The Fiber Event Workshops


2015 Classes/Workshops

Reds Dye Class
Lets Make a Statment Piece, weaving
Raw Fleece — identify, and demystify
Tunsian Crochet
Yellow Dye Class
Mosaic Knitting
Creative Fiber Blending
Triangle Loom Weaving
Blues Dye Class
Double Knitting Basics
Corespinning Four Ways


Sculptured Needle Felting
Twined Rag Rug Sampler
Drop Spindles­­More is Better
Two Color Knitting
Knit 2 at a time handwarmers


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Raw Fleece — Courtney Mussatt, Plainfield, IN

In this class you will discover what to consider when buying a fleece and what options are available for cleaning your fleece. We will look at wool, alpaca, angora, mohair and other unique fibers. Learn what constitutes a great raw fleece and what to watch out for. We will discuss skirting, washing and flicking for different types of fiber. We wil also clean small samples from start to finish. Students will leave with a fiber selection and cleaning guideas well as one or two washed samples.

Materials fee:
$12.00 payable to the teacher

Number enrrolled - 4


The Reds Dye Class — Gina Levesque, Wagoner, OK

This class will focus on how lasting reds were produced on cloth using natural dyes. We will use madder, cochineal and brazilwood in class. Students will learn how to manipulate each color using ph and temperature. The history ofeach dye will also be discussed. Students will leave class with samples and recipes.

Materials fee:
$12.00 payable to the teacher

Number enrrolled - 3


Lets Make a Statement Piecetapestry weaving Lynne Oakes, New Albany, IN

In this class you will weave a wall hanging while learning the basics of weaving
- plain weave, twining, knotting stitches and more. The class includes the use
of an Acorn Tapestry Loom and supplies. You may bring your own yarns to work with as well.

Materials fee payable to the teacher:
$10.00 which includes supplies and a how to booklet and video.

Maximum of students: 10

Number enrrolled - 3


Tunisian Crochet — Martha Crossen, River Wools, Terre Haute, IN
This crochet method yields fabric which blends the look of knitting, crochet and weaving.
It is easy to start and addictive. Learn all the basics in this session and make a small bag.

Materials fee:
$25.00 which includes pattern, yarn, crochet hook

Number enrrolled - 3


The Yellow — Mellow Yellow — Kathy Sparks, Unionville, IN
It isn't easy being yellow but the color yellow can be produced from an assortment of plant sources­­from onion skins and lichens to osage orange
and fustic. In the workshop we will dye yarn samples with several of the
more common sources of yellow and exploore light and wash fastness, often challenging when working with "vegetable" dyes and look at how to produce color gradations within a color family.

Materials fee payable to the teacher:
$20.00 which covers the cost of all handouts and yarn samples.

Number enrrolled - 5


Mosaic Montage Knitting — Mary Jo Harris, Madison, WI
In this class we will explore how mosaic patterns work, types of mosaic patterns, advantages of using them, disadvantages, how to m make a sampler
or sampler cowl using one or more mosaic patterns.

Skills needed:
How to cast on, knit,purl and join in a circle

Materials needed:
2 or more different colors of basic worsted weight yarn

16 or 24 inch circular needes in a size appropriate for your yarn, paper and pen for taking notes, stitch markers, scissors, yarn needles

No additional materials fee.

Maximum number of students: 15

Number enrrolled - 1


Creative Fiber Blending — Melissa Bohrtz, Sobieski, WI
In this class you will discover how to blend fibers into batts, rolags and pulled rovings. Learn how to use a drum carder, blending board and hackle to prepare a variety of fibers including natural and synthetic. With the use of the equipment and fibers you will learn how to layer and blend fibers as well as aded texture to create textured art yarns. We will also discuss your creatvie wishes as a fiber artist so that you can create specific blended effects you may desire in your work.

Materials Fee payable to the teacher:
$30.00 which includes fibers and use of equipment. Students will work with 1 - 2 ounces at a time and can make 2 batts, 2 sets of rolags and3 pulled rovings, using 8 - 10 ounces of fibers.

Maximum number of students: 12, minimum, 3

Number enrrolled - 4


Triangle Loom Weaving — Lisa Thyr, Cloverdale, IN

Learn the basics of triangle loom weaving on a 30 inch triangle loom. We will cover how to calculate the amount of yarn needed, continuous weave technique, edge finishing, fringe and other fun ideas. Students will kekep the cherry wood looms for future porjects.

Beginner level.
Students should bring:
Scissors, afghan crochet hook, wide tooth comb and a minimum of 50 yards of thicker weight (at least a 4) yarn. You may want to try with a less expensive yarn to begin with or bring several kinds to work with.
Contact me for any questions.

