Fiber College of Maine 2013

Searsport, Maine
Thursday, September 05, 2013


                                              

                              

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Thursday Classes (six hour classes)

 

Bead Up Your Knitting! with Judith Durant

 

With Judith, you’ll make a small sampler bag that uses five different methods for incorporating beads into your knitting. You’ll learn three methods using beads strung on your knitting yarn, one method using beads strung on a separate strand of yarn, and one method for adding beads individually with a crochet hook. Once learned, you can bring these techniques into all of your knitting.

Students should bring
US 4 (3.5 mm) knitting needles, Steel size 9 crochet hook, scissors, yarn needle.

The $15 Materials fee includes yarn, beads, big-eye beading needle

Basic Skills Assumed





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Add to calendarThursday, September 05, 2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Rec Hall
$139.00


Spinning Luxury Yarns with Alice Seeger

Immerse yourself in luxury! Spend the day spinning gorgeous fine fibers, experiencing the soft caress as they glide through your fingers. We will explore Silk in many forms from cocoon, to caps, noil, sliver and blends as well as Alpaca, Cashmere, Camel, Llama, Quivit. Alice will cover fiber preparation, spinning techniques specific to each fiber and the history and lore of each.

Basic skills assumed

Student Brings: Spinning Wheel, 3 or 4 bobbins, a small niddy noddy if you have one

Material Fee: $75 includes LOTS of gorgeous, luxury fibers

 
Add to calendarThursday, September 05, 2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Design
$139.00


The Buttonhole Journal: Adventures in Book Binding with Anna Low



There are hundreds of ways to bind a book, and we’ll be exploring one of my favorites in this class - the buttonhole binding. I love this style because it’s decorative, with lots of opportunity to include beautiful paper and threads, yet very functional and sturdy. In class we’ll start at the very beginning: folding signatures for our pages and designing our own paper covers. We’ll punch sewing stations and bind it all together with the buttonhole stitch. After making a test book to learn the structure and technique, you’ll have the opportunity to dive into a brilliant array of paper, from fine Italian prints to colorful, handmade Indian sheets, and design your own book, whether that be a gorgeous travel journal or a rugged sketchbook. You’ll leave class with 2 fabulous blank books, tools and instructions, and the ability to continue your adventures in bookbinding at home. No previous bookbinding experience needed.  Folks 15 years old and up are welcome.

Student Brings: ALL OPTIONAL: xacto knife, ruler and cutting mat, decorative paper, embroidery floss in your favorite color (or other sturdy thread), stamps, punches, paper decorating supplies.

Materials Fee Includes: $30 bone folder, binding needles, bees wax, page paper, cover material, decorative paper, thread, instruction book






 
Thursday, September 05, 2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$139.00


High Relief Carving with Thomas Cote



You will be learning the traditional carving methods using mallets and chisels on two inch bass wood. You will have the choice of two patterns and the back ground will be carved in the two inch piece and then we will be adding another inch to some part of the foreground to make it a high relieve. You will learn techniques in texturing and perspective and how to create shadows in your carving. Carving will be approximate 12 by 12 inches

Everyone can participate

Students, if you have your own tools, please bring them, and a clamp to secure your wood to the table.

The $20 materials fee will cover everything you need to complete your project


 
Add to calendarThursday, September 05, 2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$139.00


Crochet for Curious Beginners with Daina Taimina


When looking on those elaborate crocheted laces don't give up a hope that you can crochet something, too! Well, maybe not exactly complicated lace first but I will show you what you can do just with very few stitches, which are easy to learn. We will do a chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet. We will learn how to read crochet charts (pictures make life easier!) to crochet various patterns. Then we will start to make shapes using these stitches - triangle, square, hexagon. From there you can move on to make your own pieces!

Students should bring yarn for a project if they already have something in mind

The $15 material fee will cover a crochet hook, yarn for practicing and handouts.

Everyone can participate




 
Thursday, September 05, 2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Chat
$139.00


Needle Tatted Sweetheart Bag with Jacqueline Chalmers



Tatted lace has a rich and wonderful history.  It's creative and wonderfully portable.  Would you like to make an heirloom piece as a gift to a loved one or embellish a special project of your own? Jacquie will show you that needle tatting is not as hard as you think if you are persistent and willing to learn.

In this class you will learn the basic stitches to create beautiful edgings and motifs and how to apply them on a sweet little bag to hold your treasures. 

Jacquie has been tatting for many years now and uses her tatting skills with yarn, ribbon, string and anything else that strikes her fancy.  This lace-making technique lends itself to embellishment, jewelry, home and so much more.

Needle tatting does not have to be a lost art! If you can count, thread a needle, tie a knot, cast on a stitch on a needle, make a quilter's knot, then you are ready for the exciting world of needle tatting!

Student should bring scissors

The $25 materials fee includes: handouts, tatting needle,threads,bag,ribbon,sewing needle.

Any motivated student can participate



 
Thursday, September 05, 2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$139.00


Friday Full Day Class


 

Savvy Storytelling: Photography and Blogging for Fiber Artists with Gale Zucker and Beverly Army Williams



You’ve got a blog. You want to share your farm, your products, your projects. You’ve got plenty of friends on Facebook, and you want to engage them with meaningful posts, but you’d rather craft fiber than words.
You’ve got a camera and a vision for your photos. But when you shoot, the photos are washed out, or the background’s distracting. You want your photos to POP with everything that makes your farm, your products, your projects special. You want web surfers to stop, blog readers to return, Facebook friends to “like”, and Etsy shoppers to heart. But it takes so long! And you’re out of ideas!

