Fiber Festival  

2018 Class Descriptions

Online and mail-in registrations for the 2018 festival are now closed.  There is limited drop-in registration for some classes at the festival.  Please check at the souvenir table at the festival Saturday or Sunday for availability.  Thank you!

Classes are listed each day chronologically by start time so Saturday morning classes are listed first and Sunday afternoon classes are listed last. Please scroll down the page to find classes.  Thank you!

Registration must be received by September 7, 2018. You can use Paypal or mail in the registration form available here. Late registration will be available on Saturday and Sunday for some classes.

Note: Refunds are given if course is canceled by GVHG due to lack of enrollment or if you cancel before September 1, 2018.

How to register: 

You may register by clicking the Paypal button under each class you wish to register for or you may printout the registration form, fill it out and mail it.  Click here for the mail-in registration form.

2018 Classes Available 

Saturday Classes

Introduction to Rigid Heddle Weaving with Anita Lopez-Conheady 

Interested in Rigid Heddle Weaving? This is the class for you! You'll learn everything you need to know to start and complete a successful weaving project. We'll go over the parts of the loom, how to calculate yardage, warping, plain weave and finishing. If there is time, we'll learn a few extra weaving techniques.

  • Class cost: $40  
  • Skill level - Beginner  
  • Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $10 - which includes the skein of yarn you will use for your weaving project during the class.
  • Supplies you need to bring: You may bring your own rigid heddle loom with stand, 8 dent heddle, warping peg, 2 shuttles and a pick up stick. If you don't own a rigid heddle loom you may request to borrow or pre-purchase one from the instructor. Contact Anita at badwolfyarn(at)gmail.com.
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 6   
  • Saturday 10:30 – 1:00

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Smart Beginnings, Sweet Endings! With Linda Voss-Plummer

Casting on and binding off can have both functional decorative purposes. Add a variety to your repertoire and gain some insight into when they should be used.

  • Class cost: $40
  • Skill level – advanced beginner
  • Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $2
  • Supplies you need to bring: Several ounces of a worsted or sport weight and needles to match.
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Saturday 10:30 – 1:30pm

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Learn To Knit Continental with Tina Turner

Learn to knit another way. Also known as picking your stitches. This handy technique is helpful when working stranded color work. You will hold the yarn in your left hand and knit with minimal hand movements.

  • Class cost: $45
  • Skill level - Novice and up
  • Supplies you need to bring: Worsted weight yarn about 50-100 yards. Size US #7 knitting needles.
  • Minimum number of students: 3; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Saturday 10:30 – 1:30

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FELTED VESSELS with MARCIA WEINERT

It is both magical and easy to use unspun wool to fashion a 3-dimensional purse, pouch or other vessel around a flat form that “resists” felting and shrinking! We’ll play with a mountainous rainbow of fluff and sparkle to make unique, small bowls—and discuss how these same techniques can be used to develop into hats, handbags, and vases

  • Class cost: $45
  • Skill level - beginner NOTE: Felting requires sustained, gentle effort for the length of class
  • Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $10 - which includes fiber needed to complete your project.
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Saturday 10:30 – 1:30

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Straw into Gold (Flax Straw to Linen yarn) with Wendy Caffee

This class is full - please check out our other classes.  Thank you for your interest.

Participants will learn the history of flax and linen and how important they have been for many different cultures throughout time. You will receive hands on experience to process and prepare flax for spinning into linen and then learn how to spin long line flax.

  • Class cost: $ 45
  • Skill level - beginner for processing, some spinning experience required
  • Supplies you need to bring: spinning wheel or drop spindle, distaff is optional
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 8
  • Saturday 10:30 – 12:30

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Begin to Spin! with Marcia Weinert

Learn to make your very own, unique handspun yarn on a spinning wheel! We’ll play with several types of prepared wool while we discuss wheel maintenance, drafting, treadling, plying, and finishing techniques to make a balanced yarn. As time permits, we’ll touch on other fiber preparations, and non-wool fibers. No previous experience required. Warning: Spinning can be addictive!

  • Class cost: $55
  • Skill Level - beginner: no previous experience required
  • Supply fee: $10 includes spinning fiber
  • Materials/Equipment: Any treadle-driven spinning wheel in good working condition, or use a class loaner; Please indicate whether you will need a loaner wheel by contacting Marcia at UndeniablyLoopy(at)gmail.com
  • minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 7
  • Saturday 2:00 – 4:00
  • Also offered Sunday 10:30 – 12:30 -- See listing under Sunday Classes
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The Long & Short of It with Linda Voss-Plummer

Whether commercial yarn or yarn from indie dyers, variegated yarn can bring great satisfaction or cause disappointment and frustration. Learn to use both short and long repeats to their advantage and make them enhance your knitting rather than cause those bad surprises! We shall knit a sampler with several examples for each type of yarn.

