Classes for 2019 Are Here!!
All day Friday - September 27th
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 FOR 2019
OUR CLASSES HAVE TAKEN ON A NEW LOOK THIS YEAR. THEY WILL BE SHORTER, AND MORE AFFORDABLE. THEY WILL BE RUN ON MORE OF A DEMO/INFORMATION GATHERING FORMAT, RATHER THAN THREE HOURS OF HANDS ON. CLASSES WILL BE $15 EACH
CLASSES WITHOUT AT LEAST THREE PARTICIPANTS MAY BE CANCELED 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE FESTIVAL.
SATURDAY CLASSES SEPTEMBER 28TH
THREE STYLES OF KNITTING: Curious about the different styles of knitting? Have you heard of the speedy continental style and wondered about how it works? Cheryl Williams, of Bay City, will be teaching /demonstrating three styles of knitting: Continental, Throwing, and Portuguese. Differences and advantages of each will be shown and discussed.
Registration: $15 (Bring your own needles and yarn if you wish to knit along as she demonstrates. You should have stitches cast on and ready to knit. This is NOT a beginners knit class. Beginners are welcome, but individual beginning knit instruction will not be given!)
THE BASICS OF BUNNIES or ANGORA RABBITS 101: Ever thought about owning one of those adorable fuzzy bunnies?? Here is a class with Sheila Henry to teach you the basics of bunny care. Sheila will cover the differences in the 5 breeds (who knew there were five??!), housing types and needs, and grooming and harvesting of the angora for spinning. She will even have a live bunny for you to see, and practice harvesting the wool on! If you've ever wondered if raising these adorable bunnies was for you....now is your chance to explore this idea more fully!
THREE TYPES OF CIRCULAR KNITTING: Have you wondered about knitting in the round? Or have you tried one method and hated it? In this class, Cheryl Williams, of Bay City, will be demonstrating three different techniques of circular knitting. You will be able to compare and contrast the three most popular methods of knitting "in the round" . Cheryl will compare and contrast the Magic Loop, 2 Circulars, and Double Point Needle methods.
HOW TO SELECT THE PERFECT SPINNING FLEECE: In this class, Sue Ann Carpenter will show you the nuances of choosing the perfect raw fleece for spinning. Don't be drawn in by just the color, but know how to tell if the fleece will suit your needs, and avoid buying a fleece that has a break or imperfection. Some attention will also be given to which breed's wool will be best for the project you are spinning for.
UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF CABLES: Cables look so cool. Have you ever wanted to add cables to your knitting, but thought they just look too hard? Cheryl Williams, of Bay City, will be unraveling the mystery of cables in this short class. She will dispel the mystery of how the cable is worked, she help you decipher cables on charted instructions, and discuss different cable needles. Take this class, and start adding cables to your knitting!
USING BEADS IN KNITTING: Adding beads to your knitting, can be fun! Have you ever wondered how it was done? In this class, Jill June, of Studio June, will demonstrate how to add beads in your knitting. Come learn how easy adding this embellishment can be!
SUNDAY CLASSES: SEPTEMBER 29TH
MORNING MINDFULNESS: Explore the concept of mindfulness, and the positive impact the practice of bringing awareness and focus to your daily life, your stress levels, creativity and overall health. Mindfulness meditation encourages us to suspend judgment and approach the experience with warmth and kindness to ourselves and others.
No supplies are needed, other than a willingness to participate. This will be an exercise in practicing the art of mindfulness, mindful eating, simple standing yoga (or seated if need be) and finding peace within.
There is no fee for this class, but please sign up, so we can get a class count. Send an email simply stating you wish to join to: [email protected]
THREE TYPES OF FIBER PREPARATION (for spinning): In this class, we will be demonstrating three ways you can prepare your fleece for spinning. She will be demonstrating use of the drumcarder, hand cards, and wool combs. The pros and cons of each method will be discussed, and methods will be demonstrated to help you know how to produce the results you want for spinning.
BASICS OF NEEDLE FELTING: Kim Clare is back this year to bring us more of her felting magic! In this class she will teach the basics of needle felting. If students wish to felt-along, they should bring a small teacup, half-pint jar, or another vessel comparable in size. Kim will be creating a pincushion using the techniques of needle felting. If students would like buy supplies from Kim, the cost will be $5 for wool, needle and the use of a foam pad.
THREE TYPES OF SPINDLE SPINNING: Spindle spinning is FUN! If you've wanted to explore this method of spinning, and see a few different variations-this is the class for you! In this class, three types of spindle will be demonstrated. Bring a spindle along, if you would like, or just watch a demonstration of three different spindles being used. Turkish spindles, Drop Spindles, and Support Spindles will be demonstrated and explained. Individual instruction will be limited.
WET FELTING: In this class Kim Clare will cover the basics of Wet Felting. Kim will be creating a small bowl or bird pod. If students want to felt-along, they should bring a bath towel and hand towel. If you need to buy supplies, you can buy them in class from Kim for $5.