Black Sheep Gathering

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Friday Classes

MORNING
  • Intro to Nuno Felting
  • Kilt by Association
  • Blending Boards A-Z
  • Temari: Japanese Threaded Balls
  • Fab & Fancy Locker Hooking
ALL DAY
  • Spinning on a Plane – An Intro to Turkish Spindles
  • Shibori Dyeing
  • Rigid-Heddle Loom Weaving 101
  • Felted Gypsy Vest
  • The Painted Skein: Color Tricks for Spinning
  • Spinning for Socks
  • Beginning Spinning: I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold
AFTERNOON
  • Deconstructing a Sweater, Recycling Yarn
  • Mad Hatters
  • Silk on Spindles
  • Bow Loom Weaving

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Friday morning All Day Friday Friday afternoon

Friday, June 20, 2014
Morning Workshops

Introduction to Nuno Felting     14 students
Carin Engen
    Friday, June 20, 8:30am-12:30pm
    Cost: $65; plus materials fee:$30 for silk scarf, merino top, bombyx silk roving, instruction sheet.
    Explore the magical technique of Nuno felting. This will introduce you to the tools, materials and methods used to make this amazing process happen. It’s like painting with fibers. During the process the fibers actually migrate through the fabric. If you don’t cover the entire fabric with fiber a secondary pattern happens because the wool fibers shrink but the fabric doesn’t, creating lots of pucker.
   Student Brings: Two old towels, plastic dish pan, scissors, and scraps of yarn for embellishment if desired.

Kilt by Association – Exploring What’s Under There     24 students
Mary Scott Huff
    Friday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am
    Cost: $55
    Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced. Experienced with a variety of stitch patterns such as cables and lace, and with basic sock knitting skills. Knowledge of shaping techniques, such as mirrored increases and decreases.
    Kilt hose, their traditions, lore and construction are the focus of this class. An overview of Scottish dress and the various degrees of formality will be discussed. We will learn the anatomy of hose and discuss how to measure your favorite legs for them. Students will receive a customizable hose pattern, and worksheets in class.
   Homework: ***Determine gauge by swatching***
   Student Brings: Sock yarn of sufficient yardage for adult-size knee socks, with a deep fold over cuff (700-900 yds; more if you are knitting for a tall and/or athletic Celt). Needles to match yarn in your preferred sock-knitting configuration (DPN, 2 circular, Magic Loop, etc.) Basic class supplies.

Blending Boards A-Z          20 Students
Amelia Garripoli
     Friday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am
     Cost:
$55 plus $8 materials fee
     Experience Level: Beginner, some fiber experience is helpful.
     Blending Boards have opened up a world of possibilities for interesting yarns. Let’s explore what sorts of yarns we can create with these fun tools. Texture, marl, stripe, pop — why yes, we can have it all! We will create a variety of rolags with these fun fiber prep tools.
     Student Brings: A blending board and its accessories. If you don’t have one, but do have a drum carder or hand cards, bring those, and two long dowels wider than your carder/cards – straight knitting needles US10-15 work great. Bring any fiber you have questions about.

Temari: Japanese Thread Balls     25 students
Marilyn Romatka
    Friday, June 20, 8:30am-12:30pm
    Cost:$65, plus $10 materials fee for handout, embellishment threads, Temari needle and division pins.
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Temari balls are exquisitely wound and embroidered gems that are given in Japan as a very special gift to a loved one on an auspicious occasion. Easy to learn at a beginner’s level, the intrigued student can follow the craft up many layers of complexity, and never become bored with this craft. It has achieved the proud level of an art form. The product of this class may be viewed at www.taprootfolkarts.com
   Student Brings: Good scissors, a tightly wound ball of waste yarn (about 2-3 inches in diameter), cotton thread in color of your choice (one cone or two full spools).

Fabulous & Fancy Locker Hooking        17 students
Roseanne Anderson
    Friday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am
    Cost:
$55, plus $40 materials fee for locker hook, prepared canvas, roving, binder yarns, various yarns/roving/etc., bound 15-page instruction book and fun!
    While Locker Hooking is certainly not as intricate, detailed, or exacting as so much of our fiber art world, it is a fantastic way to use up tons of stash or “questionable” yarn, wind up with a cushy, beautiful product, and experience the joy of almost instant gratification! (I’m especially fond of that last one!) This is a fiber art that goes quickly – students can actually see their progress as opposed to the delicate, ultra-fine garments lots of us never seem to get finished. Even ugly, scratchy fiber results in a beautiful, durable piece of art. Artists can add to the basic instruction by incorporating strips of material, ribbons, etc., to reflect their own imaginations.
    This class is guided hands-on participation and demonstration of successful locker hooking techniques such as: Finding proper canvas, canvas edge preparation, selecting the type and thickness of wool, working with handspun, store-bought, roving, etc., cleaning techniques for the final project, Saving your muscles and nerves (learn to hook with both hands!), time consuming but lovely stitches to enhance the final look, and various tips to give an exciting fiber masterpiece.
    Student brings: If you have a heavy purse or want to bring a heavy book or rock, that will be handy in keeping the canvas still on the table. Sounds weird, but you'll see!!

