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Thursday, October 18
 

9:00am EDT

Demystifying Double Knitting - Thurs AM - SOLD OUT
This is a class for knitters who want to explore the wonderful world of double-knitting (DK). That’s the two-sided technique, not the yarn weight!

DK is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting, so no more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one, as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front, shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic!

Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class proves that belief to be entirely wrong!  As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch at a Time (#OSAAT), and if you can knit and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard.

In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. We’ll talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique, to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, but we’ll mostly be concerning ourselves with getting you familiar with what yarn goes where!

We’ll be starting with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, changing colours, and while we are learning all of this information, we’ll be creating a cute little coaster, with a gorgeous heart design on it. When you’ve finished, you can turn it over, and look! There’s another heart, in a different colour! Congratulations, you are now a double-knitter!

Skill level:  Beginning - NECESSARY:  The ability to knit and purl. That’s sort of it!DESIRED:
1) Please be familiar with the Long-Tail Cast On.  If you have never done this before, please practice before attending the class. See my tutorial at https://youtu.be/zwK8DD80pvM to make sure we are all doing the same version.
2) It would be good to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time. If you have already done any stranded or fair isle knitting, and are already comfortable manipulating two strands of yarn together, you will be on to a winner! (If you normally use a yarn guide for holding two yarns in the same hand, it will be useful for you to bring it with you)


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Knitting
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

9:00am EDT

Sweater Alchemy Drawstring Pocket Skirt
Using recycled sweaters we will create bespoke drawstring pocket skirts for any body type.  Join Crispina ffrench, the mother of used sweater alchemy in a fun-filled three-hour class.  Learn the basics of creating with used clothing and make a warm and functional skirt to wear to the show!  Basic handsewing skills helpful, but not necessary.  These skirts are great over yoga pants, tights, and even jeans adding a layer of warmth right where you need it to make the fall and winter a whole lot more cozy.  Materials, the use of tools, and all the guidance you need to finish your skirt in class are part of the deal!

 Skill level:  No experience necessary!


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

9:00am EDT

Viking Knitting: Zen, Not Warlike - SOLD OUT
Students will make a stunning bracelet, using a simple looping technique as used by the Vikings, with wire and a stick, which looks like knitting.    This simple craft which looks complicated, makes very beautiful bracelets, earrings or necklaces etc. is portable and fun to do.   Students will add beads to embellish the bracelet and learn how to add the findings.

Skill level:  Beginner/Intermediate

Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

9:00am EDT

Wire Work for All Levels - Thurs AM
Whether you have never touched a tool before or have taken other classes in working with wire, you will leave  this class with several new items in a wide variety of possible directions.   Besides the fiber related items there are an endless variety of potential gifts.
 
There is a short intro on tool use and safety  and then you may go off in any direction. For those who may have issues with their hands I am glad to work in tandem with you.
 
You will be working with copper, bronze and nickel wire of various gauges. I bring ear wire stock with me to demonstrate  making your own wires without a jig.
 
Skill level: All levels welcome


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

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

Intermediate Spinning - SOLD OUT
This is an in-depth class covering: 1) fibers and how they are prepared for woolen and worsted, 2) spinning techniques, 3) wheel adjustments and ratios, and 4) finishing your skein for a professional look. 

 This class will help participants to fine tune their spinning skills and to put to use some of the techniques they may have read about but not explored.

Skill level:  Intermediate - must know how to spin.


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

9:00am EDT

Introduction To Spinning - Thursday - 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


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

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

9:00am EDT

Weave a Basket with Fabric, Wool, and Vines - SOLD OUT
This basket is a fiber lover’s dream! You will make a traditional Appalachian style ribbed basket with a twist– fabric and yarn will be incorporated alongside vines to create a fun and colorful look. 

We will start with a grapevine frame with god’s eye lashing and then use a choice of either a traditional or random weave techniques to give the basket a soft but sturdy construction. There is a lot of room for your individuality to shine in this basket and everyone’s will turn out a different size and shape (approximately 11” x 8” x 10”) 

Participants are encouraged to bring your own fabrics, roving, and yarn to use in the basket. You will go home with a finished basket. instructions to create many more, and inspiration to continue weaving!

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.
Skill level:  Beginner, None, although it requires some fine motor skills and your hands will be in and out of water during the workshop.



Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

10:00am EDT

1:00pm EDT

Beginner Birdie Oxford Punch Class - SOLD OUT
If you’ve always wanted to learn to make a punch hooked rug with yarn, here’s a chance to try your hand at a small project to see how you like it. 

We’ll work on a BIRD pattern that may be used as decoration. By doing this you will learn everything necessary to hook larger rugs. The bird design is great for beginners because it teaches many punching techniques including how to punch straight lines, curves, and how to make sharp points. No previous experience with the punch needle is necessary.

Skill level:  Beginner


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

1:00pm EDT

Demystifying Double Knitting - Thurs PM - SOLD OUT
DEMYSTIFYING DOUBLE-KNITTING
This is a class for knitters who want to explore the wonderful world of double-knitting (DK). That’s the two-sided technique, not the yarn weight!

DK is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting, so no more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one, as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front, shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic!

Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class proves that belief to be entirely wrong!  As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch at a Time (#OSAAT), and if you can knit and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard.

In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. We’ll talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique, to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, but we’ll mostly be concerning ourselves with getting you familiar with what yarn goes where!

We’ll be starting with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, changing colours, and while we are learning all of this information, we’ll be creating a cute little coaster, with a gorgeous heart design on it. When you’ve finished, you can turn it over, and look! There’s another heart, in a different colour! Congratulations, you are now a double-knitter!
Skill level:  Beginner - NECESSARY: The ability to knit and purl. That’s sort of it!DESIRED:
1) Please be familiar with the Long-Tail Cast On.  If you have never done this before, please practice before attending the class. See my tutorial at https://youtu.be/zwK8DD80pvM to make sure we are all doing the same version.
2) It would be good to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time. If you have already done any stranded or fair isle knitting, and are already comfortable manipulating two strands of yarn together, you will be on to a winner! (If you normally use a yarn guide for holding two yarns in the same hand, it will be useful for you to bring it with you). 


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Knitting
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

1:00pm EDT

Lucy Ewe - Rug Hooking 101 - Thurs PM - SOLD OUT
Lucy the sheep is back again. She was such a hit in 2016 that she has returned! You will hook this sheep in no time, learning how to pull up nice fluffy loops. She's a real charmer- sign up soon so you don't miss out!

Skill level:  Beginner

Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Rug Hooking
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

1:00pm EDT

Top Down Stranded Yoke - SOLD OUT
In this workshop, we'll practice knitting a top down stranded colorwork sweater while knitting a yoke swatch in the round.  Using my favorite invisible increase, you'll get a feel for how the yoke is shaped while following a top down yoke chart.  We'll go over color theory and dominance, knitting with 2 colors of yarn per row, and learn about different yoke sweater construction methods.   You will need to bring a size 7 needles suitable for small circumference knitting (your choice DPNS or 32" long circular needle for magic loop.)   

Skill level:  Intermediate - Prior experience with knitting in the round and experience knitting at least 1 or 2 small stranded colorwork projects.  


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

1:00pm EDT

Wire Work for All Levels - Thurs PM - SOLD OUT
Whether you have never touched a tool before or have taken other classes in working with wire, you will leave  this class with several new items in a wide variety of possible directions.   Besides the fiber related items there are an endless variety of potential gifts.
 
There is a short intro on tool use and safety  and then you may go off in any direction. For those who may have issues with their hands I am glad to work in tandem with you.
 
You will be working with copper, bronze and nickel wire of various gauges. I bring ear wire stock with me to demonstrate  making your own wires without a jig.
 
Skill level: All levels welcome


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

1:00pm EDT

Beaded Kumihomo: Braid Peace and Beauty Into Your Life - SOLD OUT
Using  a modern and simplified and portable foam - a kumihimo disc, students will learn to braid the Kumihimo, and add beads to make a bracelet.    2 size beads will be used which forms a lovely spiral.  They will learn how to finish the bracelet with  jewelry  findings.

Skill level:  Beginner/Intermediate


Instructors


Thursday October 18, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr
 
Friday, October 19
 

9:00am EDT

Bengala Mud Dyeing With Itajime Shibori - Fri AM - SOLD OUT
Let's try Japanese traditional textile art with Bengala mud dyeing! Bengala is an earth-based fabric dye made from soil. uses very little water, and is environmentally safe and fun to use. After a short lecture and demo of sustainable dye method, you will design your own fabric with Bengala and indigo dye color using a Japanese Itajime shibori technique. You can try 3 different wooden patterns to make various designs.
 
