Maxi Sessions



Introduction to NalbindingFF201-Introduction to Nalbinding
Laura Demuth
Friday

Using a simple needle and wool yarn, nalbinding is a method of making fabric from loops of yarn. Nalbinding, also known as needle looping or knotless netting, is found worldwide and dates back to early Bronze or Iron Age cultures. Fabrics made from wool nalbinding were often felted to create warm, airtight mittens, socks and hats. In this class, students will be introduced to the nalbinding technique and make a neck warmer using wool yarn.

Materials Fee: $15 Includes Yarn and nalbinding needle
Level: Beginner
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Spice Up Your Weaving: A Design ChallengeFF202-Spice Up Your Weaving: A Design Challenge
Karen Donde
Friday

This interactive, collaborative seminar demonstrates how weavers can venture beyond the recipe to create their own weaving designs. The morning lecture and hands-on exercises will provide a little historical perspective on modern weaving design, help participants identify their preferred weaving styles, explain design elements as they relate to weaving, and present tools to help guide their weaving design challenges. Participants will be encouraged to visit vendor hall during the lunch break to find an inspirational yarn or other treasure to bring back to class. We will spend the afternoon working through the design process as a group, using individual inspirations as jumping-off points. The goal is for participants to leave with a new design idea for a woven textile inspired by their treasures.

Materials Fee: $8 Includes Handouts and exercises
Level: All
Equipment: Sketchbook, pens, pencils, colored pencils, 2-3 magazines or calendars with lots of pictures, paper scissors, scotch tape, small balls of miscellaneous yarns to share. Optional: Tablet/laptop computer for accessing online design tools

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Fabulous Felt Flower Fascinators & BroochesFF203-Fabulous Felt Flower Fascinators & Brooches
Dawn Edwards
Friday

In this fun, hands-on workshop, we will transform Merino wool roving into beautiful felt flowers using just our hands, imagination, and a little soap and water. This magical process is called wet felting. From here, we will transform a foundation base (provided) into a lovely fascinator suitable to wear on your next special outing. What is a fascinator you ask? A fascinator is a fun and beautiful alternative to a hat-a headpiece that acts as an accent for the hair. Kate Middleton is frequently photographed wearing a fascinator, as it's one of her favorite accessories. Optionally, you may also use your beautiful felt flowers to adorn a coat or hat by placing them on a pinback/brooch.

Materials Fee: $25 Includes Dyed Merino wool roving, black fascinator foundation base, written instructions, soap, use of instructor's supplies
Level: All
Equipment: 2 bath-sized towels, sharp scissors, plastic bucket or container for water, roll of bubble wrap with small bubbles (minimum 12 in. X 6 ft.), needle and thread. Optional: fine needle, thread, and beads

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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More Than 4-Color Block DoubleweaveFF204-More Than 4-Color Block Doubleweave
Sarah Fortin
Friday

Many times, eight-shaft two-block doubleweave is depicted using only two colors. To me, this creates a very graphic geometric design, which can be softened by using more color in the warp and weft. We will be exploring-using samples, color inspiration, and block design-the use of more than two colors in block doubleweave. This is not a technical class on block design drafting and theory, although there will be some discussion and explanation as I view it. Please be aware that I do not consider myself to be an expert on block doubleweave! I am still wrapping my brain around color placement (top or bottom warp) and what will show where and why. We will explore-with visuals and handouts-color placement, blocks, windows, separate layers and more. There may be time to wind warps.

Materials Fee: $5
Level: Intermediate
Equipment: Graph paper and colored pencils OR tablet or laptop with design program, although block doubleweave does not show well in computer programs. Yarn possibilities and color inspiration.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Fiber CollageFF205-Fiber Collage
Jan Friedman
Friday

This workshop focuses on mixed media collages that incorporate multiple materials and feature handwoven fabrics. Each student will produce a small collage using techniques I've developed. Making a fiber collage is a layering process, using pieces of handwoven fabric (e.g., samples, ends of a scarf or napkin warp, scraps from handwoven garments, small tapestries). Other materials that can be incorporated include handmade papers, dyed fabrics, beads, buttons, leaves, twigs, stones, feathers, and found objects. My goal for this class is to encourage experimentation and get the creative process flowing. I want students to break away from what they usually do with fabric and try something new.

