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2014 Workshops
WORKSHOP ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
We have quite a selection of workshops again this year!  Please read through the list.

Workshops may be cancelled on the day of the event if minimum enrollments are not met.


2014 contact: Michelle DeLucia  207-935-4075

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**All Materials Fees will be paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

Saturday Morning

Spinning 101 with Debbie Bergman of Purple Fleece
Length of Workshop: 10:00 -12:00
Workshop description: If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at a spinning wheel, here is your opportunity to learn the basics of spinning your own yarn. In this 2 hour class, learn to treadle, draft wool roving, and spin it into yarn. Yes, there may be some lumps and bumps but that gives it character! Spinning wheels and roving will be provided by the instructor.

Workshop fee: $65.00
Materials fee: None
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants: 5



Felted Flip Flops with Consuelo Stacy
Length of Workshop: 9:30- 3:30 with 1 hour lunch break
Workshop description: Felted what??? Yes, flip flops. Maybe you’ve made your fair share of felted clogs (or not!!!) and now you want a summer slipper to wear around the house. This is it: a perfectly shaped flip flop right from your knitting needles. They are fun, as colorful as you want them to be and fairly fast to make. The double sole makes them super comfortable and a pleasure to wear. Each student will receive a purchased pattern used by permission from the designer.
Workshop fee: $75.00
Materials fee: $25 if purchased from the instructor. Students may bring their own. You will need TWO size 13, 24” circular needles (you can get by with one if you are willing to put one sole on waste yarn) and the following amounts of worsted weight yarn:
  • Women’s size 7: 465 yards
  • Women’s size 9:490 yards
  • Women’s or men’s size 11: 515 yards
  • Men’s size 12: 545 yards
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants: 2- 8



Don't Be a Wimp - Spin Cotton! With Linda Scharf
Length of Workshop; 9:00-12:00
Workshop description: Cotton's got a bit of a rep, but why? If you are intrigued with the many beautiful colors of undyed cotton, the soft hand and meditative spinning, let's take a few hours to go deeply into one of the most wonderful fibers.
We'll spin on a variety of spindles and you'll leave with the knowledge and inspiration to keep spinning.
Spindles and fiber for in class use, or bring your own.
You may bring a wheel if you know how to use it.
Min./Max students: 2- 15 participants
Workshop fee: $55.00
Open to beginners and beyond



R&R and self-help for Neck, Shoulders and Hands with Aloisia Pollock, NCR
Length of Workshop: 10:00-11:30
Workshop description: Participants will learn how to stretch and relax the muscles which become strained and painful from constant use. Stretches cover the neck, shoulders and hands.
Some reflexology will be added to soothe sore hands, as well as acupressure points for acute problems. We will end the program with a warm and silky paraffin wax treatment which will leave your hands smooth and relaxed.
Workshop Fee: $25.00
Min participants: 5; max 12
Aloisia will be available for private sessions of foot-, hand- and ear-reflexology sessions throughout the frolic.


Weave like it’s 1699! with Susan Perrine
Length of Workshop: 10:00-11:00
Workshop description: Using a Rigid Heddle Tape Loom from 1600’s learn to weave sturdy, narrow tapes that are useful for all sorts of things; from purse handles, to apron ties. I have experience on Jacquard and Dobby looms but I discovered this little powerhouse tape loom & fell in love with it. It’s portable, lightweight, easy to use and can even create wavy edges! The design for the Tape Loom in this class came from one seen in the collection of Bowdoin College Art Museum. Join me and I’ll supply the loom all warped and ready to weave with sturdy, colorful, cotton cord. Cut off what you weave! Arrive early to choose a loom with your favorite colors. If you wish, looms and shuttles may be purchased from the instructor for an additional fee.
Workshop fee: $30.00
Materials fee: 0
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants: 4-6



Weave like it’s 1699 Part 2 ! with Susan Perrine
Length of Workshop: 11:30-12:30
Materials fee: Learn to warp a rigid heddle tape loom. Cotton cord in bright colors will show up well on this super simple loom. Purchase loom from instructor or bring in your own small loom or wrap up the warp to take home to your own loom. Maximum # ends per warp 26!
Workshop description: Workshop fee: $30.00
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants: 4-6





Precious Pin Cozy with Julie Yarbrough
Length of Workshop: All day workshop ~ 9:30 -3:30 with 1 hour lunch
Workshop description: In this workshop we are making characters with a purpose. Using repurposed wool fabrics we will stitch and needle felt our creations. Made from hand dyed wool, these little guys are the guardians of the pins and needles. This just might be the perfect gift for that person who has everything…well, almost everything.
Workshop fee: $80.00
Materials fee: $15
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants: 3min. - 10 max.
Requirements: Basic sewing skills are a must
Beginner level to intermediate needle felting skills





