2021 Workshop Descriptions

All workshops will be webinars on Zoom, with live Q&A
Students will have access to recordings of workshops through the end of the year
Workshops are on a sliding scale of $30/50/70, plus materials fee

Materials Fees range from zero to $90 depending on the supplies provided by the instructor.

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Questions? Email workshops@lambtown.org

Saturday, September 18
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pacific

Successful Yarn Substitution including Handspun Yarn  Kira Dulaney

It can be nerve-wracking to switch the yarn on a project, but sometimes necessary. Learning how to pick (or spin) a successful substitute means you’ll never have to abandon a pattern written for a discontinued yarn, make a sweater too warm for your climate, choose from a line of colors you don’t like, or feel required to buy a yarn that's not in your budget. It will also help you match your handspun stash to patterns. We’ll talk about all of the considerations, with a special focus on how fiber content and yarn construction affect the finished project.

Saturday, September 18
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Pacific

Spinning Blended Fibers  Abby Franquemont

Are you interested in getting a better handle on spinning blended fibers? You're in luck! In this class, we'll work with an assortment of blends from small independent producers and larger mills, and help you understand how to make the yarn of your dreams from the beautiful blends on the market today, as well as ones you can make with processing equipment like a drum carder. We'll work with drum carded batts as well as combed top. You can take this class with any spinning equipment you like. You'll need to be comfortable enough to make a full spindle or bobbin of yarn with your tool of choice, and you will need to find a smooth batt, a textured batt, a wool/silk combed top, and a combed top or batt with at least 3 kinds of fiber.

Saturday, September 18
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Pacific

Approachable Indigo Dyeing  Brooke Sinnes

Using 3 ingredients - indigo, lye, and hydros - plus filtered water Brooke will show you how to make an approachable indigo vat at home.  This vat works equally well for protein and cellulose fibers.  We will also talk about strategies to make greens and purples in addition to blues.

Sunday, September 19
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pacific

Weave a V Shawl with Double Weave  Robin Lynde

The V-Shaped Shawl is a favorite style--due to its unique shape it stays put on the shoulders while covering all of the back. Use double weave and a unique method of weaving a fold to make this shawl with vertical stripes which cross in the back to create a plaid.  The shawl is woven in two layers, using two shuttles, up to the point where the layers are joined to create the V. At that point successive pairs of warp threads are cut at the back of the loom and then used as weft. Learn the details of weaving this shawl and explore options to create your own design. 

Sunday, September 19
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Pacific

Spindle Productivity  Abby Franquemont

You've heard spindles can be as productive, or maybe even more productive, than more mechanized solutions like wheels and e-spinners -- but how? Let me show you how to measure your actual productivity with spindles, how to find your personal bottlenecks, and how to maximize your rate of production so you, too, can get lots more done with these simple, portable tools! 

Sunday, September 19
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Pacific

Color Play on the Drum Carder  Roy Clemes

Brighten up your fiber prep with Color Play on the Drum Carder! In this demonstration style workshop, we’ll cover blending colors and creating gradients in a multitude of preparations. Whether you love heathery hues, homogenous blends, silky-smooth slivers, or texturous tweeds, this class will show you the techniques and give you the creative license for your own colorful creations.

Saturday, September 25
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pacific

Seaming and Finishing for Knitting and Crochet  Kira Dulaney

Neat seaming and finishing make such a difference in a handmade project, but so many knitters and crocheters don’t feel confident in their finishing skills. This class will be useful for anyone who knits or crochets garments or accessories and is recommended for anyone wanting to enter the Skeins and Textiles competition at future Lambtown Festivals. Techniques will include planning ahead for finishing ease and success, weaving in yarn ends on knit and crocheted fabric, seaming knitting using mattress stitch aka invisible stitch, seaming crochet with mattress stitch or slip stitch, grafting, picking up stitches for knit edging, single crochet edging, buttonholes multiple ways, and sewing buttons securely.

Saturday, September 25
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Pacific

Plying Structures  Abby Franquemont

Are you ready for a solid grounding in essential plying structures for your handspun yarn? Then this is the class for you! Bring 4 sets of singles -- bobbins, balls, or full spindles -- and we'll explain what we mean by 2-ply, 3-ply, chain ply, and 4 ply, and teach you how to get them done with spindles or bobbin and flyer array of your choice (treadled wheel, driven spindle, or e-spinner). If you're using bobbins, plan on having a lazy kate or we'll show you how to make one. We will also cover techniques for winding balls by hand and talk about how to use common household items to help keep your singles under control while you ply.

Saturday, September 25
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Pacific

Natural Colors - Dyeing Protein Fibers with Raw Dyestuffs and Extracts  Brooke Sinnes

In this class we will review all the steps necessary to get strong, lasting color derived from plants and bugs.  While we will not be alum mordanting in class a handout will be provided with instructions on how to mordant that we will go over in class.  Pre-mordanted yarn will be provided along with raw dyestuff and natural dye extracts for students to do dyeing in their own home.  This class is suitable for those that have never dyed before or those that have done some dyeing but would like a review.

Sunday, September 26
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pacific

Beginner Punch Needle  Una Walker

In this class you will learn all the basics of Punch Needle Rug Hooking and be ready to complete your first project including finishing. You can choose from several designs to make a set of four mug rugs or one larger project that can be made into a trivet or just hung on the wall. This class will provide all the knowledge you need to feel confident in your next Punch Needle projects.

Sunday, September 26
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Pacific

Andean Weaving Lecture Tour  Abby Franquemont

Are you curious about Andean weaving? Let Abby show you a selection of techniques and styles from the Cusco area of Peru! Learn how yarn is spun, dyed, and plied, then how warps are made and configured, and then how the weaving actually happens -- and lots of finished textiles, how they function, and why! You'll visit several weaving communities and get an up close look at textiles in Abby's personal collection, with time for Q&A.

Sunday, September 26
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Pacific

Fiber Prep for Speed and Efficiency  Roy Clemes

For some people, fiber prep is an enjoyable stage of the sheep to shawl process. For others, it is something to be done as quickly as possible to get on to spinning, plying, knitting, or weaving. Luckily, this class has something for both types of people! In this demonstration style workshop, we’ll cover not only the quickest ways to create rolags, batts, and slivers (roving), but also the techniques to be most efficient with your time. If you are a Sheep to Shawl Competitor or a process-based artist, this class will show you how to get from point A to point B and have time left over to stop and smell the roses – or more appropriately, the fleece.

Questions? Email workshops@lambtown.org