Materials Fee: $15 Includes Cotton/linen and foam-core that we will mount our collages on, plus use of teacher's supplies
Level: All
Equipment: Bring what you have of small pieces of handwoven fabric (samples work well), found objects, or other objects as noted. Permanent markers, brushes, scissors, ruler, thimble, straight pins, needle, and thread

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3 Basic Drafting TechniquesFF206-3 Basic Drafting Techniques
Stephenie Gaustad
Friday

Yarn is made by adding twist to a bundle of fiber. The character of that yarn is determined by how the twist is added. In other words, you can get many different types of yarn from a single fiber just by how you draft it. Smooth, lean, and lustrous yarns are made with a worsted draft. Fuzzy, bouncy, elastic, and warm yarns are drafted woolen. You can get the look of worsted with the speed of woolen by using a third draft, the long draw or semi-worsted draft. Just think of it: You can get much of the luster of worsted draft and produce twice or three times the yarn in the same time. Students will learn worsted, woolen, and semi-worsted or draft-against-twist drafts.

Materials Fee: $10 Includes Spinning fibers and handouts
Level: Intermediate - Should know how to spin a simple yarn
Equipment: Functional wheel, oil, hand carders, any questions on the topic

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Beginning Rigid Heddle WeavingFF207-Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving
Constance Hall
Friday

Learn to weave on a rigid heddle loom. Have you always wanted to learn to weave but were worried about the time and space required? Would you love to make some quick projects with the stash you have? Then rigid heddle weaving is for you. This project will teach you many new skills: warping, weaving, weaving multiple items on one warp, color-and-weave, and finishing. This is a step-by-step class with no one left behind.

Materials Fee: $15 Includes Yarn used in class and handouts
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Schacht Cricket 15" looms can be provided to use in class. If you have a loom you would like to use, please email constancehall@yahoo.com in advance to make sure what you have will work. If bringing a loom: clamps, warping peg, two shuttles, 8-dent heddle. Scissors, pen, printer paper, tape measure, and sticky notes. Glasses if needed and comfortable shoes.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Introduction to Tapestry WeavingFF208-Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
Joanne Hall
Friday

Tapestry is a weaving technique which lets you express your ideas, feelings, and creativity in images using color, shapes, lines, textures, and design. Learning techniques on a small tapestry frame puts your learning experience into a comfortable personal size-small enough to be portable and to facilitate learning. You will weave a sampler of basic techniques, including diagonals, verticals, curves, triangles, and some eccentric weft curves, which will give you a good start to creating your own images. You will experience weaving with a cartoon and you will be provided with a wide range of weft colors. Photos and some small woven tapestries will be interesting for you to see, and they will inspire you.

Materials Fee: $30 Includes Warp and weft yarns, tapestry needle and sampler cartoon; use of tapestry frame loom, tapestry forks, and colored pencils
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Scissors, tape measure

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Sleying the Warping DragonFF209-Sleying the Warping Dragon
Donna Hanson
Friday

Sometimes the warping process can lead to snaggles and hassles! Try warping your loom from back to front! Take this opportunity to dress a loom and learn some easy, but effective, techniques to avoid those snaggles. Participants will have an opportunity to practice the entire warping process, from winding the warp, winding on, threading, sleying, tying on, and spreading the warp to weave, all without any hassles. This is a process class, so we won't make any woven project, but you will go home with a whole bunch of bout ties! What are bout ties? Come and find out. After this one-day class, you will be confident that you have the tools and techniques you need to "sley" the warping dragon.

Materials Fee: $8 Includes Handout and prewound warp
Level: Advanced beginner - Must have warping experience
Equipment: 4- or 8-shaft floor or table loom in very good working order, lease sticks, scissors, measuring tape, pen or pencil for notes. List of additional materials will be provided prior to the conference.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Introduction to SprangFF210-Introduction to Sprang
Carol James
Friday

Participants will receive an introduction to the basic stitch, using a frame with ready-to-go warp. Instruction focuses on the use of your fingers to create cloth, one row at the top of the frame, with a "bonus row" appearing at the bottom of the frame. We will explore some basic patterns and finishing techniques. Irregularities (mistakes) encountered will provide for further exploration: how to identify the irregularity, why it happened, how to avoid in the future, and how to use the irregularity as a decorative element. The first piece completed, we will learn to warp the frame from scratch. Each participant will leave with a sample created during the class and a frame warped for future exploration.

