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.

Friday Classes

THE SILK EXPERIENCE (6 hour class)

Instructor: Robin Russo                                          Class fee: $110.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm & 5pm to 8pm                         Materials fee: $18.00

# of Participants 4 min – 20 max

                                    Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate Spinner

 Understanding silk from the egg to the final product.   We will cover everything about silk from raising silkworms to spinning every form of silk available to the hand-spinner.  This class involves a little science, geography, history and lots of spinning.   We examine silk fabrics, threads and fibers with magnification devices; reel cocoons;  stretch cocoons over frames (hankies); and blend silk with other fibers to create luxurious yarns.  Supplies provided include a notebook, sample cards, fibers, cocoons and the use of instructor’s equipment.

Students should bring: a Spinning wheel in good working order or drop spindle and hand carders.

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FINISHING CLASS FOR KNITTING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Carol Anderson                                      Class fee:$35.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                     Materials fee: None

# of Participants: 3 min – 15 max

            Skill Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate skills required (knit, purl, increases, decreases and basic stitch patterns).

 A finishing class is something like going to the dentist. You don’t want to do it, but you know you must! Hopefully the tips you’ll gain in this class will help you look forward to completing your project. Be assured ….seaming, Kitchener stitch, three-needle bind off or provisional cast-on is not rocket science. Class hand-outs and  hands on experience are included.

Students should bring: light colored worsted weight yarn and size 4-6 needles( double points, if you have them),tapestry needle, crochet hook (#E or F), extra yarn, ruler and scissors

Homework: Using light colored worsted weight yarn and needles make the following swatches:

(1) Make 2: Cast on 15 stitches, knit in Garter Stitch (knit every row) for 3”. Bind off.

(2) Make 2: Cast on 15 stitches, knit stockinette stitch for 3” (knit one row, purl one row). Bind off, steam flat.

(3)  Make 4: Cast on 20 stitches, knit in stockinette stitch for 2”, leave on needles.

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INSTANT INDIGO DYEING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Diane Corson                                          Class fee:$35.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                     Materials fee: $20.00

# of Participants: 1 min – 12max

            Skill level: A sense of adventure & willingness to get your hands dirty!

 Dyeing with indigo used to be tedious, time-consuming and – worst of all – smelly.

Modern crystallized “instant” indigo eliminates all of these problems and makes it posssible to complete a project in one class. We’ll discuss the history and origin of indigo, prepare the dyebath, and use several shibori tie-up methods to create unique patterns. Each student will take home an indigo-dyed bandana or dish towel and a t-shirt. Come prepared to have fun, maybe get your hands dirty and learn a few things you might not have known about one of the oldest methods of dyeing fabrics and fibers.

All dye materials, tools and dye blanks(including 1 t-shirt per student) are covered by the supply fee. Additional dye blanks may be purchased by overachievers.  

Students should bring: Old clothes or an apron or old shirt to wear that you don’t mind getting blue stains on. Remember – these dye stains are permanent!        

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LITTLE TIPS AND KNITTING TRICKS (3 hour class)

Instructor: Kathleen Taylor                                     Class fee: $35.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                     Materials fee: None

# of Participants: 1 min – 12 max

            Skill level: Basic knitting and purling skills

 Spend three hours with author and designer Kathleen Taylor, learning fun techniques that will make your knitting easier: a Substitute for the SSK that is faster and simpler, Knitting Back Backwards (for heels and bobbles), adding beads as you knit, using wire, fixing cable and Fair Isle mistakes, and other time-saving tips. I will provide handouts, and other small supplies (beads, wire).

 Student should bring: Worsted and fingering weight yarns (leftover balls are fine), appropriate straight needles for both yarn weights, scissors. Cast on 10 stitches and work a few rows of stockinette stitch in both yarn weights (this can be done during class).

