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2019 Fiber Arts Workshops


Fiber Arts Workshop Refund Policy

  • 75% refund if requested by February 25, 2019
  • 50% refund if requested between February 26 and March 5, 2019
  • No refund after March 5, 2019
  • You may request a refund by emailing [email protected]
  • Students may also re-sell or gift the class at their own expense. Please notify the Festival if you find you are unable to attend or you sell or gift your class to another person.

2019 CFF Special Events

  • Spinning Wheel Round Robin – Thursday March 21, 2019 7pm – 9pm
  • Social – Friday March 22, 2019 7pm at the Ramada on Blue Ridge
    • Free – Fun for all – Snacks – Raffle prizes
    • No registration
    • Bring your current project, wheel etc. or just hang out and chat

2019 CFF Workshops – listed by subject

Workshops – Thursday March 21, 2019

Workshops – Friday March 22, 2019

Workshops – Saturday March 23, 2019

Workshop Instructors


2019 CFF Workshops

Crochet

  • Beginning Crochet (Saturday)
  • Crochet Edgings (Thursday)
  • Mitered Squares (Friday)
  • Revisiting a Classic:  Broomstick Lace (Saturday)

Dyeing

  • Easy Dye Silk Scarves (Saturday)
  • Indigo Shibori (Friday)
  • Start Silk Painting (Friday)
  • Working with Biodegradable Fibers and Natural Dyes (Saturday)

Fleece/Fiber Prep

  • DIY Fiber Prep or Send Your Fiber to a Mill? (Thursday)
  • Fleece Selection and Prep – Wool & Beyond (Thursday)

Knitting

  • A Knitter’s Guide to Fixing Mistakes (Friday)
  • Converting Flat Patterns to Knit In-the-Round (Friday)
  • Design Your Own Triangular Shawl (Saturday)
  • Easy Reversible Cables (Friday)
  • Fibonacci, Fiber, and Fun! (Friday)
  • Garter Tab Beginning (Friday)
  • Hole Story (Saturday)
  • Introduction to Brioche Knitting (Friday)
  • Introduction to Marling (Friday)
  • Introduction to Versa Lace (Friday)
  • Modular Mystique (Saturday)
  • Ribbings and Edging for Added Color (Saturday)
  • Seeing Double Knitting (Saturday)
  • Stranded Colorwork (Fair Isle) Knitting – Beginning (Friday)
  • Stranded Colorwork (Fair Isle) Knitting: Beyond Beginning (Saturday)
  • Tubular Invisible Cast On (Thursday)
  • Waste Not Triangular Shawls (Thursday)

Misc.

  • Fiber Arts Competition Q & A – How to get started/improve (Saturday)

Needle Felting

  • Needle Felting Intro (Friday)
  • Painting With Wool (Saturday)

Spinning

  • Beginning Spinning on a Drop Spindle (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Beginning Wheel Spinning (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • It’s Not as Hard as You Think:  Making and Using a Drop Spindle (Saturday)
  • Make the Most of Your Spinning Wheel (Thursday)
  • Spinning Off The Point:  The Magic of Long Draw (Thursday)
  • Spindle Spinning: The Next Steps (Friday, Saturday)

Weaving

  • Bow Loom Weaving (Thursday)
  • Introduction to Continuous Strand Weaving Using Triangle Looms (Saturday)
  • Peg Loom Weaving (Friday, Saturday)
  • Saori Weaving & Free Form Designing on the Loom (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Up and Down on The Rigid Heddle Loom (Friday)

Wet Felting

  • Beginners:  Wet Felting a Scarf (Friday)

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Thursday March 21, 2019

Beginning Spinning on a Drop Spindle  
with Chelsea Fehskenss
Thursday 12:30 – 2pm $45

Description:  Here is your chance to learn the centuries-old art of creating yarn on a wood drop spindle. Step-by-step process ensures understanding and success. We’ll also cover some basics of wool types and preparation. Each student will leave with a finished mini skein, Spindle, and extra wool roving so you can keep spinning!
Class fee: $20
Materials fee: $25
Minimum Age:10
Required Skills:none
Materials students should bring:none
Homework:
none

Beginning Wheel Spinning  
with Julie Wilson
Thursday 3 – 6pm $60

Description:  Do you ever wonder how yarn is made? Twist the fibers and you will make yarn.. Guaranteed!  Learn the basics of a spinning wheel (double treadle Lendrums wheels will be provided for you in class). Learn how to draft the fibers and allow the twisted fibers to slide through your fingers onto the spool. Learn how to change spools, spin more fiber onto a second spool and then ply the two spools of singles together. You will make yarn. You will learn how to measure your finished yarn on a Niddy Noddy. Take home your first homespun skein of yarn and enjoy. All you need to bring is patience and a smile.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $10
Minimum Age:16
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring:  none
Homework:  none

Bow Loom Weaving
with Leslie Fesperman
Thursday 1 – 7pm $125

Description:  Weaving an ancient craft goes back through time and cultures and today’s weavers have a vast array of materials and looms available to them. This class will explore the ancient craft of Bow Loom Weaving.   This style of weaving is used to make ceremonial headdresses in Thailand. We will apply the techniques learned to make a bracelet.
Class fee: $100
Materials fee: $25
Minimum Age:18
Required Skills:  none
Materials students should bring: Students should bring pen and paper.  Students will take their loom home and continue to weave on their own if they do not complete the project in class.
Homework: none

Crochet Edgings (for knitters)  
with Connie Lee Lynch
Thursday 1 – 3pm $40

Description: Want to add a crocheted edging to your knit fabric to help combat that pesky curling? Or maybe just for some extra pizzazz? Join me to learn about and practice different crocheted edgings including single crochet, crab stitch, shell, picot, and more! Bring knit or crocheted swatches and accompanying yarn with appropriate hooks to practice your favorite stitches!
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $0
Minimum Age:  9
Required Skills:  Some crochet experience recommended
Materials students should bring: Yarn and a variety of hooks (usually within 2 hook sizes of yarn label recommendation) to practice edgings on swatches (see homework).
Homework: Please bring 4” – 6” knit or crocheted swatch(es) to practice edging stitches

DIY Fiber Prep or Send  Your Fiber to a Mill?
with Alesia Moore
Thursday 1 – 3pm $30

Description: Thinking about purchasing fiber? What is involved in preparing your own fleece? Should you send it to a mill? What are your options? Fiber preparation makes a huge difference in your final product. Knowing your options allows you to control the process. Learn the various stages of prep: skirting, tumbling, washing/drying, dyeing, picking, carding, combing, blending etc.
Class fee: $30
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: none
Required Skills:  none
Materials students should bring: none
Homework: none

Fleece Selection and Handling:  Wool and Beyond
with Elaina Kenyon
Thursday 3:30 – 6:30pm $50

Description: This class will cover how to select a fleece that is both high quality and suitable for your purpose, including wool (sheep), alpaca, mohair (angora goats) and angora (rabbit).  Characteristics of wool breeds commonly available in the southeast will be featured, as well as different grades of mohair and breeds of angora.  We’ll cover how to skirt and sort a fleece as well as washing, and how to prepare and select fleeces to send out for processing.  Participants will have a chance to skirt and sort fleeces and informational handouts and samples will be provided.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 12
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring: none
Homework: none

Make the Most of Your Spinning Wheel
with Jane Bynum
Thursday 4 – 6pm $45

Description:  The class will cover spinning wheel maintenance and adjustment.  It will start with the cleaning and lubrication of the students wheels.  We will cover different spinning wheel configurations and drive systems, then move on to adjusting them for their best performance for various purposes.  Other topics will include: different materials for drive bands and break bands, adjusting take-up, the meanings of ratios and to use them or how to avoid using them, treadle counting,  setting up a wheel to spin thick yarn or thin yarn.
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $5
Minimum Age:  14
Required Skills: Students must be able to spin a continuous thread on their wheel.
Materials students should bring: Students must bring a wheel to class.
Homework:  none

Saori Weaving & Free Form Designing on the Loom
with Dawn Hummer
Thursday 4 – 6pm $60

Description:  Saori Weaving has taken the globe by gentle storm – encouraging those of all abilities to embrace their creative inner selves and enjoy the process of free-form weaving. With over 40,000 Saori weavers in more than 30 different countries, Saori weaving encourages designing while at the loom and weaving with no rules; celebrating the process and spontaneity of unique creations.  With a focus on color, texture and a variety of regular and irregular fibers, free-form weaving on the ergonomic Saori Looms makes the process easy, enjoyable and accessible for all! In addition to several Saori Looms and accessories available for free form weaving, 8 rigid heddle looms will also be set up for free form techniques in designing.  Come catch the spirit of Saori weaving!
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 8
Required Skills:  None – this is a creative approach, suitable for any and all ages and abilities.
Materials students should bring: Students should bring a pair of scissors, and feel free to bring any fiber or yarn from your stash (not required)
Homework:  none

Spinning Off The Point: The Magic of Long Draw
with Jane Bynum
Thursday 1 – 3pm $60

Description: Spinning long draw, frequently described as “woolen” spinning, is a great way to create light, soft, fluffy yarn from carded wool. It is also an efficient and traditional way to spin short fibers, including cotton and cashmere. Long draw spinning can be frustrating at first, because it requires managing fiber and twist with one hand.   Students will learn two approaches to unsupported long draw using wool and cotton on supported spindles. They will also have an opportunity to spin on a charkha and possibly a Great Wheel (AKA Walking Wheel or Wool Wheel). All materials are provided
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 14
Required Skills: students must be able to spin a continuous yarn on some type of spindle
Materials students should bring: Optional, bring supported spindles or charkas if they have one, also a pen and paper to take notes.
Homework: none

Tubular Invisible Cast On  
with Jolie Elder
Thursday 1 – 2:30pm $30

Description: A tubular cast-on is an elegant couture beginning to 1×1 ribbing when starting socks or hats. Learn both the tubular cast-on and Elizabeth Zimmermann’s invisible auxiliary wool cast-on that is its basis.
Class fee: $30
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 14
Required Skills: Should be able to “read” your knitting
Materials students should bring: Students should bring class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color), needles to work that yarn, needles 2 sizes smaller, waste yarn or a size 0 circular knitting needle
Homework: none

Waste Not Triangular Shawls
with Jolie Elder
Thursday 3:30 – 6:30pm $50

Description: If you stash or spin, then sometimes what you have is all there is. We will look at how to knit triangular shawls without running out of yarn. We’ll consider the pros and cons of top-down, bottom-up, and side-to-side construction and simple variants that stay put on your shoulders. We will look at how to knit until you run out of yarn or swatch so that you know your limits. If you have been thinking about designing your own shawl, this class will give you the initial building blocks.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age:  14
Required Skills:  Students should know how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease.
Materials students should bring: Students should bring class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color) for swatching, needles to work that yarn (short dpns very helpful but not required), stitch markers, waste yarn for vertical lifelines & provisional cast-on
Homework: none

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Friday March 22, 2019

A Knitter’s Guide to Fixing Mistakes
with Kim Garnett
Friday 3 – 6pm $50

Description:  The biggest difference between an experienced knitter and a newbie, is the ease with which their mistakes can be fixed.  In this class we explore how to fix those mistakes.  We will begin to learn how to read our knitting and then discuss the most common errors made in our knitting and hopefully learn how to fix them in ways that do not involve ripping out all the way back to where the mistake occurred.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 14
Required Skills: Students must be able to knit, purl, work yarnovers and work in the round.
Materials students should bring: Students should bring Worsted weight wool, light color and not variegated.  2 sets US 7 needles, straight or circular,  1 set US 6 or 7 double pointed needles, crochet hook, and darning needle.
Homework:  Students will be provided a class syllabus describing homework

Beginners:  Wet Felting a Scarf  
with Kim Underhill
Friday 12 – 3pm $85

Description: You will learn the basics of wet felting from start to finish and leave with a completed project, step by step guide, the supplies used during the class, understanding of the process, new friends and great fellowship.  Thank you for considering to join me and I hope to see you soon!
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $35
Minimum Age: 18
Required Skills: no experience necessary
Materials students should bring: Students should bring 2 large bath towels, 1 large zip lock bag, 2 plastic grocery bags, rubber gloves (dish gloves or disposable ones if you need hand protection from soap and water).
Homework: none

Beginning Spinning on a Drop Spindle
with Chelsea
Friday 12:30 – 2pm $45

Description:  Here is your chance to learn the centuries-old art of creating yarn on a wood drop spindle. Step-by-step process ensures understanding and success. We’ll also cover some basics of wool types and preparation. Each student will leave with a finished mini skein, Spindle, and extra wool roving so you can keep spinning!
Class fee: $20
Materials fee: $25
Minimum Age: 10
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring: none
Homework: none

Beginning Wheel Spinning  
with Julie Wilson
Friday 8:30 – 11:30am $60
Friday 3:30 – 6:30pm $60

Description:  Do you ever wonder how yarn is made? Twist the fibers and you will make yarn.. Guaranteed!  Learn the basics of a spinning wheel (double treadle Lendrums wheels will be provided for you in class). Learn how to draft the fibers and allow the twisted fibers to slide through your fingers onto the spool. Learn how to change spools, spin more fiber onto a second spool and then ply the two spools of singles together. You will make yarn. You will learn how to measure your finished yarn on a NIddy Noddy. Take home your first homespun skein of yarn and enjoy. All you need to bring is patience and a smile.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $10
Minimum Age: 16
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring:  none
Homework:  none

Converting Flat Patterns to Knit In-the-Round  
with Varian Brandon
Friday 3:30 – 6:30pm $50

Description:  Garments designed to be knitted flat and in pieces require seaming to finish construction. Most of these can be converted to knit-in-the round with minimal to no seaming…and in some cases, the added benefit of fewer purl stitches. In this class, we will go over various forms of circular construction and then, work through translating flat patterns to in-the-round knitting. Additionally, changing flat stitch patterns will be explored. After working through several examples as a class, students will translate of a simple flat pattern to be knitted in-the-round for themselves.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age:
Required Skills: knitting, some garment knitting experience helpful
Materials students should bring:  Students should bring paper and pencil, calculator (one on your phone is fine).
Homework: none

Easy Reversible Cables   
with Jolie Elder
Friday 8:30 – 11:30am $50

Description:  If you’ve ever made a cabled scarf or blanket, you know how it is only partly satisfying. One side is an array of beautiful cables, and the other side is obviously the wrong side. What if there was a way to make both sides good without resorting to double-knitting? But there is! This class will cover simple reversible cables as well as ribbles. Alas! These tricks don’t work for all types of cables; but we will look at when they can and can’t be applied.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 14
Required Skills: Should be able to work 1×1 and 2×2 ribbing. Should already have experience with basic cables
Materials students should bring: Using your favorite cast-on for 1×1 ribbing, cast on 56 stitches and work a few rows in 1×1 ribbing to establish pattern. Leave yarn attached and stitches live on the needles. Note: If you are a tight knitter, please go up a couple needle sizes, as this fabric will pull in and you’ll need some slack to be able to cable comfortably.
Homework:  Bring homework swatch in class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color) needles to work that yarn in ribbing cable needle.

Fibonacci, Fiber, and Fun!  
with Connie Lee Lynch
Friday 2 – 3pm $20

Description:  Come learn a little about the history of the Fibonacci Sequence and how you can use these numbers to create very aesthetically appealing stripes, fades, and more! Math IS fun!!  Students will learn how to use the Fibonacci Sequence to plan striping patterns for all kinds of projects, from hats and scarves to blankets and even garments!
Class fee: $20
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age:  12
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring: Optional for students to bring: yarn in 2 solid colors with appropriate hook or needle to swatch with.
Homework:  none

Garter Tab Beginning  
with Jolie Elder
Friday 4:30 – 6pm $30

Description:  Start your top down shawls at the back of the neck without a true cast-on! The garter tab beginning incorporates the garter edging of your shawl while giving you a spot to start the double increases.
Class fee: $30
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 14
Required Skills: Knowledge of provisional cast-on is advantageous but not required.
Materials students should bring: Students should bring class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color), needles to work that yarn (non-slippery dpns are helpful), waste yarn for vertical lifelines & provisional cast-on, split-ring stitch markers or coil-less safety pins optional but helpful
Homework: none

Indigo Shibori   
with Kelli Crispin
Friday 3:30 – 6:30pm $65

Description: Learn to dye with indigo and get an introduction to a variety of shibori techniques for creating resist patterns on fabric.  Techniques include binding, wrapping, itajime (folding and clamping), and arashi (pole-wrapping).  Participants will have the opportunity to choose their techniques and dye the fabrics in an indigo vat.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $15
Minimum Age: adult
Required Skills:  none
Materials students should bring: ParticipanIts may bring their own fabric and wearable items, made from plant fibers (cotton, linen, hemp, rayon), silk, or wool (finer weight, not bulky).  Blends of these fibers that contain a small amount of polyester will also work.  Participants may wish to bring their own rubber gloves.  Wear old clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dye on.
Homework: none

Introduction to Brioche Knitting  
with Kim Garnett
Friday 8:30 – 11:30am $50

Description:  One touch is all it takes to fall in love with the soft and squishy reversible brioche fabric. Come learn the basics of this textured technique as you knit the Easy Brioche Cowl.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 14
Required Skills: Student must be able to knit, purl, and work yarnovers
Materials students should bring: Students should bring  ~300 yards of worsted weight yarn, 150 yards of each color (Class sample knit with Blue Sky Suri Merino. Colorways  (MC) Fog and Dusk (CC) – 1 skein of each),  24-inch circular needles, US Size 6 and stitch markers
Homework: none

Introduction to Marling  
with Connie Lee Lynch
Friday 12:30 – 1:30pm $20

Description:  Marling, in a nutshell, is simply working with 2 strands of yarn held together at the same time. It is also an excellent way to play with color! Mini skeins, anyone? Come play with color and experiment with easy colorwork that can range from subtle to striking
Class fee: $20
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age:9
Required Skills: Some experience crocheting or knitting recommended so that students can make small swatches.
Materials students should bring: Students should bring yarn in 4 different colors of the same weight, preferably smooth and evenly plied, and hooks or needles appropriate for double original yarn weight. For example, marling with sock yarn will usually require a 4-5mm hook or needle.
Homework: none

