2014 Workshops

Printable form: 2014 Workshop mail in form Materials fees are payable to the instructor on the day of the class. Refunds will be given if requested before May 10, 2014. Check our the instructor’s Bio here.


Indigo Friday 1-4

Gina Levesque Indigo is ancient and magical!  It requires a specially prepared vat, is dependent upon weather conditions (when dyeing outside), and turns from green to its characteristic blue when removed from the dye bath. It was also the last color that a synthetic was matched. In this class, we will learn the history of this dye, a little of the chemistry that unlocks its mystery, how to start and maintain an indigo bath, and much more.  Students should wear old clothes and/or a dye apron.  Rubber gloves, such as those used for house cleaning, are desirable.  (Instructor will have a limited number of pairs for class use.)

Cost of Class    $40      Supply fee $10 Limit 15 students

Nature’s Colors              Saturday 1-4                FULL                

Jill WoodDyed Yarns In this class you will be learning the basics of natural dyeing and how to prepare (mordant) your wool or yarn for dyeing. We will discuss the endless natural dye possibilities and we will experiment with a few. We will be using different types of dye pots and dye plants. Fiber & yarn will be provided.

Class fee $40           Materials fee  $10 Limit 10 students

paint a wild roving

Paint a Wild Roving or Skein                               Saturday 9-12

Jan Quarles Love to knit or spin with wildly colored yarn or roving? Jan Quarles of Daily Fibers will show you how to handpaint sample rovings or yarn skeins and you’ll paint a few samples of your own. We’ll use several colors of dye and talk about safety features too, as you learn the basic techniques of handpainting. Wear old clothes or bring an apron. Instructor will provide gloves, class notes, plastic wrap, dyes, plastic baggies and sample-size skeins of yarn and roving.

Class fee $45                    Materials fee   $10 Limit 10 students

Shibori                               Saturday 1-4

Gina Levesque Shibori is an ancient Japanese art used to decorate the surface of cloth.  Long before enhancing cloth by weave structure, ancient cultures used resist dye techniques to produce surface designs.  By folding, tying, and otherwise manipulating fabric, students will learn the ancient art of Shibori.   A traditional indigo dye bath will be used to hi-light these techniques.  Students will learn basic Shibori techniques along with methodology for starting and maintaining indigo dye pots.  Each student will take home a notebook of Shibori samples, a pair of socks, and a silk scarf.  Students should wear old clothes and/or a dye apron.  Rubber gloves, such as those used for house cleaning, are desirable.  (Instructor will have a limited number of pairs for class use.)

Class fee $40                  Supply fee $15 Limit 15 students  



Beginning Needle felting— no experience necessary         Saturday 9-12

Judy Crouch You don’t have to spin to play with fibers!  In this class you will needle felt a bag for your phone, or Ipad, or ??  by needle felting around a form.  After the needle felting you will then do a wet finish on your project.  All fibers and foam form provided, as well as the student needle punch which is yours to take home.

Class fee $30  Material fee $20   Limit 12 Students


Fiber-Bird-NestGrapevine Fiber Birdhouse And Needle Felted Wool Bird      Saturday 10-12 Canceled 

Troy Berggren-Lacey The class shows students how to combine multiple elements in your creations. You will use a grapevine ball and create a fiber birdhouse. Then you will needle felt a colorful bird to put in your birdhouse. Students should bring a medium sewing needle and black thread. Adults only Please.  2 hours.

Class fee $30  Materials fee $15 Limit 7 students

Mixed Media Fiber Art              Friday 9-12art journal mixed media

Jen Lambert This class will take you through the basics of both wet felting and needle felting to create the base for your own one of a kind piece of art. We will then add mixed media embellishments to our background including beads, silk threads and ribbons, buttons, lace, and fabric scraps. Your finished project can be used as a wall hanging, cover for an art journal, or framed piece of art. Skill Level: Beginner   Students to bring: Old towel


Class fee: $40  all materials included Limit 10 students



Needle Felted Sheep                                  Friday 1-4

Gayle Roberts Skill level – Beginner Learn basic needle felting techniques while sculpting a sheep.  If you have never tried needle felting or are a beginner wanting to learn a few tips this is the ideal class.

