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Bijeaux Tapestry Embroidery - Child Friendly
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 Fiber Frolic Attendees to come add a few stitches (or an entire embroidered figure!) to our own version called the Bijeaux (“BEE-joe”) Tapestry, named after our Founder, Bjo Trimble. 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. The Bijeaux Tapestry will be available all day, stitch between your classes and dyepot sessions.
Beginning Spinning on a Drop Spindle by Ruth Northrup (The Dizzy Ewe)
Ready to make your own yarn? Tired of what’s available to you for your knitting projects? Come learn how to create your own beautiful yarns. Be the envy of all your friends.
BRING: Drop spindle if you already have one, fibers if you already have them
1 Hours ~ Class Fee $0.00 ~ Max students: 6
Morning Classes – 10am-Noon
New! Survey of Goldwork Embroidery by Melinda Sherbring
This class introduces the student to a variety of historical goldwork embroidery techniques. At the end of the class, the student will be able to recognize Elizabethan surface embroidery, Or Nue, Opus Anglicanum, classical English goldwork, and couched thread techniques, and know what materials to use for each kind. The student will get a taste of each technique and the effects one can achieve with it, to allow her to pursue the variety of goldwork she wishes to pursue in depth in the future.
BRING: 6″ hoop, Scissors for cutting metal threads (do not use these for silk), magnifier (strong glasses will do) if you need it – some of this is tiny work)
2 Hours ~ Class fee $5 ~ Max students: 10
Little-Known Dyes by Bjo Trimble (Griffin Dyeworks) - Child Friendly
We know about dyes such as indigo and cochineal, and even some unusual dyes such as kamala. But there are many other dyestuffs that have been used worldwide, down through history. So let’s explore the color potential in alkanet, buckthorn bark, cutch (catechu), pomegranate rind, and (of course) indigo because that’s still the best blue we can get.
BRING: Aprons, sunscreen, chairs. Student should also bring about 6 oz of 100% natural fiber (yarn, fabric samples) for each pot. NO heavy fabrics, yardage, or large articles of clothing; T-shirts, camisoles and other small articles are OK.
2 Hours ~ Class Fee $0.00 ~ Max students: 10
Entrelac Knitting by Theresa Wollenstein (Griffin Dyeworks)
Learn to create the unique interlaced look of entrelac! We’ll be making a headband (Quant from Knitty Winter 2007) using variegated yarn. Knitters should be comfortable increasing and decreasing or willing to learn. Basic knitting will not be covered, but can be taught prior to class – time permitting.
BRING: 1 skein of worsted weight long strand variegated yarn (Noro Silk Garden, Lion Brand Amazing, etc) and appropriate needles (sz 7-9)
2 Hours ~ Class Fee $5.00 ~ Max students: 5
Basic Card/Tablet Weaving by Roberta Brubaker
Make that big jump from Inkle to Card/Tablet weaving. Students will learn to “speed warp” their 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.
BRING: Card Weaving Loom, 2 balls each of 2 colors of yarn/thread, at least 20 weaving cards. Cards can be obtained here: http://www.mielkesfarm.com/small_looms.htm. Merchants will also have cord and cards for sale on site.
2 Hours ~ Class Fee $0.00 ~ Max students: 10
Alpaca fiber and drop spinning by Cris and Hillary Godfrey (The Fiber Ranch)
Learn the basics on the difference between a suri and huacaya alpaca fleeces, how to choose a quality alpaca fleece and the different colors available. We will also discuss how to clean and prepare a raw fleece for spinning and teach the basics on drop spinning alpaca. Drop spindles will be available to use. We will also discuss the best uses for the alpaca yarns
BRING: drop spindle if you have one
1 Hour ~ Class Fee $5.00 ~ Max students: no limit
Beginning Knitting by Valerie Lunt – Child Friendly
Learn basic cast on, knit and purl stitches and bind off by making a simple wash cloth.
BRING: Size 6, 7 or 8 needles, 1 ball of “Sugar & Cream” cotton yarn
1 ½ – 2 Hours ~ Class Fee $0.00 ~ Max students: no limit
Afternoon Classes – 1pm-3pm
Card Weaving 3/1 Twill by Roberta Brubaker
This is an advanced card/tablet weaving class to learn the 3/1 Broken Twill technique. Students will learn the ancient “Hallstatt” pattern, recreated from textiles recovered from a 2000 year old salt mine in Austria. Students should know basic Card Weaving. This is the next step after Basic Card Weaving, and YOU can learn how to do it!
BRING: Students will be speed warping their looms in class, so bring an empty inkle/card loom, shuttle, and 13 cards. There are limited loaner looms, cord and cards available. Merchants will also have cord and cards for sale on site.
