Workshops

2020 WORKSHOPS

Workshop registration is being conducted through online.  If you have a question about a workshop, please email nhswga@nhswga.org.  Trouble with the site, or would like to register via phone, please contact Patty Williams at patty@akerllc.com or 603-306-1144.  Please note you do not have to register to sign up for a workshop.  Just go to store under the tab. 

Workshops Available:

Workshop A--Parasites and Sheep Health,

Dr. Nate Harvey

Classroom 3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost $40 Materials $0

New to Sheep or just wanting tips to keep your flock healthy and parasite free? Come spend the morning with Veterinarian, Dr. Nate Harvey ready to learn all you need for healthy sheep. FAMACHA scoring will be presented, in addition to learning to do your own fecal counts.

Level: Open to all

                   

Workshop B--Three dimensional Felting Basics, $40 plus $20 supply fee

Kathleen Gerdes

Classroom 4  (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

Are you interested in learning how to needle felt? This "Beginner Basics" workshop will take you through the steps to do that.  The first part of the workshop will include sharing essential information about wool types, needle sizes and uses, and felting techniques. (There will be hand-outs for you to take home.) We will also be making 2 small projects to apply your new knowledge. One project will be two dimensional (flatwork) and the other will be three dimensional (sculpture).  Supply cost is $20, to be paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.  This fee includes a dense foam pad and two needles for you to take home.  This fee also covers all wool, provided by the instructor, to complete the two projects during the workshop.  

Level: Beginner and up

              

Saturday 1pm

Workshop A--Cooking Lamb, $40

Oonagh Williams

Meet in Classroom 3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

Come learn how to prepare three popular cuts of lamb in a useful and tasty hands on demonstration. Preparation styles will vary from Middle Eastern to Traditional to Modern and will remove the mystery from this versatile meat.

Spinning Single Breeds, $40/$5

Laurel Jamieson

Classroom 4 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

Rare and Heritage Breeds - What are They and Why Use Them? Learn a little history. Bring a drop spindle and expand your spinning repertoire while learning how to save the genetic diversity of our sheep population. Not limited to spindlers, fleece sample packets are included to take home to your wheel. $5 fee payable to the presenter.

Sunday 9:30

Workshop A--Alpaca Fiber Processing $40/$20 supply fee

Megan Long

Classroom 3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

Have an alpaca fleece lying around that you don't know what to do with? Did you just get some alpacas and have all their fleeces in your basement? Learn how to process huacaya alpaca fleece! From raw alpaca fleece to making your own handspun yarn. Class includes how to skirt and evaluate a fleece, washing, carding, and spinning. Please bring your own spinning wheel / drop spindle as that will not be provided in this class.

Materials that will be provided are : 2oz of alpaca roving, a knitting accessory kit, and a copy of the presentation. 

Workshop B--Natural Dyeing Wool Yarn, $40/$14 materials fee

Instructor: Marty Elkin

Classroom 4  (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

Sunday, May 10, 9:30-12:30

Handout and materials included.  No experience needed.

Supply fee of $14, includes a skein of wool to take home

Require a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12.

We will mostly use colors from the kitchen (onion skins, turmeric, etc) plus indigo powder. Plants from the farm may include dried marigolds. We will fire up the dye pots inside.  You will learn about safety precautions, fiber preparation and using alum as a mordant and iron as a modifier.  Expect to leave with yarn samples, recipes and techniques for natural dyeing on your own. 

We will provide any dye supplies, big pots, tongs, thermometers, and a scale. Bring an apron and rubber gloves if you have them.  Snacks, drinks, and your knitting projects are all welcome.  Dyeing can have some down time!   We welcome any natural dye projects you have done before as a show and tell!

If you would like to discuss the possibility of bringing some of your own fibers, please email me prior to the class, marty@fiberthyme.com

Sunday 1pm

Workshop A-- Using Your Handspun, $40

Donna Kay

Classroom 3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

Do you have baskets of handspun and no idea what to do with it? What are the best uses for your special yarns? Whether you knit, crochet or weave Donna will teach you methods of evaluating and determining the best way to showcase your wonderful, one of a kind yarns!

Class Length: 3 hour

Materials Fee: none

Proficiency Level: Open to all

Materials: Samples of handspun yarn (small balls are fine), knitting needles or crochet hooks in various

sizes. Weavers may bring a small sample loom (a notched pieces of cardboard and a long tapestry

needle would be fine). Paper hang tags for labeling, ruler, scissors and a pen for notes.

Workshop B— Having Fun Spinning Art Yarn!

Odediah Skolnick

Classroom 4 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building), $40/$10-$18

Explore the following types of art yarn with the freedom to make these yarns, “your yarns”. Your art yarns can be used in knitting, weaving, crocheting, or other methods of textile creations. The materials costs is flexible. Expect between $10 and $18 per student. If you have registered for the class and have questions prior to the class, please contact me: ocskolnick@gmail.com

The class will introduce you to:

  1. Thick and Thin art yarn on purpose.
  2. Spiral ply yarn with 3 design elements in the ply.
  3. Spiral art yarn with beads.
  4. Corespinning with multi-fiber batts.

What you'll need for the class:

     1. Any wheel in good working order except the antique spinning wheels with small orifice openings.          

  1. 2-3 bobbins and a lazy kate; niddy-noddy, scissors, and string to tie off skeins.
  2. It's important that you can spin and ply comfortably and confidently with the wheel you are bringing to class.

A Taste of Tartan: Christi Porter                             8 hours
Spend the day exploring the techniques of weaving a Scottish tartan. Students will weave a tartan sample while learning the history of this ancient cloth. 

Cost: $100 Includes admission to festival.  Plus $30 materials fee (paid to instructor at workshop) for warp and weft yarns.  Students must be experienced weavers and bring a loom plus loom accessories.

Beginner Rug Hooking: Green Mountain Rug Hooking School 3 hours
Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on work students will experience the art of rug hooking while working on a small project to take home.  This class is designed for students who have never tried rug hooking or have very little knowledge of proper technique.  Students can arrive knowing little to nothing about rug hooking and will leave being able to pull loops and complete projects!  Class content will include discussions of equipment, setup, proper technique, and different styles.

Cost: $50 Includes admission to festival. Plus $45 materials fee (paid to instructor at workshop) for pattern and cut wool strips.  No experience or knowledge necessary to take class.

Dorset Buttons: Merit Scotford 3 hours
Dorset button making was a cottage craft in England in the 18th century.  Buttons were made with rings of sheep’s horn and wool or linen thread.  This class will make them with metal or plastic rings and a variety of fibers.  We will learn the basic Dorset Crosswheel pattern and some of its many variations.  Beginner sewing skills and good eyesight or magnification are helpful.

Cost: $45 Includes admission to festival.  Plus $1 per button made (paid to instructor at workshop).

Spindle Tasting: Katherine Johnson   3 hours
Spindles, spindles, spindles — try them all! This class will feature demonstration and hands-on auditions of a variety of spindle types from around the world and across history.  We will handle, discuss, and use high whorl and low whorl drop spindles, various-sized support spindles, and even work with spindles that are flexible in their use, moving between suspension, in-hand, and fully supported.  Do you have a spindle at home that has you stumped? Bring it along and let’s see if we can make it sing for you.  If you are puzzled or intrigued by the variety of spindles you’ve seen out there, this class is for you.

Cost: $50 Includes admission to festival. 

Beginner Crochet: Laura Donica 3 hours
Crochet creates a lovely springy fabric that can create many items with one hook.  This is a great alternative to knitting if you are worried about having a lot of live stitches.  Crochet only has one but can make elaborate and beautiful projects! Through demonstration and hands-on practice students will explore the art of crochet while making a small project.  No experience or knowledge necessary to take class.

Cost: $45 Includes admission to festival. Materials included.

Beginner Drop Spindle: Laurel Jamieson 3 hours
Have you ever watched a demo or you tube video and thought “I can do that” and then struggled to spin once you have your own spindle?  This class is made for you!  This introduction to spinning will cover the basics of tool choices, fiber preparation, drafting, and plying.  If you have ever wanted to spin, you will have the knowledge you need by the end of class. No experience or knowledge necessary to take class.

Cost: $45 Includes admission to festival.  Bring your spindle and fiber to class.

Caring for the Angora Bunny: Sherry Gould                             3 hours
Caring for angora bunnies can often be intimidating (so much fur!), but it doesn't have to be.  These bundles of fluff can be well cared for with a few tools and some time.  This class will teach the novice to the experienced how to care for their current or soon to be bunny.  Each student will handle a bunny, trim nails, groom, and cuddle.

Cost: $45 Includes admission to festival. 

Tunisian Crochet:  The Crafty Cauldron 3 hours
Tunisian Crochet is also called afghan crochet.  This crochet uses a long hook, and many consider it to be a combination of crocheting and knitting.  Students in this class will learn basic techniques so they can continue with their own projects.

Cost: $50 Includes admission to festival. Plus $30 materials fee (paid to instructor at workshop) for all materials.   
No experience or knowledge necessary to take class.

 

 

Workshops

$40.00

Sunday 1pm

Having Fun Spinning Art Yarn!

Odediah Skolnick

Classroom 4 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building), $40/$10-$18

$40.00

Sunday 1pm

Using Your Handspun, $40

Donna Kay

Classroom 3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

Do you have baskets of handspun and no idea what to do with it? What are the best uses for your special yarns? Whether you knit, crochet or weave Donna will teach you methods of evaluating and determining the best way to showcase your wonderful, one of a kind yarns!

Class Length: 3 hour

Materials Fee: none

Proficiency Level: Open to all

$40.00

Sunday 9:30

Natural Dyeing Wool Yarn, $40/$14 materials fee

Instructor: Marty Elkin

Classroom 4  (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

Sunday, May 10, 9:30-12:30

Handout and materials included.  No experience needed.

Supply fee of $14, includes a skein of wool to take home

Require a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12.

$40.00

Sunday 9:30

Alpaca Fiber Processing $40/$20 supply fee

Megan Long

Classroom 3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

$40.00

Saturday 1pm

Spinning Single Breeds, $40/$5

Laurel Jamieson

Classroom 4 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

Rare and Heritage Breeds - What are They and Why Use Them? Learn a little history. Bring a drop spindle and expand your spinning repertoire while learning how to save the genetic diversity of our sheep population. Not limited to spindlers, fleece sample packets are included to take home to your wheel. $5 fee payable to the presenter.

$40.00

Saturday 1pm

Cooking Lamb, $40

Oonagh Williams

Meet in Classroom 3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

Come learn how to prepare three popular cuts of lamb in a useful and tasty hands on demonstration. Preparation styles will vary from Middle Eastern to Traditional to Modern and will remove the mystery from this versatile meat.

$40.00

Saturday 9:30

Three dimensional Felting Basics, $40 plus $20 supply fee

Kathleen Gerdes

Classroom 4  (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)

$40.00

Saturday 9:30

Parasites and Sheep Health,

Dr. Nate Harvey

Classroom 3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost $40 Materials $0

New to Sheep or just wanting tips to keep your flock healthy and parasite free? Come spend the morning with Veterinarian, Dr. Nate Harvey ready to learn all you need for healthy sheep. FAMACHA scoring will be presented, in addition to learning to do your own fecal counts.

Level: Open to all