Needle Felted Santa Ornament with Jan Winsor
Length of Workshop – 9:00-12:00
Workshop description – Get a jump start on Christmas and create a unique all wool ornament. In this class you will learn the basics of needle felting a ball and "sculpting" a Santa face onto it. It makes an impressive gift and no experience is necessary! The materials fee includes a kit containing instructions, all the wool and tools needed to create your one-of-a-kind Santa ornament.
Workshop fee - $40.00
Materials fee - $25.00
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants – 2- 12 maximum





Under the Rainbow in the Dye Pot with Rachel Bingham Kessler
Length of Workshop – 9:30-12:30
Workshop description - Using just three dye pots, I’ll show you how to use natural dye pigment powders to dye each color of the rainbow. Then using a special technique, we’ll make a self- striping rainbow yarn. You can then use both dyed batches of yarn to incorporate into any of your fiber projects, rugs, weaving, knitting, crochet, or fulling.
Workshop fee - $75.00
Materials fee - $15.00
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants 2-8



Saturday Afternoon

Spinning 101 with Debbie Bergman of Purple Fleece
Length of Workshop: 1:00-3:00
Workshop description: If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at a spinning wheel, here is your opportunity to learn the basics of spinning your own yarn. In this 2 hour class, learn to treadle, draft wool roving, and spin it into yarn. Yes, there may be some lumps and bumps but that gives it character! Spinning wheels and roving will be provided by the instructor.
Workshop fee: $65.00
Materials fee: None
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants: 5





Why Ply? with Linda Clutterbuck
Length of Workshop: 12:30-3:30
Workshop description: This workshop will cover 2-py, 3-ply, Navajo ply, and cabling. We will also look at what it takes to ply a balanced skein and whether this is necessary all the time. When would over-plying or under-plying be better?
Workshop fee: $40.00
Materials fee: $5 for handout and information cards, angle of twist cards, and reference cards
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants: 6-15
**Experience Level – Advanced beginner – students should be familiar with the basics of spinning.
Students should bring – Spinning wheel in good working order with all whorls, lazy Kate, ball winder (optional) 3 bobbins of spun yarn, dyed or natural, spun as close to the time of the workshop as possible, at least 2 extra bobbins, and 3 or 4 ounces of roving or top from stash.



Lock it Up! With Linda Scharf
Length of Workshop: 1:00-4:00
The locks of some goats and sheep beg to be spun in a way that shows off their curly, wavy, crimpy and bone straight character.
Although beautiful yarns can be spun from locks made uniform, if you want to explore a wide and wild variety of locks and spinning styles, join me for the fine points of spinning these delicious fibers and play with the many ways to spin them on spindles. You may also bring a wheel if you know how to use it.
Spindles and fiber for in class use, or bring your own.
You may bring a wheel if you know how to use it.
Workshop fee: $55.00
Min./Max/: 2- 15 participants
Open to beginners and beyond



Painting with Wool Ornament or Mug Rug with Jan Winsor
Workshop Length: 1:00-4:00
Workshop description – If you’ve wanted to try needle felting but worry about coming up with a design, this class is for you! Choose a kit containing the materials and reusable templates for a Chickadee, a Loon, a Cardinal or a Lobster. Learn various needle felting techniques while felting wool onto fabric to create an oval ornament or a mug rug for your favorite hot or cold beverage. This project will be totally completed by needle felting. No sewing is necessary.
Workshop fee - $40.00
Materials fee - $25.00
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants - 2 - 12 maximum



R&R and self-help for Neck, Shoulders and Hands with Aloisia Pollock, NCR
Length of Workshop: 1:30-3:00
Workshop description: Participants will learn how to stretch and relax the muscles which become strained and painful from constant use. Stretches cover the neck, shoulders and hands.
Some reflexology will be added to soothe sore hands, as well as acupressure points for acute problems. We will end the program with a warm and silky paraffin wax treatment which will leave your hands smooth and relaxed.
Workshop Fee: $25.00
Min participants: 5; max 12
Aloisia will be available for private sessions of foot-, hand- and ear-reflexology sessions throughout the frolic.