Materials Fee: $35 Includes Sprang frame, warps, shed sticks, beads, and diverse other gizmos
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Two hands in good working order, pencil and paper, glasses if you need them to read the newspaper.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Ply-Splitting from DrawdownsFF211-Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns
Barbara Walker
Friday

Learn how to interpret weave structures in ply-splitting by using the drawdown portion of a weaving draft. Any single-layer weave structure is suitable, no matter the number of shafts. Applications include baskets, narrow bands or belts, and a variety of mats. Topics explored will include choosing a design for a coaster, using the gripfid with both hands, construction of a project, and a discussion and demonstration of splicing.

Materials Fee: $35 Includes Book and handouts ($30 if handouts e-mailed prior to conference)
Level: All - Experience in ply-split braiding
Equipment: E-mail access, prescribed number of 4-ply cords for projects (instructor does not supply cords), appropriate size gripfid, note-taking materials, additional materials depending on components chosen, ply-split pieces for show-and-tell.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Not Your GrandmaFF212-Not Your Grandma's Dye Pot
Kathrin Weber
Friday

The goal for this dyeing workshop is to learn the basics of dyeing cellulose (plant-based yarn): dyeing safely, traditional as well as nontraditional application of dyes, and processes needed to set dyes for color fastness. Students will learn fundamentals for dye application to produce one-of-a-kind, technically sound, and colorfast hand-dyed cotton yarn and fabric. We will discuss and explore a wide variety of ways to layout warps to be dyed-each layout giving a different result for what will turn into woven fabric. This is not a "recipe" class. Using 7 hues of Fiber Reactive MX dyes students will begin to develop insight into the essence of color that allows them to blend, shade, and produce a full spectrum of color. Students will learn techniques for space-dyeing skeins and warps, resist dyeing yarn, and how to set up a basic dye kitchen. And, beyond that, to learn to dye with personal fearlessness and intention.

Materials Fee: $35 Includes Personal dye kit with plenty of dye for the workshop , skein for take-home dye samples, handouts.
Level: All
Equipment: Cellulose fiber to dye (6-10 warps and/or skeins), notebook, folder, pen, and pencil. Additional supply list sent before conference.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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SF201-Learn to Use a Spindle
Greg Cotton
Saturday

If you love yarn and all of its uses, have you considered traveling one step closer to the sheep and spinning your own? Do you love falling down rabbit holes that rival any of those produced in Wonderland? Join us and learn this ancient craft. Human beings have been spinning for at least 35,000 years, using little more than sticks and clay to produce incredible yarns. We'll use similar found objects, albeit found in the 21st century-dowels, CDs, toy wheels, and the odd binder clip-and will spend time learning to produce equally incredible yarns. Also, please bring willing hearts and hands, some small degree of self-confidence, the joy of learning, and slightly below-average intelligence.

Materials Fee: $25 Includes Drop spindles and plenty of wool
Level: All
Equipment: None

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SF202-Woodsy Forest Vessels
Dawn Edwards
Saturday

We will create our wet-felted woodsy forest-inspired vessels using the 'resist' method. This is a great introduction to 3D felting. Watch as our flat felt pieces become three-dimensional. Come and explore methods of creating great visual interest through a fabulous, highly textured surface. We will form our 3D wet-felted vessels using a flat resist that will produce a seamless, hollow shape. You will love the technique and tips offered in this workshop and will find numerous ways of incorporating these methods in future projects, such as bags, hats, and wall-hangings.

Materials Fee: $30 Includes Natural colored Bergschaf wool; embellishing materials including wool nepps, cheesecloth, etc.; instructions; laminate floor underlayment for your pattern/template
Level: All - Rolling out felt requires some physical exertion. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
Equipment: 3-4 old bath towels, bubble wrap with small bubbles (2 ft. wide x 4-6 ft. length: narrower widths can be duct-taped together on smooth side, if necessary), plastic bucket to hold water, very sharp pointy scissors, ball brause or water sprinkler (if you have one), old pantyhose or t-shirt that can be snipped into strips, PVC pipe or pool noodle, rubber spatula, wooden spoon, additional fibers or yarns that you may wish to add.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Bands with a PurposeSF203-Bands with a Purpose
Louise French
Saturday

Ply split braiding adds a new and portable textile art to your weaving, spinning, or dyeing world. This technique uses yarns you probably have in your stash and creates fascinating embellishments to your textile wardrobe. Learn the technique by making three or four bands that will be samples for future projects. We will discuss the many and various ways these bands may be used from key chains to belts, purse straps, dog collars, and even camel girths.

Materials Fee: $25 Includes Materials and handout. A gripfid will be provided for use in class and may be purchased for an additional $11.
Level: All - No experience needed
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Pattern Weaving on Rigid Heddle LoomSF204-Pattern Weaving on Rigid Heddle Loom
Constance Hall
Saturday

Pattern weaving with pick up sticks on a rigid heddle loom is a fun and easy way to turn that simple looking loom into a weaving powerhouse. This is a no-worries, step-by-step workshop. We will warp the looms and weave a sampler of patterns from warp floats and weft floats to leno and lots in between. Come learn to make magic happen on your loom.

Materials Fee: $15 Includes Yarn used in class and handouts
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Rigid heddle loom with all pieces (A Schacht 15" Cricket loom may be borrowed to use in class with option to buy at the end of class.), warping peg, clamps, 2 shuttles, 2 pick-up sticks, 10-dent heddle, sticky notes, tape measure, scissors, pen, and 5 sheets of printer paper. Glasses if needed and comfortabe shoes.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Band Weaving on a Rigid Heddle ReedSF205-Band Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Reed
Joanne Hall
Saturday

Swedish woven bands are beautiful and weaving them is very engaging. A class in Sweden on traditional patterned band weaving started my personal study of these fun and decorative patterns. Participants will weave bands on a small hole-and-slot rigid heddle reed called bandgrind. Multi-colored plain weave bands provide beautiful patterning and the pick-up weaves add another pattern dimension. Each weaver will learn to warp the bandgrind. That warp, a stick shuttle, and its bandgrind will be yours to take home. You will also have the opportunity to weave on a two-treadle band loom.

Materials Fee: $35 Includes Backstrap heddle reed, flat shuttle, warp and weft, plus use of other prewarped bands.
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Scissors, tape measure

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Intermediate Sprang: Twining PatternsSF206-Intermediate Sprang: Twining Patterns
Carol James
Saturday

You've mastered the basic interlinking stitch in sprang and now want to explore something fancy, such as the colored patterns of Coptic bonnets. The basics of twining are easily learned and can be used to create vibrant designs. Learn some simple techniques from a master. We will also discuss pattern reading and pattern writing. Leave with a sample piece as well as patterns for several more designs.

Materials Fee: $2 Includes Handout
Level: Intermediate
Equipment: Warped sprang frame (sock yarn, 36 threads, 24 inches long), colored pencils

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Explore, Experience, and Create: Adventures with Wire ClothSF207-Explore, Experience, and Create: Adventures with Wire Cloth
Marilyn Moore
Saturday

Industrially produced woven wire, known as wire cloth, is an interesting and exciting material to play with. Using copper, bronze and stainless steel wire cloth, learn some simple techniques to work with and create interesting forms and jewelry. Also use wire and beads for embellishment and as a structural element. Let your creativity be your guide. Use heat to make interesting patinas on the wire cloth, hem it, stitch it, add wire to knit and crochet on it. The possibilities are endless. It's a fun day of exploration and unintimidating creativity.

