for use during class (this is a rental as part of material fee). Students will listen to Navajo songs relating to weaving and spinning the Navajo way. (Students my purchase spindle they are using for additional $30)
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Students will learn how to spin Navajo Churro wool using the Navajo spindle. Students will learn drafting techniques and get an idea how the "Navajo 3-ply" is done on the Navajo lap spindle Students will also learn how to prepare the wool for hand spinning and how to make Navajo-style pencil roving while hearing the Navajo weaving creation story.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Apron, hand carders (if you have them, not necessary for class)
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Sarah Natani is a nationally acclaimed weaver and instructor. She has taught Navajo weaving to the fiber arts community at her homeland of Table Mesa, New Mexico, throughout the United States and abroad. Her personal weaving history and experiences describe her love as a weaver, sheepherder and grandmother. At 81 years she is very active in weaving and handspinning. Tahnibaa Naataanii is following in her mother's footsteps. She is a well known weaver in her community and participates in juried art shows across the United States.
Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving: Intermediate/Advanced Techniques
Diane McKinnon8 students
Saturday, July 6, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes all yarns for class project, use of extra weaving equipment and tools during class, and detailed handout.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Experience warping a rigid heddle loom and doing beginning weaving on either a rigid heddle loom or a table loom. Students loom must be assembled prior to class so class time is focused on weaving and learning new techniques.
STUDENTS BRING: An ASSEMBLED and ready-to-weave on Rigid Heddle loom. At least 2 shuttles, pick-up stick, scissors, tape measure, pen/pencil. If you have any questions, please contact me to discuss it.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take your Rigid Heddle loom to the next step! Now that you know how to warp your rigid heddle loom and weave a simple scarf, you are ready to move forward and advance your weaving skills using this fun loom. This class is designed to teach more advanced weaving techniques on a Rigid Heddle loom. We will explore advanced weave structures while you weave a sampler that can be used as a purse or decorative pillow. You will warp the loom using proven techniques that reduce tension issues and leave the class with a completed sample and the ability to use your Rigid Heddle loom on your own to weave a variety of advanced weave structures such as basket weave, Turkish or Rya Knots, pick and pick, soumak, tapestry and lace.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JULY 6, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Advanced Twists on Twists: Reversible, Multi-color, Two Colored and Textured Cables
Harry Wells20 students
Saturday, July 6, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $2 – handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: One can spend a knitting lifetime exploring the various lovely twists and turns that make up regular cable combinations. Now add to that mix with reversible cables, intarsia colorwork cables, bi-color cable effects, striped cables and some textural cable effects. If you already know basic cables, take the next step! This class will cover the tips and tricks for creating all these wonderful effects.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Participants should be able to accomplish basic long-tail cast-on and basic stitches such as knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, yo, and know how to knit a basic rope cable.
STUDENTS BRING: Three balls of worsted weight yarn in three different colors. Wool or predominantly wool blend yarn is recommended. Needle in size you normally use for worsted weight yarn. (For most people that means US size 6, 7, or 8). Stitch markers, locking stitch markers, cable needle (straight is preferred rather than a hook type), scissors, basically bring your regular knitting accessory bag.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Mosaic Knitting: Colorwork the Easy Way in Friday morning's class listing for bio.
Beginning Inkle Loom
Barbara diJeannene10 students
Saturday, July 6, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes 10/2 cotton weaving yarns in many colors for a band
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class students will learn to weave simple narrow bands on the Inkle loom. Inkle weaving is portable and easy to learn. Additional design possibilities will be discussed.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: An Inkle loom – if you have one (if you do not have an Inkle loom and/or shuttle, these will be provided for use in class with the option to purchase after class), small stick shuttle, scissors and note-taking supplies.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Barbara started spinning in the early '80s and learned that handspun yarn stacks up quickly. Weaving seemed to use a lot of fine yarns, so a loom appeared and then another. Spinning and weaving have been her focus ever since.
Combing and Carding for Spinning Success
Shelia January15 students
Saturday, July 6, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber to be used on all equipment provided as well as the cards and combs that participants bring to class. The fiber will include fine, medium and long wools, silk and mohair, washed and in natural and dyed colors.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Do you wonder if you need hand cards, combs or both? Do you have hand cards, and/or combs that you wish you knew how to use or want to be more comfortable using? We'll look at the various types of both as well as the types of fibers that work well with the various types of each. We'll also look at color blending on hand cards, a blending board and combs.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able spin a consistent singles yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Hand cards or combs, a limited number will be available for use in class, a spindle or wheel for sampling if time allows.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Shifting Light: Spinning Shade, Tint and Tone
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Saturday, July 6, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes dyed fiber and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class we'll learn how to make shades, tints and tones without a dye pot. Instead we'll learn how to create yarns that move light magically through our work. Along the way, we'll learn some exercises to strengthen our color perception and find ways to deepen our ability to use color to enrich both our knit and woven fabric.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a continuous yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts – even the ones you don't use, extra bobbins, a ball winder and a swift if you have them, niddy-noddy, lazy-kate, hand cards and combs (mini and regular if you have them), flicker, or dog brush.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Using Your Stash in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
SpinPossible: Lofty, Stable Singles
Michael Kelson15 students
Saturday, July 6, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wondered how yarn manufacturers get those stable, balanced, bulky singles that everyone loves to knit? Here is the secret: often those yarns are not really singles. Using a low-twist 2-into-1 technique you can get a stable, balanced yarn that looks and behaves like a single. In this class we will discuss and teach you how to use a binder thread to add stability to your singles for knitting and weaving, how to finish your singles, how to identify fibers and fiber blends appropriate to spinning singles and how to modulate the twist in your singles using multiple passes through your wheel.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must already have a good working relationship with their wheel. Be able to spin a consistent single and have some experience plying and finishing yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, lazy-kate. Bring any tools you might like to use (handcards, mini-combs, etc.) and any fiber you would like to practice with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinpossible: Tweed Yarns with Silk Inclusion in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.

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.