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CFF 2018 Fiber Arts Workshops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 CFF Workshops

 

Crochet

  • Hyperbolic Crochet
  • Learn Tunisian Crochet

 

Dyeing

  • Easy Dye Silk Scarves
  • Indigo Dyeing

 

Fleece/Fiber Prep

  • DIY Fiber Prep or Send Your Fiber to a Mill?
  • Fleece Selection and Prep – Wool & Beyond

 

Knitting

  • Fixing Your Knitting
  • Mosaic Knitting: Two Color Knitting, One Color at a Time
  • Portuguese Knitting

 

Misc.

  • Adventures in Upcycling
  • Sew Little Time!

 

Needle Felting

  • Needle Felting Intro
  • Painting With Wool

 

Rug Hooking

  • Beginning Rug Hooking
  • Hooked Sunflower Pin Cushion

 

Spinning

  • Learn to Spin on a Drop Spindle
  • Spindle Spinning – Beyond the basics
  • Beginning Spinning/Fiber Prep

 

Weaving

  • Triangle Loom Weaving – On the Bias
  • Up and Down on The Rigid Heddle Loom

 

Wet Felting

  • Nuno Felted Scarf
  • Wool Bead Earrings

 

Thursday March 22, 2018

Up and Down on the Rigid Heddle Loom   
with Leslie Fesperman
Thursday 1 pm – 7 pm $100

Description: Rigid Heddle looms are simple looms, but can be very versatile.  Portable, easy to warp, available in multiple widths and reed sizes, they are a great way to be introduced to the awesome world of weaving AND to make a dent in your yarn stash. This workshop will go over the basics of learning to weave on a rigid heddle loom.  You will learn weaving terms, how to calculate a warp and plan a project, how to warp the rigid heddle loom using the direct warping method, the proper way to wind a stick shuttle, and basic finishing for scarves.  Participants will prepare their loom for weaving a scarf and finish the project on their own.  This workshop will go over the basics of learning to weave on a rigid heddle loom.  You will learn weaving terms, how to calculate a warp and plan a project, how to warp the rigid heddle loom using the direct warping method, the proper way to wind a stick shuttle, and basic finishing for scarves.
Class fee: $100
Materials fee: None
Minimum Age: 16
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring: Rigid Heddle loom with a 7/5 or 8 dent reed, reed hook, warping peg if available, paper and pen for notes. Smooth worsted weight yarn (#4) of your choice.  Students may also order a Schacht Rigid Heddle loom from me in advance of class. Email address: lesliefesperman589@gmail.com
Homework:

 

Fleece Selection and Prep – Wool and Beyond
with Elaina Kenyon
Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm $50

Description: This workshop will cover how to select a fleece that is both high quality and suitable for your purpose, including wool (sheep), mohair (angora goats) and angora (rabbit).  Participants will learn about common classes of wool  (e.g. down-type, fine, long/coarse) as well as different grades of mohair and breeds of angora.  We’ll cover how to skirt, sort and wash wool, mohair and angora, as well as recognizing and dealing with common  fleece faults.  Considerations for when to process a fleece yourself versus sending it to a mill will be discussed.  Participants will have a chance to skirt and sort fleeces and informational handouts will be provided.

Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 14
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring: None required.  If you have a fleece of any type (sheep, goat, etc.) that you would like to have evaluated, please feel free to bring it along.
Homework: none

 

DIY Fiber Prep or Send Your Fiber to a Mill?
with Alesia Moore
Thursday 6 pm – 7:30 pm $30

Description: Thinking about purchasing fiber?  What is involved in preparing your own fleece?  Should you send it to a mill?  What are your options?  Fiber preparation makes a huge difference in your final product.  Knowing your options allows you to control the process.  Learn the various stages of prep: skirting, tumbling, washing/drying, dyeing, picking, carding, combing, blending etc.
Class fee: $30
Materials fee:
Minimum Age: any
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring: None Required.   Students may bring their own hand cards, hand combs, blending boards, or any other fiber prep equipment but it’s not required.  If you have fleeces or fiber that you would like evaluated, bring those as well.
Homework: none

 

