Fiber Arts Classes 2017

Each year the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival offers fiber arts classes at the Tunbridge Town Hall located on Rte 110 on the edge of the fairgrounds.  The table below lists the classes that will be offered this year.  Scroll down the page for class descriptions and instructor bios.

Prices are $60 for half day classes and $120 for full day classes.

Registration is available online through Paypal.  You can also register by sending a check with class info to: Jane Woodhouse, PO Box 29, Peacham, VT  05862.

If you have questions please contact Billie Smith: billieboveesmith@gmail.com or call 845-430-1511.

Please register early to insure that your class will run as most classes have a minimum number of participants. Half day class fee includes one free pass to the Festival. Full day class includes 2 free passes to the Festival

Online registration will close on Monday, September 25th.  You are registered if you receive confirmation.  After September 25th you can register by calling or emailing Billie Smith.

Materials fee will be collected at class time.

Please note: Classes are offered Friday through Sunday, but the Festival starts on Saturday morning. 

Cancellation Policy:

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival will be happy to refund the cost of your class minus a $10 processing fee until Sept 15. After that time, there will be no refunds.

We will issue a full refund if the Festival decides to cancel a class.

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
10am – 1pm Spinning Cashmere
with Norma Bromley
Repairing Damaged Knitwear
with Laura Abrahamsen
Pizza (circular) Weaving
with Carol Collins
10am – 1pm Beginning Spinning
with Patty Blomgren
Beginning Spinning
with Patty Blomgren
 Beginning Spinning
with Patty Blomgren
10am – 1pm Felted Collars with Ripples & Curls
with Kris Weyrick-Scott
10am – 1pm and 2 – 5pm Beginner Punch Needle Rug Hooking
with Bob Wertz
Fiber Lover’s Basket Weaving with Vines, Fabric and Wool
with Katie Grove
Basic Eco-Printing
with Janet SciglianiGarcia
10am – 1pm and 2 – 5pm Dyeing Wool with Natural Dye Extracts
with Jane Woodhouse
2 – 5pm Crochet Your Own Hat
with Carol Collins
Spinning Beyond the Basics
with Patty Blomgren
2 – 5pm Knitting Lithuanian Beaded Wrist Warmers
with Donna Druchunas
2 – 5pm Nuno Felted Journal Cover and Bookmark
with Kris Weyrick-Scott

Fiber Arts Class Descriptions

Class:  Spinning Cashmere

Instructor:  Norma Bromley
Time:  Friday, 10am to 1pm
Experience Level:  Intermediate Spinners
Minimum Number of Students: 2
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Class Fee:  $60
Materials Fee:  $30
Materials Supplied by Instructor: Fiber to spin
Equipment Needed by Student:  Spinning wheel in good condition, extra bobbins, niddy noddy, hand cards if available and personal specialty fibers, if preferred

Class Description:  Got Cashmere?  One of the most luxurious natural fibers, Cashmere is a joy to touch, spin, knit and wear!  Learn to spin 100% pure Cashmere, as well as blending and handspinning Cashmere with other fibers.  This workshop will begin with an introduction about American Cashmere Goats; their history, intelligence, hardiness, low maintenance, and of course, their fabulous fiber.  Samples of various states of American Cashmere fiber will be presented to the class including fiber combed from the Cashmere Goat, processed roving, handspun and machine spun  yarn, and even felted Cashmere fiber ‘waste’.  Class discussion will include characteristics of Cashmere fiber, and various handspinning techniques to produce beautiful Cashmere yarn.  You will have the opportunity to custom spin extraordinary Cashmere for creating and enjoying your own luxury garments.  Also, a variety of different fibers (silk, wool, etc.) blended with Cashmere will be shown to raise awareness about the wide range of Cashmere fiber applications.  Handcarding pure American Cashmere, as well as blending with other fibers will be practiced.  A number of different handspinning techniques will be taught, including ‘inch-worm’, long draw and double long draw.  Questions and answer will be ongoing during the workshop.





