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Friday Classes

    MORNING
  • Beginning Drop Spindle
  • Creating Knitted Triangles
  • Multi-Directional Scarves
  • New Tradition Needle Felting
    ALL-DAY
  • Basic Blending Board
  • Card Trick: Tablet Weaving with Wool
  • Color Tricks in Spinning
  • Design a Felted Purse
  • Dyeing with Lichen
  • Organic Indigo: Easy as 1 2 3
  • Rigid Heddle 101
    AFTERNOON
  • Combing and Carding for Spinning Success
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Needle Felting Basics — Felted Sheep
  • Perfect Your Plying

Saturday Classes

    MORNING
  • Power Spinning — Spinning on an Electronic Wheel
  • Spinning the Camelids — Alpaca, Llama, and Camel
  • Steeking with Confidence
  • Wedge Shawl Design
    ALL-DAY
  • All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art
  • Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Shetland
  • Felted Nuno Circular Vest
  • I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold — Beginning Spinning
  • Mosaic Nuno Cowl
  • Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving – Intermediate/Advanced Weaving Structures
  • Spinning Novelty Yarns
    AFTERNOON
  • Intro to Inkle Weaving
  • Spinning for Lace
  • Tips!, Tips!, Tips!: Practical Notes for Sheep and Goat Producers
  • Viking Knitting: Trichinopoly on a Dowel

Sunday Classes

    MORNING
  • Beyond Basic Crochet – Where to Stick It!
  • Don't Trash Your Stash: Beginning Rug Hooking
  • Felted Fingerless Gloves
  • Popular Wheel Mechanics
  • Shearing on Your Own
  • Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Extracts
  • Spinning for Socks
  • Spinning Unusual Fiber Blends
    ALL-DAY
  • Advanced Blending Board Techniques
  • Adventures in Carding
  • All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art
  • Cancelled - Intermediate Drop Spindle
    AFTERNOON
  • Everything Turkish Spindling
  • Spinning Cotton on a Wheel
  • Spinning Gradients
  • Spinning the Long Draw
  • Cancelled - Needle Felting: Basics Meet Design
  • Painted Skeins and Warps
  • Cancelled - Wingy Nuno Scarf
lambs knit roving knitting
drafting felted boots adventures in carding
FRIDAY classes SATURDAY classes SUNDAY classes

Friday morning All Day Friday Friday afternoon

Friday, June 24, 2016
Morning Classes

Beginning Drop Spindle

Sultana Charania                                           20 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $30 includes basic spindle, 2 oz. fiber and handouts
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: some experience recommended but not required
STUDENTS BRING: a drop spindle if you have one
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Here is your chance to learn how to spin beautiful, squishy, lofty yarns on a spindle. In this class we will explore how to start spinning on a spindle, manage the fiber supply, and learn how to spin a yarn. We will end with a variation on Andean Plying. Each student will leave class with a finished mini skein of their own handspun yarn.
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.

Creating Knitted Triangles

Shelia January                                        15 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $5 — includes a handout with a knitting pattern
SKILL LEVEL 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, crescents 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 incorporate 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 work).
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Shelia January has been a knitter since she was 8 years old. She now lives in Oregon with her yaks, sheep, cattle, chickens, cat and husband. She knits and designs, and has taught spinning, dyeing, and knitting at sheep and wool shows, retreats, conferences, and shops. Shelia's patterns are featured in The Knitter's Book of Yarn, Fiber Gathering, The Knitter's Book of Wool, Dreaming of Shetland, and What (Else) Would Madame LaFarge Knit?, on Ravelry, and at various yarn and fiber businesses.

Multi-Directional Scarves

JC Briar                                               25 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: basic knitting experience HOMEWORK: none
STUDENTS BRING: Hand painted, self-striping, or other variegated yarn in DK weight or heavier (aim for a yarn with color sections 6" to 18" in length); needles of appropriate size for your yarn; and stitch markers.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Turn variegated yarn into striking scarves with this new form of multi-directional knitting. Learn to form triangles and diamonds from a continual length of yarn, and to join them together without sewing any seams or picking up any stitches.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: A self-confessed "technique freak” and "skill junkie," JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye. She shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops, festivals and online at Craftsy. She is the author of Charts Made Simple. JC's latest venture is Stitch-maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts.

New Tradition Needle Felting

Loyce Ericson                                           20 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-12pm
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, favorite stitchery tools; optional to bring 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: Loyce worked for 20 years in high tech as a mechanical designer and then she took a personal and professional turn to follow her passion of making felt and teaching her craft. She travels and teaches nationally as well as in her studio, teaching such places as at SOAR, OFFF, and BSG. Loyce approaches her classes as a time for fun and open creative expression. Her greatest joy is seeing the smiles on her student's faces as their projects come together.

