Fiber Arts Classes 2016

fiber arts classes at vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalEach year the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival offers fiber related workshops at the Tunbridge Town Hall located on Rte 110 on the edge of the fairgrounds.  As always we have spinning classes for beginners through intermediate levels.  Other classes this year will include weaving, spinning, knitting and wet and needle felting.

Online registration is now closed. If you have questions or are interested in a class, please contact Billie Smith: billieboveesmith@gmail.com or call 845-430-1511.

Half day class fee includes one free pass to the Festival. Full day class includes 2 free passes to the Festival

You are registered if you receive confirmation.  After September 26th you can register by calling or emailing Billie Smith.

Materials fee will be collected at class time.

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.

We’re pleased to offer the following classes for 2016.

Scroll down the page for complete descriptions.

Paypal buttons are located below each class description. You may pay with your Paypal account or with your credit card. You may also register by sending a check to Jane Woodhouse, PO Box 29, Peacham, VT 05862.

 

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
8:30 – 10am and 3:30 – 5pm  How to Buy, Process & Spin a Fleece, Part 1
10am – 1pm  Spinning Cashmere  Beginner’s Wheel Spinning  Felted Bluebird of Happiness
10am – 1pm  Wet Felted Blooms  Continental Knitting  Introduction to Lace Knitting
10am – 1pm  How to Buy, Process & Spin a Fleece, Part 2
10am – 1pm and 2 – 5pm  Rigid Heddle Weaving
10am – 1pm and 2 – 5pm  Felted Fish Purses
2 – 5pm  Advanced Spinning  Knitted Embellishments
2 – 5pm  3-D Needle Felted Faces  Beginner’s Wheel Spinning
2 – 5pm  Wet Felted Bird Pods

Friday Fiber Arts Classes

Class:  Spinning Cashmere

Instructor:  Norma Bromley
Time:  Friday, 10am to 1pm
Experience Level:  Intermediate Spinners
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Class Fee:  $55
Materials Fee:  $30
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.


Class:  Wet Felted Blooms  

wet felted blooms class at Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalInstructor:  Kristen Walsh
Time:  Friday, 10am to 1pm
Experience Level:  All levels
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Class Fee:  $55
Materials Fee:  $20
Materials Provided by Instructor: 4-5 oz wool batt, embellishments: silk hankies, locks, angelina, styrofoam balls, soap, basin
Materials Provided by Student: large towel (for messes)

Class Description:  In this fast paced workshop we will make 3-4 beautiful three-dimensional flowers using wet felting techniques.   As time permits, students will learn how to make a stamen as well as a vine to further enhance their work of art!  Some wet felting experience helpful but not necessary.


Class:  Advanced Spinninghandspinning class at Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Instructor:  Patty Blomgren
Time:  Friday, 2 to 5pm
Experience Level:  Intermediate and Advanced Spinners
Class Fee:  $55
Materials Fee:  $0
Materials Provided by Student: Spinning Wheel in working order and fiber you wish to spin.  Should you have questions about the condition of your wheel please call Patty at 802-254-9792  – 3 days before the workshop.

Class Description:
This informative class for intermediate and advanced spinners will help you to better understand how your wheel works, especially the dreaded ratios. You will also learn how to troubleshoot when things go wrong, feel at ease with your wheel, and gain confidence to create any type of yarn you desire. If you love your wheel she will love you back.

  • Which wheel do you have?
  • What do you want to spin?
  • Drive Ratios
  • Pulleys and Tension Exercise
  • Wheel Maintenance
  • Trouble Shooting

Class:   3-D Needle Felted Faces

nbeedle felted faces class at vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalInstructor:  Kristen Wash
Time:  Friday, 2pm to 5pm
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Class Fee:  $55
Materials Fee:  $8
Materials Provided by Instructor:  Wool roving, wool locks, wool felt, felting needles, ribbon.
Materials Provided by Student:  Foam pad may be brought from home, borrowed from instructor or purchased from instructor – $8

