Classes

Two class periods are included in the cost of registration. A class period is one Friday afternoon, one Saturday morning, and one Saturday afternoon. If a class offered covers two periods, for example a Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon, that would be the allowed two class selections you can choose and cannot be separated. At registration, please note they are listed as Part 1 and Part 2; if you sign up for part 1, please sign up for part 2 and not another class.

BUT WAIT…..you can sign up for a third WAIT LIST CLASS! So if you have signed up for 2 class periods and want to take a third, you can sign up for one on a wait list. If the class you selected as your third option does not fill up to the max class number the instructor has indicated, you will be in that class. The instructor will be notified and you will hear from the instructor like any other class. You may not select WAIT LIST for a 2 period class. Please see the “Wait List” option at Registration.

Please make your selections at registration. REMEMBER, your class selection isn’t guaranteed until payment is received.

Friday Afternoon

2 SEATS LEFT Nuno Felted Scarf – Simply with Jill Lynn

THE LAYOUT – hand dyed silk and superfine merino wool will be used to make a simply gorgeous nuno felted scarf. 

THE FELTING – no rolling will be necessary as we will do the actual felting in minutes using a finishing sander.

THE FULLING – the fun part of the process where we will feel the transformation of the two materials become one under our hands.  We will be on our feet for a good part of the class, so wear comfy shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting a little wet.

Level of expertise for student to enroll in class: All levels Materials fee to be paid by student to teacher: $30 Maximum # students: 9

Equipment needed to participate:

  • 1 bath towel
  • 1 hand towel
  • One plastic cereal size bowl or container
  • One gallon bucket or container for water
  • Optional – Finishing sander (not orbital or mouse) (Instructor will have a few to use)
  • Optional – Ball Brause

Color and Weave with Loretta Stacy

We will spend our time discussing what color and weave is, then begin to weave 7 plain weave samples using precut paper strips to make a reference notebook.

No experience requirements Maximum # of Students: 10 Materials fee to be paid by student to teacher: $5. Materials provided: precut paper strips, base page for each weave, sheet protectors, 3 ring folder, handout. Equipment needed to participate: Scotch tape, pencil or pen, scissors that can cut paper for trimming.

Nålbinding (2 Period Class) with Alethea Kenney

Nålbinding, from the Danish or Old Norse meaning needle-binding is an ancient fiber art technique found worldwide.  It uses short pieces of yarns from wool or other animal fibers that can be joined using a “spit join” or simple felt join.  All you need is a blunt needle (traditionally a carved wooden or bone needle), yarn and time in order to make hats, mittens, socks, scarves and more. During this workshop attendees will learn to create a pair of nalbinding fingerless mittens.  Included are a nalbinding needle, instructions and yarn.  

This is a 2 period class. An inexperienced person is not likely to finish in the 2 periods, but there are clear written instructions to take home and unlimited follow up access to the instructor for any questions so that they can be finished later.

Kit cost is $30.00 and class limit of 15.

Faux Thrum Knitting (2 Period Class) with Deb Kerr

This warm mitten is perfect for Minnesota winters. Doing stranded knitting with a worsted wool and a single ply super bulky wool creates the warmth and softness of a thrummed mitten with a fraction of the work.

$25 includes  yarn and pattern. Students need to provide knitting needles. US5 and US7 needles for knitting in the round – student preference: double points, 2 circular needles, Flexi Flips, 40”for magic loop

Students should have experience with casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch and binding off.

Twining to Weave with Lynn Brasel

Explore twining with 1, 2, or 3 weft strands.  We’ll start with the basics and end                with a hot pad/ mug rug.  No prior experience needed. Materials fee:  $15.00 (includes loom, 2 tapestry needles, and precut fabric strips) Students should bring fabric scissors

Spinning: Fractal Spinning A Painted Roving with Brenda Dunse

This class is open to all levels of spinners. 

In this class, you’ll plan, prep, and spin painted roving using a fractal method. 

Painted roving for spinners is available in a wide variety of fibers. 

We’ll look at samples, discuss the types of drafts, and learn spinning techniques that may help you spin for your specific fiber characteristics. 

Students need to bring a spinning wheel in good working condition and at least three empty bobbins, more if they want to ply more than a 2-ply yarn. Also, bring your spinning bag with all the things you like to spin with. Mine holds my Niddy Noddy, Lazy Kate, Ball Winder, and an assortment of fiber preparation tools. 

Think of how you intend to use your yarn… to knit, crochet, weave, or one of my favorites, Tunisian crochet, and bring those tools with you for sampling.

Material Cost: Students can bring their 4-ounce painted roving (a braid of fiber with at least 3 different colors). Brenda will also have fiber braids available for purchase at the time of class.

Saturday Morning

THIS CLASS IS FULL Navarre Beach Tote Basket (2 Period Class) with Eve Sumsky

Weave a tote basket out of rattan reed, add leather handles, and you are ready to go!  Basket is 9” X 9” X 5”, a nice size for a lunch, knitting project, or library books.  It is woven using basic basket weaving techniques. Beginners are welcome! There will be two color options or plain to choose from. Some hand strength is needed. Materials fee to be paid by student to teacher :$35.00 Teacher will provide tools needed, but if you have basket weaving tools please bring them and a dish pan or bucket for water. Maximum # students : 10 students

THIS CLASS IS FULL Shaft Switching on 4 Harness Looms with Judy Larson

An introduction to shaft switching that can be done on any four shaft loom that lets you free up your design options as you weave.  You’ll get to try four different ways to do shaft switching, and weave a mug mat with your own unique design.  The looms will be already set up, so you’ll get to experience each technique and find what works best for you. Then  you can do shaft switching on your own loom after the class. Techniques from Jason Collingwood and Gisella Von Weisz will be included.

