Fiber College of Maine 2014

Searsport, Maine
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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Wednesday/Thursday Classes (twelve hour classes)

 

Do It Your Way with the Quilters of Gee's Bend

 

Stitch a full-size quilt top with Gee’s Bend quilters! Enjoy the thrill of an intensive, hands-on class with Miss China Pettway, Miss Lucy Mingo, Miss Stella Pettway, and Miss Revil Mosely. These wonderful women will lead discussions on topics such as design principles, color and material choices, and the spirit that imbues the memorable Gee’s Bend quilts. You will learn block cutting as you hand or machine stitch your choice of Housetop, 9-Patch, Brick House, or Court House blocks. Depending on your skill level, you will go home with some quilt blocks or a full top. Everyone will leave with terrific stories and songs!

Students should bring: scraps old and new for the communal table (enough for the quilt top size of your choice plus some), 2 packages of quilting needles (size 8 w/ golden eye or your preferred needle), a sewing machine in good working order (sharing is possible), all purpose thread, quilting thread, scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat, thimble, straight pins.

The $24 materials fee covers a soft cover book of all the Gee's Bend quilts on display in Maine with space for autographs and notes.

Everyone Can Participate





 
Add to calendarWednesday, September 03, 2014 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 04, 2014 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


A Moose! Three Dimensional Wood Carving with Tom Cote

 

If you're in Maine, you have to be thinking of moose; why not carve a super bull moose at Fiber College?  For two days you will be working on a rough out of a bull moose in basswood.  The cut out will be approximately 14 inches long by 12 inches high and 4 inches wide.  While working on this project you will learn how to think about realistic proportions, texture for fur, and how to set eyes in a mammal.  You will also get a chance to add color, and learn how different finishes can effect the type of wood that are working with.  Come ready to put your nose to the grindstone from morning to supper.  This should help sharpen your skills for any type of carving you would like to do.  If possible bring your own tools, and two clamps.

Everyone Can Participate

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Add to calendarWednesday, September 03, 2014 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 04, 2014 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Here There Be Dragons with Amy Felske

 

So many of my students have asked for a dragon class and my answer has always been that there isn’t enough time. This year there is! I have designed a new dragon pattern just for Fiber College. In this class you will create a beautiful batik fabric dragon in a choice of draconic colorways with gorgeous layered fiber wings.

For the dragon’s body and legs students will learn how to sew a template pattern, create a wire armature and finish the body with firm and smooth stuffing. The body will be embellished with a natural fiber mane and beading or a completely beaded spine using Czech glass beads, glass seed beads, real stone beads and fresh water pearls. The head will be embellished with natural shell or pearl horns, Czech glass tooth beads and hematite beads for eyes..

For the dragon’s wings, we will be creating a fabric made by layering hand dyed silk and soy silk roving, mohair locks and sparkling angelina fibers, sandwiching these fibers between translucent organza, then over-stitching with fancy threads. The organza layers will then be partially burned away with a heat gun to reveal the colorful fibers below. Armature wires will be added to the wings and the wings will be embellished with beads. This technique produces a fascinating textured wing in colors and patterns that reflect the student’s creative vision."                   

Basic Skills Assumed

Student Brings:
a sewing machine in good working order, and a pair of sharp embroidery scissors. We may have some machines available for students that cannot bring a machine- please contact us if this is an issue for you.

The $50 materials fee includes:
all the materials needed to complete a dragon. Threads, stuffing, assorted pins and needles, heat guns, pliers and other tools will be supplied for in-class use. Students that wish to completely bead their dragon’s spine may need to do some after class homework beading. Extra kits will be available.



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Add to calendarWednesday, September 03, 2014 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 04, 2014 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Nature's Palette from the Ground Up~ a natural dye intensive class with

Jackie Ottino Graf

 

In this two day natural dye workshop, we will explore dyeing with traditional sources from start to finish.  On day one, we will go over  fiber selection and preparation for dyeing.  We’ll explore mordants and which ones are appropriate for different types of fibers.  While our fibers are mordanting, we’ll start making dyes!  We’ll grind, soak and extract colors from dye plants, insects and possibly fungi.  We’ll look at dye gardens and possibly harvest fresh dyeplants.    It’s all happening from scratch in this class!

On day 2, we will fire up the dyepots, creating a  beautiful range of colors from our dyestuffs,  while expanding our range with modifiers and overdyeing.  Expect to leave with yarn samples, recipes and techniques for natural dyeing on your own. 

Students bring: any dye supplies you may already have: big stainless pots, tongs, thermometers, scale, books, rubber gloves.  (Not necessary, but nice to have extras)  Snacks, drinks, your knitting projects are all welcome.  Dyeing can have some down time!  Feel free to also bring any dye projects you have done before as a show and tell!

The $50 materials fee includes all dyes, yarn, raw fiber.  If you would like to discuss the possibility of bringing some of your own fibers, please email me prior to the class, dyemama@gmail.com

Everyone Can Participate



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Add to calendarWednesday, September 03, 2014 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 04, 2014 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Nuno Felted Story Shawl with Alexandra Keely


 

At the end of this all encompassing two-day class you will leave with your own handmade “Story Scarf”.

This course is designed for intermediate to advanced felters with a thirst for knowledge and a love for dynamic, fast paced learning environments!

Day 1: Through hands on learning you will discover a plethora of techniques used to create stunning textures using loosely woven cloth, an assortment fibres, yarns, and physical manipulation.

The techniques covered will include nunofelting, nunofelted windows, windows, creating resists and pockets, felt cut-away, soft felt, silk rosettes, and a variety of fringing techniques. At this time students will also discover the infinite possibilities of dying animal fibres with PRO WashFast Acid Dyes, one of the friendliest dyes both for you, and the environment. Course material will include dye safety, colour mixing, value and hue gradations, as well as how to create a “felters dye pot”!

In the afternoon we will begin unraveling the narrative of your story scarf. This time will be used to reflect on techniques learned, to contemplate colour schemes, and to get to work sketching out your masterpiece.

With special instruction on be benefits of dying wool before felting versus after, students will have the choice to begin pre-dying materials at this point.

Although students will have a variety of materials provided to sample with, creativity and innovation is encouraged! Most loosely woven cloths and animal/plant based fibres can be used when felting, from your grandmothers lace, to your dogs fur, consider the story you would like to tell! Please let your imagination run wild!