Skill level:  Beginner


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Dyeing
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

9:00am EDT

Rhinebeck Gnome of the Year 2018
In this class you will needle felt the Rhinebeck Gnome of the Year. A great beginner class, but even the experienced felter can learn some new tips and tricks, and complete this adorable gnome.  

Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

9:00am EDT

Sap Bucket T-Shirt Alchemy Knitting Bag
Using layers of recycled cotton t-shirts we will create stylish and eye-catching bucket bags, big enough to carry your knitting or use as a purse.  Interior and exterior pockets help keep you organized and a closure keeps things a little more secure.  Join Crispina ffrench, the mother of used clothing alchemy, for a fun-filled three-hour class!  Stay focused and show-off your finished bag at the show!  The use of all tools, materials, and equipment are part of the deal!

Skill level:  Beginners!

Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

9:00am EDT

Shaping: the Future of Double Knitting - Fri AM - SOLD OUT
Ready to move on from using double-knitting to make pot-holders, coasters and scarves? Then this is the class for you.

Double-knitting is a fantastic technique for creating reversible, double-squishy fabric with no unsightly wrong sides, and can be used for many different purposes. If you want to take your double-knitting to the next level, you are going to need to know a little bit more than how to make the standard stocking-stitch-on-both-sides fabric that we all know and love.

I'll show you how to execute a variety of different types of both increases and decreases, and tell you where you might want to use each of them to their best effect. 

We’ll talk bout the concepts behind changing shaping techniques for single-face knitting into reversible, two-sided shaping techniques that will allow you the freedom to turn your double-knitting into any shape you like.

The class covers two different types of yarn overs (both connected and unconnected forms), along with the Make One increase (both left- and right-leaning). For decreases, we’ll discuss the idea of matched pairs, and learn about right- and left-leaning single and double decreases, as well as the Centred Double Decrease, and a whole variety of others. Time permitting, we’ll even learn how to do German Short Rows in DK, so that you can send your double-knitting round corners!

Once you get to grips with what is possible, the possibilities are endless. This really IS the future of double-knitting!

I would advise bringing a sugary snack and some water to the class (available in Building D!), as I’ll be giving your brains a good work out.
Skill level:  Intermediate - You will need to be competent in standard, two-colour double-knitting, creating a fabric that show as stocking stick on both sides. You will need to know how to cast on in two colours, alternating knit and purl stitches, to set up for DK, and you will preferably need to know how to perform the Slip-Stitch Edge technique for creating neat and tidy edges that lock the two faces of your fabric together, although any edge technique for DK would suffice.


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Knitting
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

9:00am EDT

Wire Work for All Levels - Fri. AM - SOLD OUT
Whether you have never touched a tool before or have taken other classes in working with wire, you will leave  this class with several new items in a wide variety of possible directions.   Besides the fiber related items there are an endless variety of potential gifts.
 
There is a short intro on tool use and safety  and then you may go off in any direction. For those who may have issues with their hands I am glad to work in tandem with you.
 
You will be working with copper, bronze and nickel wire of various gauges. I bring ear wire stock with me to demonstrate  making your own wires without a jig.
 
Skill level: All levels welcome


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

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

Lichen Dyeing - Fri - 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


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

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

10:00am EDT

1:00pm EDT

Needle Felted Santa
In this class Participants will learn tips and tricks to make needle felting fast and fun, as well as completing a sweet Santa to bring home.  

Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Needle Arts
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

1:00pm EDT

New England Porch Weave - SOLD OUT
You've seen them, right?  The big porch rockers, sad, with no seat?  Learn the basics of weaving the New England Porch Weave on a stool. At the least, you will have a gorgeous natural material (reed) stool and a new skill. If you're adventurous, you can become a chairnerd and start saving sad chairs and restore them to their former glory!

Please note for this class, you need some hand strength, ability to stand for long periods of time and don't mind your hands being wet.


Skill level:  Intermediate


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

1:00pm EDT

Shaping: the Future of Double Knitting - Fri PM - SOLD OUT
Ready to move on from using double-knitting to make pot-holders, coasters and scarves? Then this is the class for you.