This workshop will help you to build your description and storytelling dexterity in both photos and words, bolster your photography and writing confidence, and map out a plan for series of posts. Gain camera skills through a slide talk, demos, and hands-on shooting and practice making photos come to life. Fun writing exercises will challenge your ideas about writing and will culminate in a blog post ready to publish. Learn to really tell the story of your craft through images and words.

The workshop is team taught by Gale Zucker, a professional photographer and Beverly Army Williams, a writing professor. Both are experienced bloggers and storytellers. The day will be split between writing and photography segments; each storytelling medium will fire you up for the other!

Students Should Bring: Digital camera, memory card/media for camera, charged batteries (or spares), a journal/ notebook (lined or unlined), pen, and a few colored pencils or crayons. Please bring a handcrafted object to focus on to create a blogpost.

Materials Fee of $10 includes: Big sticky paper for mindmapping exercise, light reflectors, handouts

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Friday, September 06, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Friday Morning Classes



 

Spinning with Intent~ You can ALWAYS get what you want with Alice Seeger




Spinning Beyond the Basics.  So you've learned to spin and progressed past the lumpy bumpy phase; now all you seem to spin resembles frog hair? Don't fret! You will gain freedom and flexibility as a spinner by the end of this class.   With experienced gained from study and practice over 25 years, Alice will share tips, techniques, preparations and practices to spin yarn to specified style and thickness to accommodate whatever pattern you'd like to use it for.

Students should bring a spinning wheel, hook, 3 or 4 bobbins, ball winder (optional) 

The $25 materials fee includes fiber samples, inch gauge & notes 

Basic Skills Assumed
 
Friday, September 06, 2013 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$69.00


Finishing for the Non-Finicky with Mary Lou Eagan



Once you put down the needles, is the fun all over? Do you avoid seams and button bands and picking up stitches? Not all knitting projects are (or should be) seamless. Fear not, anyone can have decent looking seams and details in her knitted garment. Learn how to tackle simple finishing techniques as well as some steps you can take before you start knitting to help you have a nice looking garment. You don’t have to be a perfectionist to be happy with your knitting; you just need to learn a few techniques that work for you. (Confession – one of these was learned by watching This Old House... )

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Friday, September 06, 2013 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$69.00


Trippin' on Acid Dyes with Ellen Mason




An introduction to some fun techniques using acid dyes on wool. Let's explore skein painting, gradient dyeing, graduated tints (ombre), layered color, and self-striping yarns with a long repeat. Use your new mad skills to dye up a storm at the Fiber College Dye Tent on Saturday & Sunday! Like to knit? Consider taking the Entrelac class with Suzanne Larson on Sunday morning to show off your new hand-dyed skeins.

Students Bring: A relaxed approach and a smile. You may purchase yarn at the class, or from Fiber College vendors, or bring (wool) yarn from your stash at home. If you're allergic to disposable gloves please bring a suitable replacement.
 
Materials Fee of $10 includes: Bottomless dye bottles (so many colors!) and auxiliaries, equipment for yarn winding and unwinding, equipment for mixing and setting dyes, disposable vinyl gloves, and clear handouts with directions and resources.

Everyone Can Participate

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2013 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: BasketBall Court
$69.00


Hat Basics 101 with Kimberli MacKay



Cut, sew and trim your next favorite hat. Learn about millinery from an expert while making your own custom chapeau.
Students need to be able to fill a bobbin, thread their machine, and sew seams at a given seam allowance. Kimberli will bring an assortment of hat blocks and a hat steamer for use in the millinery discussion
Be prepared to learn tricks for stitching curved seams too!

You'll have a choice of small or medium brim length and will be able to choose how to trim your creation with an assortment of options brought by you and your instructor (piping, flowers, ribbons etc.) Custom bows and bands will also be taught.

Suggested fabrics: cotton (light weight denim, twill, light weight canvas, linen) and wool.  Don't be afraid to bring a couple of your fabrics and then decide together with Kimberli the one that will work best for you. Fabrics should be a regular to tight weave, not open weave.

Students must provide their own sewing machine in good working order. Please bring a zipper foot or piping foot if you intend to add piping as trim (as in photo).

Basic Skills Assumed

Students should bring:
1/2 yd Fabric - Outside & Underbrim
1/4 yd Fabric - Lining
1/2 yd Fusible Hair Canvas or Medium-Heavy Weight Fusible Interfacing (also available at class)*
Thread (100% polyester) to match both fabric and lining
Fabric Scissors
Paper scissors
Pins
Hand Sewing needles
Sewing Machine
Extension cord (for your sewing machine - just in case!)
Bobbins for your machine
Assorted Ribbons/package of bias piping-band trim (some available in class)**

*Both Hair Canvas and Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing will be available for purchase at $3-9/yd depending upon students' choice (1/2yd needed for hat)

**Trims: Some ribbons in assorted colors will be available at $1-$4/yd and Flowers at $.50-$1.00 each.

The teacher will have an iron/ironing board, millinery steamer and wooden hat blocks for use and discussion

 
Friday, September 06, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Rec Hall
$139.00


Colorful Modern Coin Purse with Mary Ellen Kranz



Coin purses are such fun to make because they call us to combine any two wonderful and colorful fabrics to create useful yet pretty gifts. The sewing is amazingly simple, and the class can even be taken without a sewing machine. The basic pattern allows for many types of embellishment. I chose a feminine ruffle (and you could make that in class using my machine) but applique, buttons, or embroidery are other options for making your coin purse unique. Bring your own sewing machine or teacher will have a couple of machines for students to share.

