Kumihimo Starter Kit with Angela Schneider


Braids have many uses from jewelry to accessories to home décor. We will use the hand-held braiding disk to make a sampler of several shapes and patterns. Students will also be able to try marudai (braiding stools). Kumihimo is a great complement to weaving, knitting, sewing and other crafts as a custom accent. All materials are provided, or you may bring your own braiding disk.

Instructor: Angela Schneider
Cost: $53
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class size limit: 10

Angela is a weaver, spinner, knitter, and textile enthusiast for all structures from the common to the esoteric. She teaches in Memphis and the surrounding region. She has an MFA from the Memphis College of Art and a Master Spinner certificate from Old College in Alberta.

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Advanced Drop Spinning with Justin Near

Interested in taking the next step with your spindle? Whether you’re a beginner who still has questions or a more advanced explorer, this class will help you on your quest for learning. Included in the class will be informal question-asking and lots of practice in a relaxed space as well as a hands-on presentation of different types of fiber and different types of spindles and how the two relate to one another. We’ll talk about longer fibers, like longwools and alpaca, vs shorter fibers, like cotton and angora, and the basic physics of spindles, like the difference between a top-whorl and a bottom-whorl and why you can’t spin chunky on a Russian spindle or laceweight on a Navajo spindle. Bring questions! And if you already have a spindle and a specific fiber you are working with, bring that, too, but if not, plenty of other fibers and spindles will be provided for your use during the class.

Instructor: Justin Near
Cost: $32
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class size limit: 6

Inspired by the beautiful, natural creations of her fellow Waldorf homeschoolers, Justin Near decided that she wanted to share their products with Nashville and the rest of the world through her business, LoMaNa, which stands for Locally Made in Nashville. Justin’s fiber journey began with a simple drop spindle made by a dear friend…and down the rabbit hole she went.

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Natural Dyes from Woods with Gina Levesque

In this class we will explore the various types of dyes, both native and historical, which are derived from the woody parts of plants (including roots, heartwood, and bark). Most of these dyes are considered to be light and colorfast. Many of them have fascinating histories. Please wear old clothes. Each student will go home with a notebook of samples.

Instructor: Gina Levesque
Cost: $52
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Class size limit: 12

Artist Gina Levesque has been working in traditional fiber arts since a young girl. Gina works with natural dye stuffs, weaving, rug hooking, spinning, and traditional penny rug construction. Due to her love of the outdoors and training as a biologist, she finds the natural world to be the greatest influence on her work. She remains true to the roots of these traditional fiber arts by incorporating some recycled materials into her finished pieces. Many times she works with wool to create her one-of-a-kind pieces.

Although primarily self taught, she has also attended numerous workshops and classes with noted master dyers and instructors such as Michelle Whipplinger (Earth Hues), Lisel Orlend, and Laura Strand.

As an instructor, she has conducted classes, workshops, demonstrations, and given lectures on natural dyes at various locations throughout the country. She has taught classes in natural dyeing and shibori at numerous venues including City Arts Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Multi Arts Studio (Stillwater, Oklahoma), The Fiber Event (Greencastle, Indiana), Fiber Christmas (Kelleyville, Oklahoma), Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival (Dickson, Tennessee) Project WILD Regional Facilitators Workshop (Kansas), and Wool Fest (Washington, Indiana) as well as lecturing to numerous quilting, spinning,

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Felted Gnome with 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 gnome. Each student will make their own gnome to take home. Felting needles are sharp; therefore, this class is not appropriate for small children.

Instructor: Gayle Roberts
Cost: $55
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 fibers raised on their family farm, including wool from their flock of purebred Romeldale/CVM sheep and Registered Gotland Sheep.

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Intro to Art Yarn with Melany Parrott

What is “Art Yarn”? Let’s explore the textural, colorful, freestyle world of art yarn. Creativity with freedom! Thick and Thin yarns with intention, Autowrapping, Supercoils, Fabric, beads, silks…Limitless add-ins. Did you know that this can all be spun with a standard sized orifice? Well, it can!! No longer is the excuse, “My wheel won’t spin it” acceptable. Learn how in “Intro to Art Yarn”. (basic spinning experience is required)

Skills required: be able spin a single and ply. (advanced beginner)

Participants are responsible for bringing their own spinning wheel (any wheel; one with a regular sized orifice is fine); 2 ounces of prepped fiber (combed top or a batt); multiple bobbins (3); lazy kate; yarn suitable for core spinning (brushed mohair or crochet cotton #10). If you have something special you want to spin, bring that too!

The instructor will provide add ins for art yarn, additional spinning fiber, locks, threads for plying and autowrapping, samples to see and feel, and instruction.

Instructor: Melany Parrott
Cost: $63
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class size limit: 10

Melany Parrott is a wife, mother, shepherdess, and general fiber addict from Middle Tennessee. Her favorite yarn style is Art Yarn. She believes in the freedom to create textural yarns as interpreted by ones personal senses.

