Two of the most popular and valued basket making traditions are created using molds. We will use the round mold shapes of the Nantucket Tradition to create a small multimedia basket for the Spinning Wheel, The molds are just a start and baskets can be finished with handspun, findings and charms to create what I call “The Talisman Memoria Basket”…
Instructor: Robin Goatey
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Class Size Limit: 5
Robin is an award winning full time festival craftsman working Fiber Festivals in the Midwest. Inspired by Tolkien’s Legendarium, he started carving Ents, Wizards and Castles after reading the Hobbit four decades ago. Woodcarving, Woodturning, Hand Built Ceramics, Hot and Cold Glass, Coppersmithing, Enameling, Broom Making, Tool Making, Spinning & Navajo Style Weaving are current specialties. Teaching the Traditional Crafts is a passion. He also conducts a lively online trade in ‘Heirloom Quality Hand Made Fiber Tools.
TheDancingGoats.com has been in business since 1987 and online since 2000. We make tools for Folkways Artisans and provide ‘Northern Folk-school’ instruction.
Have 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 handcrafted wood loom and shuttle for you to keep, along with the yarn for your class project.
Instructor: Roiana Buckmaster
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Class Size Limit: 10
Introduction to Weaving on an Inkle Loom
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, ponies, puppies and whatever else she can smuggle into the barn when Mike isn’t looking). Roiana was given knitting needles at the age of 6 (to keep her out from underfoot), embroidery at the age of 10 (to encourage sitting still) 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!
In this class, students will weave “Saori style” on pre-warped Saori floor looms. Saori is a “no rules” weaving style developed nearly 50 years ago by Misao Jo in Japan. Saori weaving focuses on natural creativity rather than technical skills and commercial patterns. Students in this class will relax and have fun while creating an individual piece of art. Looms and all supplies are provided. This class is suitable for both beginners and experienced weavers who want to explore a new weaving methodology.
Instructor: Sarah Dauro
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 7
Sarah Dauro of Handmade Saori Weaving Studio in Huntsville, AL. Sarah has been involved with arts and crafts for most of her life and has done everything from needlework to stained glass but she focuses predominantly on fiber arts including spinning, knitting, and, of course, weaving. Finding Saori was a game changer for Sarah. Before Saori, life was about spinning the perfect lace weight yarn and knitting the most beautiful lacy gray shawl. Since Saori, Sarah’s eyes have been opened to the wonders of art yarn, the beautiful colors of the rainbow and beyond, and the imperfect perfection of weaving your heart.
Award-winning jewelry designer Denise Prince’s lifelong interest in fiber arts took her on a journey through many of handicrafts of the genre. When she found SAORI weaving she knew she had found her way home.
Her journey with SAORI Weaving has brought her a new outlook on life and art. She is eager to share her love of SAORI weaving you. In her home studio in Peachtree City, GA, Denise teaches weaving, holds fiber related workshops, and holds SAORI-kai—a time for sharing your SAORI journey with other SAORI travelers.
Denise spent February 2013 in Japan studying with Kenzo Jo and his teachers at SAORInoMori. While there she passed levels 3, 2, and A from the Saori Hand Weavers Testing Association. She is currently working towards level 1 and looking forward to a return trip to Japan.
Classes have been posted. We’re so excited to be offering some wonderful classes again this year. Just hop on over to the class page to browse and register. Enjoy!
The class proposal form is up and open for business. Just hop on over the the Classes tab. Applications are due by June 30, 2016.
The community center has filled up, as of now. There are still spaces available in the barn. If you apply for a community center space, you will be put on a wait list. We’ll let you know if a space opens. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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.
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.
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
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
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.