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Friday Classes

    MORNING
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Navajo Spindle
  • Weave on a Bow Loom – Twice as Nice Bracelet
  • Designing Yarns on the Blending Board with Exotic Fibers
  • Lace Knitting – Beginnings and Endings
  • Silk Sculpture with Nuno Felt
    ALL-DAY
  • Punch Hooking with Alternative Materials
  • Customizing Your Sweater Fit
  • Beadaring, Beadelighted, Beadazzled – Bead Knitting
  • Eco Printing – Dyeing with Leaves and Natural Dyes
  • Indigo for Blues and Greens
    AFTERNOON
  • Spinning Lovely Beaded Yarns
  • Felt a Magpie Spinning Wheel Pouch
  • Mapping Lace Scarves
  • Feeding Sheep and Goats 101
  • Spinning for Lace
  • Harmonia’s Rings – Moebius and More!

Saturday Classes

    MORNING
  • Reversible Cables
  • Creating Knitted Triangles
    ALL-DAY
  • Rigid Heddle 101
  • I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold – Beginning Spinning
  • Knit a Gansey
  • Beginning Tablet Card Weaving – Threaded In Design
  • Basic Blending Board
  • Toe-Ups for All
  • Shibori
  • Nuno Vest
  • Eco Printing – Dyeing with Leaves and Natural Dyes
    AFTERNOON
  • Beginning Drop Spindle
  • Phony Cables

Sunday Classes

    MORNING
  • Shearing on Your Own
  • Spinning Shetland
  • Beginning Rug Hooking
  • Crochet Cables Over the Edge – Edgeless and Reversible
  • Shaping Up with Short Rows
  • Spinning the Long Draw
  • Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Dye Extracts
    ALL-DAY
  • Fair Isle Tam
  • Felted Textured Shawl
  • Adventures in Carding
  • Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving – Intermediate / Advanced Weaving Structures
  • Shibori
    AFTERNOON
  • To Infinity and Beyond – Design a Crocheted Cowl with a Twist
  • Perfect Pairs: Blending Wool with Exotic Fibers
  • Easy Purl: Combined Knitting
  • Tips, Tricks and Hints
  • Spinning the Camelids – Alpaca, Llama and Camel
lambs knit roving knitting

Saturday Classes

    MORNING
  • Reversible Cables
  • Creating Knitted Triangles
    ALL-DAY
  • Rigid Heddle 101
  • I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold – Beginning Spinning
  • Knit a Gansey
  • Beginning Tablet Card Weaving – Threaded In Design
  • Basic Blending Board
  • Toe-Ups for All
  • Shibori
  • Nuno Vest
  • Eco Printing – Dyeing with Leaves and Natural Dyes
    AFTERNOON
  • Beginning Drop Spindle
  • Phony Cables
drafting felted boots adventures in carding
FRIDAY classes SATURDAY classes SUNDAY classes

Friday morning All Day Friday Friday afternoon

Friday, June 19, 2015
Morning Classes

Disaster Recovery

JC Briar                                                         25 students
Friday, June 19, 8:30-1130am
COST: $55 materials fee: none
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Mistakes happen! Fortunately knitters have an array of techniques for dealing with mistakes. Learn when and how to tink, drop, and frog. See how a duplicate stitch can cover over goofs in colorwork, and pick up tips for avoiding mistakes in the first place.
SKILLS REQUIRED: basic knitting experience.
MATERIALS: smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn; needles of a size appropriate to your yarn, and spare double-point or circular needles 1 or 2 sizes smaller; crochet hook; tapestry needle; waste yarn.
HOMEWORK: Cast on 20 sts. Knit in stockinette stitch for 4" (10 cm). Do not bind off.
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 tech- niques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it’s sure to catch her eye. She is the author of Charts Made Simple.

Navajo Spindle

Christine Thomas-Flitcroft                                 12 students Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This workshop will cover Navajo spinning techniques using the traditional Navajo spindle. We will discuss different types of Navajo spindles, Navajo spinning techniques and wool types traditionally used. We will focus on the Navajo tech- nique of drafting and spinning wool two and three times. We will also cover the Navajo, three-ply technique on the Navajo spindle. Navajo spindles will be for sale if students wish to purchase.
MATERIALS TO BRING: A Navajo Spindle if you have one, a pair of hand carders, pencil and paper to take notes.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Chris has been spinning and weaving for 34 years. She has studied weaving at the University of Idaho and wool and sheep production at both the University of Idaho and Montana State University. Chris is the owner of Aurora Colony Fiber Arts – a small studio/shop in Aurora, Oregon – specializing in teaching spinning and weaving and offering a multitude of fibers. She maintains a small flock of Border Leicester and English Leicester sheep. Her current interest is tapestry weaving Navajo style using her handspun yarns spun on Navajo spindles and wheels along with commercial yarns.

Weave on a Bow Loom – Twice as Nice Bracelet

Marilyn Romatka                                             25 students
Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $25 materials fee: includes reusable bow loom, beads, beading pad, beading aid, all warp and weft, weaving shuttle, needle for hiding beads, end caps and clasp findings, E- 6000 glue, and 7-page handout with step-by-step directions.
SKILLS REQUIRED: no experience needed STUDENTS BRING: sewing scissors
CLASS DESCRIPTION: The Bow Loom is an ancient technique using a simple, portable loom to make narrow beaded bands. The technique is used by ethnic groups in Thailand to make bands for their exquisite headdresses. The weaving is quick and fun and so portable you can weave on the bus. No previous weaving experience is necessary, and the loom goes home with you for many hours of weaving. This is a great introduction to ethnic weaving. The product of this class can be viewed at: www.taprootfolkarts.com
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Marilyn Romatka began her professional life in bio-chemistry, but life side-tracked her. Later when the family bought a pack Llama that provided bags of fleece, Marilyn found her second passion. She was started down the “Yellow-Brick- Road” into weaving and folk art. Marilyn’s science background gives her a clear, sequential teaching style, and her passion for fiber arts gives her classes zing!

Designing Yarns on the Blending Board with Exotic Fibers

Gwen Powell                                                  20 students
Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $40 materials fee: includes wool top, and numerous other fibers (may include mohair, Angora, cotton, silk, cashmere or similar substitutions) and the use of a Clemes and Clemes blending board.
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Beginner to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: a wheel (or spindle) in good working order and knowledge of how to adjust it, 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.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Want to repeat a design element in your yarn? Do you want to blend long and short fibers together? Have trouble keeping inclusions in when spinning? In this workshop students will learn both woolen and worsted fiber preparation techniques on the blending board. They will also work on their skills (or learn new) woolen spinning with a long draw, thereby trapping in the short fibers evenly with the long. Students will go on to learn advanced techniques to prepare fiber that cannot, or cannot easily, be prepared by other means. Students will come away with fiber preps, yarn samples and the knowledge of how to repeat both.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Gwen Powell started spinning on Mother’s Day 1981; she achieved the HGA Certificate in Handspinning Master in 1991. Gwen founded “the Greater Los Angeles Spin- ning Guild” and has been passionate about rose gardening, the outdoors and fibers arts and loves to share her knowledge. Currently, Gwen is finishing writing a book and using blending boards that she redeveloped with Clemes and Clemes.