Day two is all about making your story come to life. Is it a light and airy narrative of a vibrant autumn day? Is it the stunning burst of colour and texture that was your mother's garden?

With our exciting new felting techniques in mind, we will dive into the fabulous process of felting! After carefully laying out the wool according you’re your own designs, we will begin the wonderful transformation of fleece into felt. The next six hours are completely yours to create an entirely unique, functional work of art with my supervision!

For intermediate to advanced felters

Students MAY bring:
anything that could be incorporated into the story...if you think it might work and you can carry it, bring it!

The $65 materials fee includes:
250g merino wool, kiss my face soap, as well as access to pots, spoons, buckets, bubble wrap, sponges, PRO WashFAST dyes, citric acid, etc. Students will have shared access to a variety of fibres including raw silk, hemp, etc, yarns and loosely woven cloths.  Additional wool will be available for purchase.

http://www.alexandrakeely.com/






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Add to calendarWednesday, September 03, 2014 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 04, 2014 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Chainmail Intensive with Steven Schreurs



The two day chainmail class will start with a brief overview of chainmail and the differences from historical chainmail and the chainmail we will be making in class. The class will provide excellent knowledge and experience for beginner and intermediate level students. It will also be a good refresher for more advanced students. Several reference books will be available for the students to learn more about chainmail and see pictures of historical garments.

The 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 several 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). In addition, the class will cover basic inlay pattern techniques. For the inlays, we will be using metals of different colors (e.g., steel and copper).

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. The class projects include a keychain, a European chainmail weave sampler for all four basic weaves, an Asian chainmail sampler, a bracelet, an inlay sampler, a necklace, and a pouch.

  • Day 1
    • The first day of 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.
    • Next we will cover jump ring preparation, and the basic European weaves. The first project will be the keychain to learn how to use the tools for making chainmail.
    • We will complete the European chainmail sampler and a bracelet.
  • Day 2
    • The second day will start with instruction for the Asian weave and the construction of the Asian chainmail sampler.
    • Next we will cover techniques for pattern inlays.
    • The remainder of the day can be used for project work on bracelets, necklaces and pouches.
Additional pictures of the types of chainmail and some of Steve's projects Click

 

Students should bring a smile and any chainmail they'd like to share

The $10 materials fee
will cover the cost of wire

Anyone can participate


 


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Add to calendarWednesday, September 03, 2014 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 04, 2014 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


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!

Student should bring: a digital camera, memory card/media for your camera, freshly charged batteries (or spares), a journal or notebook (lined or unlined), pen, and a few colored pencils or crayons.

Everyone can participate
 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Nuno Felted Shawl with Alexandra Keely



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 essential nunofelting skills like how to scour silks to remove unwanted sizing, and discover what other types of material can be used to create nuno felt. We will also dive into the wonderful world of PRO WashFAST Acid Dyes, allowing you to walk away from this six hour course with a brilliantly coloured, stunning, one-of-a-kind nuno felt scarf!

Student brings a smile

The $45 materials fee includes 250g merino wool, a scoured silk blank, kiss my face soap, as well as access to pots, spoons, buckets, bubble wrap, sponges, PRO WashFAST dyes, citric acid, etc.  Additional wool will be available for purchase.


This class is for a beginner with basic skills or an intermediate felter

www.AlexanderKeely.com


 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Shaker Tote Basket with Susan Domas



The Shaker Tote is a wonderfully useful basket that can carry your knitting, library books, grocery items, beach gear or anything else you can fit in it! The uses are endless! Cloth handles make it comfortable to carry, and it never collapses like the cloth grocery bags do. Participants in this class will learn the basics of basket weaving, along with shaping and finishing. Weavers may need extra time to finish the basket, which can be arranged with the instructor. Bring your willingness to learn and let's have fun weaving together!

Students bring: Flat screw driver, 10 spring style clothespins, old towel, measuring tape, strong scissors or wire snips. The instructor will have additional tools on hand

The $20 materials fee
will include all materials needed to weave this basket

Everybody can Participate

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Chainmail Clinic with Steven Schreurs

New for Fiber College 2014...a drop-in clinic...artist Steven Schreurs (beloved Santa Steve for many of us) will set up a chainmail workshop for the weekend.  There are three ways to participate...you can buy coupons ($20/hour or $100/day, cash only) directly from Steven and use them whenever you'd like or purchase a three day pass for $275 now.  Come and go as you please, pay for the materials as you go.

The chainmail clinic is a multi-day activity where the students can participate in which ever days they choose. All levels of students may attend any of the days and all of my resources will be available each day. This will allow students to progress at their own pace. I will be setting aside specific days and times to teach specific skills and types of chainmail. All three basic types of chainmail (European, Asian, and Persian) will be included in the clinic. The following is a clinic syllabus.

  • The first day of the clinic will focus on beginners, jump ring preparation, and the European and Asian chainmail weaves. Students that have taken the two day class will be able to continue working on their projects. This will also be a planning day where the students may choose what skills and projects they want to pursue.
  • Each of the following days will start with setup time for students that have ongoing projects and review of material covered during the previous days.
  • The focused class time for the second day will address Persian weaves. This is the most difficult of the three styles of chainmail so I am planning to have most of the day for class time.
  • The focused class time for the third day will be specialty weaves such as spiral chainmail, box braid, and Kings braid.

Steven will take a lunch break around noon but the students may take their break(s) any time they wish. 

To see additional pictures of the types of chainmail and some of my projects, use the following link.

Everybody can Participate

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$275.00


Friday Morning Classes



 

Thinking Outside the Circle with Maryly Matthewman




There are many meanings of the circle as a symbol. Unite, love. protection, friendship. In  this workshop we will be cutting, sewing, cutting again, swapping and  sharing, restitching, and designing new circles of fabric.  You may develop your circle as protection, as the sun, the moon, creativity is endless!!! Color combos are endless and embellishment is up to you. This is raw edge applique, threads hang off buttons may fall as the years go by, just like us, a piece of work in change and motion.

Students bring: Sharp  scissors, threads of different colors, sewing machine in good working order, 12 12" X12" pieces of cotton in contrasting value (lights and darks), very dark background 100% washed cotton fabric 15" X 15", your own personal embellishments like buttons etc.

The instructor will provide handouts and fusible material.  If you need fabric, please e-mail Maryly directly: marylyz71@hotmail.com

 

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


A Dozen Ways to Use Variegated Yarn with Ellen Mason




A Dozen Ways to use Variegated Yarn    "It has happened to most of us:  We fall head over heels for a gorgeous skein of multicolor variegated yarn, we buy it, we knit it, and then we discover it was so much prettier when it was just a skein.  Eesh.