Max number in the class: 10

Materials Fee:  $5

Equipment:  Provided

Level of Expertise: Any level of weaving

Tunisian Crochet with Brenda Dunse

Learn Tunisian crochet, great for stash busting. It’s a great way to create with your handspun yarn designs or commercial yarns. You’ll learn what Tunisian crochet is and why it is a useful alternative to knitting or traditional crochet. You may have heard about Tunisian crochet tends to curl. You will learn how to make and work a foundation chain and row to help overcome this tendency for the finished piece to curl. You will work your piece in the Tunisian simple stitch, discussing how to keep the edges of your work straight, and you’ll learn how to bind off and finish your piece. Each student will receive a tip sheet.

Equipment student will need to participate: each student will need a Tunisian crochet hook or a traditional crochet hook and handspun or commercial yarn to work their sample piece. A darning needle and scissors to work in the tail on your finished piece. Brenda will have Tunisian crochet hooks and yarn available for purchase at market rate.

Jane’s Bracelet with Deb Kerr

This fun little bracelet is made from SuperDuo and 11/0 seed beads and strung using needle and thread. Make a single or double wrap. 

Materials fee to be paid by student to teacher: $15

Equipment needed to participate: None

Level of expertise for student to enroll in class: Beginner

Blending Board Essentials with Beth Friedman

Have you ever admired some lovely blending board rolags being sold at a festival? Now you can learn how to make them for yourself.
In this class, students will explore different blending techniques, using the materials provided to make at least four distinct sets of blending board rolags. They will discover that a blending board is an excellent tool for combining colors and textures of fibers, and that in addition to rolags, blending boards can also be used to make batts and roving.

Materials cost is $15.00 provides a handout for sourcing additional references and materials, four pre-packaged sets of fiber, and an assortment of fiber for students to use their own creativity. Students either need to come prepared with a blending board, dowels, and paintbrush or other packing tool or need to let me know well in advance if they don’t have them (select option at registration). Boards can be available to rent for the weekend. I can also recommend a site where students can purchase their own boards at a good price.

Doubleweave Bag on a Rigid Heddle Loom (2 Period Class) with Rebecca Thingvold

In Doubleweave, two reeds and two pick-up sticks allows you to weave two independent cloths at the same time, one above the other.  By connecting the layers, we’ll weave a tube to create a cute doubleweave bag (about 6 by 10inches) all in one warp and no seams! The style of bag is designed as weft faced using 8 dent reeds, but plain weave is more apparent if you use 10 dent reeds, totally okay! The picture shown is with 2-10 dent reeds.

The class is two periods on Saturday.  Pre-warping is required, but if you need help threading, let me know and we can meet on Friday afternoon (select option at registration).  Complete warping and threading instructions will be sent to you.

Skill Level; Advanced Beginner Equipment; Rigid Heddle Loom with two (8 dent; 7.5 in Ashford) reeds.  Loom needs 2 reed block.  If your loom does not have it, you can probably get one for it.  Warp; 8/4 cotton rug warp 32-40 yards in two colors (1 light, 1 dark).  Weft; Use up your scrap wool yarn!  A worsted weight works well.  Even thrums!  Maybe mix in some scrap fabric strips.  You can be as coordinated as you want with colors; 3-5 colors make some interesting patterning.  We’ll discuss patterns for the more traditional look of Boundweave and finishing your bag. Bring to Class; Two pick-up sticks, a handful of small shuttles, scissors, weft material, and a separate comb or pick for beating. Material Cost: $10.00 for handouts

Saturday Afternoon

2 SEATS LEFT Needle Felted Nisse with Melba Granlund

Needle Felted Nisse or Tomte – Norway and Sweden’s Santa Claus. They often appear in homes around the holidays as a small felted character with a long beard and even longer red hat. Make one using wool roving and basic three dimensional needle felting techniques. Material Fee: $20 (cash only) for all materials including wool roving, fleece locks, felting needles and felting pad.

Manipulate Probability to Design! with Hazel Lutz

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Students will learn several techniques of using and manipulating probability to make designs that have a non-rigid, organic appearance. Practicing these techniques on paper with colored pencils, you will be ready to use them in whatever creative projects you choose, for example:

spinning sequentially multi-fiber or multi-colored yarns  mixing needle sizes, yarns or stitch patterns in knitting or crochet painting dye colors on roving or top mixing colors on a blending board mixing colors in a sequential series of batts on a drum carder piecing fabrics in a patchwork quilt planning inlay of various colored woods on a tabletop planning multi-colored wall painting or tile floors weaving variations on a loom beading necklaces and bracelets

The applications are infinite! 

No class fees. Bring to class:

Graph paper or narrow-lined paper               3-4 colored pencils in contrasting colors              2 decks of cards              2 pairs of dice              A necklace or bracelet with  2 or more different colors/shapes of beads Optional: If you’d like to try out one of these techniques in knit or crochet, bring two or more different colored yarns that go well together and appropriate needle sizes.

Nålbinding Period 2 (period 1 required)

Faux Thrum Knitting Period 2 (period 1 required)

Doubleweave on a Rigid Heddle Loom Period 2 (period 1 required)

Navarra Beach Tote Basket Period 2 (period 1 required)

Rug Talk and Sharing with Loretta Stacy

We are going to put a little different twist on Rug Talk this year.  If you have a historical or generally old rag rug or wool rug, please bring that to share along with the story of the rug.  If the rugs could talk, what would they tell us? You are still welcome to bring a current rag rug or wool rug to share.