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: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 5
If the class fills, an additional session will be added from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 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.
Learn how beautiful rag rugs were woven 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 to use up scraps from prior projects and after completing this class project you will have a sample that can be used as a hot pad to adorn your table. The twining frame is yours to keep. All supplies furnished
Instructor: Jonee Davis
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 14
Jonee Davis (Wheaton, MO) – Jonee relocated to Missouri approx 10 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.
Come on a short row adventure as we learn how to create this stunning shawl. A fanciful derivative of the Wingspan, the Dreambird uses short rows within short rows to create each feather. Will will use the German Short Row technique as well as the Chinese Waitress Cast On in this class, which uses Mimi’s revised directions for greater clarity.
Homework: With solid color, cast on 130 stitches with Mimi’s Chinese Waitress Cast-on (video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ragBNdHwjg8), then purl 125 sts (leaving 5 unworked at the end)
Please bring: Dreambird pattern (paid pattern on Ravelry), 800 yds solid color fingering weight yarn (such as Cascade Heritage Sock yarn), 400 yds self-striping or gradient yarn (such as Noro Silk Garden Sock), size 4/3.5mm circular needle with 32″ cable and size E/3.5mm crochet hook.
Instructor: Mimi Kezer
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 12
After pursuing music and worship arts for 20 years, Mimi Kezer has spent the last six years teaching, encouraging and empowering knitters in their own creative pursuits. From instructing in local yarn shops to fiber festivals to her own video tutorials, this self-described “technique maven” relishes making the complex simple and enabling knitters to walk in new places of confidence in their work. Mimi also designs for her own knitting line, Pastiche Knitwear, and is addicted to making colorful, beautiful things.
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.
Many people think greens are easy to achieve using natural dyes. The fact is, most “green dyes” are stains. Beautiful, lasting greens of various shades can be obtained using combinations of historic dyes. In this class, we will explore those possibilities and what they mean for fiber art.
Instructor: Gina Levesque
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 10
So….you asked for it and now….classes are up and ready for enrollment. Check it out. Great classes as always. Head over and take a peek….
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.
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.
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.
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.