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Thursday, October 18
 

9:00am EDT

1-2-3 Twilled Basket With Braided Lashing - SOLD OUT
Students will learn how to layout a herringbone base using narrow stakes. The sides will be woven and shaped with a 1-2-3 twill weave that leaves a spiraling pattern up the sides of the basket. Manipulation and shaping of softer uprights will be taught. This basket will be finished with a braided lashing if time permits (as shown in image).
Dimensions of finished basket is approximately: 7”D x 5-6”H.
Skill level: Some basketmaking experience is suggested.
 


Instructors
avatar for Wendy Jensen

Wendy Jensen

Wendy G. Jensen Baskets
Wendy Jensen has been an award winning professional basketmaker living in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts for 25 years. She exhibits her work at juried craft shows and galleries nationally. She also teaches basketmaking at many craft schools, museums, and private facilities... Read More →



Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am EDT

Dyes of the Americas - SOLD OUT
This workshop investigates the traditional “Ancient Natural Dyes of the Americas”, including Indigo, Cochineal, Weld, Madder, Fustic, Weld, Walnut, Logwood and Brazilwood. We will explore the source of the dye materials, whether plant or insect, review the historic significance of the dye stuffs and focus on the fiber sources found in the Americas - wool and camelid.

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.

Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Dyeing
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am EDT

Rigid Heddle Weaving: Hand Manipulated Techniques - SOLD OUT
If you’ve already mastered plain weave, and completed a few projects, then you are ready to move up to the next level! In this class, you will learn how to add new decorative elements to your projects, and explore more intricate patterns.  A full video setup makes it very easy to see and follow along your instructor. First, we will focus on hand-manipulated techniques such as Danish Medallions, Brook’s Bouquet, Leno, and Clasped Weft. We will then move on to learning how to use a pick up stick to add some interesting pattern possibilities. We will also go through yarn choice, how to calculate project yardage and plan for more complex projects.
 
Skill level:  The ideal student is one who has mastered plain weave and done a few projects and is looking to expand their skills. These techniques make more interesting projects with very little additional investment. The next class up after this would be Rigid Heddle Weaving: Using Double Heddles.

Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Weaving
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am EDT

The Art of Navajo Weaving - Thurs - SOLD OUT
The class will introduce the participant to an appreciation of Navajo (Dine) weaving by creating a small rug on an upright loom.  Navajo weavings are internationally known for their unique designs & techniques using vegetal, natural and aniline dyed handspun wool.  Participants will learn basic weaving techniques on a prepared warp using 100% wool weft that will be provided.  

Skill level:  No prior weaving experience is necessary.


Instructors
avatar for Navajo Weavings & Supplies - Marilou Schultz

Navajo Weavings & Supplies - Marilou Schultz

Navajo Weavings & Supplies
Marilou Schultz, is a renowned Navajo weaver from the Navajo Nation, specialized in both traditional and contemporary weavings using handspun Navajo Churro. She likes to experiments with her designs as well as in the dyeing of the yarns. Marilou participates in the annual SWAIA Indian... Read More →



Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Weaving
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am EDT

Tunisian Crochet - SOLD OUT
Are you a crocheter who is ready for something new? Come join the ranks of crocheters who love this versatile type of crocheting. Tunisian crochet has been a popular form of crochet for over 150 years. 

In this class, we will learn basic stitches, increasing, decreasing, joining yarn, changing colors, finishing off, and blocking. We will also learn some extra pattern stitches, including Tunisian stockinette, which looks like knitted stockinette stitch from the front side, and much more. This technique will open up another whole world of patterns to you as a crocheter.

Skill level:  Beginner with basic crochet skills


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Crochet
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr
 
Friday, October 19
 

9:00am EDT

Design Your Own Stranded Colorwork Yoke Sweater - SOLD OUT
Want to design your own yoke? Let’s do it! In this  class, you’ll learn all the techniques needed to create your own stranded yoke sweater design. Jenn will bring her sweaters and talk about her design process and how it's evolved since she first started. We’ll cover various construction styles, proportions, sizing, and customizing your yoke according to gauge and chart width. There will be colorwork motifs on hand that you can incorporate into your yoke chart, or feel free to bring in charted motifs that you may have come across that inspire you, or if you’re feeling adventurous, design a chart all your own. We'll have colored pencils and plenty of inspiration on hand. You’ll learn how to sketch your design and how to chart your yoke on graph paper. You'll knit fringed speed swatch while following your chart.  
 
Requirements: Intermediate knitters must know how to:  Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; working in the round; chart reading; have knit a whole garment; have knit a few accessories; easy colorwork.

Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am EDT

Introduction To Spinning - Friday - SOLD OUT
Have you ever wanted to create your own yarn? In this introductory workshop you will learn how to adjust and care for a wheel and the basics of spinning: drafting fibers, spinning, plying and finishing your yarns. Leave the workshop with the confidence to continue building on your skills.

Skill level:  Beginner


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am EDT

Shoulder Pack - SOLD OUT
Here's a basket to take wherever you go and keep your drop spindle or small project with you. Students will learn how to weave a filled base as well as weave and shape the sides of a small traditional backpack style basket. The basket will be finished with a long leather handle, rims and lashing. 

