2016 Workshops

2016 Workshops


Basket Making using the Nantucket Basket Mold

Instructor: Robin Goatey

3 hours    Friday 9-12  Full Repeat  Saturday 1-4Full

Two of the most popular and valued basket making traditions are created using molds. We will use the round mold shapes of the Nantucket Tradition to create a small multimedia basket for the Spinning Wheel.

The molds are just a start and baskets can be finished with handspun, findings and charms to create what I call “The Talisman Memoria Basket”…

3 Hours    5 Students Max

Class Fee $35   Basket making materials included



Freeform Crochet

Instructor: Hannah Martin

3 hours  Saturday 1-4

In this class students will be exploring the improvisational technique that is freeform crochet. Students will learn how to create spirals, incorporate textured stitching into their work, and form fabric from scrumbles. We will also cover keeping your work flat, filling in holes, and fitting your work to a template to form wearable pieces. By the end of the workshop students will feel comfortable ditching patterns and creating pieces using pure imagination.

Students must be proficient crocheters and know how to single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, and crochet in the round.

Limited to 12 students   Class Fee $45

How to Carve Your Own Crochet Hook

Instructor: Keren Cross
Friday 12-2 pm

Have you admired the beautiful hand carved crochet hooks? In this class you will learn how it is done! The class will begin with basic instructions, then the instructor will begin and walk you through the process. When you leave this class, you will have a beautiful cedar crochet hook that you can really enjoy. You will also have handouts that will explain the process. No one under the age of 14 due to using sharp implements.

Students need to bring a sharp pocket knife or an exacto knife with a new blade.

2 hours    Limited to 10 students

Class Fee $55



Fiber Reactive Bamboo Dyeing
Instructor: Roo Kline  Friday 4-6 and Saturday 8:30-9:30 am

This hands-on two hour workshop delves into three different techniques to dye bleed-proof bamboo beautifully using fiber reactive dyes. Participants will dye three 4 ounce pieces of combed top which will need to process overnight. Please meet back at the classroom at 8:30 am for rinsing.* All materials, including class notes and gloves, are included.

*If you are unable to come back on Saturday for rinsing, the instructor will give directions on how to do it at home.

Limited to 12  Class Fee $55

Nature’s Colors
Instructor: Jill Wood

3 hours   Saturday 9 am-12 noon

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.

Limit 10 students    Class Fee $65 all materials included

Purples from Natural Dyes
Instructor: Gina Levesque

3 hours   Friday 12:30-3:30

The color of emperors. Rare and highly sought after, purples were and are the favorite of many. From shell fish to wood shavings, this class will explore the history and chemistry of purples from natural dyes. 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.)

Limited to 12 students  Class Fee $60

Rainbow Dyeing with Wilton Colors
Instructor: Nancy Barnett

3 hours            Friday 9-12

We will be using the Wilton Cake colors of red, yellow, and blue to dye Border Leicester and mohair curls in rainbow hues. Then we will use the black Wilton dye on Blue Face Leicester Curls and watch how the black breaks up into separate colors. This is a safe and easy way to teach children how to dye fiber. Bring rubber gloves and an apron to protect your clothes.

Class Limit 12 Class Fee $45

Setting up your Mini Home Dyeing Lab
Instructor: Kandys Bleil

3 hours    Saturday 1-4

Have you wanted to start dyeing your own fiber or yarns and just haven’t known how to get started?  You’ve read different books, each saying something a little different, so you lack confidence about taking the plunge.  Here’s an opportunity to learn the basics of dyeing, including making stock dye solutions and applying it to you protein based fibers (wool, mohair, etc.).  In this class, you will be provided with a kit of 6 acid washfast dye powders, along with the needed auxilliaries.  After we mix up your stock dye solutions, you’ll have the opportunity to dye your first yarn or roving using a hand-painting technique and a microwave oven.  I’ll also demonstrate immersion dyeing on both stovetop and in the oven.  You’ll leave the class with your dyed roving or yarn, a set of six stock dye solutions, your auxilliary substances, and a written handout that includes basic instructions and resources.