handspinning classes at Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalClass:  Beginning Spinning

Instructor:  Patty Blomgren
Time:
Friday, 10am to 1pm
Saturday, 10am to 1pm
Sunday, 10am to 1pm
Experience Level:  No experience is required
Minimum Number of Students:  3
Maximum Number of Students:  8
Class Fee:  $60
Materials Fee:  $5
Materials Provided by Instructor:  We will supply the fiber and wheel if you do not own one.
Materials Provided by Student:  For those bringing a wheel please be sure it is in excellent working condition. Should you have questions about the condition of your wheel please call Patty at 802-254-9792  at least 3 days before the workshop. 

Class Description: This class focuses on creating beautiful, unique yarn using spinning wheels. Plenty of time will be given to establish the essential coordination skills and basic techniques every spinner must master to gain competence in spinning. You will venture into areas of fiber preparation, tools of the trade and terminology. Overviews of wheel mechanics, maintenance and spinning history will be scattered throughout the class. By the end of the class you will be putting yarn onto the bobbin, admiring your first skein of yarn and leaving with the confidence to continue spinning on your own! No experience is required, nor do you need to own sheep or spinning wheel!

Please be sure to choose a class time below!

Class Schedule



Class:  Beginner Punch Needle Rug Hooking

Instructor:  Bob Wertz
Time:  Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Experience Level:  All levels
Minimum Number of Students:  2
Maximum Number of Students:  8
Class Fee:  $120
Materials Fee: $49 will cover the pattern traced onto the foundation cloth and wool yarn to complete the project.
Materials Provided by Instructor: Punch needle with box, handbook, and stitch gauge ($39) and hooking frame ($69) can be borrowed during class and purchased at the end of the class, if desired.
Materials Provided by Student: None

Class Description:   If you’ve always wanted to learn to make a hooked rug, here’s a chance to try your hand at a small project to see how you like it. Students will make a beautiful 8″x8″ trivet during the class to take home with them and by doing this will learn all the skills necessary to make larger rugs. We’ll use 100% wool rug yarn, a #9 regular Oxford Punch Needle, and a series of folk art templates for our design (star, heart, flowers, animals, etc.) or design your own if you prefer.




 

 


Class: Dyeing Wool with Natural Dye Extracts

Instructor:  Jane Woodhouse
Time:  Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Experience Level:  All levels
Minimum Number of Students: 10
Maximum Number of Students:  20
Class Fee:  $120
Materials Fee:  $20
Materials Supplied by Instructor: Dyes and yarn, dye notebook
Equipment Needed by Student: Rubber gloves and scissors

Class Description: One day intensive dye workshop using natural dye extracts.  We will begin with a short discussion of dye theory as it applies to both chemical and natural dyes.  Dye extracts will be mixed in a 1%” equivalent” stock solution for mixing colors. We will dye in a gradated series using 4-5 dye extracts including a natural ferment indigo vat to create a pallet of colors.   Students will produce approximately 50 color samples using both an alum mordant on wool or a wool/mohair blend yarn.   Please note, these extracts have been developed for the commercial dye market and while relatively non-toxic are very colorfast.  Each student will receive a comprehensive dye notebook with workshop instructions as well as notes for working on your own to dye yarns.   Included in the notebook will be a set of dye samples produced in class.