Let’s explore some tips, tricks, and techniques that employ variegated yarn to best advantage.  We will demonstrate and discuss how variegated yarn behaves through truckloads of swatching and examples.  Come ready to learn some new stitches, formulas, and grand ideas.  Fall in love all over again with that colorful skein of yarn.    

Students should bring: An assortment of needles, US Sizes 6 through 11, straight or circular, any length.  And a smile.

The $15 materials fee will include:
Written instructions and a take-home box of tasty multi-color variegated yarn

Basic Skills Assumed


 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Fiber Life Support; Don't pull the plug with Mim Bird




We put so much work and love into our handicrafts. Don't you wish they could last forever? Now you can learn simple techniques that will help. Maybe they won't last forever, but you can extend the the useful life of anything. With darning, mending, altering, reconstruction, proper washing and other simple to learn techniques, you can give your fiber arts the tender care that they deserve.

Students should bring:  4-6 knit or crocheted pieces in need of mending or alteration, or 4-6 4"x4" swatches to demonstrate techniques, blunt yarn needles, yarn scraps of a variety of sizes, variety of crochet hooks and knitting needles.

The instructor will provide at no cost: Hand outs demonstrating techniques, wool wash, wash tubs and mesh bags for demonstration, white board for instruction

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


I'll Get You My Pretty! with Kathleen Gerdes




If you've ever wanted to learn to needle felt, here's your chance!  This class will focus on teaching the various techniques of felting but if you already know how, you're bound to learn something new!  We will make Zelda the Witch, from start to finish and she will go home with you.  Needle felting is easy to learn, very forgiving, it allows for a lot of creativity and rarely comes with a pattern to follow! (my favorite part) This adorable little witch will make you smile and she'll be the perfect addition to your autumn home décor.

Students provide a smile

The $20.00 materials fee includes:
  Foam pad, 2 felting needles and all the wool needed for this take-home project. 

Everyone can participate


 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Corespinning and Tailspinning with Jackie Ottino Graf




Corespinning and Tailspinning are both intermediate spinning techniques that involve wrapping fibers around a central core.  The result is lofty, interesting textural yarns that everyone will fall in love with.  We will go over optimal fiber selection and prep for this style of spinning.  Increase your  fiber knowledge and spinning repertoire in this great class! 

Students should bring:  yarn on a cone, anything will do.  Up to 1 pound of mixed fibers, with 50% being wool.  Mohair, silk, locks, sparkles, alpaca, angora bunny...drum carder if you have one.  Spinning wheel in good working order.

There are no materials fees
however Jackie will have cones for sale, and will bring a substantial fiber stash to pull from

Basic Skills Assumed


 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Eco Printing with Amelia Poole




"Here in Maine, we are surrounded by nature and wrapped in textiles. Why not combine the two? Eco-printed cloth is created by layering prepared silk and linen with local plants and flowers. The cloth and leaves are bundled together, tightly bound and steamed. This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the leaves to the cloth. No external dyes, inks or paints are used in eco-printing. All color and pattern come from the plants themselves!

This process releases extraordinary secrets from local plants we see every day and often take for granted. Eco-printing allows us to look beyond the usual green of leaves and to see their shape and architecture, and explore their chemistry.

 Eco-printing techniques developed and popularized by India Flint of South Australia, focus on bioregionalism and the use of sustainable, organic and non-toxic materials.

This technique-based workshop will focus on creating small samples on cloth and paper but you will leave with the knowledge (and hopefully the desire!) to experiment on your own.  Eco prints can be used to create wearable art, decorative pieces, such as pillows and wall hangings, and even quilts! 

Natural, Sustainable, Beautiful!

Class Overview 30-45 minutes – Explanation and discussion of eco-printing, mordanting techniques and cloth and fiber properties, demonstration of wrapping and binding techniques.

1 hour – Prepare two bundles.

45 minutes hour – Steam one bundle, simmer one bundle.  While cooking the bundles, prepare eco prints on paper – layer vegetable matter and paper, steam in a ‘flower press’.

End of class – wait as long as we can for the bundles to cool (it’s worse than Christmas!) – unwrap bundles and assess samples.

Come back at some point later in the day to unwrap paper prints.

Students should bring: A small collection of  flat-ish rusted objects – nails, washers etc.  A variety of leaves and/or flowers and twigs from your yard, garden, or along the roadsides. Notebook and pencil or pen. Rubber kitchen gloves (optional)

The $12 kit fee includes:
One package per person of clearly labelled mordanted silk, linen and organic cotton, Art and Printmaking Papers , Additional leaves and vegetable material, Instruction Sheet and Follow-Up Packet including an overview class discussions, mordant recipes and additional resources

Amelia's website

Everyone can participate


 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Friday Afternoon Classes


 

Sew a Folk Dress or Tunic with Cal Patch


Inspired by the Mexican huipil, you can sew this simple folk blouse, tunic or dress in just a day! You can make it with or without sleeves, design your own neckline, and add pockets if you like. Cal will bring the easily-customized pattern, and guide you through sewing your own garment that you can make again and again. This classic style is ripe for embellishment, so you may wish to embroider, applique or print on it after it's made, or incorporate a piece that you've already worked.  (note from organizers: Cal will be offering a "$20 block printing pick up class Saturday night after the beach bonfire...no advanced sign up required...bring your new dress or tunic!)





Students should bring: a working sewing machine + ext cord, 2-3 yds (depends on length, sleeves) lt-med wt woven fabric: cotton, linen, gauze, voile, Thread, sewing kit: scissors, pins, seam ripper, tailor's chalk, tape measure.  optional: 1/2" single-fold bias tape for armhole/neck

Basic Skills Assumed (you're comfortable using the sewing machine and have made a few simple projects)

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Spinning Your Story with Shannon Herrick


Your Story is a journey into expressing your Self through fiber art. Throughout the class, we will cover a variety of techniques to help you add personal touches to your yarns, including special fiber preparation as well as spinning in objects and cloth. We will also do a few small writing/journaling exercises to help bring your stories to the surface and 'map' the path of your work for the day. You will leave the class with a personal story in the form of a beautiful yarn, and a toolbox of techniques to enjoy in future projects.