Friday morning All Day Friday Friday afternoon

Friday, June 20, 2014
All Day Workshops

Spinning on a Plane—An Intro to Turkish Spindles          20 Students
Ilisha Helfman         
     Friday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
     Please note: The cost for this class was listed improperly in the catalog.
     Cost:
$100 plus $4 materials fee for other fibers to try
     Experience Level: Beginner
    This class is an introduction to Turkish spindles, those marvelous little wonders that are part toy puzzles, part spinning tops, part spindles and part ball winders. There’s nothing lovelier than watching beautifully patterned layers of your handspun pile up on top of each other and then rediscovering each pattern as you use your yarn. 
    Students will practice drafting and winding on, spinning S and Z strands, winding beautiful cops, spinning yarns with energy and plying singles together. Adding beads and sequins and spinning optional candy cane twists while plying multiple ways (with their advantages and disadvantages) will all be demonstrated: using both ends of a cop, using multiple cops, making and using a plying ball and chain plying. A nifty way of using your spindle as a distaff for skein winding will be demonstrated as well. A finishing soak to set the twist, along with the advantages in some cases of not washing, will also be discussed.
    The instructor will introduce her triple-panel knitted building block (inspired by a Tibetan apron) made from both balanced yarns and energized singles and will show possible uses for each. Spinning a range of colors with subtle changes for tapestry/intarsia knitting will also be discussed and there will be many handspun skeins to see. 
    Jenkins Swan spindles will be available to try out in class and beautiful fiber and Turkish spindles in different sizes will, of course, be available at the BSG marketplace for purchase. Most sizes will be okay for learning, though a Swan (a large one) will be easiest. The tiniest Kuchulu spindles are lovely to work with but best to save for later..
     Student Brings: A Turkish spindle, if you have one, and soft, washed and combed easy-to-pull wool fiber, preferably in mixed colors. BFL (Blue-Faced Leicester) in colorful braids (carded roving) is readably available as are soft airy batts that have mixed wool fibers that are easy to pull apart. Combed Cormo or Falkland are other wonderful types of wool to start with if you have some at hand. BFL/silk/tencel/bamboo mixes are soft and pull easily too, as are some lovely art batts and Merino fiber, but you might want to save those for your second attempt! Bring a small soft pillow as a crash pad for your spindle in case of unexpected landings.

Shibori Dyeing        12 students        Class Filled
Judie Overbeek
     Friday, 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.
     Experience Level: Beginner and beyond – you don’t need to know anything about dyeing or Shibori in order to have a great time with this workshop!
     Since the eighth century AD, the Japanese have used methods of shaping and securing cloth before dyeing to create intricate and beautiful patterns. Four traditional Shibori techniques are taught in this full-day class: stitching, pole wrapping, clamping and knotting. Participants will receive three silk scarves with which to explore these systems. It’s fun, experimental, creative and – not surprisingly – no two results are alike.
     Student Brings: Notebook, eyeglasses (!), scissors, three old towels, rubber gloves. If you have a travel iron and board, bring them.

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving 101            12 Students
Diane McKinnon
     Friday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
     Cost:
$100, plus $15 materials fee for all yarns for the class project - warp and weft yarns, use of extra weaving equipment and tools during class, detailed handout.
     Experience Level: Beginner to advanced.
     Learn how to make the most of the rigid heddle loom! These wonderful looms make it easy to weave just about anywhere, 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 hand towels to luxurious shawls for an 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 calculate and prepare 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 to weave a variety of handwoven projects.
     Student Brings: Rigid heddle loom that is assembled and ready to weave on. If you have any questions about the readiness of your loom, please contact me at DiMcKinnon@aol.com to discuss it. All extra equipment that came with the loom, shuttle (instructor will bring extras), scissors, tape measure, pen/pencil.

Felted Gypsy Vest            10 Students
Patti Barker
     Friday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
     Cost:
$100, plus $60 materials fee which covers a kit that includes 4 oz. hand-painted Merino roving, 3 yards hand-dyed silk chiffon, approximately 10 yards of hand-spun art yarn, six tie rings and written instructions. There will be a nice selection of kit colors to choose from. Instructor will provide rolling kits.
     Experience Level: Intermediate, some prior Nuno felt experience is recommended.
    This is a workshop for people ready for a wearable Nuno felt project. The vest design is simple and fun to make. Participants must be able to stand for long periods of time and some physical work is involved in working a felt roll.
    Student Brings: at least two old towels, a sharp pair of scissors, a two-gallon garden sprayer (if possible). Wear comfortable shoes, and bring a plastic grocery bag for taking home wet items.

The Painted Skein: Color Tricks in Spinning       20 students
Janel Laidman
    Friday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $100 plus $25 materials fee for fiber and handouts
    Experience Level: Able to spin a continuous thread
    We will use a systematic approach to getting the color effects you want in your finished yarns, whether you want stripes, no stripes, gradients, or blends. The final look of your skein is determined by how you choose to spin, ply, and combine the fibers. Students will learn multiple techniques for achieving different color effects from the same roving. We will work with both paintedrovings and color blending of solids on the drum carder. We will analyze how to get stripes, what kind of stripes, how to make “fake Noro,” and plying techniques for fun results. Join us in a color adventure!
    Student Brings: spinning wheel in good working order, 4 bobbins, lazy kate.

