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Fiber Arts Workshops

2017 Workshops

CFF 2017 Fiber Arts Workshops

 

We are pleased to present the following workshops and classes at the 2017 Carolina FiberFest. 

Registration is online and will be processed on a first come, first served basis, until classes are filled.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Sampling of Short Rows (Knitting) with Heather Sorta
Saturday 9 am – 12 pm $54

Description: There are many ways to work short rows. In this class we will sample a few of the different ways to perform them – including the ‘Wrap and Turn’ method, Yarn-over method, German short rows, Japanese short rows, and as many others as we have time to get to!

Class fee: $50

Materials fee: $4 for handouts

Required Skills: Knit, purl, decreases, some knowledge of short rows.

Materials students should bring:

  • Smooth, worsted weight yarn in light color
  • Working needles appropriate to yarn (size 7 or 8 will work for most knitters)
  • Clasp style stitch markers or safety pins

Homework: Cast on 30 sts. Work 1 inch in stockinette. Leave knitting on needles.

Minimum Age: 16 and up

 


Art Weaving on a Clay Loom with Alesia Moore
Friday 3-4 pm $25

Description: Weave a beautiful art piece on a decorative clay loom.

Class fee: $10

Materials fee: $15

Minimum Age: 10 and up

 


Colorwork Three Ways with Jennifer Raymond
Friday 10 am – 1 pm  $55  

Description: This class is a great introduction to colorwork! Using the pattern Stripes Three Ways, students will learn how to work jogless stripes, simple stranded colorwork and slipped stitch mosaic knitting. This cowl features a unique twist: the patterns on the cowl are determined by the roll of a die!

Skill Level: Must know how to knit and purl, increase and decrease. Should be familiar with reading a pattern.

Class fee: $50

Materials fee: $5 includes: Worksheets, Stripes Three Ways pattern, closeable stitch markers.

Materials Needed: Worsted weight yarn in two colors, approx 250 yrds. Please make sure yarn is sturdy, holds up well to unraveling and not single ply.  Please note: yarn in dark colors makes learning difficult!

Homework: Students have the option of making the small, medium or large cowl 15(17, 20)” or 38(43, 50) cm around. Gauge should be: 10 sts and 14 rows = 2” in stockinette. Before the class, cast on and work the following instructions (for edge of cowl) in worsted weight yarn.  Using MC: Cast on 74 [86, 98] sts. Join to work in the rnd by knitting first and last st together, and place marker to indicate start of rnd. Make sure stitches don’t twist! 73 [85, 97] sts.         Border:  Rnd 1: Using MC, knit all sts.     Rnd 2: Using MC, purl all sts.     Rnd 3 & 4: Repeat rnds 1 & 2 using CC.     Rnd 5 & 6: Repeat rnds 1 & 2 using MC.

Students Should Bring: 

  • Pen or pencil
  • Worsted weight yarn in any fiber in two colors to work the cowl. Yarn should be sturdy and NOT single-ply, in colors that are easy to see. Best results if the 2 yarns are in contrasting colors.
  • Needles to get gauge 10 sts and 14 rows = 2” in stockinette.

Minimum Age: 16 and up

  


Duct Tape Dress Form with Jennifer Raymond
Saturday 1-4 pm  $75  

Description: When you are taking your sweater knitting to the next level, a dress form is a helpful tool to have. Not only can you use it for blocking, but it can be invaluable to making sure your knitting or crochet is turning out the way you want. When it would be simply impossible to try on the partial sweater you are making, a dress form can be used as a substitute. In this class, we’ll overview how to use a dress form and will be making a dress form tailored specifically to you.

Class fee: $50

Materials fee: $25 Includes: 180 yards of Duct Tape,  2 t-shirts that will be cut up (for making dress form), study wooden hanger.

Students Should Bring:

  • Scissors
  • Pen and pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Form-fitting shirt for taking measurements
  • Students should not wear necklaces or dangly earrings. Hair should be pulled back away from neck. Please wear undergarments that are supportive and typical to what you wear every day.

Minimum Age: 16 and up

 


Finishing School (Knitting) with Heather Sorta
Saturday 1-4 pm $53  

Description: Intimidated by sweaters because you aren’t sure how to seam them? Have you ever knit a lovely sweater that was marred by a not-so-perfect seaming job? Don’t let your fear of finishing hold you back! We’ll cover basic finishing skills that can make your hand-knit sweaters shine.

Skills students will learn: Three different seaming methods (for stockinette), including mattress stitch and grafting. We’ll cover weaving in ends and discuss blocking techniques as well as caring for hand-knits.

Class fee: $50

Materials fee: $3 for handouts

Required Skills: Knit, purl, cast on, bind off.

Materials students should bring:

  • Homework swatches
  • Worsted weight yarn in a contrasting color to the swatches
  • Working needles in size appropriate to yarn (size 7 or 8 will work for most knitters)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Homework: Six mini- swatches, blocked. Patterns and blocking instructions will be provided prior to class.