Students should bring: 4 oz of mixed fibers (optional), and/or fiber for a community fiber table. Personal items that the student would like to use in her/his story yarn.  A journal and writing tool.

Basic Skills Assumed, class will be taught on a wheel

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Navajo Knitting with Mary Lou Egan


Turn one strand of yarn into three.  Make lace weight into worsted with Navajo knitting, also known as chain plying. This technique triple plies yarn from one skein without dividing the skein Take that lovely lace weight you couldn’t resist and learn the basics.  In class we will also learn to alternate single and plied to make sheer stripes.

Students should bring Lace weight or fingering yarn, or fine coned yarn.

Needles:US 7, 8 or 9 and some a few sizes larger.

(optional: sock or fingering yarn with long color repeats. I will have some for sale.)

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Quilts Underfoot~ Tambour Rugs with Mary DeLano


Wondering what to do with all of those small balls of yarn left over from your knitting and crochet projects?  Knitters and crocheters alike will delight in this simple technique that uses up all those colorful bits that you can’t bear to throw out.  Using a crochet hook and rug canvas, you will learn how to combine different weights of yarn to create a delightful mat or rug.  Once you learn this simple technique, you can use it to reproduce simple quilt blocks that can be combined into a footstool cover, mat or small rug.

Students should bring: Size H metal crochet hook. Different colors of left over yarn in a variety of weights

The $5 materials fee covers the canvas base for the rug

Basic Skills Assumed , Participants should know how to knit or crochet

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Maine Mice~ Part 1 with Susie Stephenson


Create your own MOUSEE! Mousee is completely sewn by hand . He or she is completely made from recycled wools and is the perfect gift for small children or adults. We will go through though the whole process. Gestation period is one day! Mousee has a variety of clothing options and time permitting you can make a variety of outfits. Part B is making a Mousee bed and chair.

Students should bring: a hammer and scissors
The $20 kit fee includes: part A wools, embroidery floss hand out of directions and patterns, stuffing. Part B materials for bed and chair, cloth, cardboard glue  needles thread

Susie's website

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Dance Like Nobody's Watching with Kathleen Gerdes


If you often feel like this Dancing Lady, then you will certainly enjoy needle felting her!  This lady is felted in the "landscape style", which means that she is perfect for hanging in any room in the house. And, she will be your constant reminder to "dance like no one is watching!".  No experience needed to complete this project....it looks difficult but it's fun and easy!

Students should bring a smile.

The $35.00 materials fee includes:  Foam Pad, 2 felting needles and all wool needed for this take-home project

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Saturday Full Day Class


 

Coptic Book Binding with Anna Low

 

Learn one of the classic bookbinding stitches - coptic binding - with a fun recycled twist! We’ll begin the class with an introduction to bookbinding terms and begin dissecting an old hard cover book you bring to salvage the cover to use for your own hand-bound book. We’ll build our ‘book block’ by folding, cutting and ripping a variety of paper for your book’s pages and work on embellishing and re-enforcing the cover and pages with decorative paper. You’ll learn how to pierce sewing stations, wax thread and finally bind together your book with the decorative and functional coptic stitch.

Students should bring: Hard cover book to cut up, no larger than 8.5” in any dimension please, xacto knife, ruler and cutting mat, rag*Please note that this is not a class to rebind or restore a beloved hardbound book. Bring a book you can cut up.

The $25 kit fee includes:
Bone folder (for students), awl (for student), bee’s wax (for student), Instruction book, paper cutters, rulers, glue and brushes, phone books, hammers

Everyone can participate
,  no bookbinding experience is necessary. Useful skills in bookbinding include familiarity with using a sewing needle, basic knot making, attention to detail and a creative eye.

 


 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Coiled Baskets with Mary Brann

Learn how to form a coil basket starting  with a base, forming the coil of pine needles, and sewing with sinew.  Both practical and beautiful.

Students should bring a smile

The $10 materials fee will cover a kit with enough prepared pine needles, a base, needles and sinew, and a ferrule to complete one basket.        Other tools such as needle nose pliers, scissors, and drills will be available for use during class.

Everyone can participate


 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Chainmail Clinic with Steven Schreurs

New for Fiber College 2014...a drop-in clinic...artist Steven Schreurs (beloved Santa Steve for many of us) will set up a chainmail workshop for the weekend.  There are three ways to participate...you can buy coupons ($20/hour or $100/day, cash only) directly from Steven and use them whenever you'd like or purchase a three day pass for $275 now.  Come and go as you please, pay for the materials as you go.

The chainmail clinic is a multi-day activity where the students can participate in which ever days they choose. All levels of students may attend any of the days and all of my resources will be available each day. This will allow students to progress at their own pace. I will be setting aside specific days and times to teach specific skills and types of chainmail. All three basic types of chainmail (European, Asian, and Persian) will be included in the clinic. The following is a clinic syllabus.

  • The first day of the clinic will focus on beginners, jump ring preparation, and the European and Asian chainmail weaves. Students that have taken the two day class will be able to continue working on their projects. This will also be a planning day where the students may choose what skills and projects they want to pursue.
  • Each of the following days will start with setup time for students that have ongoing projects and review of material covered during the previous days.
  • The focused class time for the second day will address Persian weaves. This is the most difficult of the three styles of chainmail so I am planning to have most of the day for class time.
  • The focused class time for the third day will be specialty weaves such as spiral chainmail, box braid, and Kings braid.

Steven will take a lunch break around noon but the students may take their break(s) any time they wish. 

To see additional pictures of the types of chainmail and some of my projects, use the following link.

Everybody can Participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$275.00


Mentored Dye Tent with Ellen Mason



No need to plan ahead...Ellen makes custom dye jobs easy...use your prepared yarns or hers...It's like your best friend is an expert dyer...and she's done all the work in time for you to come and play!  Pay as you go...play as you go!

Everybody can Participate



 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$0.00


 Saturday Morning Classes

 

Wooden Buttons and Toggles with Tom Cote



Students will design and carve 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: Knife and if you have some interesting piece of wood to carve

The $10 materials fee includes: everything else you will need

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


Quilt Block: House Top or 9 Patch with Gee's Bend Quilters



Want a taste of Gee’s Bend style quilting? Enjoy a few hours with Miss China Pettway, Miss Lucy Mingo , Miss Stella Pettway, and Miss Revil Mosely. These wonderful women will touch upon on topics such as design principles, color and material choices, and the spirit that imbues the memorable Gee’s Bend quilts. You will learn block cutting as you hand or machine stitch your choice of Housetop or 9-Patch block. Depending on your skill level, you will go home with a quilt block or two. Bring home the joyful spirit of quilting "your way."

