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workshop registration is closed for 2019

Some classes are still open, and will be accepting on-site registration at the Festival starting at 8:30am on Friday. Payment for on-site registration will be via Cash/Check only, no credit/debit cards will be accepted. 

Friday, September 27

All-Day Classes

all-day classes are 9am - 4pm

 

WS 901 Learning to Spin on a Wheel 

Level: Beginner  ·  Cost: $125

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, several ways to ply, and even the possibility of spinning straw into gold!

Students should bring: Spinning wheel - OFFF has a few wheels to rent for $10 each.

WS 902 Organic Indigo        

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $125

Instructor: Linda Hartshorn  

Discover the Organic Indigo Vat, a way of indigo dyeing that uses fruits and other natural substances to dye beautiful natural blues. Developed by Michel Garcia, the “1 2 3” method works faster than fermentation and does not require the use of chemicals. In our workshop, we will create different kinds of vats and dye fabric samples and wool yarns. Learn how to replenish and keep an indigo vat going. Make a mini vat in a jar to take home with you!

Students should bring: Gloves, old clothes and/or apron, scissors, black sharpie marker, glue stick, and a one quart glass mason jar with lid.

WS 903 No Fault Weaving - Weaving for Color and Texture           

Level: Beginner ·  Cost: $115

Instructor: Elizabeth Palmer

In this class you will weave in the “Saori style” where there are no mistakes, and the emphasis is on color and texture. Leave worrying about selvedges behind, and concern yourself with what novelty yarn or ribbon, or roving you want to incorporate. Use up some of your leftover yarn, throw in some beads... everything depends on what you are seeing on your loom and where you want to take it.


Students should bring: loom, Students should bring a rigid heddle loom warped at either 10 or 12 epi, with 8/2 cotton (preferably – any warp at a sett appropriate for plain weave will work) The warp should be between 8 and 12 inches wide. Black is best, but any color will work. A 4 harness loom can also be used, set up for plain weave. Bring some of your stash of handspun or novelty yarn, and any other yarn, locks, roving you think you might want to weave with. Lots of things to try will be provided. Also bring some shuttles if you have them.

        

WS 904 Hand Felted Slippers   

Level: experience recommended ·  Cost: $120

Instructor: LeBrie Rich

Make yourself a pair of toasty warm hand felted slippers! In this wet felting class we’ll start by making a pattern with a plastic resist. You’ll learn how to calculate for shrinkage to make a pair of slippers that really fits. Then you’ll learn how to lay out the fiber in strategic layers and felt it into fabric using hot water and soap. Finally we’ll full (shrink) the slippers down to size and block them for a professional finish. Students will come away with one completed pair of slippers and the know-how to make more for any sized foot. This technique does not require a shoe last so you really can do it at home without extra equipment. At the end of the class students will be given access to LeBrie’s step-by-step video on how to make felted slippers so you can populate the world with slippers.


This class is best for those with some felting experience or scrappy beginners. Felting is physical and requires some stamina and upper arm strength.


Students should bring: Bring 2 old towels, a sharp pair of sewing scissors if you have them and wear comfortable shoes. It can be handy, but not necessary, to bring a plastic apron to wear when wet felting.

WS 906 Needle Felted Woodland Gnomes

Level: Advanced Beginner

(some needle felting experience recommended) 

Cost: $145

Instructor: Heidi Leugers

These 6.5 inch tall Woodland Gnomes work up quickly with the creative use of core wool and a few simple, signature methods Heidi teaches to create cute details like facial features, ears with lobes, and tall, softly slumped caps. In this class students will learn the techniques for both “the curly bearded guy”, and “the buxom gal with braids”. Each student will complete at least one Gnome in class, and most will be well on their way to making two, in colors of their choice. All materials, needles and tools will be provided to complete a pair of Gnomes. Learn to make these now and create even more on your own to share for the Winter Solstice or the Christmas Holiday!


Students should bring: All materials will be provided.

