Fiber College of Maine 2012

Thursday, September 06, 2012


                                              

                              

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Thursday Classes (six hour classes)

 

Silk Painting w/ Cynthia Mc Guirl




Back by popular demand!  Students will work on prehemmed silk which will be stretched on a frame. We will use non-toxic dyes and resists to create one of kind scarves.
You can work “freehand” or you can transfer a design to your scarf. Resists are applied to contain colors and/or to draw images on the fabric. Dyes are then applied to the scarf. We will be using water based
non-toxic pigment dyes. These dyes don't spread as much as traditional silk dyes which makes for great color blending possibilities. The finished scarf has a stone washed look and creating rich textures is easy.
Students will learn how to mix their own colors as well as techniques for working with color and design. The finished scarves need to air dry for at least 48 hours and are then heat set in a dryer. Each student will go
home with detailed instructions on how to hand wash their scarves.

Students bring
only a smile
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $25 which includes: All dyes, resists, tools, frames and supplies. Per student: 2- 11 x 60 habatoi silk scarves 1- 11x 11 practice silk Additional scarves available for $10 each.

Everyone can participate


 (details)

Add to calendarThursday, September 06, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$139.00


Little Purse or E-Reader Tote: w/ Mary Ellen Kranz



Regretfully Cancelled  Project Runway did it, now you can too. Create your own fabric to use in wearable art projects. Start with a photo image. Print your fabric in class using an ordinary inkjet printer and the latest techniques for achieving
bright, washable, lightfast images. Using your new fabric, we’ll make a lightweight shoulder or cross-body bag with a surprising amount of room for carrying the simple necessities or a Kindle/Nook e-reader tote.

Students bring a ruler, rotary cutter, mat, sewing machine Basic sewing supplies, thread
If you can, bring walking foot, ¼ inch foot, top-stitching foot


Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $10 for High thread count cotton fabric for printing, Fabric backing sheets, purse closures
Printer inks, Digital images for students to choose from Purse fabric and lining Batting
Informative handouts

Basic skills assumed
 
Thursday, September 06, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: TBA
$139.00


Mini Latvian Mittens  w/ Maryly Matthewman

After 36 years of teaching people how to brush and floss in the world of dentistry, I have developed an awareness of how people learn.  And along with an inherent love of creating through quilting and knitting, I can show you how to make a motley, creative mitten. 
The Mini Latvian Mitten Workshop will include the basic "recipe" for a mitten, the stunning accent Latvian braid, fringe stitch, after-thought thumbs ( thumbs done easy), cast ons, decorative decreases, scalloped edges and several iconic patterns.  The mini mitten measures 2 1/4" X 5 1/2".  At the completion of the workshop you will have the skills necessary to create, design and knit your own colorful, warm, unique full size mitten.  The possibilities are limitless and the world of creating mittens will be YOURS!!!!!!!!  Brain Gym exercises and Yoga stretches included.

Students bring 5- #3 dpn, the shorties if possible. Several colors of sport or light DK weight yarn. Tapestry needle, scissors

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor):$0, Maryly will provide handouts

Basic skills assumed


 
Add to calendarThursday, September 06, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Chat
$139.00


Don’t throw out that TV Dinner box! Make it into a Book!
Bookbinding with Recycled Materials
with Anna Low




This class will teach you how to gather the glut of paper material you have around your house and turn them into beautiful, one of a kind notepads, journals or sketchbooks. Junk mail, bird seed bags, frozen pizza boxes and Irish spring soap containers are some of the many recycled materials we will bind into lovely books.
In class we will prepare a variety of recycled materials for binding (cutting & folding techniques), and learn several binding styles to bring your book together. No experience  needed - just a willingness to think creatively. You will leave class with your own hand-bound books made out of recycled materials, instructions to continue projects at home, a small binding tool kit and a new outlook on all that stuff that used to go into the recycle bin!


Students are strongly encouraged to bring in recycled material of their own including junk mail envelopes, cardboard food and toiletry boxes, bags, feed bags, etc. We’ll get creative (and I love a bookbinding challenge), so gather up some fun, recycled stuff. Although not required, metal ruler, x-acto knife and cutting mat would be helpful too

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor):
$10  which includes a Bone folder, Binding Needles, Bees wax, Thread, Instruction books, & a Lightweight Awl

Everyone can participate





 
Thursday, September 06, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Rec Hall
$139.00


Double Brioche with Wool & Wire with Katharine Cobey



Come and experiment with a great stitch, using both wool and wire. Double Brioche is a traditional lace quite unlike other brioche stitches. It creates a fabric with two different surfaces, each elegant enough to be used Show Side out.
Knitting in wire, we see the outlines of the stitches made on the opposite surface of the fabric thru the surface we are facing. Wire provides some degree of self armature.
In wool, Double Brioche is much gentler. It drapes softly, and the finished material shows the stitch that predominates on the surface we are facing.
Katharine first met up with this version of Double Brioche in 2001 in Margaret Stove’s book “Creating Original Hand Knitted Lace”. Since then she has developed her own methods for working and charting it, both in
the round as well as flat, with either one or two colors and with various materials.
Students need to able to knit and purl, slip stitches, do Yarnovers and Right Decreases.