 


Class:  Crochet Your Own Hat

Instructor:  Carol Collins
Time:  Friday, 2pm to 5pm
Experience Level:  To take this class you don’t have to be an expert crocheter, but you do need to be able to do the basic stitches (chain, single crochet and double crochet). I am happy to work with you ahead of time if you want to learn to crochet so that you can take this class. Contact me if you want to learn to crochet.
Minimum Number of Students:  3
Maximum Number of Students:  10
Class Fee:  $60
Materials Fee:  None
Materials Provided by Instructor:  See below
Materials Provided by Student:  Yarn for hat

Class Description:  I will share with the class my own pattern and method for crocheting unique hats which I have been making and selling for 30+ years. They are bright, colorful and each will be one-of-a- kind. As we work together, I will share my tips and tricks for crocheting these hats. You can use yarns that I provide or bring your own. I will have a small quantity of hand-spun yarns which can be available as ‘highlights’ added to the other yarns used.





repairing damaged knitwear class at vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalClass:  Repairing Damaged Knitwear

Instructor:  Laura Abrahamsen
Time:  Saturday, 10am to 1pm
Experience Level:  None
Minimum Number of Students:  5
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Class Fee:  $60
Materials Fee:  $1 for felting needles
Materials Provided by Instructor:  Instructor will provide colored wool roving and felting blocks.
Materials Provided by Student:  Participants should bring up to 5 garments they wish to mend.  The garments should be wool, alpaca, cashmere or other protein fibers; the technique does not work on cotton, linen or synthetic fibers. 

Class Description:  I will demonstrate how to use a needle-felting technique to repair damaged areas in protein-fiber-based knitwear.  Participants will learn how to blend wool rovings to match both commercial and handmade garments and how to patch small holes ( up to ½ inch diameter ) and rips.  While this is not an invisible fix, it does stabilize the garment and can be barely noticeable.





Felted collars class at Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Class:  Felted Collars with Ripples and Curls

Instructor:  Kris Weyrick-Scott
Time:  Saturday, 10am to 1 pm
Experience Level:  All levels
Minimum Number of Students:  4
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Class Fee:  $60
Materials Fee:  $10 for Kit
Materials Provided by Instructor: Wool and the use of all felting equipment.
Materials Provided by Student:  Please bring a large bath or beach towel and sleeves that can be rolled up. Wet felting is a physical activity so come prepared for a workout!

Class Description:   Using baby soft merino wool, you will learn advanced wet felting techniques such as directional fiber laying and adding curly locks to create your own beautiful collar.




 


Class:  Fiber Lover’s Basket Weaving with Vines, Fabric and Wool

Instructor:  Katie Grove
Time:  Saturday, 10am to 1 pm and 2pm to 5 pm
Experience Level:  All levels
Minimum Number of Students:  10
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Class Fee:  $120
Materials Fee:  $20
Materials Provided by Instructor: Natural plant material and fabric to make a medium sized basket.
Materials Provided by Student:

– A pair of scissors

– A pair of hand pruning shears

– Participants are encouraged to bring their own fabrics, roving, and very thick yarn to use in the basket. (2-3 yards total is more than enough. Having different patterns/colors to choose from is nice so you can use a couple of half yards for variety. The fabric will be cut into long strips in order to be woven. This is a perfect project for all those leftover scraps you have. You can also cut old clothing into strips so if you have a favorite skirt or dress you want to repurpose this is a great way to do it! I will have a variety of random fabrics on hand to incorporate as well)

Class Description:  This basket is a fiber lover’s dream! You will make a traditional Appalachian style egg basket with a twist– fabric and yarn will be incorporated alongside vines to create a fun and colorful look. We will start with a grapevine frame with god’s eye lashing and then use a choice of either a traditional or random weave techniques to give the basket a soft but sturdy construction. There is a lot of room for your individuality to shine in this basket and everyone’s will turn out a different size and shape (approximately 11” x 8” x 10”). You will go home with a finished basket, instructions to create many more, and inspiration to continue weaving!




 


Lithuanian beaded wrist warmers with Donna Druchunas at Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Class:  Lithuanian Beaded Wrist Warmers

Instructor:  Donna Drachunas
Time:  Saturday, 2pm to 5 pm
Experience Level:  All levels (see below)
Minimum Number of Students:  3
Maximum Number of Students:  20
Class Fee: $60
Materials Fee:  None
Materials Provided by Instructor:   Beads
Materials Provided by Student:  Everyone – basic knitting toolkit.