Students should bring: scraps old and new for the communal table (enough for the quilt top size of your choice plus some), 2 packages of quilting needles (size 8 w/ golden eye or your preferred needle), a sewing machine in good working order (sharing is possible), all purpose thread, quilting thread, scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat, thimble, straight pins.

The $24 materials fee covers a soft cover book of all the Gee's Bend quilts on display in Maine with space for autographs and notes.

Everyone can participate
 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Plying 2.0 with Jackie Ottino Graf



In this workshop we will go beyond the basic 2 ply and explore beehives, coils, unbalanced plies and navajo plying. What happens when you navajo ply your coils?  How can I make a 4,5, 9 or 12 ply yarn?  Students must be able to spin confidently on a wheel.  This class is a great companion Friday's corespinning/tailspinning workshop.

Student should bring: a variety of fibers to spin; batts, combed top, loose fibers (around a half pound total).   A wheel in good working order, extra bobbins, a full bobbin of singles yarn, any type and thickness.

Materials provided:  fibers for the community stash, plying threads 

Materials fee: $0.  Batts and tops available for sale in vending area

Students must be able to spin confidently on a wheel.





 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Buttons and Closures with Mary Lou Egan



You don’t need to be able to sew or have any special skills to make distinctive buttons to match your sweater or jacket perfectly.  In class we will make two kinds of buttons weaving with yarn and a tapestry needle,  loop and toggle closures, and covered buttons.

Students bring a smile

The $5 Kit fee will include everything you need to make buttons

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Needle Felted Art: Creating a Landscape...Painting with wool Part 1 with Marty Elkin




Marty will guide you through the creation of a wet felted background (approximately 9x12 inches).  Wet felting is a simple and creative process that just about anyone can do.  Marty will supply a sea of colors to choose from and step by step instructions on making a lovely background for your “painting” using a little soap and some warm water.  Your background will be just that, a background without much detail.  When it is dry you will add the details in part b.   Please bring a photograph to work from.

Prerequisite for Needle Felted Art part b on Sunday. 

Students bring a photo to work from

A $25 materials fee includes: a variety of hand dyed wool, supplies for welt felting, felting needles and a foam base.  Landscape needle felting foam (10x10x2 inches) will be available for purchase if desired  

Everyone can participate providing s/he are able to rub and roll the wet fibers vigorously.

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Photo Scavenger Hunt with Gale Zucker



The best way to be a better photographer is DO IT! This hands-on digital photography class will make you look at things...a little differently.

The class is designed  teach you new photo skills,  increase your camera confidence and break you out of your photography habits.

Gale will present a short talk , regarding  color, composition and working with the light.  The main activity of the class will be working in groups and individually on a visual scavenger hunt.  We will find and create specific images,  designed to make you look at the world a new way.  You’ll be asked to use suggested photographic techniques to capture the images in the hunt.   The last hour will be a review/critique of student photos in a group session.

This is a great class if you want to rev up your camera skills you want more confidence when photographing the real world around you- at home, on your farm or as you travel or you want help with shooting specific subjects because they don’t turn out the way you intend, especially fiber, textile & crafting subjects


Students should bring: digital camera - DSLR, point & shoot or iphone are all OK, media card for camera, freshly charged batteries, project or fiber to photograph (optional)

Gale will provide:
reflector, props and handout

Everyone can participate


Gale's website
 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Saturday Afternoon Classes

 

Motif Workshop with Anne Anderson



In this workshop photographs (your own or references from magazines) will be used to create motifs and to germinate visual ideas.  The Elements and Principles of  Art will be discussed and defined. Anne will lead the class through a series of design exercises and you will walk away with sheets of small "thumbnail" designs which can then be developed into working patterns or motifs.

In other words, this is an "ideas" class where a beginner can learn to generate ideas from images and from nature; or a seasoned artisan can "refill the well" of ideas. This is one of the ways I develop ideas for my artwork and the possibilities are endless.  The group dynamic, especially in such a beautiful setting, will enhance this class.   If you would like help making a quilt pattern from one or more of your sketches, there will be materials on hand and guidance available!  This is not just for quilters, however, these motifs can easily be used to develop into a pair of earrings, borders on a wood-carving, or an embroidery pattern.

Students should bring: All required materials will be provided, but if you have them bring: reference photos or magazines, pens/pencils - whatever drawing tools you like to use. -sketchbook if you already have one. (not required

The $5 materials fee will include: Drawing paper, pencils. Magazines to find reference photographs. Freezer paper, scissors, markers to make quilt patterns if desired

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


Confetti Rug or Pillow top with Mary DeLano



Delight your feet with a bedside treat.  Just as the Gee's Bend quilters created beautiful, functional pieces out of any cloth that was available, so did prior generations of homemakers, including the Shakers.  Before it was produced commercially, cloth making was a laborious process requiring multiple time consuming steps. Consequently, no scrap of cloth, no matter how small was ever thrown out before it was completely worn out, and old clothes frequently found their way into rag rugs.  The Shakers created Confetti Rugs by incorporating scraps of fabric into their knitting to make plush, warm rugs that feel great on bare feet.  Once you learn the basic technique, many interesting, colorful designs will reveal themselves.

In this class you will learn the basic confetti technique, some tools for planning larger pieces, and an easy method for joining small strips of knitting into a larger rug.

Students should bring: Left over worsted or heavy worsted weight yarn. Size 6 knitting needles (straight work well for small projects and circular are helpful for larger projects)

The $5 material fee includes wool and cotton fabric to knit into rug

Students should know how to knit



 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


The Art of Brazilian Embroidery with Mary Ann Hall



Originated in Brazil, this type of embroidery features the stitches you may already know, but stitched using stunning multicolor rayon threads of various weights, a style that is unique to Brazilian embroidery. Rayon thread is known to be slippery and challenging to work with, and many are afraid to try this form of embroidery, however, the undeniable beauty of the shiny, rich, eye-popping colors is what draws people in. Come learn how to tame and master these threads by using a special needle (included in the kit) and the technique in this hands-on class

Students should bring: Small sharp pointed scissors, small embroidery hoop, and magnification (if needed).