Lace Knitting – Beginnings and Endings

Cynthia Heeren                                                20 students
Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $10 materials fee: including patterns for project, yarns to work project, notions to assist with lace knitting and class book
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Basic knitting skills are a must – you must be able to comfortably work the following stitches: knit, purl, yarn-over, ssk, knit 2 together, cast-on and bind-off.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take the terror out of knitting lace. This course will cover materials; the basics of knitting lace; basic stitch tech- niques; reading the patterns; tips and tricks to help you along the way, finishing techniques, and the mysteries of blocking. Gain the tools to knit the heirloom masterpiece you’ve always dreamed about!
LIST OF MATERIALS AND/OR ADVANCE PREPARATION REQUIRED OF PARTICIPANTS: Participant should bring size 4 and size 8 knitting needles (straight or circular). It is preferred that you bring bamboo or wood needles IF you have them.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Cynthia Heeren is an accomplished fiber artist who has won numerous awards for her fiber arts – including the BSG Cup for her handspun, knitted lace shawl, and two cham- pion awards for her spinning at BSG. She also knits, crochets and designs for the commercial market, with some of her designs being featured in Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools: The Save the Sheep Project, and Knit N Style magazine. Cynthia lives in Central Oregon with her husband Karl and is transitioning to life off the “farm.” She has spent the last two decades judging and teaching about fiber arts, fiber goats and fleeces.

Silk Sculpture with Nuno Felt

Patti Barker                                                     14 students
Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $40 materials fee
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Some Nuno experience required
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you wondered how those lovely textural silk ruffles, roses and raised shapes are created? In this nuno felt class, students will learn several 3-D textural techniques using silk, while creating a scarf-sized sampler. We will use several kinds of silk and explore textural ruffles, ridges, raised shapes and my favorite technique, entrapment. Kit includes: silk scarf, 2 oz. merino wool, various silk fabrics, cotton batt, plastic resists and written instructions.
LIST OF MATERIALS AND/OR ADVANCE PREPARATION REQUIRED OF PARTICIPANTS: Participants should bring eight feet of bubble wrap (small holes) three or four 18" strips of old T-shirt material. a 2 gallon garden sprayer, a pair of sharp scissors and a couple of old towels (that you don't mind staining). A set of bed risers are recommended to raise your work tables, but not required. Participants should wear clothing they do not mind getting wet and comfortable shoes.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Patti enjoys incorporating hand-dyed silk, natural fibers and hand spun art yarn into her award-winning felted accessories and garments. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest and winters in Florida. Patti teaches felting and exhibits her work at juried shows and galleries – currently showing at Studio33, Heart and Hands Gallery and Orchard Gallery. You can view her website at: www.pattibarker.com

Friday morning All Day Friday Friday afternoon

Friday, June 19, 2015
All Day Classes

Punch Hooking with Alternative Materials

Una Walker                                                    15 students
Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $25 materials fee: includes prepared monks cloth for sampler, a variety of materials to punch with, punches to use during class and written hand-out.
EXPERIENCE: adventurous beginner to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Frame or sturdy hoop – I prefer Morgan no-slip hoops (instructor will have some available for use and for sale), scissors, colored plastic bag, Sharpie and Oxford Punch needles, any size that you have. Punches will be available for use and for sale.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Whether you are just beginning your hook adventure or you are an experienced rug hooker looking to explore adding materials beyond rug yarns to your designs, this workshop is for you! Una Walker is well known for her remarkable color sense, texture, and surface design work. In this class you will learn to “punch” up your designs with new and different materials. You will experiment with what to use to give your designs that pop of interest through working with color and texture.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Una is a Fiber Artist from Claremont, California, whose fashion and artwork has been exhibited to rave reviews. As a sought-after fiber arts teacher, Una’s classes range from beginning to advanced techniques in a variety of mediums. Una started “punching” over a decade ago at a craft show “make and take” where she first worked with the Oxford Punch Needle
– she is now a Certified Oxford Punch Instructor. Una loves teaching rug punching – she teaches with patience and a great sense of humor, making her classes a fun and rewarding expe- rience.

Customizing Your Sweater Fit

Sultana Charania                                             15 students
Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 materials fee: none
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Students should have pro- duced a couple of finished items. They can have been scarves, socks or hats. We will discuss increasing and decreasing with demos.
STUDENTS BRING: A swatch (4" x 4") of the yarn that you wish to make into a sweater and a pattern appropriate for that gauge. We will work with these tools in class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you had a hard time getting a good fit from commercial patterns? In this class we will develop an understanding of how to read a schematic and, based on your own measurements, be able to identify where changes need to be made. We will also explore how different fibers and design structures will affect our final project.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: My name is Sultana, which is synonymous with “I hoard lots of spindles, yarn, and sweaters made from handspun.” I am the proud owner of over 75 spindles! I have years of experience adapting sweater patterns to fit my own shape. I usually make between 15-20 sweaters a year, with about 25% using my spindle spun yarns. I enjoy sharing my spinning and knitting experiences and learning with others.

Beadaring, Beadelighted, Beadazzled – Bead Knitting

Lily Chin                                                       25 students
Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $20 materials fee: many, various and assorted bead types and colors, special beading hook and special bead threader
LEVEL  OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: intermediate
STUDENTS BRING: Several colors of worsted yarns and appropriate needles for the yarn, several colors of sports-weight yarn, several colored pencils or markers, erasers or white-out, a swatch of 4" x 4" any stitch and needle, thread and scissors
Optional: a few of your favorite stitch patterns, both colored and textured, knitted up and charted out on graph paper; photo copying the knitted up results would also be helpful. OR photo copy the pattern from the picture in the stitch book/dictionary (if small – try to enlarge to “real life” size). And any of your own favorite beads.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Beads may be glamorous or primitive, glitzy or rustic, delicate or bold. They invariably impart a texture and dimen- sion to our knits. Whether added on spontaneously as we knit, after the fact, or planned and mapped out ahead of time, the results will always garner attention and admiration. Learn the many ways of applying different types of beads. Find out which method is best in which situation, see the effects on different kinds of materials, and “draw a bead” on new techniques to achieve all this.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Lily M. Chin is an internationally famous knitter and crocheter who has worked in the yarn industry for more than 30 years as a designer, instructor, and author of eight books on knitting and crochet. Lily teaches around the world and now has instructional DVDs out as well as online classes. She has created looks for the New York Fashion Week runway collec- tions of designers Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg and Isaac Mizrahi. Her work has been on the backs of celebrities and super models, and she was named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting. Lily Chin has lived in New York City all her life and has been involved in the fashion industry since age thirteen.

Eco Printing – Dyeing with Leaves and Natural Dyes

Tash Wesp                                                     20 students
Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $35 materials fee
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: If you have, or can find (we will be sharing), an assortment of leaves from eucalyptus, smoke bush, maple, ferns, oak, rose leaves, flowers, casuarinas and anything to experiment with to see if it prints. Fabrics – yardage – look in your stash – mostly white or off-white – wool, wool blends, cottons, heavy silks (8 mm weight), paj silks, cotton T-shirts, silk blend shirts. If you are a felt- maker you might want to felt up some Nuno felt scarves or some 20" x 20" Nuno or straight wool scarves.
Wear old clothes and no open-toed shoes. Plastic apron (you can Google chemical apron online), plastic gloves, safety pins, plastic bags to take home wet, dyed product, scissors, twine that does not break when pulled tight and six wooden dowels no longer than 13" and 1-4" wide, (if you can find a non-galvanized dowel, that would be fine too), garbage bags (the heavy ones) and pen and paper for note-taking. I will also have some fabric for sale.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to dye with leaves, extracting the dye from the leaf itself that will be rolled up in the piece of cotton, wool or silk cloth. Learn the right printing technique to get a clear print. Learn which mordant works best for what fiber/cloth you are printing. Learn which leaves work best for your project. We will also have an Indigo and a Cochineal vat going to combine with the eco printing. It is a fun and exciting class.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: I have been a fiber/felt maker for about 20 years. I make a small line of “one-of-a-kind” Nuno felted clothing. I also make hangings and felt objects. My work has been sold across the USA and is in private collections all over the world. I dye my own wool and collect and reuse fabrics that I find here and there, so you could say a little bit of everything is in my work. I felt, I knit, I dye, I spin, I make cool hats and lately I am into eco printing and natural dyeing. I constantly create; it brings me great joy to explore with color and fiber something I have imagined in my mind to something I can hold in my hands.