 

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Introduction to Rug Hooking with Theresa Goatey

Learn basic rug hooking using traditional wool strips along with a few non-traditional materials. The kit includes a pattern for a pair of coasters with all materials and equipment included. (Note that the student will most likely not finish the project in class but will have everything needed to complete it at home.)

Instructor: Theresa Goatey
Cost: $57
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Class size limit: 6

Teresa and her husband Robin both retired from corporate-type jobs and bought a small farm in central Illinois. She has enjoyed fiber arts for most of her life: sewing since her teens, rug hooking since 1980 and spinning and weaving since 1994. Since retirement, her focus has been on expanding and improving on her fiber skills and learning to care for her flock of Finn and Shetland sheep.

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Dyeing Techniques for Rug Hooking with Gina Levesque

 

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Want to add a little “zing” to your dyed fiber art? This class will cover marbleizing, salt shaker dyeing, dyeing with fabric scraps, gradation dyeing, and spot-dyeing. We will be working with wool and acid dyes, but many of the methods translate to other fibers. More techniques may be covered as time allows. We will also touch on water chemistry, color theory, and the basic chemistry of dyeing. Supply fee includes a notebook, wool for samples, all dyes used in class, a color wheel, and a small bottle of Synthrapol.

Instructor: Gina Levesque
Cost: $47
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Class size limit: 12

Artist Gina Levesque has been working in traditional fiber arts since a young girl. Gina works with natural dye stuffs, weaving, rug hooking, spinning, and traditional penny rug construction. Due to her love of the outdoors and training as a biologist, she finds the natural world to be the greatest influence on her work. She remains true to the roots of these traditional fiber arts by incorporating some recycled materials into her finished pieces. Many times she works with wool to create her one-of-a-kind pieces.

Although primarily self taught, she has also attended numerous workshops and classes with noted master dyers and instructors such as Michelle Whipplinger (Earth Hues), Lisel Orlend, and Laura Strand.

As an instructor, she has conducted classes, workshops, demonstrations, and given lectures on natural dyes at various locations throughout the country. She has taught classes in natural dyeing and shibori at numerous venues including City Arts Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Multi Arts Studio (Stillwater, Oklahoma), The Fiber Event (Greencastle, Indiana), Fiber Christmas (Kelleyville, Oklahoma), Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival (Dickson, Tennessee) Project WILD Regional Facilitators Workshop (Kansas), and Wool Fest (Washington, Indiana) as well as lecturing to numerous quilting, spinning,

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Bow Loom Weaving with Angela Schneider

Learn to make a bow loom out of simple parts and weave a bracelet with beaded edges. Looms are small and portable, and they grow on trees! All materials are included – no experience necessary.

Instructor: Angela Schneider
Cost: $53
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Class size limit: 10

Angela is a weaver, spinner, knitter, and textile enthusiast for all structures from the common to the esoteric. She teaches in Memphis and the surrounding region. She has an MFA from the Memphis College of Art and a Master Spinner certificate from Old College in Alberta.

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Spinning with a Drop Spindle with Sue Gazell

Spinning beautiful yarn does not have to be a costly venture. Learn how to spin on a simple tool that can fit in your purse and your budget, the drop spindle. You will learn how to draft and spin wool roving into a single, then explore several ways to ply this single into a yarn. A simple wood spindle and some wool roving will be provided. But beware, spindling is addictive!

Instructor: Sue Gazell
Cost: $37 (includes materials fee)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Class Size Limit: 7
If the class fills, an additional session will be added from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sue began spinning on a wheel, but soon learned that spinning with a spindle had its advantages. It’s more portable, less complicated, and less costly than a wheel.  She rarely met a spindle she didn’t like, and thus grew a collection and passion for spindles of all styles.

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Basics of Continental Knitting with Amanda Endress

Basics of Continental Knitting with Amanda Endress

Continental Knitting (also known as “picking”) is a style of knitting where the working yarn is held in the left hand and the tip of the (right) working needle is used to hook the yarn and bring it through loops on the left needle to create stitches. This style of knitting is sometimes easier for those with crocheting experience since the working yarn is held in a familiar manner. It can also more comfortable for anyone with joint issues as the motions tend to be smaller than some other knitting styles. However, anyone can learn this style of knitting! In this workshop, we will learn to Cast On, Knit, Purl and Cast Off. We will work on a sampler square allowing you to practice the stitches so you can take your new skills home and start knitting projects of your choice. All materials included in class fee.

Instructor: Amanda Endress
Cost: $47
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Class size limit: 8

Where Engineering collides with Creativity! I am an engineer by degree, an IT Professional by day and a textile and fiber addict at all times! When not at work you can find me knitting, spinning or sewing. You can find me on Ravelry as HanoverStreet and on Instagram as Hanoverstreet1

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