Students should bring: Fabric scissors, straight pins, hand sewing needles in several sizes, and neutral colored (gray, beige, taupe, etc.) cotton thread. Also, bring a hand sewing needle with eye large enough for six-strand embroidery floss.

Materials Fee of $10 includes: the purse frame, batting, a selection of colorful fabrics, and embroidery thread.

Basic skills assumed

 
Friday, September 06, 2013 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$69.00


Aran Knitting Session 1 with Kris Bridges & Anna Kessler



Aran knitting is a traditional knitting form that comes from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Aran sweaters are famous for the rich patterns of stitches that run up and down the sweaters and are usually knitted in an un-dyed white/cream wool.

In this introductory class you will learn how to knit some basic Aran stitch patterns: simple cables and braids, ropes and waves, blackberry, moss filled diamond, and tree of life. Most of these patterns involve the use of a cable needle to allow some stitches to twist or overlap. You will start a scarf patterned with cables, ropes, and blackberry or tree of life.

This class is aimed at knitters who want to begin to knit Aran stitch patterns - all you have to be able to do is knit and purl, and desire to learn by doing.   Your instructors are two sisters of Irish/Scottish heritage, Kris Bridges and Anna Kessler, so there will be plenty of help for the novice starting to knit Aran stitch patterns!

Students should bring 100 grams of worsted weight yarn in a light color, size 6 US, (4 mm), size 8 US (5 mm) needles (either straight or circular), cable needle

Instructors will provide handouts at no cost


Basic skills assumed

 
Friday, September 06, 2013 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$69.00


A Touch of Brass (Session 3) with Cindy Kilgore


Back by popular demand! Add a' touch of brass' to your scarves and shawls!
These pins are simple to make and absolutely no skills required other than a creative and curious mind. With a bit of twist, a wee hammering, and a bead, we can enhance the look of our knitted or woven creations. By class end, you will have 2 finished scarf pins and the option of either a 3rd 'free-style' pin or a pair of brass dangle earrings. And all within 2 hours!

Students: Look around all your boxes of beads and trinkets you've been hoarding for anything with a' big-bead' size hole to slip it through the wire. Maybe a piece of sea glass? And of course, fodder for storytelling is always encouraged! 

Cindy says that for the $20 materials fee she will bring the hammers, wire, 2 beads per participant, pliers, sandpaper, polishing cloths, earring posts for those choosing to make a pair of earrings instead of a 3rd pin, ... all the nitty-gritty for wire jewelry.

Everyone can participate




 
Friday, September 06, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Rec Hall Back Porch
$59.00


Let's Get Warped with Christine Fraga-Thornton



Has your rigid heddle loom called to you, but you just can't seem to get it warped? Are you intrigued by weft-faced weaves, Navajo, tapestry and Saori weaving, but unsure where to begin? During 'Let's Get Warped,' we'll quickly direct warp our looms for weft-faced weaving. Then we weave! The real fun begins as you explore multiple patterns and techniques in alternating weft colors. In addition, while you're weaving, I'll demonstrate how to easily calculate and wind a striped warp (plaid anyone?) using a warping board.

Students should bring a rigid heddle loom in good working condition, heddle hook, at least two stick shuttles, warping peg, scissors or snips; one ball of #3 crochet cotton (any color); four balls, in four coordinating/contrasting colors, worsted weight yarn (cotton, acrylic, wool).

The instructor will supply handouts and bits of fiber.  A couple of looms may be available to borrow, check when you are ready to register.

Everyone can participate

 
Friday, September 06, 2013 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Design
$69.00


Friday Afternoon Classes


 

A Touch of Brass (Session 1) with Cindy Kilgore


Back by popular demand! Add a' touch of brass' to your scarves and shawls!
These pins are simple to make and absolutely no skills required other than a creative and curious mind. With a bit of twist, a wee hammering, and a bead, we can enhance the look of our knitted or woven creations. By class end, you will have 2 finished scarf pins and the option of either a 3rd 'free-style' pin or a pair of brass dangle earrings. And all within 2 hours!

Students: Look around all your boxes of beads and trinkets you've been hoarding for anything with a' big-bead' size hole to slip it through the wire. Maybe a piece of sea glass? And of course, fodder for storytelling is always encouraged! 

Cindy says that for the $20 materials fee she will bring the hammers, wire, 2 beads per participant, pliers, sandpaper, polishing cloths, earring posts for those choosing to make a pair of earrings instead of a 3rd pin, ... all the nitty-gritty for wire jewelry.