The $25 materials fee includes: written instructions, specialty needles, and various rayon threads

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Viking Knit with Rhonda Colcord



Viking knit is an ancient technique that is so named due to fragments of this kind being found in Scandinavian graves. Students will learn this antiquated approach which they will assemble to complete a striking and elegant bracelet.

Students should bring IF POSSIBLE: Favorite focal bead(s),Wire cutter, Nylon jaw pliers (Jo-Ann-$3.99), Needle Tool (Jo-Ann - $1.99)

The $30 kit fee will include everything you need to make this bracelet

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Quilt Block: Z Patch or Log cabin with Gee's Bend Quilters



Want a taste of Gee’s Bend style quilting? Enjoy a few hours with Miss China Pettway, Miss Lucy Mingo , Miss Stella Pettway, and Miss Revil Mosely. These wonderful women will touch upon on topics such as design principles, color and material choices, and the spirit that imbues the memorable Gee’s Bend quilts. You will learn block cutting as you hand or machine stitch your choice of "z patch" or log cabin block. Depending on your skill level, you will go home with a quilt block or two. Bring home the joyful spirit of quilting "your way."

Students should bring: scraps old and new for the communal table (enough for the quilt top size of your choice plus some), 2 packages of quilting needles (size 8 w/ golden eye or your preferred needle), a sewing machine in good working order (sharing is possible), all purpose thread, quilting thread, scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat, thimble, straight pins.

The $24 materials fee covers a soft cover book of all the Gee's Bend quilts on display in Maine with space for autographs and notes.

Everyone can participate
 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Twined/Two-Ended Knitting with Mary Lou Egan



Twined Knitting is a traditional Scandinavian technique where patterns are created by making raised stitches with one end of a ball of yarn while knitting with the other.  The resulting fabric is much firmer and denser than regular stockinette or stranded knitting and creates a warm, dense and wind-resistant fabric. In class you will learn the basic technique and make a pulse warmer/wrister.

Students should bring Worsted yarn in two contrasting colors, one light and one dark, about 2 oz of each. Double pointed needles or one long circular (40") in size 7 (Or size you normally use for worsted weight yarn.)

No materials fee

Basic Skills Necessary

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Indigo Shibori Dyeing with Amelia Poole



Indigo is a natural blue dye derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria and related species. Indigo has been used as a colorant for nearly 5,500 years. The dye is extracted from the leaves through a lengthy process of soaking and fermentation, drying and grinding.  When the cloth or fiber is removed from the dye vat it changes, as if by magic, from yellow-green through green and turquoise to blue.  Multiple dips in the dye vat are required to create dark shades.

Shibori (絞り染め, Shiborizome) is a Japanese term for a variety of methods of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. This creates resist patterns where the dye does not penetrate all parts of the cloth.   The word comes from the verb root ‘shiboru’ – “to wring, squeeze, press.”  Rather than treating cloth as a two-dimensional surface, with shibori it is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, binding or twisting. It is the pliancy of a textile and its potential for creating a multitude of shape-resisted designs that the Japanese concept of shibori exploits and explores.

Participants will learn the basics of several shibori techniques - binding (and capping), pole wrapping, stitching, scrunching and folding.  The class will use two different indigo vats, one prepared from fresh indigo leaves and one made from powdered indigo. Students may wish to work on pieces for dyeing after class time is over; arrangements will be made to have access to the vats.

Students will work with fat-eighth size pieces of organic cotton quilting fabric, but silk scarves will be available for purchase at cost. 

Students should bring: Close fitting rubber kitchen gloves pencil, notebook

The $12 Materials Fee includes: organic cotton fat eighths (blank silk scarves available for purchase at cost), thread, needles, binding tools etc vats and all indigo supplies

Amelia's Website

Everyone can participate



 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Sock Cranking with a Circular Sock Machine with Jim Grant



I can bring a vintage and a new csm. I will show how to set up the machine, hang a hem, crank the body of the sock, turn a heel, size the sock and make the toe. I will also show how to close the toe to make a complete sock.  I will bring several circular sock machines.

If a student has a csm in working condition they can use their own machine.

The $20 materials fee is for 1 skein of Good Karma Farm hand painted sox yarn per student

Everyone can participate

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


Sunday Full Day Classes


 

Chainmail Clinic with Steven Schreurs

New for Fiber College 2014...a drop-in clinic...artist Steven Schreurs (beloved Santa Steve for many of us) will set up a chainmail workshop for the weekend.  There are three ways to participate...you can buy coupons ($20/hour or $100/day, cash only) directly from Steven and use them whenever you'd like or purchase a three day pass for $275 now.  Come and go as you please, pay for the materials as you go.

The chainmail clinic is a multi-day activity where the students can participate in which ever days they choose. All levels of students may attend any of the days and all of my resources will be available each day. This will allow students to progress at their own pace. I will be setting aside specific days and times to teach specific skills and types of chainmail. All three basic types of chainmail (European, Asian, and Persian) will be included in the clinic. The following is a clinic syllabus.

  • The first day of the clinic will focus on beginners, jump ring preparation, and the European and Asian chainmail weaves. Students that have taken the two day class will be able to continue working on their projects. This will also be a planning day where the students may choose what skills and projects they want to pursue.
  • Each of the following days will start with setup time for students that have ongoing projects and review of material covered during the previous days.
  • The focused class time for the second day will address Persian weaves. This is the most difficult of the three styles of chainmail so I am planning to have most of the day for class time.
  • The focused class time for the third day will be specialty weaves such as spiral chainmail, box braid, and Kings braid.

Steven will take a lunch break around noon but the students may take their break(s) any time they wish. 

To see additional pictures of the types of chainmail and some of my projects, use the following link.

Everybody can Participate

 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$275.00


Wall Hanging or Twin Top with Gee's Bend Quilters

 

Spend a day immersed in Gee's Bend quilts.  Create a memorable Sunday story with Miss China Pettway, Miss Lucy Mingo , Miss Stella Pettway, and Miss Revil Mosely. These wonderful women will touch upon on topics such as design principles, color and material choices, and the spirit that imbues the famous Gee’s Bend quilts. You will learn block cutting as you hand or machine stitch your choice of "rob Peter to pay Paul", "brick layer" or "bear paw." . Depending on your skill level, you will go home with a wall hanging or baby quilt top. Bring home the joyful spirit of quilting "your way."