2 Hours ~ Class Fee $15.00 ~ Max students: 10
Duffers – DIY Felted Slippers by Amy Bingham
Learn how to make a pair of felted slippers. The Duffers are a quick and easy knit for anyone from beginners to experts. The pattern takes a couple of hours to knit. They are knit flat, sewn together and then felted. We’ll go over the pattern, cast on, talk about changing sizes and embellishments. I’ll demonstrate every step of the process including felting.
BRING: Size 11 needles (circular or flat) and 100% wool in worsted or bulky weight. If you use worsted weight (like Cascade 220) you’ll need to hold the yarn double and will need between 100g -200g depending on the size slipper you make. You can use several different colors or go with a single color.
2 Hours ~ Class Fee $5.00 ~ Max students: No Limit
Afternoon Classes – 1pm-5pm
Warping your Loom by Therese Calhoun (GriffinCliffe Designs)
So you’ve acquired a loom. Whether it is a rigid heddle, a table loom or a floor loom, warping is done pretty much the same. Come and get a crash course on figuring out how much fiber you need, how to measure it, how to warp a loom and how to read a pattern.
BRING: notebook and pens / color pencils
4 Hours ~ Class Fee $5.00 ~ Max students: 10
Extraordinary Embroidery! By Dawn Jeffory-Nelson
This is a technique class for intermediate students, with amazing combining of stitches you may and may not know. Inspired by Judith Baker Montano’s extraordinary work and instruction, we’ll learn some new stitches in both ribbon and thread embroidery to add dimension and beauty to any of your embroidery or quilting projects. Google ‘Judith Baker Montano’ to see examples of her work . . . . I will have several of her books for you to look over during class . . . We’ll be making trees, shrubs and flowers!!
BRING: Note taking materials, very sharp small scissors, any favorite embroidery threads they wish to bring, embroidery hoop if they want to use it (I’ll be demonstrating without a hoop), chako marking pen in white, chalk marking tool, (avail at Joann’s), ruler.
3 Hours ~ Class Fee $10.00 ~ Max students: 10
Introduction to Lace Knitting by Marie Tovaas
This class will introduce the basic ideas of Lace Knitting and provide the student with the basics of lace charts, lace instructions, the major types of knit lace including Orenburg, Shetland, and Estonian styles. Students should be able to cast on, knit and purl, and bind off. The class project will be a cotton washcloth using a classic Orenburg lace motif
BRING: Size 8 knitting needles if they have them, worsted weight cotton yarn color of choice.
3 Hours ~ Class Fee $0.00 ~ Max students: 6
Afternoon Classes – 3pm-5pm
Ram’s Horn Card Weaving Pattern by Roberta Brubaker
This is an Intermediate Card Weaving Threaded-in Pattern which uses 10 cards (4-hole) for the basic, single design. Students should know basic Double Faced Card Weaving and can take the Basic Card Weaving Class in preparation for this class.
This is different from the Speed-Warp used to create Basic Double Faced Weaving. An inkle or card/tablet loom works well for this weaving, as does 2 pegs clamped to a table some feet apart.
BRING: Students will be warping their looms in class, so bring an empty inkle/card loom, shuttle, 3 colors of cord (#3 crochet cotton is recommended) and 10 weaving cards. There are limited loaner looms, cord and cards available. Merchants will also have cord and cards for sale on site.
2 Hours ~ Class Fee $0.00 ~ Max students: 10
Knitting with BEADS! By Debbie Coyle (Unicorn Fiber Arts)
Knit a beaded bookmark to learn the basics of knitting with beads. This is not a beginning knitting class, we will be knitting with Size 1 needles, using only the knit stitch. We will also be using the long tail cast on, it’s a plus if students know that ahead of time, but it will taught in class. Needles, yarn, beads, and pattern will be provided.
BRING: Students will take home enough yarn and beads to finish a bookmark.
2 Hours ~ Class Fee $10.00 ~ Max students: 6
New! Stab-Proof Pincushion Ring by Lauri Mraz
Is it a cactus? A dandelion ready to waft away? Sputnik? You decide what yours will be! We’ll make (almost-) stab-proof pincushion finger rings from small pieces of fabric, a bottle cap, stuffing, elastic, and a little hot glue. All materials will be provided, but you may choose to use your own fabric, or a cap from your favorite flavor of soda, beer, or screw-top wine.
BRING: All materials will be provided
1 Hour ~ Class Fee $1.00
New! 8-Strand Kumihimo
Kit provided with all materials.
1 Hour – Class Fee $20