Minimum Age: 16 and up

 


Hairpin Lace Scarf in a Day with Jennifer Raymond
Friday 2-5 pm  $85  

Description: Hairpin lace crochet is the perfect answer when you need a quick gift that looks classy! This crochet technique, using a loom, can create beautiful pieces of work both large and small. By the end of this class you’ll have learned this technique, in addition to being well on your way to finishing a scarf.

Skill Level: Intermediate – students should know how to chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet. They should be able to read a pattern.

Class fee: $50

Materials fee: $30 Includes: Hairpin Lace loom, crochet hook, yarn, closeable stitch markers, pattern (One Salt Sea), worksheets.

Materials Needed:

  • Pen or pencil (optional)

Minimum Age: 16 and up

 


Learning to Spin on a Drop Spindle with Jane Bynum
Friday 2 pm – 5 pm  $85  

Description: Learn how to make yarn from fluff by the addition of twist, using hand spindles. These simple ancient devices were the only tools used for spinning from the Stone Age until the late Renaissance, and they are still the best choice for many kinds of yarn. You will learn the basics of drafting and twisting, using hands, sticks, and stones. Then you will have the opportunity to try several types of spindles, different kinds of fibers, and different ways of drafting. This class prepares you for spinning on your own, with a solid foundation to continue learning on the spinning wheel. All materials and a spindle, which you get to keep, are included in the fee. Students may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.

Class fee: $50

Materials fee: $35

 


Nature Weaving with Alesia Moore
Saturday 3-4 pm $25

Description: Weave a one-of-a-kind decorative piece that combines the beauty of nature and textured yarns.

Class fee: $10

Materials fee: $15

Minimum Age: 10 and up

 


Needle Felting Intro with Alesia Moore
Friday 1-2 pm    $30
Saturday 11 am – 12 pm  $30         

Description: Needle felting is a fun, creative and inexpensive fiber craft in which wool fleece or roving is sculpted, using special barbed needles. In this class, you will learn a variety of needle felting techniques, create your very own original piece and go home with all the materials you need to continue felting! These techniques can then be used to create many different items including 3-D sculptures, wool paintings, jewelry, ornaments, embellishments and more. You can also use needle felting techniques to applique wool onto your favorite projects including bags, hats, scarves, and other items. Student fee includes a needle felting kit with everything you need to get started. No needle felting experience is needed to succeed in this beginner-level class. 

Class fee: $10

Materials fee: $20

Minimum Age: 10 and up

 


Nuno-Felted Scarf with Vickie Clontz
Friday 10 am – 5 pm $135  

Description: Create a beautiful one-of-a-kind art scarf to wear all year round! Learn the traditional technique of nuno-felting – Japanese for “cloth” – as we wet-felt a unique accessory in your choice of colors. Choose from instructor’s array of hand-dyed silk chiffon scarves, fibers and novelty embellishments such as curly mohair and sparkly Angelina. You’ll leave the class with a finished work of art! Suitable for all skill levels, but as in many wet-felting classes, some physical exertion is required.

Class fee: $100

Materials fee: $35 (covers Hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf, hand-dyed wool fibers, novelty fibers, use of instructor’s felting supplies)

Materials students should bring: 2 large towels, apron or old shirt for playing in water, kitchen-weight rubber gloves (like the yellow ones)

Minimum Age: 15 and up

 


Oxford Punch Needle Beginner Birdie with Kathy Donovan
Friday 10 am – 12 pm  $70  

Description: If you’ve always wanted to learn to make a hooked rug, here’s a chance to try your hand at a small project to see how you like it. We’ll work on a BIRD pattern that may be used as decoration. By doing this you will learn everything necessary to hook larger rugs. The bird design is great for beginners because it teaches many punching techniques including how to punch straight lines, curves, and how to make sharp points. No previous experience with the punch needle is necessary.

Class fee: $40

Materials fee: $30 Includes yarn, pattern, paddle and monk’s cloth.

Minimum Age: 10 and up

 


Painting with Wool with Alesia Moore
Friday 5-6 pm     $30
Saturday 9-10 am $30  

Description:  Learn to use needle and wet felt techniques to paint your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Class fee: $10

Materials fee: $20

Minimum Age: 10 and up

 

 


Spinning on the Point – The Magic of Long Draw with Jane Bynum
Saturday 9 am – 12 pm  $85  

Description: Spinning long draw, frequently described as “woolen” spinning, is a great way to create light, soft, fluffy yarn from carded wool. It is also an efficient and traditional way to spin short fibers, including cotton and cashmere. Long draw spinning can be frustrating at first, because you need to manage your fiber and twist with one hand. In this workshop, students will learn two approaches to unsupported long draw using wool and cotton on supported spindles. They will also have an opportunity to spin on a charkha and a Great Wheel (AKA Walking Wheel or Wool Wheel). All materials are provided, including a spindle to take home and enough wool and cotton for the class. Students may want to bring a pen and paper for notes.

Class fee: $50

Materials fee: $35

 


Triangle Loom Weaving – On the Bias with Linda Person
Friday 10 am – 1 pm $60

Description: Weaving on triangle looms is fun and quick! This class will introduce beginners to weaving basics as well as show an alternative method of weaving on tri-looms. We will cover yarn choices, color change, correcting mistakes and finishing techniques. Make two triangles using 18” looms and join them together for a small finger towel or washcloth. Looms and tools will be provided for class and available for purchase.

