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Saturday Workshops

WS 330 – Natural Dyes With Iron and Shibori - FULL
Fee: $60 (Dyeing)
Instructor: Rio Wrenn, Portland, OR
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Learn the basics of natural dyes using concentrates and learn how to use iron as a mordant. This requires the creation of numerous samples using various methods. We will go over the ancient technique of Shibori, specifically Itajime Shibori. You’ll use this knowledge to dye a silk scarf that you’ll enjoy wearing for years to come. Beginners welcome.
Rio Wrenn, of R.A.W. and R.A.W. Textiles, comes to OFFF from the textile world, where she has been dyeing fabric with natural dyes and rust for over 12 years. She combines her special interest in rust with skills in Shibori dyeing, compost dyeing, and printing to create spectacular designs and hues. Rusty old gate hardware forms an intricate pattern on curtains. Flakes of rust color create a delicate hue in a dye bath for a Shibori scarf or lingerie. Rio’s textiles and creations have been shown in galleries throughout the NW. “My inspiration comes from nature and industry. I love the tension that is created from merging them together and finding a balance that works from within.” Web-sites: www.riowrenn.com and www.rawtextiles.com.

WS 331 – Nuno Spiral Scarf - FULL
Fee: $62 (Felting)
Instructor: Loyce Ericson, Gaston, OR
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: This is the latest in nuno scarves. We will create a long, ruffled, gorgeous scarf that wraps around your neck and cascades down. We take a 36″ square silk scarf, add dramatic, hand-dyed, fine merino/tencel wool, do a little wet-felting magic and make one amazing cut. Sounds easy, looks great. Be aware that felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires upper body health. Beginners welcome. Bio: See WS 321.
Something For Everyone: Festival food booths offer a variety of tasty food, including lamb kabobs, KettleKorn,
burgers, salad, roasted corn, coffee drinks and yummy desserts!

WS 332 – Beginning Soft Goat Cheese- FULL
Fee: $48 (Other)
Instructor: Tammi Paul, Shedd, OR
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Participants will learn the benefits of using fresh goat milk in cheese making, resources for cheese-making supplies, how to make three different types of soft goat cheese (ricotta, chevre, feta) and will receive recipes for using goat cheese. Participants also will sample several different types of cheese made before the class. Cheese-making supplies will be available for purchase. Beginners welcome.
Tammi Paul and her husband own Two Track Farm, located near Browns-ville, OR. They raise registered Saanen and Lamancha dairy goats and registered Simmental cattle. Tammi has been a teacher for over 20 years, teaching cheese and soap classes with the hope that others will become more self sustaining and enjoy the health benefits of goat milk products. “My family and friends love to see what cheese ‘creations’ I come up with and any guest in our house is treated to the most recent ‘experiment’ that might be left in the fridge!” Come experience the joy of making artisan cheese.

WS 333 – How to Evaluate And Select Just The Right Fleece
Fee: $45 (Fiber Prep)
Instructor: Susan Clark, Canby, OR
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: If you’re new — or even not so new — to buying a raw fleece, this class will help you learn what you need to know to buy the perfect fleece for your project. You’ll learn how to test for fiber strength and how to check for that nasty VM (vegetable matter). Start teaching your fingers how to tell coarse from fine fiber, explore how to ask the right questions as you examine fleeces, and how to avoid “bargain” fleeces that just waste your time. Handouts include a terminology list, resource list and instructions on how to clean and wash a fleece. Optional: Meet the instructor Sunday at the fleece sale for help picking out a fleece! Beginners welcome.
Susan Clark has managed her own small flock of sheep for over 10 years; she has been spinning for just as long. She has taught spinning with a drop spindle, beginning spinning and spinning boucle yarn.

WS 334 – Using a Long Draw to Speed up Your Spinning  – FULL
Fee: $45 (Spinning)
Instructor: Gayle Vallance, Fernie, B.C., Canada
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Every spinner feels frustration when there are so many projects planned, but so little time to spin. Often spinning can be sped up without sacrificing yarn quality by using long drafting techniques. This class teaches how to distinguish between the many spinning techniques referred to as “long draw”. It clarifies terms such as woolen long draw, unsupported long draw, double drafting, point of contact, short draw at a distance and long backward worsted draw. It teaches each technique and shows why it is best for a specific type of yarn. Skill Level: Able to spin consistent singles yarn. Bring: spinning wheel and ex-tra bobbins.
Gayle Vallance is serving as an OFFF judge, as well as teaching this year.