Dimensions of basket are 11"high at the back and approximately 5" wide. 

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.

Skill level:  Some basket weaving experience is helpful.

Instructors
avatar for Wendy Jensen

Wendy Jensen

Wendy G. Jensen Baskets
Wendy Jensen has been an award winning professional basketmaker living in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts for 25 years. She exhibits her work at juried craft shows and galleries nationally. She also teaches basketmaking at many craft schools, museums, and private facilities... Read More →



Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am EDT

Spinning Alpaca, Selecting and Spinning the Treasure of the Andes
Spinning Alpaca Intensive is a six hour class that focuses on the beauty and versatility of alpaca fleece.

Class will start with a brief history of the alpaca and an in depth discussion of alpaca fleece types, grades, colors, characteristics, and fleece styles. We will further explore how the age of the alpaca, its health, shearing, housing, herd management and the environment will impact fleece quality. Many samples will be offered for review to back up the material presented. 

Discussion and hands on learning will be used to allow students to develop skills to select the appropriate alpaca fleece for their desired use. All alpaca, after all, is not created equal with six grades of fleece and each alpaca shearing prime, seconds and thirds which needs to be skirted and sorted for optimal use. Further crimp/lock style varies greatly in alpacas and that information will help the spinner make informed choices regarding yarn choice.

Participants will receive samples of fleece types and grades and practice spinning samples in both worsted and woolen depending on the appropriateness of the fleece sample. Spinning from the lock, carding, combing and fleece preparation will be discussed and hands on demonstrations will be given.

Participants will be provided both raw and processed alpaca fleece for spinning in a variety of grades and fleece styles. The class will finish with a discussion of popular alpaca blends versus 100% alpaca. We will discuss the viability and use of these popular blends and students will be given samples of alpaca/merino, alpaca/silk, alpaca/angora and alpaca/bamboo to spin during class.

I have been a spinner for what seems a lifetime and a spinning teacher for the last 10 years working with both beginners and experienced spinners. I have personally raised alpaca for 14 years and have maintained a herd of 100 animals for the last 10 years, this makes me uniquely qualified to teach this class.

Skill level:  Must be able to spin a continuous yarn on either a wheel or drop spindle.


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am EDT

The Art of Navajo Weaving - Friday - SOLD OUT
The class will introduce the participant to an appreciation of Navajo (Dine) weaving by creating a small rug on an upright loom.  Navajo weavings are internationally known for their unique designs & techniques using vegetal, natural and aniline dyed handspun wool.  Participants will learn basic weaving techniques on a prepared warp using 100% wool weft that will be provided.  

Skill level:  No prior weaving experience is necessary.


Instructors
avatar for Navajo Weavings & Supplies - Marilou Schultz

Navajo Weavings & Supplies - Marilou Schultz

Navajo Weavings & Supplies
Marilou Schultz, is a renowned Navajo weaver from the Navajo Nation, specialized in both traditional and contemporary weavings using handspun Navajo Churro. She likes to experiments with her designs as well as in the dyeing of the yarns. Marilou participates in the annual SWAIA Indian... Read More →



Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Weaving
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am EDT

Twist & Diameter - SOLD OUT
In this class we will discuss the principles of twist and diameter, showing you how to apply them to get the yarn you want, every time.

This in-depth look at two major factors of yarn design and construction will give you the foundation you need to create yarns to your specifications. You will learn how to make choices in twist and diameter to achieve your desired ends, how to sample efficiently, and how to keep records so that you can go back and recreate any yarn you’ve made.

This is a fascinating study that will enhance both your skills and your enjoyment of your spinning time - and your finished items will thank you for it!

Skill level:  Intermediate - Must be able to spin a continuous yarn and be able to ply.


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am EDT

Wild Basketry: Twining and Twill With Cattails and Bark - SOLD OUT
Do you want to explore the possibilities for creating baskets entirely with wild-harvested plants? 

In this workshop you will weave a sample basket using a variety of natural materials, including barks, cattails, iris leaves, and more seasonally available materials. You will be able to choose the shape and the pattern of your basket and have the choice of either making a functional basket or a sculptural piece. The overall size will be approximately 5” x 4” x 6.” 

Over the course of your sample basket you will learn a variety of techniques, including both a simple twill with flat pieces of bark and several methods of twining, in which two strands are alternatively woven around the stakes of the basket. 

During the workshop we will discuss how to identify, harvest, and prepare a variety of materials, as well as have hands on experience processing bark and vines. If you are inspired to create a deeper connection to the materials you use while making a beautiful and completely unique basket then this is the class for you. Everyone will leave with a completed basket, handouts and information on what was covered during the workshop, and inspiration to explore your local natural landscape.

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.
Skill level:  Beginner -  although it requires some fine motor skills and your hands will be in and out of water during the workshop.


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am EDT

Yarn and Fiber Characteristics - SOLD OUT
This “hands on” class will help participants understand how the properties of fiber become the properties of yarn and how those properties affect the products we make.  

