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Workshops are intended for adults; children allowed only with special permission.

WS 300 – Beginning Rug Hooking - FULL
Fee: $70 (Other)
Instructor: Judy Taylor, Auburn, WA
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: All the basics to get you started in the craft of rug hooking with yarn are covered in this 3-hour class! Beginners welcome. You’ll receive a rug hook and your choice of a Jumping Goat or a Jumping Sheep rug kit.
Judy Taylor has been hooking rugs and teaching since 1992. Her first book, Hooking with Yarn!, sold out its first printing, and her new book, Joy of Hook-ing (with Yarn!) won the Gold Medal, eLit Book Awards 2011. Her website is www.littlehouserugs.com.

WS 301 – Spinning Blends: The Long And the Short of It
Fee: $48 (Spinning)
Instructor: Amelia Garripoli, Port Ludlow, WA
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: You spin wool. You spin silk. You even spin angora and alpaca. But those blends that look so colorful and interesting in the bag never seem to spin into the yarn of your dreams. Learn what to look for in blends to get the yarn you want. Explore spinning methods to maximize fibers and colors in the blends. And find out how to make blends yourself, on hand cards, when spinning and when plying. Skill Level: Able to spin and ply consistent singles. Bring: Spinning wheel or spindles.
Amelia Garripoli has been teaching spinning and writing about the fiber arts since purchasing a house that came with two llamas in 2001. At that time she founded The Bellwether to share her joy of all things yarn. She wrote Productive Spindling in 2009 to capture and share her spindling expe-rience. In 2012, she opened The Bellwether Studio in Port Ludlow and filled it with spinning wheels, looms, dyes, fiber and workshops. She currently is developing a natural dye garden!

WS 302 – Faux-Thrummed Mittens to Knit With Angora And Wool
Fee: $50 (Knitting)
Instructor: Shelia January, Newberg, OR
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Have you ever admired the warmth of mittens knitted with thrums (pieces of unspun roving inserted in the knitting to create a fleecy “lining”)? Ever think they are too bulky or wonder if the roving will stay in the stitching? We’ll knit hand coverings that use fluffy
Angora yarn stranded with smooth soft wool to create the warmth and look of thrumming without bulk or individual roving pieces to manage. The pattern has a gusseted thumb, which will be worked in class so that any questions about thumb gussets can be explored. You will re-ceive a pattern including color charts to work on in class and angora accent yarn in a neutral light color. Skill Level: Experience knitting in the round. Bring yarn and needles. See OFFF website or class confir-mation letter for complete details.
Shelia January grew up on a farm in Oregon and has been a knitter since she was eight years old. Knitting saved her sanity while attending college, while working in the financial services industry, and finally while preparing to retire to her own farm in Oregon, where she now lives with her yaks, sheep, cattle, chickens, cat and husband. Since becoming a spinner, she has studied exten-sively in the US and Canada, and now collects spinning wheels, as well as yarn. She knits, designs, and teaches spinning and knitting at retreats, shops and fiber festivals. She has been featured in The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, Fiber Gathering, The Knitter’s Book of Wool, Ply Magazine, and at various yarn and fiber businesses.

WS 304 – Using Herbs For Deworming Sheep And Goats
Fee: $45 (Animal Husbandry)
Instructor: Alethea Kenney, Shevlin, MN
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Herbal dewormers are becoming popular as people try to eliminate unnecessary chemicals from their farm programs and help reduce parasite resistance. But do they work? Participants find out what some of the research shows and how to incorporate herbs into a multi-pronged parasite management program. Beginners welcome.
Alethea Kenney has a B.S. in Wildlife Science, a Doctorate in Naturopathy, international certification in aromatherapy, and a certification in Western Herb-alism. She works as a Traditional Naturopath specializing in herbs, essential oils and homeopathy. She has spent many years working with animals in a veterinary setting and on the farm. She studies, consults, writes and teaches about natural dyes for fiber, as well as herbs and minerals as they relate to health in humans, companion animals and livestock, particularly sheep and goats.

