Classes

Art Yarn - Thread Plying
In this class we will be learning how to card art batts with lots of fun texture and sparkle.  We will be spinning these art batts into a thick-and-thin singles and wrapping them with contrasting thread while we spin.  Then we will experiment with 4 different thread plying techniques!  

Supplies required: 
- Spinning wheel with large orifice and bulky flyer head and extra empty bobbins.  We will be spinning low-whorl, high-uptake, very bulky yarns.  The bigger your orifice and bobbins, the easier the learning curve will be for you.
- Strong thread or fine yarn for plying (cotton crochet thread works well).  
***Bring any fiber that you want to use, there will be fiber available at the workshop but the more you bring the more you'll have to play with!  Many students bring a large bin to play with and don't regret it!
Included Materials: A huge table full of fiber for you to use!  Includes mixed wools, alpaca, sparkle, silk, bamboo, cones of thread.  I will bring a drum carder for everyone to use, if you also have a drum carder please bring it to share.


Art Yarn - Core Spinning
In this class we will be learning how to card art batts with smoother texture for corespinning.  We will corespin in the morning, then we will experiment with different (intermediate/expert) cores (wire, hemp, elastic) in the afternoon!  

Supplies required: 
- Spinning wheel with large orifice and bulky flyer head and extra empty bobbins.  We will be spinning low-whorl, high-uptake, very bulky yarns.  The bigger your orifice and bobbins, the easier the learning curve will be for you.
- Strong thread for corespinning (anything strong that is worsted or light worsted weight and doesn't break when you pull hard on it) 
- Craft wire (24 gauge is fine, you can find this in the beading or floral section of the craft store)
- Hemp thread (traditionally used for beading)
- Elastic sewing thread (traditionally used for for smocking).  
***Bring any fiber that you want to use, there will be fiber available at the workshop but the more you bring the more you'll have to play with!  Many students bring a large bin to play with and don't regret it!  
Included Materials: A huge table full of fiber for you to use!  Includes mixed wools, alpaca, sparkle, silk, bamboo, cones of thread.  I will bring a drum carder for everyone to use, if you also have a drum carder please bring it to share.

Art Yarn - Embellishment Spinning
In this class please bring anything you would like to learn how to spin into art yarn: feathers, sequins, beads, buttons, fabric, metal chains, ribbon, paper, fur, flowers - whatever you want to learn!  We will go thru what everyone has brought and learn how to spin it using corespinning techniques and plying techniques.  We will be carding batts in the morning for corespinning embellishments, and then we will ply more embellishments into the same yarn in the afternoon.

Supplies required: 
- Spinning wheel with large orifice and bulky flyer head and extra empty bobbins.  We will be spinning low-whorl, high-uptake, very bulky yarns.  The bigger your orifice and bobbins, the easier the learning curve will be for you.
- Anything you want to learn to spin into yarn (see list in class description).  Feel free to try to stump the teacher with the most bizaare or unusual embellishments!  
- Strong plying thread.  
***Bring any fiber that you want to use, there will be fiber available at the workshop but the more you bring the more you'll have to play with!  Many students bring a large bin to play with and don't regret it!  
Included Materials: A huge table full of fiber for you to use!  Includes mixed wools, alpaca, sparkle, silk, bamboo, cones of thread.  I will bring a drum carder for everyone to use, if you also have a drum carder please bring it to share.

Art Yarn - Navajo Plied Infinity Scarf
In this class you will leave wearing your handspun art yarn as an infinity scarf around your neck!  We will be carding batts in the morning for spinning into a thick and thin yarn, then we will navajo-ply this yarn for wearing as an infinity scarf!  

Supplies required: 
- Spinning wheel with large orifice and bulky flyer head and extra empty bobbins.  We will be spinning low-whorl, high-uptake, very bulky yarns.  The bigger your orifice and bobbins, the easier the learning curve will be for you.
***Bring any fiber that you want to use, there will be fiber available at the workshop but the more you bring the more you'll have to play with!  Many students bring a large bin to play with and don't regret it!  
Included Materials: A huge table full of fiber for you to use!  Includes mixed wools, alpaca, sparkle, silk, bamboo, cones of thread.  I will bring a drum carder for everyone to use, if you also have a drum carder please bring it to share.

Spinning Art Yarn - From Art Yarn to Knit Cowl
The morning of this class we will be carding art batts and spinning them as a thick and thin single.  Then we will ply with thread and small beads for sparkle and texture - and spend the afternoon knitting our yarn straight from the bobbin into a fast and easy cowl!  

Supplies required: 
- Spinning wheel with large orifice and bulky flyer head and extra empty bobbins.  We will be spinning low-whorl, high-uptake, very bulky yarns.  The bigger your orifice and bobbins, the easier the learning curve will be for you.
- Size 15 straight needles for knitting.  
- Ribbon for embellishing and seaming the cowl (sari ribbon looks especially lovely).  
- Strong plying thread and beads that fit thru your orifice.  
***Bring any fiber that you want to use, there will be fiber available at the workshop but the more you bring the more you'll have to play with!  Many students bring a large bin to play with and don't regret it!  
Included Materials: A huge table full of fiber for you to use!  Includes mixed wools, alpaca, sparkle, silk, bamboo, cones of thread.  I will bring a drum carder for everyone to use, if you also have a drum carder please bring it to share.