Materials Fee (to pay directly to the instructor): $10 for wire. Katharine’s Notes On Four Ways To Work Double Brioche will be available for purchase at $10. Students  should bring : Needles - size 10  1/2 straight, circular and double pointed and woolen yarn suitable for that size needle

Basic Skills Assumed



 
Add to calendarThursday, September 06, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$139.00


Dyeing with Natural Dyes 101 w/Jackie Ottino Graf




For centuries, people have turned to the natural world for colors, to embellish fibers and fabrics from the humble to extravagant.  It was until near the 1900’s that all textiles were colored using natural dyes.  Then colors began being chemically synthesized, and cheaper, more efficient acid dyes were born.   A vat array of beautiful, saturated colors still exist everywhere in nature, and just need a bit of knowledge and understanding to coax them out!


Come to Natural Dyeing 101 and learn about a wide variety of dye substances, from humble garden weeds such as chamomile and goldenrod, to exotic imports like cochineal and logwood.  We will go over fiber prep and suitability and mordant selection and amounts.  We will make our own dyes from native plants and imported dyestuffs.  We will explore ready made dye extracts, and how temperature, pH and color modifiers can dramatically shift colors to discover an endless range of shades.


If you have tried natural dyeing before and have been disappointed with the results, or if you have never tried it before, I guarantee you will be pleased with your efforts in this class!  Leave with lots of color samples, recipes and knowledge.



Students bring note taking materials, gloves, apron

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor):
$30 which includes all dyes, yarns and fibers, kettles, heat sources

Everyone can participate





 
Thursday, September 06, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Basketball Court
$139.00



Maine Forest Dryad w/ Amy Felske



Dryads are tree nymphs who preside over groves and forests. They are generally shy creatures. Each one is born with a certain tree over which she watches. In this class students will create a beautiful dryad of their
own. The doll has a skirt made of twigs and is designed to be displayed as a wall hanging. To save time in order to make it possible for each student to complete a Dryad, the muslin head and body of this doll will be
pre-sewn and stuffed as part of the class supplies. Students will needle sculpt the face of the doll and draw in her features. The hands will also be needle-sculpted.( A complete pattern with clear instructions is included
in the class, so the student will be able to sew additional dolls from scratch at home.) The doll will be costumed in hand dyed fabrics, leather, silk, cotton scrim and various trims will be used. The doll will be assembled
with vintage shell buttons for the arm joints and her skirt of twigs will be attached. Her hair will be made from hand dyed, hand spun yarn made by members of the Mountain Fiber Folk cooperative mostly from our own
animal’s fibers. Antlers made from fimo clay may be attached to the Dryad’s head. She will be embellished with real stone and glass beads, pearls, shells and charms. Each supply kit for the class will contain a
beautiful assortment of materials to complete a Dryad in a variety of silvan colorways.


Students bring only a smile and a great imagination
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $30 which includes everything needed to complete this doll will be supplied, including Amy's Dryad pattern.

Everyone can participate

 
Thursday, September 06, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$139.00


Friday Morning Classes



 

A Touch of Brass w/ Cindy Kilgore


Embellish your knitted and woven scarves and shawls with a handcrafted brass pin! Each pin is one-of-a-kind, and through their simplicity they shine as adornments. Simple to make with absolutely no skill required other than a creative and curious mind. With a bit of twist, hammering, and perhaps a bead, we can enhance our woolen treasures. By class end you will have created at least two finished pieces; one for you and one for a special friend.

Students bring anything that might make an interesting dangle or a special big-hole bead. Feel free to bring anything (rock, shell) as long as it has a hole to pass wire through. Fodder for storytelling is always encouraged.

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $20 which includes wire & 2 beads,  and the use of pliers, hammers, steel blocks, sandpaper, and polishing cloths.

Everyone can participate
 
Friday, September 07, 2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$59.00


Crochet an Icarus Shawl (Part A) w/Tracy McCorkle



Regretfully Cancelled  This is a two-part class. Part (A) covers how to work the popular crocodile stitch, and the center panel; homework is finishing the panel. On Sunday Part (B) will cover working the wings, and tricks and tips will be provided to help in remembering what should come next in the lace sequences as they are worked, so you don't have to keep referring to the pattern as you work it.


Students bring Copy of Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011; 4.0-5.0 mm crochet hook; approximately 1200 yds. laceweight yarn; writing utensil/paper for taking notes

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor):
$0

Basic skills assumed

 
Friday, September 07, 2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Liberate Your Weaving from the Grid! Simple Brocade with Sarah Haskell



Regretfully Cancelled  Join this workshop and learn how to use a simple brocade, often called the Theo Moorman technique, to weave shapes that free you from the vertical and horizontal of traditional weaving. Come with a loom according to workshop instructions and learn how to grow beyond the grid!
We will explore how to use a variety of wefts to build and shade designs. Brocaded fabrics can be used for apparel as well decorative and household fabrics.

