Sunday AM


Madelyn van der Hoogt

No weave structure is as enchanting as huck lace. Learn how to create your own huck lace designs, how to choose the right fibers and setts, and how to finish huck lace fabrics for best results.

Prerequisites: advanced beginner and up.

Materials Fee: $5 for handout booklet. Students bring pencils and good erasers). [photo credit: Joe Coca]



Marilyn Romatka

The Bow Loom is a very old technique using a simple, portable loom to make narrow beaded bands. This “primitive” loom is used in Northwest Thailand by the Akha people to make bands that are used as chin straps and borders for the elaborate hats of their traditional costumes. These bands have many uses here as well, including necklaces, hat bands, hair bands and garment embellishment. The possibilities are endless! The weaving is fun, quick and portable. All materials are included and the loom goes home with the student.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $12 for all the materials you will need.



Peggy Osterkamp

This is a seminar to learn how to weave and control to some degree, cloth that puckers using over-­‐twisted and regular yarns. The over-­‐twisted yarns cause the cloth to collapse (pucker) when the cloth is put into water. The yarns swell and the twist forces the yarns to move and the cloth to pucker. Topics covered: how to wash and control the puckers, what yarns work and how to identify them, sett in warp and weft, weaves that can give a lot of pucker, how S & Z enters the picture, how over-­‐twist works and the amount of twist needed, and how to calculate how much twist in commercial yarns and how to add twist to them with a spinning wheel.

Prerequisites: intermediate weavers -­‐ drafting knowledge required. Spinners are welcome.

Materials Fee: $10. Materials list provided after registration.



Lexi Boeger

This is a two-­‐step process. Step one will be core-­‐spinning and I will show how to do it with a commercial core as well as spinning a core from the same fiber simultaneously. The second step will be a very fast plying technique that makes a fully coiled yarn.

Prerequisites: Intermediate spinner, beginners check with instructor FIRST.

Materials Fee: none. Instructor will provide some fiber at no charge. Students bring 2 oz. easy to spin (something easy to draft and not over processed or compacted rovings -­‐ farm wool works great), 2 oz. fiber of your choice to card into the wool (go for something pretty to spice up your batt), 1 ball or cone of lace or mid-­‐ weight commercial mohair yarn (not super hairy).



Stephenie Gaustad

True woolen-­‐spun yarns are not easy to obtain. They make great blanket wefts, pattern yarns for overshot weaves, anything you are going to full, or for the times when “warm” or “fuzzy” are just what you want. They are a snap to spin. (No other drafting style is as fast or productive.) Come and learn how to spin this type of yarn.

Prerequisites: intermediate to advanced -­‐ should be comfortable with one drafting style.

Materials Fee: $5 includes handouts and spinning fiber. Students bring spinning wheel, hand cards, lazy kate with extra bobbins, niddy noddy, notebook and pen.



Robin Lynde

Rigid heddle weaving is typically limited to the maximum sett of about 12 epi. Students will learn how to use two heddles to weave finer fabric than can be woven with one heddle alone. Additionally, the use of two heddles allows for the weaving of patterns other than plain weave. Participants will learn how to thread the rigid heddle loom using two heddles. They will weave samplers, practicing twill and other patterns with and without the use of pick-­‐up sticks.

Prerequisites: Students must know the basic operation of a Rigid Heddle Loom and be able to weave plain weave.

Materials Fee: $20 for pre-­‐ wound warp and weft yarn provided by instructor. Instructions and materials list provided after registration.



Lorna Miser

If you’ve ever knit with variegated yarn, you know that it can make stripes or create a pooling of colors. You will learn how to use many simple techniques that will give you control of those beautiful hand-­‐dyed/space-­‐dyed yarns you love. You will learn to understand the way these yarns are made, why they do what they do and how you can predict the outcome. Different types of variegated yarns will be explained as well as how to identify yours. You will see dozens of swatches and garments that show not only pattern stitches that work well for these yarns, but other ways to show the yarns to their best. The emphasis is on combining these speciality yarns with other accenting yarns and using simple, easy patterns. The easiest knitting will look spectacular with these special yarns.

Prerequisites: basic knitting skills.

Materials Fee: none. Students bring a variety of multi-­‐colored yarns, all of similar weight, several sizes of needles (US 6-­‐10).



Karen Huntoon

In this “hands-­‐on” class, you will learn the techniques for making single split braids. This is versatile technique lends itself to incorporating larger beads and attaching “donut” style pendants. While making a necklace, students will learn how to split a 16 strand braid into 8’s.

Prerequisites: Kumihimo 101 -­‐ or experience with braiding on a Kumihimo disk.

Materials Fee: $10 includes cord, pendant and end caps. Kits will be available in a variety of color ways. Materials list provided after registration.



Marilyn Moore

This lacy bracelet, reminiscent of the Victorian age, is simple yet elegant and is made using a simple knitting stitch. You can make it as wide or narrow as you prefer using fine wire in the color of your choice. You will use a crochet hook to “knit” your bracelet. Please do not wear perfume to this class.

Prerequisites: basic crochet is helpful.

Materials Fee: $20 includes crochet hook, spool of wire, beads and findings. Students bring small wire cutters, chain nose pliers.


#3-­‐10 SHAPED NUNO FELTMAKING: Self-­‐Lined Bags

Julia Kehew

The Nuno felting technique fuses fiber and fabric and produces lovely flat pieces, such as scarves and garments. Take your feltmaking into the third dimension. Learn techniques for cutting, stitching, and fitting fabric around a resist, then felting wool over the top to create a small fabric lined bag! We will also discuss options for closures – attaching the bag to a purse frame, or using snaps, magnets, or buttons.

Prerequisites: all levels.

Materials Fee: $15 includes wool and fabric for a small felt bag, use of felting tools, soap, and handouts. Bag frames will be available for purchase. Students should wear non skid shoes and clothing that can get damp. Bring a large bath towel and plastic trash bag for your project.


#3-­‐11 ERGONOMICS AT YOUR SPINNING WHEEL -­‐ Ergonomics for Handspinners

Carson Demers

Time seems suspended when you’re at your spinning wheel. Hours melt away but stress and strain can be accumulating in your body. Spinning shouldn’t hurt! In this class you’ll learn what ergonomic risk factors are and where they exist in spinning at a wheel. Most importantly you’ll learn what to do to minimize them and recognize early warning signs that could prevent an injury. Safer strategies for seating, balancing your spinning work and, of course, stretches will all be taught.

Prerequisites: must be able to spin a consistent singles.

Materials Fee: none. Students bring spinning wheels, spinning fiber, and note taking materials.



Anita Luvera Mayer

Complete a fabric covered heart-­‐shaped pin while learning how to do a beaded edge and beaded fringe. This is an ideal gift and one that can be easily duplicated.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $20 for pins, fabric, beads, padding, needles, and glue. Students bring small sharp scissors, smooth white cloth to hold beads and an optional thimble.



Gayle Still

Jazz up a garment by knotting with mushroom dyed silk to cover a button. This technique can be used flat or sculptural so the possibilities are plentiful once you get hooked. You will go on to create jewelry, baskets or wall hangings.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $20 for mushroom dyed silk, buttons and needle for finishing. Students bring scissors.




Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. In this class we will focus on techniques for dyeing shibori bound cloth that create the beautiful and unusual color and patterns that result from dye entering bound and resisted cloth. In this class I will demonstrate various techniques for creating multiple colors with Shibori: painting, pouring, injecting dye and then adding a final dye bath. You will be working on silk with acid dye and complete at least one scarf.

Prerequisites: some prior Shibori experience.

Materials Fee: $25 for acid dyes, wooden itajami shapes, string, masking tape, pour bottles, paint brushes, syringes, silk scarf blank and hand outs. Extra scarf blanks available for purchase. Materials list provided after registration.



Linda Hartshorn

Play with color and stripes, and design a warp for a lovely textile inspired by the fabrics of Guatemala! You will use yarn wrapping, mathematical formulas, color theory and a few other tricks to plan a beautiful Ikat warp. You will also learn how to tie resists for Ikat dyeing and an easy way to shift the warp on the loom to create designs.

Prerequisites: must know how to wind a warp.

Materials Fee: $10 includes yarn, cards for wrapping and workshop notebook. Students bring scissors, ruler, black sharpie marker, tape, colored pencils, graph paper, calculator, pen, pencil, and paper for note taking. Optional -­‐ 10/2 cotton in colors you love to incorporate into the project.



Wendy Patrucco

Use an alternative photography technique to create images on cloth. Cyanotype or sun-­‐ printing was invented in 1849 and continues to inspire photographers, artists and textile designers. As a textile designer, you will appreciate the beauty of the image which resembles indigo shibori. You’ll also appreciate how quickly the image is developed on UV light sensitive cotton, leaving plenty of time to explore surface design techniques in class such as fabric painting, inking, embroidery, stamping and stenciling. Workshop projects include three 8.5″ x 8.5″ samples and one small tote bag.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials fee: $25 which includes: pre-­‐treated 8.5″ x 8.5″ cotton samples (at least 2 samples/student) pre-­‐treated 11″ x 12″ tote bags, prepared fiber reactive dyes, digital negative transparencies, 3-­‐dimensional objects, toning solution, and instructions. Materials list provided after registration.


#3-­‐17 HANDS-­‐ON STITCH PAINTER (computer workshop)

Susan Lazear

Whether you are an existing user, or you want to test-­‐drive grid design software (for multiple arts), you will enjoy getting to know Stitch Painter, a grid-­‐based design program. Students will work with the software to learn how it can be used for woven designs, knitting, tapestry, beading and other textile arts.

Prerequisites: some computer knowledge.

Materials Fee: none Students will need a fully charged portable computer (Windows or Mac), power strip, usb memory stick, and note taking materials. Download the demo in advance of coming to the workshop ( or email: for instructions)



Therese Fisher

Using beads and waxed linen, learn the “rim start” technique in this fun, playful pocket-­‐sized rattle. Each one becomes a unique expression of the weaver’s whimsy as you incorporate beads to make a face or other patterns. Finished project size: Length: 1” Width: .5” Height: 2.5”

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $10. Students bring scissors, pliers, tapestry needle. Optional: personal battery powered lamp/headlamp and magnifier.



Sheila O’Hara

Have fun gaining an understanding of simple plaiting techniques used for single layer mats and baskets that can lead to hats and other wonderful shapes. Students will get a good start on creating a hat that they can complete at home. For inspiration, students will view various examples from around the world. Enjoy working with elements one inch wide instead of fine threads! Design something that fills the need for instant gratification using simple materials that students will bring to class.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $7 for handouts. Students bring 20 sheets of newspaper, thick black marking pen, sewing pins with heads, masking tape, various materials for plaiting that are 1″ wide and somewhat stiff yet pliable (like mini blinds, craft paper ribbon with wire, heavy wall paper that won’t split when folded, or palm fronds (ones without thorns! to name a few). Bring at least 40 plus yards total with pieces about 30-­‐36″ long.



Margaret Mathewson

This is a traditional style from the Great Basin as well as eastern California. You will make a very small basket to hold very light burdens. You will use prepared split willow and one piece of redbud. I will demonstrate materials preparation and show pictures of full sized baskets.

Prerequisites: Prior knowledge of S Twining.

Materials Fee: $30. Students bring scissors or small clippers, packing tool or awl, small sharp knife, and strong personal battery powered light/ headlamp.