Class Details

North Country Fiber Fair Workshops

We are excited to offer you a full line of classes from talented teachers again this year. Please be sure to register for classes as soon as possible to ensure you class choice will be available.

We reserve the right to cancel any class which does not meet the minimum number of students.

Friday Classes

INDIGO DYEING OF FABRIC AND YARN (SHIBORI) (6 hour class)

Instructor: Grete Bodogaard                                   Class fee: $70.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm AND 5pm to 8pm                     Materials fee: $5.00
# of Participants: 3 min – 10 max
Skill lever: Beginner

The Japanese work “Shibori” translates to wring or squeeze, it also encompasses different forms of tie dyeing. Fabric or yarn may be bound, stitched or gathered, folded or clamped, wrapped around poles or pleated Each method produces a different type of pattern. In this class the students will be folding, wrapping, clamping with coins, wooden blocks and more and then stitching, tying knots and pleating before dying with indigo, a dye plant that gives a blue to dye for! Indigo and some yarn will be supplied. There will be some dipping and splashing so dress in dark clothes.

Student should bring:  Scissors, notebook, pen and rubber gloves. Optional, washed yarn in small skeins

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MOHAIR THE MARVELOUS DIAMOND GOAT FIBER (6 hour class)

Instructor: Patsy Zawistoski                                   Class fee: $110.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm AND 5pm to 8pm                     Materials fee: $15.00
# of Participants: 4 min – 15 max
Skill Level: Intermediate

Mohair is one of the most intriguing and confusing fibers on the market.  The fiber comes in many grades and forms; has body and luster; plus charisma and cautions.  This class is designed to help the spinner understand which grade of mohair, and which style of spinning is suitable for the desired project, and what techniques are truly helpful.  Starting with dirty mohair learn how to wash and dye the fibers before spinning.

Student should bring: A good working wheel, lazy kate and extra bobbins, hand cards, hand combs, about a dozen sandwich baggies and 3X5 file cards, scissors, stapler, hole punch or tape for attaching sample yarns and fibers, and a small hand towel.  Also bring oil, screwdriver, and other tools for your wheel, in case they are needed.  Ball winder and mini-skeiner optional.

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NALBOUND HATS (4 hour class)

Instructor: Amy Vander Vorste                               Class fee: $45.00
Time: 1pm to 5pm                                                     Materials fee: $10 (yarn only)
# of Participants: 1 min – 5 max                                        or $20 (yarn + needle)
Skill level: Intermediate

In this class you will learn how to make a custom fit nalbound hat in the Rådmansö stitch.  The Rådmansö stitch is a fun one with a different construction than the Oslo and Finnish stitches that we’ve used in my previous classes. (Please note that I’ll have a video projector.  This way I can show you the stitches up close on the projection screen and in person.)   Please state on the sign up form if you are left handed.  It will help me in preparing class materials for you.

Students should bring: Notepad and pen/pencil recommended.  Camera or video camera allowed for stitch example recording.

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BUILD A RECTANGULAR LOOM: RECTANGULAR BIAS WEAVING (6 hour class)

Instructor: Judy Goebel                                           Class fee: $70.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm AND 5pm to 8pm                     Materials fee: $40.00
# of Participants: 3 min – 8 max
Skill level: Students need to be able to drive a small nail.

Bias or continuous warp weaving is great for handspinners, knitters and crocheters who want to explore weaving without investing in a lot of expensive materials or finding a place for a large loom.  It offers the advantage of wasting almost no yarn and not requiring tedious warping before you start to weave.  It is instant weaving gratification!   The loom is flat and easily stores in a closet or behind a door.  In this class, you will construct your own loom that will weave a rectangle about 8” x 32” using a technique that requires NO complex carpentry.  You only need to know how tap in small nails.  You will receive written instructions for how to build additional looms in other sizes on your own.  You will learn basic techniques for weaving on your loom, how to correct mistakes and principles of designing projects for bias weaving  You should have time to weave one rectangle during the class. Pre-measured and drilled wooden strips for loom, nails, crochet hook, and handouts that describe loom construction and bias weaving techniques are included.

