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Thursday, October 17
 

9:00am EDT

12+ Ways to Spin Painted Top
Did you ever purchase a hand painted top and spin it only to be disappointed in the final color outcome? This workshop analyzes how dyed tops and rovings are painted and how the fiber can be spun in 12+ ways to yield different color combinations in the final yarn. The focus will be on color and how to achieve beautiful color results instead of mud. The techniques taught in this workshop would be suitable for all fabric construction types including knitting, crocheting, and weaving.

Instructors
avatar for Alanna Wilcox

Alanna Wilcox

Alanna Wilcox is an art teacher by day and a fiber artist at night. She loves sharing her passion with others and is constantly making things, especially projects that have to do with color and fiber to express her creativity. She earned the OHS Spinning Certificate with distinction... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Design Your Own Raglan
"Ever have trouble finding the pattern you like in the size you need at the gauge you are getting? Ever struggle to match a designer's gauge and wonder how the sweater will fit? Ever have trouble finding a pattern in your size that appeals to you? Look no further.


In this workshop we will explore how to design your own raglan sweater and customize it to fit you, in your gauge, and with the design elements you want. You will leave with all the knowledge to determine the pattern and the knit the sweater you want.
"


Instructors
avatar for Jaya Srikrishnan

Jaya Srikrishnan

Jaya Srikrishnan has been knitting for almost all her adult life. She learned to knit as a child in India and has not stopped. She has taught at local yarn shops as well as at retreats in CT and Long Island. She has also designed knitted garments and accessories for Lorna's Laces... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Design
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Dyes From Nature
The natural world provides some fantastic colors, mostly from plants, but in some cases insects.  Dyers for centuries have been extracting color from plants found just outside their door.  This workshop will introduce participants to common dye stuffs found in nature and to some of the more traditional materials that have been used throughout history.  The use of mordants will enable the color palette to be expanded and techinques will explore collection and identification, storage, and extractions required to obtain some truly amazing colors.

Instructors
avatar for Kathy Sparks

Kathy Sparks

Kathy Sparks has been involved with fiber in some way, shape or form for the past 45 years. She honed her craft both by earning a Master’s Degree in Dye Chemistry from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, as well as studying with and learning from other artists. A retired... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Dyeing
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Folded Pine Bark Basketry
"In this workshop you will learn the ancient art of making folded baskets out of white pine bark. From actually peeling the bark from a log to sewing the container, this is a hands-on workshop where you will really get to know the material. Each participant will choose a piece of bark from those we have peeled and learn how to make a pattern to fold this flexible square piece of bark into a vessel. Different sewing materials, including twine, hemp, and basswood fiber, will be used to sew the vessel and attach a rim. Each person’s project will turn out to be completely unique. Everyone will leave with a completed basket, handouts on everything covered during the workshop and a new appreciation for the beautiful and abundant white pine tree.
"


Instructors
avatar for Katie Grove

Katie Grove

Going out onto the land, harvesting materials from nature, and weaving a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is a professional artist and educator whose passion is to guide people in connecting to their creativity through the combination of art and nature. In her... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Make It Madder
"Madder root has been prized for centuries for it's red and orange pigments.  This workshop celebrates Madder Root by adding some chemistry to the dyepot.  By shifting our mordants and modifiers, we will end up with at least 20 different shades from one dye.  Lots of dyeing, lots of fun!
"


Instructors
avatar for Jackie Ottino

Jackie Ottino

Jackie is a dyer from Midcoast Maine, specializing in natural dyes. She ran a commercial dyehouse for 6 years for a well known yarn brand, and now does specialty dyeing for other yarn companies, as well as her own line, Forage Color. She teaches sell out dye workshops around the country... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Dyeing
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Needle Felting: Character Mug Rug Coasters and More
"Participants in this class will be able to accomplish a number of smaller projects.
The first is an adorable sheep mug rug coaster. You will learn how to sculpt using felting needles, No animals are harmed to create these adorable mug rugs! We will needle tiny locks of wool to cover the head and neck, lending a lot of authenticity to this character. A simple poking motion will shape the contours and special features, sculpting them into a three-dimensional shape. The second part of each project will walk you through the creation of the body, which will lie flat and be wide enough to accommodate a mug.


