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Sunday Workshops

WS 360 – Spinning For Lace
Fee: $55 (Spinning)
Instructor: Cynthia Heeren, Bend, OR
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Learn to spin for knitting or crocheting lace. This workshop explores properties of fibers most commonly used for lace—cashmere, silk, merino, angora, bast and other down fibers. We’ll cover what to look for when purchasing, how to tune your wheel for the best results, techniques to prepare fiber and how to spin fiber for lace. Skill Level: For those confident with spinning/plying fiber. Bring: spinning wheel.
Cynthia Heeren is an accomplished fiber artist, popular instructor and judge. She teaches and judges fiber arts throughout the NW and relishes sharing the joy of her art. She has won numerous awards for her fiber arts, including two Champion awards for spinning at Black Sheep Gathering and the Black Sheep Cup for a handspun knitted lace shawl, the Diamond Award and several Grand Champions at OFFF, and Champion Spinner and Champion Article Made From Handspun at the OR State Fair. She also knits, crochets and designs for the commercial market and was featured in Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools; The Save the Sheep Project, and in Knit N’ Style magazine, and was OFFF’s featured artist in lace knitting in 2010. She lives on a farm in Bend, OR with husband Karl.

WS 363 – Spinning For Socks
Fee: $52 Spinning

Instructor: Shelia January, Newberg, OR
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Are you a spinner who loves knitting socks, but who hasn’t been happy with the results from your handspun? Or would you like to expand your sock yarns into more interesting and exotic fiber blends? In this class, we’ll look at the possible twist structures 2-ply, 3-ply and 4-ply sock yarn, as well as try a variety of fibers and fiber blends. We’ll also discuss fiber preparation and sock knit-ting tips for handspinners. Skill Level: Able to spin a consistent singles yarn. Bring: spinning wheel.

WS 364 – Dyeing And Discharge With Fabric
Fee: $50 (Dyeing)
Instructor: Gayle Vallance, Fernie, B.C., Canada
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Learn to dye with fiber-reactive dyes. Come dye fabric using a variety of over-dying techniques to create interesting colors and patterns. Beginners welcome.

WS 365 – Make Your First Garment: The Wrap-Front Cardi
Fee: $40 (Other)
Instructor: Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby, Seattle, WA
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: The thought of making your first knit or crocheted garment can be so daunting that it can make even the sturdiest stitcher give in to fear and doubt. But fear not! We will stand by you and remove the fear and doubt so you can create a FAB finished project that will have you hooked on making your own fashionable wearables. Where to begin? Nothing is making a splash this year more than the timeless classic; the wrap front cardigan. We’ll design a custom made Wrap Front Cardi just for you! Pick the stitch, the fit, the drape and … Voila! You’ll go home with the perfect pattern for the perfect front wrap cardi. Adapt the pattern to fit YOUR needs and YOUR body. Learn how to take correct measure-ments, draw a schematic, match the swatch to your schematic and fill in the numbers. Get started on your garment and leave with the ability to finish your custom pattern. Online assistance provided by the instructor post-class if needed! Skill Level: advanced newbie through advanced not-so-newbie. Homework required.

WS 366 – Cast On, Bind Off!
Fee: $40 (Knitting)
Instructor: Michele Bernstein, Portland, OR
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: How many cast ons do you know? Why do you use the one that you use? Tired of running out of yarn with your long tail cast on? Come to class and learn some new tricks! We’ll cover long tail, knitting on, cable cast on, crochet provisional cast on and maybe more depending on time. We’ll also talk about when/why you might choose one over another, and some bind-off techniques that go well with your new cast ons. Skill Level: Know knit and purl stitches.
Michele Bernstein has been knitting since her favorite aunt taught her when she was 14, but became a knit fiend a few years ago when she joined a knitting group, joined Ravelry, and started knit-blogging. She is particularly fond of texture (cables, lace and entrelac) and loves designing accessories and teaching people how to be the boss of their knitting! You can view her blog and designs at http://pdxknitterati.com.

WS 367 – Hand Dyeing For Handspun or Commercial Yarn
Fee: $55 (Dyeing)
Instructor: Judy Ness, Eugene, OR
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Paint and dip your handspun or commercial yarn to colorize with brilliant or subtle hue in this introduction to hand dyeing. This is an introduction to color theory and a basic dye class for every skill level. Beginners welcome.
Judy Ness has been teaching fiber arts since 1996. She taught at the EMU Craft Center at the University of Oregon, as well as at regional conferences such as the Black Sheep Gathering, the ANWG Regional Weaving Conference, NWRSA Conference, and HGA Convergence. She is a tapestry weaver who spins and dyes yarn to use in her artwork. Her special interests are Norwegian and Navajo weaving. Classes are focused on learning new skills in a fun and creative environment. Please visit www.tapestry-fiberarts.com for more information on Judy and her weaving.