WS 335 – Working With Angora Rabbit Fiber - FULL
Fee: $60 (Spinning)
Instructor: Katie Musante, Madras, OR
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Learn the unique qualities of Angora rabbit fiber and how to use those to your advantage. We will cover a broad range of topics including harvesting methods, dyeing, spinning, milling considerations, techniques for creating the yarn you want, sorting and grading as you harvest and attributes that are specific to Angora rabbit fiber. Beginners welcome. If you want to spin samples in class, be able to spin consistent singles and bring a drop spindle or spinning wheel.
Katie Musante’s rabbit raising adventure began with the help of her father when she was in 4th grade. At that time she focused on Dutch and mini lop rabbits. Two years later she got her first angora and fell completely in love. She now has 13 years of rabbit raising experience, the last 5 focused exclusively on Angora rabbits. Katie then became a handspinner raising her own spinning fiber. She specialized in the German Angora, filling her rabbitry and growing her High Desert Fiberworks business. This year she’s launching a new yarn line that blends her rabbit fiber with fine wools. She is a vendor at a few fiber festivals each year and is also accessible online.

WS 336 Silk Painting And Stamping With Natural Dye Extracts - FULL
Fee: $60 (Dyeing)
Instructor: Linda Hartshorn, Eureka, CA
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Hand paint and embellish two silk scarves with brilliant colors from plants, minerals and an insect! Discover how to use natural dyes for surface design in a fun, hands-on workshop. We’ll make natural paint dyes from extracts, and thicken them for stamping designs onto fabric. Take the scarves home to rinse out after they have cured. Beginners welcome.

WS 340 – Tannin And Rust Printing - FULL
Fee: $60 Dyeing
Instructor: Rio Wrenn, Portland, OR
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Learn the basics of dyeing with tannin and iron. We will focus on a magical technique that uses metal objects to create a print. We also will touch on ways to paint with iron or ferric sulfate to create contrast and pat-tern. Using this knowledge, we will print and dye a scarf that you’ll enjoy wearing for years to come. Beginners welcome.

WS 341 – Batik Basics (First Color); Beeswax, Natural Fiber, And Cold Water Dye
Fee: $55 (Dyeing)
Instructor: Gael Nagle, Detroit, OR
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Learn the basics of traditional batik dyeing in this class. Traditional batik involves painting melted beeswax onto cloth and sub-merging the piece in successive cold-water dye baths over time. This class will get you started with design and technique and allow for dyeing the first color of your creation. Gain the knowledge and experience you need to plan and craft your own batik creations. Take this class alone or add WS 362 on Sun. to dye the second color of your design. Beginners welcome.
Gael Nagle is a featured artist at OFFF this year!

WS 343 – Goat Cheese is Not so Hard—Mozzarella, Cheddar, “Squeaky” Cheese Curds
Fee: $48 (Other
)
Instructor: Tammi Paul, Shedd, OR
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Fresh goat milk plus culture and time equals fabulous
hard goat cheese. We will explore the benefits of using fresh goat milk
to make three different types of hard goat cheese (mozzarella, cheddar
and cheese curds) and learn how to use a cheese press. You will
leave class knowing where to get all that you need to make goat
cheese and you will have sampled several different types of cheese
made before and during the class. Cheese making supplies will be
available for purchase. Beginners welcome.

WS 344 – Hooks For Sticks (a.k.a. Crochet for Knitters)!
Fee: $40 (Other)
Instructor: Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby, Seattle, WA
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Come on … you know you wanna! After all, stitches are stitches whether you use needles or hooks. We’ll build on your knowledge of knitting to show you how to add a little (or BIG) touch of crochet to your knitting. With a couple of easy modifications to your knitting skills, you’ll begin to crochet right away. Then we’ll move on to combining your new stitches to enhance your knitted pieces. Yes, we will put crochet borders on your knit swatches and in the MIDDLE of your knitting! I know it sounds crazy, but we will pick up crochet stitch-es right off your knitting needle, work some crazy beautiful crochet magic, then pick up knitting stitches right from the crochet stitches. Yes, it is magic. And you will know how to do it at the end of this class. Skill Level: Knitters who are beginning crocheters are welcome. Home-work required.