WS 305 – Meat Cutting For Lamb 101
Fee: $50 (Animal Husbandry)
Instructor: Dan Wilson, Canby, OR
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Tired of seeing your carefully-raised lamb come back from the butcher poorly cut and trimmed? Like to learn how to make your own well-trimmed cuts or learn about meat cuts so you can work more closely with your butcher? Read on! Successfully marketing your freezer lambs and retaining customers requires knowledge and know-how. Using a few sharp knives, hack saw and table, master lamb chef Dan Wilson shows you how to easily section and cut lamb carcasses and turn them into an interesting array of smaller, well-trimmed cuts. Find out how to use every scrap of the lamb for both people and pets. Lamb cuts will be available for purchase. Beginners welcome.
Dan Wilson was raised on a cattle and sheep ranch in Humbolt County, CA. He has degrees in agricultural engineering and farm management from Ore-gon State. Along with his wife Susie, they have owned and operated a sheep and poultry farm in Canby, Oregon for the past 17 years. Dan has butchered and sold 1,200 lambs annually through farmers markets and restaurants in the Willamette Valley since 2001.

WS 306 – Evaluating Cashmere Fleeces With Wendy Peih
Fee: $45 (Animal Husbandry)
Instructor: Wendy Pieh, Bremen, ME
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: In this class Wendy shows you how to evaluate cashmere fleece for fineness, yield and style. You will learn how to read a histo-gram and relate it to a fleece, and will go home with samples and a histogram to help you study your own fleeces. Beginners welcome.
Wendy Pieh, retired state representative from Maine, grew up on a farm and worked with Outward Bound all over the world. But she’s coming to OFFF because she is an approved and highly-revered Cashmere Goat judge! While she’s here, we couldn’t miss the chance to have her teach about the fiber goats she loves so much. Wendy now spends most of her time on the Spring-tide Farm in Bremen, ME, with her husband and a wide array of animals. Their farm is well-known for raising large, correct, often silver-colored Cashmere goats. With foundation stock that has excellent fiber and superb conformation, Springtide Cashmere goats stand out in any gathering. Don’t miss your chance to learn from this very special Cashmere judge.

WS 310 – Power Spinning
Fee: $48 (Spinning)
Instructor: Amelia Garripoli, Port Ludlow, WA
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Does your electric/electronic spinner run away with your yarn, get miles ahead of your fingers, or just not make the yarn you’re thinking of? Whether you come from spindle or wheel, or have only spun on e-spinners, come work on your e-spinning technique with hands-on tips. Take control of your e-spinner and see what it can do. From art yarn to laceweight, casual or production spinning; we’ll put our e-spinners through their paces. Skill Level: Able to spin consistent singles on a wheel, spindle or e-spinner. Bring: An electric/electronic spinning wheel and lazy kate.

WS 311 – Pick-Up Stick Lace on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Fee: $45 (Weaving)
Instructor: Linda Gettmann, Bend, OR
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Using a pick-up stick with a rigid heddle loom allows you to add all sorts of patterns and textures to your weaving. Tired of plain weave? It’s time to try pick-up. It’s not hard. After a little learning curve you’ll be weaving lace in no time. Because warp threads in the slots can move up and down freely, they are ripe for manipulating. Add a highlight, accent or special border to your projects. These versatile techniques allow the weaver to create alternate sheds that yield inter-esting, creative patterns in rigid heddle weaving. Come to OFFF and expand your weaving skills. Skill Level: Be a rigid heddle weaver. Bring: Warped rigid heddle loom and a pick-up stick. See OFFF web-site or class confirmation letter for complete details, including purchase information. Recommended resource (not required): Textures and Patterns for the Rigid Heddle Loom by Betty Davenport.
Linda Gettmann is a veteran crafts person who escaped from her corporate office in the financial services industry to have more time for her favorite hob-bies: kumihimo jewelry, weaving, knitting and photography. An avid fiber nut, Linda teaches kumihimo and rigid heddle weaving at the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat, OFFF, the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival and at local guilds and yarn stores. She belongs to several weaving and knitting guilds in WA and OR. Lin-da sells her creations at local art fairs and boutiques under the name “Fiber Art Designs”. She is always on the lookout for new ideas, and enjoys teaching others and experimenting in the realm of fiber arts.