Friday March 23, 2018

 

Adventures in Upcycling 
with Beth Remhof
Friday 4:30 pm – 6 pm $30
Additional class on Saturday

Description: Your home and local thrift stores are hidden gold mines for sources of fiber for projects. Learn how to transform sweaters, t-shirts, and “problem-child” yarns into new projects for yourself and your home.  What will students learn: News ways create and transform sweaters, t-shirts, and yarns.  – unravel a sweater to reuse the yarn – felt and transform a wool sweater into a tote bag – how to cut a t-shirt, pillowcase, or sheet into useable yarn – a simple safe home dyeing technique – no-fuss chain plying technique
Class fee: $30
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age:
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring: Notebook and pen
Homework: none

 

Beginning Rug Hooking  
with Claudia Lampley
Friday 9 am – 12 pm $75

Description: Traditional rug hooking, learn how to repurpose old woolens to make a mug rug. Students will learn the basics of rug hooking. They will also learn what fibers and backings work best and a brief history of rug hooking.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $25 Materials fee covers: everything to finish a 4″X 4″ mug rug. Hooks will be provided during the class. They can be purchased for an additional $10.
Minimum Age: 12
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring: sharp scissors and a frame to hold hooking. (Rug hooking, quilting or a locking embroidery hoop.
Homework: none

 

Easy Dye Silk Scarves
with M Theresa Brown
Friday 10 am – 11:30 am $65
Additional Class on Saturday

Description: Create your own beautiful abstract designs on silk scarves! No need to steam or heat set. You’ll leave with 2 ready to wear pure silk scarves that you designed.  Students learn: how to use special dyes to create their own unique designs on silk scarves.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $15 Materials fee covers everything needed including 2 silk scarves and use of dyes.
Minimum Age: 10
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring: none
Homework: None – kits to continue at home will be available for sale.

 

Fixing Your Knitting
with Kim Garnett
Friday 1 pm – 4 pm $52

Description: The biggest difference between an experienced knitter and a beginner, is the ease with which they can fix their mistakes. In this class we explore how to fix common mistakes. We will begin to learn how to read our knitting and then discuss the most common errors made in knitting and hopefully learn how to fix them in ways that do not involve ripping out all of our hard work. Students will learn how to fix common mistakes, such as dropped stitches, too many increases or decrease, not enough increases or decreases, as well as mistakes in pattern knitting.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $2 for handouts
Minimum Age: 16
Required Skills: Students should have a good understanding of the basic knitting techniques –

knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, and picking up stitches.
Materials students should bring: Worsted weight wool, light color and not variegated – enough to knit the homework swatches with a little extra for each swatch. 2 sets US 7 needles, straight or circular. 1 set US 6 or 7, double pointed needles. Crochet hook. A few stitch markers, the safety pin kind.
Homework: Yes, the homework assignment is at the bottom of this page.

 

Hyperbolic Crochet
with Sue Helmken
Friday 9 am – 4 pm $110

Description: Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced crocheter, you’ll have fun with hyperbolic crochet!  This system of crocheting based on mathematics can be used to create anything from flowers to sculptures.  It is the basis for the crocheted coral reefs that have been created in galleries across the country.  Join us and learn this fun process that doesn’t even need patterns!  Students will create the basic shapes of hyperbolic crochet and learn how to make their own patterns.
Class fee: $100
Materials fee: $10 Materials fee covers:   notebook, extra yarns
Minimum Age: 13
Required Skills: All levels. Knowledge of crocheting helps but isn’t required.
Materials students should bring: yarn, crochet hooks, scissors
Homework: none

 

Indigo Dyeing
with Diana Cathcart
Friday 1 pm – 12 pm $60
Additional class on Saturday

Description: Join textile designer, Diana Cathcart, for a two-hour workshop that will guide you through establishing your own fructose indigo vat. By the end of the session you will have created your own natural indigo dye starter, which you can take home and use for several dyeing projects. Participants will receive information for further reading and care instructions for their newly established vat. If you want to dye naturally with indigo at home but aren’t sure how to begin, this is the workshop for you!
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $20  Materials fee covers: fabric, jar, ingredients for dye.
Minimum Age: 18
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring: none
Homework: none

 

Learn to Spin on a Drop Spindle
with Jane Bynum
Friday 11 am – 1 pm $60
Friday 4 pm – 6 pm $60
Additional class on Saturday

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: $40
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age:
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring:
Homework: none

 

Needle Felting Intro
with Alesia Moore
Friday 9 am – 10:30 am $40
Additional Class on Saturday

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 appliqué 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: $20
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 10
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring:
Homework: None – kits to continue at home will be available for sale.