Double-knitting is a fantastic technique for creating reversible, double-squishy fabric with no unsightly wrong sides, and can be used for many different purposes. If you want to take your double-knitting to the next level, you are going to need to know a little bit more than how to make the standard stocking-stitch-on-both-sides fabric that we all know and love.

I'll show you how to execute a variety of different types of both increases and decreases, and tell you where you might want to use each of them to their best effect. 

We’ll talk bout the concepts behind changing shaping techniques for single-face knitting into reversible, two-sided shaping techniques that will allow you the freedom to turn your double-knitting into any shape you like.

The class covers two different types of yarn overs (both connected and unconnected forms), along with the Make One increase (both left- and right-leaning). For decreases, we’ll discuss the idea of matched pairs, and learn about right- and left-leaning single and double decreases, as well as the Centred Double Decrease, and a whole variety of others. Time permitting, we’ll even learn how to do German Short Rows in DK, so that you can send your double-knitting round corners!

Once you get to grips with what is possible, the possibilities are endless. This really IS the future of double-knitting!

I would advise bringing a sugary snack and some water to the class (available in Building D!), as I’ll be giving your brains a good work out.
Skill level:  Intermediate - You will need to be competent in standard, two-colour double-knitting, creating a fabric that show as stocking stick on both sides. You will need to know how to cast on in two colours, alternating knit and purl stitches, to set up for DK, and you will preferably need to know how to perform the Slip-Stitch Edge technique for creating neat and tidy edges that lock the two faces of your fabric together, although any edge technique for DK would suffice.


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Knitting
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

1:00pm EDT

Wire Work for All Levels - Fri PM - SOLD OUT
Whether you have never touched a tool before or have taken other classes in working with wire, you will leave  this class with several new items in a wide variety of possible directions.   Besides the fiber related items there are an endless variety of potential gifts.
 
There is a short intro on tool use and safety  and then you may go off in any direction. For those who may have issues with their hands I am glad to work in tandem with you.
 
You will be working with copper, bronze and nickel wire of various gauges. I bring ear wire stock with me to demonstrate  making your own wires without a jig.
 
Skill level: All levels welcome


Instructors


Friday October 19, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Metal Arts
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr
 
Saturday, October 20
 

9:00am EDT

10:00am EDT

Made in the Moment - Sat 10:00 AM - SOLD OUT
Leave this mini class with a finished shawl pin, keys chain or any number of other simple projects. With the holiday season about two months after the show you will be in a good position to gift from your heart and hands.
 
Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops

10:00am EDT

Dream Catcher Scarf Pin - SOLD OUT
Let's catch a dream by weaving a beautiful pin!
 
We'll learn how to warp a circle loom and weave a beautiful design and what dream is not complete without catching beads!

Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Lucy Ewe - Rug Hooking 101 - Sat AM - SOLD OUT
Lucy the sheep is back again. She was such a hit in 2016 that she has returned! You will hook this sheep in no time, learning how to pull up nice fluffy loops. She's a real charmer- sign up soon so you don't miss out!


Skill level:  Beginner


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Rug Hooking
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Natural Indigo Dyeing - Sat AM - SOLD OUT
Nica Rabinowitz of Fiberhouse Collective, will teach participants how to extract light blue hues from fresh leaf indigo.  This workshop will also explore the ancient process of natural dyeing with powdered indigo. 

Participants will learn how to set up a sugar indigo vat. We will explore shibori resist dyeing techniques and have the opportunity to dip dye locally sourced yarn and roving. 

Participants may bring their own natural fibers to dip as well (old silk or wool garments/accessories/yarn/roving/etc.) 


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Dyeing
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Steeks Without Fear! - SOLD OUT
Steeks allow a knitter to work "in the round" without purling. They can be used anywhere you would like to create an opening in your garment. In this workshop we will cover different methods of working, securing and finishing steeks and discuss the when and why of each method. During class you will be working on a a small stranded sample.

Skill level:  Intermediate. Students must have prior experience with stranded knitting (working with 2 colors) and following a chart.


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Stool With Rush Top - Saturday AM - SOLD OUT
Learn how to rush and you’ll be able to save a lot of chairs!