Lichen Magic with Rachel Bingham Kessler
Workshop Length: 1:30-4:00
Workshop description - We’ll talk about properly collecting within context, identification lichens, and their fascinating properties. I’ll also show you how to test and prepare your lichens for dyeing in order to extract their exciting colors which range from golds, orange, red, purple, and blues. We will also be dyeing up samples from my lichen fermentation jars.
What to bring - NOT NECESSARY but could be fun for you- any lichen books you might have, a small sample of lichens from where you live.
Workshop fee - $65.00
Materials fee - $10.00
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants 2-8





Sunday Morning

Beekeeper’s Quilt with Consuelo Stacy
Length of Workshop: 9:30- 12:30
Workshop description: What do you do with all those sock yarn leftovers? Make a quilt, of course! This clever pattern will make a most creative quilt and use up that sock yarn stash. Knitting these small, double sided hexagons – affectionately called hexipuffs – is fun because they are mushy (stuffed with a tiny bit of fiberfill) cute and each one feels like a finished project all by itself. Tuck this project in your purse or your pocket and you’ll always have something to knit, everywhere you go, it is extremely portable. They are combined into a quilt by simply tying the hexis together at the corner: NO SEWING! Each student will receive a purchased pattern used by permission from the designer.
Workshop fee: $55.00
Materials fee: $15 if purchased from instructor. Student can bring their own leftover or brand new sock / fingering weight yarn and 3 DPN size 6 or 7. Also, a small plastic bag of Fiberfill.
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants: 2- 8



Build a Twig Pyramid for Your Climbing Plants with Susan Perrine
Length of Workshop: 10:00 – 1:00
Workshop description: Simple materials and skills are all that is needed to create this very useful and attractive garden structure. Build a rustic plant support (about 5-6 feet tall) in a few hours to take home and place in your garden. You'll be the envy of your neighbors and have the knowledge to build more. Purchase branches from the instructor. Bring a battery operated screw driver, well charged!
Workshop fee: $60.00
Materials fee: $45.00
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants: 3-6





Silk Painting with Julie Yarbrough
Length of Workshop: 9:30- 3:30 with a 1 hour lunch break
Workshop description: This is a basic silk painting class with all the bells and whistles. We will focus on design choices, resist application, dye application and blending, setting the color and rinsing the silk. You will create a finished scarf.
Workshop fee: $80.00
Materials fee: $25 Kit includes silk, 12 color dye set, brushes, two resists, water tub.
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants: 3 - 10
You don't have to be an artist to be successful with silk painting if you can trace and hold a paintbrush, you can do it!
Skill Level: All skill levels welcome









Needle Felted Sheep for All Seasons with Jan Winsor
Workshop length: 9:30-12:30
In this class you will learn needle felting techniques to create a 3 dimensional sheep. The finished sheep measures approximately 9" x 7". The process of how to make wet felted blankets for the sheep for different seasons will be discussed. The materials fee includes all the tools needed and a kit containing all the wool roving and wool curls you will need to make a "Sheep for All Seasons".
Workshop fee - $40
Materials fee - $25
Class size - 2 minimum 12 maximum





Knitting with Hand-dyed Yarns with Linda Whiting
Length of workshop: 9:30-12:00
We are all tempted by the beautiful colors of hand-dyed yarns we see in the shops and at shows and have no second thoughts about adding them to our stash. But we are not always as delighted with how they knit up!
Learn some tricks to utilize these beauties to knit something you will truly love once the knitting is done! Avoid pooling and other problems with these simple tricks.
Workshop fee: $ 45.00 includes packed information folder
Students should bring leftover balls of variegated yarns (do not have to be hand-dyed) and a selection of needles of appropriate size for the yarns. We will be knitting small swatches.
Minimum 3, maximum 8



Foraging for Color with Rachel Bingham Kessler
Length of workshop: 10:00-2:30 with lunch break
Workshop description: Every plant holds pigment inside. It’s through experimenting that we find out what colors our neighboring plant life hold. We will discuss foraging with an ecological context, identify, and test what we collect for color using non-toxic mordants and testing on silk fabric and wool yarn samples
Workshop fee: $75
Materials fee: $10
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants 2-8








Sunday Afternoon

R&R and self-help for Neck, Shoulders and Hands with Aloisia Pollock, NCR
Length of Workshop: 12:00-1:30
Workshop description: Participants will learn how to stretch and relax the muscles which become strained and painful from constant use. Stretches cover the neck, shoulders and hands.
Some reflexology will be added to soothe sore hands, as well as acupressure points for acute problems. We will end the program with a warm and silky paraffin wax treatment which will leave your hands smooth and relaxed.
Workshop Fee: $25.00
Min participants: 5; max 12
Aloisia will be available for private sessions of foot-, hand- and ear-reflexology sessions throughout the frolic.


Needle Felted Moose Ornament with Jan Winsor
Length of Workshop – 1:00-4:00
In this workshop you will learn how to needle felt a 3 dimensional moose from all wool using basic geometrical shapes. You will also felt flat pieces and attach them to the main body of your project. Your finished moose will be able to stand on its own or you can attach a loop to use it as a hanging ornament. The materials fee includes a kit with instructions, all the wool and tools needed to create your one-of-a-kind needle felted wool moose.
Workshop fee - $40.00
Materials fee - $25
Minimum & Maximum # of workshop participants - 2 - 12 maximum