Classes

Due to the Covid-19 Delta variant infections on the rise, we ask that you be vaccinated and masked when indoors for your safety and safety of others

Two class periods are included in the cost of registration. A class period is one Friday afternoon, one Saturday morning, and one Saturday afternoon. There may be a class offered that 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.

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

Friday Afternoon

Pin Loom Weaving Celeste Suter
Fibonacci Sequence/Golden Mean Loretta Stacey
Rya Weaving THIS CLASS IS FULLMelba Granlund
Felted Luminaria Cindy Graff

Intro to Weaving a Rya with Melba Granlund THIS CLASS IS FULL! $5.00 material fee

Articles woven in the rya technique span the globe.  According to Wikipedia, a rya (or rye) is a Scandinavian wool rug with a long pile of 1-3 inches and is made using a form of the Ghiordes knot.  These knotted pile rugs were first introduced into Scandinavia through trading from the Middle East and Russia during the Viking era. This class will get you started how to weave such a rug and then it’s up to you to decide whether to weave a rya or a flossa – a variation with a shorter cut pile typically used for seat and pillow cushions.

Bring a tapestry or frame loom pre-warped at 5-6 epi and a variety of yarns of your choosing (a good way to use up thrums or unused yarns from previous projects). Warp can be either 8/4 cotton rug warp, 12/6 or 12/9 Seine twine, or tightly-spun worsted weight wool.  Also bring a pair of sharp scissors and woolen weft yarns in a variety of colors and thicknesses for the ground weave and knots.  Mixing in non-woolen yarns or threads for the knots is an option.  Feel free to contact the instructor with any questions. melba.granlund@gmail.com

Designing with the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Mean with Loretta Stacy

Loretta Stacy will be discussing the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Mean and what it can do for our design process in weaving.  You will spend time making practice designs on graph paper.

Bring a calculator (the one in your phone is fine), colored pencils, pencil, art gum eraser and your imagination.

Handouts: $3

FELTED LUMINARIAS with Cindy Graff

Wrap, dunk, roll, and squish – turn your sample fiber collection into luminarias!

Use those bits of animal fibers from workshops; use your recycled soup cans; use those plastic newspaper wrappers – to make your own felted luminarias.  Best used with ANIMAL fibers (mohair, sheep, bunny)– NOT COTTON. Embellish with beads, buttons, bits of yarn, or other treasures (silk).

Material Cost $5.00

Instructor will provide some fiber and bubble wrap.

Student brings:

Clean ANIMAL fiber, approx. 3-5 ounces (white, colored, or dyed) (Use those bits of fiber samples collected from workshops!)

Small clean metal cans (8 or 14 ounce size)

Several small hand towels

2 clean wash basins or paint tray inserts (must have at least 2-3 inch sides)

Battery operated tea lights

Saturday Morning

Weaving Bags Part 1 THIS CLASS IS FULLJeri Olson-McCoy
Indigo Dyeing Part 1 THIS CLASS IS FULLCeci Lewis
Beginning KnittingRoxanne Richardson
Colorways from a Photo Renee Samuelson
Knitting with Beads Josie Wicker

WEAVE A BAG ON A PORTABLE LOOM THIS CLASS IS FULL Saturday morning and Afternoon with Jeri Olson-McCoy Material Cost $6.00 You will be weaving a bag, approx 9″ X 12”, on a portable loom that you create.   I will provide the boards for the looms, 2 weaving needles, a tapestry needle and the warp.
Each person should bring:  scissors, pencil &/or pen, ruler, exacto knife, beads (if you’d like to work them in) &  buttons for closures,   Most importantly, yarns,  (natural fibers  or blends only) in colors & combinations of your choice.  Nothing too fine (it takes longer to finish  🙂  mid-weight  or heavier (ie Lopi), worsted and Sugar & Creams – just suggestions.  If you question it, bring it along.  It could take about 140 yds, but bring plenty, in case.

Introduction to Knitting with Roxanne Richardson

This class is for those completely new to knitting, or who need a refresher.

Basics of casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and binding off will be demonstrated. A pattern for an easy fingerless mitt that can be made using these techniques will be provided, and resources for continuing after the class has ended will be provided.

Materials needed:

Needles:  US size 7/4.5mm or US 8/5.0mm. Bamboo 10” straights or a 32” circular recommended. Bamboo needles are often easier for beginners to use, because they provide a bit of drag and are light in weight, which helps keep the stitches on the needles.

Yarn: Light to medium solid-color worsted weight, to make reading your stitches easier.

Making a Color Blend based on a Photograph with Renee Samuelson

Collect your favorite photos that feature color!  We’ll learn in this class how to break down and analyze the color combinations in your photo, and from there create a fiber blend that you can spin.  Bring something to use to blend your fibers:  hand cards, drum carder, combs, hackle, whatever you have.  Bring your photos, crayons or colored markers if you have them—we’ll start analyzing the photo on paper, then move on to interpreting the colorway with fiber.

$5.00 materials fee

Introduction to Knitting with beads .  Class instructor:  Josie Wicker assisted by Sue Fruth

This class is for anyone comfortable knitting with double pointed needles and a desire to learn one way to add beads to your knitting. 

Most participants will complete roughly 1/2 the ornament during class time but will leave with the knowledge to complete the project. Cast on, Knit, Knit through the back loop and bind off will all be used in this simple Christmas ornament that highlights colored beads.

Materials needed: Needles:  US size 2 DPN.  Materials provided:  white yarn, 315 pre-strung colored beads (this will save an hour of time) , Styrofoam ball, beading needle for future use, and printed instructions. Class cost: $10 (I did spend an hour stringing beads for you)

Saturday Afternoon

Weaving Bags Part 2 THIS CLASS IS FULLJeri Olson-McCoy
Indigo Dyeing Part 2 THIS CLASS IS FULLCeci Lewis
Decade to Decade-Sweaters in History Roxanne Richardson
Blending Board Ideas Renee Samuelson
Wrap Yourself in Color for Weavers Cathie Mayr


Decade by Decade, One Sweater at a Time
with Roxanne Richardson

In December 2018, unable to talk herself out of knitting an Edwardian-era sweater she knew she would never wear, and assumed she would never finish, Roxanne unwittingly began a journey of knitting not just one sweater from a bygone era, but one from each decade from the end of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century. This is a discussion class on how sweaters have evolved over the past 130+ years, in terms of fashion, construction methods, and techniques used. Roxanne will bring knitted examples from each decade she has knit so far. For those interested in trying out some of the unusual techniques, bring worsted weight yarn and appropriately sized needles.

Using a Blending Board with Renee Samuelson

Do you have a blending board?  Do you want to learn the different ways to use the blending board to create great color and fiber blends, and how to remove the fiber in various ways?  Bring your blending board and join us for this fun class!  If you have some fiber you would specifically like to learn to use on a blending board, bring that also.  Instructor will provide various fibers and colors.  If you don’t have a blending board, the instructor will bring two blending boards to share.

$5.00 materials fee

“Wrap Yourself in Color” for Weavers Instructor: Cathie Mayr

Looking for a way to approach color in your weaving? We’ll work through several hands-on exercises designed to give you tools, a repeatable process, and confidence for your next project. Then we’ll use this process to evaluate our weaving projects where colors didn’t turn out as we’d hoped. You’ll leave with a new tools for working with color and fibers, and several yarn wraps for your next project.

Students bring:

  • An inspiration piece (magazine, photo, nature element)
  • A sample of your weaving that didn’t turn out as you’d have liked

Instructor brings all supplies for yarn wraps, color wheels, and a handout.

Supply fee $10