WS 312 – Overdyeing Colored Wool And Yarn
Fee: $60 (Dyeing)
Instructor: Shelia January, Newberg, OR
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Many of us love working with natural-colored fibers from sheep, alpacas and other animals, but sometimes we need to add more color! The tones resulting from dyeing natural-color wools can be any-thing from lovely tonal shades that work well together to rich jewel tones to complex colors that look as if several dye baths were used. We will use washfast acid dyes. Beginners welcome.

WS 313 – Minerals For Health in Sheep And Goats
Fee: $45 (Animal Husbandry)
Instructor: Alethea Kenney, Shevlin, MN
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: This class provides an overview of what minerals are needed for health in sheep and goats and what problems are associated with deficiencies and toxicities. Possible reasons for imbalances will be discussed. Participants will learn possible reasons their animals may not be reaching their potential and what to look for in a sheep or goat mineral mix. This class is not a substitute for veterinary care or advice! Beginners welcome.

WS 314 – Managing The Angora Wool Rabbitry
Fee: $35 (Animal Husbandry)
Instructor: Diana Cason, Salem, OR
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Description: This 2-hour evening class is for those who grow angora wool for profit. Even those who with just a few Angora rabbits could have healthier, happier animals that yield more usable wool after this class. Basic husbandry is touched on, but the emphasis is on time man-agement, shearing, health maintenance and the profitable rabbit. Culling, rabbit meat, trace minerals, homeopathy, herbs, gardening and ethics are addressed. Beginners welcome.
Diana Cason, of Vine and Fig Tree Farms, breeds German Angoras and has over 20 years of experience in wool, commercial and fancy rabbits. She is a livestock advisor from the WSU Extension Service and has taught many classes. She has taken many post-B.A. classes in pre-med and homeopathy. Her upcoming book is Green Eggs and Lapin.

WS 320 – My Project: Designing Your Personal Yarn, From Start to Finish
Fee: $95 (Spinning)
Instructor: Laurie Weinsoft, Portland, OR
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Description: Your first big project from animal to sweater can be a daunting, overwhelming experience. This is your chance to do it with help and support. We start with a fresh raw fleece, preparing to wash it, using both worsted and woolen techniques. While our fleece wash-es, we work with washed wool, preparing and carding it. In the after-noon we design your personal yarn using wool and additional fibers like silk, mohair, flash or whatever interests you. Finally we spin sam-ples of the final product yarn, using several spinning/plying techniques. Skill Level: Able to spin consistent singles yarn. Bring: spinning wheel.
Laurie Weinsoft has been spinning for the last 25 years. After a lifetime of knitting, sewing and weaving, it is sitting behind the spinning wheel that gives her the greatest joy. She started teaching spinning right away and has taught a continuing class for beginning/returning students at Northwest Wools in Port-land, OR, for 12 years. Laurie is an original member of the Twisted Sisters spinning group and contributed to the Twisted Sister’s Sock Book and Twisted Sisters Sweater Workshop book (her handspun sweater and pattern is the last sweater design in the book). Her work also has been published in Spin-Off. “My main goal in teaching spinning is to share my enthusiasm for beautiful wheels, incredible fibers and the sheer joy of creating amazing yarns.”

WS 321 – Advance Felt Textures
Fee: $99 Felting
Instructor: Loyce Ericson, Gaston, OR
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Description: Are you ready for the next step in wet felting? Learn how to add texture to your felted hats, scarves and bags. We will make in-tentional bumps, lumps, bubbles, ridges, ruffles and tucks in our sam-ple pieces. You will leave with a handful of samples and new strategies for creating fascinating felt. Prior felting experience is necessary. Note: Felting is vigorous physical activity and requires upper body health.
Loyce Ericson, a PNW feltmaker, is owner of The Chocolate Sheep, a fiber arts studio located on the upper Tualatin River in the OR coast range. She has been teaching felting for more than 11 years, at Black Sheep Gathering, OFFF, Mendocino Arts Center, Golden Gate Fiber Institute, New England Felt-ing Supply in Massachusetts and in local high schools as an Artist in Resi-dence. She has raised coarse-wool sheep for felting fiber, spins, weaves and says she knits very slowly.

