NEW CLASSES AND NEW DATES!!
We hope you had a lovely holiday season!
Beginning Dyeing-January 25th 1:30-4:30pm
In this class you will learn the science of dyeing: why dyes work, which dyes to use for different fibers, how to make stock solutions, how to determine the quantity of yarn to use and how to mix colors. You will also get to play with the art of dyeing: what colors go together, how to do different techniques of dyeing in and out of a pot to get the effects you want. The materials included are yarn samples to dye in several different techniques. (Extra full sized skeins will be available for purchase) The class fee is $60 for a 3 hour class,materials, handouts and light refreshments. Join us for a fun dyeing experience.
Beginning Spinning–February 2nd 1:30pm-4:30pm
This class is for people who love fiber and would like to make their own yarn. You will learn about mohair and wool fibers, processing, and how to pick good fiber to spin. You will learn to ply yarn and to spin your own yarn. You do not need your own wheel, it will be provided in class. The class fee includes instruction, handouts and light refreshments. Classes are limited to 3 students.
The cost is $50 per person, which includes fiber to spin and handouts
Knit a Pair of Socks on One Needle
Feb. 22nd and March 1st 1:30-4:30
We will use the principles and techniques made popular by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. In this 2 class series you will learn how to cast-on and knit a pair of child sized socks. What I love about this method is that when I am finished with one sock, I’m finished with the pair. You do need to know how to cast-on, knit and purl. You will learn the language of sock anatomy so you can read sock patterns. You will also learn how to turn the heels and pick up gusset stitches. At the end you will learn the kitchener stitch to finish your socks. Class fee is $80 which includes instruction, handouts and light refreshments. Supplies: Size US 4 circular needle that is 40″ long, stitch markers, superwash worsted weight yarn in 2 coordinating colors (approx. 100 yards each).
Spinning Practice Sessions **NEW** 1:30-3:30
It is very difficult to learn to spin in one or two afternoons. So I am offering a spinning practice afternoon here at the farm. At the practice session, you can either bring your own spinning wheel or borrow one of mine. If you have a wheel, I will look it over to make sure that it is adjusted for you. You can pick a natural roving or a wildly dyed one and practice to your heart’s content. I will answer your questions, demonstrate whatever you need to see again and basically be at your disposal to mentor your spinning talent.
The cost for these sessions will be $25 which includes 4oz of roving. The sessions will be 2 hours 1:30-3:30 on Sundays.
Color Theory and Practice: Contact us for the next date!
In this 3 hour class we will investigate hue, saturation, value, color relationships, color interactions and work with building pleasing color combinations based on inspirations you bring to class. Class fee is $50 which includes handouts, materials and light refreshments.
Needle Felted Dryer Balls–Contact us for the next date!
Dawn Richardson from Grindstone Ridge Farm will be a guest teacher for needle felting. If you aren’t familiar with dryer balls, they are made of very compacted and felted wool. You put them in your dryer with your wet clothes. The balls wick moisture away from your clothes so that drying time is reduced. They also bounce around in the dryer, so that your sheets and jeans don’t get all twisted up. These are great for your own house and they make fantastic hostess or holiday gifts. In this class you will learn several needle felting techniques to make a dryer ball or two. Class Fee is $45 which includes the materials kit. Each kit includes the materials to make the basic ball along with fun colors to create stylish balls and a felting needle. Students who have a felting mat should bring it with them. Dawn will have extra kits available for $15 and additional felting rovings and colored roving and mats for sale as well.
Lamb Needle Felting Class with Dawn Richardson–Contact us for the next date!
Dawn Richardson from Grindstone Ridge Farm will be a guest teacher for needle felting. In this class you will learn several needle felting techniques to make a baby lamb or two. Class Fee is $40 which includes the kit to do the lamb. Each kit includes the materials to make the sheep and a felting needle. Students who have a felting mat should bring it with them. Dawn will have extra kits available for $15 and additional felting rovings and mats for sale as well.
Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Lucy Winston, knitter extraordinaire, will teach you how to cast on, knit, bind off and finish your knitting to make a pair of hand warmers. Make them for a holiday gift or as a gift for yourself!! $50 includes the class and a kit. The kit contains all you need to get started: needles, yarn, pattern, and tapestry needle.
Beginning Tapestry–TBA 11am-4pm
In this class you will learn the basics of tapestry weaving. You will learn to warp the loom, string heddles and start to weave. You will learn color blending using our fantastic mohair tapestry yarn and finishing techniques. We will be making a small Ipod cover. Materials fee $15. Class fee $90. Classes are limited to 3 people so you can have lots of individual attention!! After registration, you will receive a list of items to bring with you to class.
So You Think You Want to Weave? TBA 1:30-5pm
For this weaving experience, you will be able to try 3 different kinds of weaving: tablet weaving, tapestry weaving and loom weaving. You will also learn the differences between woven cloth and other textiles, such as knits or crochet, the kinds of yarn that is appropriate to use for weaving and the equipment you will need to rent or own in order to weave your own textiles at home. This class is $45 which includes handouts and materials.
Indigo and Shibori Class–TBD 1:30-4:30pm
Indigo is used as a dye in cultures all over the world. There is something so mysterious about the complex chemical process that turns your fabric or yarn from green to blue just by exposing it to air. For this class, you will learn some simple shibori techniques including clamping, tieing with thread or rubber bands and pole wrapping. The cost of the class is $50 with $25 materials fee which includes 2 silk scarves, dye, gloves, and handouts. Additional scarves and quilting material will be available for purchase and you can bring up to 2 additional items from home to dip into the dye pot.
Natural Dye Class REDS!!—TBD1:30-4:30pm
In this class you will learn the principles of natural dyeing. We will be completing the 2 step process of dyeing with natural dyestuffs. We will be using extracts made by Earthhues that makes it easy to make the same colors over and over. Class fee is $50. Materials fee of $30 include dyes, yarn to dye, and handouts.
Beginning Weaving – Private Lessons
In this series of classes you will plan and weave a sampler of 4 harness weave structures and a finished scarf made of either cotton or wool. The cost is $20 per hour. Most students complete a project with 3 hours of instruction and individual weaving time. Please call or email if you would love to learn how to weave.