Friday morning All Day Friday Friday afternoon

Friday, June 24, 2016
All Day Classes

Color Tricks in Spinning

Janel Laidman                                          24 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $28 — includes painted rovings
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no advanced preparation is necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: Students should have a working spinning wheel with a lazy-kate and at least 3 bobbins. Janel will bring plenty of toilet paper cores and some extra kates. It is possible to do this class with a spindle; however, the student should be aware they may not spin enough yarn to see the color effect in time for each technique.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This workshop is a systematic approach to getting the color affects you want out of your painted roving. The final look of your skein is determined by how you choose to spin, ply, and combine the yarn. Students will analyze various ways of dyeing fiber and learn multiple techniques for achieving different color affects from the same roving. Emphasis is on the spinning and plying techniques, not on carding or combing. Students will learn at least 5 distinct methods to spin a painted roving and achieve different color effects.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Janel learned to knit while an exchange student in Denmark, where she observed that all the Danish girls seemed able to knit socks and learn physics at the same time. Janel is known for her artistic colorwork and lace designs. She wrote her first book, The Eclectic Sole in 2005 and since has gone on the author The Enchanted Sole, The Sock Report, Skein Theory, and her newest venture, Art and Sole. Janel lives in the semi-wilds of Sherwood, Oregon, where she spends her time playing with wool, string, spinning, her own yarns, and inventing new and exciting ways to incorporate chocolate into her diet.

Rigid Heddle 101

Diane McKinnon                                  12 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-12pm 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.

Basic Blending Board

Gwen Powell                                         20 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $20 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.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner to intermediate
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.
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 achieved the COE-Handspinning Level II: Master in Handspinning with Specialized Study in 1991. Gwen began teaching basketry at age 10 and all other fiber arts she picked up along the way. Currently she teaches young children and adults all the fiber arts in her home studio and at conferences. Working with Henry Clemes, together they reinvented the carding board into a safe and useful tool for fiber preparation. Gwen is occasionally published is Spin·Off magazine and the author of the new book Blending Board Basics and Beyond.

Card Trick: Tablet Weaving with Wool

Marilyn Romatka                                     16 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $29 — instructor provides everything needed
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no experience needed
STUDENTS BRING: ssewing scissors
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Want to learn to weave but have no extra room for a loom? Weave with a deck of cards! In this class we will make a hand-woven best inspired by the fantastic tablet woven belts of Telemark, Norway. Old tradition, new twist - we will use the simplest of the tablet weaving techniques — “threaded-in design”, to make this reversible belt. Even if you already tablet weave, chances are very good you've not used wool before. We will weave the band in class; the best “bits” can be stitched on at home or in class — dependent on time. This is a fun and low stress class.
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 gave 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! Students in her class learn in a relaxed atmosphere. Marilyn has written Creative Crafts of the World, a book of crafts to teach groups from children of all types.

Dyeing with Lichens

Judith MacKenzie                                        18 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus $20 materials fee
STUDENTS BRING: No supplies necessary for this class. Bring your knitting for moments while pots are cooking.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Lichens are one of the most ancient life forms on our planet. Abundant in the Pacific Northwest, they have been used as food, medicine, as fiber, and as a dye source for over ten thousand years. Come learn about this wonderful life form, learn to identify them, responsibly collect them, and use them as dyes. In this class we well learn how to do a hot water bath, an archil bath, and how to use lichen in conjunction with other nature dyes to produce a wide range of colors. You'll dye enough yarn to make a pair of warm and colorful hand warmers to keep your fingers warm and toasty as you walk through the woods with a new appreciation of these wonderful plants.
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 magazines. She has 10 DVDs; Judith has three books published on spinning: Teach Yourself Handspinning, The Intentional Spinner, and Rare Luxury Fibers. She lives happily ever after on the wild northwest coast of America.

Organic Indigo: Easy as 1 2 3

Linda Hartshorn                                       12 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-12pm and 1:30pm- 4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 — dye vat ingredients, wool yarn, quart jar, workshop notebook
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: open to all
STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or apron, gloves, scissors, black : Sharpie® marker, one UNDYED skein of natural fiber yarn — 4oz maximum, to dye as time permits.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Discover the Organic Indigo Vat, a way of Indigo dyeing that uses fruits and mother natural substances to dye beautiful blues. Developed by Michel Garcia, this method works faster than fermentation and does not require the use of chemicals. In this class we will create several different vats and dye fabric samples and wool yarns. Learn how to replenish and keep an indigo vat going. Create a mini vat in a jar to take home with you!
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 15 years. She recently opened Lost Coast Weaving Studio in the mountains of Northern California, where she holds classes and creates her own work. Linda enjoys traveling to teach workshops 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.

Design a Felted Purse

Caren Engen                                       15 students
Friday, June 24, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 — approximately 7 oz. Corriedale wool, template material and all tools needed for project
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginners welcome but some experience is nice
STUDENTS BRING: Two old towels, sharp pointed scissors, hand held cheese grater, bar soap — “Kiss my Face, Olive” works best; lumpy or fuzzy wool yarn for embellishments. Wear comfy clothes and shoes.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Make your own template and design your very own purse while learning to wet felt. We will use the “make the handle and purse as one piece” method. Inside and outside pockets, embedding stones, beading, lumpy yarn embellishments, and closures will be covered.
INSTRUCTOR’S BIO: Carin Engen is an award winning fiber artist and workshop instructor who has been using her experimental, playful nature to explore felting and color seriously since 1992. She maintains a studio in Garberville, California, where she produces a line of hand-dyed wool fabric and fiber, as well as her felt art.


Friday morning All Day Friday Friday afternoon

Friday, June 24, 2016
Afternoon Classes

Combing and Carding for Spinning Success

Shelia January                                        15 students
Friday, June 24, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $12 — includes fiber to be used in workshop
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: Hand cards and/or combs, a limited number will be available for use in class. A spindle or spinning wheel for sampling if time allows.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Do you wonder if you need hand card, combs, or both? Do you have hand cards, and/or combs that you wish you knew how to use or want to be more comfortable using them? We'll look at the various types of both as well as they types of fibers that work well with the various types of each. We'll also look at color blending on hand cars, a blending board and combs.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Creating Knitted Triangles in Friday's morning listing.

Disaster Recovery

JC Briar                                              25 students
Friday, June 24, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none — handouts are provided
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: basic knitting experience.
STUDENTS BRING: 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.
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.
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.Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts.

Perfect Your Plying

Judie Overbeek                                           15 students
Friday, June 24, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $12 includes fiber, and handouts
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beyond beginner, this technique class will open up many new areas in your spinning
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you are familiar with in GOOD working order, 4 usable bobbins, tensioned lazy-kate, niddy-noddy or ball winder, notebook and pencil, 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.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Spinners spend a lot of time and effort creating lovely singles, but often throw them together into quickly plied yarns which don't have the desired structure or consistency. With proper plying techniques you'll make structurally sound and beautiful yarns over and over again. These yarns will hold up well to abrasion and be easy to knit or weave. Plying is also the foundation skill for making novelty yarns. In this class we will work with worsted spun singles to make 2-ply and 3-ply yarns as well as cabled, Navajo (chain ply), and if time permits, uneven plies.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judie has taken refuge in spinning, weaving and dyeing for over 40 years, incorporating the three disciplines into a single project whenever possible. A love of process and a deep desire to share her skills keeps her involved in these inexhaustible crafts both as student and teacher. Judie lives in NW Montana. She teaches spinning, weaving and dyeing throughout the Northwest.

Needle Felting Basics — Felted Sheep

Miranda Rommel                                         20 students
Friday, June 24, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $12 includes wool for use in class, foam set of 2 felting needles, small goody bag with wool to take home.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner, this technique class will open up many new areas in your spinning
STUDENTS BRING: optional: a small Ziploc® bag of clean fiber from your own animals.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Techniques taught will include choosing the best wool for felting, tool use, felting basic shapes, adding color simple limbs and texture. This class has a strong focus on how to begin every project with the most stable core structure, to allow for endless possibilities when unleashing your felting creativity.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Miranda Rommel fell in love with fiber when learning to spin in 2009. A love for Corgis and her curiosity about felted animals inspired her to try needle felting. Miranda's felted animals are now collected and loved all over the world, which keeps her busy full time in her studio. Miranda's artistic skills blend perfectly with her love for animals and all the fiber arts. She loves teaching other the exciting art of needle felting.

Saturday Classes

    MORNING
  • Power Spinning — Spinning on an Electronic Wheel
  • Spinning the Camelids — Alpaca, Llama, and Camel
  • Steeking with Confidence
  • Wedge Shawl Design
    ALL-DAY
  • All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art
  • Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Shetland
  • Felted Nuno Circular Vest
  • I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold — Beginning Spinning
  • Mosaic Nuno Cowl
  • Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving – Intermediate/Advanced Weaving Structures
  • Spinning Novelty Yarns
    AFTERNOON
  • Intro to Inkle Weaving
  • Spinning for Lace
  • Tips!, Tips!, Tips!: Practical Notes for Sheep and Goat Producers
  • Viking Knitting: Trichinopoly on a Dowel
drafting felted boots adventures in carding

Knit A Gansey

Saturday morning All Day Saturday Saturday afternoon

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Morning Classes

Spinning the Camelids — Alpaca, Llama, and Camel

Shelia January                                     15 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes all fiber to be spun in workshop
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: able to spin a consistent singles yarn
STUDENTS BRING: a spinning wheel in good working order — if you have a wooly-winder — please bring a standard flyer as well, at least 3 or 4 empty bobbins, hand cards, lazy-kate, a lap cloth if you have one.
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 Friday's morning listing.