Another small project are these beautiful angels which are so enjoyable to make!
Needle felting is a technique that uses barbed needles to decorate a felt surface with design. We will combine simple design shapes and lots of color choices, to create beautifully unique dresses for each angel. Once the dress is complete, we will assemble and add a hairstyle using locks of curly wool or braids. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned felter, this class offers lots of fun, guidance, tips and inspiration.
You may expect to get two (or three) of them completed during class.
If you prefer, and time permitting, there will be even MORE opportunity for a variety of animal mug rugs or other small projects to choose from. An endless bounty of inspiration as you immerse yourself in the craft of needle felting.
Both the beginner and experienced needle felter will have fun making these simple projects!




Instructors
avatar for Neysa Russo

Neysa Russo

Neysa Russo resides in Corinth, Vermont where she combines the techniques of wet felting and needle felting to create museum quality tapestries of exquisite beauty and charm. Fascinated by the rich history of design and inspired by ancient textiles from around the world, her expertise... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Felting
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Ribbed and Ready to Go
Fill this basket with your latest knitting or spinning project and you are ready to go.  Students will learn the techniques for weaving a ribbed basket.  Begin your basket by creating a 4 point lashing or "Gods Eye" with 2-10" oak hoops and rattan. Ribs will then be cut and carved to create the basket's shape. The ribs will then be inserted and woven first with rattan and then with seagrass.  Packing and short rows will also be taught.

Instructors
avatar for Wendy Jensen

Wendy Jensen

Wendy G. Jensen Baskets
Wendy Jensen has been an award winning professional basketmaker living in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts for 25 years. She exhibits her work at juried craft shows and galleries nationally. She also teaches basketmaking at many craft schools, museums, and private facilities... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Sheep to Skein
"This workshop is for the spinner who would to experience starting with washed fleece, preparing it and spinning it into a skein. We will evaluate the characteristics of 4 different wool types and examine the differences in crimp and lock structure. You will prepare, spin and ply your samples into a one of a kind skeins. There will be discussion of how to select, skirt and wash a fleece. You will leave the  workshop comfortable working with fleece and an understanding of the process from beginning to end.




"


Instructors
avatar for Donna Kay

Donna Kay

A knitting instructor and designer for over 25 years, Donna Kay is also an accomplished handspinner. Known for her patient teaching manner, she delights in sharing her knowledge and passion with her students. Donna designs for her company, Tree of Life Designs, and is a frequent contributor... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Spinning Worsted and Semi Worsted
"Take this class and learn how to spin both worsted and semi-worsted yarns. You’ll learn what makes a yarn worsted or semi-worsted, the characteristics of each, which sheep breeds are best for each type, correct preparation for the type of yarn you want to make, appropriate twists and grists, and what type of finished items work best with these yarns. You must be able to spin a continuous singles and to ply to take this class. Bring your wheel, your drop spindle (or both), and hand cards and combs if you have them. You may also bring patterns of items you want to make and we will discuss what type of yarn is best for each particular pattern and why.
"


Instructors
avatar for Carolyn Rivello

Carolyn Rivello

Carolyn Rivello has been involved with handwork of all kinds since learning to sew in 4-H when she was young. She has been spinning for twenty years. She holds a certificate from the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Spinning Certificate Program and has taught and lectured at various... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

The Art of Navajo Weaving - Thurs
The class will introduce the participant to an appreciation of Navajo (Dine) weaving by creating a small rug on an upright loom.  Navajo weavings are internationally known for their unique designs & techniques using vegetal, natural and aniline dyed handspun wool.  Participants will learn basic weaving techniques on a prepared warp using 100% wool weft that will be provided.  

Instructors
avatar for Navajo Weavings & Supplies - Marilou Schultz

Navajo Weavings & Supplies - Marilou Schultz

Navajo Weavings & Supplies
Marilou Schultz, is a renowned Navajo weaver from the Navajo Nation, specialized in both traditional and contemporary weavings using handspun Navajo Churro. She likes to experiments with her designs as well as in the dyeing of the yarns. Marilou participates in the annual SWAIA Indian... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Weaving
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Wheel Spinning 101
Spin your own yarn! Yes you can!  In this class, you will learn to spin on a spinning wheel.  We will cover the parts of the wheel and how to set your wheel up for spinning.  You will learn how to draft the fiber before you let the twist in that makes it magically turn to yarn, and how to turn those single plies of yarn into a nice two-ply yarn.  You will leave with your own hand spun yarn!

Instructors
avatar for Mary Berry

Mary Berry

Mary Berry is living her dream raising sheep; teaching spinning, weaving, dyeing, and rug hooking classes; and creating textile art that is full of color and life. When she is not at home on the farm, you will find her teaching at her the Fancy Fibers Studio, or at fiber festivals... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Yarn & Fiber Characteristics
This hands-on class will help participants to understand how the properties of fiber become the properties of yarn and how those properties affect the products we make, whether we spin, knit, weave or felt.   We will first explore the world of fibers:  where they come from and how they grow and then handle the fibers and examine their characteristics under magnification.   Finally, we will dissect yarns to see how fiber, twist and ply affect the look, feel and durability of the products we ultimately knit, or weave.  

Instructors
avatar for Robin Russo

Robin Russo

Robin Russo lives in Bradford, Vermont where she teaches spinning, felting, dyeing and working with exotic fibers. Over the past 30 years she has taught for hundreds of spinning, knitting, weaving and felting guilds throughout North America, as well as at Convergence and Soar. She... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Fiber
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

1:00pm EDT

Willow Wreath Making
"Most wreaths start with a provided core made of straw or other materials but not in this workshop where students will make their own woven willow core with large fresh willow rods.A started core will be provided to each student. Once this core is finished, then weaving will progress alternatively clockwise and anticlockwise, so creating natural pockets in the weaving for embellishments. No glue is therefore necessary for attaching embellishments. Hence, this is a fully recyclable wreath and can be used year round for any occasion. A variety of embellishments in the Fall flavor will be available for class participants.
This is a full size wreath and can be made in any shape: round, oval of square.
"


Instructors
avatar for Bonnie Gale

Bonnie Gale

Bonnie Gale has been a professional traditional willow basketmaker and willow artist for the past 35 years. Her baskets are part of the collections at Plimoth Plantation and Mount Vernon Estate. In 1999, she was awarded an Artist's Fellowship from NYFA and in 2012, she was selected... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR
 
Friday, October 18
 

9:00am EDT

Carry-All
This will be your go-to basket whether you're heading to spinning, knitting, weaving or the library! Students will lay up a "filled" base and then work "start and stop" weaving rows while working on shaping straight sides. Rim fitting, handles, scarfing and double lashing will be taught.  Basket dimensions: 13"L x 5" W x 10"H

Instructors
avatar for Wendy Jensen

Wendy Jensen

Wendy G. Jensen Baskets
Wendy Jensen has been an award winning professional basketmaker living in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts for 25 years. She exhibits her work at juried craft shows and galleries nationally. She also teaches basketmaking at many craft schools, museums, and private facilities... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Kitchen Dye Pot
Don't compost those kitchen scraps!  Make dye from them!  This fun workshop uses only dyes found in the kitchen.  Black beans, avocado, cabbage, pomegranate....All the scraps!  We will dye mini skeins of yarn, and each student will leave with a full set.  

Instructors
avatar for Jackie Ottino

Jackie Ottino

Jackie is a dyer from Midcoast Maine, specializing in natural dyes. She ran a commercial dyehouse for 6 years for a well known yarn brand, and now does specialty dyeing for other yarn companies, as well as her own line, Forage Color. She teaches sell out dye workshops around the country... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Dyeing
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Mama Screech Owl
Have you been wanting to take your needle felting to the next level? Want to tackle a larger more complex project?  Join Going Gnome to make this sweet mama screech owl.  In this workshop you will learn useful techniques for layering color, making and attaching pieces to one another, as well as shaping and fine detail work.  Owls can be sweet, funny, wise, and serious - no two are alike.  Come make this fun project using wool and simple felting needles, and find out what expression your owl has......

Instructors
avatar for Melissa Jennifer VanSant

Melissa Jennifer VanSant

Going Gnome began quite by accident in 2008. Sisters Jennifer and Melissa VanSant had been running their bead and scrapbook store since 2005 and frequently spent time needle felting in the shop. They grew up knitting, sewing, crocheting and had a lifelong love of fiber. Their love... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Felting
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Mohair and More
In this spinning class we will explore Cashmere, Mohair, Pygora and Cashgora goat fibers.   We will discuss the history, geography, industrial uses and the fiber properties of each of these animals.  We will card, comb and spin samples of each fiber in their natural colors and some dyed colorsl  We will also experiment with blending to make the best use of the special properties of these luxurious fibers.  

Instructors
avatar for Robin Russo

Robin Russo

Robin Russo lives in Bradford, Vermont where she teaches spinning, felting, dyeing and working with exotic fibers. Over the past 30 years she has taught for hundreds of spinning, knitting, weaving and felting guilds throughout North America, as well as at Convergence and Soar. She... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Needle Felting: Florentine Bird Tapestry
" Needle felting is a simple technique that uses barbed needles and carded wool to decorate a felt surface with design.


Simple design shapes and lots of colors combine to create a Florentine Bird Tapestry. We will all begin with a simple tree, bending its way to the top of the canvas. You will learn how to needle felt fanciful and elaborate flowers, simplistic singing birds, ferns, vines and leaves. Though we will all be working on the same theme, each tapestry will exhibit the unique and personal characteristics of the artist within you.
There will be many prompts to guide you with lots of inspiration for various flower clusters and birds plus an abundance of color choices. Working on the black background eliminates the need to outline and makes the design shapes and colors pop out.
Along the way, you will build your needling skills, gain design experience and experiment with color. Simple design shapes combine to create beautifully unique and personal folk art. While we needle, we can talk about inspiration, composition, color choices, needle varieties, fiber and many techniques and tricks are offered to keep your felting moving forward.
Beginners and experienced needle felters are welcome!
"


Instructors
avatar for Neysa Russo

Neysa Russo

Neysa Russo resides in Corinth, Vermont where she combines the techniques of wet felting and needle felting to create museum quality tapestries of exquisite beauty and charm. Fascinated by the rich history of design and inspired by ancient textiles from around the world, her expertise... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Felting
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Planning & Spinning for a Sweater
This workshop focuses on picking a sweater project and how to spin the desired yarn for it. Fiber choices will be discussed, drafting, spinning, and plying techniques will also be the focus to help the students achieve the yarn they want. Other technical aspects of spinning such as WPI (wraps per inch), TPI (twists per inch), grist and how to calculate the amount of fiber needed will also be discussed. There will be time to spin fiber and create a swatch from the resulting yarns.

Instructors
avatar for Alanna Wilcox

Alanna Wilcox

Alanna Wilcox is an art teacher by day and a fiber artist at night. She loves sharing her passion with others and is constantly making things, especially projects that have to do with color and fiber to express her creativity. She earned the OHS Spinning Certificate with distinction... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Random Weave Vine Basket
In this workshop participants will make a wild and fun market basket using locally harvested grapevine, bittersweet and more. You will learn a hoop frame construction and the technique of random weave to create a basket that reflects a love and appreciation of nature and handmade objects. The basic form of this project is for a carrying basket, perfect for use at the farmer's market or at home, but it can be adapted to make a decorative orb if you prefer. All the secrets of harvesting, preparation, and storage of vines will be covered and participants will go home with a basket they made with their own hands as well as instructions and inspiration to create many more.

Instructors
avatar for Katie Grove

Katie Grove

Going out onto the land, harvesting materials from nature, and weaving a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is a professional artist and educator whose passion is to guide people in connecting to their creativity through the combination of art and nature. In her... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Spinning Man-Made Fibers
You’ve heard the names – Tencel, Ecospun, Ingeo, Casein, Soy Silk, Seacell, Viscose. What are they? How do they act? Would they be useful fibers to incorporate into my spinning? By themselves, or blended? In what kinds of projects? Come to this class to find out. We’ll spin many samples for you to get the feel of these fibers and see which ones you would like to incorporate into your spinning life.

Instructors
avatar for Carolyn Rivello

Carolyn Rivello

Carolyn Rivello has been involved with handwork of all kinds since learning to sew in 4-H when she was young. She has been spinning for twenty years. She holds a certificate from the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Spinning Certificate Program and has taught and lectured at various... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

The Art of Navajo Weaving - Fri
The class will introduce the participant to an appreciation of Navajo (Dine) weaving by creating a small rug on an upright loom.  Navajo weavings are internationally known for their unique designs & techniques using vegetal, natural and aniline dyed handspun wool.  Participants will learn basic weaving techniques on a prepared warp using 100% wool weft that will be provided.  

Instructors
avatar for Navajo Weavings & Supplies - Marilou Schultz

Navajo Weavings & Supplies - Marilou Schultz

Navajo Weavings & Supplies
Marilou Schultz, is a renowned Navajo weaver from the Navajo Nation, specialized in both traditional and contemporary weavings using handspun Navajo Churro. She likes to experiments with her designs as well as in the dyeing of the yarns. Marilou participates in the annual SWAIA Indian... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Weaving
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Twigg Stitch Technique and Hat Project
"Come and join us as we explore the world of Twigg stitch. A wonderful knitting technique where you create a rib with a different color on each side (different from Brioche). Using Twigg stitch you can knit mirrored color patterns, cables, lace and more.


We will spend plenty of our time together learning the basic technique. Then, when you are ready, we can discuss any aspect of the knitting you are interested in, i.e. Increases and decreases, selvedges, specific patterns or stitches from the Twigg stitch book, problem solving etc.


The project hat can be knitted with stripes or any color design you want, and any size you want."


Instructors
avatar for Vicki Twigg

Vicki Twigg

Vicki Twigg learned to knit and crochet at about the age of 5, followed soon after by sewing, and has always loved to experiment with and design all kinds of things in the field of needle arts. She likes to set herself challenges and find new ways round them and particularly enjoys... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Knitting
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am EDT

Woodland Denizens – Dyeing with Lichens and Mushrooms
The woodlands around us contain a trove of natural dye materials.  Typically thought of by foragers as edibles, Mushrooms can produce amazing colors.  When Lichens are collected as dye stuffs,  the color palette expands, containing some phenomenal colors.  Dye pots will be filled with an assortment of mushrooms and lichens, the colors provided by these woodland denizens are subtle yet rich.  Basic mushroom and lichen biology and ID will be shared, hunting techniques and storage means will be covered.  Information on the preparation of dye materials, the use of basic mordants and an understanding of basic natural dye techniques, including those specific to Lichens and Mushrooms will provide participants with the necessary tools, enabling them to successfully produce color from some little understood members of the plant world.

Instructors
avatar for Kathy Sparks

Kathy Sparks

Kathy Sparks has been involved with fiber in some way, shape or form for the past 45 years. She honed her craft both by earning a Master’s Degree in Dye Chemistry from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, as well as studying with and learning from other artists. A retired... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Dyeing
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR
 
Saturday, October 19
 

10:00am EDT

A Tisket, A Tasket, What A Perfect Fiber Basket!
Love going to sheep and wool festivals or to farmers' markets? This is just the basket you need to carry all your purchases.  Afterwards, measuring approximately 17” L x 10” W x 12” H (including the handle), it will be a great place to store or tote your yarn or your current fiber project.  Participants will be taught how to lay out the base, to weave up the sides incorporating a variety of sizes and types of reed and to rim/lash their baskets.