We will learn to rush a junior footstool (13 x 10 x 9) using fibre rush. Once you learn how to do paper, you can use other materials like seagrass, pretwisted natural rush, paracord and more.
Please note for this class, you need some hand strength, ability to stand for long periods of time and don't mind your hands being wet.

Skill level:  Beginner


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

STRANTARSIA Working Patches of Colourwork in the Round - Sat AM - SOLD OUT
STRANTARSIA 
We all know that intarsia can’t be done in the round. (Well, you can do some sorts of things that involve working back and forth, and seaming up the side, but it’s not really possible to do it properly.)

You CAN, however, work a panel of stranded (think fair-isle) knitting in the round, where the colourwork does not go all the way round the piece, but is only worked in one specific area.

This is a technique that I have pioneered myself, and it’s really fun to do. Its applications are many and various. You can, for example, put a contrasting motif on the ankle of a sock, or a sports logo on the front of a hat. Fancy working a patch of colour work into the breast of a jumper knitted in the round? Thought you could only achieve it with duplicate stitch after the event? Not any more! Now you can add little patches of stranded colourwork anywhere you like in your in-the-round projects.

Skills covered: Knitting Back Backwards (the ability to work your knitting from the right needle to the left, so that you don’t need to turn the work), How to create the Strantarsia panel itself, and the mechanics of how it works, Tips on joining the colours so that there are no holes where one section flows into the next.
Skill level:  Beginner - This is a class that will be suitable for knitters with some experience of stranded/fair-isle knitting, who are comfortable with working with two colours at the same time, and working in the round, and who are looking to expand their horizons.
 


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Today's Granny - SOLD OUT
Granny’s are everywhere in fashion and home decor.  Let me show you just how fun and easy it is to create a simple granny square.

We will review written directions as well as work from a schematic.  Other techniques covered will include the proper way to join new colors and weaving in ends.

Skill level:  Some crochet experience is helpful but not necessary.

Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Twigg Stitch Technique - SOLD OUT
This is a technique class, we will begin with the basic Twigg stitch holding one yarn in each hand then move on to holding both in the same hand for those who want to. As the students get used to it we will learn how to correct common mistakes and end with a Q&A.

Skill level:  Intermediate - You need a good knowledge of basic knitting skills, however the key to doing Twigg stitch is in how you hold and use the yarns (you do need to control both at the same time). We will begin with holding one yarn in each hand and move on to holding both yarns in the same hand for those who want to.


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

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

11:15am EDT

Made in the Moment - Sat 11:15 AM - SOLD OUT
Leave this mini class with a finished shawl pin, keys chain or any number of other simple projects. With the holiday season about two months after the show you will be in a good position to gift from your heart and hands.
 
Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops

1:30pm EDT

Made in the Moment - Sat 1:30 PM - SOLD OUT
Leave this mini class with a finished shawl pin, keys chain or any number of other simple projects. With the holiday season about two months after the show you will be in a good position to gift from your heart and hands.
 
Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops

2:00pm EDT

Beginning Handspindle - Saturday PM - SOLD OUT
Come join me and learn the basics of spinning on a drop spindle. We will cover adding a leader, drafting your fiber, spinning, plying and finishing your yarns. A spindle is not needed, one will be provided. You will leave the class able to call yourself a spindler!

Skill level:  No experience necessary!


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Spinning
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

2:00pm EDT

Circle Weaving - SOLD OUT
Learn how to warp a circular loom and use different weaving techniques to make a variety of exciting patterns.  We'll also explore what can be done with circular weavings ; ex: scarves, buttons, market bags and embellishments.

Skill level:  All levels welcome.
 


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Weaving
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

2:00pm EDT

Jack Punkin - Rug Hooking 101 - Sat. PM
The pumpkin returns again this year! Last years class was a great success, so I am offering it again. This class is for beginners as well as a refresher course for those who wish to brush up on their hooking skills. 

As a beginner, you will learn how to pull nice even loops, to create your cheerful pumpkin and as a refresher course you will work on improving your skills hooking curves and making consistently even loops. A discussion will be given on finishing your hooked mat.

Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Rug Hooking
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

2:00pm EDT

Natural Indigo Dyeing - Sat PM - SOLD OUT
Nica Rabinowitz of Fiberhouse Collective, will teach participants how to extract light blue hues from fresh leaf indigo.  This workshop will also explore the ancient process of natural dyeing with powdered indigo.

