Black Sheep Gathering

List of All Classes &
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Friday Classes

    MORNING
  • Felted Sheep — Basic 3-D Needle Felting
  • Ooh, Shiny! Spinning Silk
    ALL-DAY
  • All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art
  • Aran Mittens: An Exercise in Cabling
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle
  • Beginning Spinning – I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold
  • Exploring the Drum Carder
  • Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace
  • Inspired Spinning
  • Nuno Patchwork Cowl or Scarf
  • Shibori
    AFTERNOON
  • Cancelled Advanced Needle Felting/Troubleshooting
  • Spinning Cotton on a Wheel

Saturday Classes

    MORNING
  • Beginning Spindle Spinning
  • Fat Ones, Skinny Ones – Diameter Control in Spinning
  • How to Setup a Grazing System and Grow Good Pastures
  • Intro to Stranded Colorwork
  • Production Spinning and Plying
    ALL-DAY
  • All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art
  • Cowichan Pullove
  • Creating Complex Color Roving for Designer Yarns
  • Diagonal Double Turn: Card Weaving that Knows All the Angles
  • Organic Indigo: Easy as 1 2 3
  • The "You Asked For It" Felted Vest Class
    AFTERNOON
  • Cables — Lovely Twists and Turns
  • Fancy Shining Threads: Making your Yarn Sparkle
  • Spinning and Blending Camelid
  • Spinning Bumps and Bubbles: The Fabulous Boucles
  • Spinning the Orenburg Way

Sunday Classes

    MORNING
  • Beginning Rug Hooking with Yarn and Fabric
  • Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Shetland
  • Colored Angora Goat Registry Inspection Training
  • Latvian Wristers
  • Shearing on Your Own
  • Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Dye Extracts
  • Spinning for Socks
  • Spinning Plant Fibers with a Turkish Spindle
  • Versatility with Cast-Ons
  • Viking Knitting: Trichinopoly on a Dowel
  • Washing and Dyeing Fleece Off-Grid
    ALL-DAY
  • Blending Board Basics
  • Felted Hats
    AFTERNOON
  • Bountiful Beasts: Spinning Yak
  • Ending Well: A Wealth of Bind-Off Techniques
  • I’ve Bought a Fleece – Now what do I Do with It?
  • Long Draw/Quick Draw on a Spindle
  • New Tradition Needle Felting
  • Painted Skeins and Warps
  • Plying Orenburg Style
  • Steeking with Confidence
  • Success in Plying

