Fiber Festival  

2017 Class Descriptions

Classes are listed each day chronologically by start time so Saturday morning classes are listed first and Sunday afternoon classes are listed last. Please scroll down the page to find classes.  Thank you!

Registration must be received by September 1, 2017. You can use Paypal or mail in the registration form available here. Late registration will be available at the festival from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday for some classes. Late registrations will incur a $5 additional handling fee. 

Note: Refunds are given if course is canceled by GVHG due to lack of enrollment or if you cancel before September 1, 2017.

How to register: 

You may register by clicking the Paypal button under each class you wish to register for or you may printout the registration form, fill it out and mail it.  Click here for the mail-in registration form.

Saturday Classes

Knitting with Silk Hankies with Jessica Krueger 

In this class you will learn how to transform silk hankies into luxurious knit silk scarves. It is a surprisingly simple process and it results in a unique knit item you can keep for yourself or give as a gift. Once you learn the process, you can easily do it on your own and make a variety of items from silk! No spinning experience needed. If you can cast on, knit, and purl, you are all set to take this class!

  • Class cost $20.00
  • Skill level - beginner or intermediate
  • Materials fee: $30.00 which includes a custom dyed 1.5 oz silk hankie
  • Supplies needed: Knitting needles which can be any size between 4 and 9 depending on how loose you want your stitches to be
  • Minimum number of students: 4; Maximum number of students: 15
  • Saturday 10:00 – 11:30

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Begin to Spin! with Marcia Weinert

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

  • Class cost: $55
  • Skill Level: no previous experience required
  • Supply fee: $10 includes spinning fiber
  • Materials/Equipment: Any treadle-driven spinning wheel in good working condition, or use a class loaner; PLEASE INDICATE WHETHER YOU WILL NEED A LOANER WHEEL AT TIME OF REGISTRATION
  • minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 8
  • Also offered Sunday
  • Saturday 10:00 – 12:00

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UPWARDS COWL WITH ERIN KOSICH

In this class you will learn a unique knitting stitch called the “Quilt Stitch”. It is a fun to work stitch pattern that highlights the beautiful different shadings of hand-dyed variegated yarns.

  • Class cost - $35
  • Skill level – advanced beginner – must know how to cast on, knit and purl.
  • Supplies needed: NOTE: You can bring your own yarn or purchase a yarn kit from the instructor. Pattern will be provided.
    •  Approximately 180 yards of a variegated yarn in the weight of your choice
    •  A 24” or 29” circular needle to match the weight of yarn that you choose.
  • Beautiful hand-dyed worsted-weight yarn for this project will be available for $28, if you would like, payable to the instructor at time of class.
  • Minimum number of students: 3; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Saturday 10:00-12:00

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Punch Needle Sheep with Nancy Noonan

Create a cute punch needle sheep. The design is pre-drawn on weavers cloth and placed on a punching frame. When you've finished with the punch design you will take it home framed in a round wooden embroidery hoop. You can leave in the hoop or make a pin or a pillow.

  • Class cost $30.00
  • Skill level – beginner to experienced
  • Supply fee $30.00 - Includes a punch needle, sheep design on weavers cloth, DMC thread and round embroidery hoop.
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 5
  • Saturday 10:15-12:15

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Finishing Makes all the Difference Between Homemade and Handmade with Linda Voss Plummer

Finishing makes all the difference! Making the difference between handmade and homemade. Joining will be covered – seams, Kitchener overview, the nuances, pros and cons of the 3-needle bind off. We shall discuss the provisional cast-on –improvising, using it more often and using it to defer decisions in design and fit. Learn an easy, failsafe method for picking up stitches along a vertical edge.

NOTE: Some work prior to the class needs to be done.

  • Class cost: $45
  • Skill level – Advanced beginner and beyond
  • Materials fee: $2.00 payable to the instructor on the day of the class
  • Equipment/Supplies needed:

o Worsted yarn and 2 sets of needles to match (7’s or 8’s for a standard knitter) – needles could be of 2 close sizes, e.g. 7’s and 8’s
o needle for sewing yarn
o Scissors
o Straight needles preferred, but can be circulars.
o Crochet hook of similar size (preferably without big handle)
o scrap yarn.

HOMEWORK:With worsted yarn, cast on 26 sts and knit for 12 rows. Do not bind off. Place sts on spare needle, scrap yarn, or stitch holder. Make 4 of these:  Cast on 20 sts. Knit for 6”. Bind off. Make 2.

  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 15
  • Saturday 10:15 – 1:15

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Needle Felted Baby Hedgehog with Amy Brand

Hedgehogs are the cutest little critters. Create a needle felted baby hedgehog to be nestled in a walnut shell in class and take home all the supplies and knowledge you'll need to create another one at home.

  • Class cost: $ 35
  • Skill level - beginner
  • Materials fee to be paid to Amy at time of class: $15
  • Minimum number of students: 6; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Saturday 11:45 am to 2:15 pm

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Overshot Weaving with Freda Peisley

Spend ½ a day learning how to weave overshot with 2 shuttles and take home the sampler you weave. You will have 10 patterns to choose from. All yarns, warp and weft, are included. You will also receive the paper pattern for your weaving.

  • Class cost $40.00
  • Skill level: beginner to advanced.
  • Materials fee: $15.00 includes all fiber for warp and weft and paper pattern.
  • Minimum number of students: 3; Maximum number of students: 10
  • Saturday 1:00 – 4:00

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Eco Printing with Sarah Gotowka

Celebrate the summer by creating a one-of-a-kind naturally printed silk scarf! We will use local sources of color, from tree leaves to meadow blossoms, as well as use Sarah’s homegrown dye plants, then arrange the material to make our unique patterns and designs.

  • Class Cost $90
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Material cost: $10 per scarf + homegrown natural dye plants
  • Minimum number of students: 6; Maximum number of students 15
  • Saturday 1:00 – 5:00

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Knitting with Beads with Tina Turner

Add amazing sparkle to your knitted pieces by adding beads! You will be knitting a beautiful swatch that will help you learn three different bead attachment techniques. This class will bring your knitting to that new exciting level you have been looking for!

A beautiful beaded pouch pattern by Debby Abrahams “Swagged, Slipped & Hooked” will also be provided. NOTE: You will be creating a swatch and gaining the skills needed to create the beaded pouch.

  • Class cost $40.00
  • Supply fee $8.00 which includes .75mm steel crochet hook and #8 seed beads (neutral color) payable to the instructor on the day of the class
  • Materials needed 25 yards fingering weight yarn, light color. And US #2 needles
  • Minimum number of students: 2; Maximum number of students: 15
  • Saturday 1:30 – 4:30

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Stranded Knitting with or without steeks with Linda Voss Plummer

Choose to make a Teddy Bear/Baby sweater with stranded knitting and steeks OR A Hat/Tea Cozy without steeks. Either way, you'll be learning two-color knitting in the round and traditional Norwegian or Fair Isle knitting techniques.

Covet those two color sweaters worn by the American Ski Team? Come learn two-color knitting in the round and traditional Norwegian or Fair Isle sweater construction. Always working on the right side of your project, twisted yarn in multi-colored knitting will become a thing of the past. Steeks, or cutting stitches, will be incorporated. In making this Teddy Bear/ Baby Sweater, you will have all the skills for making a large one.

OR

Don't want to learn about steeks right now? Learn the same techniques without the steeks and make a tea cozy or hat.

NOTE: Some work prior to the class needs to be done.

  • Class cost: $45
  • Skill level – Advanced Beginner and beyond.
  • Materials fee to be paid to Linda at the time of class $3.00
  • Equipment/Supplies needed

For sweater - Can be done in either sport or worsted wool yarn (not superwash) – one skein each of 2 colors: sport – 50 gm skein of each color or worsted 100 gm skein of each color.

16” circular and double-pointed needles or long circular for magic loop in size appropriate for your yarn – e.g #6 for sport, #8 for worsted for a standard knitter

    • basic toolbox – scissors, scrap yarn, darning needle, stitch marker several colors of stitch markers, etc.
    • Homework: Cast on 92 sts. Work 1” of k1 p1 ribbing. Do not join!
    • For tea cozy/hat - 2 oz each of 3 – 5 colors sport or worsted yarn (can be superwash or not), stitch marker
    • For standard knitter: 16” circular Size 8 needle for sport, 9 for worsted
    • Darning needle
    • Homework: Worsted directions in parentheses: With appropriate size needle for yarn and color of choice for base, cast on 80 (70) sts. Join, marking beginning of round. Purl one round, knit one round.
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 8
  • Saturday 2:00 – 5:00

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Make a Felted Bowl with Marcia Weinert

Make a bowl, vase or other vessel using nothing but colorful wool, soapy water, and some elbow grease! These vessels make great gifts, decorations, or desk organizers. All materials provided; no prior experience required; wear clothing that can get wet.

  • Class cost: $45
  • Skill Level: no prior experience required; felting is most easily accomplished standing up, and requires gentle but sustained physical effort. Bring hand cards if you have them!
  • Supply Fee: $10 per person for all fiber and add-ins.
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students 12
  • Saturday 2:30 – 5:00

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Sunday Classes

Dyeing a Sock Blank with Liz Yockel

Have you always wanted to dye your own yarn for perfectly matching socks, or a long gradient for a shawl? Join us in this workshop to learn about different dye techniques to get just the effect you are looking for. We will dye blanks knit from 75% SW merino/25% nylon, with 400+ yard of yarn. Basics of acid dyeing will be covered. All supplies and protective gear will be provided.

  • Class cost: $20
  • Skill level: beginner to advanced
  • Supply fee: $25 for knitted sock blank
  • Minimum number of students: 4; Maximum number of students 10
  • Sunday 10:00 – 12:00

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Begin to Spin! with Marcia Weinert

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

  • Class cost: $55
  • Skill Level: no previous experience required
  • Supply fee: $10 includes spinning fiber
  • Materials/Equipment: Any treadle-driven spinning wheel in good working condition, or use a class loaner; PLEASE INDICATE WHETHER YOU WILL NEED A LOANER WHEEL AT TIME OF REGISTRATION
  • minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 8
  • Also offered Saturday
  • Sunday 10:00 – 12:00

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HOLEY SQUARES KNITTED SCARF WITH ERIN KOSICH

This scarf appeared as the “Chameleon Scarf” in Interweave Knits Magazine Spring 2008, in worsted weight yarn. Now the designer has re-written the pattern to include fingering and bulky weights. I LOVE this fun little pattern!!! In class, we will learn how to make the squares and how to seam them together when they are done. The squares start at the outside edge and work toward the circular center. SUCH a happy travelling project!!!

  • Class Cost - $35.00
  • Skill level – advanced beginner – must know how to cast on, knit and purl.
  • Supplies needed: NOTE: You can bring your own yarn or purchase a yarn kit from the instructor. Pattern will be provided.
    • 1 ball of a self-striping yarn, in the weight of your choice (the scarf uses 200 grams total).
    • Choose needles for your preferred method for working in the round, either 5 dpns, two 20-24” circular needles or one 32-40”circular needle for doing magic loop knitting. You will need to use a size or two smaller than what is recommended for the yarn—the knitting is done rather snugly.
    • Stitch markers and a tapestry needle.
  • Yarn kits are available for this project out of either worsted, dk or fingering weight yarn for $40 each, payable to the instructor at time of class.
  • Minimum number of students: 3; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Sunday 10:15 – 12:15

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Designing with Handspun with Linda Voss Plummer

The chicken or the egg – did you start knitting and/or weaving because you were drowning in handspun yarn (because you just couldn’t stop spinning!) or did you yearn to spin your own unique yarn because you wanted to move on from commercial yarn and push your limits? If you don’t spin (yet?), this is the place to check out the marvelous work of those who do! This can be an introduction to the possibilities OR a place to get ideas for your already handspun. We’ll look at some different types of handspun and their fiber and talk about what designs suit them best. It can be intimidating to try to adapt commercial patterns to use with your own unique yarns. They often need to be chosen carefully to enhance handspun and to be adapted to your project. Come learn some tricks for highlighting your own yarn as it is transformed into woven or knitted pieces, emphasizing its unique characteristics. Bring your yarn and a variety of needles to class and we’ll play!! We’ll have samples of various handspun.

  • Class cost: $45
  • Skill level - Any
  • Materials fee: none
  • Equipment/Supplies needed: notebook and pen/pencil; if you have your own handspun or pattern ideas, do bring them
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 15
  • Sunday 10:15 – 12:45

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Beginner Rug Hooking with Suzanne Moulton

Come explore a different kind of fiber. Using strips of wool fabric you will create a fall themed 5"X 5" Mug Rug.

  • Skill level - beginner
  • Class cost: $20
  • Materials fee to be paid to Suzanne at time of class: $30 Your kit includes a rug hook, drawn pattern, pre-cut wool strips, instructions and a photo of the completed mug rug.
  • Supplies needed: 8" wooden embroidery hoop
  • Minimum number of students: 3; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Sunday 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

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MAKE THE MOST OF HANDPAINTED ROVINGS  with Marcia Weinert

Admit it: those handpainted, multicolor rovings are as irresistible as chocolate. So you’ve accumulated quite a few—or are longing to do so—but you can’t quite figure out how to make the colors “sing” in the finished yarn as beautifully as they do in the roving. Come learn eight (yes, 8!!) ways to compose a symphony from the “notes” in your wool! Bring some roving you’d like to explore, or purchase some in class.

  • Class cost: $55
  • Skill level required: able to spin a continuous yarn
  • Materials fees: $16 for 4 oz. handpainted wool roving

Materials to bring: spinning wheel in good working order; hand cards if you have them; 2-3 bobbins; kate (some will be available for use in class); 2-4 oz. of hand-painted unspun wool roving (if desired, or can purchase in class); a spool of thread in a shade complementary to the roving, or any favorite color; pen or pencil for notetaking.

  • Instructor provides: handouts, index cards for sampling; ball winder, hand cards, noddies, kates for in-class use
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Sunday 1:15 – 3:15

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Introduction to Natural Dyeing with Sarah Gotowka

Description: In this introductory class you will learn the basics of growing, harvesting and extracting color from natural dye plants. Using locally grown plants you will create your own unique dyed silk scarf.

  • Class fee $125
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Material cost: $10 per scarf + homegrown Natural dye plants
  • Minimum number of students: 6; maximum of students 15
  • Sunday 12:30 – 4:00

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Two Color Brioche knitting with Tina Turner

Learn two color brioche by making a cup cozy. This is a nice small project that will help you learn the basics of two color brioche. No need to be familiar with single color brioche.

  • Class fee $40
  • Supplies needed :
    •  50 yards of two contrasting colors Worsted weight yarn.
    •  US #7 needles to work in the round on a small circular piece.
  • Minimum number of students: 2; Maximum number of students: 15
  • Sunday 12:45 – 3:45

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Polymer Clay Buttons with Liz Yockel

Create buttons from strong, colorful polymer clay in your own oven. We will learn a variety of techniques and then you will create your own unique set of buttons. This workshop is great for those who are trying to make the perfect buttons to match something handmade. We will have plenty of colors available, including sparkly clay!

  • Class cost: $25
  • Skill level: beginner to advanced
  • Materials fee payable to Liz at time of class: $10
  • Minimum number of students: 4; Maximum number of students: 8
  • Sunday 1:30 – 3:30

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FIT! with Linda Voss Plummer

Designed to make your knitting experiences more satisfying, this workshop will lead you through planning a project for a good fit. We all know the disappointment of working hard, only to find that your finished project does not fit well.

Linda will lead you through measuring, examining the vagaries of gauge, coming up with a personalized model for you in planning your future projects – no matter the pattern style or gauge.

  • Class cost: $45
  • Skill level - This class is designed for knitters of any skill – rank beginners through experienced knitters.
  • Materials fee to be paid to Linda at the time of class: $3.00
  • Equipment/Supplies needed: Bring a garment or two which fits just the way you like! It can be handmade or a commercial garment. Also bring paper, pencil, eraser, ruler, measuring tape You will be doing the work in workshop!
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 15
  • Sunday 1:30 – 4:00

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