Classes for 2018 Are Here!!
All day Friday - September 28 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Shearing School with Jim Bristol
Learn to shear sheep with a master shearer!
New Zealand shearing method is taught along with equipment care and set-up, and wool handling.
The course fee is $ 125 and includes all the equipment use needed for the day. You may bring your own equipment for advice but will be using our equipment for the actual lessons.
For specific details please contact Jim Bristol directly at (989) 685-3045.
NOTE: the class is held at Jim Bristol's farm located at 783 E. Ogemaw Center Rd., West Branch, MI, east of M-33.
You must register and pay through the website using the PayPal button below.
Course fee: $125.00
CLASSES LISTED BELOW WILL RUN FOR SURE THIS YEAR. REGISTRATIONS FOR THEM WILL BE TAKEN RIGHT UP UNTIL SEPTEMBER 28TH. SIGN UP NOW! THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR 2018 CLASSES!!
ALL DAY FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28 9 a.m-4 p.m.
Triangle and Rectangle Loom Building (As Used For Continuous Strand Weaving) with George Snyder
This full day workshop will explain and expose the details and science of building triangular and rectangular looms 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.
Participants will have the choice of building a 36 inch triangular, or a 7x28 inch rectangular loom. This loom will be theirs to keep.
Some woodworking experience helpful. As it takes six hours to build a loom, the class may run overtime.
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 $70, with a maximum of 10 students. Materials cost for the class (to be paid to instructor on day of the class) $25
ALL DAY FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
CONTINUOUS STRAND WEAVING CLASSES
We will offer three classes on Continuous Strand Weaving with Lenore Snyder.
Students will learn the unique continuous strand weaving (CSW) method on an open frame loom. The following options give the student a choice of loom shape. Although it is recommended that new CSW weavers start on the triangle, the rectangle and square looms will be available to start on or to use after weaving on the triangle. In beginning level classes, the plain, or tabby, weave structure with one color change will be covered.
Students should bring: Yarn: Worsted Weight (wool, alpaca, cotton blends, or handspun. Either solid colors or variegated) The amount needed is designated per class. 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 needles or large yarn needle, and a basket to contain yarn while weaving. (questions? contact Lenore at www.lenorej.com)
Instructor will provide: looms at a modest rental fee, yarn for the first (beginner) class at no charge, and a detailed instruction booklet with pictures for each class.
Each class is limited to five students.
There is a $10 materials fee for loom and stand rent that can be paid to instructor on the day of the class (this fee can be applied to the purchase of a loom.) This fee should be paid directly to the instructor on the day of the class.
BEGINNING CSW WEAVING ON A TRIANGLE LOOM Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m.
with Lenore Snyder
The instructor will provide the 18" loom and yarn for this class. The plain or tabby weave structure with one color change will be covered. The woven fabric can be made into a small bag.
There will be a $10 loom rental. Pay the instructor at the time of the class.
(For more class information, and what you need to bring-- see the detailed description above.)
This class costs $40. Class limit: 5
SATURDAY MORNING CLASS SEPTEMBER 29 9-12
Mitered Square Basics with Jill Suttell
Mitered Squares are created by casting on stitches for two sides of the square and making double decreases in the center to create the other two sides. Each square is joined onto the previous one so little to no sewing is involved. Two methods of double decrease, pick up and knit stitches, combining cast on and picked up stitches, and chart reading will be covered in class.
Students should be able to cast on, knit and purl without supervision. Students should bring worsted weight yarn, and 1 set of either size 7 or size 8 needles.
There is no additional materials fee for this class.
This class is $40. Class Limit:
SUNDAY MORNING CLASS SEPTEMBER 30 9-12
Introduction to Wheel Spinning (Part One) with Linda Ritz
Students will learn the basics of turning fibers into yarn and getting comfortable with your wheel. If you have your own wheel and have been trying to learn, but have found it difficut-- wondering.....is it you? or your wheel? We will check your wheel out for mechanical problems and answer that question!
The goal of this class is for the student to learn the basic skills needed to produce a length of yarn and gain the confidence to do so.
One or two wheels will be available, but please bring your own wheel if you have one. (or borrow one!) Roving will be provided.
This class costs $40. Class Limit : 8
SUNDAY MORNING CLASS SEPTEMBER 30 9-12
Crockpot Dyeing--Sock Yarn with Diana Eakin
In this class, you will get a skein of white merino/nylon blend - superwash (no chance of ruining your yarn!). These are 400 yds each...enough to make a pair of socks. You will also get a set of dye tablets to try on your own. Wilton Dye and Kool Aid will be available for dyeing. These dyes are kid and kitchen friendly. We will use the crock pots to heat set the dye.
Please wear clothes that will not be ruined if they get dye on them.
Students should bring a notebook and pen/pencil, and a crock pot (oval is best, but not mandatory).
There is a $20 material fee to be paid to the instructor on the day of your class.
This class costs $40. Class limit: 8
SUNDAY AFTERNOON CLASS SEPTEMBER 30 1-4 p.m.
Beginning Wheel Spinning (Part Two) with Linda Ritz
Students should have some experience turning fibers into yarn. This class takes over where Part One ends.
You've learned how to get a yarn onto your bobbin--what's next?! Plying, finishing yarn, and techniques for producing the yarn you need for your next project.
Student should bring their wheel, 3 bobbins and a lazy kate. If bobbins and lazy kate are not available, inventive substitutions can be made. Roving will be provided.
This class is $40. Class Limit: 8