Class Descriptions

Friday Afternoon Classes

Dye a Silk Scarf Warp CLASS IS FULL

Instructor – Kala Exworthy
Class Size – 8
Materials Fee – $13 [does not include silk]

Create a one-of-a-kind silk scarf by painting your pre-run warp. Choose from three colorways and learn how the colors blend. We will soak, paint and set the warps using a process that Kala uses in her studio. You then take it home and rinse it out after 24 hours. Weft options will be discussed.

If you are running your own warp:
-100% silk, any weight
-9″ maximum width
-one scarf length plus loom waste
When running your warp:
-tight choke ties at both ends
-loosely tied cross ties
-add loose ‘dye ties’ where you would usually add choke ties (a loose figure eight with a twist as it goes between about half of the warp thickness)

If you do not have silk in your stash, email or call 612-578-4848 and schedule a trip to her studio to run your own or have her run one for you.

Minnesota Dye Plant Identification

Instructor – Virginia Parent
Class Size – 15
Materials Fee – none

Many plants growing in Minnesota ditches and waysides yield wonderful color in the dyepot. We will walk around the Mt. Carlos campus to explore different habitats and to identify potential dye plants. This is past the growing season, but we will identify past-their-prime plants and talk about color of potential plants you may discover in your neighborhood next summer.

The second half of the class will be held indoors discussing Minnesota-hardy dye plants that can be grown in your dye gardens.
Wear outdoor shoes.

Frame loom: Direct warping using handspun or novelty yarns

Instructor – Maryann Olme
Class Size – 10
Materials Fee – none

This class will teach you the tricks of the direct method for warping a frame loom as well as addressing how to use handspun or novelty yarns.

Bring to class – Your frame loom and a warping peg or large C Clamp, threading hook, and scissors. For warping your loom please bring the handspun or novelty yarn you would like to use and 4 to 6 ounces of a coordinating commercial yarn that will fit through the holes on your rigid heddle.

Bands with a Purpose CLASS IS FULL

Instructor – Lou French
Class Size – 12
Materials Fee – $10

Ply Split Braiding adds a new and portable textile art to your weaving, spinning or dyeing world. This technique uses yarns you probably have in your stash and can create fascinating embellishments and additions to your textile wardrobe.
Learn by making a multicolored band to be used as a key fob or luggage tag. This technique can then be reapplied and enhanced to make necklaces, purse straps, baskets and even more.

A gripfid (ply splitting tool) will be provided for use in class. One may be purchased for an additional $11.
Students bring nothing.


Saturday Morning Classes

Dyeing Wool in a Crock Pot CLASS IS FULL

Instructor – Celeste Grant
Class Size – 12
Materials Fee – $10

Learn how to turn washed raw fleece or undyed yarn into vibrantly colored wool. We will use a color wheel to help us choose or mix colors and acid dyes to create intense color. A crock pot controls the temperature. Wool may be “kettle-dyed” with a single color you have chosen or mixed or dyed with several colors in a single crock pot to create multicolored wool.

It is important that you arrive on time. We will be dyeing in shifts. Because of time constraints, it is unlikely that we will have time to dye more than one project per person.

Bring to class – Either 4 ounces of undyed wool fleece or 4 ounces of undyed wool yarn. Raw fleece must have been washed but not carded. (Commercial roving does not work well with this technique.) The yarn must be in a loosely tied skein. (A knitty-knotty will be available to make a skein, if necessary.) In addition, bring something to wear that will protect your clothing— a large apron or old shirt.
The materials fee includes everything we will need to dye the wool, except for the wool itself. I will provide each dyer with written materials, plastic gloves, masks, small packets of dye (3 colors)—enough to dye more than 6 skeins of yarn, and zip lock bags for your wet projects.

In addition, I will provide, for use in the class, crock pots, buckets, plastic drop cloths, measuring and stirring utensils, a wetting agent, salt, vinegar, acetic acid, and paper towels.

I will have also have available for sale that day undyed wool fleece in 4 ounce packages, 4 ounce skeins of undyed or lightly dyed wool yarn, and additional packets (and colors) of dye.

Spinning Dog or Even Cat Hair

Instructor – Nancy Preckshot
Class Size – 10
Materials Fee – $10

I choose my pets by their spinnability. Have you ever wondered if that beautiful, soft hair that you comb from your dog or cat could be spun? What breed pet do you have? Maine Coon, Poodle, Ragdoll, Newfoundland….? All are spinnable – by themselves or blended. If you have a target pet, bring some fluff to experiment with. Or try out the varieties provided by the instructor. We will explore preparation techniques, blending and spinning methods. Bring a spinning wheel or spindle and hand carders (cotton preferred but wool ones will do).

Skill Level: Intermediate and up

Bring to class – A spinning wheel or spindle and hand carders (cotton preferred but wool ones will do). Pet hair if you have some.

