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2022 Workshops 

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Friday, October 14th

All-Day Classes

all-day classes are 9am - 4:30pm With a break for Lunch 

 

WS 201 Learning to Spin on a Wheel 

Level: All Welcome  ·  Cost: $130

Instructor: Sari Peterson  

Have you dreamed of making custom yarns that match your vision of what you want for your next project? Soft and fluffy, tightly twisted, thick, thin, or perhaps both? What about creating your own colors? When you can’t find what you want in a commercial yarn why not create your own? Join Sari as she shares an art form that is just as relevant today as it was 200 years ago. We’ll learn basic wheel mechanics, how to turn fluff into yarn, plying, and even the possibility of spinning straw into gold!

Materials Provided

All fiber will be provided.

Students should bring

  • Spinning wheel in good working order. 

  • We have a limited number of loaner wheels available for this course, if you would like to borrow a wheel please make a note in your course registration.

  • Please note, masks will be required for this class.

WS 202  Spin Out of Your Rut    

Level: Able to spin a consistent singles yarn  ·  Cost: $140

Instructor:  Linda Hansen

Expand your toolbox of spinning styles. Most spinners use only one or two styles of spinning. We'll identify what your "go to" style is, what it's best used for, and then expand your happy spinning skills by giving you different styles to add to your repertoire, from worsted to long-drawn and in-between! Hands-on instruction will help you learn what breeds and types of wool work best for what spinning methods and how that creates the best result in a final product.

Materials Provided

Handouts and fiber

.

Students should bring

  • Spinning wheel

  • 3 bobbins

  • Lazy Kate

Friday, October 14th

AM Classes

AM classes are 9am - noon

WS 211 Locker Hooking

Level: Beginner   ·   Cost: $95

Instructor: Rosanne Anderson

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!) Even ugly, scratchy fiber results in a beautiful, durable piece of art.

Materials Provided

Locker hook, prepared canvas, roving, binder yarns, various yarns, instruction book.


Students should bring 

  • Paper

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

WS 212 Navajo Style Spindling

Level: Beginner  ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Christine Thomas-Flitcroft

This workshop will cover Navajo spinning techniques using the Navajo style spindle. We will discuss different types of Navajo spindles, Navajo spinning techniques and wool types traditionally used. We will focus on the Navajo technique of drafting and spinning wool two and three times. We will also cover the Navajo three ply technique on the Navajo spindle.

Materials Provided

2 oz. of wool top and use of a selection of washed Navajo Churro and other wools will be provided along with informational handouts.  I will also have Navajo Style Spindles for student use. Students may purchase these from me after the class for $40 if they are available.

Students Should Bring

  • A Navajo Style Spindle if you have one.

  • Hand Carders if you have them.

WS 213 Weave a Pin Loom Scarf Part 1, Introduction to Pin Loom Weaving

Level: Open to age 10 to 13 if accompanied by an adult, age 14 and up with no restriction  ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Margaret Stump

This is a 3 hour class that will introduce weaving a variety of overshot patterns on the pin loom in order to begin weaving a 4" x 80" scarf. Students will learn how to weave patterns on the pin loom and practice a number of patterns. They will receive written and on line resources on pin loom patterns. Students will have more fun and feel better prepared if they have practiced weaving a few squares on their pin loom before class. This is a stand alone class, there is no requirement for students to take the Part 2 class on joins and patterns.

Materials Provided

Printed instructions and sample yarn.


Students should bring

  • Students should bring a 4" pin loom with the traditional 3 pin grouping. Examples of these looms include vintage Weave-Its, Schacht Zoom Loom, and the Hazel Rose Multi-loom. Blue Butterfly looms will not work because they are the wrong sett.

  • Optional: 150 yards of DK weight or worsted weight yarn for the pin loom scarf.

  • Students can choose to not bring any yarn and just work on sample squares during the class if they would prefer.

WS 214 Nuno Felted Scarf-Merging Silk and Wool

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $115

Instructor: Kay Klose

In this class you will create an elegant Nuno felted silk scarf of your own design. Nuno, the Japanese word for cloth, is a process of merging wool fibers into a natural fabric base, producing a lightweight fabric with wonderful drape that is suitable for clothing, accessories as well as home textiles and fiber art. The skills you learn can be applied to creating the items listed above. You will learn surface design techniques, work with merino wool, silk and an array of natural fibers and materials to create your own wearable art.

Materials Provided

A variety of silk scarves, super fine merino wool fibers, locks, yarns, and all felting tools to include pool noodles, bubble wrap, plastic ties, water bottles soap and matts, needles, foam. 


Students should bring: 

  • Bring two towels

  •  an apron

  •  and any additional fibers you may like to add

WS 215 Mini Oregon Landscape - Needle painting class

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $80

Instructor: Heidi Leugers

This little painting works up fast with basic needle felting skills! No previous painting or drawing experience required. Heidi will demonstrate and introduce simple 2-D landscape composition basics and then show how, with her signature felting methods, to render the scene exclusively with dry, sculptural needle felting in textured, low relief (bas-relief). Students will learn how to choose the right fibers for different felting methods, how to select foundation materials, fun ways to employ yarns and rovings for detailed and convincing embellishment and employ simple ways to blend fibers for lovely, rich optical mixing without the need for expensive tools. Students can expect to finish one postcard-sized painting in the class.

Materials Provided

Each kit includes wool fibers, tools and supplies, a pre-drawn backing to complete the project and additional backing material and colored wools of the student's choice to complete more painting projects.

Students should bring 

All Materials and supplies will be provided

WS 216 FAMACHA Training

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Ended McNett

FAMACHA is a diagnostic tool to help you identify parasite infection in small ruminants, such as sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas. The tool is a chart that matches inner eye conjunctiva color to anemia levels, an indicator of parasite infection. This type of diagnosis allows farmers to target treatment only to infected animals, which in some systems has reduced use of deworming agents by 90 percent. Not only do farmers save money, they significantly reduce the likelihood of causing parasites to become resistant to dewormers. During this training you will also become familiar with the common internal parasites and their life cycles, dewormer resistance issues and management options.  The FAMACHA training provided in this workshop is only available in-person through certified instructors.

Materials Provided

Students will receive FAMACHA Training materials and the FAMACHA certification card. 

Students should bring

Smart Phone or Tablet/Laptop in order to view training slides/materials online during training.

Friday, October 14th

PM Classes

PM classes are 1:30pm - 4:30pm

WS 221 Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet

Level: All welcome  ·  Cost: $70

Instructor: Teresa Waldo

Come create a lovely beaded bracelet with Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding. In this class we will use a circular Kumihimo disk with eight strands of thread that we have strung beads on. We will follow a repetitive pattern to braid the threads together to create spirals of two different colors and sizes of beads. We will then attach end caps and findings to finish our stunning bracelets.

 

Materials Provided

Handouts with photos, 6” circular Kumihimo disk, silver plated findings, thread, and size 10 silver beads, embroidery card bobbins, and bead threader.

Students should bring

  • 160 size 6 seed beads in a color of choice (that will go with the silver beads provided by instructor),

  • Needle nosed pliers, Round nosed pliers, and wire cutters if you have them.

WS 222 Beginning Rug Hooking

Level: Beginner  ·  Cost: $85

Instructor: Judy Taylor

Students will learn everything they need to know to hook heirloom quality rugs, from design to masterpiece in the age-old style. No experience required.

Materials Provided

Rug Kit and Hook

Students should bring

  • Scissors

  • Wear long pants

WS 223 Weave a Pin Loom Scarf Part 2, Joins and Patterns

Level: Intermediate  ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Margaret Stump

This three hour class takes you to the next level of pin loom weaving. We will focus on practicing five basic joins as well as finishing techniques for a 4" x 80" pin loom scarf or for any item where you need to join pin loom squares. There will be extra sample squares available. Students will receive written and on line resources on pin loom joins and patterns. There is no requirement that you attend the Part 1 Pin Loom Scarf class.

Materials Provided:

Printed instructions and sample yarn.

Students should bring:

  • a 4" pin loom with the traditional 3 pin grouping.

  • Examples of these looms include vintage Weave-Its, Schacht Zoom Loom, and the Hazel Rose Multi-loom. Blue Butterfly looms will not work because they are the wrong sett.

Student Homework Optional:

6 to 10 Pin Loom Woven squares to build your own album of sample joins. There will be extra sample squares available in class.

WS 224 Intuitive forms, basket weaving with natural materials

Level: All welcome·  Cost: $85

Instructor: Rosey Covert

In this workshop you will use plaiting and twining to create a sculptural basket. You will be using hand harvested and natural materials, including cedar, willow bark, sea grass and iris leaf. The emphasis of this class will be on exploring shape and pattern to create a unique and beautiful basket. Beginners are welcome, no weaving experience is required.

Materials Provided:

Cedar, willow bark, sea grass, iris leaf, tapestry needle and use of scissors and awls.

Students should bring: 

All Materials will be provided

WS 225 Needle felted Witch, Ghost, and Pumpkin

Level: All welcome  ·  Cost: $70

Instructor: Anna Anderson

Create your own unique Halloween decorations in this fun class, suitable for beginners to intermediate students. You will learn all the basic steps of needle felting and work with a wire armature to create cute ornaments. I'll share tips on creating other holiday ornaments using the same skills learned in class. Students will go home with 3 adorable finished ornaments and a reusable needle felting kit.

Materials Provided:

Reusable needle felting kit: foam pad,3 felting needles, and a project bag.

Class includes all of the material, dyed roving, and locks to create 3 finished projects.

Students Should Bring:

All materials will be provided

WS 226 Sheep and Goat Fecal Egg Count Testing

Level: All welcome  ·  Cost: $60

Instructor: Kristi Kistner

A significant part of producing excellent fiber is related to animal health. This workshop will compliment the FAMACHA Training workshop and provide background information on sheep and goat internal parasites, a demonstration on how to perform Fecal Egg Count (FEC) Testing, training in how to collect fecal samples, and time for students to perform FEC Testing with collected samples. All materials to perform the testing will be provided during the workshop. Electronic handouts will include a FEC test procedure and equipment list, training images for parasite identification, and additional information on parasite monitoring and control. Information on purchasing FEC test materials and equipment will be provided to students before and during the workshop.

Materials Provided:

Students will receive electronic handouts, to include a FEC test procedure and equipment list, training images for parasite identification, and additional information on parasite monitoring and control. Testing supplies (puppy pee pad, disposable gloves, syringe, pipettes, tongue depressors, sharpie marker, flotation solution, plastic tumblers) will also be provided.

Students should bring:

Smart Phone or Tablet/Laptop in order to view training slides/materials online during training.

Saturday, October 15th

All-Day Classes

all-day classes are 9am - 4:30pm With a break for lunch.

WS 231: Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving

Level: Beginner  ·  Cost: $115

Instructor: Diane McKinnon 

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, plan a project, calculate and prepare a warp, thread the loom, and 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.

Materials Provided:

All yarn required for the class project plus a detailed handout.

Students should bring:

Rigid Heddle Loom, fully assembled and ready to weave on (not warped).

Bring all additional equipment such as shuttle, etc. that came with the loom.

No Harrisville Easy Weavers looms.

WS 232 Bear Grass braiding

Level: All Welcome ·  Cost: $125

Instructor: Celeste C. Whitewolf

We will make a necklace using two pieces of grass which are braided around a wooden skewer so that loops are created and a hollow core is created. The loops are placed such that one side is in the front of the skewer and the other side of the loop is in the back of the skewer.

Materials Provided:

All materials will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own necklace pendant.

If the student wishes to purchase a pendant from the teacher, that option will also be available. Pendant price will be dependent upon item selected.

Students should bring:

All materials will be provided

Saturday, October 15th

AM Classes

AM classes are 9am - noon

WS 241 Mystical Mohair

Level: Some spinning experience helpful·  Cost: $80
Instructor: Kristi Kistner

Mohair is a wonderful fiber and has fantastic properties. We will have hands-on participation in processing mohair from raw fiber to hand spun yarn.  The mohair will be staged at multiple processing points (skirting, washing, dyeing, carding, spinning).  Students will learn about angora goats and the mohair they produce, the differences between mohair and wool, how to turn raw fiber into usable yarn, and what the finished yarn can be used for (eg, garments, rugs, blankets, dolls, baskets, etc.).  We may also do a brief shearing demonstration with one of our kids!

Materials Provided:

  • 6 oz raw mohair

  • 2 oz cleaned and dyed mohair locks

  • 2 oz mohair batt or roving

  • *Limited number of drop spindles and hand carders/combs available for use during class for beginner students.

Students should bring: 

  • Hand carders/combs,

  • spinning wheel/e-spinner/drop spindle

WS 242 Viking Knit 4 Petal Bracelet

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Teresa Waldo

Come learn the age-old technique of Viking knitting and walk away with your own finished charm bracelet. Viking knitting is done by looping wire around a dowel and then pulling the wire tube that is created through a draw plate to condense the tube down to the desired thinness. The finished piece resembles the look of knitting. In this class we will explore a brief history of the craft, the tools needed, and the many possibilities of creating beautiful jewelry with this fun technique. Then we will get down to business making a single knit bracelet with a charm attached.

 

Materials Provided:

Handouts with photos, dowel, silver plated wire, findings, and charm.


Students should bring:

  • Please bring wire cutters,

  • round nosed pliers, and needle nosed pliers if you have them – instructor will have some to share during class.

WS 243 Beginning Crochet

Level: Beginner  ·  Cost: $75

Instructor: Rosanne Anderson

We'll learn to chain, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, triple crochet, and discuss plenty of other useful tricks of the trade. (Like making a great hat without worrying about gauge!)

Materials Provided:

A comprehensive book, various crochet hooks, lots of different yarns and a handout.

Students should bring: 

  • Paper

  •  pencil

  •  scissors

WS 244 Wash and Dye Longwool Locks; taking the fear out of working with locks

Level: All welcome  ·  Cost: $75

Instructor: Anna Anderson

Students will learn tips and techniques to wash and dye a variety of longwool and Mohair locks for use in a variety of projects. If you've always wanted to work with long locks, but didn't know where to start, or had a felting disaster that made you fear the process, then this is the class for you! Students will go home with 2 ounces of extremely long, hand dyed locks and 3-4 ounces of natural and dyed locks, in colors that you choose.

 

Materials Provided:

Instructor will provide a reusable project bag, a reusable mesh washing bag, all of the longwool and mohair locks, dye and materials needed to create some beautiful locks for use in other future projects.

Supplies needed:

  • Apron or old long sleeve shirt to protect clothing from dye,

  • a pair of rubber dish washing gloves,

  • an old bath towel or two.

WS 245 Pick a Peck Basket

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $95

Instructor: Christina (Chris) M Bush

This basket is very close to 9" square. Woven with reed, natural and dyed in a chase weave technique. Complete with bushel handles and a 5/8" rim and sea grass.

 

Materials Provided:

All tools and materials are provided.


Students should bring:

All materials will be provided.

WS 246 Goat Milk Cheese Making

Level: Beginner ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Tammi Paul

This class will get participants ready to make their first batch of goat cheese and inspire others to try new cheeses! We will cover best practices such as sourcing goat milk, handling and storing milk, tools and supplies needed to make both soft cheese and hard cheeses, using cheese cultures, reference books, recipes, and more! Class participants will see a variety of tools needed for specific types of cheese and we will discuss how to source items from local suppliers or upsource items that are already available in most homes.

Materials Provided:

Handouts, recipes, hands on demonstration

Students should bring: 

Pencil and perhaps a notebook.

Saturday, October 15th

PM Classes

PM classes are 1:30pm - 4:30pm

WS 251 Exploring Wool - A Breed Specific Show and Tell

Level:All welcome ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Kitty Bryan

This is a hands-on exploration of fiber from thirty-five different sheep breeds grouped into families. Taught in a workbook format, the class objective is to introduce sheep beyond merino and thus expand your fabric options.

Materials Provided:

Sheep Breeds workbook

Students should bring:

Pencil

WS 252 Stranded Knitting with Portuguese Purling

Level: Intermediate ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Teresa Waldo

Do you get frustrated with your yarns tangling when you knit with more than one strand? Does your carpal tunnel, arthritis, or joint pain flair up when you knit for long periods of time? Do your yarn floats come out too tight or too loose? Well the solution to these problems lies in an ancient form of knitting known as Incan, Andean, Turkish, Around the Neck, or Portuguese knitting. Come learn a way to do stranded knitting with just a flick of your left thumb. You will be amazed at how ergonomically comfortable this method is, how even your stitches and floats are, and how easy it is to manage two colors of yarn with no tangling. You may never again want to do stranded colorwork any other way. We will be knitting the two-color Blossom Dreams Ear Warmer using the Portuguese purl stitch and working with the wrong side of our work facing us. Our yarns will be tensioned by two hooks attached to our shirts. The Blossom Dreams Ear Warmer has picot edging and a floral stranded knitting pattern that was designed specifically for this class.

 

Materials Provided:

Handout, two knitting hooks, pattern for Blossom Dreams Ear Warmer and pattern for accompanying Blossom Dreams Cowl.

Students should bring:

  • 100 yards of worsted weight yarn for your background color (solid or semi-solid color),

  • 75 yards of contrasting yarn for the floral pattern (handpainted, variegated, gradient, or semi-solid)

  • Size 7 circular needles -16”,

  • tapestry needle,

  • scissors,

  • stitch markers

Student Homework

Cast on 96 stitches with background color.  Join in the round. Purl 5 rounds.

WS 253 Continuous Strand Weaving

Level: Beginner  ·   Cost: $85

Instructor: Hazel Spencer

Using a solid 10.5” wooden frame loom, participants will learn to weave a square with a continuous strand of cotton yarn. The completed square makes a superb dishcloth. Participants will learn to weave using a simple afghan hook. The continuous strand weaving technique on the 10.5″ loom learned in class is the same as for other sized squares and can be used for many projects. Project ideas will be included in the class handout.

 

Materials Provided:

Worsted Cotton yarns, weaving hook, packing fork, and instruction booklet, and a  10 1/2" square Quilt Weaver Loom for use in class. Loom available for sale at booth or web site. Students can also bring their own loom if they have one.

Students should bring:

  • All materials will be provided,

  • Bring normal class supplies, worsted yarns, if desired, yarn needle, scissors, notebook and pencil, etc.

WS 254 Pointillist Knitting

Level: Beginner  ·  Cost: $55
Instructor: Sivia Harding

Learn how to make pops of color in your knitting! In this class, I will introduce a bevy of fun, easy techniques combining color and texture that will jazz your knitting while using up your leftover scraps of yarn. In the class, we knit a small sampler, but you will have fun making up your own combinations for cowls, scarves, even sweater yokes! We discuss color theory to discover what makes things pop. You won’t look at your yarn leftovers the same way after this class!

 

Materials Provided:

Full-color handout


Students should bring: 

  • Small amounts of DK weight (or doubled fingering weight) yarn in several colors. Bring your leftover balls!

  • Size 6 (4 mm) or 7 (4.5 mm) needles

  • two 24” long circulars of the same size for working a small circumference in the round.

  • Use the smaller size if you are a loose knitter, the larger size if you are a tight knitter.

  • Stitch markers and the usual set of basic tools: scissors, tapestry needles, etc.

WS 255 Petite Brioche, 2 Color Brioche in the Round

Level: knit/purl; cast on/bind off; working in the round ·  Cost: $55
Instructor: Michele Lee Bernstein

Brioche knitting is the current “it knit” and you can do it, too! Brioche knitting is easier in the round than flat, and even easier with two colors rather than one. We’ll learn basic brioche rib while knitting a simple headband or cowl. We’ll also learn how to fix common mistakes in brioche knitting. 

Students should bring:

  • One light colored and one dark colored worsted weight yarn,

  • 100 yards each (example: Malabrigo Worsted)

  • 16 inch US 6 circular needle (no magic loop or dpns for first time brioche, please)

  •  one stitch marker for beginning of round

  •  Please also bring Petite Brioche pattern to class; free download here: https://pdxknitterati.com/patterns/patterns-hats/petite-brioche/

Homework: With Dark Color, loosely cast on 72 sts (90 sts for cowl) using long tail cast on. Join to work in the round, then knit 1 round. Bring yarn to front and leave it hanging there.

WS 256 Goat Milk Soap Making

Level: Beginner  ·  Cost: $60
Instructor: Tammi Paul 

Goat milk soap is fun to make and great for your skin! This workshop will be a combination of demonstration and hands-on fun! We will make goat milk soap using a basic recipe and then discuss how participants can build on the recipe to add herbs, textures, and designs. Learn the benefits of using fresh goat milk in soap, where to go for soap making supplies, how to add herbs and other delights to soap recipes, and how to mold, cure, and age your handmade soap. Each participant will take home a lovely bar of finished soap. An emphasis of this workshop is to use ingredients that are natural and available locally.