      

Friday, September 27

AM Classes

AM classes are 9am - noon

WS 912 Broom Making...The Turkey  Wing

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $60

Instructor: John Simurdak

In the early days brooms were basically small sticks tied to a big stick. They were most
effect on rough floors and yards, but not efficient in cleaning dust and/or ashes. For
that function folks would use the wing of a bird and sweep with the feathers. As brooms
began to be made from broom corn the shape of the earlier brooms were utilized, or in

other words a useful whisk broom shaped like a wing. Participants will learn and tie a Tur-
key Wing Whisk using a foot winder for tension. They will also learn how to plait a handle

for that finished look.


Students should bring: Nothing! All materials will be provided.

 

WS 913 Beginning Pin Loom Weaving

Level: Beginner ·  Cost: $95

Instructor: Hazel Spencer

Basic weaving on 4” square pin loom. Students will learn to warp and weave a plain
square, one with a design, and one with an all over stitch pattern & assemble them into a
useful little needle book.


Students should bring: yarn, notebook & pen, scissors, yarn needle. Can bring sport,
sock, or dk weight handspun if they like.

 

WS 914 Frac That!  Fractal Spinning Fun

Level: Intermediate ·  Cost: $90

Instructor: Linda Hansen

Fractals are simply repeated patterns of decreasing size. Fractal spinning creates patterns of color and overlaps that translate to a fantastic color striped and progressively variegated yarn for knit, crochet or weaving. Using gradient dyed top/roving as well as selected color bars of top/roving, we’ll spin and 2 & 3 ply samples of this fun and beautiful
yarn.


Students should bring: Spinning wheel

 

WS 915 Kumi-what? Kumihimo!!

Level:  ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Diane McKinnon

This easy to learn, ancient Japanese braiding technique is as addictive as it is fun. We’ll use a foam kumihimo disc to hold colored cords or yarns that will be manipulated in a sequence to create braids of many different designs. It’s a very portable fiber craft and best of all, it’s TSA approved! This class is designed to teach the basics of kumihimo including the tools, yarn selection, various braiding sequences, and ideas for the uses of the finished braids. You will leave the class with a completed kumihimo braided keychain, enough materials to complete another key ring or bracelet on your own, and the ability to design your own kumihimo patterns for future projects.


Students should bring: scissors, pen or pencil

Friday, September 27

PM Classes

PM classes are 1pm - 4pm

WS 921 Meat Cutting for Lamb 101

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $60

Instructor: Dan & Susie Wilson...mainly Susie

Tired of seeing your carefully raised lamb come back from the butcher poorly cut & trimmed? Like to learn how to make your own well-trimmed cuts or learn meat cuts so you can work more closely with your butcher? Successfully marketing your freezer lambs and retaining customers requires knowledge and know how. Using a few sharp knives, hack saw, and table, Dan shows you how to easily section, cut lamb carcasses and turn them into an array of small, well trimmed cuts. Find out how to use every scrap of lamb for both people and pets. All lamb cuts will be available for purchase.

WS 922 Beginning Rug Hooking

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $90

Instructor: Judy Taylor

Learn all the basics for hooking heirloom quality rugs with yarn, wool fabric strips and T-shirt strips! From basic hooking techinques, getting your design on the backing, hemming, cleaning and caring for your hooked treasures, and much more.

 

Students should bring: scissors

WS 923 Captivating Cotton Spinning

Level: Intermediate ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Wanda Jenkins

Want to be able to spin cotton with a cross-arm spindle? Do you dream of knitting a summer shirt with your handspun cotton? This is the class for you! We will cover twist, drafting, and drawing out the short fibers to successfully spin cotton without the need for a support spindle. Rounding out your experience spinning with cotton will be Ply-on-the- fly and Stranded Spinning techniques.

 

Students should bring: Spindles, All materials will be provided, Turkish spindles will be available to use during the class.

