Tennessee Alpaca Association Summer Summit

Check out this event from our local alpaca friends.  Check their page for events open to the public.  http://www.tnalpaca.org/EVENTS.html

They are looking for someone to donate some spinning time for the silent auction. Please pop over to the page to let them know if you can do this.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tennessee-Alpaca-Association-TAA/329612430753
TAA Summer Summit
August 1st & 2nd
Lane Agri Park, Murfreesboro, TN

Join us for 2 full days of fun! On Saturday, Aug 1 we have a very special line up of great speaks. On Sunday, Aug 2 we have some very talented fiber artists who will be showing us new techniques and ideas.

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2015 Fiber in the Boro Vendor Application

The time has come, spring is here AND….we are accepting 2015 Vendor Applications.  We’re so excited about this year’s festival and hope  you’ll join us as a vendor and spread the word about or wonderful little fall festival.

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2015 Fiber in the Boro

Well….it’s here, you’ve been asking and waiting patiently.  Fiber in the Boro 2015 will be October 24th.  Hope to see everyone there.  Keep liking our page and checking us out throughout the year here and on Ravelry.  Thank you to everyone who makes this possible.

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Only 4 More Days

Ok everyone….we’re in the final stretch and so excited.  Check out the vendor page again for new additions and if you’re interested in a class…sign up now while there is room.

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Jonee Davis

Jonee will be teaching Learning to Twine in Classroom B from 9am to 12pm:

2014-08-17 20.52.57Jonee Davis (Wheaton, MO) – Jonee relocated to Missouri approximately 9 years ago from Arizona. She has been active in the fiber arts since 1991. She first learned to weave then took up spinning. She is also an avid crocheter while dabbling in all the other aspects relating to fibers. She feels that we are never too young or too old learn new things about the world of fiber arts and loves to share whatever knowledge she has with others. Jonee has raised animals all her life and comes from family of ranchers. She now has a small hobby farm where she and her husband are the caretakers of dairy and boer goats, a few cattle, horses, 7 alpacas, LGD’s, and all the other livestock that come with a farm.

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Learning to Twine

Classroom B from 9am to 12pm and taught by Jonee Davis:

Finished-RugsLearn how to weave a beautiful rag rug without the expense of buying a loom. Twining is an ancient craft that has been done basically the same way throughout time. I will show you how to use up those leftover scraps of material or yarn from prior projects, worn out jeans, or even a bed sheet that somehow got a hole in it. After completing this class project you will have a sample that can be used as a hot pad to adorn your table. All materials will be furnished.

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Rioana Buckmaster

Rioana will be teaching Introduction to Weaving on an Inkle Loom in Classroom A from 1pm to 4pm:

Roiana Buckmaster currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, where she is working with her husband Mike and youngest son Nick to build a flock of Icelandic sheep  (along with chickens, guinea fowl, bunnies,  ponies, puppies and whatever else she can smuggle into the barn when Mike isn’t looking). Roiana tackled knitting at the age of 6, embroidery at the age of 10 and plunged headlong into the shadowy worlds of spinning, weaving, tatting and various other fiber arts from there. It’s a slippery slope, but what a ride!

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Introduction to Weaving on an Inkle Loom

Classroom A from 1pm to 3pm and taught by Rioana Buckmaster:

Inkle class exampsHave you ever looked at the big harness looms and wondered if weaving was for you? This class is your chance to find out! We will use a Mini Inkle Loom to explore weaving with a simple heddle system to create a basic warp-faced fabric that will introduce you to some of the principles used in weaving on the multiple harness looms. You will learn to warp your loom, tie heddles, create 2 different sheds to pass the shuttle through, how to keep your edges tidy, how to fix a broken warp thread, and how to begin and end your project.  Class fee includes a loom and shuttle for you to keep, along with the yarn for your class project.

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Gina Levesque

Gina will be teaching Introduction to Natural Dyeing in Classroom F from 1pm to 4pm:


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, and rug hooking groups on the topic.

Her fiber art business, Across Generations, provides supplies and beginning projects to those interested in rug hooking, penny rugs, and natural dyeing. Gina holds memberships in The Tulsa Rug Hooking Guild, The Tulsa Handweavers Guild, Murrell Home Fiber Arts Guild, and Natural Dyes International.

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Introduction to Natural Dyeing

Classroom F from 1pm to 4pm and taught by Gina Levesque:

In this class you will learn why various fibers take dye differently, the difference between a dye and a stain, what colorfast and lightfast mean, how to dye with several historical dyes from around the globe and those in your backyard. Each student will participate in dyeing samples they can take home in a notebook. Please wear old clothing or a dye apron and come prepared to have a good time.

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