Students bring a 4 harness loom in good working order
Materials Fee $10 for handouts and for weft yarns

Basic skills assumed

 (details)
Part 2 of a class that begins on Thursday

This class will explore how overshot patterns are used to create intricate

shapes on a 4-harness loom. We shall begin warping our looms in an effortless way and then we'll proceed to the more creative process of exploring overshot designs using various tieups, treadlings, yarns and color.
Prerequisite: Students should be able to follow a weaving draft, warp a loom, and understand the fundamentals of weaving.
Add to calendarFriday, September 07, 2012 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Indigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists with Jackie Ottino Graf



Learn how to create and dye with a natural indigo vat. People have been dyeing with natural indigo for thousands of years, and using many different methods. This method uses Lye and Thio urea dioxide to quickly dissolve and reduce the indigo so we can get right to dyeing. We will create shades of blue from Robin's Egg to Sky to Deep Navy, and overdye other colors to develop a full color range.


Students bring up to 1 pound of clean protein fibers, spun or unspun, dyed or undyed.

A $15 kit fee provides all dyeing supplies, chemicals, reducing agents, pH meter. Kettles, heat source, screens, drying rack, tarps.

Everyone can participate


 
Friday, September 07, 2012 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Basketball Court
$69.00


Knit it On with Kristen Kapur



Knit on borders and edgings are a wonderful and simple way to customize and add delicate beauty to your projects. They can be worked on the edges of scarves and shawls, the hems & cuffs of top down sweaters, the brims of hats or added to the cuff of a toe up sock. In this class we will learn how to incorporate knit on edgings into your projects to open up a world of design options. Your imagination is the limit.

Students shall bring several 4x4; swatches in Sport or DK yarn. Do not bind off or cut the yarn. Place the live sts on a holder or scrap yarn, needles, a pencil and eraser, graph paper, scissors, yarn needle, stitch dictionaries w/ edgings.

Instructor will provide handouts with an outline of the key points discussed in the class and additional stitch dictionaries for use during class.


Basic skills assumed
 
Friday, September 07, 2012 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Celebrate
$69.00


Slipcover Making for a Small Chair with Ellen Mason



Dressmakers draft custom fit dress patterns that can be modified and sewn up many ways. Learn to do the same for your dining room chairs, folding chairs, even those white plastic outdoor chairs. Design, drape and draft a pattern that can be used again and again, bringing new life to your old chairs.

Students shall bring One small chair (or you can borrow one from the campground), one solid light colored flat bed sheet (it will be cut up), size not important, lots of pins & large sharp scissors.

The instructor will provide printed instructions to work from at home

Basic skills assumed
 
Friday, September 07, 2012 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$69.00


Rug Braiding a Small Matt with Pam Rowan



Learn to braid a small matt with 100% wool. Learn how to make a heritage piece of art that our grandparents made to keep our homes warm and to decorate our homes. You will learn the basics in braiding correctly for rug braiding and how to lace your rugs so they are reversible.


Students bring  a sewing kit that contains, scissors, quilters pins, sewing needle and thread if possible. Pam will have supplies on hand to use, if not.

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor):
$25 kit includes enough wool to make your 8" matt, lacing needles, pins, lacing thread and paper instructions. Instructor will have supplies on hand to borrow or purchase such as, braiding stands, braid aids (to fold your wool), books.  If needed, Pam also have a sewing machine on hand.

Everyone can participate


 
Friday, September 07, 2012 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$79.00


Friday Afternoon Classes


 

Knit a Lace Tube Scarf w/ Aloisia Pollock


Aloisia is a talented knitwear designer known by those who love her for the wearable garments she creates.  Because so many people asked for an Introduction to Lace Knitting, we approached Aloisia to develop a class just for us...this class is for the Advanced Beginner who knows how to knit and purl.  With a quiet, patient approach, you will start to knit a lace scarf or cowl, learning lace stitches and chart reading. This is true knit lace...the lace stitching will be performed both on right side and wrong side.

Students bring about 300 yds of laceweight yarn and # 5 knitting needles. If you'd prefer, Aloisia will provide laceweight yarn for the project for $20.00.

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $0 if you bring the yarn and needles, $20 if you'd like Aloisia to provide your yarn.  You will also bring home a lace chart and instructions.

Basic skills assumed



 
Friday, September 07, 2012 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$69.00


Marbling for Fiber Artists Session 1 w/ Cynthia Mc Guirl



Students will float paints on thickened water and move it around with rakes and combs to create marbled papers and/or fabric. The technique is easy to learn. Each student will have their own tray capable of printing 8 1/2 x 11 paper or fabric. Students can create 4-6 designs in an hour.


Please note: This class is broken into one hour sessions. If you choose to stay for multiple sessions, you will be able to sign-up on a space available basis at a reduced rate of $18/additional hour if you don't mind being in a "stand-by" situation. If you want to guarantee yourself more than one hour, you may sign up now for two or more sessions at the regular rate.

Students bring only a smile
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $10 which includes Methyl cellulose mix, paints, 4 pieces pretreated paper, 2 pieces pretreated fabric, all tools and supplies. Additional paper & paint- $1/sheet, additional fabric & paint- $3/piece


Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 07, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$39.00


Marbling for Fiber Artists Session 2 w/ Cynthia Mc Guirl

Students will float paints on thickened water and move it around with rakes and combs to create marbled papers and/or fabric. The technique is easy to learn. Each student will have their own tray capable of printing 8 1/2 x 11 paper or fabric. Students can create 4-6 designs in an hour.

Please note: This class is broken into one hour sessions. If you choose to stay for multiple sessions, you will be able to sign-up on a space available basis at a reduced rate of $18/additional hour if you don't mind being in a "stand-by" situation. If you want to guarantee yourself more than one hour, you may sign up now for two or more sessions at the regular rate.

Students bring only a smile
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $10 which includes Methyl cellulose mix, paints, 4 pieces pretreated paper, 2 pieces pretreated fabric, all tools and supplies. Additional paper & paint- $1/sheet, additional fabric & paint- $3/piece

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 07, 2012 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$39.00


Marbling for Fiber Artists Session 3 w/ Cynthia Mc Guirl

Students will float paints on thickened water and move it around with rakes and combs to create marbled papers and/or fabric. The technique is easy to learn. Each student will have their own tray capable of printing 8 1/2 x 11 paper or fabric. Students can create 4-6 designs in an hour.

Please note: This class is broken into one hour sessions. If you choose to stay for multiple sessions, you will be able to sign-up on a space available basis at a reduced rate of $18/additional hour if you don't mind being in a "stand-by" situation. If you want to guarantee yourself more than one hour, you may sign up now for two or more sessions at the regular rate.

Students bring only a smile
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $10 which includes Methyl cellulose mix, paints, 4 pieces pretreated paper, 2 pieces pretreated fabric, all tools and supplies. Additional paper & paint- $1/sheet, additional fabric & paint- $3/piece

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 07, 2012 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$39.00


Carvings from the Sea w/ Master Wood Carver Thomas Cote


Have you wandered along the water's edge and found a branch that looks just like a plover? Have you picked up a block of drift wood and known that a beautiful fish was just waiting to emerge? In this class you'll Carve into drift wood that we find on the beach. If you have drift wood you would like to bring that would be fine. Bring your imagination and work under the tutelage of a master carver to explore the possibilities of the gifts from the sea.

Students bring Tools, clamps and a great imagination.

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor):$5 which includes some drift wood tools for student that need them. All products needed to preserve finished piece.

Everyone can participate
 
Add to calendarFriday, September 07, 2012 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Basketball Court
$79.00


Photo Safari Session 1 w/ Gale Zucker



Why sit around talking about making great images when we can hit the road (feet first) and learn as we shoot ? With the beautiful Searsport Shores/Fiber College as our setting, this class will be an active opportunity for you to work on improving your image making skills while photographing your work in “real life” settings.
Gale will present a very short intro talk and then we’ll head outside to demonstrate techniques and photograph your knits or fiber or handcrafted work in various settings we come across, from the beach to the gardens and anywhere in between. This will be an opportunity to learn about choosing photo settings, styling, backgrounds, reacting to locations and managing light as you find it. It’ll also be an opportunity for you to get some great shots of your FO’s.

This is a wonderful class if any of these are true:
• you love photography and want more confidence street shooting
• you want to improve your blog/Ravelry page/website
• you want to work more spontaneously in your photography

* please note: this class covers less camera basics than others, so you should know how to use your camera. Beginners are welcome, as long as they are prepared to jump right in.

Students bring digital camera (dslr or point & shoot are both OK), freshly charged batteries, memory card/media for camera, and a finished project & fiber/yarn to practice photographing

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $0, Gale will be providing handouts

Everyone can participate
 
Add to calendarFriday, September 07, 2012 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$69.00


Hooping for Fiber Artists w/ Jen Appleby



Fiber College is great for stretching our creativity, but it can be hard on the muscles. Come join me for a playful and fun class that will get you moving in a whole new way.

Please note: these are not the hoops of our youth. Fear not, even the most timid beginner will find a smooth and relaxing flow with these heavier, water weighted hoops. Hoopers will leave knowing the basics; some simple tricks; and having the confidence and inspiration to start their own hooping revolutions. 'Bare' hoops will be provided for participants to decorate and personalize.


Students wear loose fitted clothing and bring drinking water

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $10 for bare hoops and tape; hoop handbook; glow sticks (for night hooping)

Everyone can participate
 
Add to calendarFriday, September 07, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$59.00


Learning to Spin on the Navajo Spindle w/ Katharine Cobey



Katharine calls the Navajo spindle the “great teacher”. Ever since learning how to use one, she has started all of her beginning and intermediate spinners on a Navajo support spindle. This way a student can work very slowly at first - not something possible on a drop spindle or a wheel - building up speed as her drafting improves before working with a wheel. Portable, inexpensive to buy, and a delight to use, a Navajo spindle could be the only tool needed for the rest of your spinning career.


Students bring Navajo Spindle.  Schacht spindles will be available for purchase ($30) in advance of the class. Notebook, etc.

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor):$10 Several wheels for spinners to experiment with, carded Romney or Cotswold fiber. Katharine's NOTES ON SPINNING WITH A NAVAJO SPINDLE will be available for purchase.

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 07, 2012 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Rec Hall
$69.00


Shifu ~ Traditional Japanese Paper Spinning w/ Sarah Haskell



In 11th century Japan the technique of spinning rice paper into thread known as Shifu was developed. This fine thread was then woven into garments that were worn by Buddhist priests. Later in the 17th century, Samurai families began to produce Shifu woven garments as a small industry.
In this workshop we will learn how to take a sheet of handmade paper and spin it into thread using either a drop spindle, Navajo Spindle or a wheel. Handspun paper thread is quite durable; can be dyed and used for knitting, weaving or crocheting.

