2019 Workshop Descriptions

Full-Day Workshops are $140, plus materials fee

Half-Day Workshops are $75, plus materials fee

Materials Fees range from zero to $95 depending on the supplies provided by the instructor.

Thursday, October 3
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All Spindles All Day   Abby Franquemont

For all spinning skill levels including absolutely none. Even if you already spin, or spin with spindles, there's probably something here for you. We'll cover finger twisting, thigh spinning, stick spinning, multiple types of spindles, plying your yarn, how to finish your yarn and get it ready for use, and we'll spend in-depth time on a variety of exercises aimed at increasing your spindle skills. Spinning while walking, standing, sitting, talking, team spinning, spindle races, spinning blind, and a selection of tricks guaranteed to amaze your friends (well, maybe only if they spin) will be covered. Two basic spindles and fiber will be provided, but please bring any spindles you love and any spindles you hate. You will also receive personalized feedback on your specific spindle goals.

Adventures in Drum Carding   Henry Clemes

This class is ideal for students who have already taken Exploring the Drum Carder or have drum carding experience and want to take it to the next level. Batts will be prepared both semi-worsted and woolen. Students will learn different techniques to create an art batt, prepare batts for spinning sock yarn, and learn to add silk or bamboo into woolen batts. Students will also learn to remove fiber as rolags and as pencil-sized sliver through a diz. An ambitious goal of 5 batts produced during class means students will have ample carded fiber for spinning samples and small projects after class. All carding and blending will be done on our Elite Series Drum Carders with each student using their own electric carder. All materials, carders, and tools will be provided by the instructors.

Friday, October 4
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Drum Carded Blends  Abby Franquemont

Make your own drum carded blends and learn different ways to spin them, plus work with drum carded blends you can buy from independent fiber producers. Textured batts, smooth batts, you'll learn to make both and learn ways to handle them to produce different effects ranging from color effects, yarn structure effects, and texture effects. No drum carder necessary!

Spinning for Weaving   Stephenie Gaustad

It starts with easy stuff, like making the yarn small enough to fit through the eye of the heddle and reed if there is one. But weaving and knitting yarn “design” diverge just beyond appropriate size. The two yarns are not the same. Examination of yarn for the loom, cloth design from the yarn forward and sett will be followed by hands-on experience designing, spinning and weaving your singles yarns. Warp sizing will be encouraged and covered.

Comprehensive Blending Board   Gwen Powell

Want to repeat design elements in your yarn? With the reincarnation of the carding board into Blending Boards or Artist Pallets the demand has risen for instruction on all the possibilities of fiber preparation on these boards. Do you want to blend long and short fibers together? Have trouble keeping inclusions in when spinning? In this workshop students will learn both woolen and worsted fiber preparation techniques on the blending board using an assortment of colorful common fibers. Tricks and techniques will be taught and practiced. Students will come away with fiber preps and the knowledge of how to repeat both. Those that wish to work on woolen spinning from rolags will also work on woolen techniques.

Knitted Cables  Kira Dulaney

Cables are easy to make, and can be used for incredible texture and design. Learn how to work cables and traveling stitches both with and without a cable needle, as well as how to read cable stitch patterns and charts. We will also start one of Kira's cabled cowl designs, either the Interlaced Cowl or the Svelte Cowl. If you’re ready to move beyond simple knit/purl patterns, this is the class for you!

The Many Colors Of Madder   Michelle Russell-Delezene

Madder, mother of red dyes in ancient history, has fifteen dye compounds to play with! In this full-day class, we will explore the rich color possibilities that this wonderful root can share. Receptive to mordants and modifiers, madder’s color range can stretch from bright orange to crimson, to brown and even black! Madder is one of the natural dyes that you could spend your whole life studying. This class will get you over any fear you have of working with madder. Take home 24 mini skeins in a range of tones – enough for a fabulous gradient shawl.

Saturday, October 5

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

SPRANG, the elastic fabric    Stephenie Gaustad

There is an ancient textile structure that consists of a single yarn, laid onto a frame and worked by hand. Manipulation is simple and the task moves quickly as a single pass adds a row to both the top and bottom as the fabric is worked to the center. The fabric is supple, elastic. It can be like a dense woven or open, airy like lace. It is sprang. This presentation is a hands on introduction. Join us and experience a fabric that goes “sproing”!


Flight Control: Creating the Yarn You Want    Sand Luck

Do you feel frustrated or confused when trying to spin differently sized yarns? How do you keep your yarn consistent in diameter and twist? This is the class for you! We will work on solving the mystery of diameter control, learning how to adjust your wheel and refine your drafting skills to produce consistent results in both diameter and twist angle. Along the way we will discuss various yarn structures and their best uses, such as hand knitting for lace, socks, hats, or sweaters, or for weaving, tapestry, needlepoint, and more! We will also discuss how to track your techniques to be able to reproduce a yarn at a later date.

Saturday, October 5

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Indigo Shibori   Michelle Russell-Delezene

This hands-on indigo class explores a variety of methods making exciting blue designs on fabric. Using traditional Japanese shibori techniques and quick modern “cheats,” we will experiment with resist dye methods while learning the ancient process of working with natural indigo. Students will enjoy three hours of instruction and play time to dye four cotton napkins and a itajime shibori silk scarf. Come have fun playing with this magical process!

Spinning Blended Fibers   Abby Franquemont

We'll spin several blends of wool and silk, blends of wool and modern synthetics such as rayon including Tencel and bamboo-based rayon, nylon, and glittery fibers. Lastly, we'll spin a blend with luxury fibers. You'll learn methods for controlling your blendsto get a variety of effects, how to judge what your blend may comeout like, and talk about what blends can do that unblended fibers don't. Wheel or spindle, your choice!

Cashmere on the Blending Board   Gwen Powell

This rare class will concentrate on the very finest of fibers using the blending board. Special care needs to be taken with cashmere and similar fibers and careful adjustment to our wheels. Fine spindles and perfect preparation help get the best results. Students will prepare these fibers and learn to spin them on supported spindles and their wheels.

Saturday, October 5

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Self Striping Yarn   Abby Franquemont

Have you ever wanted to spin your own self-striping yarn from dyed fiber? We'll work with both fiber that's been handpainted in multiple colours, and multiple colours of solid-dyed fiber, to spin self-striping singles – and you'll learn about planning and plying methods to achieve a variety of colour effects in plied yarns as well. You must be able to spin and ply a basic two-ply yarn, but we'll discuss chain plying and three-ply yarns too. Wheel or spindle, student's choice!

Designing with Mordant Pastes   Michelle Russell-Delezene

Paint, stamp, and stencil with mordant pastes on fabric in this fun half-day, make-and-take class. Extend your natural dye knowledge and color range by working with alum and iron pastes on fabric that we will dye in class. This medium lends itself to bold graphic designs. Take home a set of four cotton napkins with your unique designs.

Sunday, October 6

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Felted Pumpkin    Sharon Mansfield

This intensive course is an in-depth look at wet felting for beginners. Students in this workshop will use merino wool, and an assortment of other fibers to create a roughly 8" tall pumpkin, complete with a stem and lid. Additional embellishment fibers will include wool nepps, bombyx silk, dyed cheesecloth, mawata silk hankies, firestar, and yarn. Topics covered will include how to incorporate the varied fibers to create the best texture and how to use a resist to make a sculptural piece.

Sunday, October 6

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Rut Buster   Abby Franquemont

Are you stuck in a comfort zone you can't escape? No matter what you do, do you just keep ending up spinning the same yarn over and over again? Is it you, or the equipment, or the fiber that makes that happen? What else is out there? Is it overload when you eventry to think about what to try next? Are you stuck with stash you don't dare spin because you're afraid you'll ruin it because you'll just do what you've always done? Did you hit a wall working towards a specific goal? Do you just want someone to make you try something new, that you never would have thought of, that you can't make yourself try, that might push you to a new level you didn't expect? Well, bring it to this class, and we'll take that on in an exciting and diverse hands-on seminar. Requires advance email interaction!

Indie Yarn Dyeing   Alisha Reyes

We are surrounded in our community with gorgeous hand dyed yarns! Learn how to dye your own. We'll be dyeing 2 skeins of yarn in your choice of a semi-solid, variegated or speckled style.

Playing with Mohair   Sandi Young

Learn the qualities of Mohair fiber, how to recognize usable fleeces, and what to avoid, as well as how to prepare mohair for spinning and create several styles of mohair yarn.

Sunday, October 6

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Intro to Weaving   Kira Dulaney

Weaving is an ancient art that is easy to learn yet has endless possibilities. We will use a simple frame loom to make an artistic wall hanging while exploring plain weave as well as rya fringe, soumak, and clasped weft weaving techniques. All materials are provided and you will take home the tools to continue weaving on your own.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund for cancellations on or before July 31, 2019.

  • Half refund for cancellations on or before August 31, 2019. 

  • No refund on or after September 1, 2019. Students unable to attend may let another student take their place if they notify the festival in advance.