Introduction to Versa Lace  
with Jolie Elder
Friday 12:30 – 3:30pm $50

Description: We love lace! We love the feminine allure of lace shawls and wraps and cowls and scarves. But we do not love the wrong sides of these garments. Phooey! What’s a knitter to do? Did you know you can convert many stockinette-based lace patterns into reversible lace patterns? No, this is not double-knitting, but you should already be comfortable with 1×1 ribbing and lace knitting.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age:14
Required Skills: Students should already be familiar with the basic processes of knitting lace including mastery of yarn-overs, left-leaning decreases (ssk), and right-leaning decreases (k2tog).
Materials students should bring: Project uses 2 skeins of Feza yarns Harvest now renamed Urth Harvest worsted or other plump, 6-ply, round, springy yarn needles appropriate for 1×1 ribbing in this yarn.  If you want to practice before you cast-on the project, bring class yarn (worsted weight, plain, light or bright or medium color, non-splitting) and appropriate needles
Homework:  none

Mitered Squares  
with Connie Lee Lynch
Friday 8:30 – 10:30am $40

Description: Learn and practice three different crochet stitches in this simple but dynamic square! You’ll work back and forth in rows and then in mitered rows that demonstrate different ways to turn corners.
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age:9
Required Skills: Some experience crocheting or knitting recommended
Materials students should bring:  Yarn in 1 – 3 different colors of the same weight, preferably smooth and evenly plied, and hooks appropriate for selected yarn. DK or Worsted Weight yarn recommended.
Homework:  none

Needle Felting Intro
with Alesia Moore
Friday 8:30 – 10:30am $45

Description: Needle felting is a fun, creative and inexpensive fiber craft in which wool fleece or roving is sculpted, using special barbed needles. In this class, you will learn a variety of needle felting techniques, create your very own original piece and go home with all the materials you need to continue felting! These techniques can then be used to create many different items including 3-D sculptures, wool paintings, jewelry, ornaments, embellishments and more. You can also use needle felting techniques to appliqué wool onto your favorite projects including bags, hats, scarves, and other items.
Class fee: $25
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age:  8
Required Skills: No needle felting experience is needed to succeed in this beginner-level class.
Materials students should bring: none
Homework:  none

Peg Loom Weaving  
with Alesia Moore
Friday 2:30 – 4:30pm $45

Description:  Peg loom weaving is a fun, easy to learn technique and great for all ages and abilities.  It is a basic and ancient form of weaving.  While no one knows for sure when these popular and simple looms were first used, some believe that peg loom weaving is a technique used by the early Vikings and European settlers.  Peg Looms are so simple to use that anyone can create beautiful and useful woven items, including rugs, doormats, wall hangings, scarves, bags, baskets, blankets, wearable art and more. It is an ideal way to use a variety of yarns, fleece and roving; or up-cycle recycled fabric, t-shirts, and even plastic bags. In this workshop you will learn how to plan your project, warp the loom, the basic weaving technique of tabby or plain weave and how to change colors or materials.  You will also learn how to remove your work from the loom and how to finish the ends in different ways.  At the end of the workshop you will have a finished homemade item to take away with you.  After taking this class your imagination will be the only boundaries of your creativity.
Class fee: $25
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 8
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring: none
Homework:  none

Saori Weaving & Free Form Designing on the Loom
with Dawn Hummer
Friday 4:30 – 6:30pm $60

Description:  Saori Weaving has taken the globe by gentle storm – encouraging those of all abilities to embrace their creative inner selves and enjoy the process of free-form weaving. With over 40,000 Saori weavers in more than 30 different countries, Saori weaving encourages designing while at the loom and weaving with no rules; celebrating the process and spontaneity of unique creations.  With a focus on color, texture and a variety of regular and irregular fibers, free-form weaving on the ergonomic Saori Looms makes the process easy, enjoyable and accessible for all! In addition to several Saori Looms and accessories available for free form weaving, 8 rigid heddle looms will also be set up for free form techniques in designing.  Come catch the spirit of Saori weaving!
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 8
Required Skills:  None – this is a creative approach, suitable for any and all ages and abilities.
Materials students should bring: Students should bring a pair of scissors, and feel free to bring any fiber or yarn from your stash (not required)
Homework:  none

Spindle Spinning: The Next Steps
with Jane Bynum 
Friday 11:30am – 1:30pm $60

Description:  The class will cover different kinds of fiber and the different ways of preparing and spinning them.  The focus will be on the variety of spindle types and their relation to how they are used; woolen and worsted drafts and when each is appropriate; twist direction and angle; ply structures and their relation to singles twist.
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age:14
Required Skills:  Students must be able to spin a continuous thread on some form of spindle.
Materials students should bring: A variety of spindle styles will be available for testing.  Students should bring a spindle they are comfortable with and materials for note taking.  Students are welcome to bring fiber and multiple spindles, especially ones with problems.
Homework: none

Start Silk Painting   
with Erin Miller
Friday 8:30 – 11:30am $80

Description:  Learn the basics of silk painting using liquid textile paints on lightweight silk in this workshop geared toward artists of all skill levels. Students will leave with one silk hankie, one larger silk scarf, and the knowledge to continue painting at home. This technique is quick and easy to learn but lends itself to more advanced design and painting techniques which makes it excellent for all varieties or artist and art enthusiast.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $30
Minimum Age:  12
Required Skills:  No prior knowledge or skills needed. This technique is excellent for beginners and artists of all levels
Materials students should bring: Students should bring apron, hand towel, soft paint brushes
Homework: none

Stranded Colorwork (Fair Isle) Knitting – Beginning  
with Varian Brandon
Friday 11:30am – 2:30pm $50

Description: he class explores the technique of Stranded Colorwork Knitting using a headband pattern which can be expanded into a hat…for those who just can’t stop this extremely addictive form of knitting.  This is a beginning class for knitters who are fascinated with what can be accomplished using only two colors per one round.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age:12
Required Skills: Knit stitch, purl stitch, K2tog, cast on/cast off – home work is to cast on 140 sticthes on the round, knit 3 rounds
Materials students should bring:  Students should bring 3 colors of solid color DK weight yarn (not novelty or fuzzy) 115 yds each – 1 light, 1 dark, 1 bright, US 4 needles
Homework: Students need to cast on 140 sts on the round and knit 3 rounds.

Up and Down on the Rigid Heddle Loom
with Leslie Fesperman
Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm $125

Description: Weaving and the rigid heddle loom go back through time and todays weavers have a vast array of materials and looms available to them.  Learn the ancient craft of rigid heddle weaving and begin your journey on the unlimited possibilities that await you!
Class fee: $100
Materials fee: $25
Minimum Age: 18
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring:  rigid heddle loom with 7.5 or 8 dent reed, reed hook, shuttle, warping peg, pen and paper.  Note:  I can supply a 15-inch Schacht Rigid Heddle Loom fully assembled for $200. Students need to order 1 month in advance of class to ensure availability.
Homework: none

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Saturday March 23, 2019

Beginning Crochet  
with Rusty Boyd
Saturday 3 – 6pm $50

Description:  Have you ever wanted to make one of those great dishcloths?  Needed to add an edge to a blanket?  Wanted a Chevron Blanket like your Grandmother had?  This is the class for you.  Students will learn the basic stitches of crochet:  chain, single crochet, half double, and double.  We will begin a simple dishcloth.  The instructor will also model how to take these stitches to create patterns for edging, chevron and the timeless granny square.  Instructions, pattern and resources will be provided.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age:14
Required Skills:none
Materials students should bring:  Students will need 1 ball of Peaches & Cream or Lily Sugar & Cream cotton yarn and a size G or H crochet hook.
Homework: none

Beginning Spinning on a Drop Spindle
with Chelsea
Saturday 8:30 – 10am $45

Description:  Here is your chance to learn the centuries-old art of creating yarn on a wood drop spindle. Step-by-step process ensures understanding and success. We’ll also cover some basics of wool types and preparation. Each student will leave with a finished mini skein, Spindle, and extra wool roving so you can keep spinning!
Class fee: $20
Materials fee: $25
Minimum Age:10
Required Skills:none
Materials students should bring:none
Homework:
  none

Beginning Wheel Spinning  
with Julie Wilson
Saturday 8:30 – 11:30am $60

Description:  Do you ever wonder how yarn is made? Twist the fibers and you will make yarn.. Guaranteed!  Learn the basics of a spinning wheel (double treadle Lendrums wheels will be provided for you in class). Learn how to draft the fibers and allow the twisted fibers to slide through your fingers onto the spool. Learn how to change spools, spin more fiber onto a second spool and then ply the two spools of singles together. You will make yarn. You will learn how to measure your finished yarn on a NIddy Noddy. Take home your first homespun skein of yarn and enjoy. All you need to bring is patience and a smile.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $10
Minimum Age: 16
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring:  none
Homework:  none

Design Your Own Triangular Shawl  
with Kim Garnett
Saturday 3:30 – 6:30pm $50

Description:  Are you ready to leave behind the pattern and knit your own perfect shawl! There are endless ways to customize a basic triangle shawl. In this workshop we will cover how to start a top down triangular shawl and discuss the math necessary to design a shawl using several simple knit/purl texture patterns.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 18
Required Skills: Students should have a good understanding of the basic knitting techniques – knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, and picking up stitches. Some experience with knitting lace will be helpful, but not necessary.
Materials students should bring: Students should bring ~ 400 yds of fingering weight yarn.  Feel free to use a solid or variegated yarn. Or even several colors. Get creative!  A size US 6 circular needle, 32 inches long. Several stitch markers, paper and a pencil.
Homework: none

Easy Dye Silk Scarves
with M Theresa Brown
Saturday 8:30 – 11am $75

Description:  Create your own beautiful abstract designs on silk scarves. No need to steam or heat set with the specially formulated, safe dyes. You’ll leave with 2 ready to wear 8″x72” pure silk scarves that you designed using the techniques learned in the workshop. Suitable for ages 10 and up.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $25
Minimum Age:  10
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring: All materials provided.
Homework: none

Fiber Arts Competition Q & A – How to get started/improve
Saturday 5 – 6pm $FREE  

Description: Come visit with folks who have experience with fiber arts competitions, both as judges and entrants.  Ask questions, share lessons learned, and more.
Class fee: $FREE
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: none
Required Skills: Desire to learn
Materials students should bring: none
Homework: none

Hole Story   
with Jolie Elder
Saturday 8:30 – 10am $30

Description:  It is possible to make thumbs, heels, pockets, and more with merely a single piece of waste yarn set-up. Learn this sculptural trick for working your knitting unbroken in whatever shape you desire. Note: While it is possible to make buttonholes this way, there are other methods I would recommend first.
Class fee: $30
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 14
Required Skills: Students should be able to knit in the round.
Materials students should bring: Students should bring homework swatch in class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color) live on needles, a yard of waste yarn (slippery yarns, such as mercerized cotton, work well), non-slippery double-pointed needles.
Homework: Using whatever method suits you, cast on 15 stitches with class yarn. Work a few rows in garter (knit all, both sides), just to keep the bottom edge from curling too much.  Work back and forth in stockinette (knit on RS, purl on WS) for about an inch.  Do not break yarn. Leave work on needles.

Introduction to Continuous Strand Weaving Using Triangle Looms  
with Linda Person
Saturday 8:30 – 11:30am $60

Description:  In this class you will be introduced to two different methods of weaving on triangle looms. We will cover yarn choices, color changes, correcting mistakes and finishing techniques .Make two triangles using an 18” loom and join them together for a washcloth or small towel. Looms and tools will be provided for class and available for purchase.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: $10
Minimum Age: 12
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring: All materials are provided, including yarn suitable for project.
Homework:  none

It’s Not as Hard as You Think:  Making and Using a Drop Spindle   
with Nancy Gaines
Saturday 8:30 – 10:30am $45
Saturday 12:30 – 2:30pm $45

Description:  The drop spindle is one of the oldest tools known to mankind and yet so many of us in this modern age find it intimidating.  Don’t be afraid.  It’s not as hard as it looks.  Join me to explore the history of hand spindles, make your own simple spindle, and spin your first yarn.
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $5
Minimum Age: 12
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring: All materials provided.
Homework: none

Modular Mystique   
with Jolie Elder
Saturday 3 – 6pm $50

Description:  Also called domino or patchwork knitting, modular knitting is a way to create fabric one piece at a time, joining as you go. This is a great technique for stash-busting or for showing off multicolored yarns. Students will evaluate subtle differences between various methods. They’ll also explore easy ways to create different geometric shapes. Many pieced quilt patterns can be reproduced in knitting using this method.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 14
Required Skills:  Students should be able to knit, purl, and double-decrease.
Materials students should bring: Students should bring:  class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color) in two contrasting colors, if possible OR use a variegated or long-print yarn, appropriate needles; 7-inch long double-pointed needles work well but any needles will do, stitch markers for marking double-decreases
Homework:  No homework, per se. If you haven’t worked 3-into-1 decreases for awhile, please refresh your memory on your preferred method of using stitch markers to keep double decreases aligned over multiple rows.

Painting with Wool
with Alesia Moore
Saturday 2:30 – 4:30pm $45

Description:  Learn to use needle and wet felt techniques to paint your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Class fee: $25
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 8
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring: none
Homework:  none

Peg Loom Weaving  
with Alesia Moore
Saturday 8:30 – 10:30am $45

Description:  Peg loom weaving is a fun, easy to learn technique and great for all ages and abilities.  It is a basic and ancient form of weaving.  While no one knows for sure when these popular and simple looms were first used, some believe that peg loom weaving is a technique used by the early Vikings and European settlers.  Peg Looms are so simple to use that anyone can create beautiful and useful woven items, including rugs, doormats, wall hangings, scarves, bags, baskets, blankets, wearable art and more. It is an ideal way to use a variety of yarns, fleece and roving; or up-cycle recycled fabric, t-shirts, and even plastic bags. In this workshop you will learn how to plan your project, warp the loom, the basic weaving technique of tabby or plain weave and how to change colors or materials.  You will also learn how to remove your work from the loom and how to finish the ends in different ways.  At the end of the workshop you will have a finished homemade item to take away with you.  After taking this class your imagination will be the only boundaries of your creativity.
Class fee: $25
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 8
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring: none
Homework:  none

Revisiting a Classic: Broomstick Lace  
with Rusty Boyd
Saturday 11am – 2pm $50

Description:  An elegant, but simple stitch, broomstick lace has often been called Jiffy Lace, Peruvian Lace, or  Peacock eye stitch.  Students will learn the technique used to create a simple but elegant scarf.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: 12
Required Skills: Chain, single crochet
Materials students should bring: Size 35 or 50 Knitting needle, J or K crochet hook, Worsted weight yarn, scissors and other normal notions
Homework: none

Ribbings and Edging for Added Color  
with Varian Brandon
Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm $50

Description:  Corrugated ribbing in multiple colors…in three variations. Picot edging in multiple colors in two variations. Edgings that don’t curl without garter stitch or ribbing. Seeing a theme? In this class, we will explore different ways of adding color to your edgings and ribbings. Students will work on a variety of these colorful techniques for beginning or ending your knitting.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: appropriate level of experience
Required Skills:  Knit stitch, purl stitch, familiar with stranded colorwork (optional)
Materials students should bring: Students should bring 2 colors of solid color DK weight yarn (not novelty or fuzzy) 40 yds, US 4 needles
Homework: none

Saori Weaving & Free Form Designing on the Loom
with Dawn Hummer
Saturday 12:30 – 2:30pm $60
Saturday 3:30 – 5:30pm $60

Description:  Saori Weaving has taken the globe by gentle storm – encouraging those of all abilities to embrace their creative inner selves and enjoy the process of free-form weaving. With over 40,000 Saori weavers in more than 30 different countries, Saori weaving encourages designing while at the loom and weaving with no rules; celebrating the process and spontaneity of unique creations.  With a focus on color, texture and a variety of regular and irregular fibers, free-form weaving on the ergonomic Saori Looms makes the process easy, enjoyable and accessible for all! In addition to several Saori Looms and accessories available for free form weaving, 8 rigid heddle looms will also be set up for free form techniques in designing.  Come catch the spirit of Saori weaving!
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 8
Required Skills:  None – this is a creative approach, suitable for any and all ages and abilities.
Materials students should bring: Students should bring a pair of scissors, and feel free to bring any fiber or yarn from your stash (not required)
Homework:  none

Seeing Double Knitting  
with Jolie Elder
Saturday 11am – 2pm $50

Description:  Double-knitting (i.e. reversible stockinette) is an unfairly feared technique that produces a flat fabric with no wrong side. While it can be used for a whole garment, it also works great for button bands, collars, hoods, or other areas where both sides will show. And it makes fabulous color work blankets with no floats waiting to be snagged! If you can knit 1×1 ribbing, you are ready to learn basic two-color, negative mirror-image, stockinette-on-both-sides double-knitting.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age:  14
Required Skills: Students should be comfortable with 1×1 ribbing.
Materials students should bring:  Students should bring:  two colors of class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color), needles a size smaller, than what you typically choose for this yarn, double-pointed needles
Homework: none

Spindle Spinning The Next Steps
with Jane Bynum 
Saturday 11:30am – 1:30pm $60

Description:  The class will cover different kinds of fiber and the different ways of preparing and spinning them.  The focus will be on the variety of spindle types and their relation to how they are used; woolen and worsted drafts and when each is appropriate; twist direction and angle; ply structures and their relation to singles twist.
Class fee: $40
Materials fee: $20
Minimum Age: 14
Required Skills:  Students must be able to spin a continuous thread on some form of spindle.
Materials students should bring: A variety of spindle styles will be available for testing.  Students should bring a spindle they are comfortable with and materials for note taking.  Students are welcome to bring fiber and multiple spindles, especially ones with problems.
Homework: none

Stranded Colorwork (Fair Isle) Knitting: Beyond Beginning  
with Varian Brandon
Saturday 3:30 – 6:30pm $50

Description:  You have taken a beginning stranded colorwork class and have more questions. How long do you leave the tails? Is there a way around weaving in all of those ends?  Can I untangle the ever-twisting yarns? What is yarn dominance? How do I get rid of long floats in the back? This class will answer these questions and more. Students will work on a two color swatch as we explore solutions to these beyond beginning questions.
Class fee: $50
Materials fee: none
Minimum Age: sufficient knowledge/experience for class
Required Skills: Knit Stitch, Purl Stitch, familiar with stranded colorwork
Materials students should bring:  Students need to bring 2 colors of solid color DK weight yarn, 40 yds, US 4 needles
Homework: none

Working with Biodegradable Fibers and Natural Dyes   
with Catherine Cross Tsintzos 
Saturday 12 – 6pm $140