Wedge Shawl Design

JC Briar                                         25 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none — handouts are provided
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: basic knitting experience
STUDENTS BRING: fingering weight, DK weight, or lace weight yarn for starting a shawl project (please do not select lace weight if you have never used it before!), needles of a size appropriate for your yarn, clip-on stitch markers, a small scrape of contrast color yarn, crochet hook, pencil and eraser, graph paper will be provided. Optional: stitch dictionaries.
HOMEWORK: none
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Stunning shawls are often formed of lace "wedges" — sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed of 2 "wedges" are a familiar option, but shawls of 3 or more wedges are also possible, and often sit more securely on the wearer's shoulders. Take this class to learn how to design a wedge shawl of your own. Choose from a selection of lace wedges, or learn to tweak your favorite lace pattern into a wedge shawl shape. Choose your edgings and a "spine" to appear between the wedges. By the end of class you will be well on your way to a new unique shawl.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Multi-Directional Scarves in Friday's morning listing.


Steeking with Confidence

Janel Laidman                                         24 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: none — handouts
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 a 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 Color Tricks in Spinning in Friday's allday listing.

Power Spinning — Spinning on an Electronic Wheel
Amelia Garripoli                                            20 students

Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 — fiber and e-tutorial (emailed PDF)
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must already have the ability to produce a continuous yarn on their e-spinner or be experienced wheel or spindle spinners.
STUDENTS BRING: an electric wheel in good working condition, 3 empty bobbins, and a lazy-kate. An extension cord may be necessary as well, or a charged battery for your wheel if you have one.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Does your electric spinner run away with your yarn or get miles ahead of your fingers, or just not make the yarn you want to make? Whether you come from spindle or wheel or are new to spinning, you will work on your e-spinning technique with hands on tips. Take control of your e-spinner and see what it can do. Art yarn to lace weight, casual to production spinning; we'll put our e-spinners through their paces.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Amelia learned to knit at her mother's knee and fell into spinning when she bought a house that came with 2 llamas in 2001. Since then her life has been a whirlwind of fiber pursuits; publishing "Productive Spindling" in 2009, and many monographs and articles on fiber arts, in Spin·Off magazine, Ply magazine, Yarn, Knitty-Spin, e-tutorials, and on her blog: www.askthebellwether.com. In 2012 Amelia opened her studio in Port Ludlow, Washington, where she explores fiber, grows dye plants, and hold workshops.

Saturday morning All Day Saturday Saturday afternoon

Saturday, June 25, 2016
All Day Classes

Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Shetland

Judith MacKenzie                                           18 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts — even the ones you don't use, a ball winder and a swift if you have them, niddy-niddy, hand cards (cotton ones if you have them) and combs is 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: See Dyeing with Lichens in Friday's all-day listing.

I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold — Beginning Spinning

Laurie Weinsoft                                            15 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 spinning fibers of exceptional quality — merino, silk, mohair and alpaca
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel ready to be used for spinning and in good working order with 3 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 2015. 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. After a lifetime of knitting, sewing and weaving, it is sitting behind the spinning wheel that gives Laurie the greatest joy. Laurie is one of the original members of the Twisted Sisters spinning group and was a contributor to the Twisted Sister's Sock Book and Twisted Sisters Sweater Workshop. Laurie has had her work published in Spin·off magazine as well. "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."

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving — Intermediate /Advanced Weaving Structures

Diane McKinnon                                          8 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes warp yarns, weft yarns, and use of extra weaving equipment during class, and detailed handout.
SKILL LEVEL 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 (min of 2), Pick up stick, scissors, tape measure, pen/ pencil and paper
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take your Rigid Heddle loom to the next step. Now that you know how to warp your rigid heddle loom, forward and 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 won 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 Friday's all-day listing.