Student should bring: Small hammer and at least 100 yards of worsted weight yarn in at least 2 colors that will work together.

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CLASSY FELTED HATS: THE FELTING PROCESS DEMYSTIFIED (3 hour class)

Instructor: Diane Corson                                        Class fee: $35.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                   Materials fee: $10.00
# of Participants: 2 min – 12 max
Skill level: Easy, basic knitting skills (knit, purl, cast on, bind off)

Kick the stocking cap image with this stylish and super-warm winter hat that’s quick-knitted, then felted and blocked to shape. In this class we’ll cover the entire process, from patterns and tips for knitting several variations to step-by-step felting and blocking instructions. Finally, we’ll explore ideas for embellishing the finished hat to make it uniquely yours! Materials fee includes patterns, handouts and incidental supplies provided by the instructor.

Student should bring: Two skeins of Brown Sheep Co. Lambs’ Pride Bulky or Worsted, OR two skeins of Brown Sheep Co. Nature Spun Worsted yarn, in contrasting colors. (Note: White yarn will not work for this project-please choose beige or light grey instead.) 24” circular needle, size 11. The usual knitting tools (scissors, tape measure, etc.). Notebook and pen.

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PEG LOOM RUG WEAVING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Linda Kernstock                                     Class fee: $35.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                     Materials fee: $32.50
# of Participants: 4 min – 15 max
Skill level: Easy

In this class you will learn weaving on an old fashioned American peg loom using alpaca roving. Warp your loom and weave your rug with 2 pounds of alpaca roving. When your rug is off the loom, your will learn to wet finish it by felting. Two pounds of alpaca roving, warp yarn and the loom are included.

Students should bring: Just yourself.

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BOOK BINDING (4 hour class)

Instructor: Connie Herring                                     Class fee: $45.00
Time: 1pm to 5pm                                                    Materials fee: $15.00
# of Participants: 6 min – 12 max
Skill level: No specific skills required.

Books, journals, albums, and artists books can all be made with relatively simple materials, and tools.  Using professional book binding techniques and materials, participants will make a 48 page, hard cover personal journal. All materials will be supplied including book binders board, paper for covers, paper for a 48 page journal, waxed linen for sewing, and all necessary materials to create  the journal.  Paper and cover boards will be precut to the necessary size.

Student should bring: Scissors and a ruler.

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TWO COLOR STRANDED KNITTING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Cris Bjork                                                Class fee: $35.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                     Materials fee: $5.00
# of Participants: 2 min – 12 max
Skill level: Must know how to knit, purl, decrease, cast on and bind off.

Come explore the “ins and outs” of knitting with two colors. You will learn how to make your project look its best. Learn techniques such as, best yarns to use, how to hold the yarns, and jogless joins,  steeks, and color dominance.  There will be a small project in class. Materials fee includes a small yarn kit for class project.

Student should bring: Needle sizes approx. 6-8. Ruler or tape measurer. Stitch markers.

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TAPESTRY CROCHET (3 hour class)

Instructor: Carla Fauske                                         Class Fee: $35.00
Time: 5pm to 8pm                                                    Materials fee: None
# of Participants: 3 min – 10 max
Skill level: Advanced beginners/intermediate.

Learn a new way to use your hand-dyed yarns! Students will try several methods of tapestry crochet and start a small purse worked in the round. Students should know basic crochet stitches and be able to follow a written and charted pattern.

Students should bring: At least 40 yards of each of two contrasting colors medium weight yarn and an appropriate size crochet hook. Multi-colored, hand-dyed or hand-spun yarns work beautifully and smaller amounts can be worked in as accents, so bring them along. Note: smoother yarns work best.

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BEGINNING SPINDLE SPINNING (3 hour class)

Instructor: W. Michael Woody                                Class fee: $35.00
Time: 5pm to 8pm                                                     Materials fee: $20.00
# of Participants: 6 min – 10 max
Skill level: Beginning-no specific skills required.