Indigo for Blues and Greens

Linda Hartshorn                                               15 students
Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $25 materials fee: includes dyes, mordants and workshop notebook with indigo recipes
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: open to all
STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or apron, gloves, scissors, black sharpie marker, extra undyed yarns, fabric, or fiber to dye as time permits and plastic bags for wet yarn/fibers. Any unspun fiber must be in a mesh bag.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Indigo, nature’s true blue, is an essential compo- nent of making green with natural dyes. We will prepare the Indigo vat and dye wool yarns. We will watch the fibers turn from yellow- green to blue in your hands! Learn how to combine Indigo blue with natural yellows to make amazing green shades. Take home the yarns you have dyed and a recipe to start your own Indigo vat.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Linda Hartshorn is a weaver and dyer known for unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. Linda has been teaching for 10 years at “The Ink People Center for the Arts” in Eureka, California. She enjoys weaving in her studio in the mountains, as well as traveling to teach work- shops all over the country with her dye pots and looms. She is a recipient of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award for spinners, weavers, and dyers.


Friday morning All Day Friday Friday afternoon

Friday, June 19, 2015
Afternoon Classes

Spinning Lovely Beaded Yarns

Judie Overbeek                                                15 students
Friday, June 19, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus $12 materials fee: includes fiber, beads, binder yarns, and handouts
LIST OF MATERIALS AND/OR ADVANCE PREPARATION REQUIRED OF PARTICIPANTS: Spinning wheel you are familiar with in GOOD working order, at least three usable bobbins, tensioned Lazy Kate, notebook, pencil and wheel maintenance kit (could include lubricant, spare drive band, screwdriver and cloth). If you borrow a wheel, make sure to give it a trial run before you bring it to class. Optional: a flyer with a larger orifice (more than 3/8" in diameter).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Using beads of all sizes and colors to enhance the beauty of your handspun yarns is not as difficult as you might imagine. And the results are delightful, whether you use the yarns for your own knitted and/or woven projects or sell them at the craft store down the road. In this class you will work with seed beads, but we’ll talk about other beads you might choose to incorporate into your handspun.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Judie has taken refuge in spinning, weaving and dyeing for over 35 years, incorporating the three disciplines into a single project whenever possible. A love of process and a deep desire to share her skills keeps her involved in these inexhaustible crafts both as student and teacher. Judie lives in northwest Montana. She teaches spinning, weaving and dyeing throughout the Northwest.

Felt a Magpie Spinning Wheel Pouch

Loyce Ericson                                                  15 students
Friday, June 19, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus $10 materials fee: includes handout, resist, fiber and fabrics
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE  REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: sharp scissors, bits of yarn, charms, buttons and small found objects
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Magpies are attracted to bright shiny colorful things. Bring your Magpie attitude, and we will use a plastic resist to create a small pouch to hang from your wheel. It will be big enough to hold your oil bottle, WPI gauge and other small spinning tools. I will teach you how to cut your resist and wrap it with soft fluffy wool to create a colorful little pouch. We will add silk fibers or brilliant dyed nylon fibers or sparkly Angelfire or shiny fabrics to create a pouch a Magpie would love to steal. You will be able to finish your pouch in class and maybe even make a second pouch.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Loyce Ericson, a Pacific Northwest felt maker, is owner of The Chocolate Sheep, a fiber arts studio located on the upper Tualatin River in Oregon’s coast range. She has taught felting for more than 11 years, teaching at Black Sheep Gather- ing, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Mendocino Arts Center, Golden Gate Fiber Institute, New England Felting Supply in Massachusetts and in local high schools as an Artist in Residence. Loyce raises coarse wool sheep for felting fiber, spins, weaves and knits very slowly.

Mapping Lace Scarves

JC Briar                                                         25 students
Friday, June 19, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55
STUDENTS BRING: Smooth, light-colored DK weight yarn, US size 7 (4.5mm) needles, stitch markers
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: basic knitting experience HOMEWORK: none
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Traditional lace charts can be tricky to decipher, especially if they contain “no stitch” symbols. But stitch maps are different. These special, grid-free charts unlock the secrets of lace patterns, exposing landmarks and other aids to lace knitting. Learn about stitch maps and become skilled in using them to minimize mistakes while knitting. Practice in class by designing and starting a simple lace scarf.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Disaster Recovery in Friday’s morning listing.

Feeding Sheep and Goats 101

Woody Lane                                                   25 students
Friday, June 19, 1:30-5:30pm
COST: $65 plus $10 materials fee
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All skill levels
STUDENTS BRING: feed bags from your own farm
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This will be a practical workshop on how to feed your sheep and goats. We’ll cover the basic principles of energy and protein nutrition and how to apply these principles to your day-to- day choices of rations and feeds. We’ll focus on the different periods of your animal’s production cycle: growth, flushing, gestation, lactation, and weaning. Some topics will include matching your animal’s needs with pasture, growing replacement animals, and how, what, and when to supplement grain, vitamins, and minerals. We’ll especially concentrate on how nutrition affects fiber growth and quality. We’ll also cover some common nutritional problems like bloat, urinary calculi, grain overload, pregnancy disease, moldy hay, selenium and copper. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Woody Lane is a nationally-known livestock nutritionist and forage specialist from Roseburg, Oregon. He operates the consulting firm “Lane Livestock Services”, teaches courses in forages and livestock nutrition to ranchers in the area, facilitates three forage study groups for farmers and writes a popular monthly column “From the Feed Trough” for The Shepherdmagazine. He has recently published his first book, From the Feed Trough: Essays and Insights on Livestock Nutrition in a Complex World. Woody is a popular speaker across the USA and Canada, and over the past few years has helped develop the well-known SID Sheep Production Handbook. Woody earned his PhD from Cornell University and in the 1980s was the Sheep Extension Specialist for the University of Wisconsin. He has lived in Oregon since 1990.

Spinning For Lace

Cynthia Heeren                                                20 students
Friday, June 19, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus $12.50 materials fee: includes a large variety of fibers – mostly exotics that are appropriate for lace spinning – such as cashmere, camel, merino, yak, silk, angora and some bast fibers.
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: basic spinning and plying skills are a must
STUDENTS BRING: Must bring a spinning wheel (electric ok) and spinning oil...Optional, bring fast flyer or whorls, lazy kate to ply.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to spin for knitting or crocheting lace. This workshop will explore the properties of the fibers most commonly used for lace – cashmere, silk, merino and ramie. Students will learn what to look for when purchasing, how to tune your wheel for best results, techniques to prepare the fiber and how to spin the fiber to get the results you desire.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Lace Knitting – Beginnings and Endings
in Friday’s morning listing.