Workshop Descriptions

SUNDAY: JUNE 25, MORNING CLASSES

Beginning Rug-Hooking with Yarn and Fabric
Judy Taylor25 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus material fee: $50 includes a kit and rug hook
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: a pair of scissors, and wear long pants (you will be wrapping burlap around your legs)
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This beginning rug-hooking class will have a focus on hooking with both yarn and fabric strips. Both are traditional, but they involve different techniques, so each student will be provided with a kit and a hook, which is designed to build their skills. The class will also include a history of the craft, the best materials to use for rug hooking, and care, cleaning, and repair of hand hooked rugs, as well as how to design your own unique creations.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judy Taylor has been teaching rug-hooking for more than 20 years. She has written 3 books on the subject, two of which won the eLit Book Awards. Judy is also a shepherd, spinner, knitter, crocheter and felter, so she knows all about '"stash", how we collect and care for it, feed it and feel guilty that we do not play with it enough. Judy has always found rug- hooking easy to learn and a great way to use up leftover yarns from other projects.
Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Shetland
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes all fibers used in class
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts — even the ones you don't use, a ball winder, a swift if you have one, a niddy-noddy, hand cards (cotton ones if you have them) and combs if you have them.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Shetland sheep are an ancient breed that has been producing beautiful fiber for handspinners for centuries. These sheep have provided fleece for everything from incredibly fine lace shawls to strong and enduring sails for ships. Their beautiful fleeces come in an amazing range of colors. We will learn how to spin the whole variety of types of fibers, learn how to sort and how — and when — to de-hair. We'll make a lace yarn, some warm and robust sweater yarns and spin a bit of the hair coat for cords. Along the way, we will learn about where these sheep came from and the culture that produced them.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judith MacKenzie has spun, woven and knit for many years. Her love of textiles has led her to many places, including Peru and Turkey. She has taught throughout North America and Europe. Judith is a frequent contributor to Spin•Off, Handwoven, Piecework and Interweave Knits. She has 10 DVDs and has published three books on spinning: Teach Your Self Handspinning, The Intentional Spinner and Rare Luxury Fibers. She lives happily ever after on the wild northwest coast of America.
Colored Angora Goat Registry Inspection Training
Sharon Chestnutt20 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-1pm
COST: $65 ($75 for trainers) plus Inspection Manual fee: $20
CONTACT: CAGBA for manual or pick up in class.
SKILLS REQUIRED: Those wishing to become Trainers must have taken the Registry Inspector Class previously. There is an extra fee for Trainers. This class will be held in the Angora Goat Barn Show Ring.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Sharon Chestnutt leads this training workshop specially structured for those interested in becoming Registry Inspectors or Inspector Trainers. This workshop includes both classroom and hands-on practice. During the class time, participants will discuss the registry standard and inspection process in depth and then complete the class with actual inspections. Participants must have a copy of the CAGBA Inspection Manual or purchase one at the class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Sharon is the owner of Cloudspun Angoras, a herd that has produced many white and natural colored Champions. She was the founder of the Colored Angora Goat Record which grew to become the Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association. Sharon developed the initial Registry Inspection program and is the author of several editions of the "Inspector Training Manual." She is also the author of the newly published book, Raising Angora Goats for Beautiful Mohair.
Latvian Wristers
Beth Brown-Reinsel24 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $1 for a 12-page handout
SKILLS REQUIRED: Intermediate knitter: must be comfortable using DPN's, Magic Loop, or 2 circular needles and reading charts.
STUDENTS BRING: 1 oz each of 4 colors of solid, smooth textured sports weight wool yarn. Space-dyed yarns, heathered yarns and fuzzy yarns will obscure the patterns and are NOT recommended. One set of US4 (3.5mm) short double-pointed needles. (If you prefer you may use the Magic Loop or 2 circular needles.) Notions: stitch markers, stitch holders, scissors, tapestry needle and sticky notes or magnetic board to keep place on charts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION:Using wristers as a template, some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class. Knit one of a pair of wristers to learn the following techniques, which will be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops, or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the wrister, as well as a picot edge at the end. Additional techniques to be discussed include yarn dominance, knitting with 2 yarns in the right hand, 2 yarns in the left hand or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with 3 colors and setting up the knitting for color changes in the braids.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Aran Mittens: An Exercise in Cables in Friday's all-day listing.
Shearing on Your Own
Susie Wilson30 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-1pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $10 includes handouts, a sheep to shear, and use of all equipment
CLASS DESCRIPTION:This is one of the most popular, ongoing classes (since1994) at BSG and is for the beginning shearer. Susie guides you through the intricacies and practical applica- tions of shearing your own animals. Anyone with no experience can soon learn to shear a sheep, goat, or llama after taking this class. You'll learn techniques and shearing patterns using both hand and electric clippers. Susie advises taking this class before buying any clippers (electric or hand clippers).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Susie and her husband, Dan, own SuDan Farm in Canby, Oregon. She is a shepherd, shearer, fiber artist and enthusiastic lamb and wool promoter. Susie and Dan are experienced direct marketers of wholesale/retail USDA lamb, wool products galore and their Border Leicester, Coopworth and Gotland breeding stock throughout the US and Canada.
Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Dye Extracts
Linda Hartshorn12 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes 2 silk scarves, dyes, stamps and brushes, workshop notebook
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: open to all
STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or apron, gloves, scissors, 2 plastic bags for wet projects, black Sharpie™ marker.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Handpaint and embellish two silk scarves with brilliant colors from plants, minerals, and insects! Discover how to use natural dyes for surface design in a fun, hands-on workshop. We will make natural paint dyes from extracts and thicken them for stamping designs onto fabric. Take the scarves home to rinse out after they have cured.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Organic Indigo: Easy as 123 in Saturday's all-day listing.
