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Retreat Classes 2014

To celebrate our 10th annual retreat – ALL CLASSES ARE FREE!

Ignore those class fees, Griffin Dyeworks is picking up the tab! All teachers will still be paid. :)

 

Download the 2014 Retreat Class Schedule now!

 

Weaving Classes

“Gypsy Eyeball” –Understanding Ram’s Horn Cardweaving by Cat Ellen

Ram’s Horn: An exciting threaded-pattern for card-weaving that seems to stump beginning weavers. In this hands-on class, you will learn how to analyze what the threaded colors are doing, how to remember which cards to turn next, and how to improvise on the fly with this card-weaving pattern

Several threaded card looms will be ready for hands-on use. Test warps can possibly go home with some students.

2 hours Limit 6/1 Class Fee: None

Re-constructing Archaeological Textiles by Barbara Klessig

In this hands-on weaving class students will be able to weave up to 6 samples of textiles that have been found in archaeological sites in Europe, Scandinavia, and the British Islands. Participants will get the chance to Weave samples of textiles found in sites and create a sample draft card(s) of up to 6 weave structures.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Something to write with, scissors, something to write on,

As long as you need No Limit Class Fee: $8.00

Beginning Inkle Weaving by Debbie Coyle

Dust off that inkle loom and finally learn to use it! We’ll cover all the basics of designing a pattern, warping up the loom, and weaving. Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment and yarn so they know how to use their own loom; but loaner looms will be available.

If you are bringing your own loom and it’s already warped up with an old project … don’t remove the project from your loom, do bring new yarn (as below) but don’t remove the project before class.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Inkle Loom, 2 different colored balls of Size 3 or 5 Crochet cotton, shuttle
2 hours Limit 10/1 Class Fee: None

Card Weaving – Double faced weave and 3/1 twill by Erin Alderson

This is a beginning to intermediate class. We will be weaving several small designs in double faced and 3/1 twill. Students are expected to come to the class with their loom and cards pre-warped, as long as you are able to do this, you are welcome to take the class.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Students should bring a loom speed warped with light and dark threads (half of the card threaded light, and half of the card threaded dark). Please warp a minimum of 20 cards.

3 hours Limit None Class Fee: None

Introduction to Sprang by Rebekah Marshall

The technique of sprang is well distributed across both time and space with finds dated to the last years of the Neolithic Era (pottery impression dated 3000 to 1500 BC) until AD1850. Sprang is made when vertically fixed yarns are plaited together by crossing one over the other. The result is a springy construction used for such items as hair nets, bags and stockings. There are no pre-requisites and all materials will be provided.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Self and good attitude

2 hours Limit 10 Class Fee: $10.00

Warping your Loom by Therese Calhoun

So you’ve acquired a loom. Whether it is a ridged 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.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: notebook and pens. If you have a small loom you can bring it and we will help you get it warped.

4 hour Limited to 10 No class fee

Woven Basket by Melise Gerber

Learn how to weave a small basket.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Scissors for cutting reed (standard scissors that you use on paper are good–just don’t plan on using your best fabric scissors). Ruler or straight edge with some weight.

3 hour Limit 5 / 1 Class Fee: $10.00

Spinning Classes

Plying Parade by Ruth Northrop

In this class we will practice the basics of plying from separate bobbins while learning the importance of tension and how to get the amount of twist you want in your yarn. We will also explore the ‘shortcut’ methods of plying such as Navajo, cabling, and plying from a center-pull ball. (Pre-retreat homework required)

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: As close as possible to 4 center-pull balls/bobbins of handspun singles; each ball should be about 1 oz. and a different color.
3-4 empty bobbins
Competence at spinning singles
Wheel in good working order (spindle possible but may be trickier)
Lazy Kate of some sort if you have or make one
A ball winder and a niddy-noddy if you have them

3 hour Limit 10 Class Fee: None

Short Steps to Long Draw by Ruth Northrop

The long-draw method of drafting is traditionally used to spin soft & fluffy yarn, it can fall apart all too easily. In this class we will break down the skill of long-draw into simple steps that really are easy to learn. We will progress from one step to the next, until you can spin an airy yarn that won’t fall apart.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Competence at spinning singles
Wheel in good working order (spindle okay but really tricky)
2-3 empty bobbins

3 hour Limit 10 Class Fee: $10.00

Let’s Do the Twist by Ruth Northrop

In this class you’ll learn the basics of spinning wool into yarn, including how much twist is necessary to hold the fibers together. Because we’ll explore this ancient craft on hand spindles and in short steps, you will have success before you leave.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Self

1 hour Limit 5 Class Fee: $10.00

If there is interest – there can be more then 1 session of this class

Thick-and-Thin Spinning by Cat Ellen

When you first learned to spin, you probably made thick-and-thin yarns. By your 3rd or 4th spindle, you likely found consistency in your yarn diameter. Eventually you may have settled into a comfortable thin thread, lace weight or sport-weight yarn, spun on either a wheel or a drop spindle. Now suddenly you have a reason to spin thick-and-thin again. Ready to create some bulky and artistic yarns? Bulky and variable yarns have so many great uses: Hand-made dolls look fantastic with bulky hand-spun yarn for the hair; Tribal bellydancers and Equestrians love bulky yarns for tassel-making and accented embroidery and/or couching; Weavers, Knitters, and Crocheters can use unusual yarns for fantastic effects; Tribalal, Goth, and Dance participants can use ultra-VERY-bulky yarns for fake hair dreads. Can you think of other usual art yarn usages? Bring your odds and ends for roving: We will
hand-blend, card, and/or comb fibers together. Bring a drop-spindle or a wheel, and experiment with some thick-and-thin yarn creation.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Drop spindle or wheel, roving (or odds and ends of)

2 hour Limit 5 Class Fee: None

Dye Classes

Graduated Shades from a Single Pot by Ruth Northrop

Different shades from just one pot? Sure! We’ll use a resist method and bright Jacquard protein dyes to dye 4 oz. of wool, each oz. a different shade.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Apron, Heat-resistant gloves if you have them

2 hour Limit 10 Class Fee: $10.00

Dye Prep!!! by Ercil Howard-Wroth

Do you want to dye all day Saturday, but you haven’t finished or even started to prepare your skeins? Do you want to pre-tie shibori work? Come and work on prepping your dye materials for Saturday. If you need a pre-mordant bath we can do that too. (no fee)

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Yarns, fiber, Apron, Heat-resistant gloves if you have them. (no jeans or large pieces of material)

2 hour Limit 10 Class Fee: None

Red Rally by Ercil Howard-Wroth

Red … the seductive color that calls us.. Explore Cochineal’s history and little tricks for a wide variety of colors; Try out Madder, Brazil Root; Over dye and build your color. Much to try!!! Lots to do!!!! Bring your own yarn, Silk scarves and Hankies may be purchased from Griffin Dyeworks. (In order to have as much time as possible at the dye pots it is a good idea to pre-skein and pre-mordant your yarn, Cotton must be pre-mordanted with tannin). These pots are shared so no table clothes or things like jeans. Students may want to wear an apron and bring their own rubber gloves. Students may continue to work through Open Dyepot session.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Yarns, fiber, Apron, Heat-resistant gloves if you have them. (no jeans or large pieces of material)

2 hour Limit 10 Class Fee: $10.00

Indigo.. Twist, Tie, Dye by Ercil Howard-Wroth

If you love indigo Blue then come and play! Obtain patterns of lights and darks by folding, tying, creating resist areas .. the origin of Shibori and tie-dye of the 60′s. Indigo is a great dye! It will dye just about any cloth without the use of a mordant. It is wonderful to over dye other colors. Students should bring their own items to dye (No Jeans). This is a great time to dye t-shirts, socks, fabric, Silk cloth (Silk scarves and Hankies may be purchased from Griffin Dyeworks on site). (Many people dye lace, thrift store finds, and baby onesies). Once the basics have been taught we will open up the dyepots for experimentation and play. Students are HIGHLY encouraged to wear an apron and bring your own rubber gloves! Students may continue to work through Open Dyepot session.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Yarns, fiber, Apron, Heat-resistant gloves if you have them. (no jeans or large pieces of material)

2 hour Limit 10 Class Fee: $10.00

Open Dyepots by Ercil Howard-Wroth (2 sessions)

Bring your own items to dye. In order to have as much time as possible at the dye pots it is a good idea to pre-skein and pre-mordant your yarn, Cotton must be pre-mordanted with tannin). These pots are shared so no table clothes or things like jeans. Students should wear an apron and bring their own rubber gloves. In the afternoon – Blue will be added to the mix

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Yarns, fiber, Apron, Heat-resistant gloves if you have them. (no jeans or large pieces of material)

1 hour or more Limit 10 Class Fee: $10.00

Knitting Classes

Two at a time- socks by Amy Bingham

Learn how to knit two socks at a time on one circular needle, magic loop style. You’ll learn how to finish a complete pair of socks and the two at a time skill translates to sleeves knit at the same time or mitts.
Participants should know how to cast on with a long tail, the knit stitch and purl stitch, and how to join to knit in the round.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Yarn, 32 inch or longer flexible
circular needles, + homework. Homework assignment is to knit in stockinette in the round for 2
inches. Total of 20 stitches. Please use a separate circular needle than the one for class.

3 hour Limit 10 / 2 Class Fee: None

Beginning Knitting by Erin Reeves

Learn how to cast on and begin to knit your first project. Each student will learn different methods of casting on before starting to knit a scarf.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Bring a skein of worsted or bulky weight yarn and knitting needles (straight or circular) for that size yarn. (You may want to purchase two skeins of the same dye lot to make sure you have enough for the size scarf you wish to make.)

2 hours Limit 6/2 Class Fee: None

Heel Techniques by Andrea Butler

We will be learning about the construction of three different heel treatments for socks. This will be more of a discussion and demonstration of how to do the different techniques of heel construction. This is for those who already know the basics of sock knitting and what to expand their knowledge. I will show examples of the different types of heel construction.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING:

2 hours Limit 8 Class Fee: $2.00

How to Knit Socks by Melise Gerber

During this class, students will knit a single mini-sock from start to finish, demonstrating the process of knitting a top-down sock with a turned short row heel.

Students should be comfortable knitting and purling. Experience knitting in the round is a plus, but not required.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Appropriate needles for knitting in the round on two circulars or Magic Loop (only if the student knows that they prefer not using double-pointed needles)

3 hours Limit 5/1 Class Fee: $5.00

Knitting and Crocheting with Beads (or Adding Bling) by Erin Reeves

Learn two different techniques to add beads to your knitting or crocheting. Each student will make a coaster-sized square highlighted with beads to learn the technique. The sky is the limit after that! Warning: adding beads to your knitting and crocheting can be addictive.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Bring a skein of lighter weight yarn (lace weight, fingering weight, or sock yarn) and coordinating 6.0 seed beads. Also, bring knitting needles or crochet hooks for the weight of yarn you choose. A size 12/1.00mm crochet hook for attaching beads is helpful if you have one, but materials will be provided if you do not have one.

2 hours Limit 10/2 Class Fee: None

Shadow or Illusion Knitting by Andrea Butler

Shadow knitting, or illusion knitting, is a process of knitting such that the finished piece has a hidden image only viewable from an angle. The effect is created by alternating rows of two colored yarns so that the raised stitches from one row block out the flat stitches of another row. The finished work looks like a simple striped pattern from the front, but when viewed from an angle, the “hidden” image appears. The ability to knit and purl is a must. A crash course on those stitches can be arranged.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Size 8 knitting needles, Two colors of yarn in contrasting colors. A dark and a light work better for this design.

2 hours Limit 8 Class Fee: $2.00

Crochet Classes

FreeForm Crochet – Hooking Outside the Box & Making A Garment by Dawn Jeffory – Nelson

FreeForm Crochet is the creation of clothing, fabric, accessories and the like through the creative and pattern-less attaching of fun crochet motifs and open work crochet.
Students do need to be intermediate beginner crocheters, able to single, double and treble crochet. I will supply an assortment of smooth dk weight yarns, but students can bring their own assortments in their favorite colorways.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: If you have favorite yarns – both smooth and novelty, and G and F crochet hooks. If you want to make a sweater or t-shirt, they should bring a favorite one from home to use as a template.

3 hours Limit None Class Fee: None

Other Fiber Classes

Beginning Cross Stitch by Debbie Coyle

Cross stitch is a fun and easy way of decorating fabric. Too impatient for embroidery? Then cross stitch might be for you! This is a hands-on class. You’ll get your hands busy stitching a project!

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: self

2 hours Limit 10/1 Class Fee: $2.00

Beginning Needle Felting by Cris Godfrey

Teaching beginning needle felting, no previous experience needed. I will teach how to needle felt a mushroom.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Self

2 hours Limit 6/2 Class Fee: $8.00

CRAZIER QUILTING: ADDING THE BLING by Dawn Jeffory – Nelson

This is the continuation of Bjo’s Crazy Quilting Class, where we will embroider, bead and embellish. Remember: MORE IS MORE!!! Students can be beginner or intermediate embroiderers, and should notate which of those they are when they sign up for class. Some experience is very helpful .PRE-REQUISITE: BJO’S CRAZY QUILTING CLASS

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Any Favorite Embellishments you might want to incorporate into your art / quilt. i.e. beads, charms, special yarns

3 hours Limit None Class Fee: $10.00

Crazy-Quilting for Wearable Art by Bjo Trimble

Make a 12 x 12” crazy-quilted square that can be used on a jacket, skirt, purse, pillow top, be cut in half for pockets, a small wall hanging, or added to more squares for a Victorian quilt or throw. Work on what is learned at any time during the Retreat; a portable good craft for any occasion. Learn how to use lace, knit and other unusual fabrics.
Use up unusual sentimental value scraps, such as lace wedding dresses, knitted baby clothes, event T-shirts, etc.

REQUISITE: Students should know how to hand-sew at least a running stitch and/or know how to use a sewing machine.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Scraps if desired, random buttons, patches, embroidery pieces. Sewing machine (if available), personal sewing supplies (scissors, needles, thread), If bringing a sewing machine, remember to bring the foot, all plugs, the toolbox, and instruction book.

1 – 2 hours Limit None / 1 Class Fee: $8.00

SEWING MACHINE TUNE-UP by Bjo Trimble

If you have not used your sewing machine in a long time (if ever), give it a thorough cleaning before the Crazy-Quilting class. If taking a sewing machine apart is daunting, just bring it to the Retreat for a quick pre-class tune-up, either on Friday night or Saturday morning. Be sure to bring the items listed below. If there is no tool box with your machine, don’t worry. I have tools for several brands. If your machine no longer has an instruction book, you can find one online, or we can wing it.

1. Your sewing machine (people have shown up for sewing classes without their machines)
2. Foot pedal for your machine; many are specific to that brand
3. All cords; again, many are specific to that brand
4. Instruction book (if any)
5. Universal sewing machine needles
6. Good sewing machine oil (not just any hardware store oil)
7. The sewing machine tool box with small screwdriver, stiff-bristled brush, long tweezers
8. Cover for machine. We’ll be indoors, but it’s always good to keep your machine covered.

If you don’t have a sewing machine but want to take the class, do so. There will be an extra sewing machine on hand. The other option is hand-sewing, which will also be covered in class.

NOTE: I am not a sewing machine mechanic, nor do I play one on TV. But over 65 or so years of working with vintage and new machines of every brand, I’ve learned a bit about them, and can usually make a machine work again. Unless there is a serious mechanical failure somewhere in the machine.

Customize any pattern for your body by Amy Bingham

Learn how to customize or design a pattern for your body. You’ll Learn how to measure your body, how to convert those measurements into pattern adjustments and tips and tricks for the
perfect fit every time.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Calculator, notebook, favorite sweater or shirt (something that fits you well-can bring multiple pieces-does not need to be handmade), measuring tape- preferably new.

6 hours Limit 8 / 2 Class Fee: $5.00

Make Your Own Leather Weaving Cards by Bill Wilcox

This class will begin with a mini-lecture on working with leather and how to craft your cards. The second half will be a hands on workshop to make/decorate your own set of cards. Students will be able to leave with a finished set of ten cards. No leather experience necessary. Kits will be available for purchase.
MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Note taking materials if desired. Everything needed will be available on loan or for purchase

2 hours Limit 20 / 1 Class Fee: $15.00

Kumihimo Braiding on a Marudai Stand by Debbie Coyle

Learn how to do Kumihimo (Japanese braiding) on a marudai braiding stand! It’s the same technique as on the hand-held cards, but more elegant and faster! Kumihimo is an addicting, fast method
for making cord. The Kumihimo cord is useful for award cords, trim, dress & bodice lacing, ribbon, bracelets, shoe laces, and more. The class is for beginning kumihimo braiders -OR- experienced
kumihimo braiders who want to learn to use the marudai.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: Students can bring and use their own marudais, weights, bobbins, and yarn if they have them. Marudai should be set up with 2 colors of yarn, 4 bobbins of each color (8 bobbins total). Class fee will be reduced for students who bring their own materials

2 hours Limit 10 / 1 Class Fee: $10.00

Needle Felting Fun by Lisa Bereczky

Learn the basics of shaping and forming a 3D creature. (Teddy bear, rabbit, cat, etc.)

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: 2 colors of wool roving (about an ounce each), sewing thread and needle, and needle felting needle(s) Optional: foam mat

2 hours Limit 15 / 5 Class Fee: None

T-Shirt Rag Rug by Melise Gerber

The students will learn how to turn old t-shirts into a rag rug. The class will include instructions on preparing the t-shirts, creating the “braid” and instructions on sewing the rug together.

MATERIALS THE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: 5-6 adult sized t-shirts in various colors (they will be cut up). Large scissors, or rotary cutter and cutting mat. Ruler or straight edge. Pencil/pen to mark cutting line on shirt.

2 hours Limit None Class Fee: None

To celebrate our 10th annual retreat – ALL CLASSES ARE FREE!

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