WS 368 – Natural First Aid For The Farm
Fee: $45 (Animal Husbandry)
Instructor: Alethea Kenney, Shevlin, MN
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: This class is an introduction to using herbs for simple first aid and common illnesses in sheep or goats and their human caretakers. Participants learn how to use common herbs available on most farms or easily found in health stores or online and what their medicinal action is. Handouts include explanations and a materia medica—a list of the herbs, homeopathy and essential oils covered and their actions. By the time you leave, you’ll be inspired to look at your fields and fencerows in a different light and notice the medicine chest at your feet. This class is not a substitute for veterinary advice or care. Beginners welcome.

WS 369 – Angora Rabbit Shearing
Fee: $50 (Animal Husbandry)
Instructor: Deidra MacKimmie, Woodburn, OR
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: This is a completely hands-on workshop covering 4 different methods of shearing an Angora rabbit. It is designed for those who have never sheared before, as well as those wanting to explore different techniques. We’ll cover how to properly harvest angora wool by plucking, combing/brushing, shearing with electric shears, and shearing with scissors. It will also include information about how to best harvest a coat at different stages of growth and how to best harvest each of the 5 angora breeds. Instructor will be on hand to help each person shear a rabbit, sort the fiber into Prime, 2nds, and 3rds, and give helpful tips. Beginners welcome. Bring an Angora rabbit to shear (healthy, free of parasites).

WS 390 – I Wanna Spindle (Learn to Spin on Spindles)
Fee: $52 (Spinning)
Instructor: Amelia Garripoli, Port Ludlow, WA
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Description: Never spun before? Want to learn an inexpensive way to spin, or want to have the world’s biggest spindle collection? Then come and learn to spin on spindles! We’ll start from the beginning, rolling spindles on our legs, and we’ll proceed through spinning singles and on to plying. You’ll leave with your new skill, wool, a spindle to play with, and your first skein of handspun yarn. Beginners welcome.

WS 370 – Deconstructing a Sweater
Fee: $55 (Other)
Instructor: JJ Foster, Oregon City, OR
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: How can you turn an unloved sweater back into yarn for a new project? In this workshop you’ll learn what to look for in a sweater, where to look at the thrift store, and how to prepare the sweater. Then we’ll start taking a sweater apart to harvest the yarn. We’ll learn what order to use when taking the commercial sweater apart, how to “unzip” it, how to unravel it, how to make a ball of yarn, and how to make a skein of yarn. We also will learn about ways to alter the yarn through dyeing, plying and other techniques. Beginners welcome.
JJ Foster and her mom Linda own Wynona Studios in historic downtown Oregon City, where they work with all local and recycled yarn and fibers. JJ has taught many people how to turn an unloved sweater from their closet, a friend’s closet, or a thrift store back into yarn that can go on to a second life in a new project. This saves the sweater from potentially ending up in the landfill while giving the knitter a sweaters-worth of yarn for a thrift shop price. She has taught over 150 people to knit or crochet (as well as other techniques) since the shop opened, and has held many hands through first sweaters, first socks, and first baby blankets. She uses humor and fun to make learning to knit an enjoyable and social experience.

WS 371 – How Do I Spin This?
Fee: $55 (Spinning)
Instructor: Laura Cunningham, Prineville, OR
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: In this global age, it’s easy to find a wide variety of fleeces. But what’s the best way to spin a particular fleece? Would you treat a longwool like a merino? What about dual-coated fleeces? In this class, we explore 5 different types of fleece, including a wool/silk blend. We’ll discuss their characteristics, historic use, and some of the ways to prepare and spin the different types of fleece. Skill Level: not for newbies. Be able to spin a continuous yarn and ply, either from both ends of the ball or from 2 or more bobbins. Bring: spinning wheel.
Laura Cunningham has been spinning since 1973. She has taught classes in knitting, spinning and dyeing since 1995. In 1997, she entered HGA’s (Handweavers Guild of America) Small Expressions juried show in the hand-spinning category. When her piece—a handspun knitted hat—returned from the show two months later, she was surprised and thrilled to learn that she had been awarded first prize! The letter from the president of HGA indicated that it was the first and only time that handspinning had ever won.