Spinning for Socks
Janel Laidman24 Students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes all fiber for class
SKILL LEVEL: must be able to spin a continuous thread
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel, lazy-kate, extra bobbins. This workshop is not geared toward spindle spinners.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Socks are hard wearing garments that benefit from durable yarns. Explore the best fibers, blends and yarn structures to make these wonderful foot coverings, while at the same time learning how to get handsome color effects from that handpainted roving in your stash. Topics we will explore include superwash, blends, carry along thread, twist, plies and, of course, color!
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Intro to Stranded Colorwork in Saturday's listing.
Spinning Plant Fibers with a Turkish Spindle
Wanda Jenkins14 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus material fee: $8 includes cotton, flax/linen, hemp, and ramie fiber
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED:Intermediate & up – must be able to spin fine lace weight yarn
STUDENTS BRING: Turkish spindle if you have one; there will also be spindles available in class for students to use. Also bring a small container for holding water such as a cottage cheese carton.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Handspindles have been used throughout history to spin plant fibers. We will explore spinning cotton, flax/linen, hemp, & ramie using a Turkish spindle. The class will briefly cover chain-plying as you spin, drafting 'round the bend, & the long draw on a spindle.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Wanda has enjoyed playing with yarn and string since childhood but didn't '"cotton" to spinning with top whorl spindles. When a Turkish spindle was placed in her hands about a decade ago, the spinning concept '"clicked" and now Wanda is enamored with spinning all kinds of fiber on her spindles in all sorts of places.
Versatility with Cast-Ons
Harry Wells15 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-12 pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $3 for handouts
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able to cast on with basic long-tail cast-on, knit and purl without assistance.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight wool/wool blend yarn in 2 colors. Size 7 straight needles preferred, but 24" circular acceptable. Size 7 double points, a straight needle size 3, 4, or 5, waste yarn (DK or worsted weight), a crochet hook size G or H, small scissors.
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 a stretchy cast-on, others need a cast-on that allows knitting in 2 directions, and some gain sophistication and Pizzazz by having a decorative edge. This class will teach you a variety of cast-ons, including German Twisted, Rib, Provisional, Channel Island, Tubular, Braided 2-color, I-cord, Picot, Frilled, Rolled Edge and Judy's Magic Cast-on.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Cables — Lovely Twists and Turns in Saturday's afternoon listing.
Viking Knitting: Trichinopoly on a Dowel
Marilyn Romatka24 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-1pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $16 includes working dowel, all wire, end caps, all findings, access to draw plate, extensive handout
STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: wire snips, jewelry pliers — flat nosed and needle nose (round tips)
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Also called "Viking Chain Netting" and "Viking Weaving", this jewelry technique is done with neither knitting needles nor a loom, but instead, with thin wire on a stick! Examples of these chains have been found in various archeologi- cal sites in Scandinavia dating back to the 8th Century A.D. This technique can be used to make bracelets, necklaces or earrings. The chain looks exquisite and complicated, but the process is simple and straightforward. This is a great portable handcraft you can do on the bus or train. Photos can be seen at www.taprootfolkarts.com
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Diagonal Double Turn: Card Weaving that Knows All the Angles in Saturday's all-day listing.
Washing and Dyeing Fleece Off-Grid
Jennifer Green15 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-1pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class, handouts
SKILL LEVEL: basic spinning skills required
STUDENTS BRING: spinning wheel and your determination
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We will learn tips and tricks for washing and dyeing wool fleeces in off-grid situations. Topics covered will include: getting the most from the water you hauled by hand, why cold soaking is beneficial, using propane and wood heat, fermented suint method, and being kind to your body. We will wash and dye some wool fleece using the methods mentioned above. Students will take home samples of the work they complete.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinning Cotton on a Wheel in Friday's afternoon listing.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Blending Board Basics
Gwen Powell20 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes wool top and numerous other fibers; may include mohair, sparkles, cotton, silk, cashmere or similar substitutions and use of a Clemes and Clemes Blending Board
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginner to intermediate — no experience is necessary, but class is designed for beginners.
STUDENTS BRING: Flick or hand cards if you have them, scissors, bags for fiber and finished items, pencil/pen and paper for note-taking. If you have a blending board — please bring it, though there will be enough Clemes and Clemes boards for each student. Pieces of 18" wide by minimum18" (but can be larger) scrap fabric for finished preparation storage.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Want to repeat design elements in your yarn? Do you want to blend long and short fibers together? With the reincarnation of the garneting/carding board into Blending Boards, the demand has risen for instruction on all the possibilities of fiber preparation on these boards. In this workshop students will learn both woolen and worsted fiber preparation techniques on the blending board using an assortment of colorful, common fibers. Tricks and techniques will be taught and practiced. Students will come away with fiber preps, yarn samples and the knowledge of how to repeat both.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Designing Noro Style Yarns in Saturday's all-day listing.
Felted Hats
Tash Wesp20 students
Sunday, June 25, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 – includes wool, template material, & all supplies needed for the hat making project.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: no experience needed
STUDENTS BRING: 2 old towels, a small container (about coffee can sized) to hold water & a water "sprinkler" if you have one.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This workshop will introduce beginning students as well as advanced to the ancient art of wet felting. Students will learn to use a hat blocker & traditional millinery techniques to finish your hat. You will make a one-of-a-kind wearable wool hat. Students will be given the choice of many shapes from berets to cloches. Please visit or contact Tash on her website at: www.tashwesp.com
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: see Nuno Patchwork Scarf in Fri all day for bio

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Bountiful Beasts: Spinning Yak
Judith MacKenzie16 students
Sunday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes yak, dyed yak, yak wool blend, yak silk blend
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: 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, enough bobbins so you can three ply and a lazy-kate.
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.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Shetland in Sunday's morning listing.
Ending Well: A Wealth of Bind-Off Techniques
Harry Wells15 Students
Sunday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $3 for handouts
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able to cast on with basic long-tail cast-on and knit and purl without assistance. STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight wool/wool blend yarn in 2 colors. Size 7 straight needles preferred, but 24" circular acceptable, size 7 double points and small scissors.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: How one finishes the edge of a project can either make or break it. Ever bind off a cowl only to find the edge way tighter than the cast-on edge? Or wish there was a bind-off that would match your cast-on? How about decorating that edge with a rolled look or adding picots to it? This workshop will cover a wide range of bind-offs that achieve a variety of bind-off goals. Bind-offs covered: Russian, Decrease, Yarn-Over, Jeny's sur- prisingly Stretchy, Tubular, I-cord, Sewn, Picot, Cable, Braided Rib, Icelandic and 3-needle.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Cables — Lovely Twists and Turns in Saturday's afternoon listing.
I've Bought a Fleece — Now what do I Do with It?
Shelia January15 students
Sunday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fleece and washing materials
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: None, but it helps to love the smell of raw wool! STUDENTS BRING: hand cards or combs if you have them
CLASS DESCRIPTION: You're a spinner or a spinner wannabe who has taken (or will be taking) the plunge and purchased your first fleece. Now you need to know how to work with it or you've tried to process a fleece and were not pleased with the results. In this class we will look at a sheep wool fleece; talk about skirting, soaking, washing, picking, carding, combing and get hands-on experience with each process. Bring a sheep fleece if you've just bought one or have one you'd like us to look at, and we'll give you advice and help with it.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Ooh Shiny! Spinning Silk in Friday's morning listing.
Long Draw/Quick Draw on a Spindle
Sultana Charania15 students
Sunday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus material fee of $15 includes all fiber
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must be able to spin a continuous thread on a spindle and have a few hours of spindle spinning experience
STUDENTS BRING: a couple of spindles that you love
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take your spindle spinning to the next level! Long draw allows you to create large skeins of yarn very quickly. We will start this class by learning the long draw technique on a long- staple fiber. We will then move on to a medium-staple wool, and then finish with a luxury short-stapled fiber. We will also explore different spindle positions that are ergonomic, taking the stress off your shoulders and back. Come join us as we learn how to make beautiful skeins of soft, lofty, squishy yarn on a Spindle, yarn that you will be proud to make into a sweater.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spindle Spinning in Saturday's morning listing.
New Tradition Needle Felting
Loyce Ericson20 students
Sunday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes handout, fibers, threads, floss, beads, fabrics and all tools needed
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none — open to all
STUDENTS BRING: Sharp point scissors and your favorite stitchery tools. Optional: fibers, thread, beads and small found objects. CLASS DESCRIPTION: Are you ready to use your felting needles to make something different? Want to add a new dimension to your quilting or embroidery handwork? Let's play with texture, color, fabrics, threads, stitches and beads. This class combines so many of my favorite techniques. Use a felting needle with a variety of wools, creating colored textures; use it to add layers of fabrics adding more texture. Then thread your tapestry needle to draw lines, define textures and colors and even add beads. In this class free-flowing needle felting meets traditional handwork, and all the rules and expectations go out the window.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See The '"You Asked for It" Felted Vest in Saturday's all-day listing.
Painted Skeins and Warps
Linda Hartshorn20 students
Sunday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes dyes, brushes, and workshop notebook