Spinning Novelty Yarns

Judie Overbeek                                         15 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber, and handouts with photos
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate to advanced. Should be able to control diameter of yarn and know how to spin worsted structures. Good plying technique is helpful as many novelty yarns rely on tricky plying for their special appearance.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you are familiar with in GOOD working order, 4 usable bobbins, tensioned lazy-kate, niddy-noddy or ball winder, all the whorls (pulleys), notebook and pencil, 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. If you have yarns to show and tell, please bring them; or bring a commercial yarn you would like to analyze and try to duplicate.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Make Unique, fabulous weaving and knitting yarns and have fun doing it! This class will teach you how to create irresistible novelty yarns from scratch. You will have ample time to learn the techniques and practice the formation of specialty yarns; including slub yarns, spiral yarns, boucles, feathery core spun yarn.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Perfect Your Plying in Friday's afternoon listing.

Mosaic Nuno Cowl
Caren Engen                                          15 students

Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $10 — includes basic wools and fibers for project. There will be extra supplies available for purchase in class if more is wanted for project.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginners welcome but some experience is nice STUDENTS BRING: as many silk scraps as you can find in a variety of colors and thickness. Do not bring polyester. Plastic dish pan, sharp pair of scissors, 2 old towels, hand-held cheese grater, bar soap — "Kiss my Face, Olive" works best. Wear comfy clothes and shoes.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Use silk scraps — from thrift stores or from your Grandma's stash of stuff you will never wear — to make a piece of wearable art. Learn the mosaic technique of layering wool fibers between silk fabrics to make a soft, wearable cowl.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Design a Felted Purse in Friday's all day listing.

Felted Nuno Circular Vest

Patti Barker                                         10 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $60 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.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: intermediate — some prior felt experience recommended
STUDENTS BRING: one 42 x 82 rubber rug mat (small holes), three or four 183 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: Patti makes her home in the San Juan Islands. She exhibits in fine art shows throughout the US, where she has won three merit awards for her original Nuno felt designs. Patti shares her passion for felting by teaching workshops at regional events. You can view her website at: www.pattibarker.com

All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art

Debbie Ellis                                        12 students
Saturday, June 25, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25; includes dye pan, fibers, mask, gloves, and use of dyes and brushes
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels welcome STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or bring an apron, comfortable closed-toed shoes, notebook is optional and a bottle of water for your own hydration.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: An enthusiastic, colorful day will be spent painting protein fibers with acid type dyes — then steam-setting them — an efficient process that wastes less dye and water, and allows the painter great freedom and control of the results. You will be painting a wool skein, silk noil skein, and wool roving. For a truly awesome finish to the day, you'll play with silk ribbon, using a technique that will knock your socks off! In addition to your beautiful creations, you will take home a dye pan, gloves, mask and handout.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Debbie has had her head in the dyepots since 1995, when she learned to skirt, wash, clean and dye a huge Suffolk fleece. Shortly thereafter she took spinning, weaving, and dyeing classes in profusion. Debbie credits Judith MacKenzie, Judilee Fitshugh, India Flint, and many other remarkable teachers with stoking the fires of creativity; not only in dyeing (including natural and eco-printing), but also in weaving, paper making, and book arts. Debbie markets her art yarns, batts, rovings, eco-print scarves, and other artwork at local and regional fiber events, art shows, and galleries under the name Artisan Fibers.

Saturday morning All Day Saturday Saturday afternoon

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Afternoon Classes

Spinning for Lace

Cynthia Heeren                                        20 Students
Saturday, June 25, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $12.50 — include large variety of fibers — mostly exotic that are appropriate for lace spinning — such as cashmere, camel, merino, yak, silk, angora rabbit and some bast fibers.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel, 3 empty bobbins, and a lazy-kate, fast flyer or whorls — if you have them and want to try them, spinning oil, and if you choose — bring a fiber you are interested in spinning for lace.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to spin lace yarn for knitting, crocheting, or weaving. This workshop will explore the properties of the fibers most commonly used for lace — cashmere, silk, merino, and more. 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: Cynthia Heeren is an accomplished fiber artist. She has won numerous awards for her art, including the Black Sheep Cup, The Diamond Award, and Champion at Oregon State Fair. She spins, knits, crochets, weaves, and designs for the commercial market. Her works have been featured in the book Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools and in Knit n' Style magazine. A popular instructor and judge, Cynthia loves to share the joy of her art with others. After several decades raising fiber goats, she has recently retired from farm life.

Tips!, Tips!, Tips!: Practical Notes for Sheep and Goat Producers

Woody Lane                                            25 students
Saturday, June 25, 1:30-5:30pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $9
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All skill levels
STUDENTS BRING: pencil and paper for note taking
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This will be one of the most useful and downto- earth production workshops you've ever attended. We will cover dozens of sheep and goat topics and give practical tips about them; lambing, kidding, flushing, breeding, late gestation nutrition, feeding in the jug, bottle feeding, weaning, minerals, vitamins, reading those feed bags, and new feed regulations. Details on copper, selenium, lambing percentages, and how and when to take forage and feed samples; nutritional problems like bloat, grass tetany, acidosis and various deficiencies. Some critical points on selecting forages, avoiding pasture problems, and placing fences for intensive grazing. Tips about wool and shearing, including making your shearing day go easier. And because today's agricultural world is also a technological world, we'll cover useful tips about Google searches and other internet features like Maps, Dropbox, and useful websites and apps you really want to know about. This session will be cram-packed with useful information. Bring your questions and your experiences — we'll share tips.
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 for The Shepherd magazine. 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.