WS 924 Weave a Pin Loom Spirit Horse

Level: Beginner ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Margaret Stump

This weaving course was first introduced at the 2018 Handweavers’ Guild of America Convergence in Reno, NV.
Participants will weave and construct their own Pin Loom Spirit Horse. Materials -- including yarn, stuffing, twigs, base and embellishments, will be provided. This class will teach the basics of making this delightful pin loom fiber sculpture as well as offering the opportunity for the participants to individualize their Spirit Horse. As an option, participants can choose to bring some embellishments for their Spirit Horse to add personal meaning to their sculpture. Beads and other embellishments will be available in the class.

 

Students should bring: 4” pin loom

WS 925 Kumi-what? Kumihimo!!

Level: All Welcome  ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Diane McKinnon

This easy to learn, ancient Japanese braiding technique is as addictive as it is fun. We’ll use a foam kumihimo disc to hold colored cords or yarns that will be manipulated in a sequence to create braids of many different designs. It’s a very portable fiber craft and best of all, it’s TSA approved! This class is designed to teach the basics of kumihimo including the tools, yarn selection, various braiding sequences, and ideas for the uses of the finished braids. You will leave the class with a completed kumihimo braided keychain, enough materials to complete another key ring or bracelet on your own, and the ability to design your own kumihimo patterns for future projects.

 

Students should bring: scissors, pen or pencil

Saturday, September 28

All-Day Classes

all-day classes are 9am - 4pm

WS 931: Learning to Spin on a Wheel

Level: Beginner  ·  Cost: $125

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, several ways to ply, and even the possibility of spinning straw into gold!

Students should bring: Spinning wheel - OFFF has a few wheels to rent for $10 each.

WS 932 Indigo Shibori

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $125

Instructor: Linda Hartshorn

Create beautiful blue patterned fabrics with shibori and indigo! Shibori is the Japanese art of stitching, tying, and clamping cloth to create dyed patterns. Indigo, the natural blue dye, is wonderful for shibori dyeing. Prepare cotton and silk fabrics using the Japanese techniques of kumo, itajime, arashi, and more. Make an indigo vat and dye your shibori
fabrics. Watch the cloth magically change from green to blue in your hands! Open your fabrics to reveal the dyed patterns.

Students should bring: Old clothes and/or apron, gloves, scissors. Spool of heavy hand sewing thread in white or natural (suggested is Dual Duty Button and Carpet thread), hand sewing needles, number 2 pencil, seam ripper, a ball of size 10 crochet cotton or some 10/2 cotton in white or natural. If you can, please also bring a 3-4 ft. long piece of straight rigid white PVC or black ABS pipe (from a hardware store), 2” to 10” in diameter, wider is better.

 

WS 933 Tannin and Iron

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $125

Instructor: Rio Wrenn

In this intensive you will learn about tannin based dyes from concentrates and harvested plant matter and how they react with iron. You will create several samples with silk and cotton to illustrate this reaction and understand how to make these dye baths. We will be using iron baths and actual rusted objects to experiment with printing and creating pattern. Everyone will get a larger silk panel to create a final piece.

 

Students should bring: All materials will be provided

WS 934 Wet felted hat

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $125

Instructor: Bayarma Batomunkueva

We will make a whimsical hat with ears. You will learn how to create 3D shape using flat template. We will learn how to lay roving to form a strong and gentle non-woven fabric in a desired shape. My original pattern will stay with you, so you can make more hats by yourself!

Students should bring: Ball 7”, big cotton towel, 1 roll of paper towel, soap, spoon.

WS 935 Drafting: Daunting to Delightful

Level: intermediate -- some wheel spinning experience

Cost: $115

Instructor: Ruth Northrup

Want to learn drafting beyond short draw? Or maybe rusty on different drafting techniques? In this class we will examine short, long, and over the fold drafting with different preparations of wool, cotton, and silk. Explore with us and learn how to draft fibery goodness.


Students should bring: Spinning wheel in good working order that you are comfortable
with, 3 or more bobbins, more is better

 

Saturday, September 28

AM Classes

AM classes are 9am - noon

WS 941 I’ve Bought a Fleece – Now What do I DO With it?”