Class fee $40                  Materials fee $15 Limit 12 students


Wet Felted Flowers

Wet Felted Flowers     Friday 1-4

Kandys Bleil Skill Level:  Beginner to Experienced Felter   There are many methods for making three dimensional felted flowers that can be used as decorative pins, hair clips, table decorations, etc.  This class will provide instructions and materials for a wet felting technique which will teach the stages of felting, from soft skin to a finished, sculpted flower.  Once the basic technique is learned, class members will then learn to add stems and stamens to build more complex flowers. This class will offer a challenge for both beginning felters and those who have previous experience with wet felting.  Students will leave class with 4-6 finished flowers.  Fee includes all materials, patterns, and written instruction for 4-6 flowers. Supplies:  Students should bring the following items to class with them:  a bath towel, a bar of soap (any will do, but a milder, high-fat soap made with olive oil or goat’s milk would be best), a good pair of scissors which can cut fine detail, a bowl that will hold at least one quart of liquid, and an empty soda or water bottle (20oz or smaller) with a few holes punched or drilled into the lid.

Class fee $45 No materials fee Limit 16 students

Fiber Prep


Beginning Fiber Prep                               Friday 1-3

Jules Cox There are so many ways to get fiber ready for spinning. This class will introduce you to washing (though we won’t wash in class, that’s wet), picking, carding, combing and flick carding, as well as how to judge what method is appropriate for what fiber. We will spin a little bit of each preparation to see what kind of yarn each method produces. 2 hours. Prerequisite: Must already know how to spin on a wheel or spindle and bring own spinning tools

Drum carding

Class fee $40, fiber included

Limit 10 students


From Rolags to Riches              Saturday 9-12Rolags

Jen Lambert Skill level: Beginner There will be doing a lot of playing in this class.  Students will get hands on experience with different blending equipment including hand carders, hackles, an art batt carder, and blending boards.  Students will learn how to add noil and other fun add ins to create unique art batts.  They will also learn how to create roving from the batts several different methods such as a  z pull and using a diz.  Using the rolags to make your spinning a dream will be demonstrated.  Four ounces of fiber of luxurious fiber will be provided in class. Some fibers included will be alpaca, superfine merino, bamboo, milk, mohair, silk noil and lots of bling.  There will be plenty of time to  play with  different equipment so feel free to bring extra fiber of your own.  The instructor will also have some additional dyed fibers for sale. Students will receive 4 oz of fiber to blend but there will be time to make multiple batts and rolags so feel free to bring your own fibers or you can purchase additional fibers in class.4 hours

Class fee $50 Limit 12 students.  Walk-ins are welcome.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR FIBER:  two part  workshop seriesPurpleUnicorn3 FULL

Roo Kline Are you nervously walking past the fleeces at fiber festivals?  Do you have fleeces stashed that laugh at you every time you look at them because they KNOW you have no idea what to do with them?  Do you wish that you could take advantage of the amazing prices that entire fleeces can often be obtained for?  Well, stand tall!  There’s no need to be afraid of raw fiber any longer!  During the course of this very hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to alpaca (non-greasy) fleeces with confidence.  Learn how to choose, prep, clean, dye, and card your own fiber in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere.  And you’ll be shocked at how easy it is to do in your own kitchen! You take either one, or both. (Please note: If you have your own drum carder you are encouraged to bring it along.  Please notify us asap if you are doing so.)

PART 1 – Fiber Preparation     Fri 9-12 

Students will work with an entire alpaca fleece.  First we’ll skirt and pick them and then each student will wash and dye their own parts of the fleeces using both simple Kool-Aid and professional acid dyes.  We’ll leave these to dry so that they’ll be ready for part two.

PART 2 – Carding                         Sat 1-4

Using the fiber we prepped and dyed in part 1, students will learn how to card it on drum carders, both on its own, and using luxury add-ins such as bamboo, milk fiber, and silk, as well as angelina and firestar sparklies.  We will cover carding, blending, art batts, and dizzing roving off the drum.

Cost of the entire workshop: $85   No Materials fee Part one OR Part two separately $50  



Knitting an Alpaca Rug           Saturday 1-4

Elizabeth Taylor from Alpaca Fiber Solutions Using super bulky, chunky core-spun alpaca yarn grown and processed right here in the States, participants will knit their own alpaca rug under the guidance of Elizabeth Taylor.  All materials for the class are provided by Alpaca Fiber Solutions – there is no separate materials fee. Suitable for absolute beginners with no knitting experience, although knowing how to cast on and bind off will be helpful.

Class fee $75 Limit 12 students

 Knitting with Fiber    Friday 10:30-12 noon

Elizabeth Taylor from Alpaca Fiber Solutions Knit fiber WITHOUT having to spin it into yarn first! Explore knitting from batts, roving, locks and combed top, as well as the ever popular silk hankies. All materials for the class, including knitting needles, are provided by Alpaca Fiber Solutions – there is no separate materials fee. Participants are required to have a basic knowledge of knitting for this class: casting on, knit and purl stitches, and binding off.

