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                                Classes for 2019 Are Here!!

All day Friday - September 28th

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

                                                                                  

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 IF PRE-REGISTERED, AND $20 IF YOU CHOOSE TO WALK-IN ON THE DAY OF THE FESTIVAL.

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SATURDAY CLASSES  SEPTEMBER 28TH

(all classes are not yet listed, pending finalization of teachers and subjects)


10-11:30 

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.

Pre-registration: $15.  Walk-ins on the day of the festival:  $20.  (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!)



12:30-2:00 

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.

Pre-registration: $15.  Walk-ins on the day of the festival:  $20.



12:30-2:00

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.

Pre-registration:  $15.  Walk-ins on the day of the festival:  $20.



3:00-4:30

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!

Pre-registration: $15.  Walk-ins on the day of the festival:  $20.



3:00-4:30

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!

Pre-registration: $15.  Walk-ins on the day of festival:  $20.




SUNDAY CLASSES:  SEPTEMBER 29TH



10:00-11:30

THREE TYPES OF FIBER PREPARATION (for spinning): In this class, Sue Baughman, of White Creek Wool, 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.

Pre-registration:  $15,  Walk-ins on the day of the festival: $20

 



3:00-4:30

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.  There will be NO individual instruction, again, the classes are being run on a more demonstration/information gathering format.

Pre-registration:  $15.  Walk-ins on the day of the festival:  $20.