Everyone can participate


 
Friday, September 06, 2013 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$59.00


A Touch of Brass (Session II) with Cindy Kilgore


Back by popular demand! Add a' touch of brass' to your scarves and shawls!
These pins are simple to make and absolutely no skills required other than a creative and curious mind. With a bit of twist, a wee hammering, and a bead, we can enhance the look of our knitted or woven creations. By class end, you will have 2 finished scarf pins and the option of either a 3rd 'free-style' pin or a pair of brass dangle earrings. And all within 2 hours!

Students: Look around all your boxes of beads and trinkets you've been hoarding for anything with a' big-bead' size hole to slip it through the wire. Maybe a piece of sea glass? And of course, fodder for storytelling is always encouraged! 

Cindy says that for the $20 materials fee she will bring the hammers, wire, 2 beads per participant, pliers, sandpaper, polishing cloths, earring posts for those choosing to make a pair of earrings instead of a 3rd pin, ... all the nitty-gritty for wire jewelry.

Everyone can participate


 
Friday, September 06, 2013 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$59.00


Natural Dye Intensive: Madder Root with Jackie Ottino Graf



Madder root has European history, being the ingredient for the fabled Turkey Red, a prized and secretive color woven into turkish rugs. For centuries, it was the most reliable red dye known, but it has the potential to yield an enormous range of shades, from peach to oxblood red. Come and explore how simple modifiers and mordants can dramatically shift the colors given from this humble root. You will expand your natural dye portfolio immensely!

Students should bring rubber gloves and note taking material.

The $20 materials fee will cover all dye materials and supplies

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2013 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Basket Ball Court
$79.00


Culling the Greats with Katharine Cobey

Not product-oriented, this class may still be the great leap forward for your knitting. Join maverick Katharine Cobey and roam between the basics – like why the left leg of the stitch is usually behind the working needle – all the way to two new ways to work reversible cables.
Few of us have time to read all 5 volumes of Barbara Walker, or all of Lilly Chin, Lynn Barr’s or Mary Thomas’s great books. How about both editions of June Hiatt’s Principles of Knitting?
One of the advantages of studying with a master knitter is that they have had time to practice and compare gems from the great knitting technique books. Join Katharine Cobey for a bite here, a bite there – a chance to practice her present takes on the best techniques from the best knitting books.

Students should bring a notebook etc.; two balls of white or colored wool, knitting worsted; size 10½ needles (straight, circular and dp).

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2013 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$69.00


Knit Hat Design 101 with Kristen Kapur (Through the Loops!)

Have you ever wanted to design your own pattern but didn't know where to begin? Hats are a great place to start! In this class we will learn the basics of design including how to choose and incorporate stitch patterns, how to create charts, manage gauge, and work stitch pattens together with crown decreases. We will also discuss shaping options for different types of hats - beanie, slouch, beret, stocking cap, etc. Each student will create their own unique hat design.

Students should bring: Graph paper, pencil, eraser, red colored pencil, worsted weight yarn in a solid color, double pointed needles in several sizes appropriate for the yarn, stitch markers, scissors

Kristen will provide handouts and all the technical information you need to succeed.  Want motivation, check out her wonderful blog and look under the design page.

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2013 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$79.00


Marbling with Cynthia McGuirl



Students will float nontoxic paints on thickened water and move it around with rakes and combs to create marbled fabric and papers. We will use cotton and silk fabric and watercolor paper. Each student will have their own tray. The fabric and papers you make in this class can be utilized in book binding, quilting, scrap booking and so much more. Students should be able to make about a dozen 8 ½ x 11 pieces.

Students don't need to bring anything except a playful spirit

The $25 materials fee provides marbling mix, paints, premordanted fabric & paper, all tools and supplies

Everyone can participate
 
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2013 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$79.00


Wise Woman with Amy Felske



We don't play favorites but Amy Felske is easily one of the most beloved instructors and supporters of Fiber College. Each year she teaches a special sculpture creation and in 2013 she offers us a Wise Woman. This doll was designed to showcase unique and beautiful hand-spun yarn and although the class can stand alone, it is a perfect follow up for any of the artistically spun yarns you've been waiting to use.

The Wise Woman is a 12 inch tall doll with a weighted stump body. In the Wise Woman class students will needle-sculpt and ‘age’ a doll’s face. The class focuses on the face and the costume. Her eyes are hematite beads. Her costume is made from layered hand dyed scrim, silk gauze, vintage sari silk and handwoven hand dyed silks and lace. She may be embellished with freshwater pearls, semiprecious stones, glass beads and vintage shell buttons. Her costume may be simple or sumptuous reflecting each student’s vision.

Students should bring a skein of special yarn for hair if they have one.

The materials fee is $30. Students may bring a special skein of handspun yarn for the Wise Woman’s hair. Supply kits for the Wise Woman will contain everything else needed to complete the doll. Hand-dyed, hand-spun yarn will be available for purchase for students who do not wish to bring their own.

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2013 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Design
$79.00


Saturday Full Day Class


 

Japanese Ro- Kata: Soy Wax Stencil on Silk
with Kiranada Benjamin

 

Here is an introduction to the realm of Ro-Kata - wax stencils, on silk using kimono industry dyes. Learn the basics of Ro-Kata - designing and cutting a stencil, applying soywax with precision, dyeing and adding further wax-resist embelishments with a brush. Steaming to set the dyes and finishing will be done when the silk is bone dry. Such fun!