In this class, students will learn to spin on a drop spindle. Materials fee includes 4 oz. white punta roving, one Spindlers Cottage student drop spindle. (If you decide to trade this spindle for any of instructor’s other spindles, instructor will credit you $15 toward purchase.)

Students should bring: Nothing but yourself.

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TABLET WEAVING EGYPTIAN DIAGONALS (3 hour class)

Instructor: Rita Nauman                                         Class fee: $35.00
Time: 5pm to 8pm                                                    Materials fee: $25.00
# of Participants: 3 min – 6 max
Skill level: No experience needed-just excitement and interest!

Learn to weave amazing designs in these historic bands.  We’ll briefly discuss the history of tablet weaving, demonstrate warping a loom for Egyptian diagonals using continuous warp, then each student will learn to weave several designs. Materials fee includes 4 colors of wool yarn for weaving.

Student should bring: No materials needed.

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HANDSTITCHED HEXIES (2 hour class)

Instructor: Brandi Spray                                          Class fee: $25.00
Time: 6pm to 8pm                                                     Materials fee: $15.00
# of Participants: 3 min – 10 max
Skill level: No specific skills required.

If you love portable projects and are looking for a new way to express your creativity, join instructor Brandi Spray to explore English Paper Piecing as we create mini hexagons that can be used in a wide variety of sewing projects and quilting. Incorporating multiple mediums, we’ll make a dozen or so fabric hexagon pieces, add a touch of embroidery, and hand sew to create a one-of-a-kind project by the time class is finished. You’ll also leave class with enough supplies to make a handful more hexies as you sit in the spinning circle and bragging rights that come along with accomplishing a quick project that looks much more complicated. Note, while this isn’t a quilting class, the techniques are totally transferable to creating quilt blocks and more.

Instructor will bring supplies and have kits available.

Student should bring: Embroidery/small sharp scissors, seam ripper, thimble if desired.You are welcome to bring your own pieces of scrap fabric at least 2.5” x 2.5” and favorite sewing embroidery needles.

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FELTED SOAP (2 hour class)

Instructor: Lauri Harris                                            Class fee: $25.00
Time: 6pm to 8pm                                                     Materials fee: $5.00
# of Participants: 2 min – 10 max
Skill level: Easy

Explore the basics of felting while creating colorful decorative soaps.  A ziplock bag, soap and fiber are included.

Students should bring: Just yourself!

 

Saturday Classes

DYE MANY COLORS ON YARN AND FIBER IN YOUR CROCK POT (3 hour class)

Instructor: Grete Bodogaard                                       Class fee: $35.00
Time: 9am to 12pm                                                       Materials fee: $10.00
# of Participants: 4 min – 12 max
Skill level: No specific skills required.

You will learn to dye one skein of yarn and wool fiber with several commercial colors in your small crock pot. Materials fee includes skeins of wool yarn, wool fiber and several colors of commercial dye. Dyeing is a wet and at times messy art, so dress in old and dark clothes.

Students should bring: Scissors, notebook, pen, rubber gloves and a small crock pot which will no longer be used for food preparation.

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BEGUILING BLENDS ON HANDCARDS, BLENDING BOARDS & DRUM CARDERS

(6 hour class)

Instructor: Patsy Zawistoski                                      Class fee: $110.00
Time: 9am to 12pm AND 1pm to 4pm                      Materials fee: $15.00
# of Participants: 4 min – 15 max
Skill level:Beginner

Wonderful options begin with the blending process.  The workshop focuses equally on hand-carding and drum-carding.  Sampling with hand cards shows how various factors affect the blending process.  Drum carding is used to understand the different dynamics that come with blending fibers in quantity.  A large batch of fibers is blended by two partners, pooled together and divided among all students.  You will learn how to sample and record the processes for future reference.

Students should bring: Hand cards, blending board, and/or drum carder, if possible, 3X5 file cards, scissors, stapler, hole punch or tape for attaching sample fibers and blends, and about 2 dozen sandwich baggies. Spinning wheel or spindle optional, since this is a preparation class.