Spinning for Socks        15 students
Lynn Ruggles
    Friday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $100 plus $20 materials fee for handouts and spinning fibers.
    Experience Level: Student must be able to spin a consistent, even yarn.
    Socks should be warm, elastic, insulating, comfortable, and durable. In order to meet these criteria, the yarn they are knit from must hold up its end of the bargain. In this class, using a variety of fibers, we will learn different spinning techniques, different ply structures, and ways of combining fibers to produce a sturdy sock yarn. We will also look at ways to spin dyed roving so that you can control the color pattern in the finished yarn. This will allow you to spin for a matching pair of socks or a pair where each sock is unique.
    Student Brings: Spinning wheel with 3 empty bobbins, lazy kate.

Beginning Spinning: I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold    15 students
Laurie Weinsoft
    Friday, June 20, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $100 plus $25 materials fee
    Experience Level: None
    Do you want to learn how to spin? Laurie brings her popular class for beginning spinners back to Black Sheep Gathering 2014. The 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 pick out 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. The final hours of the class will be spent in a fiber explosion bonanza as a variety of different fibers will be available to try and test out your new spinning skills.
    Student Brings: A spinning wheel ready to be used for spinning and in good working order and three bobbins. As much as the instructor loves to help eachstudent with their wheel, she will not have the time or equipment to repair wheels during class. Please, no antique wheels to learn on, as they can be much more challenging in the very beginning. Please pre-arrange borrowing a good wheel if you need one.

 

Friday morning All Day Friday Friday afternoon

Friday, June 20, 2014
Afternoon Workshops

Deconstructing a Sweater, Recycling Yarn        18 students
J.J. Foster
    Friday, June 20, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost:
$55, plus $15 materials fee
    Learn how to take an unloved commercial sweater from your closet or thrift store and turn it into yarn for a new project. We will talk about what to look for in a sweater, where to look, how to take the sweater apart, and how to measure and store the recycled yarn. Instructor will provide the sweater to be deconstructed as well as examples of projects knit and crocheted from recycled yarn. I do require that students use the sweater I provide as it is the same sweater for everyone and allow us to work through the class together. Students will then be able to use the skills learned in the class to take apart any other sweaters they might have at home or find in the future.
    Student Brings: Note taking supplies.

Mad Hatters                27 students
Mary Scott Huff
    Friday, June 20, 1:30-4:30pm    
    Cost: $55, no materials fee
    Experience Level: Intermediate/advanced
    Designing with charted motifs using hats as the canvas. Students design their own motif, add borders, and choose edgings, silhouettes and top treatments.
   ***Homework*** 1. Choose 3-5 colors of your favorite yarn.
         2. Determine gauge by swatching.
         3. Measure the head you intend to cover.
    Student Brings: 3-5 colors of your favorite smooth (non-novelty) yarn (50g balls or less), 16" circular and matching set of DPN to suit gauge, 16" circular or straight needles 2 sizes smaller than gauge, colored pencils or markers, tape measure and calculator.

Silk on Spindles          20 Students
Amelia Garripoli
     Friday, June 20, 1:30-4:30pm
     Cost:
$55 plus $8 materials fee for fibers and handout as well as spindles for use in the workshop.
     Experience Level: Should be able to spin a consistent single and ply on top-whorl, bottom-whorl, or Turkish spindles.
     Glorious silk! Its shine and handle are amazing, and it’s no surprise that this special fiber deserves its own corner of each spinner’s stash. There are several types and preparations of silk for today’s spinner to explore. We’ll explore together how to spin and ply these fibers on drop spindles.
   Student Brings: Note-taking supplies.

Bow Loom Weaving      20 students
Marilyn Romatka
    Friday, June 20, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost:$55, plus $12 materials fee for handout, looms, shuttles, all warp and weft, beading aid and beads.
    The Bow Loom is an ancient technique using a simple, portable loom to make narrow, beaded bands. The technique is used by the Akha ethnic group in Thailand to make bands for their exquisite headdresses. The weaving isquick and fun and so portable, you can weave on the bus. No previousweaving experience is necessary and the loom goes home with you for many more hours of weaving. This is a great introduction to ethnic weaving. The product of this class may be viewed at www.taprootfolkarts.com
   Student Brings: Good sewing scissors.

Saturday morning All Day Saturday Saturday afternoon

Saturday Classes

MORNING
  • Warp & Weave on Pin Loom
  • Steeking Three Ways
  • 14 Fringes
  • Cast-on Cornucopia
  • Lovely Beaded Yarns
  • Jazzknitting Sea String Garlands
ALL DAY
  • Felted Boots
  • Blending & Spinning Short & Exotic Fibers
  • Adventures in Carding
  • Graduated Shades from a Single Pot
  • Latvian Fingerless Mitts
AFTERNOON
  • Minerals, Vitamins, Feed Tags, Nutritional Problems
  • Weaving a Quilt Pattern
  • Russian-Style Continental Knitting
  • Bind-off Bonanza
  • Jazzknitting Sea Lettuce

Red = Class FILLED
Bold = Wait List Filled
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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Morning Workshops

Warp & Weave on a Pin Loom        10 students
Jane Grogan
    Saturday, June 21, 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Cost:
$65 plus$2 materials fee for yarn.
Please note: Students may purchase a 4” wooden loom for $28 directly from the instructor in class if needed..
    Students will learn to warp and weave using a pin loom. These looms were popular from 1930-1950 when they were most often called Weave-Its. They have recently experienced a new following and are once again being manufactured. The looms are often found in sewing baskets in attics and in garage sales, usually with no instructions. These looms differ from continuous strand frame looms because a warp is wound on the loom and the weaving yarn is measured off for the project. Pattern designs are easily mastered to give many different looks to the weaving. The pieces can be joined to create blocks to use in various projects such as shawls, throws, pillows, bags, etc. The class project will be 4" squares for a lavender sachet or small amulet bag.
    Student Brings: 4” wooden loom if you have one. (Students may purchase a 4” wooden loom for $28 directly from the instructor in class if needed.)