Students should bring: Design ideas, sketch book, Exacto -knife with addiional blades, pencil, eraser, one clean cello sponge, 4 - 5 clip clothes pins. 

The materials fee of $20 provides one silk scarf, one wax dauber, stencil paper, tracing and carbon paper, wax and dyes for use in class, notes and information sheets to take home. A #8 professional ro-fude (wax brush) available at additional cost. 

Basic skills assumed

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$139.00


 Saturday Morning Classes

 

Lace Knitting~ an Introduction with Mary Lou Eagan



Haven't you already made holes in your knitting? Learn how to put them where you want them! Lace is a combination of positive and negative – yarnovers to make holes, and decreases to keep the knitted piece from expanding ever outward. This class will demystify lace knitting by covering the basics. You will learn to read a chart, match increases and decreases, and practice your lace knitting techniques while making a washcloth or two. There will be tips on how to select your first lace project, as well as a couple of patterns to take away.



Basic skills assumed

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$69.00


Nuno Felted Scarf with Alexandra Keeley MacLean



We're very excited to be joined by Alexandra this year...just look at her website to see why.
In this class you will learn to create nuno felt, a luxurious, textural, lightweight cloth with drape and flexibility. Using silk organza and merino wool, you will create your own one-of-a-kind nuno felted scarf, designed, hand felted, and dyed to your own liking. You will learn how to scour silks to remove unwanted sizing, and discover what other types of material can be used to create nuno felt. You will learn to plan and execute specific designs using wool and silk, as well as the basics of PRO WashFAST Acid Dyes, dying and shibori pole wrapping techniques. Have a fun learning while you create your very own beautiful, one-of-a-kind nuno felt scarf!

Students should bring the joy of creation and learning

The $40 materials fee will include merino wool, silk scarf blank, dyes, citric acid, felting soap, bubble wrap and all of the dye tools

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Rec Hall
$79.00


A Different Slant~ Starting to Knit Diagonally with Katharine Cobey



Vogue Knitting describes Katharine Cobey’s book, Diagonal Knitting, “as a timeless volume that knitters will consult for years to come”. Begin to knit diagonally with its master practitioner.

When we shape diagonally, the knitting techniques we already know can take on new interest. Discover diagonal Casting On: why no matter the size, needles, or yarn you are using, your Cast On will be the same. Just this difference avoids the traumas of traditional Casting On.
Start slanting your favorite surface design patterns – like cables, color, or texture patterns – diagonally.

Students should bring: pencils, erasers, notebook; two 4 oz. balls of off white knitting worsted; two or three small balls of colored yarn, worsted weight; round, straight, and a set of 5 dp needles in size 10 ½; an embroidery needle to help pick up and hold uncompleted models; a copy of Diagonal Knitting is useful, but not mandatory.

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Chat
$69.00


Winona Mitten~ Child's Size with Maryly Matthewman

Maryly writes: "As soon as I saw this new colorway from Romney Ridge Yarns of Maine, I knew I needed it. I was just toying with different patterns and nothing really worked until I tried this pattern. WOW! This is great in many ways. It easily makes a perfect mitten, a wooly textured vibrant fabric with a life of its own. A mitten which is warm, snugs your hand, is colorful, textured and the pattern gives dimension to make the colors sparkle and pop out at you. After a few rows of working this pattern I got a big surprise. Plunging your hand in this mitten is like diving into raw fleece on a sheep's back! It just hugs and warms you."

In this workshop you will knit a mitten for a small child and learn many techniques. Fringes, braids, easy thumbs, basic stranding, and decreasing. We will use Romney Ridge Yarns worsted weight for this workshop. But you will be able to adapt the pattern to any multicolor yarns for yourself at home."

Students should bring: SHORT #6 DPN's. I prefer bamboo or DREAMZ but please make them the shorties and a tapestry needle. Please be comfortable with DPN for this class.

The $12 Materials Fee will include: Romney Ridge Yarns of Maine- enough to complete 2 small childrens mittens measuring 2 3/4 X 6. My original pattern for Winona Mittens in various sizes ages 4- Large Adult.

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Design
$79.00


Adventures with An Inkle Loom with Bonnie Backe



This is a technique class, introducing the variety of narrow tapes and fringes possible with an inkle loom. Included in the class fee is your very own keel style inkle loom - readily portable in a tote bag. We'll start with simple tabby tapes, with clever warp color arrangements that look fancy, and progress to fringes, picot effects and more. All techniques readily translate to larger inkle looms, of course. Beginners are welcome, no previous weaving experience is needed. Weavers who have not used an inkle loom will be intrigued by the possibilities this simplest of looms allows.

Students should bring: scissors

The $80 Kit Fee includes: a keel style inkle loom, shuttle, yarn bobs, warp and weft yarns and a tote bag

Everyone Can Participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$79.00


Buttons and Closures with Tom Cote



You've knit, woven, spun or felted a personal garment...something that expresses who you are with color, texture, form and style.  Shouldn't your buttons and closures be the finishing touches on something as wonderful as your own creation?  Or maybe you've always wanted to design around a souvenir piece of wood from a special trip.  Here's your chance to learn from a master and venture into an entirely new aspect of embellishment.  In this class, students will be designing and carving buttons and useful closures out of different types of wood. Some wood will be used as it is found and other types of wood will be pre-cut to size.