Intro to Inkle Weaving

Linda Hartshorn                                       14 students
Saturday, June 25, 1:30-5:30pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $15 — cotton yarns, workshop notebook. I have a few extra looms if arrangements are made in advance.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: open to all
STUDENTS BRING: Inkle loom (MUST be an open-sided type like the Ashford or Schacht)
CLASS DESCRIPTION: An Inkle loom is a simple, easy to use loom for making bands and straps. Choose your favorite colors in shiny cottons, set up the loom and weave a beautiful strap. Learn to create patterning by varying the color order of the yarns. Take home a pattern for a stylin' shopping bag you can make with your handwoven inkle loom bands.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Organic Indigo: Easy as 1 2 3 in Friday's all-day listing.

Viking Knitting: Trichinopoly on a Dowel

Marilyn Romatka                                       24 students
Saturday, June 25, 1:30-5:30pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $16 — includes working dowel, all wire, end caps, all findings, access to draw plate, extensive handout.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: wire snips, jewelry pliers (flat-nosed), needle-nosed (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 archeological 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 Card Trick: Tablet Weaving with Wool in Friday's all day listing.

Sunday Classes

    MORNING
  • Beyond Basic Crochet – Where to Stick It!
  • Don't Trash Your Stash: Beginning Rug Hooking
  • Felted Fingerless Gloves
  • Popular Wheel Mechanics
  • Shearing on Your Own
  • Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Extracts
  • Spinning for Socks
  • Spinning Unusual Fiber Blends
    ALL-DAY
  • Advanced Blending Board Techniques
  • Adventures in Carding
  • All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art
  • Cancelled - Intermediate Drop Spindle
    AFTERNOON
  • Everything Turkish Spindling
  • Spinning Cotton on a Wheel
  • Spinning Gradients
  • Spinning the Long Draw
  • Cancelled - Needle Felting: Basics Meet Design
  • Painted Skeins and Warps
  • Cancelled - Wingy Nuno Scarf

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Sunday morning All Day Sunday Sunday afternoon

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Morning Classes

Popular Wheel Mechanics

Judith MacKenzie                                       18 students
Sunday June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $5
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: The spinning wheel is an amazing tool; it can help us make everything from the finest spider web yarn to a durable sail cloth. In this class, we'll learn a little about the wheel's history and how modern wheels developed. We'll learn how to use the wheel to make a wide variety of both yarn diameters and yarn styles. We'll learn how to set the wheel to ply efficiently, and we'll learn classic spinning tips and some fun tricks to get the most out of your wheel. And we'll reward your wheel with treats like oil, a new drive band, and a bit of polish.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Dyeing with Lichens in Friday's all-day listing.

Spinning Unusual Fiber Blends

Judie Overbeek                                       15 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber and handouts
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beyond beginner, be able to spin a consistent singles and do basic plying
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you are familiar with in GOOD working order, several usable bobbins, tensioned Lazy-kate, hand cards (fine if you have them), blending board if you have one.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Ever try blending cotton with wool; angora rabbit with yak; suri alpaca with merino? Come experiment with blending fibers having very different properties; protein with bast, slippery with crimpy, short with long. The combinations are only limited by your imagination! We may cut up some of the longer fibers, drop in some colorful sari silk, add some sparkle or just spin smooth 7 even yarns with incredible hand. Start with blends I recommend and then do your own trials. This class will open up a whole new set of adventures in spinning with those exotic fibers in your stash.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Perfect Your Plying in Friday's afternoon listing.

Spinning for Socks

Janel Laidman                                         24 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 — includes all fiber for class
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: this class is suitable for anyone who can 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 hand-painted roving in your stash. Topics we will explore include superwash, blends, carry along thread, twist, plies, and, of course, color!
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Color Tricks in Spinning in Friday's allday listing.

Don't Trash Your Stash: Beginning Rug Hooking

Judy Taylor                                            25 Students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus material Fee: $40 — includes a kit and rug hook
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: a pair of scissors, a few ounces of worsted to bulky weight yarn from their stash, and wear long pants (you will be wrapping burlap around your legs).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: If you knit, crochet, or spin, you probably have a "stash". (I pause while you nod your head.) If you have a yarn stash, you have the makings of a hand hooked rug. In this class students will work from a kit containing a variety of yarn weights and types with which to learn the craft of rug hooking. Students are also encouraged to bring in samples of their own stash to practice with.
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.