Harmonia’s Rings – Moebius and More!

Sivia Harding                                                  24 students
Friday, June 19, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus $6 materials fee: for the handout which consists of the Harmonia’s Rings Cowl Pattern
CLASS DESCRIPTION: The Harmonia’s Rings family of patterns use Cat Bordhi’s Mobius cast-on (with her blessing) to achieve the myste- rious spiral neck shape; they feature a stitch pattern that creates concentric rings reminiscent of ancient architecture. This cowl sits cape-like over the shoulders. This class introduces many techniques: the Mobius cast-on, shaping and texture within the Mobius structure and the charming beaded picot bind-off, among others. We discuss customizing the shape to fit any body type.
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE OR ADVANCE PREPARATION REQUIRED: Students need to know how to knit and purl, perform basic increases and decreases, and knit in the round.
STUDENTS BRING: Yarn requirements will vary depending on whether students would like to start the cowl, tunic or sweater with sleeves during class. The Cowl pattern will be given to each student in the class; if they want to make the tunic or sweater, they must purchase the pattern separately.
Cowl – worsted weight yarn, at least 500 yds. or more for a longer or bigger cowl. We will go over modifications for size, shape, and length during class.
Tunic - worsted weight yarn, approximately 600, (690, 720, 860, 900, 920, 1050) yards for women’s XS, (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X) to fit approximately 32, (34, 36, 41, 44, 46.5, 49") bust.
Sweater- worsted weight yarn, approx. 690, (825, 875, 1040, 1090, 1130, 1290) yards for women’s XS, (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X) to fit approximately 32, (34, 36, 41, 44, 46.5, 49") bust.
Needles and Notions - US size 8 circular needles with a 47" cable. A needle with a 40" cable may be usable, but only if the needle tips are rather short. Also, a long cable that has been put together from 2 shorter cables with a connector in between, as some inter-change- able needle sets provide, is NOT suitable for this project. Seed beads, size 2/0, or 3/0, or crow or roller beads – 24. Crochet hook size 13 or 14 (0.6 or 0.75mm), or whatever size is small enough to easily fit through the inside hole of your beads, along with a double strand of the yarn, stitch markers and yarn needle.
HOMEWORK: If possible, please watch Cat Bordhi’s YouTube video of the Moebius cast on. It can be found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVnTda7F2V4
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Sivia Harding has worked with fiber and art since she can remember. She learned how to knit in 2000 and almost immediately began to design. She is known mainly for her exceptional lace and bead designs and imaginative Moebius creations. Sivia has been widely published in books and collec- tions, including Jared Flood’s “Wool People” series and online magazines such as “Twist Collective” and “Knitty”. She is known as an enthusiastic, warm teacher who enjoys the cross- pollination of ideas that happen in a class setting.

Saturday Classes

    MORNING
  • Reversible Cables
  • Creating Knitted Triangles
    ALL-DAY
  • Rigid Heddle 101
  • I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold – Beginning Spinning
  • Knit a Gansey
  • Beginning Tablet Card Weaving – Threaded In Design
  • Basic Blending Board
  • Toe-Ups for All
  • Shibori
  • Nuno Vest
  • Eco Printing – Dyeing with Leaves and Natural Dyes
    AFTERNOON
  • Beginning Drop Spindle
  • Phony Cables
drafting felted boots adventures in carding

Knit A Gansey

Saturday morning All Day Saturday Saturday afternoon

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Morning Classes

Reversible Cables

Lily Chin                                                       25 students
Saturday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $1 materials fee: for class handout
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Advanced beginner – any- one who’s tried their hand at some kind of cable knitting
STUDENTS BRING: Graph paper with four boxes to the inch, cable needle, safety pin or little scrap of contrasting yarn.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Simple to execute, cables are almost always worked over stockinette stitch, thereby producing a “wrong side”. This is not particularly attractive on a scarf, shawl, or afghan where the “wrong side” will be in full view of the public. In this class, learn how cables work, which stitches, yarns and needles are needed so you’ll know ideal steps for these reversible cables, and how to chart them so you know what you’ll be getting beforehand. By the end of this class, you will have a sampler of reversible cables plus enough ideas to keep you in stitches for a long time.
HOMEWORK: With any light-colored worsted weight yarn and size US 9 needles, cast on 12 stitches – row 1 – k2, (k1, p1) 4 times, end k2. Rep this row for 1". With any light-colored worsted weight yarn and size US 8 needles, cast on 12 stitches and work in k2, p2 rib for 1". With any light-colored worsted weight yarn and size US 10 needles, cast on 12 stitches. Row 1 - k2, (k2, p2) twice, end k2. Rep for 1". Leave all stitches on respective needle and bring to class.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: see Beadaring, Beadelighted, Beadazzled Bead Knitting in Friday’s all-day listing.

Creating Knitted Triangles

Shelia January                                                  15 students
Saturday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $5 materials fee
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Students must be able to knit and purl, increase and decrease
STUDENTS BRING: bring a skein or 2 coordinating skeins of fingering or sports weight yarn – at least 50 grams; needles in size US 5 or US 6 (3.75mm-4mm), stitch markers, tapestry needle, pencil and paper and the usual knitting supplies.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: The triangle is a popular shape for shawls and scarves – large and small, right triangles, isosceles triangles, cres- cents and other shapes. The knitting can be simple or complex, plain or lacy, worked from the top, the bottom, or side to side. Once you are comfortable with how the shapes are created, you can incorpo- rate stitch patterns and colors – creating your own unique creation. The type of triangle shape you choose will create a direction for the stitch patterning as well, as you’ll see. We’ll explore different triangle shapes and their construction as well as stitch patterns, and look at how variegated yarns work (or don’t ).
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, and “Dreaming of Shetland” and “What (Else) Would Madame LaFarge Knit?” on Ravelry and at various yarn and fiber businesses.

Saturday morning All Day Saturday Saturday afternoon

Saturday, June 20, 2015
All Day Classes

Rigid Heddle 101

Diane McKinnon                                             12 students
Saturday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $15 materials fee: includes all yarns for class project, use of extra weaving equipment and tools during class, and detailed handout.
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: beginning to advance
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).
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 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.
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 teaches at the Black Sheep Gathering, 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.

I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold – Beginning Spinning

Laurie Weinsoft                                               15 students
Saturday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $25 materials fee: includes washed and carded wools, silks, mohair and one or two unwashed fleeces
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE  REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel ready to be used for spinning and in good working order with three bobbins. Laurie will NOT have the time or the equipment to repair wheels during class and please– NO antique wheels, as they can be extra challenging when learning to spin. Please pre-arrange to borrow a good wheel if you need one.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Want to learn how to spin? Laurie brings her popular class for beginning spinners to the BSG. This class will expose the new spinner to the spinning wheel, how it works and how to keep it spinning. We will explore and use a broad spectrum of spinning fibers starting with a variety of wools. We will learn how to select a hand-spinning fleece, as well as how to wash and prepare the wool for spinning. We will move forward as the class and your skills improve to spinning silks, mohair and blends of these fibers. The drum carder and hand cards will be available to try as time allows.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Laurie has been spinning for the last twenty years. Sitting behind the spinning wheel gives Laurie great joy. She has taught a continuing spinning class at Northwest Wools in Portland, Oregon for the past twelve years. Laurie is one of the original members of the Twisted Sisters spinning group and was a contributor to the Twisted Sister’s Sock Book Twisted Sisters Sweater Workshop. Laurie’s work has also been published in Spin•Off. “My main goal in teaching spinning is to share my enthusiasm for beautiful spinning wheels, incredible fibers, and the sheer joy of creating amazing yarns.”