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EMBELLISHMENTS (3 hour class)

Instructor: Annie Modesitt                                                          Class fee: $55.00
Time: 9am to 12pm                                                                       Materials fee: None
# of Participants: 5 min – 25 max
Skill level: All of my classes are open to anyone who can knit and purl. If you have an adventurous spirit, you’ll do GREAT!

Once a sweater or knitted garment is finished, is it REALLY finished? Why not accentuate your lovely items with knit embellishments such as flowers, leaves, knots, knit fringes, several types of cord and knit buttons! Your mind will be opened to knitting as a 3-dimensional craft! Instructions for class work will be provided.

Students should bring: Light colored worsted weight yarn and needles to work well with yarn.

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FELTED BIRDHOUSE (5 hour class)

Instructor: Becky Utecht                                                               Class Fee: $60.00
Time: 9am to 2pm                                                                           Materials fee: $18.00
# of Participants: 6 min – 12 max
Skill level: Beginner.

Make an environmentally friendly home for the feathered friends in your yard. Using wet felting resist techniques, students will make an adorable little house that the wrens will claim right away. We will embellish the birdhouse with needle felting and a hanger. These functional birdhouses will last outdoors for many summers and are wonderful indoor decorations during the winter. Wet felting is a physical process so dress comfortably and come prepared to get a little wet and have fun. Materials fee includes fibers, resist, handouts, wire, button and felting needle.

Student should bring: 3 old bath towels, an ice cream bucket, squeezable water bottle with holes punched in the cap, plastic grocery bag, favorite bar soap. Optional items to bring if you have them: favorite felting tools, felting mat, pool noodle, wooden spoons, darning egg, any special decorative embellishments, apron and bed risers.

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PINE NEEDLE BASKET MAKING (6 hour class)

Instructor: Sharon Fitzsimonds                                  Class Fee: $70.00
Time: 9am to 12pm   AND 1pm to 4pm                     Materials fee: $25.00
# of Participants:  2 min – 10 max
Skill level: Must be able to handle a needle and thread.

The basket you’ll be making will begin with a 3 1/2″ wooden disk as the base. You’ll stitch coils of pine needles together to build the sides of the basket to a height of about 3″.  The photo shows a “belt” of braided pine needles and a brooch as embellishment. You’ll learn the braiding technique and other ways to dress up a basket.  Time permitting, I’ll demo other methods of starting a basket. Materials provided include pine needles, sinew, tapestry needles, and wooden disks.

Student should bring: Small scissors, needle-nose pliers, thimble AND 1 pincher-type clothes pin.

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BEGINNING WHEEL SPINNING (2 hour class)

This class is offered 2 times this year – Saturday(1) & Sunday(1). Please indicate which class you are signing up for by circling the time on the class registration form.

Instructor: Rita Nauman                                                               Class fee: $25.00
Time : 9am – 11am                                                                         Materials fee: $20.00
# of Participants: 3 min – 5 max
Skill level: Beginner

Learn the ancient art of spinning, on a brand new spinning wheel.  You don’t even need a wheel to try it out. Just bring yourself and some excitement and play! Wheels and fiber supplied.

Students should bring: Willingness to learn!

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BEGINNING CROCHET (3 hour class)

Instructor: Jeri Kurtz                                                                      Class Fee: $35.00
Time : 9am – 12pm                                                                           Materials fee: $8.00
# of Participants: 1min – 15 max
Skill level: Beginner

This crochet course is designed to teach about basic tools and beginning crochet stitches such as chain, slip stitch, single and double crochet. Three beginning project patterns are included. Kit provided includes crochet hook, yarn, booklet and handout.

Student should bring: Your enthusiasm! Small scissors are optional.

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SAORI FREE-STYLE WEAVING: “Express Yourself” (2 or 3 hour class)

This class is offered 4 times this year – Saturday(2) & Sunday(2) Please indicate which class you are signing up for by circling the time on the class registration form. Please note the different class lengths and class fees.