Class fee $40 Limit 12 students

Viking Knit      Friday 1-4

vikingknit1Janelle Schultz Viking Knit’s origins are in the 9th and 10th centuries in Scandinavia and the British Isles. It has seen a resurgence in popularity and with new, less expensive wire options; it can be an affordable and fun way to create jewelry, zipper pulls and other items. Students will learn how to complete a Viking Knit bracelet, from start to finish.

Class fee $50 (Includes wire, dowel and small drawplate) Limit 15 students



Beginning Spinning on a Wheel        Friday 9-12 repeated Saturday 1-4

Jules Cox Wheel spinning is very much like drop spindle spinning, only faster and with more mechanics involved! In this class, learn how a spinning wheel works, drafting techniques, natural fiber basics, spinning a single and 2-ply yarn, and winding/setting a skein. 3 hours

Friday FULL

$40 fiber included Limit 8 students


Color Control: Spinning Singles from the Fold           Friday 9-12Adair Color Control

Jennifer Adair We will work with an assortment of solid color dyed roving to produce smooth singles yarns in the colors we want. The method also works with hand painted roving, producing a yarn matching the colors that attracted you in the first place instead of yet another barber pole! No carding is required, so the only tools needed are your hands and a spindle or wheel. We will discuss singles twist and how to finish the yarn. Know how to spin a basic yarn using a short forward draw. Spinning fiber included. Bring a wheel with an empty bobbin or a spindle. A small niddy noddy is helpful but not required.

lass fee $40, $15 materials fee Limit 15 students

The Distaff: A simple tool that makes spinning so much easier    Friday 9-12

A rare glass distaff from the Roman EmpireKim Caulfield

For thousands of years, spindle and distaff were spoken of together, yet when most of us learned to use drop spindles, nobody mentioned the second half of the tool kit.  A distaff can be as simple a short stick of wood, but it really does make using a drop spindle easier and much more comfortable.  We will play with wooden distaffs, and try some made from bronze and glass.  While we play, we will talk about the long traditions of distaffs as cultural symbols.  We may even look at an ancient artifact or two. This course is open to all spinners, though it will be easier for you if you already have some idea of how to use a drop spindle. Bring your favorite spindle or spindles.  Feel free to bring along whatever fibers you want to spin, but wool for practice will also be provided. Class fee $35                  No material fee.

Limit  16 students

The Mystique of Russian Lace: Spinning for lace knitting     Friday 9-12Orenburg lace shawl CANCELED

Galyna Lusy Batewell In this workshop, students will learn how those talented knitters and spinners from Orenburg performed feats of textile magic by turning the raw down from native goats into luxuriously soft, exquisitely fine yarn via supported spindle that ultimately results in the most elegant lace shawls and scarves in the textile universe. In this class, you will be introduced to both the hand spinning, as well as the more economical use of today’s “luxury” fibers, i.e., cashmere, mink, etc. This class will provide knitters with an extensive overview of Russian lace knitting. Students will be introduced to the unique elements of lace knitting design, from pattern to border to cornering techniques. You will learn 10 basic elements that provide the foundation of Russian lace knitting: mouse prints, cat’s paw, honeycomb, unique cast-ons, etc. The students will learn & start to knit a sample shawl. Materials list: Students can bring their own support spindle, if they prefer to use them, & students NEED TO BRING   KNITTING NEEDLES  size 0 -3, paper to make notes , a pencil & a  1 quart Mason  jar (will use for plying the yarn, put the spindle in the jar , or you can bring any jar, that is stable on the floor).

Class fee $55                  No material fee. Limit 20 students

Spin Your ABCs and Y Too      Saturday 1-4

Nancy Barnett A is for Angora, B is for Bison, C is for Cashmere and Camel Down, Y is for Yak.  You will spin up these exotic fibers and have enough yarn to design our own small scarf or hat.  You will see how the various colors and textures complement each other. Bring your spinning wheel or drop spindle, niddy noddy, ball winder or nostepinne.

Limit 10 students Class fee $35     Material fee $20

Spinning from Art Batts          Saturday 1-3Art Batts

Gail White You will learn to spin a thick N’ thin yarn, ply with a yarn of silk, cotton, bamboo, etc and add beads, mohair or Cotswold curls during the plying process. Please bring a spinning wheel or a drop spindle. A spinning wheel is preferred. If you want to add beads, bring some and I’ll help you spin them into your yarn. 2 hours MATERIALS–Gail will supply all materials necessary to create a yarn from an Art Batt.