Students bring a drop spindle, Navajo spindle or wheel in good working order, an exacto-style knife with sharp blades, an 18” ruler, pencil and cutting pad.

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $15 for specialty papers

Everyone can participate
 
Add to calendarFriday, September 07, 2012 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$69.00


Saturday Full Day Class


 

Batik Fiber Art Quilt w/ Mary Ann Hall



Get ready for something new and exciting.  Need something to shake things up and get you started to think outside of the box?  You will not be disappointed in this class.  You will be able to use this pattern or create your own.  After you see how freeing and how much fun this is you may not want to go back to endless hours of cutting and piecing fabric again. I will show you foundation piecing and multiple applique techniques.  Your finished piece will be art.  Your friends and family will want one of their own. 


Students bring sewing machine in good working order, regular sewing supplies (needles, pins, etc.) scissors, 1 yard of wonder under, 1 yard of muslin, 1 yard of batting, 1 yard of backing fabric of your choice, and a can't wait to get started attitude

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $30 which includes the pattern and all of the batik fabrics needed to complete the top

Basic skills assumed

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$139.00


 Saturday Morning Classes

 

Knitting Together w/ Katharine Cobey



Come and knit with Maine Master Craft Artist, sculptor, and author of DIAGONAL KNITTING, Katharine Cobey. Share some of the useful knowledge she has amassed over her long knitting career. She has developed a body of tips and techniques that can make a difference to knitters at any level.
Sometimes when we are beginning to knit, we concentrate on making the “right” gestures, rather than understanding why we do things one way rather than another. Even when we become Intermediate or “Old Hand” knitters, our knowledge is often not the result of systematic study, but the result of following whatever pattern next catches our fancy.
Being dyslexic, Katharine has always found that she can learn and remember a knitting technique best when she understands it. Her teaching is both practical, in that she explains “why” and how our knitting works, and creative, in that knowing about the structure of our stitches means we can read and execute patterns, change them, even do without them.

We will discuss and work on a sampler to illustrate:
What is a stitch?
Rows and wales
Turned, Crossed Twisted and Cabled
Increasing and decreasing for shaping, for surface design.
Every other row
Non traditional yarns - pleasure and problems
At least four ways to knit a circle
Best Cast Ons for wire, wool, many or few stitches
“Excrecences” (lambs tails)

Students bring a piece of their own knitting to share, off -white yarn and 10 ½ straight or circular needles for sampler, extra yarn and lots of dp, circular and straight needles for practice work
A Notebook and pencil.

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): N/A

Basic skills assumed

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$69.00


Soy Wax Batik Silk Scarf w/ Terri Lipman


Batik the ancient art of creating design with melted wax.  It's been done for centuries on a variety of textiles but none compare to the luxury and brilliance of dyed silk.  When you've learned this technique you'll be able to create your own fabrics for any project your imagination brings to life.  In this class you'll have the opportunity to batik and paint one or two silk scarves using hot soy wax batik methods and textile paints.You' ll leave wearing your scarf and confident in your skills to combine colors and designs to make your heart sing.

Students bring An idea of the colors you'd would like to wear. Bring pictures of color combinations that make your heart sing...or a favorite garment you'd love to accessorize.

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor):$32 for a kit that includes Soy wax and the all the equipment for batik (which is owned but shared by the instructor), 2 silks scarves per student, textile paints, necessary tools, table coverings, iron and ironing table


 Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Rec Hall
$69.00


Come and Let the Light Shine (Part A) w/ Thomas Cote


Carve a high relief design of a New England Lighthouse in a 12x18x2 piece of bass wood.  This will be a two day class in order to give everyone time to go home with a completed project.

Students bring carving tools if you have them and two wood clamps and a set of water color paints and brushes.

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $15 which includes Wood, patterns, sharpener for tools. Tools and clamps will be available for students that do not have them.

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$139.00


Introduction to Japanese Patterns w/ Mary Lou Eagan



You do not need to read Japanese to use Japanese knitting patterns, as they are not written out in words, but use primarily charts and graphics. Learn how to use Japanese-style patterns and decipher the diagrams and notations. Bring your sense of adventure and note taking supplies.


Students bring only a smile
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $0 Hand outs. Mary Lou will also bring a basic symbols book for purchase because they can be hard to find

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Chat
$69.00


Primitive Rug Hooking & Design w/ Lori Schafer


Do you love the look and texture of hooked rugs...but want to create something uniquely your own?  Learn how to layout and design your own primitive rug hooking project and the actually skill of rughooking.  At the end of this class you'll be on your way to finishing your own masterpiece.  Can't draw a stick figure?  No worries...Lori will help you translate what's in your imagination onto a piece of canvas.

Students bring a black Sharpie marker & a 12 inch ruler

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor) : $40 which includes Linen for your design, stripped wool for hooking, a hoop and hook

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Design
$69.00


Spinning with Intent~ You CAN always get what you want! w/ Alice Seeger



A Spinner's first yarn is often thick and thin, highly twisted “novelty” yarn. Upon mastering greater skill “frog hair” might be a good description of what’s produced.   Experience the Freedom to Spin any type of yarn! Thick and lofty, textured, or fine and smooth, whatever YOU decide, not just what happens. Learn to analyze yarn and use various techniques to spin to specification allowing you to use handspun in place of suggested commercial yarn called for in patterns. 