 

Materials Provided:

Handouts, instructions, recipes, and a bar of finished soap to take home.


Students should bring:

Pencil and perhaps a notebook.

Sunday, October 16th

All-Day Classes

all-day classes are 9am - 4:30pm With a break for lunch.

 

WS 261 Learning to Spin on a Wheel

Level: All Welcome ·  Cost: $130

Instructor: Sari Peterson

Have you dreamed of making custom yarns that match your vision of what you want for your next project? Soft and fluffy, tightly twisted, thick, thin, or perhaps both? What about creating your own colors? When you can’t find what you want in a commercial yarn why not create your own? Join Sari as she shares an art form that is just as relevant today as it was 200 years ago. We’ll learn basic wheel mechanics, how to turn fluff into yarn, plying, and even the possibility of spinning straw into gold!

Materials Provided:

All fiber will be provided.

Students should bring:

  • Spinning wheel in good working order. 

  • We have a limited number of loaner wheels available for this course, if you would like to borrow a wheel please make a note in your course registration.

  • Please note, masks will be required for this class.

WS 262 Dyeing To Spin: Creating Repeatable Colorways with Roving

Level: All welcome  ·   Cost: $125

Instructor: Diane McKinnon

In this fast-paced class, you will learn about color, how to mix dyes, and dye roving in order to get specific and repeatable color effects in your spinning fibers and handspun yarn. We'll cover color theory, how to use the color wheel, and then do hands-on dyeing to get you on your way to achieving your individual hand-dyed colors and the effects you want in your handspun yarns.

 

Materials Provided:

All materials (fiber and dyes) and equipment plus a handout will be provided.


Students should bring: 

All Materials will be provided

Sunday, October 16th

AM Classes

AM classes are 9am - noon

 

WS 271 Knitting with Variegated Yarn

Level: Intermediate  ·  Cost: $60

Instructor: Kitty Bryan

Do you avoid variegated yarn because you do not know what to do with it? Learn to amplify the beauty of hand-dyed yarn by choosing projects that flatter your skein.  Variegated yarns are dyed in one of six distinct patterns. The Gestalt effect provides rules for knitting these yarns into appealing fabrics.  Using a workbook, the Gestalt effect is explored for yarn purchase; dye pattern analysis; and project selection. Students analyze a broad range of variegated skeins, successful designs, and failed experiments to identify stitches and projects most suited to the unique characteristics of the yarn.

 

Materials Provided:

Knitting with Variegated Yarn workbook


Students should bring:

  • 2 skeins of variegated yarn; no cakes

WS 272 Tvåändstickning (Twined knitting)

Level: Intermediate  ·  Cost: $70

Instructor: Lisa Ellis

Twined knitting or 2-end knitting is a traditional Scandinavian technique dating back to the 17th century in Sweden. Twined knitting uses both ends of the same ball of yarn, alternating between the two strands. This twist creates an additional layer of thickness, making it wind resistant, very durable and firm yet surprisingly elastic with an equally beautiful wrong side. A traditional 3-strand cast on is taught along with the numerous versions of crook, chain, braids, ropes and deep knitting/purling in 1 or 2 colors and using up to 3 strands. Twined knitting gives great texture with a classic style.

Materials Provided:

Imported Swedish Z-plied yarn, in 2 colors (enough to make 1 adult hat), Class handout and 3 additional Twined patterns.

Students should bring: 

  • A supply sheet and introduction will be sent by email a month prior to class.

  • US size 3 straight needles and 16-inch circular needles plus basic knitting supplies.

WS 273 Great Sweaters are Made, Not Born!