  • Beginner: Beginners welcome! If you can do the knit stitch, you can make these beaded wrist warmers. 1 skein of Cascade 220 (or equivalent worsted-weight wool) in a medium or dark color, size 5 straight or circular needles (see homework)
  • Intermediate: 1 skein of Koigu (or equivalent fingering-weight wool) in a medium or dark semi-solid color, or equivalent fingering weight wool yarn, size 1 straight or circular needles (see homework)
  • Advanced: 1 skein of a fairly heavy lace-weight wool yarn, something that has some body and is NOT cobweb weight, size 000 needles (see homework)

Class Description:  Beads add a fabulous touch! Knowing just the basics of knitting, you can easily create colorful designs with beads. Using only garter stitch and learning how to read and work from beading charts, in this workshop, we will make beautiful jeweled wrist warmer cuffs that are inspired by those popular in Lithuania. We will also learn beautiful crochet trim stitches – with and without beads, for trimming the wrist warmers.

Homework: CO 20 sts and work in garter stitch for about 2 inches. BO. Make sure your stitches are tight and the fabric is firm. If they are loose and the fabric is soft, try again with smaller needles. Bring the swatch to class.





Felted journal cover class at Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalClass: Nuno Felted Journal Cover and Bookmark

Instructor:  Kris Weyrick-Scott
Time:  Saturday, 2pm to 5 pm
Experience Level:  All levels
Minimum Number of Students:  4
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Class Fee:  $60
Materials Fee:  $5
Materials Provided by Instructor: A journal, wool, silk, clasp and embellishments as well as the use of all felting equipment.
Materials Provided by Student:  Please bring a bath size towel and wear sleeves that can be pushed up.

Class Description:  Join us in making these journal covers and learn the amazing art of nuno felting (bonding silk and wool together to make a luxurious fabric).





Class:  Spinning:  Beyond the Basics

Instructor:  Patty Blomgren
Time:    Saturday, 2pm to 5pm
Experience Level: For spinners who have mastered basic spinning techniques
Minimum Number of Students:  3
Maximum Number of Students:  8
Class Fee:  $60
Materials Fee:  $5
Materials Provided by Instructor:  We will supply the fiber and wheel if you do not own one.
Materials Provided by Student:  For those bringing a wheel please be sure it is in excellent working condition. Should you have questions about the condition of your wheel please call Patty at 802-254-9792 at least 3 days before the workshop.

Class Description: This workshop is intended for spinners who have mastered basic spinning techniques. Topics include drafting techniques, beyond 2-ply, ways to measure yarn and how to spin for a project. Students will spin samples of plying techniques and core spinning. There is homework that must be finished before the class begins. Instructions will be sent when you register.





Class:  Pizza (Circular) Weaving

Instructor:  Carol Collins
Time:  Sunday, 10am to 1pm
Experience Level:  None
Minimum Number of Students:  3
Maximum Number of Students:  10
Class Fee:  $60
Materials Fee:  $30
Materials Provided by Instructor: A Baltic Birch Loom, instructions, yarn needles and a collection of multi-colored yarns
Materials Provided by Student:  Bring a nice variety of yarns to supplement what I bring so you can share with the other classmates. Bring colors that you like a lot as well as some natural colors of off-white, gray, brown, black to create contrast. It’s fun to share and trade colors with others! 

Class Description:  We will learn how to weave circularly, to create a flat circular table decoration, a wall hanging, a hot mat for the table. I will also show you how to make a pillow, a hat and a pocketbook. I will bring examples of a pillow, a hat and a pocketbook which have all been made using the same circular loom. The more involved projects might require more time at home, but you will know all that you need to know to complete them at home. In class we will learn to warp the circular loom, weave on it, tie it off and then turn the circular weaving into various finished products. We’ll talk about color, contrast, texture, tension and much more.





