2017 Retreat Class Descriptions

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Class List by Type

Classes by Featured Teacher Debbie Coyle

Beginning Counted Cross Stitch
Beginning Inkle Weaving
Beginning Ribbon Braiding
Intermediate Inkle Weaving: Brocading and Pickup Work


Riotous Reds And Yowie Yellows !
Folds, Resists, bands, and ties (Shibori)
Indigo!!!!!!! The amazing Elusive Blue
Dye Prep / Open Dyepots
Dyeing in a Jar
Ice Dyeing
RESISTANCE is Futile! Cold Resist Dyeing


Basic Card/Tablet Weaving
Tapestry Warping and Weaving on a Hand Loom

Peyote stitch beaded ring

Fingerloop braiding


Spin AND Ply-on-the-Fly
Drop Spindling
Cable Plying for Spinners
Spinning Flax
Start Spinning on a Wheel
Tune up your Spinning Wheel, and your Spinning!


Bijeaux Tapestry Embroidery
Mini Cherokee Basket
Viking Wire Weaving

Class Descriptions

Spinning Flax
Spinning Flax (and maybe some other plant fibers) — An annual favorite class! Time to try the non-protein fibers for a change, many of which require damp fingers or wetting down the fibers while you spin. Instruction will be demonstrated on drop spindle, but you are welcome to bring your wheels. Some prior spinning experience requested.

Drop Spinning, Beginning or Tune-up
Bring your Drop Spindle or Spinning Wheel to learn how to spin, or how to improve your spinning. You will practice how to twist wool fiber into yarn. Wool fiber, loaner drop spindles, fiber combs, cards, and other fiber tools will be available for use in the class. Students may bring their own drop spindles or spinning wheels, and wool fiber.

Riotous Reds And Yowie Yellows !
Cochineal, Madder, Kamala, Indian Onion Skins, Osage and more… come and play with color, mordants, and modifiers.

Shibori: Folds, Resists, bands, and ties
The art of Shibori in Japan, but practiced over time around the world in many many cultures. Easy to do, Come and learn some fun ways to create amazing pattern using simple techniques.

Indigo!!!!!!! The amazing Elusive Blue
Intense deep and dark to Robin’s egg blue as well as the key to many secondary colors, Indigo delights, amazes and enthralls! Great time to bring silk, cotton, or wool thrift store finds to up-cycle or yarns you want to dye. (We share the dyepots so learn how at retreat and dye your big tablecloth at home). ((Friday and Saturday 3-5:30). ((Bjo should teach this one))

Open Dyepots
Register for this time period and the dyepots will be open to dye your pre-mordanted and labeled items. (not pre-mordanted? Not Labeled? Attend one of the two ‘Dye Prep’ Sessions to prepare your items to be dyed!)

Cable Plying for Spinners
Cable plying is an easy way to make beautiful and unusual yarns. The basic method is to make two 2-ply yarns and then ply them with each other to make a strong, balanced 4-ply yarn. Add a bit of contrasting color and/or thickness and you’ve got a designer yarn! Each student will make one or two sample skeins in class. You will need to have a spinning wheel or drop spindle, and be able to spin a single.

Bjeaux Tapestry Embroidery
The Bayeux Tapestry is a 230 foot long embroidered fabric that relates the story of the Battle of Hastings, which took place in 1066 in England. It was created by the long labor of legions of skilled seamsters hundreds of years ago.

We invite all Retreat Attendees to come add a few stitches (or an entire embroidered figure!) to our own version called the Bijeaux (“BEE-joe”, named after one of our Founders!) Tapestry. This project was designed and started by our Featured Artisan, Esther Benedict! You can take part in this community project by embroidering from a rainbow of handspun, naturally dyed yarns, and help tell the story of shearing sheep, dyeing the fiber and spinning the yarn. You don’t need to know anything about embroidery, we will teach you the simple stitches. The Bijeaux Tapestry will be available all day, both days.

Basic Card/Tablet Weaving
Card or Tablet weaving was done by many ancient civilizations to create trim and belts. Students will learn to “speed warp” their tablet looms, and how to turn, rotate and flip the cards to get hundreds of different designs. Advanced students can use this same warping to learn how to create patterns and write words with string.

Tapestry Warping and Weaving on a Hand Loom
Hand Looms are very simple frames for easy warping and tapestry weaving . They are perfect for doing tests for how various yarns or threads look together when woven before you warp your large floor or table loom. They are also perfect for weaving small pieces. A pattern can be placed behind the warp threads to let the weaver create a woven image.