Students should bring a knife (also available for purchase separately) and any special pieces of wood you may be saving.

All other materials/tools will be provided for a $10 materials fee

Everyone Can Participate


 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$69.00


Saturday Afternoon Classes

 

Beginning Fly Tying for Fresh & Saltwater Fishing with Erik Anderson



If you have ever wanted to tie your own flies and catch a fish on a lure that you created, then this is a great class to get your feet wet! Tying flies allows you to save money and to let your creative juices flow by making up new patterns of flies not available commercially, and to adapt to local conditions. The class will cover basic tying techniques used to make several universal fly patterns that will catch fish in both fresh and saltwater. We will use traditional materials to tie these flies with an emphasis on being free to come up with alternate ingredients from other sources. You do not have to be a fly fisherman to take this course; these flies will work with spinning gear as well. Weather permitting, there will be a casting demonstration after the class!

Students should bring close-up glasses or magnifying visor if you need them. This is close detail work!

The $10 Materials Fee includes: Fly tying vises and accessory tools to use during the class, thread, fur, feathers, hooks, head cement, and various synthetic and natural fibers. Students will receive all materials to tie several flies during class.

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$79.00


Floating Silk Squares with Mary Ellen Kranz




The first thing you will notice about these scarves is that the squares of multi- colored silk seem to float in the air. On closer inspection, you will find that they are actually stitched together in a simple grid that disappears when worn. These museum quality scarves are as fun to make as they are to wear. You will choose ten luscious colors of hand-dyed silk to coordinate with your scarf’s edge. Learn the techniques that allow you to design, place and sew the grid easily and confidently on any simple straight-stitch sewing machine.The magic happens when we make the grid platform disappear! What’s left is a fantastic, floaty, couture silk art scarf for you wear or give as a cherished gift.

Students should bring sharp scissors, sewing machine in good working order with a new, sharp needle. Bring a ‘walking foot’ if you have one. Without machine, you can make scarf to point of sewing and take home to sew and finish if desired.

The $15 materials fee will include a selection colorful hand-dyed silks, magic grid platform, and threads for students to make a 6 X 54 inch scarf.

Basic skills assumed
 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Rec Hall
$79.00


Portrait of Ewe with Marty Elkin




If you're going to paint with wool, what better subject than a beautiful sheep? This class will guide you through the creation of a 12x12 inch needle felted portrait of this sheep suitable for framing. Learn about blending color, texture and capturing the spark that brings a portrait to life. Once you've mastered the sheep, you're well on you way to creating your vision of other animals and scenes around you.

Students should bring a 10x10 sponge, #38 felting needles, and a felting tool that hold 6-8 needles if you have them. Sponge, needles and felting tools will be available for purchase if needed.

The $25 materials fee includes the hand drawn pattern on a felt square, all the uncarded wool and wool locks needed for your project (Grown on the Wrinkle in Thyme Farm).

Everyone can participate
   
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Chat
$79.00


Weaving Stories with Fiber & Books with Susan Hall and Elizabeth Haynes

 Re-scheduled for 2014 FMI contact: susanbabbitthall@gmail.com



Teachers, parents, youth workers ~ teach the children in your lives transferable skills like sequencing, problem-solving, persistence, and hand-eye coordination. And have fun doing it!

We will teach you to teach your students how to warp and weave on a simple loom, combining weaving with multi-cultural stories that you can use in your classroom. Walk away with a finished project, the skills and confidence to teach it, and a packet of looms, warp thread, weaving needles, a bibliography, and a book complete with a lesson plan ready to use.

Kids work well together when presented with a project they can understand, a reason for doing it, and the right materials. In addition, three contact hours will be earned toward recertification for completion of this workshop. (Please make certain that this workshop meets your Action Plan toward your recertification credits so your committee will accept it.)

This lesson relates to Maine Common Core Standards in Mathematics and Language Arts, Grades 2 – 4 and is easily adaptable for kids ages 7 to 11.

This class is taught by experienced classroom teachers who are bring years of weaving, spinning and knitting to this class. We've taught hundreds of children to weave on the cardboard looms we teach with. We'll teach you what we know about teaching weaving to kids. You'll make connections, become inspired, and leave with a set of hands-on, usable materials.

Students should bring enthusiasm and a willingness to learn

The $25 Materials Fee includes Looms to use in class, weaving needles, warp and weft, as well as a set of 12 looms, needles, a cone of warping thread, a book, a bibliography and a lesson plan to take home.

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Aran Knitting Session II with Kris Bridges and Anna Kessler



This workshop is aimed at the knitter who has mastered some basic aran stitch patterns and wants to work them into a garment. We will discuss what yarn to choose, and explain the two ways of describing Aran stitch patterns - graphs and written descriptions. We will explore what to consider when looking at Aran stitch patterns for a typical Aran sweater, and how to work these stitch patterns when increasing/decreasing in sleeves, armholes and necks.

You may start a cushion cover or throw (pattern provided by Kris) or select a sweater design for an adult or child, and set up the foundation rows (approx first 6 inches of back/front of sweater). We will have some Aran sweater designs available to choose from, or knitters may bring a pattern that they wish to work on.

This class will be run by two sisters with an Irish/Scottish heritage, Kris Bridges and Anna Kessler, so there will be plenty of help for the knitter who wants to knit Aran Sweaters!