Class:  Basic Eco-Printing

Instructor:  Janet SciglianiGarcia
Time:  Sunday, 10am to 1 pm and 2pm to 5 pm
Experience Level:  All levels
Minimum Number of Students:  6
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Class Fee:  $120
Materials Fee:  $20
Materials Provided by Instructor: Wool piece, 2 silk scarves and natural plant material.
Materials Provided by Student:   Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a small towel or two, gloves, scissors and maybe an apron.  You might also want to bring some of your favorite plants.

Class Description:   This basic eco-printing class will cover printing on specially treated wool and silk. The pieces are then steamed to release the plants’ pigments. Nature’s bounty will be our color/imprint. I will be collecting items from my area for imprinting. Participants will leave class with original printings on a wool piece and two silk scarves. Notes, instructions, a list of suppliers and a “dye diary form” will be included with the class.




 


Fiber Arts Instructor Bios

Laura Abrahamsen, fiber arts instructor, Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalLaura Abrahamsen

Laura Abrahamsen is a fiber-arts instructor who has transferred her years of researching and teaching experience in the language and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world to her passion for fiber-arts.  Recently relocated to Peacham, VT, she continues to work as a freelance writer in the crafts industry, primarily for Stitchcraft Marketing and River Colors Studio, where she taught fiber arts for five years before moving to Vermont.

Laura can be reached at labrahamsen@sbcglobal.net

Patty Blomgren

Patty Blomgren has been spinning and weaving for over 30 years and teaching for at least 20. She was the master spinner at the Green Mountain Spinnery in Putney, Vermont where she consulted with fiber artists, such as Kathryne Alexander, and wool growers how best to spin their wool.  “For over 50 years, ever since my mother taught me how to crochet and tat, my passion is fiber. When my dear sweet husband, Gary, entered the tiny farmhouse kitchen carrying a small two-harness table loom, I thought for a moment (but only a moment) I would divorce him. For there was a screaming 5 month old baby in my arms, a 3 year old clinging to my knee and two bushels of green beans waiting and wilting to be canned. How we ever found the money to buy a four-harness Baby Wolf loom I will never know! Soon after the loom came the spinning wheel, Angel, graced the living room. And she has been my constant companion ever since.  I received a BA from Mount Holyoke College majoring in Women’s Studies/Fine Arts, letting the loom and the wheel be silent for several years. But things come back around and my capstone project for Women’s Studies was to research and curate a show of “Weavers of Franklin County, MA”.

You can view Patty’s work on her website at gypsytinker.com.


Norma Bromley

Norma Bromley is a longtime handspinner/fiber artist and has taught handspinning/fiber arts for many years.  After retiring from the corporate world, she began raising Cashmere goats in Northern Vermont.  She is a member of the Cashmere Goat Assoc, Northwest Cashmere AssocVermont Sheep & Goat Assoc, and Northeast Handspinners Assoc.


Carol Collins, fiber arts instructor, vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalCarol Collins

Carol grew up on a large sheep farm in So. VT, and learned to knit from her mother at age 10. She helped her father bale-up wool at shearing time. In 1973, she learned to spin from a young friend. Carol studied with several leaders in their fields; Norman Kennedy, Kate Smith, Paula Simmons, Rita Buchannan, Deb Menz, and Celia Quinn. Carol created her business, Singing Spindle Spinnery, in 1982, where people of all ages come to Carol’s shop/studio to learn to wash, dye, card wool from local sheep, then color-blend, spin, knit, crochet, felt + weave. Carol sells spinning wheels, looms, drum carders, books, yarn, knitting needles, fiber for spinning, dyes and finished products from her handspun yarns. Carol makes; kits for spinning, weaving and felting, crocheted hats, felted balls, felted soaps, button necklaces, wooden knitting needles, sheep photo cards. Carol travels to teach, as her schedule allows. In 1982 Carol founded The Valley Friendly Spinners, a spinning guild. Carol has been spinning for 44 years, and teaching it for 35 yrs.  A minister who Carol taught to spin called her ‘The Spinning Evangelist’ .   You can reach Carol at singspin@madriver.com


Donna Druchunas, fiber arts instructor at Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Donna Druchunas

Donna Druchunas escaped a corporate cubicle to honor her passions for knitting, world travel, research, and writing. She is the author of many knitting books including her two newest titles: How to Knit Socks that Fit and Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions. Donna gives talks and teaches knitting workshops in the United States, Canada, and Europe and she has five knitting classes on Craftsy. She lives in Vermont with her husband, mother, and three cats who all help her test the usability and comfort of her finished knitted items.

Visit Donna’s website at www.sheeptoshawl.com.

 


Katie Grove

Katie Grove is an artist and educator from the Hudson Valley.  Going out into the forests and fields, harvesting materials from nature, and sitting down in the sun to weave a basket is her idea of a perfect day! “As an artist my passion is to create art with all natural materials that I harvest and prepare from the beautiful landscape around my home. As an educator I guide adults and children alike in connecting to their creative self through the combination of art and nature.”  She has a background in Fibers Art from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and a BFA in Printmaking from SUNY New Paltz and currently exhibits work in galleries and teaches nature and art workshops throughout the Hudson Valley.

Visit Katie’s website at katiegrovestudios.com


Janet SciglianiGarcia

Janet SciglianiGarcia of Starry Night Fibers says her “fiber-related interest began with my move to New Hampshire in1979.  Spinning and weaving were my first pursuits in fiber.  A few years later I started dyeing yarn and silk and years later I became interested in felting and eco-printing.  I have attended fiber-related classes all over the US to broaden my experience and knowledge.  I have enjoyed teaching classes to groups and individuals.  Eco printing is unique in that the bundle to unwrap is like a surprise gift waiting to be opened.”  Janet can be reached at awaytofelt@gmail.com


Bob Wertz

Bob Wertz is a fiber artist. For decades he has expressed his creativity in numerous genres — knitting, needlepoint, quilting, spinning, and weaving. Over the past few years has gone back to basics, raising his own alpacas and sheep and incorporating his home-grown fibers in his art.  Four years ago he was introduced to punch needle rug hooking as another way of artistic expression. He has pursued that, hooking numerous rugs and other hooked projects, and has become a certified Oxford Punch Needle Rug Hooking Instructor. He is now on the teaching staff at The Oxford Rug Hooking School, as well as offering private classes in his studio. Bob is a member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild. He looks forward to any and all opportunities to share this craft with students and other artists. Bob can be reached at bobw33862@gmail.com


Kris Weyrick-Scott, felting instructor at vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalKris Weyrick-Scott

Kris Weyrick-Scott is a Fiber Artist/Instructor from NH. She loves all things wool. She has been in both solo and group exhibits throughout New England, and has work on permanent display at the Madison Museum of Fine Art in Madison GA.  She teaches needle and wet felting workshops at stores, galleries and wool gatherings.

You can see Kris’ work at – www.feltpals.com or contact her at k.weyrick@comcast.net.

 


Jane Woodhouse

Jane has spent the last 32 years working as a production weaver. In 1991 she earned an MFA from San Francisco State University with a concentration in textiles. She currently lives in Peacham, VT on Brigid’s Farm which is home to a small flock of Border Leicester X sheep, natural colored angora goats and dairy goats. Her mail order business and on-farm studio specialize in natural dyes. She teaches regularly in her studio.   In addition she has taught workshops at Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival and for groups in the midwest. Jane’s other interests include spinning and knitting, ethnic textiles, and surface design techniques on hand woven fabrics.  Her article Making Stock Solutions from Natural Dyes appeared in the Spring 2014 Color issue of Spin-Off Magazine.