Class fee: $50

Materials fee: $10 (Covers appropriate cotton yarn for this project)

Minimum Age: 12 and up

 


Wet-Felted Mini-Purse with Vickie Clontz
Saturday 9 am – 3 pm  $135  

Description: Create an adorable mini-purse just the right size for cell phones or other small items. Students will learn the technique of felting using a resist as they combine wool, silk and novelty fibers to make a small purse in their favorite colors. Suitable for all skill levels, but as in many wet-felting classes, some physical exertion is required.

Class fee: $100

Materials fee: $35

Materials students should bring: 2 large towels, apron or old shirt for playing in water, ruler, sharp pointed scissors, kitchen-weight rubber gloves (like the yellow ones)

Minimum Age: 15 and up


 

Instructors

 Jane Bynum – Jane Bynum retired from a career in biochemistry and pharmaceutical research in 2009. Since then, she has been teaching and sharing her passion for fiber and textiles at NC and VA venues, including the NCSU Crafts Center. Since childhood, she has loved creating with many fiber arts, including quilting, smocking, needlepoint, embroidery, knitting, crochet, spinning, dyeing, and weaving. Never one to stop learning and expanding her knowledge Jane has taken the opportunity to study under many world-class spinning and weaving instructors, and shares what she has learned from them with her students.

 

Vickie Clontz – Vickie Clontz is an award-winning designer, teacher, author and fiber artist specializing in wool and all things related. Her pattern company, Annie’s Keepsakes, has over 100 original designs for sewing, quilting, home decor and wearables, and is celebrating 27 years of business in 2017! Vickie loves creating unique designs and finds much inspiration in nature and the countryside. She also enjoys sharing her ideas, talent and expertise with others through the classes, programs and workshops she teaches across the country. Vickie’s designs have been published in numerous magazines and publications in the US and abroad, and her first book, Crafty Critters, was released in 2016. To see more of Vickie’s work, please visit her web-site at http://www.annieskeepsakes.com

 

Kathy Donovan – “Shepherding Sheep” began over ten years ago for Kathy. With no prior experience of raising sheep Kathy discovered the joy of raising heritage Karakul sheep. Since the start of her flock she has won awards at the Virginia State Fair and Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival for her sheep and fleeces. Her farm was featured in “Living the Country Life” magazine and their national TV program.  “Sheep” magazine wrote a story featuring the unique characteristics and fleece products of the Karakul breed. “Rug Hooking Magazine” feature her Karakul yarn original rug in their Jan/Feb. 2016 issue. Kathy is an accomplished instructor for punch needle rug hooking and braiding of rugs, chair pads and runners for stairs. She attended and became a certified instructor for punch needle yarn hooked rugs using the Oxford Punch Needle process completing an intensive sixty-hour classroom and hands on curriculum under the direction of Amy Oxford. She is a member of ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists), Goose Creek Ruggers ATHA Chapter, Blue Ridge Spinners and Weavers Guild and Loudoun Valley Sheep Producers Association.

 

Alesia Moore – Alesia started her fiber odyssey over a decade ago with a couple of sheep and a passion to learn more. They patiently taught her much about life, farming and fiber! She now lives on a small farm in Youngsville, NC with her husband and son and together they shepherd a very eclectic flock of award winning sheep.  While learning everything she could about fiber, Alesia discovered and fell in love with the process of felting. “It is a fascinating art – tactile and physical, beautiful and full of possibilities.” She is now an award winning fiber artist, businesswoman and enthusiastic teacher who loves to share her fiber knowledge with others. She considers workshops a great opportunity to share her passion and encourage others to discover their hidden artist and the possibilities this wonderful medium has to offer.  In 2017 Alesia and her family expanded their fiber endeavors to include Shepherd’s Gate Fiber Mill – a family owned and operated custom fiber processing mill.

 

Linda Person – Linda’s addiction to triangle looms started after taking an introductory class on Continuous Strand Weaving  several  years ago. Many looms later she is weaving , teaching, demonstrating at fiber events,  and selling  looms. Working out of a downtown studio and Gallery, and a home studio in Siler City , NC  she usual has several projects going at once on different size looms. She enjoys introducing her students to different weaving methods and encourages experimenting with different colors and textures.

 

Jennifer Raymond – Jennifer Raymond is a knit and crochet instructor who teaches up and down the East Coast.  Her classes feature her high-energy style, sense of humor, and enthusiasm.  Jennifer works to create courses that appeal to a variety of learning styles and include: handouts, one-on-one instruction, and interactive elements. In addition to teaching, she creates quirky yet classic garments; recent publications include patterns in Crochet World, Creative Knitting, Piecework, Interweave Crochet and Spin Off.

 

 

Heather Sorta – Heather is a TKGA certified Master Knitter, and a current member of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee. She has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for over 8 years. Her designs have been published in Cast On magazine and Knitscene, as well as Knitty and elsewhere. When not knitting, designing, or teaching she homeschools her two boys – and loves every minute of it!