Class Description:
In this workshop we will make a face built on a piece of wool felt that can be turned into a hanging Santa ornament or a sweet angel reminiscent of Amish and Willow Tree plain face dolls.  Students will learn how to layer, roll and twist wool to create a face that is magical.  The skills learned in this class are the same skills needed to make a 3 dimensional form.  Some needle felting experience helpful but not necessary.


wet felted bird pod class at Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Class:  Wet-Felted Bird Pods   

Instructor:  Kris Weyrick
Time:  Friday, 2pm to 5pm
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Class Fee:  $55
Materials Fee:  $10
Materials Provided by Instructor: I will provide the use of all equipment needed.

Class Description:
Yes! Birds actually can live in these! Wool is naturally water, mold, and fire resistant. These are made to Audubon specifications for small song birds. You’ll pack a lot into this ½ day workshop! You’ll learn how to wet felt-using a resist for the pod and then a beautiful bloom to add rain and sun shelter. We will complete it by adding a branch for hanging and re-enforce the entry hole with a hemp. Hang this outside to give our fine, feathered, friends a comfy home- or do as my Granddaughter does and hang it inside for your resident fairy. No experience necessary.


Saturday Fiber Arts Classes

Class:    How to Buy, Process and Spin a Fleece, Part 1      

buy, process and spin fleece class at Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalInstructor:  Patty Blomgren
Time:  Saturday,  8:30 to 10am and 3:30 to 5pm
Maximum Number of Students:  No limit
Class Fee:  $55
Materials Fee:  $0
Materials Provided by Instructor:  Scouring liquid
Materials Provided by Student:  Large towel and plastic bag.

Class Description:  We will discuss how and what to look for when buying a fleece. There are a number of things to consider besides the ooooh and aaaah of every fleece you meet. Purpose? Color? Condition? Breed? Cost? will all go into making your decision. Then you will be ready to enter the fleece sale or wander through the vendor’s booths with confidence, make your purchase and return at the end of the day (3:30pm – 5pm) for Skirting & Scouring) to discuss your purchase, skirt and scour a suitable amount of fiber for the next day of preparation and spinning. You are not required to take Part 2 (offered on Sunday) of this workshop.


rigid heddle loom class at Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Class:    Rigid Heddle Weaving      

Instructor:  Susan Snider
Time:  Saturday,  10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Maximum Number of Students:  7 (4 with loom provided, 3 students bringing own looms)
Class Fee:  $110
Materials Fee:  $5
Materials Provided by Instructor: Use of loom for the day and materials.   Only 4 looms available.
Materials Provided by Student:  You may bring your own rigid heddle loom.

Class Description:  Rigid heddle loom weaving is simple to learn and offers an extraordinary range of creativity. In this workshop students will learn basic weaving terminology and techniques and be weaving in no time. You will weave a sample which will teach different weaving patterns and allow for exploration with color and texture. If you’re a knitter or spinner this is a great way to use up your stash! You will be surprised by how a small loom provides an infinite amount of design possibilities and inspire the fiber artist in you.


felted fish purse class at Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalClass:    Felted Fish Purses       

Instructor:  Kris Weyrick
Time:  Saturday,  10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Minimum Number of Students:  4
Maximum Number of Students:  10
Class Fee:  $110
Materials Fee:  $15, includes wool and clasp
Materials Provided by Instructor:  Will provide the use of all equipment needed.

Class Description:  In this full-day workshop you will master using multi resists to wet felt this unique fish purse, complete with an antiqued brass clasp. In the AM you’ll create your own resists, choose your colors and wet felt, you’ll get an hour break for lunch at the Festival or soak in the sights before returning in the PM to needle details and sew on his cute kissy mouth clasp. Wet felting experience is helpful but not necessary.


Class:   Beginner’s Wheel Spinning   

beginning spinning class at Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalInstructor:  Patty Blomgren
Time:  Saturday, 10am to 1pm
Experience Level:  Beginner Spinners
Maximum Number of Students:  8
Class Fee:  $55
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  – 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!