  • Class cost: $40
  • Skill level - Advanced beginner
  • Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $3 for handouts, plus $6 if appropriate yarn is desired
  • Supplies you need to bring:  needles appropriate for worsted - 7 or 8 for standard knitter. 1 oz each: plain yarn, yarn with a long repeat, and variegated yarn with short repeat. Yarn supplies may be purchased from the instructor if desired (see materials fee above)
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Saturday 2:00 – 5:00

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Bavarian Twisted Stitches with Tina Turner

Sound the trumpets, and blow your horn it’s time to learn how to create beautiful raised stitch patterns! This class will literally raise your knitting to new heights. Learn everything it will take to create beautiful textured raised Milkweed Mitts and more. The techniques learned can be applied for years to come to projects limited by your imagination only!

  • · Class cost: $ 45
  • · Skill level - Intermediate knitter and up
  • · Instructor will provide you with a copy of the pattern for Milkweed Mitts.
  • · Supplies you need to bring: 200 yds of Dk weight yarn. Sample shown in gnarledpaw.com Top Dog DK Light, 100% superwash merino aprox. 275yds/100g skein, “Nudeski” color, but any DK Light weight yarn will work.
  • US #2 (2.75mm) and US #4 (3.5mm). Double points, or preferred circular knitting method. Use needles necessary to obtain correct gauge.
  • Gauge: 28sts=4” in reverse stockinette on larger needle. Size: Women’s Medium
  • · Minimum number of students: 3; Maximum number of students: 12
  • · Saturday 2:00 – 5:00

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Beginning Basketry with Nikki Applin

Class Full - thank you for your interest.  Please check out our other classes.

We will weave a sweet little rectangular basket from reed (base 4x7 inches, top diameter 24 inches, basket height 5 inches). This basket can be used as a wall basket or as a stand alone on a counter. It features braided seagrass accent, and a round reed handle. Students will learn how to identify the right and wrong side of a piece of reed, and will become familiar with terms to describe various types and sizes of reed. Students will learn how to make the basket base, practice the "stop and start" weaving technique, create and lash the basket rim, and attach the handle.

  • · Class cost: $ 30
  • · Skill level - beginner
  • · Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $12 - which includes the reed needed to create your basket.
  • · Note: We will be using a pencil, a tape measure, about 12 clothes pins, scissors, a basket awl, a small bucket for water, and a towel. If you have these items and would like to use your own, please do. (The instructor will bring all that she has, but we may need to share during class.)
  • · Minimum number of students: 6; Maximum number of students: 8
  • · Saturday 2:00 – 5:00

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Sunday Classes

Begin to Spin! with Marcia Weinert

Learn to make your very own, unique handspun yarn on a spinning wheel! We’ll play with several types of prepared wool while we discuss wheel maintenance, drafting, treadling, plying, and finishing techniques to make a balanced yarn. As time permits, we’ll touch on other fiber preparations, and non-wool fibers. No previous experience required. Warning: Spinning can be addictive!

  • Class cost: $55
  • Skill Level - beginner: no previous experience required
  • Supply fee: $10 includes spinning fiber
  • Materials/Equipment: Any treadle-driven spinning wheel in good working condition, or use a class loaner; Please indicate whether you will need a loaner wheel by contacting Marcia at UndeniablyLoopy(at)gmail.com
  • minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 7
  • Sunday 10:30 – 12:30
  • Also offered Saturday -- see Saturday Class listings

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Make Your Own Polymer Clay Stitch Markers with Liz Yockel

Would you like to adorn your WIPs with custom stitch markers? Instruction will be provided on how to create the yarn ball stitch markers, but students are encouraged to try other shapes as well (tiny sheep, patterned spheres, etc. The sky is the limit.) We will then turn our beads into no-snag stitch markers perfect for any size needle.

  • Class cost: $20
  • Skill level - Beginner
  • Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $10 - which includes all supplies needed to create the stitch markers.
  • Minimum number of students: 5; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Sunday 10:30 – 12:30

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Dyeing Handpainted Sock Yarn with Ellen Minard

Want to design your own sock colors? We will start with a very brief overview of hand painting where you will be able to see samples of different dyeing techniques and finished samples. You will then quickly move on to the fun! You will design your own color-way and paint a skein of sock yarn using acid dyes which will be applied with brushes and sponges. You will end up with enough yarn to knit a pair of socks, or a little shawl or cowl if socks aren't your thing!

  • Class cost: $25
  • Skill level - beginner
  • Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $20 - which includes a skein of yarn and all dyes
  • Supplies you need to bring: Students should wear an old t-shirt or apron.
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Sunday 10:30 – 12:30

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Portuguese Knitting with Sharilyn Ross  

Cancelled - Thank you for your interest.  Please check out other classes that are offered. 

In this class, you'll learn how to knit in the Portuguese fashion where the yarn is tensioned either around your neck or through a pin on your shoulder. This is a useful technique to add to your set of skills as it requires very little movement from the wrist and it is very efficient when purling. In class you'll also create your own shoulder pin personalized with beads and wire.