Beyond Basic Crochet — Where to Stick It!

Laurinda Reddig                                           12 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $3 includes hand outs
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner, knowledge of basic crochet stitches.
STUDENTS BRING: Size J or K crochet hook and 100g of smooth bulky weight yarn.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you learned the basic crochet stitches and are ready for the next step? The hardest part about learning to crochet (and read crochet patterns) is knowing where to stick your hook! There are so many options. As you create a small Sampler Cowl, you will learn how to work into the back bump of a chain, front loop only, back loop only, in a chain space, in between stitches, front post, back post, and tips on working evenly into the edges of a finished piece.
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, which is 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, Crochet!, and Vogue Crochet.

Felted Fingerless Gloves

Loyce Ericson                                           15 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $22 — lots of wool and felting tools
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none — open to all
STUDENTS BRING: sharp scissors, a couple old towels, clothes to play in
CLASS DESCRIPTION: These fingerless gloves are warm and comfy and fast and fun to make. Learn to wet felt around a resist (a plastic felting pattern) as we use fine Merino wool. Loyce's felting methods are easy to learn, easy on the body, and fast. You will be able to wear your damp gloves home (if you want).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See New Tradition Needle Felting in Friday's afternoon listing.

Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Extracts

Linda Hartshorn                                           12 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 — includes 2 silk scarves, dyes, stamps and brushes, workshop notebook
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: open to all
STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or apron, gloves, scissors, 2 plastic bags for wet projects, black : Sharpie® marker
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Hand-paint 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 1 2 3 in Friday's all-day listing.

Shearing on Your Own

Susie Wilson                                           30 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-1pm
COST: $65 plus $10 materials fee for handouts STUDENTS BRING: none — bring any electric hand pieces if you want
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most popular classes for the would-be shearer. Susie guides you through the intricacies and 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, 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!

Sunday morning All Day Sunday Sunday afternoon

Sunday, June 26, 2016
All Day Classes

Adventures in Carding

Laurie Weinsoft                                      15 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 for all fibers and fleeces used in class
SKILL LEVEL 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-repeatable multi-color, multi layered batts. Taking advantage of the great variety of carding tools available to spinners today from drum carder, to combs, and 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.

Cancelled - Intermediate Drop Spindle

Sultana Charania                                        15 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 — includes all fiber for class
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. Instructor will bring spindles of different weights that students can play with in class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take your spindle spinning to the next level. Learn to improve your spinning efficiency and production while experimenting with both long and short draw techniques. We will be working with a variety of long, medium 7 short staple fiber lengths and developing our expertise with plying and finishing. 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, and squishy yarn on a spindle, yarn that you will be proud to make into a handmade sweater.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Drop Spindle in Friday's morning listing.

Advanced Blending Board Techniques

Gwen Powell                                        20 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $30 — includes wool top, and numerous other fibers; may include mohair, angora, cotton, silk, cashmere, and more; use of a Clemes and Clemes Blending Board.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: intermediate to advanced
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.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Now that you know the basics, learn advanced techniques to work with very fine fibers; de-hairing cashmere, paco-vicuna, 2 types of alpaca of varying lengths, cotton 7 unusual blends. Work with silk fabric scraps, yarn pieces, and other inclusions to make yarns with interest and integrity. We will create preparations beyond rolags and batts to make repeatable patterns and unique textures. Use this opportunity to open up new possibilities of yarn design that is not possible with a drum carder or hand cards. Note: We will be using a selection of many animal fibers; if you have allergies to any fibers, you may not wish to take this class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: see Beg Blending Board in Friday's all day listing.

All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art

Debbie Ellis                                        12 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25; includes dye pan, fibers, mask, gloves, and use of dyes and brushes
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels welcome
STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or bring an apron, comfortable closed-toed shoes, notebook is optional and a bottle of water for your own hydration.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: An enthusiastic, colorful day will be spent painting protein fibers with acid type dyes — then steam-setting them — an efficient process that wastes less dye and water, and allows the painter great freedom and control of the results. You will be painting a wool skein, silk noil skein, and wool roving. For a truly awesome finish to the day, you'll play with silk ribbon, using a technique that will knock your socks off! In addition to your beautiful creations, you will take home a dye pan, gloves, mask and handout.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Debbie has had her head in the dyepots since 1995, when she learned to skirt, wash, clean and dye a huge Suffolk fleece. Shortly thereafter she took spinning, weaving, and dyeing classes in profusion. Debbie credits Judith MacKenzie, Judilee Fitshugh, India Flint, and many other remarkable teachers with stoking the fires of creativity; not only in dyeing (including natural and eco-printing), but also in weaving, paper making, and book arts. Debbie markets her art yarns, batts, rovings, eco-print scarves, and other artwork at local and regional fiber events, art shows, and galleries under the name Artisan Fibers.

