Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy all the fiber goodness…..hope you had fun, met new friends, found inspiration.  See you next year.

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Children’s Activities

We are so very fortunate to have the Shelbyville Spinners Guild with us again this year….teaching and painting children….yes, that’s right.  Stop by the community center to visit with these wonderful ladies.  They will teach your children a craft or two and even give them a little face paint.

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TAA Kids Zone

We are so lucky to have the Tennessee Alpaca Association Kids Zone booth in the arena this year. They will be teaching Peg Loom weaving with straws for children over 6 years of age at 10am and 1pm.  Stop by to learn and enjoy the alpaca.  This is a great craft for children and a wonderful addition to the festival this year thanks to TAA.

Stop by to say hello to Pat and Deb and enjoy a little weaving and some lovely alpaca

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Teacup Pincushion and Instructor Katelyn Dunn

This is a class full of whimsy! During this class you will learn the basics of three-dimensional needle felting while creating your own unique miniature scene for your teacup pincushion. Whether it be a barn on a hillside, a fairy sitting on a flower, or a bumblebee about to take flight… the sky is the limit on what scene you create! Be creative! Once you have made your scene, we will then attach it to its teacup base. By the end of this class you will be going home with new needle felting skills and a whimsical teacup pincushion.

Instructor: Katelyn Dunn
Cost: $31
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 10

Katelyn Dunn, although only twenty-three years old, has been involved in the fiber arts community for many years.  She first fell in love with fiber arts at the age of eleven when she learned how to knit, and as she says, “It ‘spun’ out of control from there!”  After discovering knitting, Katelyn became captivated by her newfound medium.  She was determined to learn as much as she could about the entire process.  Katelyn’s fiber art now starts at the beginning, or as she says, “I start with the sheep.”  Katelyn does most of the fiber processing herself including cleaning, dyeing, combing, spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, and felting her fiber to create the finished product.  She now owns her own fiber arts studio, Dunn Spunn, and has been a guest teacher and demonstrator for many stores and events.  Katelyn’s philosophy when teaching fiber arts is “It’s just fluff,” and she loves having the opportunity to be able to share her passion with others.

 

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Appalachian Hearth Broom (Besom) Making: Broom Making: Beginner and Instructor Robin Goatey

The original brooms were not flat nor made with wire. We will craft a Hearth Besom the old way with twine, a stick, Broom Corn, some grown at Oak Knoll Farm & Basket materials. Material included in the class fee & a finished broom to take home… Broom Maker’s Tying Frames available at TheDancingGoats booth.

Instructor: Robin Goatey
Cost: $31
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Class Size Limit: 10
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Cost: $30  Broom Making materials included

Maker and Guide in Traditional Folkways. Student of Folklore. Teaching traditional skills for ‘The World Made by Hand’. TheDancingGoats.com has been in business since 1987 and online since 2000. We make tools for Folkways Artisans and provide ‘Northern Folk-school’ instruction

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Needle Felted Reindeer and Instructor Gayle Roberts

Never tried needle felting, but always wanted to – this is the class for you.  Students will begin by learning the basics of needle felting.  Using basic needle felting techniques and skills students will work on sculpting a reindeer.  The reindeer is button jointed.   Each student will make their own reindeer to take home.

Instructor: Gayle Roberts
Cost: $52 (includes materials)
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 10

Gayle Roberts of Wild Hair Studio has been an artist for over 25 years.  She is an accomplished felter and enjoys sharing her felting knowledge through her workshops and classes.  Wild Hair Studio carries a selection of rovings and fleeces raised on their family farm, including wool from their flock of purebred Romeldale/CVM sheep.

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Shibori Love Silk (and Indigo) and Instructor Jan Quarles

In this class, discover modern takes on the ancient Japanese art of shibori. Jan Quarles of Daily Fibers will talk about traditional techniques and the traditional shibori dye, the beautiful blue of indigo. She’ll fast-forward to some modern adaptations that produce strong, colorful results.  We will fold, stitch, clamp or wrap and roll! You’ll learn about shibori techniques for gathering, pleating and otherwise integrating shape and pattern into a long silk scarf. You’ll then complete a scarf of your own and we’ll dye them in indigo.  All materials provided, but it will be best to bring an apron or wear an old shirt.  After the class, you will have a beautiful accessory to wear year round and a new curiosity about all things shibori!  Fee includes a 14X72 silk scarf.

Instructor: Jan Quarles
Cost: $42
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 8

A professor of communications some of the time, with the favorite hours in my daily life I’ve been spinning and playing with color since the 1970s. Now I channel my love of color into Daily Fibers, my small business. I’ve learned a lot from Lynne Vogel and other teachers I have studied with, and I love to share that knowledge (it kinda comes naturally!)

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Introduction to Support Spinning with a Mirkwood Arts Spindle and Instructor Amanda Roberts

Basic introduction to support spinning, no previous experience needed.  Students will learn the basics of spinning on a support spindle.  The class features Mirkwood Arts spindles, but the basics learned in the class are also transferable to any type of support spindle.  Mirkwood Arts Spindles are smooth, long spinning spindles great for beginners or accomplished spinners.  The instructor will provide Mirkwood Arts Spindles for use during class.  Come give support spinning a try!

Instructor: Amanda Roberts
Cost: $37
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 6

Amanda Roberts of Wild Hair Studio is a shepherd and fiber artist.  Support spinning attracted her attention because of the options it gave for shorter and finer fibers, while still easily portable. She is proficient with both drop spindle and support spindle spinning and is the designer of Wild Hair Studio’s The Colorways of Middle Earth Batt series.

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Spinning Various Wool Types and Janet Deutmeyer

In this workshop we’ll be spinning an assortment of sheep wools. Find out which wools makes the best sock yarn. Which ones are good for rugs. What wools make good lace yarn. We’ll cover a variety of ways to prepare and spin wools for their best use. Bring a spinning wheel or spindle. Student must be able to spin a continuous thread. Wools will be provided.

Instructor: Janet Deutmeyer
Cost: $47
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 8

Having started spinning about 7  years ago, Janet has yet to meet a fiber she doesn’t like. Her small herd of fiber alpacas got her involved in the Master Spinner’s Program and she is now a Level 5 student. When not spinning she’s thinking about fiber and spinning.

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Advanced Ridged Heddle Weaving Techniques and Instructor Meredith Kermicle

Tired of plain weave?
Learn a variety of more interesting weaving techniques for the rigid heddle loom. Bring your loom warped and ready to weave and we’ll cover some pick up weaving patterns, lace techniques, how to throw in some tapestry techniques, and do some freeform weaving. You’ll leave class with a sampler of techniques on your loom.
Pre-Class Preparation: Your loom must already be warped and ready to go: 7.5 to 10 dpi heddle and worsted or lighter weight yarns, at least a 2yd warp. Yarn to weave with – extra bits and pieces will be provided by the instructor but textured yarn and fun strips of fabric, hand spun yarns, etc. are good to bring as well as contrast yarn to weave patterns with. Extra shuttles and a pick up stick or a shuttle longer that the width of your weaving.

Instructor: Meredith Kermicle
Cost: $47
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 8

Meredith is the owner of The Knaughty Knitter, the yarn store here in the ‘Boro. She has been knitting and crocheting since childhood, and learned to weave 15 years ago. She has been teaching knitting, weaving and other fiber arts for 9+ years.

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