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                                 CLASS LISTING FOR 2017 FESTIVAL IS COMPLETE!!   

Be sure to sign up as soon as possible...most of these classes have a minimum of four students and will be cancelled if this number is not secured by the middle of September!


 Triangle Loom Building with George Snyder

This workshop will explain and expose the details and science of building a triangular loom for continuous strand weaving. 

 Participants will: Learn the math required to make a properly proportioned loom of any size.

                            Mark and pre-drill nail locations, and assemble a loom.

This morning class will assemble a 36 inch wide triangular loom, and view cutting and marking of an 18 inch loom.

Some woodworking experience helpful.

Student should bring: yardstick, hammer, #2 Philip's head screwdriver, pencils, safety glasses, ear protection and dust mask.  If a T-square is available, bring it!

This class costs $40, with a maximum of 10 students.  Materials cost for the class (to be paid to  instructor on day of the class) $25


Rectangle Loom Building with George Snyder

.This workshop will explain and expose the details and science of building a triangular loom for continuous strand weaving.

Participants will: Learn the math required to make a properly proportioned loom of any size.

                           Mark, and predrill nail locations, and assemble a loom.

This afternoon class will assemble 6x18 inch rectangular loom.  Some woodworking experience helpful.

Students should bring: yardstick, hammer, #2 Philip's head screwdriver, pencils, safety glasses, ear protection, and dust mask.  If a T-square is available, bring it!

This class costs $40, with a maximum of 10 students.  Materials cost for the class (to be paid to instructor on day of class) $25.

(Students who take this class can learn how to use it in the Continuous Weaving Class all day Saturday)


Continuous Strand Weaving on a Rectangular Loom with Lenore Snyder

Discover the magic of Continuous Strand Weaving zig-zag through an open frame rectangle loom.  Participants will weave single strand in plain weave (tabby) with the option of a color change.  Samples will be provided to demonstrate the effect of various design plans.  The completed scarf will be approximately 7"x44", a nice size for an infinity scarf.  It would be helpful, if participants have experience with CSW on a triangle loom, though it's not required.  Printed handouts and instructions will be provided.  Visit Lenore's website to see her weavings.

This class is for beginners on the rectangular loom.  Some previous experience on the triangular loom would be helpful, but not required. 

Teacher will provide: looms stands, handouts, 25 page booklet of detailed instructions.  Yarn will be available at cost (or provide your own).

If you build a loom on Friday, you would be welcome to use that one.

There is a $20 materials fee for loom and stand rent that can be paid to instructor on the day of the class (this fee can be applied toward the purchase of a loom). 

Students should provide:  Yarn-approximately 150 yds of sport or worsted weight (wool, alpaca, cotton blends, or handspun/one color OR variegated).  A locker hook with a large tapestry eye, or size G or H crochet hook, a weaving comb (a hair pick will work),scissors, felting needle or large yarn needle, and a basket to contain yarn while weaving.  (if you have questions, contact Lenore at

This all day class is $70, with a student maximum of 10. 


Crockpot Dyeing Silk Hankies with Diana Eakin

Learn how to dye silk hankies (provided by instructor).  Dye will be applied to create a multi-color or a monochromatic design, using a crockpot and Wilton Frosting Gel Dye.  Students will be shown how to draft the hanky for spinning,  as well as how to knit the hanky without spinning.  Techniques for handling silk will also be covered. 

Students should bring a crock pot, notebook, pen and enthusiasm!

 This class costs $40.  There is a $15 material fee(paid to the instructor on the day of class)to cover dyes and silk hankies.


Spinning Exotic and Unusual Fibers with Linda Ritz

Exotic and unusual fibers will be available to touch and spin in this class.  Each student will receive a packet of fibers for sampling.  Fibers include: alpaca, llama, seacell, tencel, milk protein, acrylic, silk, mohair, cashmere, and yak.  Other fibers will be available in limited quantities.

Students must bring their own wheel, and be able to spin unassisted.  Since the exotic fibers are provided, there is a materials fee of $15 (payable to the instructor on the day of class.

This class costs $40.