Students bring a spinning wheel in good working order, 3 empty bobbins, a lazy kate

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $15 for a sampling of fibers

Basic spinning skills are assumed

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$69.00


Designing Crochet Shawls w/ Tracey McCorkle



Regretfully Cancelled Ever wanted to design your own shawl, but have no clue how to even begin? Come learn about how basic geometry and math (eep! Don't worry--no complex formulae! I make it easy, I promise!) can help you from studying basic shapes, different types of shawls and their traditions, and adapting stitches to fit! We'll talk about choosing the right stitches and edgings, as well as adapting them to fit what you need. We will discuss the importance of diagramming and sketching, as well as charting and writing out the pattern as you go along. We will even confront the dreaded 'S' word--swatch! We will talk about different types of construction techniques, and by the end of the class you should be well on your way to designing your own shawl!


Students bring 1-2 pencils; white erasers; note pad--blank or lined; graph paper--size of choice; protractor; drawing compass; ruler; calculator; plastic baggies; 2-3 types of yarn; assorted hooks; stitch/edging dictionaries; an open mind to go with the flow

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $5  for printed materials , sample diagrams, sample edgings

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Saturday Afternoon Classes

 

Stitched in Time - A tea towel Sampler w/ Sharon Fischer



In this workshop we'll learn and practice a variety of embroidery

stitches which can be used for an equally wide variety of future
projects -  pictorial embroidery, garment embellishment, crazy quilting
and more.  Completely suitable for beginners to learn the more basic embroidery
techniques including a variety of outline and fill stitches while those
with some experience can explore more decorative and three dimensional
embellishments. 

We'll create a practice sampler on a choice of
backgrounds including a linen banner, framed hoop, tea towel or fabric
notebook and have a good start on a project that can be worked on in
spare moments throughout the weekend with assistance available in the
demo/vending area.

Students bring scissors, ruler/straight edge

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $14 for a kit that includes tea towel or fabric, floss, needle, hoop, marking pen, handout

Everyone can participate
 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Design
$79.00


Top Down Toppers w/ Kristen Kapur


Knitting hats from the top down allows the knitter the flexibility to adapt size and design to suit their own needs.

In this class we will learn several cast on options for working top down hats. Instruction will be given for different types of crown increases that may be used to create different effects. We will also learn how to work with stitch patterns to customize your hat.


Students bring 100 grams of DK or worsted weight yarn, 3 sizes of DPN’s appropriate for your yarn, a crochet hook in a size appropriate to your yarn,  a stitch dictionary, graph paper and a pencil with a good eraser

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $0, Kristen will provide handouts with an outline of the key points discussed in the class & additional stitch dictionaries for use during class

Basic skills assumed

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Chat
$69.00


Make a Traditional Appalachian Cobweb Chaser! w/ Karen Koch




Using hands and feet, broomcorn, a natural alder stick and twine,construct a slender, wispy broom that will chase your cobwebs away.


Students bring scissors, a pail for water, a sharp jackknife & a towel

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $10 for broom corn,wooden handles & twine

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$69.00


Knitting Short Rows w/ Mary Lou Eagan



Short rows are like puzzle pieces, they add shaping, curves or soft angles into your knitting without increasing or decreasing stitches. Explore three different ways of making and keeping track of short rows (wrap and turn, yarn over, and Japanese) and how they are used in projects.


Students bring Worsted or DK weight yarn, about 2 oz/25 grams and a similar amount of the same weight yarn in a contrasting color, needles appropriate to yarn

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $0, Mary Lou will have split ring markers, coil-less safety pins

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Chat
$69.00


Tide Pool Dragon w/ Amy Felske



These mischievous little creatures splash about in tide pools looking for sea urchins and hermit crabs to munch upon. They posses a bit of magic to hide from our eyes and often appear as rippling rainbows on the water’s surface. In this class students will make a little wooly Tide Pool Dragon of their very own. Students will stuff a pre-sewn dragon, add a wire armature for support, attach hematite bead eyes and needle felt a colorful wool roving belly, uncarded lock mane and fanciful face details onto their dragon. Each supply kit for the class will include a dragon body of hand dyed woven wool, armature wire, hand dyed roving and locks made by members of the Mountain Fiber Folk cooperative, mostly from our own animal’s fibers, hematite beads for eyes.


Extra kits will be available for sale if students would like to make a pod of dragons. (They are social creatures.) All the rest of the supplies needed to complete the Tide Pool Dragon will be supplied during the class. I designed this little dragon for Fiber College. The Tide Pool Dragon is inspired by the wonderful dragons of Jennifer Carson.




Students bring only a smile
Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $20 for a kit that contains everything you'll need

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 08, 2012 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Rec Hall
$79.00


Photography for Knitters w/ Gale Zucker



Wish your images came out better? This hands-on digital photography workshop will give you camera confidence and improve your photo skills, taught at whatever level you’re on right now. We’ll concentrate on yarn, fiber, and finished handmade objects as well as capturing the world around you. The workshop is taught as a combination of illustrated talk, demonstration and plenty of action, photographing inside & outdoors. We'll cover basic concepts in making your digital photography images look great, concentrating on camera use techniques and tricks to photograph fiber & texture. We'll talk about choosing backgrounds, colors, simple light tips and how to use photography to tell the story of your craft.