Participants will learn how to set up a sugar indigo vat. We will explore shibori resist dyeing techniques and have the opportunity to dip dye locally sourced yarn and roving.

Participants may bring their own natural fibers to dip as well (old silk or wool garments/accessories/yarn/roving/etc.)

Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Dyeing
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

2:00pm EDT

Recycled Leather Belt Stool - Saturday PM - SOLD OUT
Learn to weave leather belts into a functional, beautiful stool. Perfect for repurposing! 

Instructor will provide belts. It will give you ideas on how to repurpose what you already have at home or find at excursions like thrift shops and flea markets.

Please note for this class, you need some hand strength and the ability to stand for long periods of time.

Skill level:  Intermediate

Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Recycling
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

2:00pm EDT

STRANTARSIA - Working Patches of Colourwork in the Round - Sat PM - SOLD OUT
STRANTARSIA 
We all know that intarsia can’t be done in the round. (Well, you can do some sorts of things that involve working back and forth, and seaming up the side, but it’s not really possible to do it properly.)

You CAN, however, work a panel of stranded (think fair-isle) knitting in the round, where the colourwork does not go all the way round the piece, but is only worked in one specific area.

This is a technique that I have pioneered myself, and it’s really fun to do. Its applications are many and various. You can, for example, put a contrasting motif on the ankle of a sock, or a sports logo on the front of a hat. Fancy working a patch of colour work into the breast of a jumper knitted in the round? Thought you could only achieve it with duplicate stitch after the event? Not any more! Now you can add little patches of stranded colourwork anywhere you like in your in-the-round projects.

Skills covered: Knitting Back Backwards (the ability to work your knitting from the right needle to the left, so that you don’t need to turn the work), How to create the Strantarsia panel itself, and the mechanics of how it works, Tips on joining the colours so that there are no holes where one section flows into the next.
Skill level:  Beginner - This is a class that will be suitable for knitters with some experience of stranded/fair-isle knitting, who are comfortable with working with two colours at the same time, and working in the round, and who are looking to expand their horizons.


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

2:00pm EDT

Twigg Stitch Project Class
This class is for students who have learned how to do basic Twigg stitch and want to work through a pattern. We will be swatching through the Anyway Mittens which have a 2x2 rib cuff and a rounded top so they can be worn any way.

Skill level:  Advanced - Students need to be comfortable with basic Twigg stitch and working in the round.


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
 
Sunday, October 21
 

8:00am EDT

Workshop Parking in E Lot 3 for Early Morning Classes
See Map for E Lot 3 area for closest access to the 4H Gate for early morning Workshops. That is the ONLY gate you can get into. Mulberry St entrance is CLOSED and does not open early enough for you to enter there. NEW: You may only enter the Fairgrounds 4H Gate before public open hours if your workshop is at 9am.

Sunday October 21, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

10:00am EDT

Made in the Moment - Sun 10:00 AM - SOLD OUT
Leave this mini class with a finished shawl pin, keys chain or any number of other simple projects. With the holiday season about two months after the show you will be in a good position to gift from your heart and hands.
 
Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops

10:00am EDT

Punch Needle Sheep on Wheels Pull Toy
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the basics of this increasingly popular folk-art as seen in so many craft magazines and books - punch needle with Diane Bawol-Johnson.

You'll create a nostalgic 4" square Sheep on Wheels Pull Toy design and Diane will share lots of tips to help you master this ancient art form with just a few simple tools. Its size makes it a perfect take-along craft and there are so many great ways to use your finished project, from home decoration to clothing to jewelry to name a few.

Pattern includes ideas for creating a basket or crock band with your finished design.

Skill level:  Beginner

Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Fiber Arts

10:00am EDT

Punch Needle Sheep On Wheels Pull Toy
Learn the basics of this increasingly popular folk-art as seen in so many craft magazines and books - punch needle! 

You'll create a nostalgic 4" square Sheep on Wheels Pull Toy design and Diane will share lots of tips to help you master this ancient art form with just a few simple tools. Its size makes it a perfect take-along craft and there are so many great ways to use your finished project, from home decoration to clothing to jewelry to name a few. 