Instructors: Dan & Chiaki O’Brien                             Class fee: $25.00 (2hr) or $35.00 (3hr)

Time: Saturday 9am to 11pm OR 1pm to 4pm       Materials fee: $10.00 (2hr) or $20 (3hr)
OR Sunday 9am to 11am OR 12pm to 3pm
# of Participants: 3min – 8 max
Skill level: Beginner, children & adults

SAORI is very different from the traditional weaving: placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or regularity of the woven cloth. This is a therapeutic/healing weaving technique: students in this class will relax, enjoy, explore, and develop positive thinking through weaving. Even though there are only two harnesses, students can still enjoy weaving with many colors, textures and exploration! Students will be amazed how much they can do with two harnesses. The warp will be set for students so they can start weaving right away. Students will take home whatever length they weave. The finished project might be a scarf, table runner or wall hanging.

We always try to do what only human beings can do, without imitating machine-made products. No two weavers are alike, so it is very natural that every single cloth, freely woven by people with different personalities, is beautiful in a different way. Irregular selvages and accidental skips of thread add to the un-programmed beauty of SAORI cloths: we admire this irregularity as the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity.

Student should bring: Willingness to explore!

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BASIC DOG OBEDIENCE (1.5 hour class)

Instructor: Tracy Miller                                                  Class Fee: $20.00
Time: 9am to 10:30am                                                   Materials fee: None
# of Participants: 3 min – 30 max
Skill level: Beginner

Basic obedience, so that you can “live” with your dog. How to control and interact with your dog in all situations. Learn to talk dog and be the pack leader!

Student should bring: Their dog, themselves and if wanted other family members, regular collar, 4-6 ft leash and treats your dog can swallow quickly (soft treats work best).

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BEGINNING BOBBIN LACE (4 hour class)

Instructor: Jill Maisch                                                    Class fee: $45.00
Time: 12pm to 4pm                                                         Materials fee: $20.00
# of Participants: 3 min – 5 max
Skill level: Beginner

Beginning Bobbin lace will teach the basic stitches one needs to know to create projects using this technique. We will work on a bookmark sampler to be completed in class or after. Instructions, thread and bobbins are included.

Students should bring: A willingness to learn.

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BASIC PLANT DYEING (6 hour class taking place over 2 days)

Instructor: Grete Bodogaard                                        Class Fee: $70.00
Time: Saturday 1pm to 4pm AND                               Materials fee: $5.00
Sunday 8:30am to 11:30am
# of Participants: 3 min – 10 max
Skill level: Beginner

Natural dyes will dye wool, cotton, linen, silk or synthetic nylon. A  few simple steps will prepare yarn for dyeing. Using cochineal for red, indigo for blue and goldenrod for yellow and then over dyeing these primary colors, students will get secondary colors: orange, green, violet and then tertiary color and on and on…  Yarn and dyes are supplied, each student will get samples of all of the colors. Dyeing is a wet and at times messy art, so dress in old and dark clothes.

Student should bring: Rubber gloves, pen, notebook and scissors.

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MAD ABOUT PLAID (3 hour class)

Instructor: Annie Modesitt                                                           Class Fee: $55.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                                          Materials fee: None
# of Participants: 5 min – 25 max
Skill level: All of my classes are open to anyone who can knit and purl. If you have an adventurous spirit, you’ll do GREAT!

Plaid is a wonderful thing, and so satisfying for a knitter! Don’t be afraid, be bold and confident as you take up your needles – enjoy the full range of colored yarns that are all around you. In this class we will learn an exciting new technique to create a relatively pain-free plaid, thus opening up endless opportunities to use your stash! Handouts and pattern will be provided.

Student should bring: Light colored worsted weight yarn and needles to work well with yarn

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CROCHET RAG RUG (3 hour class)

Instructor: Judy Goebel                                                 Class Fee: $35.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                           Materials fee: None
# of Participants: 3 min – 8 max
Skill level: Beginner–must know how to single crochet.

Rag rugs (or placemats or trivets or whatever) are a great way to repurpose old textiles and remnants from sewing. Crochet is a great way to turn them into attractive and comfortable rugs. In this class we will prepare rags, learn how to crochet them into circular, rectangular or square rugs and discuss design considerations.