Instructors
avatar for MaryAnn Williams

MaryAnn Williams

I made my first basket late one afternoon in 1988 after a very challenging day as an elementary teacher…it was a disaster! However I found this craft engaging and my over thirty year relationship with basket making began. I have increased my skills and my love for baskets by consistently... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

10:00am EDT

Backyard Basketry: Coiling with Grasses, Cattails, and More
"
Have you ever looked around outside and wondered what you could make with the abundance of natural materials growing in your yard? In this workshop you will learn how to take grasses, cattails, daylily leaves, and so many other natural materials and create coiled baskets. Coiling is an ancient and versatile basketry technique used all over the world to create beautiful vessels that can be either decorative or functional. During the workshop we will discuss how to identify, harvest, and prepare a variety of local materials and then use them to create a unique basket. Cattails, grasses, ornamental foliage, daylily leaves and several other locally harvested plants will be provided for students to make their basket. Everyone’s basket will turn out to be a unique work of art. If you are excited about using found natural materials to create art and learning a fun and unique new skill, then join us! Everyone will leave with a basket, the skills to create more pieces in the future, and inspiration to explore your local landscape.
"


Instructors
avatar for Katie Grove

Katie Grove

Going out onto the land, harvesting materials from nature, and weaving a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is a professional artist and educator whose passion is to guide people in connecting to their creativity through the combination of art and nature. In her... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

10:00am EDT

Natural Dye Rainbow
Natural Dyeing 101.  This workshop will cover all the basics of natural dyeing, including fiber prep, mordanting, wild foraging, dye prep and finishing.  A little of everything!  We will dye 15 colors, every shade of the rainbow using fresh plant material, dried plants and flowers, nuts, bark, sawdust...you name it!  Students will leave with a full set of mini skeins, enough for a small project.

Instructors
avatar for Jackie Ottino

Jackie Ottino

Jackie is a dyer from Midcoast Maine, specializing in natural dyes. She ran a commercial dyehouse for 6 years for a well known yarn brand, and now does specialty dyeing for other yarn companies, as well as her own line, Forage Color. She teaches sell out dye workshops around the country... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Dyeing
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

10:00am EDT

Spinning Luxury Fibers
"Spinners are usually reluctant to spin luxury fibers for many reasons; not only can they be costly and hard to come by, they require knowledge of the fibers to spin them successfully.  This class will take the mystery out of spinning some of the well known luxury fibers.  As a successful fiber farmer of 15 years, I have had been surrounded by luxury fiber production from beginning to end and have honed my skills in luxury fiber yarn producing.  This class will focus on Tibetan Yak, Angora, Cashmere, Mohair and Alpaca.

The class will spend time with each of the above fiber types. A discussion of the animals that produce each fiber, the fiber types, and how they are harvested will start each section. A discussion on how the age of the animal, its herd management, health and environment will be explored. Many samples will be offered for review to back up the material presented.

Many luxury fibers are presented to spinners in an altered state, some processing has occurred to make the fibers easier to spin, or to cut down on the manual work of dehairing a down fleece, separating a locked fleece, etc.. Fleeces will be presented in their raw state first, followed by a discussion of hand processing techniques for each fleece type. Samples will be provided for each spinner to work with.

Spinners will be spinning raw both raw and processed samples of each fleece type and best spinning practices for each fiber type will be explored as well as some special tips and tricks for spinning luxury fiber exclusive to the instructor. Spinning locked fleeces into a simple art spun lock yarn will also be learned.

We will also explore popular luxury fiber blends. We will discuss the viability and use of these popular blends and students will be given samples to spin during class.




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Instructors
avatar for Natalie Burger

Natalie Burger

I'm a fiber artist and teacher who has raised fiber livestock for the last 15 years. I pride myself on the rare ability to be able to provide new and established artists not only with amazing fiber but the skills to achieve their fiber arts goals. As an artist and educator it is my... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

10:00am EDT

Warping and Weaving: Two Heddles
Is there some lace weight yarn or a cone or two of fine cotton in your stash that you would love to weave on your rigid heddle loom?  Weaving with two heddles for a finer sett will turn those yarns into beautiful woven projects. Learn to thread two heddles, beam your warp with lease sticks to keep it smooth and neat, tie on, and weave with fine yarn.  Choose your project: either a scarf or table runner, and weave something beautiful!

Instructors
avatar for Mary Berry

Mary Berry

Mary Berry is living her dream raising sheep; teaching spinning, weaving, dyeing, and rug hooking classes; and creating textile art that is full of color and life. When she is not at home on the farm, you will find her teaching at her the Fancy Fibers Studio, or at fiber festivals... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Weaving
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR