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Weaving




Rigid Heddle Weaving 101


Need a new way to bust through that yarn stash? Or maybe you’re ready to add a new dimension to your fiber repertoire? For a new weaver, a scarf is a great first project and a fun way to explore the basics of making fabric. Using a portable rigid heddle loom, we will talk about warp and weft, learn direct warping, and weave a plain weave scarf while practicing rhythm and even tension. We will go over hemming and taking the project off the loom at our finishing party. Materials: Rigid Heddle loom (available for rental from Yarn Harbor for $15), warp and weft yarn, a few yards of smooth scrap yarn, and a tapestry needle. For the warp and weft, bring 150 yards of each color in worsted weight yarn. For the warp yarn, it needs to pass the “pull test”: if the yarn snaps or drifts apart when firmly pulled, then it isn’t suitable for warp.


Instructor: Tracy Griggs

Cost: $45    Loom rental: $15


Saturday January 27 @ 10 am - 4 pm (with a break for lunch) & Thursday February 15 @ 6 - 7 pm Finishing

Satruday April 28 @ 11 am - 5 pm (with a break for lunch) & Thursday May 17 @ 6 - 7 pm Finishing





Beyond the Basics in Rigid Heddle Weaving: Finger Controlled Weaves & Pick-Up Patterns

Remember when you were learning to weave and your shuttle accidentally went over the wrong warp thread, resulting in a loop on the top of your fabric? In this class, we will use a pick-up stick to manipulate the warp threads and purposely create those loops in a pattern, known as warp and weft floats. From loops to lace to texture, we’ll explore techniques to highlight your rigid heddle weaving and turn that plain fabric sampler into something even more remarkable. Previous experience with basic weaving required. Please arrive at class ready to have fun and with your loom warped (light-medium colored yarn, 8” - 10” weaving width, at least 45” warping length). For the warp yarn, it needs to pass the “pull test”: if the yarn snaps or drifts apart when firmly pulled, then it isn’t suitable for warp. Additional materials: 175 yards yarn for weft (various colors and weights), 2 shuttles, one pick up stick, a few yards of smooth scrap yarn, and a tapestry needle.


Instructor: Tracy Griggs

Cost: $40   Loom Rental: $15            


Saturday, March 24 @ 11 - 5 pm with a break for lunch

           

   







This section includes Needle Felting, Wet Felting, Weaving, and Spinning

 Wet Felting 




Wet Felted Luminary

Chase away the winter darkness. Come prepared to have fun, get in a good workout and dressed for a mess. Please bring an apron and an old bath towel.  Materials: 1 oz white wool roving, plus small amounts of color to add in.  All other supplies to be purchased from instructor.  


Instructor: Cindy Ericksmoen

Cost: $20, plus $20 supply fee to instructor

Saturday, March 3 @ 1 - 4 pm

 







Needle Felting



Zippered Hearts

Take a broken zipper and some roving and you have the makings of a one of a kind heart.  It is the perfect Valentine’s gift.  Zippers will be provided. Material: felting pad or foam sponge, several ounces of wool roving in the colors of your choice, heavyweight felting needle


Instructor: Theresa Hornstein


Cost: $15                            Thursday, January 25 @ 6 - 8 pm  





Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh my! - Creating Creatures

Start with a basic body shape, then modify it to create a range of creatures by altering the face, tail and surface details.  This class will cover how to create lions, tigers and bears.  This class is suitable for beginners.  Materials: Felting pad or foam sponge, several ounces of wool roving in the colors of your choice, and a heavy weight felting needle.


Instructor : Theresa Hornstein

Cost: $15                            Tuesday, February 20 @ 6 - 8 pm





Needle Felting 101: Easter Eggs


Needle felting can be used to create 3-dimensional shapes and small sculptures out of wool roving and yarn.  In this class, you will learn the basics; blend colors, felt in details and add embellishments to create a unique Easter Egg sculpture. Materials: Felting pad or foam sponge, several ounces of wool roving in the colors of your choice, and a heavy weight felting needle.


Instructor: Theresa Hornstein


Cost: $15                             Thursday, March 22 @ 6 - 8 pm





Under the Sea Needle Felting

Learn how to make fish and an octopus and add a little touch of the sea.  This class is suitable for beginners.  Materials: Felting pad or foam sponge, several ounces of wool roving in the colors of your choice, and a heavy weight felting needle.


Instructor: Theresa Hornstein

Cost: $15                             Thursday, April 12 @ 6 - 8 pm




Needle Felted Roses

Take your inspiration from the garden and create needle-felted roses to bloom all year long.  Learn how to make the basic petal shapes and build them into a rose which can be customized for a variety of uses.  This class is suitable for beginners. Materials: Felting pad or foam sponge, several ounces of wool roving in the colors of your choice, and a heavy weight felting needle.


Instructor: Theresa Hornstein

Cost: $15                             Tuesday, May 8 @ 6 - 8 pm

 
 


​​Spinning





Drop Spindling 101

Have you ever wanted to spin your own yarn but are intimidated by the cost and commitment involved in purchasing a spinning wheel? The drop spindle is the perfect way to get started with very little upfront investment. With nothing but a spindle and some fiber, you will be making your own yarn in no time. Materials: 1 drop spindle and 4 oz. wool roving.


Instructor: Katie Rider

Cost: $38                            Tuesday, January 23, 30 & February 6 @ 5 - 7 pm






Yarn Design for Hand Spinners

Do you like crazy art yarn?  Are you hoping to spin enough yarn for a sweater or other project?  When hand spinning your own yarn, the design possibilities are nearly endless.  Using fiber preparation, spinning and plying techniques, students will learn how to plan a yarn from start to finish. Students will also learn how to use a drum carder and a blending board to prepare fiber for spinning.  Materials:  Fiber kits will be available for purchase the night of class for $20.


Instructor: Katie Rider

Cost: $30                          Friday, January 12 @ 5 -8 pm