Pattern includes ideas for creating a basket or crock band with your finished design.

Skill level:  Beginner


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Needle Arts

10:00am EDT

Songbirds
Participants will have a chance to make a needle felted Songbird in this two hour workshop.  You'll be able to pick from bluebird, robin red breast, or goldfinch - hard to choose just one!  Students will learn how to make a 3 dimensional felted figure, great class for beginners and avid felters alike.

Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops

10:00am EDT

Stranded Knitting - SOLD OUT
We will cover the basics of stranded knitting in this class. Stranded knitting is used in various types of knitted designs, including Fair-Isle, Scandinavian sweaters, Bohus Stickning sweaters, etc.

We will knit a simple coffee cozy to learn the skills. 2-handed stranded knitting will be demonstrated if students are interested.  Tips and techniques for managing multiple yarns will also be discussed.

Skill level:  Beginning – Advanced knitters. Must be familiar with knitting in the round with either dpns or magic loop on circulars, reading charts. The chart is just a grid showing the color of the yarn for each st so it  is not complicated.


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

10:00am EDT

Beginning Handspindle - Sunday AM - SOLD OUT
Come join me and learn the basics of spinning on a drop spindle. We will cover adding a leader, drafting your fiber, spinning, plying and finishing your yarns. A spindle is not needed, one will be provided. You will leave the class able to call yourself a spindler!

Skill level:  No experience necessary!


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Needle Arts
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Bengala Mud Dyeing With Itajime Shibori - Sun AM - SOLD OUT
Let's try Japanese traditional textile art with Bengala mud dyeing! Bengala is an earth-based fabric dye made from soil. uses very little water, and is environmentally safe and fun to use. After a short lecture and demo of sustainable dye method, you will design your own fabric with Bengala and indigo dye color using a Japanese Itajime shibori technique. You can try 3 different wooden patterns to make various designs.

Skill level:  Beginner


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Dyeing
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Felting for Fashion
Learn the wonders of felting with Nica Rabinowitz. Locally sourced and dyed wool will be provided for participants to explore wet felting. Everyone will walk away with felted shapes that can be needle felted into a a garment or experimental piece. 

You will learn how to felt-in-shape. This will allow you to create felt in the shape of your pattern pieces and create fully felted zero waste garments. Learn to make locally sourced and hand crafted garments in a cost effective and sustainable way.

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


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Felting
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Jack Punkin - Rug Hooking 101 - Sun AM
The pumpkin returns again this year! Last years class was a great success, so I am offering it again. This class is for beginners as well as a refresher course for those who wish to brush up on their hooking skills. 

As a beginner, you will learn how to pull nice even loops, to create your cheerful pumpkin and as a refresher course you will work on improving your skills hooking curves and making consistently even loops. A discussion will be given on finishing your hooked mat.

Skill level:  All levels welcome.
 


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Rug Hooking
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

My Monet Scarf - SOLD OUT
As a knitter, I am drawn to all the gorgeous hand dyed fingering weight yarns out there. I am also a crochet granny square fanatic, and so I combined the two to create this beautiful granny square scarf.

This class is jammed packed with technique beyond the basic granny square.

We will work from a schematic, learn how to eliminate the gaping hole in the center of your granny, join new colors, weave in ends and the cherry on top…JOIN AS YOU GO. No one wants to sew all those block together! This simple join as you go technique will change your view of granny!

Skill level:  Intermediate - Basic crochet skills are necessary. Brush up on single crochet and double crochet.

Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Switch Stitch Technique and Sidewalk Mittens
We will start with learning the Switch stitch technique including the specific elements needed to knit the pattern, then when the students are ready we will start the Sidewalk Mittens pattern.

Skill level:  Good intermediate knitting skills. It can be helpful (but is not essential) to be able to knit with either hand. This technique can be worked using one yarn at a time, holding one in each hand or both in the same hand.


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Aari Embroidery - SOLD OUT
This workshop is an introduction to a specific type of Indian embroidery called ‘Aari’. In Aari embroidery, the fabric is stretched on a frame and stitching is done with a special Aari needle (Long needle which ends with a hook). Chain stich is the basic stitch in Aari work and this stitch can also be used to apply other embellishments like beads and sequins. This  hands on class will give students  an opportunity to try out chain stitch and use it on a simple peacock feather design.
 
Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops

10:00am EDT

Counter Catch-All Basket - SOLD OUT
This practical and pleasing basket is a great introductory basket making project! Whatever your work area looks like, this basket is sure to be a welcome addition.

 Measuring approximately 5.5”w x 4”h, it is just perfect for holding your tools or containing some of that clutter so much a part of your creative efforts. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to complete a basket that is started with a spoked base, one woven with a continuous weave, then rimmed, lashed and finished off with flexible leather handles. Can be made with either natural or dyed weavers.

Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Basketry
  • Workshop Duration 4 hrs

10:00am EDT

Macrame: It's Back, It's Cool and It's Now - SOLD OUT
From the Age of Aquarius, macramé is here again, but different.   Once learned, it is Zen and so beautiful.   Taken from the ancient mariners and tamed, macramé can produce the exotic to the mundane.  You will make a key fob to learn the knots, then continue to make a gorgeous bracelet.  You'll have enough cord to make your bracelet and key fob in class, with enough material leftover to take home to make a necklace and earrings ( findings are available at craft stores).   If you can tie a knot on a package, you can macramé.

In this workshop you will learn: A brief history, Ideas for materials one can use for macramé, Knots (Larks Head, horizontal and vertical half hitch, square knot, and twisted square knot), Adding beads, where to purchase supplies, and a handout.

Skill level:  Beginner


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops
  • Workshop Duration 3 hr

10:00am EDT

Shaker Tape Weavers Bench - SOLD OUT
Create your own unique weavers bench using 1” wide shaker tape. Color choices will be provided 4 weeks before class.

Learning this traditional weaving art will give you the skills to make more seating in the future. Save the chairs!

Please note for this class, you need some hand strength and the ability to stand for long periods of time.

Skill level:  Intermediate


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops, Weaving
  • Workshop Duration 4 hrs

10:00am EDT

12:30pm EDT

Toes Up! - SOLD OUT
Cast on at the toe and work your way up to the cuff in 2 hours on a prototype sock.  Take all the skills of two different cast-ons, two different heels and create your full size socks after all you learn in the workshop with your prototype sock and you get a new pattern to take home.

Skill level:  advanced beginner and up. It would help to know how many stitches you normally cast on for your hand knit socks.
 


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops

12:30pm EDT

Wool Applique Basket of Blossoms
Felted wool is a dream to applique - it's soft and buttery to the touch, there's no need to turn under seam allowances and it needles beautifully!  Because the stitching is bold, it's perfect as a take-along project or for evenings sitting with the family. 

Diane will teach you the basics of this technique while sharing lots of tips and tricks as you create a 9" square Basket of Blossoms block that may be framed or used to embellish a ready-made pillow or tote.

Skill level:  Beginner


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops

12:30pm EDT

Wool Applique Basket of Blossoms
Felted wool is a dream to applique - it's soft and buttery to the touch, there's no need to turn under seam allowances and it needles beautifully!  Because the stitching is bold, it's perfect as a take-along project or for evenings sitting with the family.

Diane Bawol-Johnson will teach you the basics of this technique while sharing lots of tips and tricks as you create a 9" square Basket of Blossoms block that may be framed or used to embellish a ready-made pillow or tote.

Skill level:  Beginner

For more information and to register for this class, visit our website.


Sunday October 21, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

1:00pm EDT

Two at a Time Socks - SOLD OUT
If you have wanted to learn how to knit socks two at a time, this mini-workshop is for you. The technique is applicable to anything where two identical things have to be knitted - sleeves for example. If you prefer, you can knit two sleeves instead of two socks, but bring your in-the-round sleeve pattern with you. We will cast on a pair and begin knitting on them so that you can continue at home.

Skill level:  Beginning – Advanced knitters. Must be familiar with knitting in the round with magic loop on circulars. Must have completed a pair of socks using magic loop. Must be familiar with Judy’s magic cast on if the pattern is for toe-up socks.


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops

1:30pm EDT

Made in the Moment - Sun 1:30 PM - SOLD OUT
Leave this mini class with a finished shawl pin, keys chain or any number of other simple projects. With the holiday season about two months after the show you will be in a good position to gift from your heart and hands.
 
Skill level:  All levels welcome.


Instructors


Sunday October 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  Workshops