Skill Level required:  Students must be at least 18 (or 13 or older accompanied by an adult).  No particular skill level is required.  The chemicals we will use are food grade and considered safe.

Students should bring to class the following items:   You should wear old clothes and perhaps, bring an apron, if you like.  You will also need to bring 6 1-pint canning jars along with their rims and lids (I like the regular-mouth size better than the wide-mouth jars).  You may want to purchase a box of a dozen, if you like to mix your colors, but you’ll only need six of them for class.  You’ll want to bring a sturdy cardboard box (the one your jars came in would be great) to keep your stock solutions and a few others tools.  You will also need to bring a 1/2 teaspoon measure, an empty dish soap container with lid, and a glass (corning ware would work fine, too) pie plate.

Limit  10 Students     Class Fee:  $50 plus $20 material fee.

Shibori loves silk
Instructor: Jan Quarles

3 hours Saturday 9 am-12 noon

Learn about the art of indigo dyeing and the traditional clamping, stitching and binding techniques of the ancient art of shibori as you prepare and dye a long silk scarf. You’ll be able to see your results at the end of class! Dye bath and one 72″ heavy silk scarf included in the class, more scarves available for purchase. The instructor will also talk about other indigo dyeing techniques from around the world and show some examples.

Limit 10 Class Fee $55


Felted Dryer Balls
Instructor: Jill Wood

2 hours Friday 4-6

In this class we will be exploring the different ways to make felted dryer balls. Price includes all supplies, but you may want to bring old Supplies you need to bring nylon stockings/knee highs and felting needles if you have any.

Limit 15   Class Fee $40

Felted Fiber Artist
Instructor: Gayle Roberts

3 hours Saturday 9-12

Learn basic needle felting techniques while sculpting a sheep from roving and locks. Each student will make their own sheep to take home.

Skill level -Beginner

Limit 10 students   Class Fee $50 all materials included

Needle Felted Jewelry—Beads and Beyond!
Instructor: Pat Pawlowicz

2 hours Friday 10-12

This is a great way to introduce needle felting, and is guaranteed to bring out the creative YOU! We’ll focus on the correct techniques to make beads in a bunch of different shapes, embellish with fiber, sequins, beads and more. All materials are included, tools will be provided for your use, and written and illustrated instructions for you to take home. What you need to bring: small sharp scissors, magnifying glasses (if needed).

Limit 20 Class Fee $30

Nuno Felt A Scarf
Instructor: Judy Crouch

3 hours Friday 12:30-3:30

Learn to wet felt wool onto a silk scarf. Go home with finished project. No experience required. All supplies furnished.

Limit 10 students Class fee $50

Wet Felt a Bag
Instructor: Joi  Chupp

3 hours  Friday 9 am – 12 noon

Everyone can use another bag. And what better way to get one than to make it yourself while learning about wet felting. Students will learn the basic techniques for creating a multitude of items with wool. You will also learn ways of embellishing your bags. All materials are provided, but students need to bring a large towel and a 1″ wooden dowel approximately 24″ long.

Limit 15 students  Class Fee $45


Fiber and Fiber Preparation

Blend, Roll, Spin: Rolags A to Z

Instructor: Vange Johnson

Friday 9-12 pm

Learn to make rolags using a blending board. Rolags are a fiber prep that, done correctly, produce eye candy that spins as exquisitely as it looks. Bad rolags may look beautiful but either fall apart or are too tight to draft.

You will work through the proper techniques for making rolags that are a joy to spin into a smooth, even yarn. Other topics include fiber choices, working with colors, making repeatable rolags, and how rolag design affects yarn.

In class we will spin small samples of what’s been made. Each student receives assorted dyed wool plus some Firestar. Color choices are yours and can change with each board.

Bring to class:

  • your blending board (or make prior arrangements to purchase one at class)
  • a wheel with an empty bobbin or a spindle
  • bins to take the rolags home without getting them mussed
  • A scale that weighs in grams will be very helpful, or you can share

Prerequisite: Know how to spin a basic yarn.