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BUILD YOUR OWN TRIANGLE LOOM & LEARN TRIANGLE WEAVING (6 hour class)

Instructor: Judy Goebel                                           Class fee: $70.00
Time : 1pm to 4pm & 5pm to 8pm                          Materials: $25.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 12 max                          

            Skill level: Able to drill holes in wood, drive a small nail & screw in a wood screw

 Triangle weaving is great for hand spinners, knitters and crocheters who want to explore weaving without investing in a lot of expensive materials.  It offers the advantage of wasting almost no yarn and not requiring tedious warping before you start to weave.  It is instant weaving gratification!  In this class, you will construct a 16” x 16” x 22” triangle loom using a technique that eliminates complex carpentry. You will need to know how to drill holes in wood, install some wood screws and pound small nails.  You will learn how to use this same construction technique 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 the triangle loom.  You will have time to weave multiple triangles during the class. Materials to construct a 16” x 16” x 22” triangle loom, a 14” afghan crochet hook, drill bit, sandpaper and hand-outs are included. 

Student should bring: Electric drill or rotary tool (Dremel or similar) that can hold a 3/64” drill bit, a small wood saw or hack saw, at least 200 yards of worsted weight or heavier yarn(handspun is fine), a table fork to use for packing yarn as you weave and a tapestry needle.

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KNITTING WITH UNSPUN ICELANDIC “YARN” (4 hour class)

Instructor: Cris Bjork                                                Class fee: $45.00
Time: 1pm to 5pm                                                     Materials fee: $10.00

# of Participants: 2 min – 12 max                                      

            Skill level: Easy, basic knitting skills (knit, purl, cast on, bind off)

Experience knitting with the unspun Icelandic wool. Learn the unique qualities of working with this yarn that can go from lace shawls to warm sweaters with remarkable ease. We will cover just some of the many uses of this very differently prepared yarn. Students will have the opportunity to make their choice of basic project. Join us in working hands on with this wonderful fiber! One cake of unspun Icelandic “yarn” is included. More cakes will be available for purchase at the class if needed for your choice of project.

 Student should bring: Knitting needles sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10, straight or circular or needles that are a size or two apart, so that you have at least four different size needles.

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PEG LOOM RUG WEAVING (4.5 hour class)

Instructor: Linda Atkinson                                      Class fee: $50.00
Time: 1pm to 5:30pm                                               Materials fee: $40.00

# of Participants: 5 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 and the loom are included.

 Students should bring: Just yourself.

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EXPLORING IRISH CROCHET (6 hour class)

Instructor: Carla Fauske                                          Class fee: $70.00
Time: Fri 1to 4pm & Sat 1to 4pm                           Materials fee: $15.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 6 max                                        

            Skill level: Must know basic crochet stitches, be able to follow written directions  and have worked w/ crochet thread projects

Try your hand at this highly individualized lace technique!  Students will learn the basics of construction and design of Irish Lace from preparing a template to finishing the piece while working a small lace sampler of textured motifs with a mesh background. Students will have some homework between class sections. Size 10 crochet cotton, backing fabric, basting thread and needles, template samples, small mounting board and pins are included.

Student should bring: Steel crochet hook in the appropriate size for crochet cotton  #10 (usually a 6, 7, or 8) and scissors.

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BEGINNING NALBINDING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Amy Vander Vorste                              Class Fee: $35.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                     Materials fee: $15.00

# of Participants: 1 min – 5 max

            Skill level: Beginner with willingness to learn

In this class, you will learn about historical finds that contained nalbinding and how to do the most simple stitch, called the Oslo stitch. With this stitch you will  learn how to increase and 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 you can see the stitches up close on the projection screen and in person. It is very important to see what the instructor’s hands are doing! Bulky yarn, nalbinding needle and basic instructions are included.

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

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KNITTED EDGINGS (3 hour class)

Instructor: Carol Anderson                                      Class fee: $35.00
Time: 5pm to 8pm                                                     Materials fee: $5.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 10 max

            Skill level: Beginning to Intermediate knitting skills (knit, purl, increases, decreases and basic stitch patterns)

This class will cover edgings you might use to embellish knitwear; I-Cord, tailored edge with mitered corners, picot edge with mitered corners and ruffles. None are difficult and any of them will add a lovely touch to blankets, sweaters, scarves or afghans. Class hand outs and hands on experience are included.

 Students should bring: light colored worsted weight yarn and size 4-6 needles (double points, if you have them),tapestry needle, crochet hook (#E or F), extra yarn, ruler and scissors

Homework: Knit four swatches with light colored worsted weight yarn and needles. Cast on 20 sts. Knit garter stitch (knit every row) until square. Bind off. Do not block.

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COLOR THEORY THAT WORKS (3 hour class)

Instructor: Ann Taecker                                           Class fee: $35.00
Time: 5pm to 8pm                                                     Materials fee: $12.00

# of Participants: 4 min – 10 max                                      

            Skill level: No experience needed, older children and adults

Come push the boundaries of color. We start with the basics of the color wheel and color theory, then we will delve in to hands on experimentation using acid dyes – the dyes you use on animal fibers. Students will go home with a color wheel on a silk suncatcher. Your creative life will never be the same! Materials used in class for paint exercises, silk suncatcher, all dyes, materials & supplies are included.

Student should bring: A sense of adventure and wear “get messy” clothes.

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BEGINNING WHEEL SPINNING (2 hour class)

This class is offered 3 times this year – Friday(1), 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 : 5pm to 7pm                                                    Materials fee: $20.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 6 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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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 is included.

Students should bring: Just yourself!

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PHOTOGRAPHY FOR FIBER ARTISTS (1.5 hour class) 

Instructor: Brandi Spray                                        Class fee: $20.00
Time: Fri 6:30pm-8pm                                          Materials fee: None

# of Participants: 3min – 12 max                           

            Skill level: No previous experience is necessary,adults, children 10 years and older and individuals with disabilities are welcome to participate with an adult who can assist them.      

Join professional photographer and certified trainer, Brandi Spray, exploring how to use your camera to capture beautiful & creative images  of all things fiber arts.  We’ll look at choosing the best camera settings for various situations and lighting, how to compose images, and getting them ready for the web. Bring any camera (it doesn’t have to be fancy, but digital is preferred for the class so you can preview your results). We will practice taking pictures of yarn, fiber, animals, and projects that can be used for your portfolio.       

Students should bring: Any camera (digital preferred, film or disposable are fine also), additional memory card/film, batteries, camera instruction manual (if available)

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BEGINNING KUMIHIMO BRAIDING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Johanna Geisler                                   Class fee: $35.00
Time: 5pm to 8pm                                                   Materials fee: $20 (Optional)*

# of Participants: 3 min – 15 max

            Skill level: No braiding experience needed

Kumihimo is a Japanese braiding technique for making narrow wares. Braids are created by patterned, rhythmic movement of bobbins across a round disk on a stand. Six braid patterns will be presented: Round, Hollow, Rounded Flat, Square, Flat, and Honeycomb Braid. Each student can choose how many patterns to braid. Kits of pre-made warps will be available. Traditional bobbins and kumihimo stands, known as ‘Marudai’, are made of beautiful hardwoods. For the purposes of this beginner class, ugly but functional marudai stands made of PVC pipe and bobbins made of film canisters will be available.

Student should bring: Pen, pencil, scissors. You may bring your own equipment and threads if you prefer or purchase a supply kit.

*Optional supply kits:

(1)  pre-made kumihimo warps, weight bags and 8 bobbins for $5,

(2)  PVC pipe Marudai to keep for $15 (students won’t be charged for using a PVC          marudai in class, only if they want to take it home)

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SPINNING NOVELTY YARNS (3 hour class)

Instructor: Carol Wagner                                         Class fee: $35.00
Time: 5pm to 8pm                                                     Materials fee: $20.00 

# of Participants: 3 min – 10 max                                      

            Skill level: Basic spinning & plying skills

Spend a few hours creating novelty yarns. We will explore texture: lumps, bumps or flecks. Students will learn the techniques to create lock yarns, core yarns, knot yarns, beaded yarns, slub yarns and  perhaps boucle – depending upon our time. All fibers used in the class are included. 

Students should bring: A spinning wheel in good working condition, 3 bobbins, lazy kate, niddy noddy and enthusiasm.

Saturday Classes

WOOL COMBING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Robin Russo                                          Class fee: $55.00
Time: 9am to 12pm                                                  Materials fee: $12.00

# of Participants: 4 min – 20 max

            Skill level: Beginner  Spinner

This class teaches the use of both hand-held (viking style) combs.   Participants will spin what they comb to help improve their combing skills.  We will comb and spin fine, medium and coarse wools, do some color blending and de-hair Llama fibers. This class is an education about fiber, breeds of sheep, spinning technique, wheel adjustment and fiber preparation.  A notebook with handouts, fibers for spinning and the use of combing equipment will be provided.