Student should bring at least 100 grams of worsted weight yarn (a light color), size 6 US (4mm), size 8 US (5mm) needles (either circular or straight), cable needles

The instructors will provide handouts with stitch patterns, cushion/throw pattern. Sweater/cardigan patterns for adults/child available to buy.


 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Design
$69.00


A Bit of Faerie with Jennifer Carson



Design your own one of a kind faerie face and make a faerie pin or ornament from wool felt and other findings. These guys make a fabulous gift for a dear friend. (Do you remember the charming tide pool dragons Amy Felske taught last year? They were inspired by Jennifer Carson's creations)

Students should bring their imagination! small embroidery scissors and any favorite (small) fibers or findings

The $5 material fee will include: freezer paper, pin backs, wool felt, embroidery floss, seed beads for eyes & findings/fibers

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$59.00


Spinning Wild Yarns with Josette McWilliams



Spinning Wild is the way to go. We'll cover the basics - a corespun yarn. Then, we'll add coils to that core - then dazzling decorations such as beads, feathers etc. Not only will be spin them, but we will knit them, too. Part of the class materials packet will be mini-skeins of my own handspun wild yarns that we will use to learn tricks and tips for spinning wild yarns in the most beautiful ways.

Student should bring a spinning wheel in good working condition....the larger the orifice the better! A pair of knitting needles in the size 8-10 range for sampling will be helpful.

The $15 material fee will include fiber packets, yarn samples plus an in depth instructional brochure.

If your spinning wheel is your friend and you can control your yarn, you're qualified to participate

 
Saturday, September 07, 2013 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$79.00


Sunday Full Day Classes


 

Introduction to Chain Maille with Stephen Schreurs



Stephen writes "The class will start with a brief overview of chainmail and the differences from historical chainmail and the chainmail we will be making in class. I will have several reference books available for the students to learn more about chainmail and see pictures of historical garments".

Students will learn the process of chainmail construction from bare wire to finished product. We will start with how to wind wire into coils of rings and then cut the coils into rings. The class will have five (5) projects that lead the students from basic weaving of chainmail fabric to completing a pouch project using several weaving techniques. The class includes instruction on two of the three styles of chainmail weaving (European and Asian weaves). The class projects are a keychain, an European chainmail weave sampler for all four basic weaves, an Asian chainmail sampler, a bracelet, and a pouch.

The class will include discussions about different metals used for specific types of projects. In addition, ring sizes, thickness of wire and how the two factors relate to project construction will be demonstrated by the class projects.

Students should bring enthusiasum and Stephen will provide the rest

Everyone Can Participate (adults should plan on teaming up with younger children)

 
Sunday, September 08, 2013 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Sunday Morning Classes


 

Entrelac, Entrelac, Entrelac~ It's addictive! with Suzanne Larson



Ever wonder how to make the knitted fabric that looks like basket weave? We will explore the basics of entrelac and knitting backwards...making this method quick and easy. Skeptical? Let me show you how! We will make a scarf or neck-warmer and you will go home addicted to a new technique.

Want to make your project really special?  Bring a skein of hand dyed wool that you did at the dye tent with Ellen Mason ("Trippin on Acid" on Friday) or guided exploration on Saturday.  Entrelac is the perfect technique for showing off ombre dyed and space dyed yarns.

Students should bring hand dyed or self striping yarn...the photographed sample was knit with Noro Silk Garden...DK or worsted weight recommended and straight or circular needles size appropriate for your yarn, your basic knitting supplies

Suzanne will supply handouts at no charge

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Sunday, September 08, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$69.00


Natural Dyeing Intensive~ The Blues with Jackie Ottino Graf



Indigo and woad are two of the oldest natural dyes, being the only way to get blues for thousands of years. They do not behave as many other dyes do, as both are insoluble in water. We will use dried indigo and woad powder to build a proper vat, and use it to create a wide range of shades of blue.

Students should bring up to one pound of clean fibers to add to the dye pot. Wool, silk, cotton, hemp, linen...consider yarn, garments, unspun fibers. Rubber gloves. Take care to wear clothes you don't care about (including shoes).

The $5 materials fee will include dye supplies and materials. Jackie will have dyes for sale as well.

Everyone can participate

 
Sunday, September 08, 2013 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$79.00


Love Stuffed Crochet Hearts with Kristen TenDyke



Join crochet designer and Reiki master, Kristen TenDyke to create your own love-stuffed crocheted heart(s). Using simple crochet techniques, we will work together to crochet a heart (or two, or three…), with openings into which we will stuff some scented dried herbs—sage, lavender and rose petals, and a Reiki-charged rose quartz crystal bead.

The green or pink colors, crystal, herb and Reiki combination is intended to balance the heart chakra, and encouraging an environment of unconditional love and acceptance.

The heart chakra is the energy center of the body that, when balanced, invites feelings of loving acceptance of ones self and others.

Rose Quartz is a soft pink crystal that is known for promoting self love and the acceptance of self and others.

Sage is a well-known herb used for cleansing the environment of negative energies.

Lavender and rose have a calming and soothing scent and have been used to influence emotional healing.

Green is the color that represents the heart chakra.

Reiki is a Japanese method of healing that is used to create balance and promote wellness.