Steeking Three Ways       20 students
Janel Laidman
    Saturday, June 21, 8:30 - 11:30am
    Cost:
$55
    Experience Level: Able to spin a continuous thread, able to knit stockinette.
    We’ll start off discussing which type of fibers and yarn are best for a steeked project. Then we’ll practice stabilizing our fabric, and later we (gasp!) cut into our knitting – after proper fortifications, of course (vitamin chocolate is the best fortification I’ve found). We’ll learn three ways to stabilize the fabric and three ways to finish the cut edge. Once you steek, you’ll feel so liberated that you’ll want to do all your sweaters this way!
   ***Homework*** 3 knitted swatches in worsted weight wool (must be wool) yarn 30 stitches x 30 rows.
    Student Brings: Sharp scissors, a crochet hook that is suitable for worsted weight yarn (any size from D to J should work), a tapestry needle that will fit worsted yarn, straight or circular needles in a size suitable for worsted weight yarn. And don’t forget your sense of adventure!

14 Fringes                    18 Students
Amelia Garripoli
    Saturday, June 21, 8:30 - 11:30am
    Cost:
$55 plus $8 materials fee for handwoven sampler ready for fringing, handout.
    Have you learned only one or two fringe techniques? Looking for a new twist on ending your scarf? Let’s explore fourteen fringes and several tips for better fringing. This class requires no previous fringing experience and can be used by weavers and knitters alike. Bring your current unfringed project for suggestions and recommendations while you create a fringe sampler in class.
     Student Brings: if you have them: scissors, fringe twister, rotary cutter and cutting mat. If not, extras will be available to use in class.

Cast-on Cornucopia        20 students
JC Briar
    Saturday, June 21, 8:30 - 11:30am
    Cost:
$55
    Experience Level: Basic knitting experience.
    Dozens of cast-on techniques exist: one-strand or two-strand; loose and flowing or elastic and springy; invisible or decorative. Review your options in this class. Try variations on old favorites and discover entirely new options. Best of all, gain the familiarity you need to choose just the right cast-on for your next project.
    Student Brings: Smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn in two colors; needles of a size appropriate for your yarn, including two circulars, a long Magic Loop circular, or a set of DPNs; needles two sizes smaller than you would normally use with your yarn; a crochet hook.

Lovely Beaded Yarns        15 students        Class Filled
Judie Overbeek
    Saturday, June 21, 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Cost:
$65 plus $12 materials fee for fiber, beads, yarns and handouts.
    Experience Level: Intermediate/advanced. Should be able to control the diameter of singles and know how to spin a worsted structure (using short forward draw or “inch worm”). An open mind is very helpful as you will be doing some brand new things with your hands.
    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 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 chose to incorporate in your handspun creations.
    Student Brings: Spinning wheel in good working order, one you are familiar with is preferable, and at least three usable bobbins. Optional: a flyer with a large orifice (more than 3/8" in diameter), tensioned Lazy Kate and wheel maintenance kit (could include lubricant, spare drive band, cloth for oil spills and screwdriver).

Jazzknitting Sea String Garlands           20 Students
Ilisha Helfman
    Saturday, June 21, 8:30 - 11:30am
    Cost:
$55
    Experience Level: Students need only know how to knit, purl and do a long-tail cast-on.
    One principle of Jazzknitting is to follow the colors in hand-painted yarns and let the dyer’s choices help define the shape of your knitting. A delightful and fun-to-make shape are curly sea strings that look as if they’ve been dipped in dye so that all their tips are a different color than their stems. Knit these simple shapes together in a garland (all from a continuous strand of yarn) and you’ll be ready to trim a garment or deck your tree, windows or hallway in style. We’ll look at multiple ways to isolate colors in your hand-painted yarn and will consider making a graduated neckpiece from these sea string shapes as well.
     Student Brings:Hand-painted yarn (several hanks or balls, if possible, to choose from and experiment with). Randomly colored handspun won’t work for this because a repeat in the color sequence is required. It’s helpful if some of the color passages are 8" long or so, really short bursts of color won’t work and neither will long-changing Noro-type yarns. This project works best with lace or sock weight yarns using size 0 or 1 needles. Needles can be any length and type you’re comfortable using.
     Homework is not required, but you may want to become familiar with a cable cast-on before class (YouTube).

