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Celebrating fiber,
fiber animals, and
fiber arts

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2016 Workshops
We have quite a selection of workshops again this year!  Please read through the list.


2016 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 JUNE 4th ALL DAY WORKSHOPS

Silk Painting a Scarf
Instructor: Julie Yarbrough, Kick the Moon Studio
Class Description: This is a basic silk painting class with all the bells and whistles. We will focus on design choices, resist ap-plication, dye application and blending, setting the color and rins-ing the silk. You will create a finished scarf.
If you can trace and hold a paint brush, you can do it!

Workshop fee: $95
Length of Workshop: All Day 9:30- 3:00
Material Fee: $25
Maximum number of participants: 6



Needle Felted Wool Landscape
Instructor: Jan Winsor
Class Description: Explore needle felting techniques, color blend-ing and the use of texture to create a beautiful wool painting of your favorite landscape.

Workshop fee: $65
Length of Workshop: All Day 9:30- 3:00
Material Fee: $25 includes all tools and materials needed to create your choice of an 8" x 10" or an 11" x 14" all wool picture.
Materials student must bring to class: 2 or 3 favorite landscape photos to use for inspiration.
Maximum number of participants: 8



Natural Dye Rainbow
Instructor: Jackie Ottino Graf
Class Description: It’s natural dyeing season! Have you been curious about working with natural dyes, or have experimented some and want to learn more? This class is for you. We will make a full rainbow, plus a few neutrals on cute little mini skeins that you can then take home and knit up.
We will go over fiber selection and prep, mordanting and proper dye techniques. We will learn how to make our own dyes from plants, roots, bark and even an insect or two. We will cover a few natural dye extracts, and discover how to blend, extend and modi-fy our dyes to create an even deeper range. Maybe we will even explore the fairgrounds a little to see what’s growing!
All materials are provided, but please bring a plastic bag or con-tainer to bring home wet yarns.

Workshop fee: $125
Length of Workshop: All Day 9:30-4:30 with lunch break
Material Fee: pp $35(all materials provided)
Class Minimum needed to run workshop : 8 students



SATURDAY JUNE 4th HALF DAY WORKSHOPS

Early American Penny Rugs
Instructor: Janet Conner
Class Description: One form of appliqued table rug that became very popular during the mid to late 19th century was the "penny rug", so called because of the small circular patches of wool used to create geo-metric and pictorial scenes. After shearing, spinning, weaving and wearing one’s own wool, no one would throw away a piece of woolen fabric until it was smaller than a penny! Every scrap was recycled. Soon creative stitchers developed images of flowers, urns, birds, and familiar animals in their penny rug appliques. Each penny rug was further embellished by the use of simple em-broidery stitches to hold each patch in place, and to add expres-sive detail.
In our penny rug making class, we will purchase a prepared kit of materials for a cost of $15-$75 (depending upon size) direct-ly from the teacher. Each kit contains a unique selection of pre-washed and hand dyed wools, patterns and design suggestions, and even the embroidery needle and threads! Kit designs may be previewed on www.jconnerhookedrugs.com. Email fcjc@roadrunner.com to reserve your favorite!
The sequence and procedure of penny rug making will be demonstrated from start to finish. History, antique examples, and sources for purchasing more materials will be discussed. Anyone who enjoys rug hooking, rug braiding, or quilting would enjoy making penny rugs, although absolutely NO prior experience is needed!

Workshop fee: $50
Length of Workshop: All Day 10:00- 1:00
Material Fee: students will choose a kit of materials, priced by size in a range from $15 to $75.
Maximum number of participants: 10



SUNDAY JUNE 5th ALL DAY WORKSHOPS

Bird on a Wire
Instructor: Julie Yarbrough
Class Description: Inspired by traditional Swedish folk art, we will make gar-lands or danglers with bird figures, hearts, flowers, beads and this and that for texture. This is a full day of needle felting fun.Inspired by traditional Swedish folk art, we will make gar-lands or danglers with bird figures, hearts, flowers, beads and this and that for texture. This is a full day of needle felting fun.

Length of workshop: All day
Workshop fee: $100.00
Materials fee: included
Maximum of 10





SUNDAY JUNE 5th HALF DAY WORKSHOPS

Spinning 101     *****Offering 2 sessions
Instructor: Debbie Bergman
Class 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 in-structor.

Length of workshop: 10 am - 12 noon
Workshop fee: $75.00
Materials fee: None
Maximum of 5 each session



Needle Felted Maltese
Instructor: Jan Winsor
Class Description: Learn to how to create a 3 dimensional wool sculpture starting with a simple armature and adding wool by needle felting. This class focuses on applying long fur to your wool sculpture.

Length of workshop: 9:00-12 NOON
Workshop fee: $35.00
Materials fee: $25 includes all tools and materials needed to create your 3 dimensional long haired dog sculpture.
Maximum number of participants: 10



Indigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists
Instructor: Jackie Ottino Graf
Class Description: Dyeing with Indigo has a long history, dating back to at least 2500 BC. There are many methods and techniques to using indigo, from ferment-ing your own plant stuff, reducing with urine and lots of other unpleasant steps. We will not be experimenting with those methods in this class!
The method commonly used by production indigo dyers involves making a stock solution from powdered indigo, thiourea dioxide lye. Learn how to make a concentrated stock, and use it to add beautiful layers of blues to your fibers! We will cover proper procedure for working with indigo, making stocks, how to "read" a vat and adjust it for proper dyeing condi-tions. If time allows we will explore techniques such as gradient dyeing and basic shibori style resists.
Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty, or bring an apron. You will also need a long pair of rubber gloves, such as dishwashing gloves. Bring up to 1/2 pound of clean yarn, unspun fibers, fabric…anything you would like to dip in the vat! Indigo also reacts wonder-fully over previously dyed fibers, consider faded clothing or old ugly dye jobs.

Length of workshop: 9:30-1:00
Workshop fee: $70.00
Materials fee: $10
Minimum: 8 students to run class



Spinning 101
Instructor: Debbie Bergman
Class 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 in-structor.

Length of workshop: 1 pm - 3 pm
Workshop fee: $75.00
Materials fee: None
Maximum of 5 each session



Early American Penny Rugs
Instructor: Janet Conner
Class Description: One form of appliqued table rug that became very popular during the mid to late 19th century was the "penny rug", so called because of the small circular patches of wool used to create geo-metric and pictorial scenes. After shearing, spinning, weaving and wearing one’s own wool, no one would throw away a piece of woolen fabric until it was smaller than a penny! Every scrap was recycled. Soon creative stitchers developed images of flowers, urns, birds, and familiar animals in their penny rug appliques. Each penny rug was further embellished by the use of simple em-broidery stitches to hold each patch in place, and to add expres-sive detail.
In our penny rug making class, we will purchase a prepared kit of materials for a cost of $15-$75 (depending upon size) direct-ly from the teacher. Each kit contains a unique selection of pre-washed and hand dyed wools, patterns and design suggestions, and even the embroidery needle and threads! Kit designs may be previewed on www.jconnerhookedrugs.com. Email fcjc@roadrunner.com to reserve your favorite!
The sequence and procedure of penny rug making will be demonstrated from start to finish. History, antique examples, and sources for purchasing more materials will be discussed. Anyone who enjoys rug hooking, rug braiding, or quilting would enjoy making penny rugs, although absolutely NO prior experience is needed!

Workshop fee: $50
Length of Workshop: All Day 10:00- 1:00
Material Fee: students will choose a kit of materials, priced by size in a range from $15 to $75.
Maximum number of participants: 10



Needle Felt a Llama or Alpaca
Instructor: Jan Winsor
Class Description: Learn to how to create a 3 dimensional wool sculpture starting with a simple armature and adding wool by needle felting. This class focuses on applying long fiber to your wool sculpture.

Length of workshop: 12:30-3:30
Workshop fee: $35.00
Materials fee: $25 includes a kit containing all tools and materials needed to create a 3 dimensional llama or alpaca sculpture.
Maximum number of participants: 10