WS 322 – Natural Colors to Dye ForFULL
Fee: $95 Dyeing
Instructor: Linda Hartshorn, Eureka, CA
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Description: Learn about beautiful natural dyes that come from plants, minerals and insects. We will dye wool yarn five different colors: cochi-neal magenta, onion yellow, madder root orange, logwood purple, and olive green with iron. We start by preparing the dye baths and a mor-dant bath with alum. The dyestuffs are simmered in water and strained to yield a dye. Yarns are put first in the mordant bath, then in the dye bath, then rinsed and dried. Take home yarns for knitting or weaving and a handout of recipes to try on your own. Beginners welcome.
Linda Hartshorn is known for her unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. When she’s not weaving or teaching classes at The Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka, Linda can be found traveling to work-shops with a car full of depots and looms. She is a recipient of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award. See her work at www.lindahartshorn.com

WS 323 – Knitting Behind The (Color) Wheel
Fee: $95 (Knitting)
Instructor: Mary Scott Huff, Fairview, OR
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Description: In this class we’ll explore the basic concepts of color theo-ry through use of the color wheel, applying them to our class project. You’ll receive a yarn kit and pattern to knit a modular felted bag. Work each module to learn firsthand what different color combinations can do! Knit in class, felt at home. The modular felted bag will function as a living dictionary of different color combinations explored in class. You also will learn how to work applied knitted cord and create a Dorset button. For strong beginners to intermediate knitters.
Mary Scott Huff is the author of The New Stranded Colorwork and Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting. She fled the realm of information technology to pursue a more yarn-centered way of life. The many friends she found along the way have helped her become a nationally-recognized designer, teacher and author. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mary shares a wee little house there with her husband, two children, some Scottish Terriers and more yarn than is strictly necessary. You can join Mary on her adventures playing with string at her website: www.maryscotthuff.com

WS 324 – Angora Rabbit Fiber: Spinning, Dyeing And Carding - FULL
Fee: $95 (Spinning)
Instructor: Deidra MacKimmie, Woodburn, OR
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Description: If you have never spun, carded or dyed Angora rabbit fi-ber, this class is for you. You will get the chance to learn all the ins and outs of angora. Each student will receive enough angora to try all these things and learn just how addicting this luxurious fiber is. Angora is softer than alpaca and doesn’t require dehairing like cashmere. It is a wonderfully warm fiber that takes dye and spins into super fine lace or fluffy worsted yarn. Angora can soften any fiber by blending and cre-ates a unique look in any garment. Skill Level: Able to spin consistent singles on a wheel or drop spindle. Bring an open mind and a spinning wheel or drop spindle.
Deidra MacKimmie has been raising rabbits since 1998 and Angora rabbits since 2000. In that time, she has bred and shown almost every breed of Ango-ras. She currently raises French, English and Satin Angoras, as well as Jersey Woolies and shows them locally and nationally. She has taught several classes and held many demonstrations on Angora rabbits. Deidra loves to share her passion for these incredibly versatile animals with others.

WS 325 – Design Your Own Felted Purse
Fee: $100 (Felting)
Instructor: Carin Engen, Garberville, CA
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Description: Make your own template and design your very own purse while learning to wet felt. We will use the “make the handle and purse as one piece” method. In-side and outside pockets, embedding stones, beading, lumpy yarn embellishment and closures are covered. Beginners are welcome, but some experience is nice.
Carin Engen is an award winning fiber artist and workshop instructor who has been using her experimental, playful nature to explore felting and color seriously since 1992. She maintains a studio in Garberville, CA, where she produces a line of hand-dyed wool fabric and fiber as well as her felt art. She is an enthusiastic teacher who encourages innovation in her students.

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