Knit a Gansey

Beth Brown-Reinsel                                         20 students
Saturday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $3 materials fee for a 27-page handout
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Intermediate (must be pro- ficient with double pointed needles, Magic Loop, or working with 2 circular needles).
STUDENTS BRING: One set of four 7" double-pointed needles (shorter is OK) in US size 5 (3.75mm), one set of four or five 7" (shorter is OK) double-pointed needles, US size 7 (4.5mm), 3 oz. plain tex- tured, solid, light-colored worsted weight yarn. Optional: 11½" or 12" circular needle US size 7 (4.5mm), stitch markers, waste yarn, sticky notes, or magnetic board to aid in chart reading. (If you like using the Magic Loop or 2 circular needles, bring the appropriate size needles).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater prevalent in the 19th century and early part of the 20th century among the fisherman of the British Isles. A small-scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques, including the classic Channel Island Cast-on, split welts, seam stitches, traditional knit/purl patterns, the underarm gusset, the perpendicular shoulder join, picked-up sleeves, and three choices for the collar. Alternative methods to these techniques will also be explored.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Beth Brown-Reinsel has been teaching knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 20 years. Her book, Knitting Ganseys, has been deemed a classic. Beth completed her first DVD – Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel – in 2010. Her articles and designs have appeared in Threads, Cast On, Interweave Knits, Shuttle, Spindle and Dye Pot, Knitter’s, and Vogue Knitting magazines. Beth continues to design for her own pattern line – “Knitting Traditions.” Beth’s website can be found at: www.knittingtraditions.com

Beginning Tablet Card Weaving – Threaded In Design

Marilyn Romatka                                              15 students
Saturday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $15 materials fee: all yarns for warps and wefts for 2 patterned bookmarks, deck of 12 cards to go home with student for future weaving, use of teacher’s shuttles, pins and needles, and handout with recommended reading list.
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: beginner
STUDENTS BRING: sharp scissors, sturdy belt long enough to go around your hips.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Weave with only threads and a deck of “CARDS” for a loom. Yes! This ingenious technique, though ancient, produces beautifully patterned bands which provide a contemporary adorn- ment to belts, clothing, and jewelry. No previous weaving experience is required and all materials will be provided. Students go home with their “cards” for continued weaving. Photos can be seen at: www.taprootfolkarts.com
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Weave on a Bow Loom Twice as Nice Bracelet in Friday’s morning listing.

Basic Blending Board

Gwen Powell                                                  20 students
Saturday June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $25 materials fee: includes wool top, and numerous other fibers; may include mohair, Angora rabbit, cotton, silk, and cashmere or similar substitutions, and use of a Clemes and Clemes blending board.
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: beginner to advance
STUDENTS BRING: a wheel (or spindle) in good working order and knowledge of how to adjust it, 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.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Want to repeat a design element in your yarn? Do you want to blend long and short fibers together? Have trouble keeping inclusions in when spinning? In this workshop students will learn both woolen and worsted fiber preparation techniques on the blending board. They will also learn (or improve) woolen spinning with a long draw, thereby trapping in the short fibers evenly with the long. Students will go on to learn advanced techniques to prepare fiber that cannot or cannot easily be prepared by other means. Students will come away with fiber preps, yarn samples, and the knowledge of how to repeat both. Students in this all-day class will learn a number of ways to use the blending board to enhance their skills combining fibers.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Gwen Powell started spinning on Mother’s Day 1981, she achieved the HGA Certificate in Handspinning Master in 1991. Gwen founded “the Greater Los Angeles Spin- ning Guild”, and is passionate about rose gardening, the out- doors, the fibers arts, and loves to share her knowledge. Currently Gwen is finishing a book, and using blending boards that she redeveloped with Clemes and Clemes.

Toe-Ups for All

Sivia Harding                                                  21 students
Saturday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $6 materials fee: handouts and patterns
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Need to know how to knit and purl, perform basic increases and decreases and have worked a knitting project in the round.
STUDENTS BRING: At least 350 yards of sock-weight yarn – wound into two equal balls (one for each sock), which will give you your yarn limit for the sock we will begin during class. US size 2 (2.75mm) circular needles – two in any length from 16" to 32", removable stitch markers, yarn needle, row counter (optional).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This class is a comprehensive introduction to toe-up sock knitting, suitable for all sock knitters – including beginners. Students start from their own stitch and row gauge and foot measurements to create a perfect fitting sock. We start with Judy’s Magic Cast On and progress through my clearly explained gusseted heel flap construction. The class is demonstrated on 2 circular needles. Students receive my “Toe-Ups for All!” pattern which includes women’s sizes for sport or fingering weight yarn.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Harmonia’s Rings in Friday’s morning listing.

Shibori

Judie Overbeek                                                 12 students
Saturday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $20 materials fee: includes handouts, three silk scarves, dyes and all necessary supplies
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Beginner – you don’t need to know anything about dyeing or Shibori in order to have a great time with this workshop.
STUDENTS BRING: notebook, scissors, 3 old towels, rubber gloves. It would be nice to have several irons and ironing boards, and a drying rack is always appreciated.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Since the Eighth century AD, the Japanese have used methods of shaping and securing cloth before the dyeing process to create intricate and beautiful patterns. Four traditional Shibori techniques will be taught in this class: stitching, pole wrapping, clamping, and knotting. Participants will receive 3 silk scarves with which to explore these systems. It is fun, experimental, creative and – not surprisingly – no two results are alike.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Spinning Lovely Beaded Yarns in Friday’s afternoon listing.

Nuno Vest

Patti Barker                                                     10 students
Saturday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $60 materials fee: for kits in a variety of colors. Vest kit includes four yards silk chiffon, six ounces matching merino wool, curly locks, silk fibers, and written instructions.
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Intermediate – some prior felt experience recommended
STUDENTS BRING: Participants should bring one 4 x 8 rubber rug mat (small holes), three or four 18" strips of old T-shirt material, a 2- gallon garden sprayer, a couple of old towels you don’t mind staining. Two sets of bed risers are recommended to raise your work tables, but not required.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This design is really fun to create. It is a feminine and unique, circular shaped Nuno Felt vest. Patti brings samples to demonstrate the 4 or 5 different ways it can be worn. How will you wear your vest? You will come away with a circular vest in your size and color choice, along with instructions and the basic experience to make another.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Silk Sculpture with Nuno Felt in Friday morning’s listing.

Eco Printing – Dyeing with Leaves and Natural Dyes

Tash Wesp                                                     20 students
Saturday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30pm-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $35 materials fee
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: If you have, or can find (we will be sharing), an assortment of leaves from eucalyptus, smoke bush, maple, ferns, oak, rose leaves, flowers, casuarinas and anything to experiment with to see if it prints. Fabrics – yardage – look in your stash – mostly white or off-white – wool, wool blends cottons, heavy silks (8 mm weight), paj silks, cotton T-shirts, silk blend shirts. If you are a felt- maker, you might want to felt up some Nuno felt scarves or some 20" x 20" Nuno or straight wool scarves.
Wear old clothes and no open-toed shoes. Plastic apron (you can Google chemical apron online), plastic gloves, safety pins, plastic bags to take home wet dyed product, scissors, twine that does not break when pulled tight, 6 wooden dowels no longer than 13" and 1-4" wide, (if you can find a non-galvanized dowel, that would be fine too), garbage bags (the heavy ones) and pen and paper for note- taking. I will also have some fabric for sale.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to dye with leaves, extracting the dye from the leaf itself that will be rolled up in the piece of cotton, wool or silk cloth. Learn the right printing technique to get a clear print. Learn which mordant works best for what fiber/cloth you are printing. Learn which leaves work best for your project. We will also have an Indigo and a Cochineal vat going to combine with the eco printing. It is a fun and exciting class.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Eco Printing-Dyeing with Leaves and Natural Dyes in Friday’s all-day listing.