WS 345 – Handcarded Rolags And Woolen Spinning - FULL
Fee: $45 (Spinning)
Instructor: Gayle Vallance, Fernie, B.C., Canada
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: This workshop discusses types of fibers best suited to handcarding. We’ll review handcarding technique so rolags are easy to draft, and you’ll create yarns with a woolen character, using a traditional woolen, long draw technique. We’ll use several spinning fibers, including sheep’s wool, cotton, camel down and silk. Skill Level: Ability to spin continuous singles. Bring: spinning wheel.

WS 346 – Rainbow Bunnies – Dyeing to Play With Angora?
Fee: $60 (Dyeing)
Instructor: Katie Musante, Madras, OR
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Learn about the unique qualities of Angora rabbit fiber and how to use those to your advantage. We’ll discuss dye methods, results you can expect, and tips specific to working with Angora rabbit fibers. You’ll have a chance to create your own colored angora using the crockpot and kettle dyeing processes. Beginners are welcome, but some dyeing experience is useful.

WS 347 – Painted Skeins And Warps
Fee: $50 (Dyeing)
Instructor: Linda Hartshorn, Eureka, CA
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Learn to use dyes to paint on yarn! If you knit or crochet, painted variegated yarns add lively color to your projects. If you are a weaver, painted warps provide a whole new dimension to your weaving. Hand paint your skeins and/or warps of cotton, rayon or bamboo with fiber-reactive dyes. Take your yarns home to use in any project you choose. Beginners welcome. Bring 3-4 skeins of undyed yarn or
1-2 undyed warps (cellulose fiber).

 

WS 350 – Learn to Spin on a Wheel - FULL
Fee: $85 (Spinning)
Instructor: Amelia Garripoli, Port Ludlow, WA
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Description: Are you looking to put your flock to use or curious about the practical art of making yarn? In this one-day workshop, we go from fleece to yarn, exploring fiber processing, learning about our wheels, making yarn and finishing our first skeins. We will work with washed fleece and roving. We’ll discuss a variety of animal, plant and man-made fibers, as well as knitting, weaving and crochet with handspun. By the end of class you will have your first skein, the knowledge to create more yarn, and the ability to spin away the rest of the weekend! Beginners welcome. Bring: spinning wheel. Contact instructor for wheel rental (ask@thebellwether.com).

WS 351 – Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving
Fee: $80 (Weaving)
Instructor: Linda Gettmann, Bend, OR
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Description: Learn a new, fun way to use all those wonderful yarns! Weaving on a rigid heddle loom is easy, portable, fun and provides hours of relaxing fiber art time. Let your creativity flow as you design and weave a scarf with worsted weight yarn. Unlimited yarn, color and pattern variations are possible on this simple loom. No previous weaving experience is necessary; beginners have great success with this project. Come get hooked on weaving. Beginners welcome. Bring: rigid heddle loom. See OFFF website or class confirmation letter for complete details, including purchase information.

WS 352 – Felted Clog-Style SlippersFULL
Fee: $100 (Felting)
Instructor:Carin Engen, Garberville, CA
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Description: A pair of slip on, clog-type slippers .. what could be a more practical way to learn wet felting? Make a template to fit your feet and learn how to adjust the pattern and amount of wool used to make slippers as a gift for others. We’re going to have so much fun learning to make these slippers! Beginners welcome. Optional: Bring a mold of your feet. See instructions online or in your confirmation letter.

WS 353 – Needle Felt an Autumn Cornucopia
Fee: $90 (Felting)
Instructor: Sandoval McNair, Beaverton, OR
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Description: In this class we will use hand-dyed merino/angora blend fiber
to needle-felt a cornucopia of pumpkins and squash, grapes and apples
and whatever other fruits and vegetables you want to take a stab at (pun
intended)! We’ll start by creating a pre-felt—a piece of cloth created by
wet felting—to cut for leaves and stems. Then we’re on to needle felting,
using needles to shape the internal structure and create durability, large
swaths of color, delicate patterns and details. Come learn all these techniques
while making a beautiful table decoration for Thanksgiving! Beginners
welcome.
Sandoval McNair has been felting for over 10 years now. She started with needle
felting curly critters, then discovered the magic of wet felting. She has taught
for years at OFFF and the Black Sheep Gathering, as well as other fiber festivals
and private classes. She loves teaching, as the students are a captive audience
and have to laugh at her jokes or they get a bad grade.

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