Beginning Spindle Spinning with Jen Szubielak

Learn Drop spindle techniques using drop, support, and Turkish spindles.  Are you new to the spindle world??  We will learn how to start, control and wind on.  Then, on to support spindle basics...with a little Turkish spindle sandwiched in!  Learn or increase your spindle spinning skills. Beginner and Intermediate spindle spinners will enjoy this class.

Students should bring their two hands, a sense of humor, and spindles if they have them...some are available to be used at class.  Fiber will be provided by the instructor.  There is a $10 materials fee (to be paid to the instructor on the day of class) for fibers.

This class costs $40.


Core Spinning Four Different Ways with Melissa Bohrtz

Learn how to core-spin four different ways with Melissa of Hello Purl.  In this class you will learn the techniques of core-spinning fibers allowing you to create a variety of art yarns.  We will be using combed top and textured art batts to core-spin these yarns smooth and textured.  First you will learn the basics of core-spinning to create a single core-spun yarn.  Next you will discover how to ply a core-spun yarn to create a "bubble wrap" textured art yarn.  Then we will work with locks to create a lock-spun yarn.  Finally you will core-spin over wire to create a hard-core yarn.

Students should bring a cone/ball of strong flexible core yarn (not thread) to spin with.  A small spool of thread to auto-wrap with.  A working spinning wheel preferable with at least a 1/2" orifice.  At least two bobbins.  Any extra fiber you wish to work with.

Students must have a working relationship with your wheel.  Know how to spin a single yarn as well as how to ply.

$20 Materials fee (due on day of class) includes:  Enough fiber to create all the techniques described in the class description including art batts, combed top and locks.  Students will be working in 1-2 oz amounts to create 4 different yarns using 5-7 oz of fiber.  Wire used for hard-core core-spinning is also included.

Class costs $40.


Control the Size of your Yarn with Linda Ritz

Learn the techniques needed to spin any size yarn; lace to bulky.  Tips and techniques on yarn standards, ratios, control cards, single ply, 2 ply, w.p.i., etc.

This workshop will be geared toward wheel spinners, but the information will be equally useful to spindle spinners.

Students taking this class must be able to spin without assistance, and should bring their own spinning wheel.  You may also bring your own roving, but if you don't have any, roving will be available at class for a $5.00 material fee (paid on day of class).

This class is $40.


Sock Heels 101 with Jill Suttell

Why are there so many heel variations?  What is the best one?  Well, it depends on your foot.  The best heel for you may be a terrible fit for another.  In this class, we will discuss many heel variations, pros and cons of each and help you figure out which is best for you.  This class will be mostly lecture and demonstration with only a little hands-on work.

Students should bring:  Light colored worsted weight yarn, needles in size 7 or 8, (dpns or 2 circular needles with 16-20" length)

This class is $40.


Color Blending for Spinning with Nancy Pavelek

In this class students will:

              Explore hands-on color theory--learn what color is all about!   

              Prepare various amounts (by percentage) of colored roving to create new and exciting colors.

              Spin color blends to create beautiful colorways and "pump-up" your yarn basket; and finally--

              Ply various colors together for further color development and excitement!     

Students in this class must be of at least "established beginner spinner" level in order to spin your own yarn. 

Students should bring a pair of wool combs, blending board or hand cards (student preference for blending), a spinning wheel or spindle, 1 box of snack size zip-lock baggies, permanent marker, pen/pencil, and a notepad.

Instructor will provide a variety of dyed wool roving and chocolate!

This class costs $40, with a material fee of $20 due on the day of class (pay directly to instructor). 


Slip Stitch Mania with Jill Suttell

Slipped stitch patterns allow you to create the look of two color knitting while only using one color per row, or add texture using only one color.  Mosaic knitting (one form of slipped stitch) brings to mind beautiful Native American fiber art.  No stranding, bobbins or changing color within the row.  In this class we will explain techniques as well as the  do's and don'ts of this method of knitting and how to read 2 types of charts.

Students must be able to knit, purl, cast on and bind off, without supervision.  They should bring: 2 colors of worsted weight yarn, and two sets of needles, size 7 or 8.

This class is $40.