Materials fee payable to the teacher:

maximum of 10 students: THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED
Number enrrolled - 9


Exploring Blues The Process of Indigo and Woad Dyeing
Gina Leviques, Wagoner OK and Kathy Sparks, Unionville, IN

Gina and Kathy will take workshop participants on a fun filled adventure, looking at the magic of the fermentation process, historically which produced and continues to produce blues. Students new to this workshop will produce a series of amazing samples from both indigo and woad­­subtle yet bold. Participants who have takens Gina's Red Class and Kathy's Yellow Class the previous day, will have the oportunity to overdye some of their samples­­exploring the endless possibilites for producing purples and greens.

Materials fee payable to the teacher:
$20.00 - covers the cost of handouts, samples and yarn supplies.

Number enrrolled - 7


Double Knitting Basics Mary Jo Harris, Madison, WI

The double knitting technique has been around for centuries with only minor changes but has had a huge increase in popularity in recent years. Students will learn what is double knitting, history, guidelines, terminology, how to do it, increase and decrease, and how to double knit inside out. Students must know how to cast on, knit, purl and join a circle.

Students should bring:
2 or more different colors of basic worsted weight yarn, no novelty, 16 inch circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn, paper and pen for notes, stitch markers, scissors, yarn needle.

Maximum number of students: 15
Number enrrolled - 7


Corespinning Four Ways Mellissa Bohrtz, Sobieski, WI
Learn how to corespin four differnt ways - the technique to corespinning fibers allowing you to create a variety of art yarns. We will be using combed top and textured art batts to corespin these yarns smooth and textured. First you will learn the basics of corespinning to create a single corespun yarns, then how to ply a corespun yarn to create a bubble wrap textured art yarn. Then we will work with locks to create a tailspun yarn. Finally you will corespin over wire to create a hard core yarn.

Students need to bring:
Cone of strong flexible core yarn, not thread, to spin with. A small spool of thread, a working spinning wheel with at least a 1/2 inch orifice. At least 2 bobbins and any extra fiber you want to work with.

Materials fee payable to the teacher:
$20.00 includes fiber and wire

Maximum number of students: 10, minimum 3

Number enrrolled - 5


Sculptural Needle Felting — Adriana Plum, Eminence, KY

Come and have fun learning the fascinating craft of wool while listening to amusing farm stories. Learn the magic of sculptural needle felting and let your imagination do the rest. The workshop is designed for everyone from professional artists to beginners. Each participant will learn needle felting process that is as simple as finger paintiong and create an adorable wool sculpture of a Merino lamb to take home with them.

Material fee payable to the teacher:

Maximum number of students: 15

Number enrrolled - 7


Twined Rag Rug Sampler — Lisa Thyr, Cloverdale, IN
Students will learn weft twining on a small loom and use recycled fabrics provided by instructor to make a rag rug sampler. Twined rag rugs tend to be heavier, thicker and more dense than many other rag rugs, and use much of the same terminology as weaving. Finished sample size will be about 12 x18 inches. Students will take home their sampler and will have the opportunity to buy or order larger rug sized looms.

Students should bring scissors.

Materials fee payable to the teacher:

Maximum number of students: 8

Number enrrolled - 1


Drop Spindles — More are Better — Let the Shopping Begin!
Kathy Sparks, Unionville, IN

Explore the world of drop spindling in this workshop. Participants who are familiarwith the basics of spinning on a drop spindle will be able to investigate the various styles of spindles available on the market. How do you know which spindle is right for you or the fiber you want to spin? A low or high whorl, light or heavy weight, Russian, Najaho, supported..or any others. By keeping our fi ber source simple(carded wool and roving with a bit of angora bunny for good measure) participants will have a chance to work with different spindles and discover criteria you should use,and what else should be taken into consideration when choosing a drop spindle.

Students should bring any drop spindles they currently own.

Material fee payable to the teacher:
$10.00 covers spinning fibers

Number Enrolled - 1


Two Color Knitting — Its not just Fair Isle any more — Mary Jo Harris, Madison, WI
In this class we will discuss history of two color knitting, types of two color knitting, two color and double knitting technology and how to read a two color pattern and chart. Students should know how to cast on, knit, purl and join in a circle.

Students should bring:
2 or more different colors of basic worsted weight yarn, no novelty, 16 inch circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn, pen and paper for notes, stitch markers, scissors, yarn needle.

Number enrrolled - 1


Knit Two at a Time Handwarmers - Victoria Smith, Louisville, KY
Using either magic loop or two circular method, this is a simple and quick way to learn two at a time in a straightforward knitting way with no shaping. Apply this lesson to socks, gloves, mittens, booties or other knit in the round pairs. Students should be familiar with knitting in the round.

Students should bring: worsted weight (4) yarn, approx 100 yards in two balls or one wound cake­­­2 working ends,needles size 8 US circular in your choice of 32­40 inch for magic loop or TWO 16 or 20 inch circular needles., Paper and pen for notes.

Pattern is included.

Number enrrolled - 1



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