Saturday morning All Day Saturday Saturday afternoon

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Afternoon Classes

Beginning Drop Spindle

Sultana Charania                                              15 students
Saturday, June 21, 1:30pm-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus $20 materials fee: includes basic spindle, 1ounce fiber and handouts
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: some experience recom- mended but not required
STUDENTS BRING: a drop spindle if you have one
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class we will learn the different aspects of the spindle, different ways to set your spindle in motion, how to spin your fiber into yarn, and how to ply. Each student will leave the class with a finished mini skein of yarn.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Customizing your Sweater Fit in Friday’s all- day listing.

Phony Cables

Lily Chin                                                       25 students
Saturday, June 21, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus $1 materials fee: for handout
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Intermediate, anyone who is familiar with regular cables.
STUDENTS BRING: all homework, cable needles, and circular and double-pointed needles appropriate for yarns.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We love cables but we sometimes don’t like the interruption of actually doing a cable. Learn several ways of achiev- ing a cable look without having to actually re-arrange the stitches. Try out several easier alternatives, including two-color faux cable and a trim. These are guaranteed to be unique and often much faster with similar results.

    HOMEWORK:
  1. Using 2 colors of the same weight yarn and appropriate needles, make 2 strips as follows.
  2. First strip: with first color, cast on 9 stitches. Rows 1 and 3 (WS): Purl. Row 2: (RS) Knit *Row 4: K4, yo, k2tog, knit remaining 3 stitches. Work 7 rows in Stockinette st * Repeat from * to * for 47 rows total. (There should be 6 eyelet holes up this strip). Bind off.
    Second strip: With second color, cast on 9 stitches. *Rows 1, 3, 5,
    and 7 (WS): Purl. Rows 2, 4, and 6 (RS): Knit. Row 8: K4, yo, k2tog, knit remaining 3 sts *. Repeat from * to * for 47 rows total. (There should be 5 eyelet holes up this strip.) Bind off.

  3. With any yarn and any size double-pointed needles (dpn), make I-cord as follows: Cast on 3 or 4 sts on one dpn. *With another dpn. Knit across. DO NOT TURN WORK, keep RS facing you, and slide all sts to right-hand end of dpn. Bring strand of yarn across back ofwork and repeat from * until cord measures about 10", then bind off. Tug on cord slightly lengthwise. Make 4 more 10" long cords, in other colors if you choose, then make another cord that is 18" long. If I-cord is too tricky for you, bring either a very thick yarn (about the same thickness as I-cord) or gather many strands of yarn together and twist them together to get the same thickness.
  4. Using worsted-weight yarn or heavier and appropriate needles, cast on 20 sts. All rows: K2, (k1, p1) 8 times, end K2. Work for about 1", then leave sts on needles or holder to be worked later.
  5. Using worsted-weight yarn or heavier and appropriate needles, cast on 13 sts. Row 1 and all odd rows (WS): (K1, p3) 3 times, end k1. Row 2 and all even rows (RS): (p1, k3) 3 times, end p1. Work for about 1" ending ready to work a RS row. Leave stitches on needles or holder to be worked later.
  6. Using worsted-weight yarn or heavier and appropriate needles, cast on 10 sts. Row 1 and all odd rows (WS): Purl. Row 2 and all even rows unless otherwise specified (RS): Knit. Row 4: K6, ssk, yo, k2. Rows 10, 16, 22, and 28: K2, yo, k2tog, k2, ssk, yo, k2. Row 34: K2, yo, k2tog, bind off after row 37.

INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Beadaring, Beadelighted, Beadazzled Bead Knitting in Friday’s all-day listing.

Sunday Classes

    MORNING
  • Shearing on Your Own
  • Spinning Shetland
  • Beginning Rug Hooking
  • Crochet Cables Over the Edge – Edgeless and Reversible
  • Shaping Up with Short Rows
  • Spinning the Long Draw
  • Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Dye Extracts
    ALL-DAY
  • Fair Isle Tam
  • Felted Textured Shawl
  • Adventures in Carding
  • Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving – Intermediate / Advanced Weaving Structures
  • Shibori
    AFTERNOON
  • To Infinity and Beyond – Design a Crocheted Cowl with a Twist
  • Perfect Pairs: Blending Wool with Exotic Fibers
  • Easy Purl: Combined Knitting
  • Tips, Tricks and Hints
  • Spinning the Camelids – Alpaca, Llama and Camel
Turkish spindling

Fair Isle Tam

Sunday morning All Day Sunday Sunday afternoon

Sunday, June 21, 2015
Morning Classes

Shearing on Your Own

Susie Wilson                                                  30 students
Sunday June 21, 8:30am-12:30pm
Cost: $65 plus $10 materials fee for handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most popular classes for the would-be shearer. Susie guides you through the intricacies & fun of shearing your own animals. Learn how someone without previous experience can quickly learn to shear a sheep, goat, llama, etc. You’ll learn techniques and shearing patterns using both hand and electric clippers. Susie advises taking this class before buying any clippers.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Susie and her husband Dan own SuDan Farm in Canby, Oregon. She is a shepherd, shearer, fiber artist and an enthusiastic lamb and wool promoter. She began teaching this class in 1994 and it has been a great success. Many of Susie’s past students are now shearing their own animals and you can too!

Spinning Shetland

Judith MacKenzie                                             18 students
Sunday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $10 materials fee
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts. Bring four bobbins if possible.
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, 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 talk 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, and she has taught throughout North America and Europe. Judith is a frequent contributor to Spin•Off, Handwoven,Piecework and Interweave Knits. She has six instructional DVDs. Judith has two books published on spinning: Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning and The Intentional Spinner. She lives happily ever after on the wild northwest coast of America.

Beginning Rug Hooking

Judy Taylor                                                   25 Students
Sunday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $40 materials fee
EXPERIENCE  LEVEL: none
STUDENTS BRING: a pair of scissors and wear long pants (you will be wrapping burlap around your legs).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class participants will learn the basics of hooking rugs with yarn and fabric strips. It has been called a “lost art”, but rug hooking is still being enjoyed today. The technique is simple to learn, and students will quickly find they are “coloring” with yarn/wool. These rugs can last as long as 100 years – they last because they are made with quality wool and linen. All the basics will be covered, including hooking techniques, designing, care and cleaning and much more.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Judy Taylor has been hooking and teaching since 1992. Her first book, Hooking with Yarn sold out of its first printing and remained popular on the used book market. That was followed by Joy of Hooking (with Yarn!), which won the eLit Book Awards 2011 Gold Medal. The next book, Rug Hooker’s Guide to the Yarniverse!, won the Gold Medal eLit Book Awards 2014. Her website is: www.littlehouserugs.com