Gale will also do a demo of optimizing your images once they’re out of the camera and into a blog page or website.

Students bring a digital camera (dslr or point & shoot are both OK), freshly charged batteries, memory card/media for camera, your camera manual (if possible) and a finished project & fiber/yarn to practice photographing.

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $0 Gale will provide handouts with notes, background materials to play with & extra reflectors

Everyone can participate

 
Saturday, September 08, 2012 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$69.00


Sunday Full Day Classes


 

Finishing Knitting Like a Pro w/ Isobel Abelson



In this day long workshop you will move past the mystery (and anxiety) of professional looking finishing toward creating a garment that is hand made rather than home made.


You will learn invisible seaming, three different shoulder joining techniques including short rows, three different ways to insert sleeves, picking up stitches for neck finishing and collars as well as professional button bands and three different button hole applications.


Students bring eight  5” square st.st. swatches, yarn, leave 2 swatches on needles & 2 on stitch holders. Use size needle to give you approx. 5-5 ½ stitches/in. Bring a garment to “finish” in the afternoon. Also bring a blunt point needle and scissors.

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $5, Isobel will be providing extensive handouts

 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$139.00


Sunday Morning Classes


 

Icarus Shawl Part B w/ Tracy McCorkle



Regretfully Cancelled  A continuation of Friday's class

 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
$0.00


Two Divas With Sticks and Hooks with Katharine Cobey and Daina Taimina




Whether you're walking through the gardens, along a city street, swimming through the sea or staring up at the clouds, you are internalizing the world through the language of shapes.   Are you ready to break out of the two dimensional world and begin creating in three dimensions?

Internationally recognized mathematician Daina Taimina  uses a  mathematical approach to create shapes with a crochet hook and yarn.   Renowned fiber artist Katharine Cobey, once a lit major, communicates what she knows about the world she lives in with yarn and needles…both have something to say, and use fiber as a vehicle of expression.  Interestingly for us, although they come from different disciplines they are excited to share their different approaches with us.  Join these innovative, articulate women in a hands-on exploration of shapes and colors. Use knitting or crocheting to liberate your creativity and enter the world of three dimensions. With the right tools, attitude and skill set, you can translate the forms of your world into stitches. 

This class is for those who want to break out of the recipe book and into unique expression. Basic knitting or crochet skills are required. Bring a stash of needles or hooks, and yarn to work with. Think wire, wool, or anything else that can be formed into knitted or crocheted stitches. Also bring a sketch pad, pencils and erasers.


 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$129.00


Spinning on a Great Wheel w/ Diane Hoppe



Do you have an old great wheel in your attic? Would you like to spin on a great wheel or a Rio Grande wheel? You can easily achieve one handed spindle spinning on these wonderful wheels! The great wheel spins the loveliest, fine, lace weight yarn, while the Rio Grande will easily spin balanced Lopi strands with a little practice. Bring your wheel to be adjusted for enjoyable and productive spinning or use one supplied. You can use roving from my flock of colored Finnsheep, or supply your own well combed roving. Knowledge of spinning and drafting techniques are helpful.


Students bring well carded or combed wool roving if you have it, bring your own great wheel or Rio Grande wheel if you have one that can travel

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $5 for Finn roving if you need it. There will be a few great wheels (including the one to be raffled off on Sunday afternoon) and one Rio Grande wheel for participants to use

Basic skills assumed


 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Rec Hall
$59.00


Come and Let the Light Shine (Part 2) w/ Thomas Cote




See the description on the Saturday Class Listing


 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$0.00


Photo Safari Session 2 w/ Gale Zucker




Why sit around talking about making great images when we can hit the road (feet first) and learn as we shoot ? With the beautiful Searsport Shores/Fiber College as our setting, this class will be an active opportunity for you to work on improving your image making skills while photographing your work in “real life” settings.

Gale will present a very short intro talk and then we’ll head outside to demonstrate techniques and photograph your knits or fiber or handcrafted work in various settings we come across, from the beach to the gardens and anywhere in between. This will be an opportunity to learn about choosing photo settings, styling, backgrounds, reacting to locations and managing light as you find it. It’ll also be an opportunity for you to get some great shots of your FO’s,.

This is a wonderful class if any of these are true:

• you love photography and want more confidence street shooting
• you want to improve your blog/Ravelry page/website
• you want to work more spontaneously in your photography

* please note: this class covers less camera basics than others, so you should know how to use your camera. Beginners are welcome, as long as they are prepared to jump right in.


Students bring digital camera (dslr or point & shoot are both OK), freshly charged batteries, memory card/media for camera, and a finished project & fiber/yarn to practice photographing

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $0, Gale will be providing handouts

Everyone can participate

 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$69.00


Silk Ribbon Flower Garden w/ Mary Ann Hall



Flowers, flowers, flowers....so beautiful that all art forms try to replicate them. You can do it with silk ribbon and have fantastic looking blooms.  After admiring silk ribbon embroidery and maybe thinking it was too difficult too do, come let me show you the 5 basic stitches of silk ribbon embroidery and you will be creating your own flower garden on linen by the end of class.  With some hands on teaching, you will be able to stitch any flower or design you can dream of.  I will have lots of samples and hand outs to inspire you to go beyond just this class.  Let's have some fun with a needle and silk ribbon


Students bring just yourself with a smile and willingness to have an adventure... no stress allowed

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $25 for a kit that includes all the silk ribbon, needle and linen

 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Chat
$79.00


Creative Chameleon w/ Jennifer Shaw



Join fiber artist Jennifer Shaw for a fun filled project that will let your expressive, creative juices flow. In this class you will learn the art of needle felting and how to incorporate needle felting techniques to design and create you own colorful chameleon. You will use various yarns and wool fibers to create a project that will be your own unique masterpiece.