Students should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order or a drop spindle.

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CAPS WITH A TWIST (6 hour class)

Instructor: Carol Anderson                                    Class fee: $70.00
Time: 9am to 12pm & 1pm to 4pm                       Materials fee: $5.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 12 max                                                  

            Skill level: Intermediate knitting skills (shaping, basic st patterns and use of circular and double pointed needles) 

In this class you’ll learn to create two-color patterns without using a chart, but rather by regulating the stitch count. If you are comfortable using a 16’ circular needle and double points and can memorize a 5 to 10 stitch pattern stitch, I can guarantee, you’ll have a good time learning a new very useful technique. Supplies include a ”Caps for Kids & Grownups” booklet and hands on experience. 

Students should bring: 1 skein each of 2 solid colored worsted weight yarns and a 16” circular needle or set of 5 double-point needles, #5 or 6 (Or you may employ two circulars or magic loop technique.) tapestry needle, crochet hook(#E or F), extra yarn, ruler and scissors.

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SCRUNCHED SILK DYEING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Diane Corson                                         Class fee: $35.00
Time: 9am to 12pm                                                  Materials fee: $20.00

# of Participants: 1 min – 12 max

            Skill level: A sense of adventure & willingness to get your hands dirty! Kids are welcome if supervised by an adult.

Create your own one-of-a-kind luxurious silk scarf or wrap using a simple freestyle technique that dates back to ancient Japan. the colors are beautiful and – best of all – you can’t make a mistake! Each student will dye one “practice” and one larger silk piece, using only fingers for tools and a large palette of vibrant colors to choose from. Come prepared to be amazed! All dye materials, tools and dye blanks (including 1 small and 1 large piece of silk per student) are included. Additional dye blanks pay be purchased by overachievers.

Students should bring: Old clothes or an apron or old shirt to wear that you don’t mind getting dye stains on. Remember – these dye stains are permanent!

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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 WHEEL SPINNING (2 hour class)

This class is offered 3 times this year – Friday(1), 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 – 6 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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DRUM CARDING….BEYOND THE BASICS (3 hour class)

Instructor: Carol Wagner                                        Class fee: $35.00
Time: 9am to 12pm                                                  Materials fee: $20.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 10 max

            Skill level: No experience needed

Students will review basic methods for using the drumcarder. They will also explore techniques for blending colors  and fibers to create truly unique batts. Students will experiment with an assortment of fibers including wool(natural colored and dyed), mohair, camelid and other exotics. Color inspires and enriches our lives. Let’s develop methods to see colors around us and feel comfortable working with them.

Students should bring: A drumcarder in good working order.

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PLAID STORAGE BASKET (6 hour class)

Instructor: Claire Swanson                                     Class fee: $70.00
Time: 9am to 12pm & 1pm to 4pm                        Materials fee: $25.00

# of Participants: 4 min – 10 max                          

            Skill level: Easy, basic skills 

This basket has a plaid color pattern woven with three colors. It is a very versatile, functional style and a wonderful size for carrying and storing your projects.  Size 1o” H x 10” W approx. with 2 handles. 

Students should bring: Dishpan, scissors or clippers, awl, towel, spray bottle, patience and a sense of humor.

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TAPESTRY WEAVING (3 hour class) 

Instructor: Winnie Johnson                                     Class fee: $35.00
Time: 9am to 12pm                                                  Materials fee: $15.00

# of Participants: 4 min – 8 max       

Skill level: beginner, adults and children 12 +

Tapestries are pictures woven with wool yarns.  Learn the basics of tapestry weaving on a small frame loom. Create a prairie landscape or geometric design. We’ll use bulky yarn so as to complete the project quickly and choose from a variety of finishing techniques. If not completed in class, work on it throughout the weekend and find the instructor in the spinning circle for help finishing. Yarn and a small frame loom are included.   

Student should bring: Optional, your own handspun yarns or Brown Sheep bulky yarns in colors of your choice or your own small frame loom.

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TASSELS, POM POMS & MORE (1.5 hour class)

Instructor: Ann Taecker                                           Class fee: $20.00
Time: 9am -10:30am                                                Materials fee: $4.00

# of Participants: 6 min – 20 max

            Skill level: No experience needed, adults & children Adults should accompany children 7 & younger

We’ll start with the basics and build in some great ideas to make the embellishments that take your new hat, scarf or sweater from basic to “WOW, where’d you get that cool hat?” Take home materials as well as class materials and equipment, instruction booklet, your choice of cord, yarn, ribbon, etc are included.

Students should bring: Scissors and your sense of adventure; (optional) any special yarn or beads you would like to use.

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BEGINNING BOBBIN LACE (4 hour class)

Instructor: Jill Maisch                                             Class fee: $45.00
Time: 12pm to 4pm                                                 Materials fee: $15.00

# 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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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.

Instructor: Dan O’Brien                                           Class fee: $25.00 (2hr) or $35.00 (3hr)Time: Saturday 9am to 11pm or 1pm to 4pm      Materials fee: $10.00
 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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EXPLORE THE WORLD OF GOAT FIBERS (3 hour class)

Instructor: Robin Russo                                           Class fee:$55.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                     Materials fee: $15.00

# of Participants: 4 min – 20 max

            Skill level: Beginner Spinner

This spinning class teaches participants about Mohair, Pygora, Cashgora and Cashmere goats. We discuss the history, geography, industrial uses and fiber properties of each of these animals. We card, comb, and spin samples of each fiber in their natural colors and some dyed fibers.  We will also experiment with blending to make the best use of the special properties of these luxurious fibers. Notebook, sample cards, fibers and yarns and use of instructor’s equipment are included in the supplies.

Student should bring: A spinning wheel in working order or a drop spindle.

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NEEDLE FELTED ANIMALS & FIGURES (3 hour class)

Instructors: Judy Goebel                                         Class fee: $35.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                     Materials fee: $15.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 12 max

            Skill level: No special skills required, some eye/hand coordination 

Learn the techniques of needle felting and how to make an animal or person! 

Learn how to make component 3-dimensional shapes and join them to create an endearing  portrait of a pet, a figure, a holiday ornament or a gift. The class will cover the basic techniques as well as techniques for creating facial features, fur, hair, eyes and embellishments. Four assorted felting needles, a piece of upholstery foam and 3 to 4 oz  assortment of natural and dyed felting fleece are included.

Students should bring: A willingness to learn!  If desired, bring a photo of pet to be portrayed in felt.    

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BEGINNING SPINDLE SPINNING (2 hour class)

Instructor: Rita Nauman                                          Class Fee: $25.00
Time: 1pm to 3pm                                                     Materials fee: $30.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 8 max

            Skill level: No experience needed

Students will learn a bit of history about spindles & spinning and learn to spin wool on a drop spindle. A lovely spindle to take home and a selection of appropriate fibers are supplied.

Student should bring: Willingness to learn!

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BEGINNING CROCHET: You can do this! (3 hour class)

Instructor: Colleen Waltner                                      Class fee: $35.00
Time: 1pm to 4pm                                                     Materials fee: None

# of Participants: 2 min – 10 max

            Skill level: Beginner

Learn crochet basics: how to use a hook, chain stitch, differences in the stitches and  make a can or coffee cozy. If there is time, we will learn a granny square. Bring a pattern with you and the instructor can you get started.                   

Students should bring: Size H crochet hook and at least 100 yards smooth worsted weight yarn.

Sunday Classes

INTERMEDIATE SPINNING (6 hour class)

Instructor: Robin Russo                                              Class Fee: $110.00
Time: 8:30am to 11:30am & 12:30 to 3:30pm       Materials fee: $18.00

# of Participants: 4 min – 20 max

            Skill Level: Beginner spinner

This is an in-depth class covering fibers; fiber preparation (including carding and combing) for woolen and worsted; spinning technique; wheel adjustments and ratios; and finishing your skeins for a professional look. This class will help participants to fine tune their spinning skills and put to use some of the techniques you may have read about but not explored. A notebook with written literature, sample cards, fiber and the use of instructors equipment are included.

Student should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order and hand cards.