Crochet Cables Over the Edge – Edgeless and Reversible

Laurinda Reddig                                              12 students
Sunday June 21, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $3 materials fee
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Intermediate, understand front and back post stitches in double crochet and treble crochet.
STUDENTS BRING: Size H or I crochet hook, 2 – 3 skeins smooth DK weight yarn (solid or semi-solid colors), yarn needle, scissors.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Most crocheted cables are worked on a back- ground of solid stitches on just one side of the fabric, but what if you want just the cable, right up to the edge, no extra stitches on either side? What if you want a cable fabric that looks the same on both sides so it is truly reversible? This class will begin with a basic understanding of how cables work in crochet, then show how to break away from those flat edges to create a scalloped edging and even make them reversible. You will learn how to use the front and back post stitches to create edgeless cables of various sizes, (the trick for smoother cables along the edges that look good on both sides), and walk away ready to tackle any crocheted cable project.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Laurinda Reddig has been crocheting most of her life and loves sharing her passion through teaching. Her children inspire many of her designs, including both of the CGOA award-winning designs that helped her develop the reversible intarsia technique, the subject of her second book, Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique. Laurinda’s designs and articles have been published in various magazines including; “Interweave Crochet”, “VogueCrochet”, and “Cro- chet!” When she is not crocheting, Laurinda enjoys spinning, needle felting, and sharing her love of fiber arts with her children.

Shaping Up with Short Rows

Lily Chin                                                       25 students
Sunday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $1 materials fee: for handout
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Intermediate, ability to count stitches, follow charts, and listen to instructions while knitting at the same time. Should be familiar with regular “stepped” bind-off as in shoulder shaping.
STUDENTS BRING: Another color or two of same weight yarn as homework, you only need about 10 yards of each color, including those leftover from homework. Optional: bring knitter’s propor- tioned (gauged) graph paper for some large gauge like 4 sts and 5 rows to the inch or thereabout. Pencil and paper.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Short rows are smooth solutions to slants and curves. Instead of the “stepped” bind-offs at shoulders and necks, short rows (sometimes referred to as partial knitting) create a continuous line. This makes seaming and picking up stitches much easier. The tremendous capabilities for invisibly sculpting knits within the fabric will also be explored. Learn a horizontal bust dart, a side-to-side yoke, a seamless hat on 2 needles instead of 4 needles, entrelacs and a sock heel. Other possibilities include unusual tex- tures and no-bobbin intarsia.
HOMEWORK:

  • With worsted-weight or chunky yarn and appropriate needles, cast on 21 stitches. Work in garter stitch for about 4 or 6 rows, then work in stockinette stitch for about 1 inch. End ready to work a purl-side row.
  • With worsted-weight or chunky yarn and appropriate needles, cast on 20 stitches and knit a row. You are now ready to purl.
  • With worsted-weight or chunky yarn and appropriate needles, cast on 20 stitches, purl a row. You are now ready to knit.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Beadaring, Beadelighted, Beadazzled Bead Knitting in Friday’s all-day listing.

Spinning the Long Draw

Shelia January                                                 15 students
Sunday June 21, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $12 materials fee: includes all fiber to be spun in workshop
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: able to spin a consistent singles yarn with usual method
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Described by some as a faster method of spin- ning, long draw spinning produces woolen yarns that can be soft and lofty, or firmer and more tightly twisted. We’ll discuss fiber prep and type, uses for the yarns, and wheel set-up. We will practice spinning yarns that will range from bulky to lace-weight.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Creating Knitted Triangles in Saturday’s morning listing.

Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Dye Extracts

Linda Hartshorn                                               20 students
Sunday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am
COST: $55 plus $25 materials fee: includes one white and one dyed silk scarf, dyes, stamps and brushes, and workshop notebook
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: open to all
STUDENTS BRING: old clothes and/or apron, black sharpie marker, two plastic bags for wet goods, gloves
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Hand paint and embellish 2 silk scarves from plants, minerals and an insect! 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 Indigo For Blues and Greens in Friday’s all-day listing.

Sunday morning All Day Sunday Sunday afternoon

Sunday, June 22, 2014
All Day Classes

Fair Isle Tam

Beth Brown-Reinsel                                         16 students
Sunday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $2 materials fee: for 21-page handout
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: advanced beginner
STUDENTS BRING: Four colors, 1 to 2 oz each of worsted weight wool yarn. Be sure there is some contrast between each color. 16" circular needle in size US 8 (5.0mm) and one set (8” or shorter in length) double-pointed needles in sizes US5 (3.75mm) and US8 (5.0mm). Tapestry needle, scissors, stitch markers and sticky notes or mag- netic board to keep your place on the chart. Optional: colored pencils that correspond to the yarns you have chosen to color on the chart if you don’t like working with chart symbols. Knitters who prefer and are proficient in working with 2 circulars or Magic Loop instead of double needles may bring the appropriate needles.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This Fair Isle class is for knitters who would like to venture into two-color stranded knitting but have not had the chance. A child’s tam comprised of ribbing, a border pattern area, and the wheel area will be knitted on double points or a circular needle, in four colors, although never more than two in a round. Techniques included in the workshop are: knitting with a color in each hand, weaving yarn to reduce snagging, reading tam charts, knitting traditional peerie, border, and wheel patterns and shaping and finishing of the tam. The class will end with a discussion of alternate ribbing treatments and designing a tam.
HOMEWORK: The ribbing – with size US 5 (3.75mm) double-pointed needles and your chosen main color yarn (one of the darker colors or your choice), cast on 72 sts. Slip on a marker, join circularly (do not twist) and work k1, p1 ribbing for 1 inch.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Knit a Gansey in Saturday’s all-day listing.

Felted Textured Shawl

Loyce Ericson                                                  12 students
Sunday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $25 materials fee: includes fine wool, resist material, silk gauze, and handout
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Some felting experience is preferred and some physical stamina is needed
STUDENTS BRING: a couple of old towels, clothes to play in, sharp scissors
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Color and texture play in this wet-felted shawl. This project uses fine, colorful wool and plastic resists creating ridges and color changes in a luxurious shawl. Prepare to get a little wet and have a lot of fun. This shawl will be spectacular.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Felt a Magpie Spinning Wheel Pouch in Friday’s afternoon listing.

Adventures in Carding

Laurie Weinsoft                                               15 students
Sunday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $25 materials fee: for all fibers and fleeces used in class
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: No experience needed
STUDENTS BRING: Students need to bring a drum carder in working order, your spinning wheel to try out your carded fibers and a great need for a fiber adventure.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Carding fibers to create unusual and unique yarn designs can be done when you know how to use your drum carder as a design tool. This class will expand the use of your drum carder by using the best fibers available in a variety of sheep breeds, colors and fibers. Take home samples of both repeatable and non-repeat- able, multi-color, multi-layered batts. Taking advantage of the great variety of carding tools available to spinners today from drum carder, to combs, to hand cards, to using the new blending boards and hackles, the students will get the chance to explore the use of these tools and techniques.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold – Beginning Spinning in Saturday’s all-day listing.

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving – Intermediate /Advanced Weaving Structures

Diane McKinnon                                               8 students
Sunday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $15 materials fee: includes warp yarns, weft yarns, use of extra weaving equipment during class and detailed handout.
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: should have had beginning weaving experience, either on a rigid heddle loom, table loom or floor loom.
STUDENTS BRING: Rigid Heddle loom that is assembled and warped. Looms must be warped prior to class. To do more advanced weave structures, instructor will send warp material or student can select their own after consulting with instructor. Shuttles (minimum of two), pick-up stick, scissors, tape measure, pen/pencil and paper
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take your rigid-heddle loom to the next level. Now that you know how to warp your rigid-heddle loom forward, advance your weaving skills using this loom. This class is designed to teach how to do 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 throw pillow. You will leave the class with a completed sampler and the ability to use your rigid heddle loom on your own to weave a variety of advanced weave structures, such as twill, basket weave, Turkish or Rya knots, pick and pick, soumak, tapestry, and lace.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Rigid Heddle 101 in the Saturday’s all-day listing.