We will first explore the world of fibers; where they come from and how they grow and then handle the fibers and examine their characteristics under magnification.   Finally, we will dissect yarns to see how fiber, twist and ply affect the look, feel and durability of the products we ultimately knit, crochet, felt or weave.   

We will explore animal, vegetable and man-made fibers.   This class has appeal for felters, knitters, weavers and spinners alike.

Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Other
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr
 
Saturday, October 20
 

10:00am EDT

Coiled Pine Needle Baskets - SOLD OUT
In this workshop participants will work with longleaf pine needles to create a beautiful and refined basket using coiling. Coiling is an ancient technique in which bundles of material are sewn together in a spiral pattern using a wrapping strand to build the basket. In this basket, using a wooden round as the basket center, you will begin with a line stitch and soon progress to learn a variety of other stitches, including V stitch, wheat stitch, and core wrapping. 

Depending on the colors of waxed linen or embroidery floss you choose, the overall pattern and look of your basket will be totally unique. Overall size is approximately 4-5" diameter and 2"-3" tall. This workshop is great for either beginners or those who have coiled with other materials and want to learn stitch patterns and advance their skills.

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.


Skill level:  Beginner,  although fine motor skills are required and your hands will be in and out of water throughout the workshop.
 


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

10:00am EDT

Creatures Over A Wire Armature
We will build life-like or fantasy creatures. Use wire and basic tools to form a "skeleton." Build up your sculpture with wool muscles and skin/fur/hair. Sink glass eyes, add polymer hooves, claws, teeth. 

Expect to finish an 8" sculpture (approx).

Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

10:00am EDT

Lichen Dyeing - Sat - SOLD OUT
Explore the world of this little understood plant and discover the amazing colors that can be obtained from these common forest dwellers. This workshop will investigate colors from Lichens native to the Midwest and those, which may be collected on your travels. We will also explore the wonders of some amazing complex dye procedures that can result in phenomenal colors.

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.
Skill level:  All levels welcome.
 

Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Dyeing
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

10:00am EDT

Sizeable Yet Slim Storage Tote Basket - SOLD OUT
This basket not only provides lots of room for you to store your supplies or carry your fiber project -measuring approximately 20” L x 6” W x 14” H (including the handle), it also conveniently fits into narrower spaces in your home or car. 

Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to lay out the base, to weave up the sides incorporating dyed accents and to rim/lash their baskets.

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.
Skill level:  All levels are welcome.
 


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

10:00am EDT

Spinning Luxury Fibers
Spinners are usually reluctant to spin luxury fibers for many reasons; not only can they be costly and hard to come by, they require knowledge of the fibers to spin them successfully. This class will take the mystery out of spinning some of the well known luxury fibers. As a successful fiber farmer of 14 years, I have had been surrounded by luxury fiber production from beginning to end and have honed my skills in luxury fiber yarn producing. This class will focus on Tibetan Yak, Angora, Cashmere, Mohair, Alpaca and Teeswater.

The class will spend time with each of the above fiber types. A discussion of the animals that produce each fiber, the fiber types, and how they are harvested will start each section. A discussion on how the age of the animal, its herd management, health and environment will be explored. Many samples will be offered for review to back up the material presented. 

Many luxury fibers are presented to spinners in an altered state, some processing has occurred to make the fibers easier to spin, or to cut down on the manual work of dehairing a down fleece, seperating a locked fleece, etc.. Fleeces will be presented in their raw state first, followed by a discussion of hand processing techniques for each fleece type. Samples will be provided for each spinner to work with.

Spinners will be spinning raw both raw and processed samples of each fleece type and best spinning practices for each fiber type will be explored as well as some special tips and tricks for spinning luxury fiber exclusive to the instructor. Spinning locked fleeces into a simple art spun lock yarn will also be learned.

We will finish the class with a discussion of popular luxury fiber blends. We will discuss the viability and use of these popular blends and students will be given samples to spin during class.
Skill level:  Spinners must be able to spin a continuous yarn on either a drop spindle or wheel.
 


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

10:00am EDT

The Finer Points of Combing! - SOLD OUT
If you love spinning a smooth worsted yarn or have ever struggled with a difficult fleece, full of second cuts or vegetation, then hand combed prep is for you!
 
Learn how to transform fleece into gorgeous top, leaving the dirt and short stuff behind!! This workshop will cover basic types of fleece, fibers suitable for combing, styles of combs, how to match fiber to the appropriate combs, techniques for using the combs and the final step of dizzing, which is amazing!
 
You will also learn methods for getting the most spinnable fiber out of your beautiful fleece, with less waste. What’s the difference between a hackle and a comb? What’s a flicker? I’ll explain that and more!
 
You will be seated while combing, with one stationary comb and one moving comb. You will also learn how to comb free hand (a comb in both hands).
 
This workshop will give you an understanding of the combing process and the confidence to take what you’ve learned and turn your own fleece into luxurious hand-combed top!
 
Combing may just become your newest fiber addiction!!
 
Skill level: No experience necessary.
 


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr