Workshops

Interested in teaching at the 2020 Festival?  Please email Education at  nhswga@nhswga.org

 

2019 WORKSHOPS

Workshop registration is being conducted through online.  If you have a question about a workshop, 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:

Spinning For Socks, Laurel Jamieson-3 hour; Saturday 9:30-12:30

CR2 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost: $40 Materials: $0

Learn about choosing the appropriate wool and spinning techniques for a durable and comfortable sock. We will spin, swatch, and share, to take away reference samples for future sock projects.

Materials: Please bring some roving, single breed if possible, a drop spindle or wheel, a pair of needles, whatever size you would use for socks, to make a swatch or two. We can share around roving, Teacher will bring extra.

Level: Spinners with some experience spinning and plying

Parasites and Sheep Health, Dr. Nate Harvey-3 Hour; Saturday 9:30-12:30

CR3 (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.

Level: Open to all

Introduction to Sock Knitting, Donna Kay- 3 hour Saturday 1-4pm

CR2 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost $40

Have you caught the sock knitting fever but aren’t sure where to start? This class is will take you step by step as you knit a child’s sock. Learn how to knit with double-point needles, a stretch cast on, shape heels, gusset and toes. Donna will share tips for getting a good fit and choosing stitch patterns. Come find out why socks are the perfect take-along knitting project. Students will leave with a pattern for adult socks.

Proficiency Level: Beginner and up

Class Size: 15

Materials: 2 oz light colored worsted weight yarn, set of double-point needles size 6, safety pin and tapestry needle.

Materials Fee: none

Creating Custom Blends on a Blending Board, Cyndi Catt- 3Hour; Saturday 1-4p

CR3 (Lower level arts and crafts building) Cost $40 Materials $40

Are you dying to blend your own colorful fiber blends? Do you wonder how to implement luxury fibers like silk and cashmere? Are you intrigued by the blending board tool? Come try one out for the afternoon and go home with fun blends to spin!

Level: Open to all. Materials: Instructor will provide; bag of assorted fibers to use and take home, and loan of a blending board for class. Materials fee: $40 payable to instructor.

Choosing and Preparing Fleece for Spinning, Donna Kay- 3 Hour Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm

CR2 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building)Cost $40 Materials $15

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at choosing, washing and preparing wool for spinning this is the workshop for you! Learn what to look for when purchasing a fleece, then how to skirt and wash it. Preparing fleece is a low tech but highly satisfying way to work (play!) with wool.

We will be preparing washed locks for spinning using inexpensive hand tools. We will discuss the when and why of choosing a style of preparation for each type of wool

Proficiency Level: Open to all who want to learn about preparing wool.

Materials: Any hand tools you may have – I will have plenty to go around.

Materials Fee $15 payable to instructor for washed wool locks from various breeds

Class Maximum 15

Portrait Needle Felting, Marty Elkin-3 Hour Sunday 9:30a-12:30p

CR3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost $40 Materials $15-30

Looking to get started with needle felting? This sweet project called "Spring Violets" will get you started with the basics. The finished piece can be framed as an abstract painting or embellished with a needle felted design of the learners choosing.

Level: Beginner +

Materials Fee:$30, includes kit plus foam pad and needles. If you would like to bring your own needles and a foam pad, 5"x5" or larger, fee for kit is $15, payable to instructor

Spinning Woolen or Worsted?Laurel Jamieson-3 Hour Class Sunday 1-4pm

CR2 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost $40, Materials Fee: $5

Why and how, let the fleece inform your choice. Participants will practice both styles on at least two different breeds to learn how to spin for a fleece to bring out its best! 

Materials: $5 for roving kit, Please also bring a drop spindle or spinning wheel.

Level: Students should know how to spin/ply at a basic level.

Spinning Alpaca, Megan Long-3 Hour Class, Sunday 1-4pm

CR3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost $40, Materials $20

Interested in spinning alpaca fleece, but not sure where to start? Come explore this luxury fiber!

Materials: $20, includes alpaca fleece to practice in class and at home, please also bring a drop spindle or spinning wheel.

Level: Students should know how to spin/ply at a basic level

 

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

Spinning Alpaca, Megan Long-3 Hour Class, Sunday 1-4pm

CR3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost $40, Materials $20

Interested in spinning alpaca fleece, but not sure where to start? Come explore this luxury fiber!

Materials: $20, includes alpaca fleece to practice in class and at home, please also bring a drop spindle or spinning wheel.

Level: Students should know how to spin/ply at a basic level

$40.00

Spinning Woolen or Worsted? Laurel Jamieson-3 Hour Class Sunday 1-4pm

CR2 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost $40, Materials Fee: $5

Why and how, let the fleece inform your choice. Participants will practice both styles on at least two different breeds to learn how to spin for a fleece to bring out its best! 

Materials: $5 for roving kit, please also bring a drop spindle or spinning wheel.

Level: Students should know how to spin/ply at a basic level.

$40.00

Portrait Needle Felting, Marty Elkin-3 Hour Sunday 9:30a-12:30p

CR3 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost $40 Materials $15-30

Looking to get started with needle felting? This sweet project called "Spring Violets" will get you started with the basics. The finished piece can be framed as an abstract painting or embellished with a needle felted design of the learners choosing.

Level: Beginner +

$40.00

Choosing and Preparing Fleece for Spinning, Donna Kay- 3 Hour Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm

CR2 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost $40 Materials $15

$40.00

Creating Custom Blends on a Blending Board, Cyndi Catt- 3Hour; Saturday 1-4p

CR3 (Lower level arts and crafts building) Cost $40 Materials $40

Are you dying to blend your own colorful fiber blends? Do you wonder how to implement luxury fibers like silk and cashmere? Are you intrigued by the blending board tool? Come try one out for the afternoon and go home with fun blends to spin!

$40.00

Introduction to Sock Knitting, Donna Kay- 3 hour Saturday 1-4pm

CR2 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost $40

$40.00

Parasites and Sheep Health, Dr. Nate Harvey-3 Hour; Saturday 9:30-12:30

CR3 (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.

Level: Open to all

$40.00

Spinning For Socks, Laurel Jamieson-3 hour; Saturday 9:30-12:30

CR2 (Lower level Arts and Crafts Building) Cost: $40 Materials: $0

Learn about choosing the appropriate wool and spinning techniques for a durable and comfortable sock. We will spin, swatch, and share, to take away reference samples for future sock projects.