Class fee $45

Spindles of the World: Beginner        Saturday 9-12           Spindles of the World   FULL

Robin Goaty Learn 3 different Support Spindles of the World and keep the one you like the best to take home. We will practice the Navajo inspired Southwest Spindle, The Tibetan Spindle and the Compromise Russian Spindle. All of the Spindles have a non-traditional hook on the end with a consequent result: They are easy to learn and utilize. Additional spindles and bowls will be available for purchase. 3 hours

Class fee $35 one spindle of choice included Limit 10 students

Spinning and Felting Angora Rabbit Wool Friday 4 pm

Brenda Morley Have you ever tried spinning Angora rabbit wool? Here is an introduction to this very luxurious fiber. Bring your wheel or a spindle and give it a try. We will also felting Angora and blending Angora with other fibers. One hour class Optional: bring your wheel or spindle. One oz of bunny wool: $5.

 Class fee $18 Limit 12 students

Spinning Mohair         Saturday 9-12

Jules Cox Mohair is a luxurious fiber whose special properties lend it to unique spinning techniques. In this class, learn tail spinning, spinning from a cloud of fiber and core spinning. We will also cover the different grades of mohair, how to pick a quality fleece, and the colors of the Angora goat, from whom mohair comes. 2 hours Must already know how to spin on a wheel or spindle and bring own spinning tools.

Class fee $40, kid mohair fiber included Limit 10 students

Understand Icelandic Fleece, Spinning in the Grease    Friday 1-4

Diana Armes Wallace Icelandic fleece is one of the several dual-coated fleeces. Many dual-coated fleeces are ‘dry’ enough to spin ‘in the grease.’ Dual-coated fleeces can be spun many different ways–which you will be taught. There will be Icelandic, Shetland and Karakul for us to learn and practice. You will separate and spin the locks for two different fibers and process together, attaining different yarns for different purposes. By the end of the class, you will be spinning straight from the locks of fiber. Other dual coated fleeces include: German Gray Heath, Navaho-Churro, Romanov and Spaelsau. Must already know how to spin. Bring wheels or spindles, long-tooth Viking combs and fine-toothed hand carders (if you have them), a niddy noddy or ball winder. Class fee $40 Material fee $10

Limit 10 students



Appalachian Hearth Broom (Besom) Making: Beginner    Friday 1-4Besom broom

Robin Goatey The original brooms were not flat nor made with wire. We will craft a Hearth Besom the old way with twine, a stick, Broom Corn, some grown at Oak Knoll Farm & Basket materials. Material included in the class fee & a finished broom to take home… Broom Maker’s Tying Frames available at The Dancing Goats booth.

Class fee$35   Broom Making materials included Limit 10 students

Beginning  Shuttle Tatting    Friday 9-12

Tatted ButerfliesRoiana Buckmaster A simple method of tatting for beginners, that takes the mystery out of this wonderful lace form.  In this class, students will learn the two halves of the tatting stitch, making a picot for decoration, making a ring and joining rings – all by crafting a butterfly pin. Materials are provided as well as a tatting shuttle for students to keep, and are included in the class fee. Class size is kept small for plenty of individual instruction.

Class fee $35 Limit 6 students

 Caring for Your Angora Bunny           Friday 1 pmCaring for Angora Bunnies

Brenda Morley Whether you want to have one Angora bunny for a wooler or pet, or want to start a rabbitry or even show, your key to success is knowing how to take good care of a bunny. We will cover purchasing a bunny, breeds, housing, feeding, shearing and more. This is a great introduction to Angora rabbits and can help you decide whether you want to take the plunge into Angoras. One hour class

Class fee$18 Limit 12 students


Rug Hooking Workshop—Flower Power   Saturday 9-12 flower power

For beginner and experienced rug hookers Lisanne Miller, P is for Primitive Join primitive rug hooker and designer, Lisanne Miller, for this exciting exploration into the fun world of Primitive Rug Hooking.  Lisanne will show you just how much fun rug hooking can be! Never hooked a loop, but have always wanted to? Then this is the class for you!  Lisanne will start you from the very first loop to the finishing touches! Each phase of hooking your rug will be fun and, creative with amazing results. Already know how to hook but want to learn more? Then this is the class for you. With fun tips, mixed media, techniques and fellowship, your rug will take on new life! You may bring your own pattern and Lisanne will have the pattern below, Flower Power, kitted for you to hook! The kit includes wool, pattern and a beginner hook. Hoops are extra or you can bring your own.