By carrying this crochet heart with you or by placing it in your car or home it will radiate the loving energy outward and assist in creating a balanced environment.

Students should bring worsted or thinner yarns—green, pink or desired colors. Bumpy textured/handspun/variegated-color yarns look the most interesting, Crochet hook sized appropriate for yarns (to make a tight/dense fabric), scissors & a tapestry needle
 
The $5 materials fee will include dried Sage, Rose Petals & Lavender, Reiki-charged Rose Quartz beads & handouts

Basic skills assumed




 
Sunday, September 08, 2013 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Chat
$59.00


Fairy House Planters with Jennifer Appleby



Come create darling, landscaped, fairy house planters using dried and live plant materials, stones, baskets, colored wool roving, miniature clothespin fairies and your imagination.

Student MAY bring organic dried materials (milkweed pods, acorns, everlasting flowers, stones, etc.) and/or a special basket of their choice.

The $5 materials fee will include everything required to create the planter.

Everyone is welcome

 
Sunday, September 08, 2013 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$59.00


Weaving a Pathway to Peace Sarah Haskell & Susan Barrett Merrill



Weaving can be a path way to growing personal inner peace, to building healthy communities and to creating right relations with our natural world.
As long time weavers, Susan Barrett Merrill (WeavingALife.com) and Sarah Haskell (SarahHaskell.com) have explored these pathways personally, locally and internationally. In this workshop, Susan and Sarah will engage you in a dialogue highlighting weaving projects that enhance positive relations with one's self, other people and the environment. Participants will work collaboratively and/or individually on hands-on projects that illustrate weaving is a pathway to peace.

Students should bring interesting yarns, fibers, bits of cloth or paper, twigs and other found objects

The $20 materials fee will include yarns, assorted other materials and handouts

Everyone is Welcome to Participate

 
Sunday, September 08, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Create
$69.00


Pining to Stitch with Mary Ann Hall



This is an original design, 1 of 6, that was offered at the New England Regional Embroidery Guild of America Seminar held in Portland 2 years ago. In this class you will learn 12 specialty stitches as well cross-stitching. This is the perfect opportunity to learn cross-stitching, ornate thread work, and counting on linen. The instructor will have all 6 completed pieces for presentation and the other 5 “Pining to Stitch” needlework projects kits will be available for purchase on site.

Students should bring a 6 or 8 inch embroidery hoop

The $20 materials fee will include everything you need to complete the cover of the needle book

Everybody can participate

 
Sunday, September 08, 2013 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


 Sunday Afternoon Classes

 

Felted Pendant Necklace with Trish Harriman



Learn to felt a one of a kind pendant using amazing fibers. Finish with bead embellishment. When you've made your pendant, string additional beads to make a vibrant one-of-a-kind necklace. A fun, happy way to share your love of color and texture with the world!  After making your necklace, you will learn to shape rounds felt balls into a variety of interesting shapes to embellish and use as beads, buttons or an addition to a variety of projects.

Students can bring small sharp scissors or they will be available for use during the class. Needle nose pliers and crimper pliers will also be available for use

$15 Materials fee

Everybody can participate

 
Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Inspire
$69.00


12 Seamless Squares with Katharine Cobey

This workshop is an adventure in knitting Seamless Squares. We will:
• discuss traditional, and less traditional ways to use knitted squares - among them Katharine’s folded Blanket Coat design,
• diagram 12 different ways to work squares,
• practice any special techniques needed – like a Circular or Trivia Cast On.
• and start to knit models.

Students should bring pencils, erasers, notebook; two or three 4 oz. balls of off white or light colored knitting worsted wool; two or three small balls of colored yarn, worsted weight wool; circular, straight and double pointed needles, size 10 ½; an embroidery needle to help pick up and hold stitches from incomplete models.

Everyone who can knit and purl, do increases and decreases, and work on straight, round, and double pointed needles are welcome to participate

 
Sunday, September 08, 2013 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Chat
$79.00


Over and Under...Learn to Weave with Susan Hall & Elizabeth Haynes



Do you like working with your hands? Do you like making something to take home? Come and learn how to weave! You'll learn all the skills you need to make something. You'll warp your own loom, begin a project (and maybe finish it!), and go home with your own small loom and enough materials to make another project.

Plus, you'll hear a fun story written by (well, told by,) a goat.
We'll have fun, you'll learn a new skill and a whole new vocabulary to go with it! If you like working with your hands while you learn something new, come and join us!
We are two teachers who like to knit, weave and spin. We've taught lots and lots of kids to weave and we want to teach you too! Come and have fun with us!"

The $5 Kit Fee includes a looms to take home, a weaving needle, warp and weft (the yarn and novelty stuff).

Everyone can participate, the class is particularly structured for children ages 7-11

 
Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Design
$20.00


Shifu~ Spinning with Paper with 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 or a wheel. Handspun paper thread is quite durable; can be dyed and used for knitting, weaving or crocheting.
Students need to bring: Drop spindle or wheel in good working order, an exacto-style knife with sharp blades, an 18” ruler, pencil and cutting pad.

The $15 materials fee will provide the necessary specialty papers

Everyone is welcome

 
Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Laugh
$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).
 
$36.00

 

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    Fashion Show 2013
    This year's Fiber College will kick off with the fourth 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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