Student should bring: Woven cotton or polarfleece rags equivalent to at least 2 yards of material (recycled cloth is fine). Try to select colors that will work together; we will prepare the rags in class. Scissors and a large crochet hook.

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ARM KNITTING (1 hour class)

Instructor: Lindsey Nordsiden                                    Class Fee: $15.00
Time: 3pm to 4pm                                                         Materials fee: None
# of Participants: 3 min – 10 max
Skill level: Beginner (some basic knitting skills helpful but not required)

Learn how to make a chunky cowl with the arm knitting technique.

Student should bring: 2 skeins of bulky yarn (about 100 yards each skein) in the color of your choosing, yarn needle and scissors.

 

Sunday Classes

ILLEGAL YARNS-AN INCREDIBLE PLYING OPTION (3 hour class)

Instructor: Patsy Zawistoski                                        Class fee: $55.00
Time: 8:30am to 11:30am                                            Materials fee: $10.00
# of Participants: 4 min – 15 max
Skill level: Intermediate

Amazingly resilient and strong, spiral yarns can be created by breaking the cardinal rule of always plying together singles that were spun in the same direction.  Isn’t it illegal to ply an S and a Z together?  Learn the important factors and avoid the problems spinning teachers warn against.  Master this yarn construction and adapt it to several different fibers.  This construction is favored by students who spin soft yarns.

Students should bring: A good working wheel, with a slow speed whorl, lazy kate and 3 bobbins (total), hand cards, scissors, hole punch for attaching sample yarns and fibers, about a dozen sandwich baggies and a small hand towel.  Also bring oil, screwdriver, and other tools for your wheel, in case they are needed.

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CHARTED ENTERLAC (3 hour class)

Instructor: Annie Modesitt                                                           Class fee: $55.00
Time: 8:30am to 11:30am                                                            Materials fee: None
# of Participants: 5 min – 25 max
Skill level: All of my classes are open to anyone who can knit and purl.   If you have an adventurous spirit, you’ll do GREAT!

What is this crazy way of creating a basketweave pattern by knitting in tiny sections? Is it easy? Do I have to knit backwards to do it? All is revealed in this exciting workshop which uses charts to explain Entrelac. One of the most popular, and misunderstood, knitting methods is Entrelec (seen recently in the instructor’s Lumiere skirt, IK Summer 2009) This wonderful technique allows the knitter to create stunning fabrics and incorporate repeating patterns in unexpected ways, and is especially satisfying when using a long-space dyed yarn like Noro’s colorways. Instructions will be provided.

Student should bring: Light colored worsted weight yarn and needles to work well with yarn.

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BEGINNING NALBINDING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Amy Vander Vorste                                   Class Fee: $35.00
Time: 8:30am to 11:30am                                            Materials fee: $15.00
# of Participants: 1 min – 5 max
Skill level: An interest in learning and patience with yourself.

In this class you will learn about historical finds that contained nalbinding and how to do the most simple stitch, called the Olso stitch. With this stitch you’ll learn how to increase, decrease and, if we have time, how to use multiple colors in your work. Our project will be a simple bag. (Please note that I’ll have a video projector. This way I can show you the stitches up close on the projection screen and in person.) Bulky yarn, nalbinding needle and basic instructions provided.

Students should bring: Notepad, pen/pencil recommended.  Camera or video camera allowed for stitch example recording.

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NEEDLE FELTED FIGURES (6 hour class)

Instructor: Judy Goebel                                                 Class Fee: $70.00
Time: 8:30am to 11:30am                                             Materials fee: $20.00
AND 12:30pm to 3:30pm
# of Participants: 3 min – 10 max
Skill level: Beginner

Needle felt a human figure. This class will take you from making the component shapes that comprise a human figure, attaching them, and molding them into proportional anatomy through adding the wonderful details such as fingers, lifelike eyes, hair and clothing. Needles and additional tools, core fiber, dyed wool for skin, hair and features, colored pre-felted wool for clothing, foam felting pad and class handout provided.