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WARM WORSTED GLOVES (6 hour class)

Instructor: Carol Anderson                                        Class fee: $70.00
Time: 8:30am to 11:30pm & 12:30 to 3:30pm      Materials fee: $2.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 12 max

            Skill level: Advanced beginner to intermediate knitter (shaping, basic pattern sts, use of double point needles)

 In this all day class you’ll conquer any fears you might have about knitting gloves. You’ll knit a worsted-weight glove to fit yourself from this new (2013) Cottage Creations pattern. The glove features a rolled cuff, a new gusset and techniques to avoid the dreaded “little holes!” Pattern and hands on experience are included.

Students should bring: 100 gr (3.5 oz.) smooth worsted weight yarn (no dark colors, thick & thin, nubby or variegated yarn), #4 double point needles, tapestry needle, crochet hook (#E or F), extra yarn, ruler and scissors.

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PAINTED SKEINS….WILD  AND CRAZY COLORS (3 hour class)

Instructor: Carol Wagner                                         Class fee: $35.00
Time: 8:30am to 11:30am                                       Materials fee: $20.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 10 max

            Skill level: No dyeing experience needed

Using a microwave and simple dyes, students will learn a quick and easy technique to create one of a kind designer yarns. Skeins will be hand-dyed using multiple colors in this hands-on workshop designed to inspire the color-lover in all of us. Yarn and dyes are supplied

Student should bring: Rubber gloves, an apron and a couple of quart-sized ziplock bags.

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NALBOUND MITTENS (4 hour class)

Instructor: Amy Vander Vorste                               Class Fee: $45.00
Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm                                      
Materials fee: $10.00 (yarn only) $20.00 (yarn & needle) 

# of Participants: 1 min - 5 max                                                 

            Skill level: Knowledge of a basic nalbinding stitch with at least 1 loop over the thumb and at least 1 behind the thumb used in the stitch (Oslo, Mammen, Finnish, etc.), or my Beginning Nalbinding Class.  An interest in learning and patience with yourself.

In this class you will learn how to make flat topped traditional style Finnish nalbound mittens with the Finnish stitch.  We’ll also look at nalbound mittens in Scandinavian history.  Please note that I’ll have a video projector.  This way you can see the stitches up close on the projection screen and in person. It is very importantto see what the instructor’s hands are doing! Please state on the class registration form if you are left handed. It will help me in preparing left handed materials for you. Bulky yarn, nalbinding needle, instruction and pattern are included.

Students should bring: Notepad, pen/pencil and (optional) nalbinding needle.  Camera or video camera allowed for stitch example recording.

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FINISHING A HOOKED RUG  (2 hour class) 

Instructor: Tracy Kellen                                            Class fee: $25.00
Time: 9am to 11pm                                                     Materials fee: None

# of Participants: 1 min – 12 max

                 Skill lever: Intermediate (know how to hook a rug)

You have finished hooking your rug but now what?  This class will show you how to finish off the raw edges of your rug, be it a small rug or a large one.  Binding tape, whipping with yarn, crotched edge and others will be discussed.  Hand outs will be provided. 

Student should bring: notebook & pen to take notes (optional).

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A ROUND BASKET FOR 2013 (6 hour class)

Instructor: Claire Swanson                                        Class fee: $70.00
Time: 8:30 to 11:30am & 12:30pm to 3:30pm      Materials fee: $25.00

# of Participants:  4 min – 10 max                         

            Skill Level: Beginner, basic basket-making skills

For this lovely round basket, we will be using a handle, which flares the basket out a bit and weave a decorative stitch over the band of colors. A very pretty basket to carry to & fro with your favorite project. “9” across x “5” high plus handle height.

Student should bring: Dishpan, scissors or clippers, awl, towel, spring type clothespins, spray bottle, patience and a sense of humor.

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KANZASHI BLOOMS (3 hour class)

Instructor: Celeste Suter                                         Class fee: $35.00
Time: 8:30am to 11:30am                                       Materials: $7.00

# of Participants: 4 min – 12 max                          

            Skill level: Basic hand sewing experience helpful

If you’ve ever admired the beautiful headdresses and hair ornaments worn by geisha, then you have seen kanzashi flowers! Instead of tiny squares of silk and rice glue we will use regular fabric and thread to create beautiful flowers with pointed, round and pleated petals. The blooms can be used to decorate clothing, be made into jewelry and as embellishments for a variety of projects. You will learn techniques to make a variety of flowers using 3 simple folds. The flowers (and a few creatures) you create can be made into pins, earrings, magnets or barrettes and more. Have fun learning this modern twist on an ancient art form! Additional supplies and books will be available after class.