Level: Prerequisite Skill Level – none, but it helps to love the smell of raw wool!

Cost: $60

Instructor: Shelia January

You’re a spinner or a spinner wannabe who has taken (or will be taking) the plungeand purchased your first fleece and wants to know how to process it, or you’ve tried to process a fleece and had results that you are less than pleased with. This is the class for you. We’ll look at a fleece, talk about skirting, soaking, washing, picking, and carding or combing, plus get hands-on experience with each process. Bring a fleece with you if you’ve just bought one or have one you’d like looked at, and we’ll give you advice and help with it!

 

Supplies needed: Hand cards or combs if you have them 

WS 942 Brioche Pastiche: 2 Color Brioche in the Round

Level: ·  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, and then move on to the increases and decreases in my Brioche Pastiche Hat. We’ll also learn how to fix common mistakes in brioche knitting.


Students should bring: One light colored and one dark colored heavy worsted to Aran weight yarn, 100 yards each (example: Malabrigo Worsted), and 16 inch US 6 circular needle (no magic loop or dpns for first time brioching, please), one stitch marker for beginning of round.

WS 943 Endless Knot Crocheted Cables

Level: Advanced ·  Cost: $55
Instructor: Laurinda Reddig

Inspired by the Celtic Knotwork of ancient times, the Eternal Knot has no beginning orend. During this class you will learn to use front and back post stitches to create thewoven look of a closed knotwork cable pattern, as seen in  Laurinda’s book, The Secret Stitches Crochet Companion. The knotwork is formed at the same time as the back-
ground fabric, making it easy to insert into a variety of crocheted garments and accessories once you have learned the basic knot.

Students should bring: yarn, Needles/ hooks, Worsted weight yarn and size H or I crochet hook. Stitch markers, yarn needle and scissors (optional - cable needle).

WS 944 Needle Felted Birds

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Juneko Martinson

What is your favorite garden bird? Goldfinch? Robin? Sparrow? Chickadee? You will learn how to needle felt a basic garden bird with wire feet. You’ll be able to customize the shape, markings and color to make your favorite bird or design your own. The class materials include a color wool palette, wires for feet, core material and bead eyes for
creating two birds. Make them both in the class or make one in class and save the other one to make at home. You will also receive four felting needles. Bring your favorite felting mat or you can borrow the teacher’s felting foam during the workshop.


Students should bring: Wire cutter, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers for wire bird
feet. Felting mat of your choice.

Saturday, September 28

PM Classes

PM classes are 1pm - 4pm

WS 951 Production Spinning and Plying

Level: Able to spin a consistent singles yarn

Cost: $60

Instructor: Shelia January

Do you want to spin faster, with greater efficiency and productivity? This class will help you to improve your output with specific techniques and wheel adjustments. The goal will be to produce strong, balanced sport-to-worsted weight general purpose yarn more quickly than you currently can.

 

Students should bring: Hand cards or combs if you have them
 

WS 952 Slip Stitch Knitting

Level: ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Michele Lee Bernstein

Slip stitch knitting creates lively colorwork patterns using only one color per row/round. In this class we’ll sample several slip stitch patterns, and then discuss how to incorporate them into a hat or cowl pattern.

 

Students should bring: Four colors worsted weight yarn, 50g each. US 7 needles or size that gives you a pleasing fabric in your gauge. Please bring needles that you like for small circumference knitting, your choice of dpns, 2 circulars, or long circular for magic loop.We’ll use these for swatching. Please also bring either 16” (for hat) or 24” (for cowl) needle for your design project.

WS 953 To Infinity and Beyond – Mobius Cowl

Level: all levels ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Laurinda Reddig

Put a twist on the long loops of the typical “infinity scarf.” Use double crochet to create a true infinity or “Mobius” cowl where each round forms a figure eight or infinity symbol, creating a twist in the loop. Or use the stitch pattern of your choice to design your own, learning how expanding each round from the center out will affect your stitch pattern and
how to adjust your stitches to look their best on both sides.