Class Fee $55 all materials included

Optional: Blending Board Kit (optional) A furniture grade plywood blending board is $130, delivered at class. There are a limited number of boards available. Please contact the teacher to reserve one before class. The blending cloth is 11-1/2″ x 12″ and 72 TPI, suitable for a wide variety of fiber. The board kit includes a quality, slanted tip paint brush and a pair of dowels, everything to get you rolling.
Limit 20 students


HOW TO TRAIN YOUR FIBER: two part workshop series

Instructor: Roo Kline

It’s easy to feel intimidated by raw (unwashed, straight off the animal) fleeces. However, with some basic knowledge under your belt and realizing that YOU have the upper hand, a whole new relationship with fiber begins. There is no need to fear those filled bags any longer, at the end of this class you’ll be able to open them up and get to work, letting your imagination and creativity guide you.

This class is designed for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS, building a solid foundation from which to expand into whichever direction you choose. What you learn in this class are the exact same techniques that I use in my own studio, presented in an easy to understand format. Classes are small, relaxed and intimate, ensuring you have a wonderful experience. By the time you go home you’ll feel confident and inspired. However, be prepared for a lot of hands on work, as you learn best by doing. This is definitely not a boring sit-down class!

Part I: FLEECE SELECTION & DYEING (3 hours: Fri 9am-noon) We begin this class with a round table introduction to alpaca fleeces from a processing stand point – which are suitable to do by hand and which should be sent to the mill? The rest of the morning is then spent doing several activities: – skirting an alpaca fleece as a group – washing a piece of fleece using Unicorn Power Scour – dyeing the washed fleece with professional acid dyes – laying the dyed fiber out to dry

Part II: CARDING (3 hours – Sat 1pm-4pm) The next step in hand processing is preparing the alpaca fiber we dyed for spinning and felting by opening up the lock structure and aligning the fibers in a process called ‘carding’. The carders we’ll be using are Strauch Petites and you’ll get an overview of carder terminology, how it works, and why the Strauch line of drum carders are so perfect for alpaca. During this class you will learn: – carding 100% alpaca – carding an embellished batt – creating your own roving using a diz – creating rolags on a drum carder During the course of the class we will talk about different blending fibers and blending methods, sparkle, packaging, and pricing.

Cost of the entire workshop: $90 No Materials fee

Fiber Preparation only: $55    Carding only: $55

Limit 20 students



Entralac for Chicken Knitters
Instructor:  Kim Green

3 hours Saturday  9am-12 noon

Learn to do that Basket Weave looking knitting. It’s not hard at all, just a little bit different. Kim will hold your hand , and give you step by step instructions. We taught this class for ten years at our local women’s prison, some of whom can’t read and all lack confidence. Sure you can do it!!

Guidelines: Must know how to Knit and Purl

Materials : 4 contrasting colors of yarn and needles (Sticks or Circular), to match weight of yarn , slick yarn not suggested.

Limit 15  Class fee $35  $10 for kit optional 

Fixing and Preventing Knitting Mistakes
Instructor: Joy Wandrey

2 hours Friday 4-6 pm

There is nothing more frustrating than discovering a mistake in your knitting too late to fix it. In this class students will how to fix common knitting mistakes and more importantly, how to avoid them in the first place. If you have specific questions please email me ahead of time and we will do our best to answer them. Other things may be covered if time allows include wet finishing and blocking of your finished knitted item.

Intermediate/Advanced: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and tell a knit stitch from a purl stitch when looking at the work on needles.

Limit 8 Class fee $35


Miscellaneous Workshops

Angora Rabbits and Their Wool

Instructor: Carolyn Pendergrass

2 hours Class   Saturday 2:30-4:30

If you have ever been curious about beautiful Angora rabbits and want to know more about them, how to raise them and harvest their wool, this is the workshop for you! We will cover all the basics of buying and keeping Angora rabbits and harvesting their wool. This is a hands-on workshop and you will have the opportunity to learn to handle, groom and shear your Angora rabbit.

Limit 10 Class fee $45

Beginning Shuttle Tatting
Instructor: Roiana Buckmaster

3 hours Friday 2:30-5:30 pm

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.

Limit 6 students    Class fee $50 all materials included


Lucet Basics

Instructor: Melissa Goodwin

1 1/2 hours Friday 1-2:30 pm repeated Saturday 11:30am -1 pm

Learn the ancient craft of square cord making.  We will learn a bit of the history then learn how to make cords both with the wrap method and the no wrap method.  We will also make cords with one string and two and how to add beads.

All Materials provided

Soap Making
Instructor: Seth Shafer of Shafer Springs Farm

2 hours  Saturday 1:00 to 3:00 PM

In this class students will learn the basics of soap making including how to make handcrafted soap using the cold process, hot process, and melt and pour methods.

We’ll also learn about the different properties of common oils and other ingredients used in soap making as well as how to make herbal soaps using the traditional solar infusion method.

Each step of the soap making process will be covered — including using online soap calculators to perfect recipes — and students will get hands-on experience with all parts of the process, including safely handling lye, mixing soap batches to trace, pouring soap into molds, and cutting soap loaves into individual bars.

We’ll also look at different labeling and packaging options as well as the best and most affordable options to purchase soap making supplies.

Each student will get a handout with some basic starter soap recipes as well as access to online tutorials that cover many of the topics covered in class to review after class is finished.

Class Fee $50 — All materials are included and students will take home several bars of handmade soaps. Wooden soap molds and wooden soap cutters will also be available to purchase.

Limit of 10 students

Rug Hooking
Rug Hooking: Beginner

Instructor: Teresa Goatey

2 hours      Friday 1-3 pm

A true colonial maritime craft, Rug Hooking is a uniquely American art form & allows for a diverse set of artistic expressions. We will make a pair of coaster from a kit that includes everything required to get started in this ancient hand craft.

Limit 5 students

$50  Complete Rug Hooking Kit included



Beginning Spindle Spinning
Instructor: Sue Gazell
1 ½ hours Friday 4-5:30 pm Repeated Saturday 12:30-2 pm FULL

Spinning beautiful yarn does not have to be a costly venture. Learn how to spin on a simple tool that can fit in your purse and your budget, the drop spindle. You will learn how to draft and spin wool roving into a single, then explore several ways to ply this single into a yarn. A simple wood spindle and some wool roving will be provided and are yours to keep. But beware, spindling is addictive!

Class Size Limit: 5       Class Fee $35 all materials provided

Beginning Spinning on a Wheel
Instructor: Donna Parks

3 hours Saturday 1-4 pm

This class is for beginners who would like to learn to spin. Participants will go home with a small hank of their own yarn and a drop spindle. The class covers wheel set-up, drafting and Andean plying. Wheels are provided, but bring your own if you have one (let the instructor know if you will be bringing your own wheel).

Class limit: 6     Class Fee $50 all materials provided

Core Spinning
Instructor: Roo Kline

2 hours Saturday 10am -12 noon

Learn basic core spinning techniques with carded fiber, whole locks, and sparkle, to create textured novelty yarns. Participants should already be comfortable with traditional spinning and bring a wheel that can handle bulky and textured yarns. Please also bring two empty bobbins and a lazy kate.

Intermediate class: Must be able to spin

Limit 10 students Class fee $55

From Woolen to Worsted: Tweak Your Technique
Instructor: Mary Lessman

6 hours Friday 8:30 am – 4 pm

You have your comfort yarn, we all do. Do you want to expand your horizons? Have different styles in your bag of spinning tricks? Most of us know that woolen yarn is fluffy and worsted is dense yet most spinners spin semi-woolen or semi-worsted yarns. Learn how true woolen and worsted are spun, how fleece choice affects the type of yarn you spin and how to prepare your fiber for drafting. We will try 7 different drafting techniques to give you the confidence to spin everything from long draw to short forward draw. Maybe, gasp, you’ll have a new comfort yarn!

Level-Intermediate/Advanced- must know how to spin.

Class limit: 10     Class fee $90

How many yarns can you spin from one fleece?
Instructor: Mary Lessman

6 hours Saturday 8:30 am – 4 pm

There are fleece breeds and crosses yielding thousands of fleeces with unique characteristics. Why do we need so many? Can you get a satisfactory range of yarns from just one fleece or do you need many fleeces? Does the fleece really tell you what it wants? The class will emphasize preparation and drafting techniques. See how micron counts and different lengths add to the fun. We will work with a range of fleeces.

Level-Intermediate/Advanced- must know how to spin

Class limit: 10     Class fee $90

Introduction to Support Spinning with a Mirkwood Arts Spindle
Instructor: Amanda Roberts

2 hours Friday 1-3

Basic introduction to support spinning, no previous experience needed. Students will learn the basics of spinning on a support spindle. The class features Mirkwood Arts spindles, but the basics learned in the class are also transferable to any type of support spindle. Mirkwood Arts Spindles are smooth, long spinning spindles great for beginners or accomplished spinners. The instructor will provide Mirkwood Arts Spindles for use during class. Come give support spinning a try!

Class Size Limit: 6     Class fee: $30

Pygora, what is it and how do I work with it
Instructor Kim Depp

2 hours Friday 9-11

Pygora is a rare breed of goat that is taking the fiber world by storm! With 3 different fiber types, It ranges from yearling mohair to cashmere in all different colors. However, Pygora needs to be specially processed to acquire all this luxury. Come learn about this amazing goat and their fiber. We will explore the different types of Pygora and their fiber including it’s micron count and what that means to you as a spinner. Then you’ll learn how to prepare the raw fiber yourself or how to chose a mill to do it for you. Then we’ll play with spinning the fiber in it’s many forms inc. cloud and roving. Class fee inc. samples of Pygora fiber and written materials. Students should bring their own wheel or spindle.

Intermediate: Should have some ability to spin.

Class limit: 10    Class Fee $35

Spinning Angora Rabbit Fiber
Instructors: Carolyn Pendergrass

2 hours Friday- 4-6 pm

Have you ever wanted to try spinning Angora wool but were intimidated by the challenge? In this class you will explore spinning the luxurious Angora Fiber. Learn how to purchase Angora and how to blend Angora with other fibers using a drum carder. Learn techniques to control your Angora fiber when spinning. Try different Angora breeds and techniques make the most of this precious fiber. An Angora fiber package with different fibers will be included with the Material Fee.

Level Intermediate/Advanced Students must bring either a spinning wheel or spindle and be able to spin.

Class limit: 10   Class fee $45    Materials Fee $20

Tibetan Spindle: Beginner
Instructor: Teresa Goatey

2 hours Saturday 9-11

Spin Light to Medium weight materials with the Compromise Tibetan Spindle. The Tibetan Spindle is the easiest of all the spindle forms to learn and master. All of TheDancingGoats Spindles have a non-traditional hook on the end with a consequent result: They are easy to learn and utilize.

Class limit: 5    Class fee $35 Tibetan spindle included



Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving
Instructor: Darlene Megli

3 hours Saturday 1-4 pm

Have you always wanted to try your hand at weaving? Then this is your lucky day! In this class you will learn direct peg warping and see how easy it is to create patterns just by the colors you use or the type of yarn you use. Your finished items will look anything but plain when you are done with them. And this is just the beginning of what can be done on a simple RH loom.

No experience necessary

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 limit: 8 Class Fee $55 all materials included

Continuous Strand Weaving: Weave a Washcloth
Instructor: Bex Oliger

3 hours Friday 9am – 12 noon

Weave a washcloth on our special sized square frame loom with the Continuous Strand Weaving Method. There is no measuring, warping or winding bobbins involved. Looms, tools, instruction and cotton yarn will be provided for use. Students will take home a finished washcloth. If you decide to buy the loom, you will receive a $15 deduction on loom after taking this class.

Class limit 12 Class fee $50

Saori Weaving
Instructor: Sarah Dauro of Handmade Saori Weaving Studio

3 hours Friday 12:30-3:30 pm and Saturday 9-12

In this class, students will weave “Saori style” on pre-warped Saori floor looms. Saori is a “no rules” weaving style developed nearly 50 years ago by Misao Jo in Japan. Saori weaving focuses on natural creativity rather than technical skills and commercial patterns. Students in this class will relax and have fun while creating an individual piece of art. Looms and all supplies are provided. This class is suitable for both beginners and experienced weavers who want to explore a new weaving methodology.

Class limit: 8   Class Fee $55 all materials included