Class:   Continental Knitting       

Instructor:  Rachel Kahn
Time:  Saturday, 10am to 1pm
Experience Level:  Beginner Spinners
Maximum Number of Students:  6
Class Fee:  $55
Materials Fee:  $0
Materials Provided by Instructor: None
Materials Provided by Student:  Come prepared with a four inch wide, worsted weight swatch, worked in Garter Stitch for one inch, live on your needles. Be sure to bring the whole ball of yarn and both needles with you to class! Incorporating this skill into your repertoire requires lots of practice.

Class Description:  If you have been interested in learning to knit in the Continental style, join us for a relaxed morning of exploring and practicing this technique to add to your repertoire of knitting skills.  Rachel will demonstrate and offer hands on instruction. Once learned, knitting in the Continental style offers versatility and opens possibilities for your plain and color stranded knitting. Participants must know how to knit for this skills building class.  Please read above for materials to bring to class and instructions for your swatch.  Incorporating this skill into your repertoire requires lots of practice. In the end, you will have mastered a new technique and have a lovely scarf to show for it.


Class:  Knitted Embellishments 

Instructor:  Rachel Kahn
Time:  Saturday, 2pm to 5pm
Experience Level:  Must be comfortable knitting
Maximum Number of Students:  8
Class Fee:  $55
Materials Fee:  $10
Materials Provided by Instructor: A selection of various yarns, textures, and colors.
Materials Provided by Student:  Bring needles in various sizes from 2 to 7. Short double pointed needles work well for knitting small embellishments, along with any yarns you may be interested in using and your knitting tools kit.

Class Description:  If you would enjoy exploring and experimenting with knitted shapes and free form knitting join Rachel for a relaxed afternoon of decorative knitted delights. With a selection of various yarns, textures, colors and sizes of needles we will create elegant, fun, easy and more complex decorative elements to adorn your knitted work or to stand on their own. Please read above for materials to bring to class.


Class:   Beginner’s Wheel Spinning   

beginning spinning class at Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalInstructor:  Patty Blomgren
Time:  Saturday, 2pm to 5pm
Experience Level:  Beginner Spinners
Maximum Number of Students:  6
Class Fee:  $55
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  – 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!


Sunday Fiber Arts Classes

Class:   Felted Bluebird of Happiness

Felted Bluebird of Happiness with Kris Weyrick at Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalInstructor: Kris Weyrick
Time:  Sunday, 10am to 1pm
Experience Level:  Needle felting experience may be helpful, but not necessary.
Minimum Number of Students:  4
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Class Fee:  $55
Materials Fee:  $5
Materials Provided by Instructor: Wool, clip and wire
Materials Provided by Student:  You can bring your own felting needles and pad or use mine at no cost.

Class Description:  Come join us in making these adorable song birds. Clip on Décor or Ornament perfect for sharing a little happiness during the Holiday Season (or keep for yourself…I won’t tell). Using dyed wool and needle felting techniques, we will form these cute little guys and mount them on clips that will attach almost anywhere. I fill my Christmas tree with them then, after the Holiday, fill my home with them, hiding them on plants, curtains, wind chimes.


Class:   Basic Introduction to Lace Knitting 

lace knitting class at Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalInstructor: Rachel Kahn
Time:  Sunday, 10am to 1pm
Experience Level:  Students must be comfortable knitting decreases and increases
Maximum Number of Students:  8
Class Fee:  $55
Materials Fee:  $10
Materials Provided by Instructor:  A selection/kit of yarns for participants to use, if they wish, and to pay for the materials fee only if they use or want to take them home.
Materials Provided by Student:  Bring a selection of needles in sizes 4 through 8, stitch holders, your knitting tools, and if you wish, any yarn you may be considering for lace knitting.

Class Description:  Join Rachel for a morning of learning and exploring very simple and basic lace knitting skills in a relaxed atmosphere. Working with a selection of needle sizes and yarn weights we will swatch an array of effects using simple stitches. You must be comfortable knitting decreases and increases.  Please read above for materials to bring to class.