Saturday morning All Day Saturday Saturday afternoon

Saturday, June 21, 2014
All Day Workshops

Felted Boots        14 students        Class Filled
Carin Engen   
    Saturday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost:
$100 plus $30 materials fee for 6 oz. wool for boot making, template, instructions and everything else students need to complete the boots.
    Learn the ancient process of wet felting while making your own shoes. It amazes me that you can make boots to fit starting with a bunch of fluffy wool that looks like cat hair! It is magic. Design your own look. Make them taller or shorter, choose color and design, add stitching, learn how to use a resist to make a flap for better fitting, use your imagination and have fun with it.
Soles are available on-line to fit your boots. You need to make the boots first and make a template before you order. I will give you that information.
    ***Warning, this method is a lot of work! Not for sissies.***
    Student Brings: Plastic dish pan, 2 old towels, 6 buttons, if you have an idea of what you already want, but not necessary. Please don’t wear your best clothes to the workshop. You will get wet and soapy while rubbing and finishing the boots on your feet.
    The foot molds that follow are not required for the workshop. I know they are a crazy thing to make but they really save your back. To full the boots we need to put them on your feet during the last part of the process. Your friend can rub your boots on your feet or you can make these “feet” so you can continue to work on the table top. And they have great duct tape available in tie-dye, flames, etc. Pretty funny!
    To make a mold of your feet: put on old socks. Wrap your feet with duct tape up to your ankle. I used lots of tape to make them really firm. Cut up the back and down the top a bit so you can get them off. Stuff them lightly with poly-fill or I used an old fleece. Put the feet into a pair of tennis or clogs and continue to stuff them firmly. If you don’t put them in a shoe they will get too big. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the “leg hole,” place it over the stuffing and wrap with duct tape.

Blending & Spinning Short & Exotic Fibers        18 students      Class Filled
Sarah Anderson   
    Saturday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost:
$100 plus $45 materials fee for all fibers used in class.
    Experience Level: Intermediate. Students should be well acquainted with their wheel or spindles and be comfortable with drafting and plying fine yarns.
    The world of spinning is deep and wide, and the range of fibers available to us has expanded to include material that we could only imagine a few years ago. Many exotic fibers are slippery and have a very short staple length so are often spun in blends. This class will be a day of exploring short fibers that are both exotic (possum, cashmere, camel, yak, dehaired angora, silks) and not-so-exotic (cotton, fine wools). You’ll get your hands on an array of luscious fibers and will be able to design your own custom fiber blends. You will learn blending and drafting techniques that make spinning short fibers a pleasure.
    Student Brings: Spinning wheel in working condition and 3 bobbins. (If you have a choice between wheels, you may find a wheel with Scotch tension or double drive easier to use than a bobbin lead tension for these fine fibers.) If you’re accomplished with and accustomed to a spindle, that would also be fine to use in class (either support, light-weight drop, or better, bring both types), cotton hand-cards and flick carder (bring if you have them — teacher will have extra cards and flickers for those who don’t) lap cloth, sharp scissors, note-taking materials and tags to mark samples.

Adventures in Carding             15 students
Laurie Weinsoft
    Saturday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $100 plus $25 materials fee
    Experience Level: None
    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 of fibers available in a variety of colors. Take home samples of multi-color multi-layered batts and combed roving. We will experiment with two different layering techniques and a variety of fibers. Along with the drum carder, combs and hand- card techniques will be discussed, demonstrated and experienced. I have flat paddle combs (also known as Russian paddle combs) to try out as well.
    I have several sets of combs, hand cards, and tools available to try out including my blending board. We will concentrate on the drum carder with lots of options to experiment. If you have never taken a class from me before, then this is the one to take. The huge variety of fibers, colors, sparkle, and spinning toys available for the students in this class will be nothing less than astounding. The best way to know how successful your carding has become is by testing out your beautiful batts on your wheel. There will be time to spin in class.
    Student Brings: Drum carders and doffing tools. Carding tools if you have them but aren’t sure how to use them. Your spinning wheel, to try out your newly carded fibers.

Graduated Shades from a Single Pot          7 students        Class Filled
Ruth Northrup
    Saturday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $100 plus $20 materials fee for 4 oz. fiber to be dyed and spun, yarn to be dyed, dyes, handouts
    Experience Level: Competent at spinning singles
    Just one pot to dye different shades of your favorite color? Sure! In the morning we’ll use pour and resist dye methods, and then while the wool is drying, we’ll practice our loop “Navajo” plying and cabling. After lunch, when the roving is dry, we will draft, spin and ply it to blend your shades smoothly from light to dark. Which dye method do you prefer? Which type of plying blends the best? Come find out.
    Student Brings: Apron, heat resistant gloves, wheel in good working condition, two empty bobbins.

Latvian Fingerless Mitts               20 students
Beth Brown-Reinsel
    Saturday, June 21, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $100
    Experience Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with DPNs, magic loop, or two circulars).
    Some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class. Knit one of a pair of fingerless mitts to learn the following techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of two-, three-, or four-color traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the mitt as well as the gusset-less thumb and a picot edge at the end. Additional techniques to be discussed include yarn dominance, knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three or four colors.
    Student Brings: 2 oz. each of 5 colors of sport or DK yarn and one set of 3.5 mm double-pointed needles. (Choose a solid-colored, smooth textured, crisp yarn for best results.) If you have a large hand, you can work with worsted-weight yarn and 4.0 mm needles. If you are proficient in the magic loop or working with two circulars, bring the appropriate needles. Tapestry needle and stitch markers, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the text or chart.

Saturday morning All Day Saturday Saturday afternoon

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Afternoon Workshops

Minerals, Vitamins, Feed Tags, Nutritional Problems     25 Students
Woody Lane
     Saturday, June 21, 1:30-5:30pm
     Cost:
$65 plus $10 materials fee for packets of handouts
     This will be a very practical workshop on important aspects of sheep and goat nutrition: (1) the minerals and vitamins our animals need, (2) how to read feed tags, and (3) common nutritional problems. We will cover details about each mineral and vitamin, including recommendations on what to feed and the best ways of feeding them. We’ll discuss the rules of feed labeling, examine some feed tags, and show what each term means. We will also review the most common nutritional problems — such as mineral deficiencies, grain overload, bloat, and pregnancy disease — and describe how to avoid them and what to do when they occur. There will be lots of time for questions and answers.
     Student Brings: Feed tags from your own farm.

Weaving a Quilt Pattern          10 Students
Jane Grogan
     Saturday, June 21, 1:30-5:30pm
     Cost:
$65 plus $2 materials fee for yarn.
Please note: Students may purchase a 3.5” square and a 3.5” triangle wooden loom directly from the instructor for $38 at the time of class.
     Students will learn to weave a square and a triangle on 3.5" wooden looms using a simple crochet hook. The continuous strand weaving technique learned in class can be used to complete pieces to be joined together using quilt block designs. Students will have the wooden looms to take home following the class for hours of continued weaving pleasure.
     Student Brings: A 3.5” square and a 3.5” triangle wooden loom. (If you do not have them, they may be purchased directly from the instructor for $38 at the time of class.)

Spinning Color Gradients        20 students
Janel Laidman
    Saturday, June 21, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost:
$55 plus $20 materials fee for handouts and fibers.
    Experience Level: Able to spin a continuous thread.
    Gradient yarns are gorgeous ways to show off color in your knitted or woven fabrics. Those long, slow color repeats are easy to create and customize by spinning your own yarn. We will learn 3 different ways to create a gradient yarn from dyed wool, and we’ll try our hand at faux Noro, all-over gradients and ply blending.
    Student Brings: spinning wheel, 4 bobbins, lazy kate.

Russian-Style Continental Knitting          20 Students
Galina Khmeleva
     Saturday, June 21, 1:30-4:30pm
     Cost:
$55
     Experience Level: Basic knitting skill
     Are you stuck in the past – still throwing your yarn – maybe even experiencing wrist discomfort? Learn this subtle Russian variation of the classic continental knitting method. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s oh-so forgiving on your wrists! You’ll wonder why you waited so long to make the switch.
     Student Brings: Favorite needles, any style, sizes 0-3 US, Fingering/sport weight, non-textured yarn (no acrylics/cotton), Note-taking materials (including a pencil).

Bind-off Bonanza        20 students
JC Briar
    Saturday, June 21, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost:
$55
    Experience Level: Basic knitting experience.
    Creating a firm and sturdy bind-off edge is child’s play; you just keep a secure grip on the yarn as you bind off. But what if you need some other kind of bind-off edge? Take this class and learn about supple and seamless bind-offs for sock tops, bind-offs that blend into ribbing, and decorative bind-offs.
   ***Homework*** Create 3 swatches in k1, p1 rib, and 5 swatches in stockinette, as follows: Cast on 12 stitches (or more, if you like). Work even in rib or stockinette for 1" (or more, if you like). Cut yarn, leaving a tail at least 24" (60cm) long. Place stitches on stitch holder or spare needle. Then create a 4th swatch in k1, p1 rib (for a total of 9 swatches); do not cut the yarn for this last swatch.
    Student Brings: Smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn; needles of a size appropriate for your yarn; a second set of needles, two sizes smaller than the first set; a crochet hook, roughly the same size as your larger needles; a tapestry needle.

Jazzknitting Sea Lettuce           20 Students
Ilisha Helfman
    Saturday, June 21, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost:
$55
    Experience Level: Advanced beginner/Intermediate: Students should be able to knit or purl and should know how to do a long tail cast-on and how to bind off.
    Sea Lettuces are lovely, ruffled, undulating knitted forms that can be used as trim or decoration. They are knitted with a single strand of hand-painted yarn yet have tips that are colored differently than the rest. Jazzknitting is about paying close attention to the yarn choices made by a dyer and by intentionally pooling those colors. There are no patterns to follow (no stitches to count or mistakes to make) because we will be following the colors in our yarn as our “pattern.” Each piece of sea lettuce knitted in class will be unique because each of us will start with a different yarn and we’ll each make unique choices about how to use the colors in our yarns. We will talk about how to analyze our individual skeins or balls of hand-painted yarn and the possible shapes that can occur by separating out or featuring different colors in different ways. We’ll compare notes and share as we progress, and will all learn a lot as we see what everyone comes up with!
     Student Brings: Hand-painted sock and/or lace weight yarn in 100% merino. Look for colors that blur into each other making gradual changes from color to color, as opposed to abrupt color changes in your skeins/balls. We’ll need some color passages in our yarns that are about 8" long. Really short bursts of color (1-3") will be too short for this and very long Noro-type color changes won’t work for sea lettuces (with colorful tips) either. Fiber that has been dyed and then handspun won’t work for this either (alas!); we’ll see why in class. Please bring several different yarn skeins or balls to try if you can. Bring double-pointed (or circular) size 0 needles for both lace- and sock-weight yarns. Size 1 needles for heavier sock yarns will be fine. (If this seems too small for you, size 2 will be okay... but we’re aiming to create a fabric that has stability while getting the most out of our color passages, so the smaller needles are preferred.) Double-pointed needles will be less cumbersome for these small projects, but circulars (if you’re used to them) will be fine too.