Needle felting is an art that is affordable, guaranteed to relieve stress, is relaxing, fun and can be done anywhere by anyone. There are no boundaries, there is no right or wrong. The possibilities of what you can do with this art are endless.


This class is open to anyone who would like to learn something new or to refresh the old.


Students bring only a smile

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor) $25 for a kit that contains yarns, various wool fibers, gaged felting needles, felting base, background felt, suppliers list, info on the history of felting and felting techniques

Everybody can participate

 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Design
$79.00


 Sunday Afternoon Classes

 

The Circle of Life: Weaving a personal Mandala w/ Sarah Haskell



Regretfully Cancelled  Mandala means circle in Sanskrit, the language of India. In some cultures this shape is a symbol for wholeness or continuity, and in many spiritual practices making a mandala is used in mediation or prayer. In this workshop we will create a small mandala using a wooden hoop and a variety of yarns, ribbons, beads and other materials. You will learn how to set up the mandala loom as well as tips for weaving and finishing your mandala.

Students are encouraged to bring their own yarns to use or share with other students.  Handspun and novelty fibers work well in the mandala weaving.
Materials fee: $25 includes a wooden hoop, yarns and needle. 
 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


Appalachian Basketry - Gathering Basket w/ Marcia Markwardt


This beautiful and functional round basket uses a combination of plaiting and twining techniques. Approx. size: 8 1/2 diameter, 5 1/2 high. Great for beginners.


Students bring a dishpan and scissors

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $10 for a kit that contains all reeds (dyed and natural), weaving tools, clothespins, and written instructions

Everyone can participate

 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$69.00


Make a Wisk Broom w/ Karen Koch


Using broomcorn,twine and your hands and feet,make a sturdy whisk broom with a plaited handle.

Students bring scissors, a pail for water, a sharp jackknife & a towel

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $10 for a complete kit

Everyone can participate

 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$69.00


Intermediate Artistic Needle Felting w/ Bob Nichols




Regretfully Cancelled  This class is designed for students who have previously learned the basics of needle felting and want to extend their skills, explore new creative possibilities in either sculpture or painting with fiber, or overcome particular hurdles in the art. The instructor, a long-time teacher and professional needle felter, will provide highly individualized and encouraging guidance and support in the creation of projects of the students' choice. Please bring your own ideas or pictures of favorite subjects for inspiration, and learn even more needle felting magic!


Students bring Pictures or ideas for subjects for sculpture or paintings

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $10 for a kit containing needles, fiber, foam work surface if you haven't brought your own.  Bob will also bring several examples of his work and a folder of pictures of possible subjects.

Basic skills assumed

 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Crocheted Edgings and How to Use Them w/ Tracy McCorkle



Regretfully Cancelled  Do you need an edging, but do not know where to begin? Can't figure out what edging will work for your garment? Do you like an edging, but not know how to adapt it to make it work to suit your needs? Would you like to know how to adapt an edging you like to make it fit a curve or a straight line, or make it ruffly? You've come to the right place!


Students bring four 6 x 6 square swatches--knit or crocheted, or fabric hemmed with blanket stitch; yarn or crochet thread to suit or match swatches; assorted sizes of crochet hooks; edging dictionaries (optional)

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $0, Tracy will provide class notes, 4 sample edging patterns & a list of places to find edging patterns

Basic skills assumed

 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Spinning Funky Fibers w/ Susie Stephenson



Students will create beautiful one of a kind artistic novelty yarns with hand mixed wools and other fibers to knit with, fondle, or wear as is!


Students bring Spinning Wheel in good working order, 3 empty bobbins, a lazy kate and hand carders or combs

Materials Fee (to be paid directly to the instructor): $25 for a kit including hand dyed wools, mohair, mylar, silk fibers and other interesting stuff

Basic skills assumed

 
Sunday, September 09, 2012 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Design
$59.00


Companion Pass

 

For the loveable, supportive, tag-along who would like to be at your side during the evening events and sit in on all the interesting demonstrations during the weekend.  This pass includes Saturday night dinner. 

Another option to consider:  Any adored partner who would like to volunteer 4 hours parking cars or setting up classrooms can receive a pass for free...contact Emma at registrationdesk@fibercollege.org and we'll make arrangements...in the meantime, don't reserve a companion pass when you do your class registration.

Please note: if you are a guest of the campground during Fiber College, there is no fee for any daytime events (not including classes of course).
 
$35.00

 

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    Fashion Show 2012
    This year's Fiber College will kick off with the third annual Knit Maine-ia fashion show.  The event, organized by the Women of St. Margaret's (Belfast) and Fiber College, showcases a fantastic variety of handknitted, crocheted, woven and felted garments and accessories. Knitmaine-ia  works to benefit New Hope for Women. 

    Keep weaving a vibrant world with your passion.
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