WS 372 – Kumihimo Beaded Braids
Fee: $60 (Other)
Instructor: Linda Gettmann, Bend, OR
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Learn the art of making Kumihimo woven fiber braids and the endless possibilities for beautiful jewelry creations. You will make an 8-strand braid on a Kumihimo disk, then use that braid to make a beaded necklace. Students learn how to make round braids in class. A demonstration of seed-beaded braids is given. Those novelty yarns you’ve got in your stash and don’t know what to do with—they may be perfect for Kumihimo. No experience necessary.

WS 373 – I Bought a Fleece—Now What Do I DO With It?
Fee: $50 (Fiber Prep)
Instructor: Shelia January, Newberg, OR
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: You’re a spinner or a spinner wannabe who has taken the plunge … you’ve purchased your first fleece or will do so soon! Now you want to know how to process it. Or maybe you’ve tried processing a fleece and had results that you are less than pleased with. This is the class for you. We’ll look at a fleece, talk about skirting, soaking, washing, picking and carding or combing, plus you’ll get hands-on experience with each process. Bring a fleece if you’ve just bought one (or have one you’d like looked at), and we’ll give you advice and help with it! No experience necessary, but it helps to like the smell of raw wool!
Sunday Workshops

WS 374 – Crochet With Roving
Fee: $47 (Other)
Instructor: Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby, Seattle, WA
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: We all know the joy of holding a new bundle of roving in our hands. These blank canvases of fabulous fiber conjure the endless possibilities in our mind’s eye, start our fingers twitching and make our thoughts turn to spindles, wheels and rug latches. It’s a beautiful thing! But I submit for your consideration the addition of wielding a crochet hook and making FAB projects without all of that waiting for the roving to be spun into yarn. Instant gratification! Who doesn’t love that? We create roving “yarns” (sans wheels and spindles!) of varying weights so you can customize your finished project. Use this way of working with roving to make something you can be proud of … and make your friends jealous of your new rove-hooking prowess. Advanced beginners welcome.

WS 375 – Indigo Dyeing With Natural Extracts - FULL
Fee: $60 (Dyeing)
Instructor: Judy Ness, Eugene, OR
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Demystify indigo using natural extracts. Bring wool yarn and a small garment to dip. We’ll make a stock solution, then develop and adjust the vats to the correct pH, temperature and color to make a beautiful blue. Easy-resist techniques are explored in this introductory class. You can do this at home. Beginners welcome.

WS 376 – Homeopathy: A Holistic Way to Provide Better Health For Your Flock
Fee: $45 (Animal Husbandry)
Instructor: Alethea Kenney, Shevlin, MN
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Participants will learn what homeopathy is, the science behind it, and how it can be used for both acute and chronic conditions in animals, in conjunction with veterinary care and medications when needed. Homeopathy provides a noninvasive, safe way to address health imbalances in flocks, herds and people. But its use requires understanding some basic tenets of the healing system. This workshop provides the basics needed to understand and start using homoeopathy. Beginners welcome.

WS 377 – Emergency, Emergency: What’s in Your Rabbit Medicine Chest?
Fee: $50 (Animal Husbandry)
Instructor:  Diana Cason
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Description: Come to this class and learn how to assemble an Angora rabbit first-aid kit that is indispensable during those unexpected emergencies. Instruction and discussion include an overview of common rabbit ailments, how to conduct a health check and when to seek veterinary care. Beginners welcome.

WS 378 – 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 1:30 pm – 4:30 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 380 – Let’s Learn to Bunny Hop—Spinning Fibers That Halo
Fee: $95 (Spinning)
Instructor: Laurie Weinsoft, Portland, OR
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Description: Spend the day learning to spin some of spinning’s most beautiful fibers: angora, mohair, Pygora, cashmere, llama and dog hair. Learn what to buy and how to care for and store these delicate fibers. Dust off your high-speed flyer, high-speed whorl or fine lace-spinning flyer. Learn to spin these fibers using your specialty tools that were designed to make spinning fine fibers easier. We will learn how to spin in the cloud (a fine long-draw technique) and how to spin on the fold.
This is a more advanced class, but as long as you have an interest in these exotic fibers and want to try, even beginners will have a fun day experimenting. Try blending our fibers with fine wools using hand cards and a drum carder. Try dyeing different fibers to see how they take up color and how they survive the dye process. At the end of the day, you’ll ply your spun fibers using sparking threads and beads to make your yarns truly stand out and decorate your projects. Skill Level: Able to spin consistent singles yarn and willing to experiment. Bring: spinning wheel.

WS 382 – Design Your Own Felted Purse
Fee: $100 (Felting)
Instructor: Carin Engen, Garberville, CA
When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 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. Inside and outside pockets, embedding stones, beading, lumpy yarn embellishment and closures will be covered. Beginners are welcome, but some experience is nice.

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