Level: Knit, purl, make simple decreases and increases, cast on, bind off. Student needs to have some knitting experience, be able to achieve a consistent gauge throughout a project, and to have successfully completed a few projects (not necessarily sweaters)  ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Sivia Harding

Sweaters are the magnum opus of the knitting world, and yet something that intimidates many knitters. Knitting a fitted sweater, more than a shawl that does not need to fit a particular size, can be quite a daunting proposition. It’s a lot of knitting, a sizable investment, and how can you be sure it will fit? After all, swatching is a pain, and swatches lie anyway, don’t they? When pondering such a large scale project that needs to fit, a host of questions and doubts can arrive. The key to knitting a great sweater is simple, yet often overlooked. Yes, one must have the requisite knitting skills, but more important than that is creating a good sweater fabric in the yarn you plan to use (regardless of the needle size and gauge stated in the pattern), and then adjusting the pattern to suit your own fabric and gauge. In this class, we look at common sweater structures and examine how, when, and where to make adjustments to gauge in a pattern, once you have found your ideal fabric. We thoroughly discuss swatching as a means to an end - a necessary evil, if you will. Come with an open mind, prepared to learn tools to liberate yourself from the need to blindly follow a sweater pattern, hoping for the best.

Materials Provided:

 Handouts 


Students should bring:

  • Bring one or more swatches in yarn(s) that you are considering using for your sweater

  •  along with the pattern you want to use (see Homework)

  •  Bring a calculator, paper and pencil, measuring tape, and any helpful pattern notes culled from the Ravelry projects for this pattern.

Student Homework:

Work a stockinette stitch swatch that is at least 5” wide and 4” long. Measure the stitches and rows over 4” both before and after blocking. Work swatches until you have made a good sweater fabric, regardless of the needle and gauge stated in the pattern. 

WS 274 Frac That! Fractal Spinning for Fun

Level: Intermediate ·  Cost: $90

Instructor: Linda Hansen 

Have you wondered what fractal spinning is all about? This class will get you started in spinning fascinating fractal yarn using gradient-dyed top/roving, as well as selected color bars of roving. We will spin 2 ply samples of this fun and beautiful yarn that creates patterns of color and overlaps that make a progressively variegated yarn for knit, crochet or weaving.

Materials Provided:

Fiber and Handouts

Students should bring: 

  • Spinning wheel

  • 3 bobbins

  • Lazy Kate

 

WS 275 Small Egg Basket (It's a Cute basket)

Level: All welcome  ·  Cost: $85

Instructor: Christina (Chris) M Bush

This basket is created using two wooden hoops wrapped together with a woven God's Eye weave. The God's Eye holds the ribs of the basket in place using tension and the weavers are flat oval reed of natural and dyed, and thin sea grass. The Small Egg Basket will be a sturdy basket that can carry a half dozen eggs if needed or for decoration in any room.

Materials Provided:

All materials and tools will be provided.

Students Should Bring:

All Materials Will be Provided 

WS 276 Brioche Increases and Decreases

Level: Knit/purl, cast on/bind off, working in the round, know how to work 2 color brioche
rib. This is not a beginning brioche class  ·  
Cost: $55

Instructor: Michele Lee Bernstein

So you’ve mastered two-color brioche rib. What next? Increases and decreases with the Deep End Hat or Cowl! You’ll learn most of the increases and decreases on the first patterning round, and then have lots of relaxing brioche rib before the next increases and decreases. We will learn and practice double and quadruple increases, left- and right-leaning double decreases, and get an introduction to quadruple decreases. We’ll also learn more about reading your brioche knitting and fixing more mistakes.

 

Materials Provided:

Deep End (hat) or Deep End Cowl pattern. You will receive a coupon code to download pattern of your choice; please bring this pattern to class


Students should bring:

 One light colored and one dark colored worsted weight yarn

100 yards each (example: Malabrigo Rios)

 16" US 6 circular needle

 stitch markers

A row counter is helpful, too. (You can use a 24” needle for cowl, but it may be tight, depending on your gauge.) 

Student Homework:

Homework: Cast on and work through the four set-up rounds for the Deep End Hat as indicated in pattern (brioche rib), or the setup rounds for Deep End Cowl.

Sunday, October 16th

PM Classes

PM classes are 1:30pm - 4:30pm

WS 281 Knitting Linen

Level: Intermediate  ·  Cost: $60

Instructor: Kitty Bryan

Learn to Knit Linen Successfully!  Why is this ancient bast fiber so special? Is it environmentally friendly?  Designed to expand your fiber experience, students will use a workbook to explore linen; its history, behavior, characteristics, blends and production.  Class activities include knitting "successful" and "set-to-fail" samples, critiquing patterns, and discussing considerations in purchasing linen fiber and yarn. A flax wheel with distaff will be demonstrated.