Finishes for Rag Rugs

Instructor – Loretta Stacy
Class Size – 12
Materials Fee – $1 [for handout]

Tired of the hems of your rag rugs frowning at you or the corners curling up? We are going to learn to make a firm straight hem that will lie flat on the floor.
Student will bring an unfinished rag rug sample at least 12” wide with a 6” fringe to knot. Time permitting, we will learn 2 different methods of knotting before sewing the hem. You should weave scrap rags at the beginning and end of the rug to hold everything in place until you are ready to tie the ends in class. 8-10 picks are sufficient. Weave rug sample using 12/6 cotton warp set at 8 epi or carpet warp set at 10-12 epi. Weave using strips of rag that are 1” – 1- ½” depending on your fabric.

Header should be woven in plain weave with rag strips of the same fabric cut 3/8” wide. Woven width of header should be 1 5/8” -1 ¾”. Bring thread to match your hem and a portable sewing machine with extra needles. Instructor will have titanium needles available for purchase for $2. If you wish to purchase a pre-woven rug sample, instructor should be contacted prior to Sept. 1st at $1 payable to instructor for handout.

Pick up Motifs: a Baltic Barrage!

Instructor – Naomi Binsfeld
Class Size – 12
Materials Fee –

Learn how to do pickup patterns on the inkle loom. Explore one type of pattern on the loom as we warp and weave. Instructor will have several warped looms with the different Baltic pattern counts-7,9,11, and 13.

Bring to class: your own loom and warp, or weave samples

Sami inspired Bracelet with Beads CLASS IS FULL

Instructor – Katherine Buenger
Class Size – 14
Materials Fee – $20

Students will make a three-strand braid with beads and tin thread. Then sew the braid on to reindeer leather to make a bracelet.

Bring to class – small sharp scissors and reading glasses if needed.

Saturday Afternoon Classes

Weave a Sweetheart Basket

Instructor – Jill Scarpari
Class Size – 10
Materials Fee – $12

This beginning basket is woven around the handle. Basket weaving techniques of over/under and start/stop are used to create this basket. The decorative heart adds a dynamic touch. It can be used as a card holder, napkin basket or to hold anything else that fits! Color choices may vary at class time. Basket size H 11″, including handle, x L 8″ x W 4″.

Students bring nothing.

Fiber prep for spinners

Instructor – Maryann Olme
Class Size – 12
Materials Fee – $5 for additional fleece

The yarn you get when you spin is influenced by your choice of preparation methods .In this class we will start with washed fleece and prepare it for spinning, using carding, flick carding, combing and drum carders. We will spin samples of your fleece and determine which method gives you the yarn you want. As time permits we will try sampling other fleece types using the available preparation methods.

Bring to class – A spinning wheel or drop spindle in good working order, 4 to 6 ounces of your favorite washed fleece and as many of the following tools that you already own. Hand cards, flick carder, combs and drum carder.
The instructor will provide some tools to share and additional fleece.

Needle Felting

Instructor – Nancy Preckshot
Class Size – 15
Materials Fee – $5

Needle felting is gaining in popularity and is a fun craft for anyone interested in learning a new way to create. Experience felting the easy, dry way by using needles instead of hot water to create an exotic animal, a decorative pot holder, jewelry or whatever your imagination suggests! All it takes are colorful wool fleeces, a felting needle, and the proper punching technique and you will be ready to embellish any wool item with your own personal “painted” designs and three-dimensional forms.

All supplies will be provided by the instructor including felting needles and fibers.

Skill Level: Beginner and up
Students bring: nothing.

Krokbragd on an Inkle Loom

Instructor – Naomi Binsfeld
Class Size – 12
Materials Fee – $5

Learn a new way to use your inkle loom and how to (temporarily) add a third shed to your loom.  In this class, you will warp and weave a krokbragd sample.

Bring to class: 3 colors of a non-elastic fiber (perle cotton or rug warp for example) in the same size, heddles the correct size for your loom, scissors, a shuttle, and an inkle loom.

The instructor will bring handouts, pieces to facilitate the extra shed on your loom, and a few looms warped in krokbragd to make additional samples if desired.

Basswood two-ply cordage

Instructor – Virginia Parent
Class Size – 10
Materials Fee – $5

The Basswood tree (Tilia americana L.) is native to Minnesota, and the inner bark can be used to create a wonderful two-ply cord useful for many crafts.

We will learn three techniques to create cord in this class – 1) the rope lay, 2) finger rolling, and 3) thigh rolling. We will talk about Basswood bark harvesting and preparation methods to use the inner bark.

You will receive soaked inner bark ready to use. Please wear jeans, the best surface for the thigh rolling technique.

Bring to class – an old towel and wear jeans.


Instructor – Sandi Benge
Class Size – 8
Materials Fee – $5 for a twining frame

Practice all the techniques you will need to make a twined rug by making a hot pad in this class.

Bring to class: 1 yard each of two different colors of medium weight fabric cut into two inch strips. Also bring scissors, needle and thread.