 

Students should bring: yarn, Needles/ hooks, Worsted or Bulky weight yarn; 1-2 skeins of yarn you want to make a cowl with; crochet hook sizes appropriate for yarn; scissors.

WS 954 Needle Felted Mini Breakfast!

Level: Intermediate ·  Cost: $60
Instructor: LeBrie Rich

Tiny coffee + tiny eggs and bacon + tiny toast = MINI BREAKFAST!!! Working at a small scale presents unique challenges to the needle felter. In this class you will make a tiny breakfast with an expert helping you every step of the way. We will address selecting the right gauge of needle(s) to work with and choosing appropriate fiber for a small scale. You will learn how to plan ahead and make each element to scale so that all the pieces look good together at the end. LeBrie Rich is known for her detailed felted sculpture of food, and in this class she will teach you all the tricks and tips she has developed over the years.


Students should bring: All materials will be provided

 

Sunday, September 29

All-Day Classes

all-day classes are 9am - 4pm

 

WS 961 Spinning 201 - Intermediate Spinning, with Wheel Mechanics and Maintenance

Level: Able to spin a consistent singles yarn and comfortable with several types of fibers

Cost: $115

Instructor: Shelia January

Are you getting comfortable with your spinning, but want to take it to the next level?
Do you think that you should be able to spin faster, or thinner, or thicker, or be more “in
charge” of your wheel? Are you thinking that you just need a bit of a refresher course on
how to spin woolen or worsted? We’ll look at all of these things, learn some tricks, and
will also look at a number of different types of wheels and how to get the most from them.
A number of different fibers will be supplied to work with, as well as some wheels to try
that you may not have used before – and find out if you agree with folks who think double
drive wheels or walking wheels are great.


Students should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order – If you have a Woolee
Winder, please bring a standard flyer as well; at least 3-4 empty bobbins; lazy kate; a lap
cloth if you have one; your standard spinning tool kit.

WS 962 Begining rigid heddle weaving

Level: All Welcome ·  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 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
on your own to weave a variety of handwoven projects.

Students should bring: Rigid Heddle loom, assembled but not warped. Bring all accesso-
ries that come with the loom.

Sunday, September 29

AM Classes

AM classes are 9am - noon

WS 971 Bavarian Twisted knitting

Level: Intermediate ·  Cost: $60

Instructor: Lisa Ellis

Bavarian knitting, originating from the Bavarian Alps region, is comprised of traveling cables against twisted
stitches. The twisted stitches create well define stitches while the traveling cables have a nice design
element and are usually 2 stitch cables that don’t require a cable needle. The patterns and charts appear
complex and complicated, yet once you understand the chart symbols and gain simple breakdown of the
stitch movement, it becomes easy to follow and quite addicting! Class covers a twisted German cast on,
reading a Bavarian chart, working cables without a cable needle and 4 basic Bavarian cable stitches.


Students should bring: yarn, Needles/ hooks

WS 972 Intro to Inkle Weaving

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Linda Hartshorn

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 belt. Learn to cre-
ate patterning by varying the color order of the yarns. Take home a pattern for a shopping

bag you can make with your hand woven inkle bands.


Students should bring: loom, Inkle loom (open-sided style like Schacht or Ashford ),
belt shuttle, scissors. Please do not bring a two-sided inkle loom. I have a few extra inkle
looms I can loan if I am notified in advance.

WS 973 One Top Five Ways

Level: Beginner ·  Cost: $70

Instructor: Janet Deutmeyer

You have a beautifully dyed multi colored roving that called your name, how are you
going to spin it so it doesn’t look like mud? Do your yarns seem to be very similar in
looks? That is what this class will cover. We’ll spin a dyed top in to five different yarns.


Students should bring: Spinning wheel, lazy kate, 3 bobbins, labels, note taking items,
and baggies.

