Saturday Workshops Classroom 1 (Education Building)
9:30 – 11:30: Family Friendly Felted Beads and Snakes (Marcia Weinert, 15 max)
Family Friendly Felted Beads & Snakes: Come play with a rainbow of unspun wool and some soapy water to discover how some of the very first fabric was made! We’ll discover how to turn wool into jewelry, toys, clothes, and household decorations in a sloshy whirlwind of fun: four projects in just two hours!! Ages 8 & up; children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult. No experience necessary. $5 materials fee paid to instructor for the fiber and tools.
11:30 – 1:30: Finishing Your Knits (Marcia Weinert, 10 max)
After you’ve completed knitting your project, the next steps you take will make or break its wearability! Bring a pair of 4” square swatches in any fiber or gauge with you to class, plus a tapestry needle and some extra yarn. You’ll learn how to sew invisible seams, weave in ends and, as time permits, we’ll explore the Kitchener stitch and other darning techniques!! Participants need to be able to knit, purl, cast on and cast off. You will need to bring two swatches, each 4” square, any gauge, and any yarn. Class is designed for young adults (14+) and adults.
1:30 – 3:30: Tiny Teacup Landscapes (Sheri Bulluck, 12 max)
In this class, we will work in miniature to create a tiny landscape in a teacup. We will create trees, mushrooms, hills, and streams – whatever make-believe scene you can imagine! These little landscapes make adorable pincushions or even a place to store your felting needles on your workspace. Great first-time project or to refine your “miniature” skills! $10 materials fee paid to instructor. Material fee will cover the teacup, felt, and needles.
Saturday Workshops Classroom 2 (Education Building)
9:30 – 1:30: Lichen Dye Lab (Natural Dying Workshop) (Rachel Kessler, 8 max)
You’ll take home knowledge of what lichens are, how they grow, how to identify lichens by group and species, and how to test them for a particular dye. The three lichen dye methods will be practiced. Taught with an ecological context and respect for the landscape. $20 material fee to be paid to the instructor for Handmade booklets with everything we did in class, space for note taking, and a secret pocket in the back for yarn samples. Yarn and silk samples prepped by me. Lichen dyes that we use in class. This class is for young adults (14+) and adults. Rachel is a hobby lichenologist & natural dye practitioner from Peaks Island, Maine.
1:30 – 3:30: Learning to Spin Using Ancient Method from Corsica (Judith Bastianelli, 10 max)
Intro to spinning easily as a precursor to drop or wheel spinning. This is a hands-on class which give you the mechanics to go onto the next step. Good prep for your spinning journey. $15 materials fee for roving and tool, to be paid to the instructor. Class is for ages 5 and older, children under the age of 14 needs to be accompanied with an adult.
Sunday Workshops Classroom 1 (Education Building)
9:30 – 11:30: Beginners Drop in Spinning (Marcia Weinert, 10 max)
Using a stick to make yarn is some of the oldest (and simplest) technology there is! Come learn what the cavemen knew: how to use a drop spindle to make your very own yarn. Bring your own spindle or use one of the instructor’s. We’ll talk about various types of spindles, selecting fibers, drafting techniques, and finishing your yarn. As time permits, we’ll discuss how to ply as well. No previous experience required. Young adult (14+) and adults welcome; no prior experience required! $5 materials fee to be paid to the instructor to cover the use of fibers and tools.
11:30 – 1:30: Wheel Maintenance (Marcia Weiner, max 12)
You’ve spent many happy hours at your wheel, which gives you great pleasure. However, your spinning pal has now developed a squeak or thump, or sometimes even a waddle. Perhaps you’re wondering what to use for a new drive band or tension spring? Bring your beloved baby right on in, and we’ll learn the best ways to get it back on track and care for it over the long term!! (Please note that this class will not cover missing parts for antique wheels or repairs of structural damage.)
1:30 – 3:30: Easy Needle Felted Animals (Statia Antworth, max 15)
Looking to dip your toes into needle felting? This is a great way to see if you’d like this hobby. Learn how to make and attach simple shapes together to build a little fuzzy friend. This class is for children ages 7+ and adults. Any children under 14 years old needs to be accompanied by an adult. There will be a $10 material fee paid to the instructor at the time of class. The materials fee will cover wool, felting needles, and a foam pad.
Sunday Workshops Classroom 2 (Education Building)
9:30 – 11:30: Dying Sock Blanks (Kristie Carr, 15 Max)
Dyeing sock blanks is an exciting and creative way to add a personal touch to your socks. In this class, you will learn how to dye a pre-knit sock blank using professional acid dyes. A sock blank is a pre-knit rectangle that is perfect for dyeing and can be unraveled to create a pair of socks. During the class, you will be introduced to various dyeing techniques. You will learn how to mix and dilute dyes to achieve the desired color intensity and how to create different color combinations. You will also learn how to properly handle the dye and how to set the dye to ensure long-lasting results. The class will be hands-on, and you will have the opportunity to experiment with different colors and techniques to create a unique sock blank that reflects your personal style. No prior dyeing experience is required, and all materials will be provided with your materials fee, including a pre-knit sock blank, acid dyes, and gloves. You are welcome to bring your own apron and wear clothes that can get stained. At the end of the class, you will leave with your own hand-dyed sock. Join us for a fun and creative class and discover the joy of dyeing sock blanks! $20 materials fee that covers the sock blank, dye, gloves, and incidentals. Class is for children ages 9+ and adults. Children under the age of 14 needs to be accompanied by an adult.
11:30 – 1:30: Hand Carding Class (Donna Kay, 15 max)
In this workshop I will teach you how to use hand cards to prepare wool locks for spinning. Several methods of carding will be shown, and all fibers will be provided. Spinning carded fibers will be demonstrated in class but you will take your prepared fibers home with you to spin. If you have a pair of handcards please bring them but I will have some to share. No experience necessary. Please bring hand cards if you own them. $5 materials fee paid to the instructor for the wool.
1:30 – 3:30: Intro to DPN’s (Judith Bastianelli, 10 max)
Does the prospect of using double pointed needles stop you from that project you want to conquer? This class will help you overcome those obstacles and get you onto that project! Participants will need to know how to cast on and knit with straight needles. This class is for young adults (14+) and adults.