Student should bring: No materials needed.

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BEGINNING WHEEL SPINNING (2 hour class)

This class is offered 2 times this year – Saturday(1) & Sunday(1). Please indicate which class you are signing up for by circling the time on the class registration form.

 

Instructor: Rita Nauman                                                               Class fee: $25.00
Time: 9am – 11am                                                                           Materials fee: $20.00
# of Participants: 3 min – 5 max
Skill level: Beginner

Learn the ancient art of spinning, on a brand new spinning wheel.  You don’t even need a wheel to try it out. Just bring yourself and some excitement and play! Wheels and fiber supplied.

Students should bring: Willingness to learn!

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PRIMITIVE RUG HOOKING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Tracy Kellen                                                 Class Fee: $35.00
Time: 9am to 12pm                                                          Materials fee: $50.00
# of Participants: 1 min – 12 max
Skill level: Beginner and intermediate rug hookers

Learn how to make hooked rugs with wool fabric in the primitive style like our ancestors did back in the 1800s.  Included in materials fee are a15” x 9” pattern on monks cloth of two hearts, written instructions, wool and hook.

Student should bring: Scissors, a 12” hoop, pen and paper for notes.

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SAORI FREE-STYLE WEAVING: “Express Yourself” (2 or 3 hour class)

This class is offered 4 times this year – Saturday(2) & Sunday(2) Please indicate which class you are signing up for by circling the time on the class registration form. Please note the different class lengths and class fees.

Instructors: Dan & Chiaki O’Brien                            Class fee: $25.00 (2hr) or $35.00 (3hr)
Time: Saturday 9am to 11pm or 1pm to 4pm        Materials fee: $10.00 (2hr) or $20 (3hr)
or Sunday 9am to 11am or 12pm to 3pm
# of Participants: 3 min – 8 max
Skill level: Beginner, children & adults

SAORI is very different from the traditional weaving: placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or regularity of the woven cloth. This is a therapeutic/healing weaving technique: students in this class will relax, enjoy, explore, and develop positive thinking through weaving. Even though there are only two harnesses, students can still enjoy weaving with many colors, textures and exploration! Students will be amazed how much they can do with two harnesses.

The warp will be set for students so they can start weaving right away. Students will take home whatever length they weave. The finished project might be a scarf, table runner or wall hanging.

We always try to do what only human beings can do, without imitating machine-made products. No two weavers are alike, so it is very natural that every single cloth, freely woven by people with different personalities, is beautiful in a different way. Irregular selvages and accidental skips of thread add to the un-programmed beauty of SAORI cloths: we admire this irregularity as the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity.

Student should bring: Willingness to explore!

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WOOL COMBING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Carol Wagner                                                Class Fee: $35.00
Time: 12pm to 3pm                                                         Materials fee: $20.00
# of Participants: 3 min – 12 max
Skill level: Beginner, must have basic spinning skills.

The focus of this class will be the combing preparation of wool.  Students will learn how to comb, the best fleeces to comb and why a dirty (debris filled) fleece will improve when combed.  We will discuss the types of combs and when to use them.  After the technique is learned, we will use the fiber to learn worsted spinning.  A variety of wools will be used and the characteristics of each discussed. The materials fee will cover all the fiber used in class and you will have samples of yarn spun in the worsted method at the end of class.

Student should bring: Combs and a spinning wheel in good working order. (Instructor will have a couple of sets of combs for students to use if you don’t have combs.)

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MANY NATURAL DYES ON ONE SKEIN OF YARN (3 hour class)

Instructor: Grete Bodogaard                                        Class fee: $35.00
Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm                                            Materials fee: $10.00
# of Participants: 4 min – 12 max
Skill level: No specific skills required.

You will learn to dye one skein of wool yarn with sections of natural dyes.(red, yellow, blue)  Yarn and dyes are included. Dyeing is a wet and messy art, so dress in old and dark clothes.

Students should bring: Rubber gloves, pen, notebook and scissors.