Materials Provided:

Knitting Linen workbook

Students should bring:

  • Pencil, scissors, US 2 (2.75 mm)US 4 (3.5 mm), and US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needle with 24" cords;

  • one skein of fingering or sport weight linen,

  • 3x5 cards.

WS 282 Intarsia Knitting in the Round

Level: Must have knit one hat project  ·  Cost: $50

Instructor: Lisa Ellis

Intarsia by definition is “Picture knitting” in the flat. Intarsia was associated with Argyle socks which were knit in the flat and then seamed. Today, Intarsia can be worked in the round using some ingenious tricks. Class covers the pro’s and con’s to Intarsia and the various options utilized in Intarsia in the round.

Materials Provided:

Hat pattern with several intarsia chart options

Students Should Bring:

  • US size 6, 16” circular needles

  • 3 partial skeins of solid color contrasting worsted weight yarn (approx. 40 yds each)

  • basic knitting supplies.

Student Homework:With a US 4, 16-inch circular needle, using main color yarn (trim), co 90 sts.  Join in the round and work a 1x1 rib for 1”.

 

WS 283 Darn Pretty

 Level: Beginner  ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Sivia Harding

Have you ever thought of darning as art? Beautify your mending while extending the usefulness of socks and other garments. Prepare to be inspired as we learn to incorporate colors, patterns, and more to create an intimate objet d’art. We start with simple darning to learn the steps, then venture into stripes, plaids, and twills. Then we learn other techniques such as scotch darning, swiss darning, and various blanket stitch mends, and discuss when (and why) you might use each one.

Materials Provided:

 Handout 

Students Should Bring:

  • Bring odds and ends of leftover yarns of various weights along with embroidery or sashiko threads, including some lace weight mohair/silk if you have any available. If you don't have threads, don't worry. There will be some available to use in class.

  • Brings socks, T-shirts, or other garments that have holes or frayed areas, OR a stockinette stitch swatch that you don't mind snipping into :)  If you will be mending socks, bring a darning egg or mushroom, or a small apple or orange will do in a pinch. If you will be mending fabric, bring scraps of fabric

    (Neither of the above are necessary to bring if you will be practicing on a knitted swatch

  • Tapestry needles, small and large, for knitted mends.

  • Sashiko or #20 Chenille needles for fabric mends, Scissors

WS 284 3 Little Gnomes

Level: All welcome  ·  Cost: $75

Instructor: Rachael Grow

These little gnomes are just what you need to help guard your home and stash. We will make 3 different types of gnome in class, one shelf sitter, one bottle topper, and one pin cushion gnome. These cute little guys work up quick. Learn to felt their noses and wrap their hats with handspun art yarn. Pick out their accessories for their little hats and learn how to attach them. Nothing too challenging in this class, just some basic sewing skills needed. All materials provided. But if you would like a curly bearded gnome please bring your own curly locks, otherwise straight bearding material will be provided.

 

Materials Provided:

Gnome hat bases, wool for noses, beard material, handspun yarns for hats, moss, faux butterflies, faux mushrooms, feathers, glues, fabric and stuffing for pincushion base, needle and thread.


Students should bring:

If you would like a curly bearded gnome please bring your own curly locks, otherwise straight bearding material will be provided.

WS 285 Drop Spindle Basics

Level: All welcome  ·  Cost: $75

Instructor: Anna Anderson

This a fun, informative class for beginners to learn how to use a top whorl drop spindle. Students will get to choose and keep, their very own, fancy stone drop spindle. You will learn to spin from roving, a small art batt of fiber and assorted locks, as well as have plenty to take home to continue your skills.

 

Materials Provided:

Students will get to choose and keep a fancy stone top whorl drop spindle, 2 ounces of hand dyed roving, a small art batt of fiber,and hand dyed locks. A reusable project bag will be provided to safely carry your items home in.


Students should bring:

All Material Provided 

WS 286 12" Seagrass Tray

All welcome  ·  Cost: $95

Instructor: Christina (Chris) M Bush

This basket is woven on a 12" pine base using sea grass as weavers using the three rod wale technique. Ending with a 3/4" rim and inset sea grass. The basket is 14" round at the top and approximately 4" in height.

Materials Provided:

All materials and tools will be provided.

Students should bring: 

All Material Provided 

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