WS 974 So Sari Little Sheep!  Bracelet

Level: All welcome  ·  Cost: $70

Instructor: Rachael Grow

Make your own bracelet using fiber wire art yarn and sari ribbons. Students will learn how
to use and manipulate handspun fiber wire to create a unique bracelet. Students will also
learn some basic macramé knotting techniques that they will apply to the enhancement
of their bracelet. Each bracelet will be finished off with a cute little sheep charm.


Students should bring: All materials will be provided, If you have some please bring
round nose pliers marked with your name.

WS 975 Nuno Felted Silk Scarf

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $100

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 meri-
no wool, silk and an array of natural fibers and materials to create your own wearable art.

Students should bring: All materials will be provided, Towel and apron,panty hose - (2
pair knee high or one pair long) - any fibers they want to add to their piece

WS 976 Magical Turkish Spindles

Level: Able to spin a consistent single on a Turkish spindle

Cost: $60

Instructor: Ilisha Helfman

This class provides an overview of lots of possibilities for Turkish spindles. Nothing is
lovelier than watching beautifully patterned layers pile up on your spindle and watching
them reveal themselves again in reverse order as you use your yarn. Learn to wind
gorgeous cops, to ply from your cops, and to use them for easy skein winding. Plying in
beads, silk flowers and sequins will be demonstrated as will ply on the fly (chain plying
as you spin your singles). Support spindling with your Turk as well as spinning energized
singles (and their uses). We will also be discussing thoughts on combining colors and

fibers as well as a basic wash process to set the twist. There will be lots of Turkish spin-
dle spun samples. We will discuss ergonomic hand positions to provide hours of comfort

and safety and to help you spin beautifully consistent singles. In addition there will be a
discussion of stained glass inspired spinning and knitting.


Students should bring: A Turkish spindle

WS 977 The Amazing Giant Angora Rabbit and its Wool Economy

Level: All welcome  ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Karin McTeague

Touch a Giant Angora Rabbit. Learn what’s special about the Giant Angoras wool.
Investigate the Giant Angoras economy: How much does it cost to produce 1 oz of Giant
Angora wool? Good wool production requires healthy and happy Giant Angora Rabbits.
Explore: Giant Angora Rabbit husbandry that keeps your rabbits clean and healthy.
We’ll talk about Giant Angora Rabbit haircuts (this is not a shearing demonstration).


Learn about:
• Good tools.
• Complete haircuts.
• Gentle effective holds that keep you and the rabbit safe.
• Toenail trimming, vent cleaning.
• Storing and weighing wool for sale.


Students should bring: Nothing! All materials will be provided.

Sunday, September 29

PM Classes

PM classes are 1pm - 4pm

WS 981 Portuguese Knitting

Level: Beginner ·  Cost: $60

Instructor: Lisa Ellis

Portuguese knitting, also known as Turkish Knitting or Andean Knitting, is a smooth, easy
and fast technique involving only a flick of the thumb. With minimal hand movement, this
style of knitting is ergonomically gentle on your hands and wrists. We’ll experiment with
traditional Portuguese knitting as well as working with a knitting pin and ultimately 2 pins!
We start with a new way to hold our yarn, a simple Portuguese cast on and then practice
both knitting and purling our project inside out! We’ll also practice Fair Isle (optional)
which will have you addicted in no time as it is more efficient than traditional Fair Isle
method and minimizes the chance of puckering.


Students should bring: yarn, Needles/ hooks

WS 982 Knitting Plaid

Intermediate ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Kitty Bryan

Do you love plaid, but believe it is a woven fabric? Are you intrigued by a tartan due to
its family connection or its beauty? Beginning with a brief Scot Tartan history, students
will learn to read a Clan sett (a tartan weaving pattern) as a knitting pattern. Traditional
setts will be examined. Once students understand the construction of a knitted tartan,
the class will knit a Clan MacLeod-Inspired Cowl. This class will provide the tools to knit
and design your own tartans. Taught in a workbook format, instruction is based upon an
antique technique discovered by Franklin Habit.