Shibori

Judie Overbeek                                                12 students
Sunday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $20 materials fee: includes handouts, three silk scarves, dyes and all necessary supplies
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Beginner – you don’t need to know anything about dyeing or Shibori in order to have a great time with this workshop.
STUDENTS BRING: notebook, scissors, three old towels, rubber gloves. It would be nice to have several irons and ironing boards, and a drying rack is always appreciated
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Since the Eighth century AD, the Japanese have used methods of shaping and securing cloth before the dyeing process to create intricate and beautiful patterns. Four traditional Shibori techniques will be taught in this class: stitching, pole wrapping, clamping and knotting. Participants will receive three silk scarves with which to explore these systems. It is fun, experimental, creative and, not surprisingly, no two results are alike.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Spinning Lovely Beaded Yarns in Friday’s afternoon listing.

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Afternoon Workshops

To Infinity and Beyond – Design a Crocheted Cowl with a Twist

Laurinda Reddig                                              16 students
Sunday, June 21, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus $3 materials fee: for detailed handouts and patterns
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: knowledge of basic crochet stitches
STUDENTS BRING: DK or worsted weight yarn, 1-2 skeins of yarn you want to make a cowl with, crochet hook sizes appropriate for yarn, yarn needle, scissors.
HOMEWORK: make a large swatch (approximately 4" x 4") in a stitch pattern you would like to design with. Use basic double crochet or a more complicated stitch pattern, depending on your skill level.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Put a twist on the long loops of the typical “infinity scarf”. Use the pattern stitch of your choice to design a true infinity cowl or scarf where each round forms a figure eight or infinity symbol, creating a twist in the loop. Learn how expanding each round from the center out will affect your stitch pattern and how to adjust your stitches to look their best on both sides of the work, whether working into a chain or foundation single crochets.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Crocheted Cables – Over the Edge in Sunday’s morning listing.

Perfect Pairs: Blending Wool with Exotic Fibers

Judith MacKenzie                                             18 students
Sunday June 21, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus $20 materials fee
STUDENTS BRING: their wheel and all its parts, 4 bobbins if possible, hand cards (wool and/or cotton or both), dog brushes, mini combs, any tool you’d like to experiment with.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Want to extend that bit of cashmere? Have a lovely Gotland fleece but not quite enough to make the sweater you dream of? Want to change the hand of a beautiful brown crossbred that is a bit rough? Come learn what fibers are compatible and which are not. Explore different methods of blending fibers and try a variety of blending tools. We’ll look at the qualities of yak, silk, cashmere, camel, and what they can bring to a variety of different wools.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Spinning Shetland in Sunday’s morning listing.

Easy Purl: Combined Knitting

Nina Elsohn                                                    20 students
Sunday, June 21, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Adventurous Intermediate. Knowledge of tensioning yarn in left hand will make the class easier to follow. The ability to work from charts would be very helpful.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Love to knit continental style but hate the complex finger movements needed to create a purl stitch? Do you try to avoid working patterns that require “purling back? Learn to love purling! Combined knitting using the “Easy Purl” will speed up your knitting, create a smoother and more even stockinette fabric by preventing “rowing out”, and put less stress on your hands as you knit. You will learn to identify the leading leg of each stitch, learn to distinguish Western and Eastern mounted stitches, and practice how to work both knit and purl stitches without twisting. Then you’ll move onto decreases, learning how to work both left and right slanted decreases on Eastern mounted stitches, and how to read patterns and charts with modifications for Easy Purls. You will learn to work ribbing in the round quickly and easily. Then you will put your new stitching method into practice and work a simple lace pattern with preparation rows
HOMEWORK: Using a smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn on appropriate sized needles, work 2 swatches – both to be left on the needles to work in class.

  • Cast on 30 stitches. Work 2 ridges (4 rows) of stockinette st, ready to work a purl row.
  • Cast on 30 stitches to be worked in the round – either double pointed needles or one long circular for magic loop. Work 6 rounds of k1, p1 rib.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: I have been knitting for almost 60 years. I was taught combined knitting using the “Easy Purl” as a child by my mother and grandmother. Elizabeth Zimmermann referred to my method as “purling the easy way”. I started attending classes at “Stitches” and had an instructor tell me that I was knitting wrong and that all my stitches would be twisted. As you will discover, that instructor was wrong! I have demonstrated the “Easy Purl” at Knitting Camp with Meg Swansen, taught at local yarn shops, held individual classes, and taught at a spinning retreat with Judith MacKenzie.

Tips, Tricks and Hints

Lily Chin                                                       25 students
Sunday, June 21, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus $1 materials fee: for handout
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: advanced-beginner
STUDENTS BRING: needles, worsted-weight yarn of various light colors, a shank button and dental floss (4" – waxed preferred).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn all the little secrets to make knitting life easier and better. Find out how to cast on in 2-tail method without running out of the second tail. Join a new skein of yarn or a new color without losing that first stitch. See ways of attaching buttons as you work. Create invisible circular bind-offs on a neck where the beginning and end are absolutely imperceptible. Weave in those little ends that are too short to put through a darning needle. Take away lots of small “fix-its” and improve those details.
HOMEWORK:

  • With worsted/aran-weight yarn and appropriate sized double- point needles (dpn) or short 12" or 16" circular needles, cast on enough stitches to go around on circs or minimal amount of sts on dpn’s (maybe 12). Join. Be careful not to twist. Work in 1 x 1 rib circularly for about 1". Begin to bind off leaving last 2 or 3 stitches unbound, and leave on the needles to be completed in class.
  • With worsted/aran-weight yarn and appropriate sized needles, cast on about 8 stitches, work for about 1" in any stitch and leave on needles to be completed in class.
  • With worsted-weight yarn and appropriate sized needles make a swatch of about 3" x 3" in stockinette stitch and end ready to work a knit row; do not bind off. Leave stitches on stitch holder.
  • Familiarize yourself with what is called the “long tail” cast on. That is, there are 2 ends of yarn utilized in this cast-on.
  • Familiarize yourself with what is known as a “left-slanting” decrease or ssk.
  • Get to know how to do a basic chain with the crochet hook.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: See Beadaring, Beadelighted, Beadazzled Bead Knitting in Friday’s all-day listing.

Spinning the Camelids – Alpaca, Llama and Camel

Shelia January                                                 15 students
Sunday, June 21, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus $15 materials fee: includes all fiber to be spun in workshop
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: able to spin a consistent singles yarn
STUDENTS BRING: a spinning wheel in good working order, a standard flyer, at least 3 or 4 empty bobbins, hand cards, a lazy kate, and if you have one, a wooly winder and a lap cloth.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We will work with these soft and luxurious fibers using several techniques to discover ways to bring out their best qualities. The resulting yarns will vary from lace to worsted- weight and can be used in many different fiber arts. We’ll also talk about fiber preparation for these types of fibers, which are very different from sheep wool or mohair.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO:See Creating Knitted Triangles in Saturday’s morning listing.

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