Sunday morning All Day Sunday Sunday afternoon

Sunday Workshops

MORNING
  • Shearing on Your Own
  • Wrist Distaff or Beaded Bracelet
  • Combs, combs, Combs
  • Inkle Loom Weaving
  • Multi-Directional Scarves
  • Indigo & Friends
  • Short Steps to Long Draw
ALL DAY
  • Design Your Own Felted Purse
  • Braiding with Bling: Beaded Kumihimo
  • Spinning for Lace Knitting
  • Aran Cardigans from the Top Down
AFTERNOON
  • Dyeing with Weeds
  • Spindle & Fiber
  • Socktastic Stitch Patterns
  • Bountiful Sheep: Cormo

Red = Class FILLED
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Purple = Class Cancelled


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Sunday, June 22, 2014
Morning Workshops

Shearing on Your Own           30 Students
Susie Wilson
     Sunday, June 22, 8:30am - 12:30pm
     Cost:
$65 plus $10 materials fee for handouts 
     Please note: This class meets outside the GOAT BARN. Check-in will be there!
     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.
    Student Brings: Note-taking materials if desired.

Wrist Distaff or Beaded Bracelet        15 students
Lynn Ruggles
    Sunday, June 22, 8:30 - 11:30am
    Cost:
$55 plus $15 materials fee for handouts and dyed yarn samples.
    In this class, you will learn three simple techniques to make a bracelet or wrist distaff: braiding, macramé and kumihimo. If you don’t spin, you can use these techniques to make a simple bracelet. If you are a spindle spinner, you can make a wrist distaff to hold your fiber while you are spinning. Commercial yarns will be provided, but if you are a spinner, bring some of your handspun yarn to use for the braid. Beads will also be supplied to embellish the ends of the yarns after the braid is finished. If you bring your own beads, they need to have large enough holes to thread the yarn.
    Student Brings (optional): If you are a spinner, bring some of your handspun yarn to use for the braid. If you bring your own beads, they need to have large enough holes to thread the yarn.

Combs, Combs, Combs          20 Students
Amelia Garripoli
    Sunday, June 22, 8:30 - 11:30am
    Cost:
$55 plus $8 materials fee
    Experience Level: Some fiber or carding experience useful.
    Combing provides top, the perfect worsted preparation for long wools, alpaca, and llama fibers. These prickly tools can also be used to create interesting blends and marls. Let’s explore their proper and outside-the-box use to see what a wide range of tops we can create. We will explore hand combs, English combs, hackles, and Russian combs.
     Student Brings: If you have them, handcombs or a hackle and their accessories (clamps and diz). If you have particular fibers of your own to ask about, feel free to bring them. I have 8 sets of mini-combs to share around the room and several larger combs and a hackle for participants to take turns.

Inkle Loom Weaving          25 Students
Suzie Liles
     Sunday, June 22, 8:30-11:30am
     Cost:
$55 plus $2 materials fee.
     This class will be a beginning weaving class using an inkle loom. We will warp the looms for a sash or belt. Each student will learn to warp the loom and understand how to put color combinations together to make simple designs. I will have rental looms for students to use or bring your own.
     Student Brings: An ikle loom if you have one. Rentals will be available from the instructor for $5.

Multi-directional Scarves        20 students
JC Briar
    Sunday, June 22, 8:30-11:30am
    Cost:
$55
    Experience Level: Basic knitting experience.
    Turn variegated yarn into striking scarves with this new form of multi-directional knitting. Learn to form triangles and diamonds from a continuous length of yarn, and to join them together without sewing any seams or picking up any stitches.
     Student Brings: Hand-painted, self-striping or other variegated yarn DK weight or heavier; needles of a size appropriate for your yarn; stitch markers.

Indigo & Friends          16 Students          Class & Wait List Filled
Judith MacKenzie
     Sunday, June 22, 8:30am - 12:30pm
     Cost:
$65, plus $15 materials fee
     Indigo is an amazing plant – it is the universal source of natural blue. Combined with three other natural dye sources – lichen, cochineal and tea – it can produce hundreds of colors. In this seminar, I’ll bring skeins that have been pre-dyed with the modifying colors and we will overdye them in indigo. We’ll dye three natural colors of wool and a variety of fibers such as cotton, silk, Tencel.
     Student Brings: Note-taking materials, clothes you don’t mind getting indigo on, heat-resistant gloves.

Short Steps to Long Draw               16 students
Ruth Northrup
    Sunday, June 22, 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Cost:
$65, plus $15 materials fee for all fiber used in class, handouts and diagrams.
    Experience Level: Competent at spinning singles
    Does your wool run away with you when you try to spin soft and fluffy yarn? While the long-draw method of drafting is traditionally used to spin these types of yarn, it can be tricky. In this class we will break down the skill of long-draw into simple steps that really are easy to learn. We will progress from one step to the next, until you can spin an airy yarn that won’t fall apart.
    Student Brings: Wheel in good working order, 2-3 empty bobbins.

Sunday morning All Day Sunday Sunday afternoon

Sunday, June 22, 2014
All Day Workshops

Design Your Own Felted Purse           14 Students
Carin Engen
     Sunday, June 22, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
     Cost:
$100 plus materials fee (see below)
     Material fee: Approximately $25. Note: Because this is a design class and everyone will be making different purses and using different amounts of wool they can pay the material fee directly to me at the end of the class. Materials provided by instructor: Approximately seven ounces of Corriedale wool, depending on individual design. Template material and all tools needed to complete project
     Experience Level: Beginners welcome but some experience is nice.
     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 embellishment and closures will be covered.
     Student brings: Two old towels, sharp pointed scissors, bar soap (Kiss My Face olive works well), lumpy or fuzzy wool yarn for embellishment is optional.