Description:  A program for educators, farmers, environmentalist, fiber and paper artists, homemakers, makers and menders.  Spend the day on a journey with fresh, dried, pressed, brewed and concocted recipes from agricultural products, lakes, mud holes, the ocean and forests for creating color and design on fabric and paper.  Learn how to use natural supplies in a variety of ways with biodegradable materials combined with traditional global natural dye colors for a cultural connection to the Earth.
Class fee: $100
Materials fee: $40
Minimum Age: adult
Required Skills: none
Materials students should bring: Feel free to bring projects currently being worked on.  Work only from provided supplies or bring some small amounts of yardage, embellishments, porous natural items to develop your skill and explore possibilities.  Dress appropriately for working with permanent color, including shoes. Bring transport supplies for your finished or work in progress pieces that may not be thoroughly dry.
Homework: none

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Workshop Instructors:

Rusty Boyd
Varian Brandon
M Theresa Brown
Jane Bynum
Kelli Crispin
Jolie Elder
Chelsea Fehskens
Leslie Fesperman
Nancy Gaines
Kim Garnett
Dawn Hummer
Elaina Kenyon
Connie Lee Lynch
Erin Miller
Alesia Moore
Linda Person
Catherine Cross Tsintzos
Kim Underhill
Julie Wilson


Rusty Boyd – Rusty Boyd has been a fiber fanatic for over 35 years. He learned to crochet around age 9, then took up knitting at the young age of 33. Since beginning knitting, Rusty has had patterns published by Skacel Knitting, Inc., Love of Knitting Magazine, and Love of Crochet Magazine. He has self-published several patterns and is currently working on more. For the past seven years, he has coordinated the Southeast Men’s Knitting Retreat held annually in the fall. Rusty lives in Murfreesboro, NC with his wife, Heather, daughter, Eleanor, a son, Avery, and 3 dachshunds. His designs may be found on Ravelry at smalltownknitguy. Email address: [email protected]

Varian Brandon – Varian Brandon started knitting at eight. A trip to the islands of Great Britain rekindled a love of color and created an interest in the traditions of Fair Isle design and construction. Following that inspiration, she is now designing stranded colorwork patterns for several yarn companies, international magazines, and her own website. Currently living in Saluda, North Carolina, Varian has been teaching stranded colorwork and related knitting techniques at local yarn shops, regional fiber festivals, and for the past thirteen years at the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat in Hendersonville, North Carolina which she coordinates. She can be found online at www.brandonknittingdesigns.com and on Ravelry as VarianBrandon. Varian Brandon -| Brandon Knitting Designs

M Teresa Brown – M Theresa Brown is a long time professional portrait artist whose career continues to evolve and embrace many areas of the Arts. Her years of printmaking and color work led her to the fiber arts. Using those skills she has evolved as a hand painter and ecoprinter on natural fibers. She uses both synthetic and natural dyes and merges them into unique, beautiful designs that she transforms into fashion forward art.  Email address: [email protected]

Jane Bynum – Jane Bynum retired from a career in biochemistry and pharmaceutical research in 2009. Since then, she has been teaching and sharing her passion for fiber and textiles at NC and VA venues, including the NCSU Crafts Center. Since childhood, she has loved creating with many fiber arts, including quilting, smocking, needlepoint, embroidery, knitting, crochet, spinning, dyeing, and weaving. Never one to stop learning and expanding her knowledge Jane has taken the opportunity to study under many world-class spinning and weaving instructors, and shares what she has learned from them with her students.  [email protected] 


Kelli Crispin – Kelli Crispin began her art career working in abstract watercolor, but now works primarily in fiber, including shibori wearable art and wall hangings, as well as Navajo-style weaving. She have led several collaborative fabric dyeing projects at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham, and teaches indigo shibori workshops through the Triangle Weavers Guild.    

Jolie Elder – Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She has served on the boards of Atlanta Knitting Guild, North Georgia Knitting Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. She has published in PLY, Spin-Off, and Cast On. Her cleverest unvention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly. You can view her experiments at jolieaelder.blogspot.com and YouTube channel Jolie knits.

Chelsea Fehskens – My name is Chelsea Fehskens, I love working with fiber in one form or another. I learned about the fiber world from farm to yarn. Starting with raising sheep, learning to shear and processing wool to a finished product by spinning yarn. I raise Finn Sheep with my family at our small homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Raising sheep and hand spinning is such a fun experience, I love sharing it with others willing to learn. Email address: [email protected]

Leslie Fesperman – Leslie considers herself a life time learner to all things fiber. She is constantly amazed at the creativity, sharing, and attention to detail she finds in the fiber arts.  As a functional weaver, Leslie weaves lots of scarves and shawls.   Her weaving knowledge can be attributed to independent study, The Triangle Weavers Guild, her time at The John Campbell Folk School and all the weavers she has met along the way.  One of her biggest pleasures is teaching. Through sharing knowledge of process, materials, and technique, Leslie hopes to foster creativity and growth through various workshops offered at The Yadkin Valley Fiber Room and other venues.  Leslie’s second passion is dyeing..she loves to create color in yarns and textiles – especially indigo…  Leslie is a member of : The Triangle Weaver’s Guild,  The Mountain Homespun Guild, Tapestry Weaver’s South, The Complex  Weaver’s and Hand Weaver’s Guild of America.  Email address: [email protected]


Nancy Gaines – My grandmother handed me a crochet hook when I was
nine years old, my mother sat me down at a sewing machine when I was
10 years old, and my cousin taught me embroidery when I was 12. I’ve
been hooked ever since. Over the years I’ve explored spinning,
weaving, dyeing, bobbin lace, and almost anything else you can do with
fiber. I currently run the fiber arts tent in the living history program at the
Carolina Renaissance Festival demonstrating a variety of fiber arts. I do
demonstrations at other local events, teach fiber arts at Center for Faith
& the Arts in Salisbury, and at our local fiber guild. Come join me in the
adventure.

Kim Garnett – Kim is an engineer by day and a fiber fanatic at night. She taught herself to knit in college and then came back to it about 12 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. Her first love is lace knitting, but she now knits a little bit of everything. She has been an instructor at Downtown Knits in Apex since it opened in 2010. She has also taught at Unwind.  Email address: [email protected]

Dawn Hummer – Dawn was recently awarded Saori Weaving Studio designation and certification from Saorinomori in Osaka, Japan. She has taught artistic creativity across mediums to students, groups and individuals with varying degrees of ability. A recent transplant to Chapel Hill, NC from Austin, TX, Dawn balances personal artistic exploration while continuing to carry forward a passion for facilitating creative expression and joy within the larger community through artful and sculptural weaving. 

Elaina Kenyon –  Elaina Kenyon is shepherd-in-charge at Avillion Farm where they raise Shetland and Jacob sheep, colored and white angora goats, and German and French angora rabbits. Raised on a small farm in RI, she discovered spinning in college and from there it was only a matter of time until the fiber animals would follow starting in the mid-1990s.  One of her greatest joys is experiencing the whole process from raising the animals themselves to producing finished goods, and sharing this joy with others.

Connie Lee Lynch –   Connie Lee Lynch is a Certified Crochet Instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and has been teaching crochet since 2013. She has been designing since 2009 with her first pattern published in Interweave Crochet Magazine in 2012. She was a participant in several community charity and art projects, including Something in the Water, an ongoing global eco-art project that was first displayed at the American Jewish Museum in Pittsburgh, PA in May of 2011. She is also the co-founder of the Central Texas Crochet Guild, located near Fort Hood, where she and her husband moved from in 2016 with their son, Carson. They now live in Williamsburg along with their dog, Baxter, and cat, Truman.
“I’ve always loved textured crochet, but once I learned that I could sculpt with crochet, which I learned through the art of amigurumi, it opened a whole new world to me because suddenly I understood it in a completely different way. The designing process has come to be my favorite part of crocheting because that’s where I get to actually create. My husband says crocheting is like magic, which I’m rather fond of him saying in all honesty, but for me the magic happens when I figure out how to transform an idea in my head into a unique, handmade piece of art that I’m proud to share with the world.” You can find a selection of her patterns at www.crochetcetera.com as well as on Ravelry and Craftsy. Join Connie in one of her local classes today to learn one of her original designs along with handy tips and tricks to help take your crocheting to the next level!

Erin Miller –Erin R. Miller received her BFA in Textiles from Kent State University in 2014 and her MFA in Fibers from Eastern Michigan University in 2017. She currently lives in Raleigh North Carolina and teaches at East Carolina University in Greenville North Carolina. Her work examines the intimacy of the human relationship with cloth using traditional and contemporary textile techniques.

Alesia Moore – Alesia started her fiber odyssey over a decade ago with a couple of sheep and a passion to learn more. They patiently taught her much about life, farming and fiber! She now lives on a small farm in Youngsville, NC with her husband and son and together they shepherd a very eclectic flock of award winning sheep. While learning everything she could about fiber, Alesia discovered and fell in love with the process of felting. “It is a fascinating art – tactile and physical, beautiful and full of possibilities.” She is now an award winning fiber artist, businesswoman and enthusiastic teacher who loves to share her fiber knowledge with others. She considers workshops a great opportunity to share her passion and encourage others to discover their hidden artist and the possibilities this wonderful medium has to offer. In 2017 Alesia and her family expanded their fiber endeavors to include Shepherd’s Gate Fiber Mill – a family owned and operated custom fiber processing mill.  Email address: [email protected]

Linda Person   – Originally from Wisconsin, Linda has lived in central North Carolina for the past 12 years. She works in both clay and fiber, switching between each as time allows.  After enjoying a triangle loom weaving class several years ago she started selling the looms at several fiber shows a year and teaching weaving classes in her studio in Siler City NC.   Email address: [email protected]

Catherine Cross Tsintzos – A 2016, TEDx Speaker, CATHERINE CROSS TSINTZOS has spent a lifetime in the arts both as a practicing artist and educator.  An Interdisciplinary Artist who has a clear purpose in building and crossing bridges among the arts.  She has a deep focus and balance between artistic practice, teaching, activism and invitation for participation. Catherine is the recipient of numerous artist residences in the Southeast to work on her Art and Agriculture Project with exhibits and lectures at Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC and Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC.  Her most recent residency provided the opportunity to develop art and agriculture inter-sections for school curriculum.  She is working with schools in four states to engage students, teachers and communities with best environmental practices for growing, harvesting and creating with agriculture. In 2017, she was invited to be a Duke University Trillium Sustainability Fellow for her work with the Duke University Campus Farm. Catherine works with nature and the environment exploring biodegradable manmade and raw materials along with wild color she creates after foraging and gathering bits and pieces from fields, farms, trees, streams, rivers and coastal waterways as she travels throughout the Southeastern United States connecting with family farms, educational institutions and historic properties. Her Art and Agriculture Series touches on farming, historic gardening, swept yards, field to fiber materials, southern social and cultural issues, historic crops of the south, sewing circles and recorded stories and memories from those she interviews and photographs along the journey.

Kim Underhill –  My name is Kim Underhill. My husband Tom and I live on our farm, John 15:5, in Raleigh, NC. Cats, vegetable gardens, honey bees, chickens, heritage turkeys and pedigreed rabbits all call John 15:5 Farm their home with us. I learned how to knit in my early 20’s and took quite an interest in both knitting and crocheting. All I knew was the world of acrylic yarn. Then it happened! I was at an event where I came upon a vendor selling yarn spun from sheep, goats and angora rabbits that she raised on her farm. I asked, what is so special about your yarn and how does it differ than the acrylic I use? She said, just feel it. From that moment – I was hooked! No more acrylic yarn for me! So began my love affair with fiber and the flood gates opened. I wanted to experience everything there was to experience with fiber. I began with felting: needle and wet. Along the way I have met many lovely fiber artists that have encouraged, mentored and inspired me, and I hope I can do the same for you. I am looking forward to meeting you.    

Julie Wilson –Julie Wilson and her family own a farm in Fines Creek, North Carolina. In 1990, two sheep came to the Wilson family. Since then, Jehovah Raah Farm (like us on Facebook) has grown to Shetland sheep, Alpacas, Llamas, Angora goats, Angora Rabbits, and Scottish Highland Cattle. Julie has been spinning since 1990, and has retired from 30 years of teaching high school Special Education. She has taught Beginning Spinning at SAFF and she is in her fifth year teaching at New York Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY. Julie will drop everything and meet someone anywhere and teach them to spin! Julie is a Lendrum Spinning Wheel Dealer.

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