  • Class cost: $30
  • Skill level – beginner
  • Materials feeto be paid to the instructor at time of class: $10 - which includes the beads and wire to make your shoulder pin
  • Please bring US size 8 needles and 50 yards each of two light colored worsted weight yarn
  • Minimum number of students: 5; Maximum number of students: 12
  • Sunday 10:30 – 1:00pm

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Skills for Round Rug Braiding with Peggyann Watts

This class is now full.  Thank you for looking and please consider signing up for another class.

Learn the skills needed to make a round braided mat. In the class you will make a small braided mat that can be used as a trivet or mug rug. It can be enlarged at home to become a chair pad, tabletop centerpiece or room sized rug.

  • Class cost: $25
  • Skill level - good finger dexterity
  • Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $25 - which includes all supplies needed to make the 6 inch round mat.
  • Minimum number of students: 3; Maximum number of students: 10
  • Sunday 10:30 – 1:30

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Fit to be Plied! With MARCIA WEINERT

Cancelled - Thank you for your interest.  Please check out other classes that are offered.

Your yarn is all spun—but what happens next at your wheel can make your finished item sparkle or sag. Let’s explore all the ways that plying can affect color, durability, texture, and ease of completion—whether you’re spinning to knit, crochet or weave! We’ll conquer Andean plying, chain- or Navajo-plying, and learn how and why to make and use a tensioned Lazy Kate for 3- and 4-ply yarns and MORE

  • Class cost: $55
  • Skill level - Basic spinning skills required: must be able to spin a continuous yarn.
  • Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $10 - which includes the use of the instructors fibers
  • Supplies you need to bring: spinning wheel in good working order; selection of small amounts (8-20 yards or more) of singles (UNPLIED) yarns in matching and contrasting colors; 2-4 bobbins, Lazy Kate (if available).
  • Minimum number of students: 1; Maximum number of students: 6
  • Sunday 1:00 – 4:00

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Weaving with Art Yarn on a 4 shaft Louet loom with Lynda DeLallo

 This class is aimed at using art yarns in weaving. The student will have a Louet Erica 4 shaft loom set up and a supply of various art yarns and fibers to include in the weaving. Various techniques such as plain weave; twill; adding beads, fabric strips, art yarns and accentuating texture will be discussed and woven in class. Each student will be supplied with various art yarns but are welcome to bring some too.

  • Class cost: $ 25
  • Skill level - Beginner
  • Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $20 - which includes art yarn
  • Supplies you need to bring: scissors to snip yarn, you will be supplied with a variety of yarns and fiber to complete your wall hanging but are welcome to bring your own yarn to add to the mix. A shuttle will be provided for use in this class.
  • Minimum number of students: 3; Maximum number of students: 6
  • Sunday 1:30 – 3:30pm

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Dyeing with Thickened Dyes: Hanks and Blanks with Liz Yockel

** Thank you for your interest, however this class is full.  Please check out the other classes available during the festival. **

Using thick, viscous dyes allows us to create more crisp designs on fiber. We will discuss the basics of dyeing protein-based fiber with acid dyes (Greener Shades, specifically), how to thicken dyes so they are suitable for stamping, stenciling, and otherwise applying in a way so they will not run into each other, and then design and dye our own fingering weight yarns. Students may choose to dye sock blanks (75% SW merino/25% nylon), hanks of sock yarn (75% SW merino/15% nylon/10% tencel), or both.

  • Class cost: $25  
  • Skill level -  beginner 
  • Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $20 for each sock blank and $12 for each skein of yarn dyed
  • Minimum number of students: 4 - Maximum number of students: 10   
  • Sunday 1:30 – 3:30

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Blending Board Basics with Sharilyn Ross

Do you have a blending board and wonder what to do with it? Come join in this class and we'll explore the possibilities of fiber preparation with this incredibly versatile tool. Using a blending board allows you to combine fibers of different textures and lengths into rolags and batts to use in your spinning.

  • Class cost: $ 30 
  • Skill level -  beginner
  • Materials fee to be paid to the instructor at time of class: $20 for a mixture of natural and synthetic blendable fibers
  • Supplies you need to bring: Please bring a blending board and the tools that came with it (i.e. brush, dowels, etc.) If you would like, bring a wheel to test out your rolags.
  • Minimum number of students: 4; Maximum number of students: 12   
  • Sunday 2:30 – 4:00
 
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Striped Crochet Cowl with Tina Turner

Class cancelled - Thank you for your interest.  Please check out our other classes.

Learn 4 different crochet stitches. This cowl uses three different colors of worsted weight yarn to create a small and very wearable cowl. You will learn 4 common crochet stitches and become proficient in each of them.

  • Class cost: $  45
  • Skill Level – beginner and up
  • Supplies you need to bring: Size H crochet hook, 3 colors of worsted (#4) weight yarn - 150 yards each
  • Minimum number of students: 3; Maximum number of students: 12   
  • Sunday 1:00 – 4:00pm

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