Braiding with Bling: Beaded Kumihimo     25 students
Marilyn Romatka
     Sunday, June 22, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
     Cost:
$100 plus $26 materials fee for foam braiding disk, all braiding warps, 8 EZ-bob bobbins, findings and clasp for necklace, jewelry glue.
     Experience Level: No previous braiding experience necessary.
     Here’s an idea whose time has come: pairing the traditional Japanese braiding technique with glass beads! Working on a portable foam board, we will learn to make this chunky splendor – a necklace in your favorite colors that feels smooth and luxurious around your neck. The product of this class may be viewed at www.taprootfolkarts.com
    Student Brings: 800 size 6 beads in your favorite colors, good scissors, and jewelry pliers.

Spinning for Lace Knitting          20 Students
Galina Khmeleva
     Sunday, June 22, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
     Cost:
$100 plus $10 materials fee
     Experience Level: Basic spinning skill
     You will be introduced to the magical hand-spinning techniques of Russian knitters that ultimately result in the creation of arguably the most luxurious shawls and scarves found in the knitting universe. In this workshop, the emphasis will be on spinning luxury fibers: cashmere, qiviut, pygora, buffalo, etc., and the significance of gauging the proper thickness and length of these fibers, while learning the more economical use of luxury fibers, helping you conserve precious yardage.
     Please Note: The class is based on the Orenburg method and uses a supported spindle which will be provided for class use.
     Student brings: Note-taking materials.

Aran Cardigans from the Top Down          20 Students
Beth Brown-Reinsel
     Sunday, June 22, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm
     Cost:
$100
     Experience Level: Advanced Beginners to Intermediate Knitters
     This unusual type of Aran construction is controversial as to its historic authenticity. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating concept, which results in a stunning garment that is fun to knit. While knitting a small sampler sweater from the neck down, traditional pattern motifs will be worked, including bobbles, traveling stitches, knit/purl motifs, baby cables, background stitches, and more! The neckline studied will be shaped for a comfortable fit by utilizing increases and casting on extra stitches.
     Student Brings: 3 oz. worsted-weight wool yarn, a few yards of contrast (waste) yarn, sizes 3.75 mm and 4.5 mm single point or circular needles (DPNs are easiest to use), stitch holders, stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle, cable needle. Optional: Three 1/2" buttons, Sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart. If you are not used to working with Aran charts, you may want to bring three differently colored high-lighters to mark the symbols on the chart.

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Afternoon Workshops

Dyeing with Weeds        15 students
Lynn Ruggles
    Sunday, June 22, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $55 plus $10 materials fee for handouts plus dyed yarn samples.
    Tired of throwing those weeds from your garden in the compost pile? Dump them in a dye pot instead! In this class, we will discuss how to set up a natural dye pot, where to look for weeds, how to collect them, and how to mordant your fibers prior to dyeing. We will also dye fiber and yarn samples from 3 different weeds. Armed with this information, you can turn your neighborhood into an improvisational dye garden so you can harvest and dye with your own plants.
    Please Note:
We will be taking a walk through the fields near the classroom to look for suitable dye plants so please dress accordingly.
     Student Brings: Note-taking materials.

Spindle & Fiber         20 students
Amelia Garripoli
    Sunday, June 22, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost:
$55 plus $5 materials fee for fibers, handout and spindles to use in the workshop.
    Experience level: Able to spin a consistent single on top-whorl or bottom-whorl spindle.
    Does your spindle control your yarn, does your fiber control your yarn, or do you control your yarn? Find how to work with your fiber and spindle to get the yarn you want. We explore fiber selection, spindle choice, and drafting methods to create the yarn you want. You can control the yarn you make.
     Student Brings: If youß have them, 3 different weight top-whorl or bottom-whorl spindles, (very light, normal, and a bit heavy). Also bring any spindles or fibers you have questions about.

Socktastic Stitch Patterns         20 students
JC Briar
    Sunday, June 22, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost:
$55
    Experience level: Experience knitting socks and reading charts.
    You can use nearly any stitch pattern for ordinary socks. But for fantastic socks, you need stitch patterns that have enough “give” for a snug but comfy fit, that allow for easy re-sizing, and that flow seamlessly into coordinated stitch patterns on the cuff, heel and toe. Take this class to explore Socktastic patterns, to learn what makes a pattern shine in hand-painted yarn, and to see how to combine basic building blocks and tweak existing patterns to come up with your own Socktastic creations.
    Student brings: Your favorite sock yarn; needles appropriate for your yarn; pencil and eraser (graph paper will be provided).

Bountiful Sheep: Cormo          16 Student          Class & Wait List Filled
Judith MacKenzie
     Sunday, June 22, 1:30-4:30pm
     Cost:
$55 plus $10 materials fee
     Cormo are known for their wonderful soft fleeces that do well either combed or carded. They are a very modern sheep, a cross between Corriedales and Merinos developed in Tasmania in the 1960’s by Ian Downie. These sturdy animals with their good disposition produce lovely white fleeces and crossbreds produce colors and are a handspinner’s dream. You will learn how to select a good fleece, how to wash it and store it. We’ll learn several different methods to prepare it for spinning, including combing and carding. We’ll look at several different spinning styles that work well with this fleece and learn how to make a variety of diameters as well.
     Student Brings: Spinning wheel with all its parts and in good working order, handcards if you have them (I have extras) and mini-combs if you have them.

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