Students should bring: yarn, Needles/ hooks, Scissors; pencil ; US 6 (4.0 mm) circular
needle Wound DK yarn in three colors: Yarn A: 125.0 yards (114.3 meters), 1.76 ounces
(50 grams) Yarn B: 125.0 yards (114.3 meters), 1.76 ounces (50 grams) Yarn C: 15.0
yards (13.8 meters), 0.18 ounces (5 grams)

WS 983 Spin for a Purpose

Level: Beginner ·  Cost: $70

Instructor: Janet Deutmeyer

Ever spin a yarn for a project only to find it didn’t work out? We’ll cover what types of
fibers/yarns are good for different types of projects. Part of class will be spent spinning
different fibers so you’ll go home with samples to help you determine what you may need
for any project you dream of.


Students should bring: Spinning wheel, lazy kate, 3 bobbins, labels, note taking items,
and baggies.

WS 984 Celebrate spinning with Spindle & bobbin necklaces

All welcome ·  Cost: $75

Instructor: Rachael Grow

Celebrate this year’s craft by making these spindle and bobbin necklaces. In this class
students will learn how to use and manipulate handspun fiber wire. Then they will put
together their very own miniature drop spindle to hold that art yarn, and fill up a miniature
bobbin.
Students should bring: All materials will be provided

WS 985 Flick, Scrape, Yank: Carding and Combing

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $65

Instructor: Ruth Northrup

Surely there are ways to prepare fiber that don’t require super-human strength and the
occasional drop of blood! In this class you will learn the basic fiber preparations by using
hand carders and combs safely. Come learn to card and comb with gentleness and ease,
making those carders and combs work for you!


Students should bring: Hand carders & combs if you have them, Familiar spinning
wheel in good working order, 3 empty bobbins

WS 986 Jazzknitting

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $55

Instructor: Ilisha Helfman

Ilisha Helfman, Jazzknitter, has developed a new way to use the inherent qualities of
hand dyed yarn in knitting. In this workshop we will follow the placement of color on
our skeins as we form the shapes of our knitting. We will see how the same skein can
produce completely different shapes when different colors are featured. We will also
embrace qualities natural to knitting (striping, pooling, and curling) to make beautiful

natural forms. The artist has shown her knitted collages in galleries in NYC and Port-
land and will bring some of her framed pieces to class, along with a variety of loose

Jazzknitted shapes to study for inspiration. Unlike free-form knitting, this is a considered
and structured approach, though a liberating one, as there are no patterns to follow, no
gauges or stitches to count and no mistakes to make or correct. Students find it both fun
and addictive as they follow their threads to find their own paths.


Students should bring: yarn, Needles/ hooks, Bring hand-painted sock and/or lace
weight yarn (multiple or small balls to choose from and experiment with). One hundred
percent merino yarn will be especially helpful for some of these little projects but other

fiber or merino mixes will be fine for some of the shapes we’ll be working on too. Ran-
domly colored handspun won’t work for most of these shapes because a repeat in the

color sequence is required, however you could make a gingko leaf out of handspun. 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. Jazzknitting works best with lace
or sock weight yarns using size 0-2 double pointed or circular needles. Double pointed
needles work especially well. It’s best to use needles that are about 2 sizes smaller than
you’d normally use for a yarn because we’re aiming to create a fabric that has stability
while getting the most out of our color passages. You can get the concepts using larger
needles and heavier yarns but you won’t be able to pool the colors in meaningful ways
and Jazzknitting is about creating shapes with intentional pooling.

WS 987 The Americans

Level: All welcome ·  Cost: $70

Instructor: Linda Hansen

Of the thousands of sheep breeds throughout the world, there are less than a dozen that
have been developed to a breed in the United States since colonial times. We’ll learn
about these amazing sheep, their history and use, and you’ll spin some of their wool.


Students should bring: Spinning wheel