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CABLES & CREPES HANDSPUN YARN (3 hour class)

Instructor: Patsy Zawistoski                                        Class fee: $55.00
Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm                                            Materials fee: $10.00
# of Participants: 4 min – 15 max
Skill level: Intermediate

A distinctive interlocking cable or braided look differentiates cable or crepe yarns from all of the other 4-ply yarns.  Cabled yarns are very decorative, round and fascinating.  Plying a plied yarn on itself creates it.  A few easy-to-learn techniques guarantee success.  These yarns can be made thick or thin, multicolored or solid, smooth or textured.  Spend class learning all of the ins and outs of cabling and making crepe yarns.

Students should bring: A good working wheel, lazy kate and 3 bobbins, hand cards, ball winder, scissors, hole punch for attaching sample yarns and fibers, about a dozen sandwich baggies and a small hand towel.  Also bring oil, screwdriver, and other tools for your wheel, in case they are needed.

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COMBINATION KNITTING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Annie Modesitt                                                           Class fee: $55.00
Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm                                                            Materials fee: None
# of Participants: 5 min – 25 max
Skill level: All of my classes are open to anyone who can knit and purl.   If you have an adventurous spirit, you’ll do GREAT!

Christened “Combination Knitting” by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts (Fall 2000 Interweave Knits magazine), this combination of Western and Eastern style knitting is faster, creates a nicer tension with less “rowing out” and less wrist strain. Established knitters may enjoy this different method and new knitters can mistress this right away!

Students should bring: Light colored worsted weight yarn and needles to work well with yarn.

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BENGALA SOIL DYE (2 hour class)

Instructor: Chiaki O’Brien                                     Class fee: $25.00
Time: 1pm to 3pm                                                  Materials fee: $7-24, depending on                                                                                                           what item(s) you choose to dye.
# of Participants: 4 min – 12 max
Skill level: Beginner, children & adults

New to the U.S.A.! Natural Japanese dye, Bengala dyes are made from soil, “environmentally safe,” and fun to use. The dye process doesn’t require hot water so it is appropriate for students of all ages. Children and adults alike will find this to be a fun technique, just like playing with mud. Everyone will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form as they color t-shirts, scarves, shawls, bags and more. We begin with a process of pre-fixing the material. You are welcome to dye multiple items in a session.

This is not a soaking dye, so be ready to knead the material. We can tie dye, stencil dye and free-style dye. We will bring about 12 colors of dye and some tools for you to play with. Let’s have fun dyeing!

Students should bring: Plastic bags for you to take the dyed material home in, towels (bigger is better) that you don’t mind getting dye on and one for your hand. Aprons and gloves are optional.

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ADVANCED DOG OBEDIENCE & AGILITY (1.5 hour class)

Instructor: Tracy Miller                                                 Class fee: $20.00
Time: 1pm to 2:30pm                                                     Materials fee: None
# of Participants: 3 min – 30 max
Skill level: Basic obedience (at NCFF or other dog class)

Advanced obedience, so that you can do more activities with your dog. Learn how to control and interact with your dog in all situations. Learn to talk dog and be the pack leader! This class includes fun obstacle training for your dog through a course of jumps, tunnels and ramps. Training for this class can be done on or off leash.

Student should bring: Their dog, themselves and if wanted other family members, regular collar, 4-6ft. leash and treats you dog can swallow quickly (soft treats work best).

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FUN SCARVES TO CROCHET (2 hour class)

Instructor: Jeri Kurtz                                                                      Class Fee: $25.00
Time : 1pm – 3pm                                                                             Materials fee: $10.00
# of Participants: 5 min – 15 max
Skill level: Beginner

Gain confidence by making two fun scarves to give as gifts or wear yourself. Also, learn to crochet with beads and to read a pattern diagram. You need to have the following basic crochet skills: slip knot, chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet.

Yarn and printed patterns for two scarves will be provided.

Student should bring: Crochet hooks, sizes H and K; small scissors, tape measure and 8-10 safety pins, paperclips or clip-on type stitch markers come in handy (but are not required).