Student should bring: scissors, thimble if desired, small printed fabric to add to what instructor will provide, if you like a particular color. Optional: Rotary cutter, ruler and small cutting mat.

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CROCHET WITH WIRE & BEADS (4 hour class)

Instructor: Connie Herring                                      Class fee: $ 45.00
Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm                                      Materials fee: $17.00

# of Participants: 8 min – 15 max                          

            Skill level: Basic knowledge of crocheting, including chain stitch and slip stitch

Participants will learn to crochet with wire and beads.  They will make a necklace and bracelet and have materials enough to make earrings, if time permits.  Printed instructions, copper wire and beads for practice, beads and colored wire for finished piece and jewelry findings for necklace, bracelet, and earrings will be supplied.

Students should bring: steel crochet hook size #1, a large metal crochet hook (sizeG) for practice, tape measure, wire cutters or old scissors to cut wire, 2 pint or quart zip lock bags and scotch tape or masking tape.

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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.

Instructor: Dan O’Brien                                         Class fee: $25.00 (2hr) or $35.00 (3hr)Time: Saturday 9am to 11pm or 1pm to 4pm    Materials fee: $10.00
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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NEEDLE FELT A FOLK-ART HALF-MOON SANTA (3 hour class)

Instructor: Kathleen Taylor                                     Class fee: $35.00
Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm                                       Materials fee: $10.00

# of Participants: 1 min – 12 max

            Skill level: Beginner, however this class uses sharp needles and care needs to be taken in their use. No students under the age of 13 allowed in this class.

 In this class, learn to needle felt this approx. 3″ wide, half-moon Santa Ornament in class. All materials and instructions will be provided including needles, foam pad, wire for hanger, all wool and fleece used in making the ornament.             

Student should bring: a willingness to learn and some eye/hand coordination.

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BEGINNING WHEEL SPINNING (2 hour class)

This class is offered 3 times this year – Friday(1), 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 : 1:30pm – 3:30pm                                         Materials fee: $20.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 6 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 SHUTTLE TATTING (3 hour class)

Instructor: Susan Brugger                                       Class fee: $35.00
Time: 12pm to 3pm                                                  Materials fee: None

# of Participants: 3 min – 15 max

            Skill level: No tatting experience needed

 In this introductory class learn the basic “knots” and picots of tatting, as well as reading a pattern.         

Student should bring: Tatsy Tatting Shuttle, Size 10 Crochet Thread in a light solid color (no varigated, please) and Size 10 or 11 crochet hook. The instructor will have a few Tatsy shuttles available for sale for a nominal fee if a student is unable to obtain one prior to class. Please feel free to contact the instructor for suggested retailers.     

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CROCHET A COILED BASKET (3 hour class)

Instructor: Judy Goebel                                           Class fee:$35.00
Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm                                       Materials fee: $2.00

# of Participants: 3 min – 10 max

            Skill level: Easy, basic knowledge of single crochet

 Learn to make a coiled basket using yarn crocheted over a core.  This is a great way to   use handspun yarn or “odds and ends” from your stash to create an unusual and beautiful container. The 50 feet of rope to use for the core of basket is included. 

 Student should bring: Crochet hook (size F or G) and worsted or bulky weight yarn.

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A BRAID IN THE HAND & ON THE GO (2 hour class)

Instructor: Ann Taecker                                          Class fee: $25.00
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm                                        Materials fee: $6.00

# of Participants: 6 min – 20 max                                                  

            Skill level: None, for adults or children

 Learn the basic round braid used to make everything from simple friendship bracelets, ties for your new wool hat or sweater, beautiful necklaces and even a towrope for use in your pickup! We’ll start with the basics and move into creating patterns through color, embellishing with beads and more. You’ll wear your finished bracelet and take home the supplies to keep you going. For those with an extra sense of adventure, why not give horsehair a try! Supplies include take home materials as well as class kit. Additional materials, beads and findings will be available for purchase.

 Students should bring: Two or three darning needles, a sense of adventure and  (optional) any special yarn, cord or horsehair you like to use.

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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. 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).