Students should bring: scraps old and new for the communal table (enough for the quilt top size of your choice plus some), 2 packages of quilting needles (size 8 w/ golden eye or your preferred needle), a sewing machine in good working order (sharing is possible), all purpose thread, quilting thread, scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat, thimble, straight pins.

The $24 materials fee covers a soft cover book of all the Gee's Bend quilts on display in Maine with space for autographs and notes.

Everyone can participate
 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Knitted Quilts with Rose Ann Hunter



Only basic knitting stitches used, Take a mitered square, pick up a few stitches with a crochet hook, work a few short rows, bind off. Pick up stitches from a different angle, to create a little crazy quilt, a little log cabin and even get whimsical and create a lot of gees bend depending on how you stack your squares and logs. Then back it and quilt it and embroider it or embellish it to make your piece unique. Depending on the yarns used, you can create a rug, a blanket or art to wear such as a shawl or jacket. This will truly bring out the creative side of you!

Students should bring a pleasing color way of 6 different colors in a worsted weight with knitting needles to gauge. A crochet hook to pick up stitches and a pair of scissors

No materials fee.

Basic Skills Required
 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Mentored Dye Tent with Ellen Mason



No need to plan ahead...Ellen makes custom dye jobs easy...use your prepared yarns or hers...It's like your best friend is an expert dyer...and she's done all the work in time for you to come and play!  Pay as you go...play as you go!

Everybody can Participate



 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$0.00


Sunday Morning Classes


 

Tat the Edging! with Jacquie Chalmers



How often do you admire the lovely edge of a hand made piece?  Or bought something that begs for a special finish to truly make it your own?  This is the class for you!  Learn simple needle tatting techniques that will set you on your way to embellishment and customization that will impress your friends...with these same techniques maybe you'll try jewelry?

Students should bring items you wish to embellish and yarn you wish to embellish with, bring beads if this is part of your vision (The beads must be able to be strung onto yarn, Jacquie uses size 6/0 beads for sock weight yarn.) Scissors

The $10 Materials
fee will include a tatting needle and necessary handouts

Everyone can particpate
 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Experience the Magic! Indigo! with Amelia Poole



Bring your yarn, bring your textiles, and bring your t-shirts.  This is your chance to dye with natural indigo. 

Indigo is a natural blue dye derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria and related species. Indigo has been used as a colorant for nearly 5,500 years. The dye is extracted from the leaves through a lengthy process of soaking and fermentation, drying and grinding.  When the cloth or fiber is removed from the dye vat it changes, as if by magic, from yellow-green through green and turquoise to blue.  Multiple dips in the dye vat are required to create dark shades.

This will be whirlwind tour of indigo.  There will be a quick chat about indigo and a demo of “good vat practice.”  (Wet, wring, enter, massage, soak, squeeze, extract, oxidize (and jump for joy!)).

What to bring: 

Close fitting kitchen gloves, Playtex yellows work well.

All materials to be dyed must be natural fibers.

4 oz of yarn (or a small projects worth) OR a t-shirt or an item of clothing OR 1 yard of cloth  (no more than 150g, please)

All items to dye must be “prepared for dyeing” – if your yarn, cloth or clothing is not specifically labeled “PFD” or unprocessed, it must be scoured to ensure even dyeing.   There are lots of methods out there.  However, 2-3 washes with an unscented detergent in the washing machine does the trick for clothing or commercial yardage.  Yarn may be scoured by simmering gently with a small amount of natural soap (Dr. Bronner’s, Mrs. Meyer’s or your favorite.)  Please check with Amelia on Friday or Saturday if you have any questions about your preparations.

Wear an apron, and/or stainable clothes.

Organic quilting cotton and silk scarves will be available at cost.




Students should bring

Vat Fee $6


Everyone can particpate
 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Maine Mice~ the Furniture with Susie Stephenson



Time to make your Mousee bed and chair! (Assuming you made your Mice on Friday afternoon)

Students should bring a hammer and scissors, the kit from Friday will provide the necessary materials for the furniture.

 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Knitting with Silk Hankies with Susannah Fisher

Our dear knitter is recuperating her wrists, a photo will follow shortly. AKT

This class explores the pleasures of knitting with pure, unspun silk (silk hankies). Lace, baby garments, warm things - all can be knit straight from this form without spinning! We'll talk about how silk hankies are made, about pure silk, and you will learn how to draft and knit this lustrous, strong, and inexpensive form of silk. Students will make a shawlette.

Students should bring 2.25mm (US1) or 2.75mm (US2) knitting needles (a set of dpns, a pair of straights and a 16" circular). Look for needles with a sharp point
.

The materials fee includes silk hankies, pattern, and other supplies to make working with silk easy

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Felted Memento Pendants with Jen Appleby



Do you love to roam the beach during Fiber College? Would you like to take a little bit of it home with you after turning it into a charming piece of jewelry? Students will bring small, flat, stones collected from the Searsport Shores beach. We will then transform these stones by wet felting soft merino/silk and embellishing with seed and other beads. This is a simple and fun process. Participants will have time to complete one pendant and likely begin 2-3 additional ones. 

Students should bring: Collected beach stones (flat)

The $5 materials fee will include: Wool, pendant cord/findings, beads

Everyone can Participate

 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


Rambo what-now? with Jackie Ottino Graf



Wool is wool, right?  Not so.  In this informative workshop we will talk all about different kinds of wool and other animal fibers.  Longwools, merinos, down wools, dual coats, micron counts, luster, crimp... mohair, alpaca, angora.....all the buzz words will be talked about. We will go over which wools to look for, whether we want to felt, tailspin or spin yarn for socks, we will find the wool for you.   Great information for beginners and intermediates alike.  I will bring lots of samples to examine and discuss.

Students bring note taking stuff

No materials fee

Everybody can participate

 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


 Sunday Afternoon Classes

 


Needle Felted Art: Creating a Landscape...Painting with wool Part 2 with Marty Elkin



This class involves completing a needle felted landscape on your wet felted background after it has dried. Marty will guide you with techniques for placement of details and some basic shading.  It is incredible how little bits of dyed fiber can transform your background into lovely art suitable for framing.

Please bring a photograph to work from.

Must have taken Felted Landscape Part A on Saturday

Students bring a photo to work from and materials from kit purchased on Saturday

Everyone can participate providing s/he are able to rub and roll the wet fibers vigorously.