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: open to all
STUDENTS BRING: Three to four skeins of undyed yarn or 1-2 undyed warps or a combination. Yarns must be cellulose fibers such as rayon, cotton, tencel, bamboo, or linen. Wear old clothes or apron, gloves, scissors, plastic bags for wet projects, black Sharpie™ marker.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to use dyes to paint yarn! If you knit or crochet, painted variegated yarns add lively color to your projects. If you are a weaver, painted warps provide a whole new dimen- sion to your weaving. Learn to handpaint your skeins and/or warps of cotton, rayon, bamboo with fiber reactive dyes. Take your yarns home to use in any project you choose.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Organic Indigo: Easy as 1 2 3 in Friday's all-day listing.
Plying Orenburg Style
Galina Khmeleva20 students
Sunday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $3 includes silk plying thread and handouts; plying spindles and silk will be available for class use
STUDENTS BRING: approximately 100 yards of a single-ply yarn — spun any method
CLASS DESCRIPTION: After spinning singles clockwise with a '"Z" twist, it is time to start the plying process. You will be using a plying supported (Russian) spindle to accomplish this task. During this process you will learn the more economical use of luxury fibers such as cashmere, bison, qiviut and paco vicuna.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace in Friday's all-day listing.
Steeking with Confidence
Janel Laidman24 students
Sunday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: none but handouts are included
STUDENTS BRING: homework, crochet hook, extra yarn in contrasting color, tapestry needles, sharp scissors, 2 circular needles in size used for homework, pen and paper HOMEWORK: using wool yarn (DK or worsted is best) cast on 72 stitches and join round being careful not to twist the stitches. Work in stockinette in the round for 4.5inches. Bind off.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Steeking is a technique that lets you open up knitting in the round by … Gasp! … cutting it with scissors! Are you a little worried about cutting into all that lovely colorwork you've done? Janel will show you how to steek with confidence! We will discuss different ways to stabilize the knitting before cutting and then we'll fortify ourselves with chocolate and take the plunge. Once you have "steeked", you'll want to make all your cardigans this way!
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Intro to Stranded Colorwork in Saturday's morning listing.
Success in Plying
Sarah Anderson18 students
Sunday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes a 12-page handout and all fiber needed for class
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students should be comfortable with their wheels or spindle and able to spin a continuous single.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition, lazy-kate and 4 bobbins. Optional: scissors, note-taking materials, labels for sample skeins and anything else you may want. Chocolate — always a good idea!
HOMEWORK: In the week or 2 before class, spend a little time spinning everyday with the wheel you plan to use in class. It will warm you up (and you will also work out any glitches with the wheel).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We spend so much of our time spinning singles that plying the yarn can wind up being thought of as just a necessary nuisance. Plying, in reality, is a very important part of making yarn. With plying comes the opportunity to create different types of yarn from the same singles. Also, a good job of plying does justice to your beautifully spun singles. In this class we will discuss twist (active, dormant, and balanced), and how the amount of twist in your singles affects the yarn's hand and function. We will practice strategies for plying that will bring you understanding and success.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Inspired Spinning in Friday's all-day listing.

SHEEP SHOW

Judge: Scott Culver
Corvallis, Oregon

Hello, my name is Scott Culver. I am a second generation sheep- herder. My father, Morris Culver, introduced me to the Romney sheep business at an early age. Read More.

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

Judge: Dr. Fred Speck
Kerrville, Texas

Dr. Fred Speck is a 5th generation Texas Angora goat producer. His grandfather gave him eight registered angora does and one buck to start his own herd when he was eight years old. Read More.

WOOL, MOHAIR & ALPACA SHOW

Judge: Judith MacKenzie
Forks, Washington

Judith MacKenzie 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
Surprise Valley, California

Melissa Harris has been involved in fiber arts for 30+ years. She learned to knit from her Welsh Grandmother and later became interested in spinning and dyeing in the late 1970s. Read More.