Fiber Festival  Class Descriptions

You may register for classes either online or by mailing in a class registration form (postmarked by September 10).  Some classes allow walk-in registration at the entrance to the 4H building during the festival, which incur an additional $5 fee.

All About Short Rows with Erin Kosich

If you haven’t tried short rows before, this reversing triangle shawl will get you going in style! It is made using a chunky color-changing yarn, which is the perfect choice for this technique as you wrap and turn your way through rows of reversible shapes. Creative and fun!

  • Students need to bring size 10 ½ straight or circular needles.
  • Class cost: $12
  • Supply Fee: $22 to be paid directly to Erin on day of class includes scarf kit and pattern.
  • Time: Saturday, 11 am - 12:30 pm

Begin to Spin with Marcia Weinert

Learn to make your own, unique handspun yarn on a spinning wheel! We’ll play with several types of prepared wool while we discuss wheel maintenance, drafting, threading, plying, and finishing techniques to make a balanced yarn. As time permits, we will touch on other fiber preparations and non-wool fibers. No previous experience required. Warning: Spinning can be addictive.

  • Students need to bring any treadle-driven spinning wheel in good working condition, 3 bobbins, sample-size niddy noddy, ball winder and oil. There are wheels available to borrow for the class time. Please let us know when you register so we can have the correct number of wheels available. There will also be a few niddy noddys and ball winders available for class use as well.
  • Class cost: $50
  • Supply fee:  $15 to be paid directly to Marcia on day of class includes high quality wool fiber.
  • Time: Saturday 1 - 4 pm or Sunday noon - 3 pm

Blogging… With a Side of Photography with Sara Dunham

Blogs are a fun and free way to maintain an online journal to record your daily life, make new friends, share information, improve your writing, promote your small business, and more! Join popular farm and fiber art blogger, thecrazysheeplady, for a half day workshop that will provide plenty of encouragement and a basic introduction to the world of blogging and how to use photography to really connect with yourself and your audience.

  • Students are encouraged to bring a camera, no matter what kind. Even a good cell phone will work. The festival will be a perfect setting to pick up some photography tips from sheep to shawl. No previous computer or photography experience needed.  Please also bring pen and paper.
  • Class cost: $40
  • Time: Saturday 10:30 am - 1 pm

Charkha Spinning with Glenna Chumbley

We will explore the history and techniques of Charkha spinning using a variety of fibers. A charkha is an Indian-style, spindle-driven wheel that was used by Ghandi to revolutionize the culture and economy of India. Used traditionally to spin cotton and silk singles for weaving, we will explore other fibers as well.

  • Students need to bring a working Charkha and oil. If you don’t have one or can’t find one to borrow, see supply fee below.
  • Class cost: $30
  • Supply Fee: $20 to be paid directly to Glenna on day of class includes basic materials or $100 to be paid directly to Glenna on day of class and includes basic materials and Charkha. Please contact Glenna at glennachumbley(at)yahoo.com if you are going to purchase a Charkha so she can plan on bringing enough for sale.
  • Time: Saturday 2 - 5 pm

Charts 101 with Glenna Chumbley 

This class will explore creating and interpreting charts to be used in knitting. Students will learn how to convert charts to written instructions and how to convert written instruction to charts. You will learn how to use charts as a tool while knitting and designing with lace, cables, shaping, and color work.

  • Students need to bring paper and pencil.
  • Class cost: $20
  • Supply fee: $5 to be paid directly to Glenna on day of class includes hand outs.
  • Time: Saturday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Drop Spindling for Beginners with Sara Dunham

“All yarn is, is fiber with twist…”  Somehow that seems so simple. A little too simple? Nope. A drop spindle is a fun, low cost way to give spinning a whirl. It’s also great for on the go and advanced projects … once you get started. This two hour class will get you started. Bring your own spindle if you have one or spindles will be available for purchase.

  • Students need to bring a spindle if you have one.
  • Class cost: $7.50
  • Supply fee: $5 to be paid directly to Sara on day of class includes fiber to spin ($12.50 if you need a spindle)
  • Time: Saturday 2 - 4

Fancy Felted Soaps with Lyn Harris

Transform an ordinary bar of soap into a unique piece of art! Students will learn the basics of needle and wet felting to create a colorful and functional felted soap. Perfect for a holiday gift or a decorative touch for your own bathroom! No previous felting experience needed. Ages 12 and up.

  • Students are encouraged to bring any specific beads, threads or other embellishments they would like to add to their creations but not necessary.
  • Class cost: $30
  • Supply fee: $10 to be paid directly to Lyn on day of class includes soap, various colors of wool roving, use of needle and wet felting tools, a small assortment of decorative threads and beads, and basic sewing equipment.
  • Time: Sunday 2 - 3:30 pm

Funky Felted Jewelry with Lyn Harris

Create your own pieces of wearable art! Participants will learn how to make felted beads, ropes and flowers, and then combine them to create unique pins, bracelets and more. Each student will create at least 2 pieces. No previous felting experience necessary!

  • Students are encouraged to bring any particular beads and embellishments they wish to use.
  • Class cost: $30
  • Supply fee: $10 to be paid directly to Lyn on day of class includes all supplies: high quality wool roving, use of wet and needle felting tools, and basic sewing equipment. A small assortment of beads and decorative threads will also be provided.
  • Time: Sunday 10:30 - 12:30

Heels and Toes with Glenna Chumbley

This class will explore a variety of heels and toes that can be used for adding variety to your sock knitting, including flap and gusset heels, after-thought heels, short row heels and toes, star toes and more. We will also cover provisional cast-on techniques for starting your socks and both the kitchener stitch and sewn bind-off toe endings.

  • Students need to bring their favorite sock needles.
  • Class cost: $30
  • Supply fee: $10 to be paid directly to Glenna on day of class includes sock yarn.
  • Time: Sunday 1 - 4

I-CORDS and POM-POMS: The Fabulous FRINGED Scarf with Erin Kosich

When I saw this scarf pattern I just knew it would make a wonderful class. That’s because the fringe is made up of I-cords and pom-poms, two embellishing techniques that baffle most beginners. We will solve the mystery of these two techniques and start working together on your soon-to-be favorite new fall accessory. This scarf is cutie-cute-cute.

  • Students need to bring size 10 double pointed and short row needles.
  • Class cost: $12
  • Supply fee: $20 to be paid directly to Erin on day of class includes scarf kit and pattern.
  • Time: Saturday 3 - 4:30

Knitting with Locks with Holly Partridge

Learn various ways to use locks directly in your knitting and create texture and color without the expense of lock-spun yarn. The results are endless and incredibly gorgeous.

  • Students need to bring wool yarn of your choice and needles appropriate for the yarn size.
  • Class cost: $25
  • Supply fee: $10 to be paid directly to Holly on day of class includes hand-dyed locks.
  • Time:  Sunday 11 - 12:30

Mastering the Granny Square with Marie Segares

The granny square is a classic crochet pattern that is always popular for home décor, toys and clothing. Learn the basic patterns and tips for customizing your grannies with contemporary colors and alternate techniques for changing colors, finishing and joining. Students should know how to chain, double crochet and single crochet.

  • Students need to bring two or more colors of any smooth yarn in the same weight, along with appropriate crochet hooks for the yarn weight.
  • Class cost: $40
  • Supply fee: $5 for handout including tutorials for crocheting in the round, increases, joining, changing colors, and patterns for granny squares. Supply fee must be paid in cash for this class.
  • Time: Saturday 10:30 - 12:30                       

Miss Winkle LOOPY FRINGE Shawl with Erin Kosich

Martina Behm is one of my favorite new designers - her techniques are just so clever! In this shawlette, made using a hand-dyed, variegated sock yarn, the edging is a series of loops created using a crafty twist technique which is REALLY fun to learn. When the shawl is done, you block your loops using a broom handle - how zany is that! The outcome is really neat. This project is perfect for beginners and a great on-the-go project.

  • Students need to bring size 3 circular needles and the pattern. In order to respect Martina’s copyright, I would like students to PLEASE download her pattern ahead of time (but don’t start the project, we will do that together). The pattern can be found on Ravelry and is called Miss Winkle. I will have copies of the pattern available for purchase in case anyone signs up for the class that day or is unable to purchase on-line.
  • Class cost:  $12
  • Supply Fee: $20 to be paid directly to Erin on day of class includes shawl kit.
  • Time: Sunday 12 - 1:30

Ravelry Social Networking for Fiber Enthusiasts with Cammy Cochrane

Students will learn how to use Ravelry to manage their fiber stash, books and patterns, and needles and hooks.  We will cover the many tips and tricks for searching yarns, patterns and various knitting and crocheting groups both near and far to you. You will learn how to post pictures of your finished projects, organize your WIPs and add to your cue. Bring your questions and we’ll go over those as well.

  • Students need to bring paper and pen.
  • Class cost: $25
  • Time: Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 or Sunday 10:30 - 12:30

SAORI Freestyle Weaving - Express Yourself with Karen Pardee

SAORI weaving places more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or the regularity of the woven cloth. In SAORI, we try to do what only human beings can do - create without imitating machine-made products. No two weavers are alike, so it is very natural that every single cloth, freely woven by people with different personalities, is beautiful in a different way. Irregular selvages and accidental skips of thread add to the unprogrammed beauty of SAORI handwoven cloth. We admire this irregularity as the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity. The looms will be set up and ready for you to begin weaving right away. Students will take home the cloth they weave! The finished project might be a scarf, table runner or wall hanging. No experience necessary! Beginners, children and adults are welcome.

  • Students need only to bring their creativity.
  • Class cost: $45
  • Supply fee $20 to be paid directly to Karen includes the use of loom and fiber to weave.
  • Time: Saturday 9 - noon or 1-4; Sunday 9 - noon or 1 - 4

Slipping into Fall: A Knit Slip Stitch Sampler Scarf with Marie Segares

Become familiar with the basics of slipping stitches while getting started on a beautiful sampler scarf. Versatile slipped stitches can mimic the look of weaving cables, or smocked stitches, and also allow you to easily knit multi-colored projects while only using one color on each row.

  • Students need to bring two colors of any smooth yarn in the same weight, along with appropriate needles for the yarn weight. You will need approximately 250-300 yards in the main color and approximately 40-60 yards in the contrasting color to complete the scarf.
  • Class cost: $40
  • Supply fee: $5 to be paid directly to Marie on day of class for handout including tutorials for slipping stitches, increases, and decreases, and pattern for sampler scarf. Supply fee must be paid in cash for this class.
  • Time:  Saturday 3 - 5

Wet Felting a NUNO Scarf with Denise Tarbox

Using wool, other fibers and silk gauze (all hand-dyed to student’s preference), students will make a NUNO scarf using a technique of felting through silk gauze. Finished size of this one-of-a-kind scarf is approximately 6” wide by 45” long of lusciousness. Standing and hand and arm use are required. This class is suitable for adults and older teens only.

  • Class cost: $60
  • Supply Fee: $15 to be paid directly to Denise on day of class includes all materials and tools required to make this beautiful scarf. When you register you will be given Denise’s email so you can discuss color choice for your scarf.
  • Class minimum 4; maximum 8
  • Time: Saturday 11 - 2:30