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Afternoon Workshops

Spinning Gradients

Janel Laidman                                       24 students
Sunday June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 — dyed fibers
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: this class is suitable for anyone who can spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel or spindle, a lazy-kate, 3 extra bobbins. Optional: ball winder
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Love those beautiful gradient yarns? Learn 3 different ways to make a gradient and a few other color tricks as well; "fake Noro", fractal stripe, and a little bit of color theory. We will also talk about how to keep your gradients "matchymatchy" in a knitted garment.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Color Tricks in Spinning in Friday's allday listing.

Spinning the Long Draw

Shelia January                                        15 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $12 — includes all fiber to be spun in workshop
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: able to spin a consistent singles yarn with usual method
STUDENTS BRING: a spinning wheel in good working order. If you have a woolie-winder, please bring the standard flyer for your wheel as well; at least 3-4 bobbins, hand cards and a lazy-kate.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Described by some as a faster method of spinning, 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 Friday's morning listing.

Everything Turkish Spindling

Amelia Garripoli                                         20 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $8 — includes fiber, handout, and Turkish spindles will be available to use in class.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must be able to spin a continuous yarn, either on a wheel or a spindle.
STUDENTS BRING: any Turkish spindles you have, or a representative selection from you collection; 5 colored pencils, any color, if you have them. Spindles will be provided for use in class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: My Turkish spindles have done everything I have wanted them to. They can be suspended spindles or supported spindles. I can rig several different weights from one spindle, and they can be efficient plying tools. I can even make one in a pinch, from a pack of colored pencils. We will learn several Turkish spindle tricks and new ways to look at our Turkish spindles to get more out of them. These portable helicopters can be the rock stars of your spindle collection.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Power Spinning — Spinning on Electronic Wheels in Saturday's morning listing.

Spinning Cotton on a Wheel

Jennifer Green                                          8 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 — fiber used in class, handouts
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: basic spinning skills required.
STUDENTS BRING: spinning wheel and your determination CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to spin cotton on your spinning wheel. This class will cover a wide variety of topics including fiber preparation, tensioning, spinning ratios, drafting and spinning, yarn finishing, and more.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Jennifer Green is the head shepherdess at Desert Garden Farms in Idaho. She has been teaching spinning for 10 years, both on the wheel and on spindles. Jennifer favors American grown fibers and spins using a wide variety of styles and fibers. Her farm supports a variety of livestock including an eclectic flock of sheep and several llamas. Jennifer's family works together in both the fiber production and in running the farm.

Cancelled - Needle Felting: Basics Meet Design

Miranda Rommel                                           20 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-5:30pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $20 — includes foam, set of needles, embroidery hoop, yarn, swivels, darning needles, and wool for use in class
STUDENTS BRING: : Sharpie® marker, optional — may want to bring your own darning needles
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to needle felt basic shapes and use your new skills to create a gorgeous mobile, ready to hang over a baby's crib or as a beautiful accent piece in any room. Techniques taught will include felting basic shapes including balls, stars, moons, hearts, and applying color. We will also discuss choosing wool and tools for successful felting. Additional techniques will include stringing your mobile using embroidery hoops, yarn, and swivels for a balanced and beautiful mobile.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Needle Felting Basics: Felted Sheep in Friday's afternoon listing.

Cancelled - Wingy Nuno Scarf

Patti Barker                                              20 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-5:30pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $40 — includes a kit containing 3 kinds of silk, a blended art batt, a bit of yarn and silk fibers and handouts
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no experience required
STUDENTS BRING: a one-gallon garden sprayer (clean), an old towel. Wear clothing you don't mind getting wet or stained, and comfortable shoes.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Students learn a Nuno felt technique while creating a "wingy" (okay, they can't actually fly) scarf in colors of their choice. We will use a blend of fibers and several types of silk.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Felted Nuno Circular Vest in Saturday's all-day listing.

Painted Skeins and Warps

Linda Hartshorn                                             20 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-5:30pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $15 — includes dyes, brushes, and workshop notebook
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: open to all STUDENTS BRING: 3-4 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 dimension to your weaving. Hand-paint 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.

Black Sheep Gathering, Inc.
PO Box 51092, Eugene, OR 97405
Phone: 503-804-0014
blacksheepgathering@gmail.com