Class:   How to Buy, Process and Spin a Fleece, Part 2  

Instructor: Patty Blomgren
Time:  Sunday, 10am to 1pm
Experience Level:  Students must be able to spin a continuous thread
Class Fee:  $55
Materials Fee:  $0
Materials Provided by Instructor: If you are unable to bring your own spinning wheel, please call Patty at 802-254-9792 at least 3 days before the workshop.
Materials Provided by Student:  A washed fleece and a spinning wheel.

Class Description:  In the second part of this class, we will discuss different methods of fiber preparation.  There will be hand cards, hand combs and drum carders available.  Then we will spin small amounts to make a sample card for our records.  You are NOT required to take Part 1 of this workshop (offered on Saturday), however, if you do not, you must bring your own fleece that has been washed.


Fiber Arts Instructor Bios

Patty Blomgren

Patty Blumgren 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 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 Assoc.,  Vermont Sheep & Goat Assoc., and Northeast Handspinners Assoc.


Rachel Kahn

Rachel Kahn, fiber arts instructor, Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalAs a life long knitter since age six, knitting is a natural form of creative expression for me. I love fibers, feeling the yarn moving through my hands and forming into new shapes. My connection to community led me to explore the fine yarns being produced locally with fibers from Vermont and northern New England and to friendships with local artisans. The characteristics of the yarn created from different breeds of sheep, goats, alpaca and other fiber giving animals inspire the designs of my work; one of a kind hats, ornaments, brooches, and decorative scarves.  Along with knitting and designing, my work also includes advancing and keeping vibrant the fine craft of knitting through teaching children and adults in small workshops and classes. My approach to teaching is essentially hands on and includes a focus on learning and developing techniques as well as fostering a personal and creative approach when applying them to individual projects.
www.rachelkahnvermontknitter.com

 


Susan Snider

Susan Snider has been weaving and spinning for over 40 years.  Susan learned to weave when she lived a year in Sweden as an Exchange student and the passion never left.  An active member of the Handweavers’ Guild of Connecticut for 20 years Susan began exploring and teaching rigid heddle weaving about 6 years ago.  Susan continued teaching when she moved to Vermont and hopes to make fiber her full time work as co-founder of Mad River Woolery.


Kristen Walsh  Kristen Walsh at Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

As the daughter and granddaughter of artists, Kristen has dabbled in creative things her whole life.  She has been exploring fiber for many years – first knitting, then spinning and now, felting.  She has been earning attention for her felting, winning Best in Show at the Old Saybrook Arts Show and the Creativity Award at the Marlborough Art Center, both in Connecticut.  She was also selected as a Best in Show finalist at the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia and has won other awards as well.  Kristen has had work selected for publication in Fiber Arts magazine and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine.  Kristen enjoys teaching and finds great satisfaction in helping people, who might not think they are creative, find the creative spark that she believes lives in all of us.  She has taught out of her home, fiber festivals, fiber shops, schools and senior centers.  Kristen sees no end to the possibilities with felting.  She hopes to continue exploring felting through continued teaching as well as creating her own felted figures and other artwork. You can see Kristen’s work on her website at scrapfelt.com.


Kris Weyrick-Scott

Kris Weyrick-Scott at Vermont Sheep & Wool FestivalKris is a Fiberholic from Nottingham, NH who has won awards for her felted artwork and has had her work shown in galleries and museums along the Eastern coast. She adores the sculptural properties of wool, and plays with the textures and colors with the same glee that a five year old plays with play-do and paint! She has been teaching Felting throughout New England for the last four years and finds as much joy in sharing this medium with others as she does creating it herself. She had a wonderful time leading a mask making workshop at the 2015 VT Sheep and Wool Festival and is looking forward to teaching here again this year. Feel free to contact her with any questions you may have. k.weyrick@comcast.net or www.feltpals.com.

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