 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$0.00


Carve a Spirit Stick with Tom Cote








Everybody can participate

 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Going in Circles with Katharine Cobey



When you know how to knit circles, you can shape rugs and berets, skirts and shawls, forage bags and dresses. Whether you use a fine lace-weight yarn and small needles, or a bulky worsted yarn and larger needles, the geometry is the same. This class will cover at least four different growth patterns for working circles from the center out, as well at least one method moving from one “slice” of the circle around.

We will practice circular Cast Ons and Cast Offs, and experiment with how to integrate color and stitch patterns in the different ways we can construct a circle.

Come and learn how “to go in circles” with Maine’s 2011 Master Craft Artist, Katharine Cobey. She has studied, used and shared her expertise about the ways we can knit circles over many years.

Students should bring: one set of double-pointed needles (size 10-1/2), one circular needle 16” (size 10-1/2), pair of straight needles (size 10-1/2), One or two balls each, light colored, worsted and fingering yarn

A $2 materials fee will cover handouts

Basic Skills Assumed

 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Simply Gourdeous with Sandi Cirillo



Gourds come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be painted, etched drilled, etc to create some really wonderful results. In this class, participants will explore surface design on their gourd using a variety of materials. All students will come away with a perfectly "gourdgeous" work of art that can enhance your home or office.



Students should bring: an old towel, scissors, any fiber embellishments they might have at home such as buttons, beads, feathers, yarns, etc.    

The $8 materials fee will provide: gourds, gourd tools, dyes, paints, finishing materials

Everybody can participate

 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Eco Dyeing on Sunday with Amelia Poole



Here in Maine, we are surrounded by nature and wrapped in textiles. Why not combine the two? Eco-printed cloth is created by layering prepared silk and linen with local plants and flowers. The cloth and leaves are bundled together, tightly bound and steamed. This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the leaves to the cloth. No external dyes, inks or paints are used in eco-printing. All color and pattern come from the plants themselves!

This process releases extraordinary secrets from local plants we see every day and often take for granted. Eco-printing allows us to look beyond the usual green of leaves and to see their shape and architecture, and explore their chemistry.

Eco-printing techniques developed and popularized by India Flint of South Australia, focus on bioregionalism and the use of sustainable, organic and non-toxic materials.

This technique-based workshop will focus on creating small samples on cloth and paper but you will leave with the knowledge (and hopefully the desire!) to experiment on your own.  Eco prints can be used to create wearable art, decorative pieces, such as pillows and wall hangings, and even quilts! 

Natural, Sustainable, Beautiful!





Everybody can participate



Students should bring:

A small collection of flat-ish rusted objects nails, washers etc.

One gallon sized ziplock bag containing a variety of leaves and/or flowers and twigs from your yard, garden, or along the roadsides.Store the leaves in the refrigerator or jar of water if you're not collecting the morning of the workshop.

Notebook and pencil or pen

Rubber kitchen gloves (optional)

   

The $12 kit fee includes: One package per person of clearly labelled mordanted silk, linen and organic cotton, Art and Printmaking Papers , Additional leaves and vegetable material, Instruction Sheet and Follow-Up Packet including an overview class discussions, mordant recipes and additional resources



 
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Wednesday Night Dinner and Forum: An Evening of Song & Quilts with Gee's Bend Quilters, hosted by Suzette McAvoy director of The Center for Maine Contemporary Art




 

Wednesday Night Forum (only)  
  • One Forum Only Ticket: $15.00
  • Two Forum Only Tickets: $30.00
  • Three Forum Only Tickets: $45.00

Join Us Thursday Evening

The quilts of Gee's Bend have stirred our own memories of quilts that wrapped us when the nights were cold or life was difficult.  Do you have a quilt or blanket stored away that has stories and spirit attached to the frayed edges, juice stains and missing stitches?  Maybe made by a grandmother or a mother in law...or the neighbor down the road?  Dig out a quilt from your past and share with us...there will be a professional photographer available and we'll record the stories for future generations.
 

Wear Your Art Cocktail Reception & Music
 (details)
Everyone who has registered for a class or chose to donate to New Hope for Women is invited.  We'll serve wine & juice, cheese, crackers and fresh fruit.  The Gallery Show will be unveiled and there will be live music under the stars...what a marvelous way to begin the weekend!
Add to calendarThursday, September 04, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio


Please Join Us Friday Evening


NEW in 2014, after the free potluck supper there will be $20 "let's do it" classes... Friday night Anna Low will teach Folded Books and Jen Appleby will teach her Fabulous Faeries.  No pre-registration, no need to bring materials...Anna and Jen will have all that you need!



 

Potluck Supper (no cost, bring a dish to share)
 (details)
We'll roast the turkeys...and provide the place settings...you bring something to share.  Side dishes & salads, desserts, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic are fine) or really good great bread...we'll feast together.
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Recreation Hall

Fiber Gab (no cost)...  (details)
We'll light the fire in the rec hall and leave the lights on...settle in with your needles or your loom or your favorite book
Add to calendarFriday, September 05, 2014 8:00 PM - Saturday, September 06, 2014 3:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio


Please Join Us Saturday Evening

NEW in 2014, after the beach bonfire there will be $20 "let's do it" classes... Saturday night Susie Stephanson will teach Proddie Pins and Cal Patch + Amy Lou Stein will teach Block Printing.  No pre-registration, no need to bring materials...Susie and Cal will have all that you need!


 


Book Signing, Show & Tell, Cocktail Reception & Chowder or Lentil Dinner followed by a beach bonfire.  If, during this initial registration you have chosen at least two classes, enter the code "morefiberplease" into the white box below and your dinner will be free.  This offer is only available during the first registration process.

The homemade soups, biscuits and pie are made by the Searsport Historical Society...Fiber College is proud to be their largest fundraiser project of the year.
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New in 2013... Show & Tell Reception & Chowder Dinner followed by a beach bonfire.  If, during this initial registration you have chosen at least two classes, enter the code "morefiberplease" into the white box below and your dinner will be free.  This offer is only available during the first registration process.
Add to calendarSaturday, September 06, 2014 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: At the lobsterbake tent...by the beach
$18.00


Please Join Us Sunday Afternoon. 
This is a free event for any Fiber College student, instructor, vendor or volunteer.

 

Dessert Farewell

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Linger in the afternoon with us...we'll enjoy a fresh, homemade dessert and coffee.  We hope that you’ll sit down and exchange contact information…this is the final gathering of instructors, students, vendors and volunteers…usually we spend our time planning for next year…
Add to calendarSunday, September 07, 2014 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: TBA


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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