 

Painting with Wool
with Alesia Moore
Friday 1:30 pm – 3 pm $40
Additional Class on Saturday

Description:  Learn to use needle felting and wet felting techniques to paint your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Class fee: $20
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 10
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring:
Homework: none

 

Portuguese Knitting
with Ruth Santos
Friday 9 am – 12 pm $55

Description: Whether you’re a Continental or English/American style knitter, Portuguese knitting is a fantastic method to add to your repertoire that can make you an even better knitter. This ancient, ahem…vintage style of knitting can help you improve your tension issues, makes purling a breeze, and it can speed you up as well! This is a great style to learn that will help you ease into stranding with two colors in no time at all! It’s no wonder so many people want to learn it and love it the minute they do! Students will learn how to tension yarn using a knitting pin as a guide, and will learn how to construct knit and purl stitches, and increases and decreases, in order to make Ruth’s Bam Bam Cowl using this new style of knitting.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $5 Materials fee covers: One knitting pin
Minimum Age: 14
Required Skills: Advanced Beginner – Students should know how to cast on and bind off, knit, purl, and perform most, if not all, of the basic increases and decreases such as knit front and back, yarn over, knit two together, and purl two together.
Materials students should bring: For learning sample: 30 yards of any smooth, solid-colored Sport, DK, or Worsted weight yarn, with appropriate sized needles to match the gauge on the label. For cowl (where students take their learning and apply it to a pattern designed to help them gain experience): 350-400 yards of DK weight, cotton blend yarn such as Bamboo Pop by Universal Yarns. Size US 5 needles either straights or 32” circulars, stitch markers, and note taking supplies.
Homework: Yes: For cowl, cast on 50 stitches using circulars or straights. No homework for the learning sample.  Email address: ruth@lexyknits.com

 

Sew Little Time!
with Susan Lilly
Friday 1 pm – 3 pm $61

Description: There’s a way to enjoy appliqué without needle turning, hemming or worry about frayed edges!  Learn the basics on sewing with wool, using various thread choices.  Some discussion about color theory is shared in this workshop.  Once you understand the basics, a new world of creativity is yours!  Gifts you craft are treasures forever so get started now.  What will students learn? •Wool felt vs. wool wovens  •Techniques for hand embroidery with wool, flannel and cotton (blind stitch, straight stitch, French knots, lazy daisy, couching, etc.) •Simple designs for projects perfect for gift giving  •List of resources for wool crafting on social media, websites and vendors
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $21 Materials fee covers:   •Pattern of choice from 3-5 available •Instructions •Wool for one project (eyeglass case, pincushion or booklet needle holder) •Selection of threads in various types; pearl cotton, embroidery floss,
Minimum Age: 12
Required Skills: No experience necessary – a desire to learn is the entire prerequisite needed.
Materials students should bring: Nothing required.  •Patterns they would like to try; consult with instructor for level of difficulty, optional •Wool scraps from personal stash, optional. Email address:   susan@lillypadventures.com
Homework: none

 

Wool Bead Earrings
with Vickie Clontz
Friday 4 pm – 6 pm $50

Description: “Learn to wet-felt beautiful beads of wool fibers and create a couple of pairs of earrings to coordinate with your favorite ensemble. Instructor will bring a rainbow of colors of wool fibers, sparkly Angelina fibers, and an assortment of novelty beads to enhance your creations.
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $10 Materials fee covers:   all fibers, embellishments, and use of felting tools
Minimum Age: 10
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring: Students should bring 2 towels, apron or old shirt for water play. Optional: needle-nose pliers, small wire-cutter, beads of their choice.
Homework: none