Materials Fee: $40 Includes Instruction sheets, wire and wire cloth, beads, findings, and crochet hook
Level: All
Equipment: Small wire cutters, chain nose pliers, nylon jaw pliers, personal task light, cutting mat, metal burnisher, awl

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Awash in Color: Painting Warps Off LoomSF208-Awash in Color: Painting Warps Off Loom
Sarah Saulson
Saturday

In this workshop, we'll learn the basics of working with fiber reactive dyes. They are safe, simple to use, and colorfast. We'll have lots of fun mixing colors and then painting enough warp to put on your loom to weave 2 scarves at home after the workshop.

Materials Fee: $15 Includes Dyes and chemical assistants, all necessary containers, handouts
Level: All
Equipment: Rubber gloves, 2 plastic grocery bags, paper towels, 2-4 artists' sponges, brushes (chip, foam, or stencil), dust mask, 1-2 prewound warps. Detailed instructions on warp preparation will be sent prior to the workshop.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Practically Perfect in Every Way: The Leicester, the Marry Poppins of a Breeds FamilySF209-Practically Perfect in Every Way: The Leicester, the Marry Poppins of a Breeds Family
Beth Smith
Saturday

With these three breeds, English Leicester, Border Leicester, and Blue-Faced Leicester you may never need another wool. There is something here for every project and every spinner. In this class we will prepare and spin all three of these breeds using every method I know. You will leave class with lots of samples and lots of ideas about how to use these wools. We will reach deep into our carpet bags of spinning tricks and find out which preparation and spinning methods work to bring out that luster we love so much, which of the breeds will give the smoothest yarn, and which will give that lovely halo for those ethereal lace projects. We'll also learn how we can spin these lovely Longwools to add a bit of loft to the yarn. You won't need a spoon full of sugar to add these breeds to your spinning repertoire

Materials Fee: $25
Level: All - Must be able to spin a continuous thread
Equipment: Spindle or a spinning wheel in good working order, hands cards hand combs, and flicker (if you have them), lap cloth, hang tags, note-taking materials.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Crimp Cloth in DepthSF210-Crimp Cloth in Depth
Dianne Totten
Saturday

Learn to create "crimp cloth," permanently crimped fabric for clothing and accessories that flatter any figure. Although the finishing process is the same for warp or weft crimp, designing, drafting, weaving, and using the finished fabric varies between the two methods. An in-depth study of both methods will be included in the lectures, visual presentations, and hands-on activities. Be inspired by the endless possibilities. Sewing tips for using this magic cloth will be included.

Materials Fee: $10 Includes Handouts and woven samples to process
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Note-taking materials, small scissors with a good snipping point

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Ply-Split PassementerieSF211-Ply-Split Passementerie
Barbara Walker
Saturday

Analyze intricate, ornate, and colorful woven passementerie bands, known as galons, and create their counterparts with ply-split darning. Topics explored will include analysis of various passementerie bands (galons), designing a project based on analysis, use of the invisible darner, and construction of a project.

Materials Fee: $10 Includes $5 if handouts e-mailed prior to conference
Level: All - Experience in ply-split braiding
Equipment: E-mail access, prescribed number of 4-ply cords for projects (instructor does not supply cords), appropriate size gripfid, note-taking materials, additional materials depending on components chosen, ply-split pieces for show-and-tell.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Applying Knitting and Crochet to Handwoven GarmentsSF212-Applying Knitting and Crochet to Handwoven Garments
Heather Winslow
Saturday

Knitting and crochet added onto handwoven fabric can create that "one-of-a-kind" distinction. In clothing it can provide a "finished" edge as well as flexibility, ease of movement, and comfort. There are unending variations of trims to be explored. This class is not intended to teach you how to knit and crochet, but rather how to add these techniques to your garment designs. You will be amazed at the myriad of options.

Materials Fee: $5 Includes Handouts
Level: Beginner
Equipment: 3-4 pieces of handwoven or commercial fabric (each about 6" x 12") through which you can insert a 3.5 mm (Amer. E) crochet hook. Serge or sew 2 rows of straight stitches within 3/8 inch of cut edges of your fabric to prevent fraying. Different sizes of crochet hooks (preferably smaller if you have them), knitting needles size 5 or smaller, smooth light-colored yarns appropriate for the fabric (not too thick or thin to work into the fabric) scissors, tapestry needle

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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