Class fee and kit $75 no other fees. If hoop is needed $20 Limit 12 students

Use of the Nostepinne: Beginner       Saturday 3-4nostepinne

Robin Goaty The original center pull ball winder is an ancient tool. Learn to craft a center pull ball that is especially useful in plying hand spun yarns and art yarn. The center pull ball will unwind from the outside and inside as you ply and leave zero left over yarn. 1 hour

Class fee $35 & a hand turned Nostepinne is included Limit 10 students



Beginning Rigid Heddle weaving   no experience necessary   Friday 1-4 FULL

Darlene Megli Always wanted to try your hand at weaving, but had no idea where to start?  Here is the place.   We will go over a RH loom, naming the parts and pieces.  Weaving terminology will be discussed.  You will learn the easy, quick warping using a peg, and then weave.  Basic weave on the rigid heddle is plain weave, but it will not look ‘plain’ when you are done.  Much can be done with color, texture, and how you put them together.  Come join the fun. 4 hours Bring scissors and a ruler or tape measure.  Use of pre-warped loom and all yarns will be provided for class.  You will also get handouts with information for repeating the patterns we will be doing in class.


Class fee $40  Material fee $20 Limit 8 students

Bumps and Holes- Simple techniques to add texture to your hand woven cloth    

Friday 9-12

Melissa Goodwin This class will expand your weaving “tool box” by teaching you different ways to create texture to even the simplest of cloth structures- plain weave.  We will explore- on your loom that you have warped – boutonne loops, cut weft pile, several hand manipulated  laces like leno and Spanish lace.  We will finish class by discussing the different uses for each technique. Each student should come to class with their rigid heddle, or two or four harness looms warped with the supplied draft, two shuttles several hanks of yarn to experiment with.  Each student will create a 24-30 inch sampler in the 4 hours of class.  Please email the instructor for the draft.   This class is suitable for the medium beginner. 4 hours

Class fee $35 Limit 8 students

Cardweaving -An Introduction to creating colorful narrow bands                

Saturday 9-12

Melissa Goodwin from Roan Creek Weaving and Farm Description:  Cardweaving ( also known as Tablet Weaving) is an ancient form of  weaving that has been utilized by people for hundreds of years to create narrow bands to tie things, haul things, decorate things and hold things up and together.   This form of weaving is so easy and portable that anyone can do it and it can be done almost anywhere.  This class will introduce you to the use of the cards, how to draft your designs and how to thread your cards and how to weave the bands.   We will discuss the mechanics of cardweaving then spend the balance of the class weaving on your bands.  Many people will be able to complete a band in the given time.  We will also discuss ideas of what to do with the band once you have finished it.  You will get 12 cards, an instruction sheet, and yarn enough to complete one project. 4 hours

  Class Fee $30 Limit 10 Students

Triangle Loom Weaving         Friday 1-4Triangle Loom Weaving

Jill Wood In this class you will learn how to start a triangle shawl and how to weave on a triangle loom and how to finish and remove the shawl from the loom.  The two and a half- foot looms will be included in the class fee. You will need to bring 4 oz of yarn, any kind, any color or two or three colors if you would like.

Class fee $60                  No material fee             Limit     10


woven bracelet

Woven Beaded Wrap Bracelet            Saturday 1-4

Kandys Bleil Woven Wrap Bracelets are growing in popularity and this is your opportunity to make one of your very own.  You will learn both basic techniques, such as “warping” your loom, the weaving process, joining threads, and knot-tying, along with some advanced techniques like silk wrapping and applying charms to your work.  Many tips will be provided to help you avoid the problems encountered by beginning beaders.  You will have the use of a loom the instructor designed specifically for these bracelets during class and be provided all the materials to complete your single-wrap bracelet.  If you decide to pursue this as a hobby, no further skills will be needed to complete multiple-wrap bracelets.  Written instructions will be provided for you to take with you from class to help sustain the skills you learned during class.  You will also receive a resource list for how best to obtain needed supplies and a list of measurements for the various sizes.  Different materials will be discussed and evaluated to help guide your decision-making for the future.

Class fee $45  All materials and written instructions will be provided Limit 15 students

Zoom Loom Weaving                 Saturday 1-4

Janelle Schultz Learn to use Schacht Spindle’s new pin loom, the Zoom Loom!  Learn several patterns for weaving on the learn and find out how you can use your new, fun tool to make a vest, a doll, a bow tie and many other items.  Class includes a Zoom Loom to keep and enough yarn to make four squares. 3-4 hours.zoomloom

Class fee $65 (Includes Zoom Loom and enough yarn for 4 squares) Skill Level: Beginner Limit 10 students