 

Saturday March 24, 2018

Adventures in Upcycling
with Beth Remhof
Saturday 4:30 pm – 6 pm $30
Additional class on Friday

Description: Your home and local thrift stores are hidden gold mines for sources of fiber for projects. Learn how to transform sweaters, t-shirts, and “problem-child” yarns into new projects for yourself and your home.  What will students learn: News ways create and transform sweaters, t-shirts, and yarns.  – unravel a sweater to reuse the yarn – felt and transform a wool sweater into a tote bag – how to cut a t-shirt, pillowcase, or sheet into useable yarn – a simple safe home dyeing technique – no-fuss chain plying technique
Class fee: $30
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age:
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring: Notebook and pen
Homework: none

 

Beginning Spinning & Fiber Prep
with Chelsea Fehskens
Saturday 5 pm – 6 pm $45

Description: Here is your chance to learn the centuries-old art of creating yarn on a wood drop spindle. Step-by-step process ensures understanding and success. We’ll also cover some basics of wool types and preparation. Each student will leave with a finished mini skein,  spindle, and extra wool roving so you can keep spinning! Students will learn how to use a beginners drop spindle, introductory spinning basics, parts of a spindle, types of twist, how to draft fibers and wool preparation, spinning a single yarn, how to use a homemade niddy noddy to empty the spindle and how to set their first handspun yarn.
Class fee: $20
Materials fee: $25 Materials fee covers: Hand Dyed Roving, Drop Spindle, Spindle handouts
Minimum Age: 12
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring:
Homework: none

 

Easy Dye Silk Scarves
with M Theresa Brown
Saturday 10 am – 11:30 pm $65
Additional Class on Friday

Description: Create your own beautiful abstract designs on silk scarves! No need to steam or heat set. You’ll leave with 2 ready to wear pure silk scarves that you designed.  Students learn: how to use special dyes to create their own unique designs on silk scarves.
Class fee:
Materials fee:   Materials fee covers everything needed including 2 silk scarves and use of dyes.
Minimum Age: 10
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring: none
Homework: None – kits to continue at home will be available for sale.

 

Hooked Sunflower Pin Cushion
with Claudia Lampley
Saturday 1 pm – 4 pm $75

Description: Learn the basics of rug hooking and proddy while making a one of a kind 3-D sunflower pin cushion on a vintage bed spring.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $25 Materials fee covers: everything you need to finish one pin cushion and basic rug hooking info.
Minimum Age: 12
Required Skills: No experience necessary but have to be able to pull loops through backing.
Materials students should bring: bring a frame (quilting frame works well, a locking embroidery frame, punch needle or hooking frame) and sharp scissors. I will have hooks for use during the class. They may be purchased after class for $10
Homework: none

 

Indigo Dyeing
with Diana Cathcart
Saturday 1 pm – 3 pm $60
Additional class on Friday

Description: Join textile designer, Diana Cathcart, for a two-hour workshop that will guide you through establishing your own fructose indigo vat. By the end of the session you will have created your own natural indigo dye starter, which you can take home and use for several dyeing projects. Participants will receive information for further reading and care instructions for their newly established vat. If you want to dye naturally with indigo at home but aren’t sure how to begin, this is the workshop for you!
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $20  Materials fee covers: fabric, jar, ingredients for dye.
Minimum Age: 18
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring: none
Homework: none

 

Learn to Spin on a Drop Spindle
with Jane Bynum
Saturday 11 am – 1 pm $60
Additional class on Friday

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: $40
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age:
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring:
Homework: none

 

Learn Tunisian Crochet
with Rohn Strong
Saturday 1 pm – 4 pm $50

Description: Tunisian crochet is fun, fast, and looks just like knitting. Join the king of Tunisian Crochet, Rohn Strong, as he helps you though the beginning steps needed to become a Tunisian superstar. With a standard crochet hook and worsted weight yarn we’ll work our way through the basic stitches and even make a headband, perfect for gifting!
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: any
Required Skills: Advanced Beginner – Students must be able to single crochet.
Materials students should bring: 200 yds worsted weight yarn, US J/6mm crochet hook, Stitch markers, Tapestry Needle
Homework: none

 

Mosaic Knitting: Two Color Knitting, One Color at a Time
with Rusty Boyd
Saturday 9 am – 12 pm $50

Description: Have you ever wanted to do beautiful 2 color

knitting?  Were you worried about carrying 2 yarns at once, keeping your colors at the right tension, or jogless rows? Worry no more! Mosaic knitting is for you. Mosaic knitting uses 2 colors, but only one color every 2 rows! You can create beautiful 2 color designs and it is all garter stitch! Students will learn: How to read a mosaic chart, carry your yarns to make a

decorative edge, slip stitches to create the mosaic pattern, and make a beautiful scarf that will get raves every time you wear it!
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 12
Required Skills: Advanced Beginner – need to know casting on, knitting, slipping a stitch, and binding off.
Materials students should bring: 200 yards each of high contrast

worsted weight yarns (Black and white, Brown and cream/off white) or

200 yards of self striping worsted weight yarn and 200 yards of black or

white worsted weight. See photos for examples.
Homework: none

 

Needle Felting Intro
with Alesia Moore
Saturday 9 am – 10:30 am $40
Additional class on Friday

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 appliqué 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: $20
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 10
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring:
Homework: None – kits to continue at home will be available for sale.

 

 

Nuno Felted Scarf 
with Vickie Clontz
Saturday 9 am – 4 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, silk, bamboo, 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 Materials fee covers:  Hand-dyed silk chiffon scarf, all fibers, embellishments,

 

and use of felting tools Minimum Age: 18Required Skills: No experience necessary – but nuno-felting can be a bit physical.

Materials students should bring: Students should bring 2 large towels, apron or old shirt for water play, and kitchen rubber gloves (like the yellow ones.) Students may also bring in additional fibers if desired.
Homework: none

 

Painting With Wool
with Alesia Moore
Saturday 4 pm – 5:30 pm $40
Additional class on Friday

Description:  Learn to use needle felting and wet felting techniques to paint your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Class fee: $20
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 10
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring:
Homework: none

 

Spindle Spinning – Beyond the basics
with Jane Bynum
Saturday 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm $60

Description: The class will cover different kinds of fiber and the different ways of preparing and spinning them.  The focus will be on the variety of spindle types and their relation to how they are used; woolen and worsted drafts and when each is appropriate; twist direction and angle; ply structures and their relation to singles twist.

A variety of spindle styles will be available for testing.  Students are welcome to bring fiber and multiple spindles, especially ones with problems.
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age:
Required Skills: Students must be able to spin a continuous thread on some form of spindle. Materials students should bring: Students should bring their own spindles and materials for note taking.  Students are welcome to bring fiber and multiple spindles, especially ones with problems..
Homework:

 

Triangle Loom Weaving – On the Bias
with Linda Person
Saturday 9 am – 12 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.  Students will learn continuous strand weaving on the bias on a triangle loom.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $10 Materials fee covers:  appropriate cotton yarn for this project
Minimum Age: 12
Required Skills: No experience necessary
Materials students should bring:
Homework: none

 

 

 

Workshop Instructors:

 

Rusty Boyd – Rusty Boyd has been a fiber fanatic for over 35 years. He learned to crochet around age 9, then took up knitting at the young age of 33. Since beginning knitting, Rusty has had patterns published by Skacel Knitting, Inc., Love of Knitting Magazine, and Love of Crochet Magazine. He has self-published several patterns and is currently working on more. For the past seven years, he has coordinated the Southeast Men’s Knitting Retreat held annually in the fall. Rusty lives in Murfreesboro, NC with his wife, Heather, daughter, Eleanor, a son, Avery, and 3 dachshunds. His designs may be found on Ravelry at smalltownknitguy. Email address: smalltownknitguy@gmail.com

 

M Teresa Brown – M Theresa Brown is a long time professional portrait artist whose career continues to evolve and embrace many areas of the Arts. Her years of printmaking and color work led her to the fiber arts. Using those skills she has evolved as a hand painter and ecoprinter on natural fibers. She uses both synthetic and natural dyes and merges them into unique, beautiful designs that she transforms into fashion forward art.  Email address: theresa@thesilkthread.com

 

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.  jbynum52@yahoo.com

 

Diana Cathcart   – Diana Cathcart  is the owner and maker behind The Textile Creative, LLC. She is an avid supporter of the ethical fashion community and is passionate about using only natural fibers in her work. Diana grows her own indigo dyes and other dyestuffs at her home in Durham, and she is particularly interested in educating the community about the ease with which people can dye their clothing in a low-to-no impact way. When she is not arm-deep in a newly fermented vat of indigo, Diana can be found teaching fiber arts to people of all ages or selling her goods at the South Durham Farmers Market. She lives in Durham with her three favorite boys and an ever-expanding brood of animals. Email address:  info@thetextilecreative.com

 

Vickie Clontz – Vickie’s love of fibers, fabric, wool and folk art shine through in each of the 100+ patterns she has designed for her company, Annie’s Keepsakes, celebrating 27 years of business in 2017! Vickie’s unique designs have appeared in magazines across the nation and abroad, and she brings her easy-going style and award-winning expertise to each of her classes and workshops. Vickie has taught fiber art at shows and shops across the country, and loves to see students’ joy when they complete their finished projects. To see more of Vickie’s work and class samples, please visit her web-site and blog at http://www.annieskeepsakes.com and http://anniesblogspot.com  Email address: annieskeepsakes@carolina.rr.com

 

Chelsea Fehskens – My name is Chelsea Fehskens, I love working with fiber in one form or another. I learned about the fiber world from farm to yarn. Starting with raising sheep, learning to shear and processing wool to a finished product by spinning yarn. I raise Finn Sheep with my family at our small homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Raising sheep and hand spinning is such a fun experience, I love sharing it with others willing to learn. Email address: crfehskens@gmail.com

 

 

Leslie Fesperman – Leslie considers herself a life time learner to all things fiber. She is constantly amazed at the creativity, sharing, and attention to detail she finds in the fiber arts.  As a functional weaver, Leslie weaves lots of scarves and shawls.   Her weaving knowledge can be attributed to independent study, The Triangle Weavers Guild, her time at The John Campbell Folk School and all the weavers she has met along the way.  One of her biggest pleasures is teaching. Through sharing knowledge of process, materials, and technique, Leslie hopes to foster creativity and growth through various workshops offered at The Yadkin Valley Fiber Room and other venues.  Leslie’s second passion is dyeing..she loves to create color in yarns and textiles – especially indigo…  Leslie is a member of : The Triangle Weaver’s Guild,  The Mountain Homespun Guild, Tapestry Weaver’s South, The Complex  Weaver’s and Hand Weaver’s Guild of America.  Email address: lesliefesperman589@gmail.com

Kim Garnett – Kim is an engineer by day and a fiber fanatic at night. She taught herself to knit in college and then came back to it about 12 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. Her first love is lace knitting, but she now knits a little bit of everything. She has been an instructor at Downtown Knits in Apex since it opened in 2010. She has also taught at Unwind.  Email address: kgarnett2001@gmail.com

 

Sue Helmken –  Sue Helmken is a textile artist with over 30 years experience in weaving, dyeing and teaching. She earned a B.A. in Design at East Carolina University and has continued learning new techniques by experimenting and by studying with fiber artists such as Madelyn Van der Hoogt, Alice Schlein, Barbara Cooper, Donna Sullivan, Jozef Bajus, Laura Sims, and Holly Brackmann.  She also studied at the Penland School of Crafts and the Corcoran College of Art and Design.  Sue has been teaching and weaving for over 20 years.  She was a juried member of Gallery 209 in Savannah, GA, Fiberworks Gallery and The Potomac Fiberarts Gallery in the Torpedo Factory of Alexandria, VA, and Studio Fiberarts at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.  Her work has been accepted in juried shows throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, most recently at The Blackrock Arts Center, the Creative Crafts Council, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, The Art League of Alexandria, VA, and The Workhouse Center for the Arts.  She worked with the staff at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral Reef project.  She taught weaving and dyework at Armstrong Atlantic State University and also for The Blue Ridge Fiber Guild, The Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore, The Piedmont Fiber Guild, and other groups throughout the southeast. She offers a variety of workshops as well as private & small group lessons.  Email address: barefootweaver@earthlink.net

 

Elaina Kenyon –  Elaina Kenyon is shepherd-in-charge at Avillion Farm where they raise Shetland and Jacob sheep, colored and white angora goats, and German and French angora rabbits. Raised on a small farm in RI, she discovered spinning in college and from there it was only a matter of time until the fiber animals would follow starting in the mid-1990s.  One of her greatest joys is experiencing the whole process from raising the animals themselves to producing finished goods, and sharing this joy with others.

 

 

 

 

Claudia Lampley – Born and raised in the NC Piedmont, Claudia fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains when she attended ASU. She has lived in Hendersonville since 1982.  Claudia has a background in printing and layout design and a love of all things fiber. When she took her first rug hooking class she was “hooked.” She has been hooking since 2000 and is constantly exploring and experimenting with rug She is passionate about this heritage craft and is ready and willing to share her knowledge with anyone who asks her about the craft.  Email address: chlampley@juno.com

 

 

Susan Lilly– My artistic pursuits include multi-media creations of a whimsical nature, clothing, jewelry from pieces found in various forms and fabric arts such as quilting, wool appliqué and thread painting.  And, by the time you read this, maybe new passions will have been discovered!   Other traits which might be of interest: •There is no such person as a stranger; we just have not met yet. •If one hobby is good, several are better.  Ditto for pieces of chocolate. •Strive to make the ultimate gift of unconditional love. •Redheads Rock!  Email address:  susan@lillypadventures.com

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.  Email address: Alesia@ShepherdsGateFiberMill.com

Linda Person   – Originally from Wisconsin, Linda has lived in central North Carolina for the past 12 years. She works in both clay and fiber, switching between each as time allows.  After enjoying a triangle loom weaving class several years ago she started selling the looms at several fiber shows a year and teaching weaving classes in her studio in Siler City NC.   Email address: personldesigns@gmail.com

Beth Remhof – Beth Remhof has been knitting for over a decade, and enjoys discovering new knitting techniques and creating new ways to work with yarn. She recently completed Level 1 of TKGA’s Master Hand Knitter Program and is the web coordinator for the Ol’ North State Knitting Guild.  Email address: bremhof@gmail.com

 

Ruth Santos – Ruth is passionate about yarn and anything associated to it! She learned how to knit and crochet from a very young age at her  ortuguese grandmother’s knee, and now, most needle arts intrigue her. Over nearly 40 years, Ruth developed her technique and became an avid and perpetual earner. Now, as an instructor she focuses focus on teaching good techniques and practices, while giving each student the leeway to develop their own style.  Portuguese knitting is the style she was taught from a young age. She considers herself an expert in the technique and her new Bam Bam Cowl design was made with this technique in mind. Email address: ruth@lexyknits.com

 

Rohn Strong   – Rohn Strong is a bestselling crochet and knitwear designer. With more than 10 books, four online classes, and over 250 designs under his belt, he’s a prolific force in the crochet and knitting world. His skillful take on crochet socks and Tunisian crochet have won him recognition around the world. His current book, Step Into Crochet (2017 – F&W) is an Amazon Bestseller and the only complete guide to crocheting socks. He lives in Raleigh, NC with his trusty dog, Chase.  Email address: rohnstrong@gmail.com

 

Homework Assignment for “Fixing Your Knitting”

Before coming to class you will need to knit two small swatches. Knit these swatches using US 7 needles and worsted weight wool, preferably in a light, solid color. (This will make it easier to see our work.)

Swatch #1

Cast on 26 stitches

Rows 1-5: Knit all stitches

Row 6: Knit 3, purl to 3 stitches before end, knit last three stitches.

Rows: 7-10: Repeat Rows 5 & 6 two more times.

Do not bind off.

Swatch #2

Cast on 27 stitches, loosely.

Knit Chart for Swatch #2 – When finished with chart, do not bind off.