Fiber College of Maine 2015

Searsport, Maine
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
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Wednesday/Thursday Classes (twelve hour classes)

 

Perfect Fit - How to make a Perfect Shift Dress with Kimberli MacKay

Have you been sewing for a while but don't like the way your finished garments fit? Shoulders too wide? Armholes gape? Waist placement wrong? Then this is the class for you!

Over 2 days you will learn how to alter the classic shift dress to fit your own body's shape. Students will partner up and learn how proper measurements are taken and have a full panel of measurements taken. These measurements will allow us to make practical and logical pattern adjustments. Once pattern alterations are made, we will cut out our garments from muslin and learn how to fit and make final alterations before making final adjustments to the pattern. Students will also learn proper finishing techniques to make their garments look "store ready", and if time allows, other options to take their finished pattern and draft other items from it.
Students will be able to use skills learned from this class for future garments.

 (3 remaining)  (details)
Skills required:
* Basic to Intermediate understanding of sewing clothing
* Know how to use the sewing machine you bring
* General understanding of how to use a sewing pattern

Students Should Bring:
working sewing machine, extension cord, bobbins, sewing machine needles, dark colored thread, fabric scissors
6 yd medium weight muslin (you may have some left over), pins, seam ripper
mechanical pencil, extra lead, paper scissors, 3 colored pencils

Kimberli Provides for $ 25:
Includes 45” wide pattern paper & Dress Pattern (yours to keep)

Teacher will provide: Rulers, hip curves, french curves, irons, ironing boards, and any additional tools needed 

Extra muslin will be available for purchase if needed
Add to calendarWednesday, September 09, 2015 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 10, 2015 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Create Your Own Heirloom Rug with Susie Stephenson

Susie writes: Ever looked around at all those beautiful antique rugs and quilts we call heirlooms and pass down from generation to generation and wish you had one? Why not create your own? That way you can pass it down to your own children or grandchildren.

Think about a family memory you could use to create a rug; a favorite pet, kids drawings, or your family home. Start collecting your family’s clothing or go to second hand shops and get clothing to use. Show up with your garbage bag of old clothes, your ideas or photos and your hooking equipment ( frame, hook, cutter, and sharp scissors) and I will take you through the process of creating an heirloom rug.

We will disassemble the clothing; prepare it for hooking and dye it so that all the pieces work together.  We will lay out the designs, color plan rugs, start hooking and learn how to do the Stephenson Method of finishing rugs.  We will experiment and learn what works best for different effects in an heirloom rug. We will spot the good fabrics and learn to envision what your garments will look like hooked, even before taking them apart!

When you design a rug and use your family’s clothing to make it, your heart goes into it and you create a family heirloom. It’s rewarding to pass them onto children and grandchildren, especially when they contain clothing the recipients have worn or a drawing they have made.

Some of my rugs include:

*the red wool shirt I was wearing when my husband proposed to me.

*my grandmother’s Pendleton suit

*my husband’s suit jacket from an enchanted evening

*my kid’s tee shirts

*my baby’s clothes

*wools from my first sheep

*my favorite sweater that my lambs wore too!

Anything goes! wools, silks, polar fleece, socks, tee shirts, wedding dresses, jackets, coats.

I will share ideas for incorporating these special pieces. I will also share ideas for documenting the stories behind your heirloom rug.

I will bring many fabrics for you to experiment with as well as individual dye kits created for Stephenson Fiber Arts.  An edged linen backing, twill tape or wools to finish an edge and many scraps for when you need just a bit of something are also included in the $100 materials fee.

Other hooking supplies such as frames, hooks, backing and hand dyed swatches will be available at our vending tent.


Basic Skills Assumed

 (12 remaining)  
Add to calendarWednesday, September 09, 2015 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 10, 2015 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Knitting the Masters with Katharine Cobey

What we forage relates to who we are.

Knitters are almost magicians. They can make fabric and shape it, and incorporate surface design – all at the same time.  This two day class is a special opportunity for beginners, intermediate and advanced students to explore and expand their knitting skills with Maine’s Master Craft Artist, and sculptor Katharine Cobey.

Using Katharine’s design of a Forage Bag as an example, we will discuss the basic structure of the knitted stitch and how even the simplest techniques relate to sculpting and significance.

When we knit something, whether we are follow someone else’s pattern or our own plans, It is telling. The functional can express our love for a person, or simply our reverence for life. The Shakers have set us an example. Their brooms are so well crafted, that both making the broom and sweeping the kitchen floor may become meditations. When we knit something smybolic, again we try to “tell” what we know. Simple cables can become a family tree or describe a voyage. A skirt can imply a dance.

Our class will experiment together with core knitting techniques- as many as time and inclination allow. Then the majority of our two days together will be spent working on individual projects.

Students should bring:

1. wool and light colored worsted wool For Practise knitting
size 10 -11 needles suggested (for ease in seeing.)

2. For those who want to experiment with Forage Bags
            Wool -.  16- 32 0unces of knitting worsted- wool, silk or linnen in your choice of color/(s)
            Size 10 – 11 needles: double pointed, round -16inch and 24.

3. wool and needles you want to work with for other projects, notebook etc.

Participants need to be able to knit and purl.



 (5 remaining)  
Add to calendarWednesday, September 09, 2015 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 10, 2015 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


The Elements with Amy Felske

What element are you?
Fire symbolizes passion, creative energy and inspiration. Earth represents stability, realism, dependability and a deep affinity for nature. Air symbolizes perception, communication, thought and ideas. Water represents the cooling healing principles of sensitivity, empathy and nurturing. Aristotle included a fifth element in his reasoning of the universe, Aether, the material of the heavens and the stars - unchangeable and incorruptible.

Create an Element Doll
This class will start from the very beginning! You will draft the pattern onto richly colored batik fabric, sew the template lines, cut,turn and stuff your doll’s pieces, armature the hands, connect the body, needle-sculpt the head, draw and color the facial features, attach the wig and embellish the body to create one of the elements -Earth, Air, Water, Fire or Aether.

The patterns for the class will include multiple pieces for different body types and head styles. Also, various leg and arm patterns with different joint possibilities will be available to completely customize your element doll.

Earth colors are rich browns with green or purple tones; Air colors are palest blues and lavenders sometimes with rose and hints of coral; Water colors are deep blues and greens; Fire colors range from burnt orange and gold to bright reds; Aether colors are the white and silver of winter stars.

Students should bring:
sewing machine in good working order with extra sewing machine needles and extra bobbins. Bring basic sewing supplies including fabric scissors and pins.

Amy will provide for a $50 kit fee:
The class kit will contain batik fabric, hand-dyed and hand-spun yarn for hair made by members of Mountain Fiber Folk. It will also include a generous supply of embellishments including hand dyed silk gauze, hand dyed cotton scrim, vintage lace, pearls, semi precious stones, and glass beads to finish your doll.

Basic Skills Assumed
 (4 remaining)  
Add to calendarWednesday, September 09, 2015 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 10, 2015 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


The Spirit Basket with Pamela outdusis Cunningham

"My baskets have stories and themes to express your thoughts of love and honor to yourself and your loved ones."  For the first time Master Maine Indian Basket Maker Pam Cunningham has agreed to teach the "Spirit Basket" so that you can create something for the most precious events in your own life. 



Pam tells us that this basket is constructed with a square bottom, but made with a round top, which has sweetgrass bound around the rim, symbolizing the four directions coming together to form a “circle of unity.” The directions are symbolized in plant material as follows: South as tobacco, symbolizing nature and vitality. West as sage, symbolizing wisdom and longevity. North as cedar, symbolizing the past and honor. East as sweet grass, symbolizing regeneration and health. The sweetgrass also is in honor of the Wabanaki ~ People of the Dawn. These people are the tribes and nations of the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot. The turtle on the inside cover is woven in honor of Mother Earth. The dragonfly has been represented to honor all of those who have passed on before us ~ celebrating the power of ‘shape shifting.’ A long sweetgrass prayer braid is held within to bless this basket and all things it touches. A seashell, bundle of cedar, sage,sweet grass, and tobacco are to be used by you; to honor your own desires, dreams, and hopes. And the heart…The heart is for LOVE…and for peace.


Pam is a Penobscot, of the Turtle clan raised on Oak Hill, Indian Island, Maine, USA.  The original Spirit basket is in the permanent collection at the Robert Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine


Students should come to class with a warm heart and willing hands.

For $45
Pam will create a kit that includes brown ash that is hand selected and harvested for stripping the bark and pounding the trunk until the growth rings can be pulled off in long splints. She splits, scrapes and gauges these splints into weavers, standards and points used to make my baskets. I've hand picked the sweetgrass, blade by blade along the coast of Maine. A job that involves a great deal of nature at its most natural...spiders, mud, clam flats, ticks, cutting grass, horse flies and what some say- biting grass hoppers! Then soaking the harvested, cleaned and dried grass to be able to finely braid three strands together locking in other strands to achieve the continuous braid.

This is a perfect class for students who have already mastered the concepts of basket making
 (9 remaining)  
Add to calendarWednesday, September 09, 2015 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 10, 2015 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Eco Printing Intensive with Amelia Poole

Here in Maine, we are surrounded by nature and textiles. Why not combine the two? Eco-printed cloth is created by layering prepared cloth or paper with local plants and flowers. The materials and leaves are bundled together, tightly bound and steamed. This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the leaves to the fiber. 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.
Eco prints can be used to create wearable or wall art, decorative pieces, such as pillows and wall hangings, and even quilts!
Natural, Sustainable, Beautiful!

Day 1: The class will focus on eco printing techniques – printing on a variety prepared cloth and paper, both simmering and steaming.
Day 2: We will use the samples from the previous day to inform printing of yardage for a garment or additional pieces for a small quilt or paper for a book or other project. Projects will not be finished during class – only the cloth or paper to do so.

Students should bring:
2-4 gallon sized ziplock bags containing a variety of leaves-flowers-twigs. Store leaves in the refrigerator or jar of water if you’re not collecting the morning of the workshop.  Bring along scissors and a notebook/ pencil too

Amelia will provide for a $ 25 kit fee:
Day 1 - Kit of mordanted cloth and art papers - Cost $25
Day 2 - Students will purchase prepared cloth or papers for day 2 projects so as to be able to focus on their favorites.
Students may bring protein-fiber cloth or papers to use - please email instructor for more details. (ecouturestudio(at)gmail.com)

Everyone Can Participate
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Add to calendarWednesday, September 09, 2015 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 10, 2015 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Lobster Tent
$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

 

Anyone can participate


 


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Add to calendarWednesday, September 09, 2015 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 10, 2015 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Friday Full Day Class


 

Madder Root: a Natural Dye Intensive with Jackie Ottino Graf



20 colors from one natural dye! In my most popular workshop, we will explore all we can about one of history's most important dyestuffs, Madder Root. Putting chemistry to work in our dyepots, we will emerge with 20 distinct shades. You will learn techniques that you can take further with other dyes for an enormous range of color.

Students should wear clothes that can get stained and dyed and a favorite note taking system

Jackie will provide
all dyes and materials. 2 tiers of materials are available. For $10 you will leave with a color card of samples. For $100 you will leave with 20 skeins of yarn, in 20 colors, which will total at least 1500-2000 yards.

Everyone can participate
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Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Social Media Solar System: Writing and Photography to Keep You in Orbit with
Gale Zucker and Beverly Army Williams



Regretfully cancelled due to lack of enrollment. You’ve got the accounts: FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest...but how do you know which to use when? How can you maximize the social media impact for your shop, your farm, your product, your blog...on the go? In this hands-on workshop,photographer Gale Zucker and writer Beverly Army Williams will offer guidelines to enrich your social media savviness and help your social media presence twinkle like the brightest star! Using your phone camera, you’ll practice taking pictures that get loads of likes, retweets, hearts, and pins, and writing micro-stories that evoke your aesthetic and draw in your audience.

Students should bring a smartphone, charger, password for downloading apps, object to photograph/write about, journal, pen/pencil.

Everyone can participate
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Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Color and Inspirtation for the Fiber Artist with
Daryl Lancaster



Build color confidence no matter what your favorite fiber technique. We start with the basics of color and discuss inspiration from color forecasts, and online color tools. They can help stretch the imagination of anyone who works with color. Through a series of fun exercises we will group colors together, play with thrums and palettes, and create easy color references. We will also explore using Color-aid papers. Lots of inspiration and opportunity to just play.



Students should bring:
  Notebook and pen,  4x 6 blank white index cards (about two dozen), Scotch tape,  Scissors

The $2 materials fee includes:  Bags of yarn thrums, handout, Color-aid blocks, powerpoint presentation

Everybody can participate


 (15 remaining)  
Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Friday Morning Classes



 

Wristers or Mitten Cuffs from the Estonian Island of Kihnu with Mary Germain

 

Learn how to knit a special wrister or mitten cuff based on traditional designs from the Estonian island of Kihnu in the Baltic Sea. Mary will share with you some of the techniques she learned while on a knitting trip to Estonia, including a special cast-on, various braids, textures, and two-color work.

Students should bring: three colors of sport-weight yarn (black, natural, and red are traditional Kihnu mitten colors) and a set of five size 2 double pointed (dp) needles and one size 3 or 4 needle (used only for cast-on)

Mary will provide handouts

Basic Skills Assumed
 
 (7 remaining)  
Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Needle Felted Seahorse with Kristen Weyrick-Scott


Who doesn’t love These funny sea creatures? A great class to learn the basics of needle felting and armature work. There will be many options to customize your 6 inch seahorse. When hung from filament they will dance in a breeze adding a fanciful touch to any room. 

Students should bring their imagination

Kris will provide
the use of all equipment needed (felting needles, felting mat, sewing/bead needles and thread), armature wire, seed beads if desired, core wool, curly locks, and merino wool for a $10 kit fee.

Everyone can participate  
 (6 remaining)  
Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Amigurumi with amy lou stein



Regretfully cancelled due to lack of enrollment. Learn basic amigurumi skills & techniques to crochet dolls, animals or objects to delight your family and friends. Increasing, decreasing, simple pattern reading and seaming will all be part of the lesson. With these skill you will be able to work almost any amigurumi pattern on your own...and have you seen how cute these can be?

Students should bring: Yarn palette of DK &/or worsted weight yarn in small amounts. Hooks of various sizes that will create a tighter fabric with the yarn you choose (D, E & F.) Tapestry needle, embroidery needle and embroidery floss.

At no cost, amy lou will provide:
a yarn palette of DK & worsted weight arn, stuffing, embroidery floss and crochet hooks for those who need it

Basic Skills Assumed
 
 (0 remaining)  
Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Thick Dye, Soft Cloth: Working with fiber reactive dye pastes with Shira Singer

 

Students will learn about the properties of fiber reactive dyes, how to mix thickened dye pastes and create an individualized palette of color.
We will explore use of positive and negative space through the creation of freezer paper resists and other stencils, as well as experiment with direct painting, color blending and decorative effects with found objects. While the dye application is quite thick, washed fabric will revert to original softness.
Pre-treated cotton fabric will be provided for you to create one of a kind fabrics ideal for sewing, quilting or framing.

Students should bring: scissors, apron, pencil, notepad, disposable gloves, rags/paper towels, newspaper, water jar, drop cloth or old sheet, iron. helpful: exacto knife, cutting mat, brushes, palette or styrofoam trays, small containers with lids.

For $25 Shira will provide: 1 1/2 yards pre-treated cotton plus 10" practice square, all materials associated with dye pastes, freezer paper and other stencil materials, misc. found objects, masking tape, plastic for wrapping fabric, all optional materials will be available to share, directions for doing process at home

Everyone can participate
 
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Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Hand Painting on Silk with Leanne Nickon

 

Design and paint your own one-of-a-kind silk scarf, even if you've never designed or painted anything before. I will show samples, give suggestions for creating a design, and demonstrate resist and painting techniques. Then we will create our own masterpieces, starting with a hemmed piece of white silk, stretching it on a wooden frame, drawing a design on with fabric markers, going over the lines with clear resist paste, then painting in between the lines with silk paints, which flow onto the fabric like ink. The final step is ironing to heat-set the paints, then washing out the resist. By the end of the class you will have a beautiful piece of painted silk to wear or hang on the wall. Don't worry if you can't draw. Some of the most beautiful designs are made from simple geometric or abstract shapes, and you can always trace a more elaborate design onto the silk if you want.

Students should bring: If you like, bring sketches, photos or any other inspiration for your design. A hairdryer can be useful for speeding up drying times for the paint and resist.  LeanneI will bring several but you may want to have your own).

For $10 Leanne will provide: 8" x 54" hemmed silk scarf, silk paints, resist, fabric marking pens

Everyone can participate

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Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Sewing Machine 101 with Holly McBride



Do you have a sewing machine gathering dust in a closet? Have you always wanted to learn how to sew, or are you looking for a refresher course to get you back into the swing of things? In Sewing Machine 101, you will learn everything you need to know to get that machine whirring again! In this beginner course we will cover all of the basics, including winding a bobbin, threading the machine, and adjusting stitches and tension. We will review different types of fabric, discuss some basic sewing supplies to have on hand, and will go through some troubleshooting tips. Each student will practice the skills they gather by sewing a small project. You’ll leave class confident in your ability to use your machine on your own!

Students Should Bring: Your working sewing machine, including all of the presser feet and accessories, power cord and foot pedal, and your manual.
Optional: a camera phone to photograph the threading process, or items of note

For a $10 kit fee, Holly will provide: Fabric scraps for practice stitching, Two spools of thread, Pre-cut fabric and ribbon to create a beginner project, a sewing machine needle

Everyone can participate

 
 (4 remaining)  
Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Somali Bantu Market Basket Part 1 with Atiya Haji and friends



The Somali Bantus came to the United States in 2000 to escape incredible violence and persecution in their country.  Weaving their traditional baskets has become a way to preserve their cultural heritage, achieve economic indepenence and share their love of basket making. The Somali Bantu Mutual Assistance Association in Lewiston Maine founded "The Basket Weaving Project" as an entrepreneurial project that grew out of the Women's Empowerment project as a form of employment for women that would enable them to work out of their homes, and in a way that represented and reinforced their pride in traditional Somali Bantu culture.

Fiber College is proud to collaborate with Atiya and her "women" to offer you a class in weaving a traditional market basket.  Listen to the Maay-Maay language and its translation while you sit with others and weave the reeds that have been specially imported from Kenya.  This is an opportunity to learn an original handcraft from the people who have been practicing it since they were children and can't remember a time when there weren't baskets for all of their needs.

We've broken the class into two three hour sessions, giving you time to weave at your leisure before you learn to add handles and embellishments.

Students should bring
:

The $50 materials fee will provide everything you need to make an authentic market basket in your choice of happy colors.


 
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Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Sock Machine Tune Up with Jim Grant

 


Bring your sock machine, any bits and parts that come with it and a manual if you've got one...Jim will do his best to get it up and running with you...then you can join in on any of the sock cranking classes offered during the day

Materials Fee: 1 skein of Good Karma sox yarn to get started~ $20.00
 (4 remaining)  
Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Good Karma Vending Tent
$59.00


Friday Afternoon Classes


 

The Navajo Spindle with Katharine Cobey

 
 

Handspinning is not the stuff of the past. It is a simple skill that can be learned nowadays. The basics can be learned quickly, and if you go on practicing, you will soon be making your own wonderful yarns, enriching your knitting and weaving - your life.

If you want to learn to spin, or are already a spinner who wants to practice or improve your long draw drafting, the Navajo spindle is a great teacher. When you are using this support spindle you control its speed. Unlike using a drop spindles, you can work with the Navajo at your own pace, drafting and twisting at a rate that matches your skill in drawing out the fibers.

First you learn to “tip”, then as you progress with your drafting, you “Palm” the spindle

You could spend a lifetime of spinning using just this ever so portable, inexpensive tool, or you can use it as an introduction to spinning on a bobbin or great wheel. Whatever tool you end up using, spinners love spinning.

Katharine Cobey, one of Maine’s Master Craft Artists, has been teaching the Navajo spindle for years. She is one of the few practioners with this tool here in the east, and considers it an honor to introduce the Navajo spindle to others.

Students should bring a Navajo Spindle or they will be available for purchase in the class for $32

The $27 kit fee includes 8 oz of Romney wool from Log Cabin Lamb and Wool.  Katharine would like everyone to use this fiber to learn with and you'll finish with enough yarn to make something nice

Everybody can participate

 (1 remaining)  
Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Shuttle Tatting with Carolee Withee

 

Learn the basics of tatting using a shuttle. Use the half hitch to ingeniously form rings and chains. Practice simple combinations of chains, rings and decorative picots to form edgings, motifs, wall hangings, flowers and bookmarks. We will learn both the newer shorthand used to write patterns and the traditional format. Tatting is excellent travel handwork because it is so compact.

Students should bring: Scissors, small notebook and pencil.

For a $15 kit fee, Carolee will provide: Tatting shuttles, a variety of weights and colors of tatting threads, instructions and patterns.

Everyone can participate

 


 
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Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Spinning Mohair 5 Ways with Susie Stephenson



Come learn how to spin mohair into thin whispy singles, or chunky bits of color, ply it or coil it with something.  Mohair is lusterous and stong...it comes from the Angora goats (raised by Susie) and can be soft enough for a christening blanket or absolutely perfect for a rug or a pair of hard wearing slippers...In this class you'll learn to spin the yarn for the project and how to choose from all the variety Angora goats offer us.

Students bring: a wheel in good working order and hand carders if you have some.

For a $25 kit fee, Susie will provide the mohair in many colors, a drum carder and lots of other fiber too if you want to mix it up! 
 
Basic skills Assumed
 
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Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Broomstick Lace with Mary Lou Egan

 

Broomstick Lace gets its name from 19th century needleworkers who used a broom handle to make the lace. Using a broom handle isn’t necessary-- a large knitting needle or length of dowel work as well. You don't crochet? You will now. This small project is a perfect way to dip your toe in. Crocheted broomstick lace is fun and easy. In class you will make a cowl. (Pattern included.) You can show off some beautiful vintage buttons, too, make them with Connie from Fryebugr pottery (she'll have everything set up in her vendor booth all weekend long) or find some already made from another Fiber College vendor.

Students should bring:
•Large knitting needle – size 19 or 35. (one straight or circular)
•Crochet hook, medium size G, H or I
•Sport weight or DK weight yarn – about 2 oz or 105 yds
•4 buttons

At no cost, Mary Lou will provide the pattern and the confidence

Everyone can participate

 
 (5 remaining)  
Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Creation of Paper Mache Figures with Sally Savage & Denise Sawyer

 


 Do you think Paper Mache is for kids only? Think again !

This workshop will explore the freedom, joy and creative expression that this medium can provide. Let us show you our refined techniques which will enable you to create these adorable bunnies.

These techniques will stimulate your imagination and reignite your creative spirit to see all the possibilities of paper mache.

By the end of class, you will go home with your own almost complete rabbit with supplies to assemble at home.

Students should bring a smile and be prepared for a delightful journey only Sally & Denise could bring you on

For a $10 kit fee you will have: paper mache pulp, wire, dowels,papers,creative paper clay, gesso

Everyone can participate

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Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Felting Birds of a Feather with Marty Elkin



Your bird will seem to be ready to fly away. This needle felting class is easy and fun using felting needles, hand dyed roving from our sheep and a pattern for your choice of Maine birds including a Cardinal, Chickadee or Bluebird. You will learn basic shading and shaping that looks like a watercolor painting.

Students should bring: a smile

For  $15 Kit fee, Marty will provide: Everything you need: needles, sponge, hand dyed roving, pattern drawn on felt.

Everybody can participate
 (3 remaining)  
Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


Fried Chicken Mittens with Ellen Mason



If your thumb looks like a piece of fried chicken, you should wear a mitten with a fully shaped thumb. The Fried Chicken Mitten hugs the thumb's curves and moves without stressing the rest of the mitten. Come learn the shaping and several techniques for knitting these well fitted mittens, including a discussion of working two at a time!

Students should bring: US size 8 40 inch long circular needle or 5 US size 8 double pointed needles

For a $10 kit fee, Ellen will provide: yarn and a pattern

Basic skills assumed
 
 (6 remaining)  
Add to calendarFriday, September 11, 2015 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Friday Rolling Sessions

 


Saturday Full Day Class


 

Crafting On-Line Shop Product Pages that Pop with
Beverly Army Williams & Gale Zucker



Regretfully cancelled due to lack of enrollment. How do you translate the beauty of your product from in person to online for Etsy, Ravelry, and other virtual shops? Photographer Gale Zucker will teach you tricks to make colors and textures tantalize buyers, and writer Beverly Army Williams will provide tips for writing enticing descriptions framed by best marketing practices. We’ll examine how your About page can keep people browsing. Each student will receive individual critiques.

Students should bring: camera, charger, extra memory card, object to photograph/write about, journal, pen/pencil.

There is no materials fee.  Gale and Beverly will provide handouts

Basic Skills Assumed
 (0 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Digital Surface Design: Photoshop Elements for Fabric Artists with
Mary Ellen Kranz


Explore the features of Photoshop Elements that fabric artists and quilters find most useful and most fun! Learn to organize and enhance your photographs and create original art cloth (even yardage!) that you can include in quilts, wearables or wallhangings. You will learn to crop, resize, sharpen, and edit photographs. Then, move on to using layers, selection and color tools, and special effects. Make repeatable designs from your drawings, “paint” your own pictures, create abstract designs and learn how to print your art onto fabric or send to online fabric printing services such as Spoonflower.



Students should bring: Laptop computer capable of running Adobe Photoshop Elements, power supply cord,external mouse, Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 or 12, or the latest version software. 30-day free trial available from www.adobe.com

Mary Ellen will provide Handouts and class images at no cost.

Everybody can participate
 (9 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Beginning Weaving on a 4 Shaft Loom with
Daryl Lancaster


Explore this time honored craft on a 4 shaft loom that allows patterning and play. Designed for beginners, and using colorful carpet warp, this workshop will take students through the warping process and teach them to understand patterning, reading a draft, color interaction, and how to weave good cloth. Plain weave, twills, rib and basket structures, and ‘color and weave’ will be covered. All materials will be provided and students may take home their sampler. Please note that this class is an 8 hour program.

Students should bring: scissors, notebook, pen

For an $8 materials fee, Daryl will provide: loom, warp, all equipment necessary, handouts

Everyone can participate

Basic Skills Assumed (5 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$159.00


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






 


 Saturday Morning Classes

 

Making Waves with Indigo: Arashi Shibori Simplified with Amelia Poole




Arashi 嵐 (storm or tempest)
Traditional arashi patterns are created by wrapping fabric diagonally on a highly polished wooden pole, wrapping with string and compressing the folds to create very precise patterns. Master artisans spend lifetimes mastering this technique. But, there's an easier way! Participants will explore several techniques to create variety of exquisite arashi patterns using organic cotton, pvc pipes and natural indigo vats.



This Kimono is offered as an example of what you could do with your dyed fabric...we found the image at www.srithreads.com

Students should bring:
Dishwashing gloves, sharp scissors

For a $15 kit fee Amelia will provide:
organic cotton cloth, prepared indigo vats, pvc pipes, 2-3 sewing machines
 
 
 (0 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Make Friends with your Spinning Wheel: Spinning 101 with Josette McWilliams




Whether you've been struggling to get to know your wheel or you've made some yarn but just can't seem to make THE yarn you want, or you've been out of practice and feel like polishing your skill set-this class will be a perfect mixture of confidence building fun, strategy building, challenging ourselves a little, and group spinning with the guiding hands of Josette. We'll cover some basic strategies for spinning better yarns and each student will have some one-on-one time with the instructor to approach the methods to make the yarns they dream of knitting! Josette has been spinning for many years, creating fiber for spinners for over a decade, and teaching spinning for nearly as long. Bring your challenges, your dreams, your wheel and let's make you a happy spinner!


Students should bring: a wheel in good working order, 3 bobbins, a relaxed attitude and desire to laugh and enjoy the journey!


For a $20 kit fee Josette will provide:
lovely fiber to play with and take home

Everybody can participate
 (6 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


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




Teachers (both in-service and pre-service) guidance counselors, youth workers ~ teach your students valuable transferable skills like sequencing, problem-solving, perseverance and hand-eye coordination.

We will instruct 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. Cultures covered are: South American: Guatemala; African: Ghana; Middle Eastern: Afghanistan; Asian: Japan, Laos/Thailand, Nepal (the 'rug children'); European: Russian Jews; and North American: New Mexico, Gullah, Navajo Nation,New England. Stories are a mix of historical, current, fiction and non-fiction. Books from each culture will be available to use to create your own lesson plans, which you can share during the last hour of the class so that you will have several outlines for lesson plans, in addition to one complete lesson plan.

Leave with a finished project, skills and the confidence to teach it, and a package of looms, warp thread, weaving needles, a journal to record class discussions, a bibliography, and a book, complete with a lesson plan ready to use. This lesson is easily adaptable for children ages 7 to 11.

Three contact hours will be earned toward recertification as it relates to Common Core Standards in Mathematics and Language Arts. Work is being done to have this class funded through a grant.  If we are successful, your class fees will be refunded.


Students should bring: a smile

The $25 kit fee will include:
Packet of cardboard looms, weaving needles, warp and weft material, journal, classroom book with lesson plan, bibliography. **Recertification contact hours: 3**
 
 
 (8 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Nupps and Estonian Lace with Mary Germain


Learn a couple of alternative methods for creating nupps (rhymes with soups), an Estonian bobble-type texture used in Estonian lace knitting. Also learn about the Estonian way of casting on and binding off lace and knit some sample lace stitch patterns.

Students should bring: One light colored lace-weight (or fingering-weight) yarn, one set size 4 double pointed needles with point protectors or a circ needle (or size 6 for fingering), one needle that is 2 sizes larger, and one needle that is smaller with a sharp point.

Mary will provide handouts at no cost

Basic Skills Assumed


 
 (8 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Somali Market Basket Part 2 with Atiya Haji and friends



In this second part of the class, learn to finish the top edge of the basket, make te handles and add the spiral of life emebellishments.


Friday's Part 1 is required

 
 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
$0.00


Hardcover Book Binding with Cynthia McGuirl

 

Learn how to create your own hardcover books. Book parts are precut. We will make a cover with a binders board base and the pages will be sewn in a traditional signature style. The process includes techniques such as accurate folding,
hand-sewing, measuring and gluing. Quality papers will be provided. Each student will make their own 78-page,
4 1/2" x 6" hardcover journal and begin a 2nd journal to complete at home. Students will go home with instructions for making and figuring their own books.

Students should bring: pencil, ruler (gridded preferred)

For a $10 kit fee, Cynthia will provide: all book parts for 2 books

Everybody can participate


 
 (4 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Embroidering and Embellishing Your Wool Applique with Mary Delano

Embroidering and Embellishing Your Wool Applique with Mary Delano


Beautiful patterns for penny rugs abound in part because wool applique is such a rewarding technique. Different colors, textures and designs creative vibrant projects. But, most penny rug patterns rely heavily on the basic blanket stitch – which can become stale if used too often. In this class, we will use a simple technique to attach wool applique to a wool background, and then will embellish the applique with threads, ribbons, beads and buttons to create a charming flower garden that can be incorporated into a wall hanging or a pillow. This project is ideal for fans of penny rugs who want to learn more than the basic blanket stitch or for any one who is interested in embroidery and wants to explore a new medium.

There will be a few hours of homework for this class in order o allow us maximum class time to embellish the wool applique. The kits and directions will be mailed to you or available at the Fiber College registration desk on Friday and Saturday morning.  Please e-mail Mary after you sign up:  mdelano@maine.rr.com



Students should bring: the completed homework, large and small fabric scissors.
Any special threads, ribbons, buttons or beads you want to incorporate into your project.

The $25 kit fee includes: Wool material for background and applique, wool thread for applique, various size needles, lots of thread, yarn, beads, buttons and ribbons for embellishing.

Basic skills are assumed
 (7 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Sock Machine Tune Up with Jim Grant

 


Bring your sock machine, any bits and parts that come with it and a manual if you've got one...Jim will do his best to get it up and running with you...then you can join in on any of the sock cranking classes offered during the day

Materials Fee: 1 skein of Good Karma sox yarn to get started~ $20.00
 (6 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Good Karma Vending Tent
$59.00


Saturday Afternoon Classes

 

Spinning in the Grease with Susan Barrett Merrill



Spinning in the Grease is the term for spinning directly from the fleece, before washing, carding, etc. It’s my favorite way to spin. The fleece must be clean and free of chaff, burrs, etc, which is one reason the technique has fallen out of favor – it’s hard to find clean fleeces. In Holland, spinning in the grease has been the traditional method for centuries. It’s a delicious experience to have a long-fibered fleece in your lap, with the fibers as they naturally grew on the sheep, and to feel the natural lanolin on the fibers (the “grease”). Spinning this way is like putting lotion on your hard-worked garden hands. Lincoln, Romney, Lincoln-Romney cross, or a good churro fleece are ideal. The yarn is robust, and can be fine or coarse, depending on your methods. The yarn is always interesting because it includes the tips, which can naturally be a slightly different color. It’s a wild yarn!

Students should bring:
a spinning wheel in good working condition, and any unwashed fleeces to discuss.

There is a $5 materials fee.


Basic Skills assumed


 
 (11 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$39.00


Yarn dyeing: Planning and unplanning for the best socks on the block with Jackie Ottino Graf

 
The beauty of sock yarns is the small investment it takes to create a work of art, and multicolored yarns work up in the coolest ways when worked in the round.  Using professional acid dyes,  we will learn a bunch of different techniques for self striping, ombre and space dyed yarns.

Students should wear clothes that can become more colorful and are welcome to bring skeins of yarn (up to 1 pound)




Jackie will have plenty of Organic washable sport yarn for sale for the class to work with, but feel free to bring your own sock yarn base, or the wool yarn base of your choosing.  Limit of 1 pound.  No material fee except for yarn you may want to purchase.

Everybody can particpate


 
 (0 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Sew your own Leggings with Cal Patch


People are often surprised to learn they can make their own leggings, but guess what? YOU CAN! And you don't even need a serger to sew with knits. Cal will show you how to draft a pattern for this wardrobe essential, based on your own measurements. Then we'll stitch up a first draft fit sample, adjust our patterns if necessary, and proceed to make a pair of real-live leggings. You'll never buy them off the rack again! Please have at least advanced-beginner sewing skills, with a few simple projects under your belt.

Students should bring: For pattern: Pad of paper, Pencil, Scissors, Ruler, Tape measure,  Clear tape

For leggings: Sewing Machine, 1+ yd* cotton/lycra jersey for leggings, 1+ yd same for fit sample, Thread
2 yds 1/2" elastic, Scissors, Pins, Seam ripper, Chalk.

*note: most jersey is 60" wide & will be enough to cut both legs from one length. but if thigh circ is more than 30" you'll need 2x length (2.5 yds)

Fiber College will have a vendor on site for these materials if you need them

Basic Skills Assumed
 
 (0 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Design, Print, Dye with Shira Singer

 

Design your own fabric that is both block printed and dyed. Class will explore elements of design related to the block printing process, as well as address working with textile inks and fiber reactive dyes. You will create your own printing blocks by cutting out designs from an adhesive backed foam and mounting them on wooden blocks. We will print with textile inks and add background color with thickened fiber reactive dyes. Resulting fabric is ideal for sewing projects, quilting or framing.

Students should bring: scissors, apron, disposable gloves, pencil, notepad, water jar, rags/paper towels, kitchen sponge, newspaper, drop cloth. helpful: exacto knife. cutting mat, brushes, palette or styrofoam trays, small containers with lids

For a $25 kit fee, Shira will provide: printing foam, wooden blocks, one and half yards cotton fabric plus 10" practice square, textile inks, thickened dye pastes, all optional supplies will be available to share

Everybody can participate
 
 (0 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Woven Altars with Susan Barrett Merrill

 
Students will learn how to weave on the miniature looms of their altar doors and collage an assemblage such as yarns, textiles, paper, photos and cherished treasures to construct meaning with your personal shrine. Participants will explore the process of designing creative weavings and found object decor. You are welcome to bring any items or images: postcards, ikons, photos, or found objects such as grasses, pine needles, seaweed, shells, twigs, or seed pods.

Students should bring:
Found objects and personally meaningful materials as described.

For a $20 kit fee, Susan will provide:
Wooden altar base for weaving, warp and weft yarns, paint, and additional finishing materials.

Everybody can participate


 
 (8 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Garden Goddess with Kathleen Gerdes

 

This bright and colorful needle felted garden goddess stands between 8 and 10 inches tall and is adorned with daisies, daffodils and sunflowers! In this class, you will learn how to make a free standing three dimensional figure that will smile upon your gardens for many years to come. And what goddess doesn't need a little help from a hedgehog, who sits at her feet, ready to assist her with the digging? Join us for a class filled with all things from nature.....goddesses, flowers, and little critters!

Students should bring good humor and garden stories

For a $37 kit fee, Kathleen will provide: All wool needed for the project, foam pads for working on details, felting needles of various sizes. (the pads and needles are yours to keep)

Everybody can participate
 
 (5 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Beaded Scissor Tip Protector with Serena Dube


This beautiful and practical needlework necessity is fun to do. It utilizes double needle peyote stitch and delica beads. This idea came from losing the plastic tip for my embroidery scissors. I wanted to do something that was beautiful and useful...so I created these beaded tip protectors  by trial and error. These beautiful tassels not only protect your tips but keeps the scissors from jabbing you when they're dropped into your craft bags...and they make wonderful gifts!

Students should bring: Small embroidery scissors, lighting and magnification, bee's wax or Thread Heaven, clear drying glue, beading mat

Serena will provide a kit with enough beads to make two protectors for $20.
Delica size 11 beads -choice of two colors
Beading needles (2) size 10
Nymo thread to match beads
Scissors Tip Protectors (2)
Instructions with colored photo
 
A basic knowledge of beading will be helpful.
 (4 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Saturday Rolling Sessions

 


Saturday Afternoon Classes

 

Block Therapy with Bonnie Dwyer



Do you have vintage quilt blocks, quilt tops, or damaged quilts and don't know what to do with them? In this class Bonnie will address evaluating the age and condition of quilt-related textiles brought in by students. Advice will be offered about how best to handle these often fragile items, as well as what the owner might be able to do with them. This is a non-sewing class. Discussion, demonstrations, and idea-sharing.

Bonnie has been sewing since childhood and making quilts since 1980's.  She is an AQS (American Quilt Society) certified quilt appraiser and quilt historian.  Her eclectic interest in historic, improvisational, and modern quilts has informed her unique eye that has flowed into her interest in knitting, crochet, and embroidery. "My soul is fed by needle and thread."
Fiber College is happy to sponsor this session with Bonnie and provide to to Fiber College students at a reduced rate.

Students should bring:
Vintage quilt blocks, fragments, unfinished quilt tops, and/or damaged vintage quilts.

Bonnie will bring: Examples of vintage block makeovers

Everybody can participate


 
 (12 remaining)  
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Rec Hall
$20.00


Paper and Fabrics Figures inspired by Julie Arkell with Sally Savage & Denise Sawyer

 

Tonight you'll learn the basic technique of creating and "dressing" paper mache figures.

The first part will be a demo of building a basic form. Because of time limitations, we will provide you with a ready to go figure to finish and dress. You will be using basic needle skills as well as gluing, and decoupaging to fashion the clothes.

Then we'll discuss ways to finish and personalize the face. Two options: one to paint on the features, or using paper clay to create 3-D noses, eyes etc.

Finally we'll make the clothes, using one of two methods. Cutting out patterns and hand stitching, or the less structured method using scraps of material, glue and pins to fashion clothes and accessories. We encourage you to try  which ever technique works best for your style.

Students should bring: A glass for wine and Scissors, embroidery threads, needles, bits of old wool and cotton small print fabrics. Bits of old jewelry, charms or doll size accessories.

The $15 materials kit includes:
Ready hand--made 8-9" rabbit ready to dress.We will bring paints, patterns, colored pencils, glues,wire cutters, wire , sand paper, brushes and other accessories to compliment students materials. Also we will have assorted papers to glue on figures as well.

Basic Skills Assumed


 
 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 12, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio
$69.00


Sunday Full Day Classes


 

Inkle Loom Weaving with Daryl Lancaster



No weaving experience necessary!  The inkle loom is portable, easy to warp, easy to weave off, and makes beautiful belts and bands.  Daryl uses it to trim her garments.  Every weaver should own one.  They are inexpensive and children as young as third grade can learn to use them.  Inkle Looms are available if requested. Starting with a PowerPoint presentation, participants will learn to make heddles for the loom, follow a draft and warp the inkle loom.  Proper techniques for weaving a tight even band with good selvedges will be explained.  A more intermediate technique of Inkle Loom Pick-up for interesting design options will also be demonstrated. Participants will be able to finish a small project by the end of the day.

Students should bring: 3 Colors of 3/2 or 5/2 Cotton, at least 2 ounces of each. The more contrast the colors have, the better. (Caution: If you bring in skeins of DMC perle cotton, please wind the skeins into balls before the class), scissors and a tape measure

If you own an inkle loom and would like to use it, feel free to bring it along. Please no inkle looms with warp and cloth beams like the Gilmore and the Glimakra. They require specific equipment for warping and this class does not focus on beaming chain warps.

If you are bringing your own inkle loom don’t forget to bring a s mall belt shuttle, like a stick shuttle except with a more tapered edge along one side.

Please let Daryl know if you will need to rent an inkle loom for the class, theweaver@weaversew.com

$20 kit fee includes: a full color 52 page bound instruction manual, materials for heddles if you have a loom and it does not have heddles, Looms may be rented for $10 for class use.

Everybody can participate
 (13 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Standing Wool Rugs 1790-2016 with Rose Ann Hunter and Mary Delano




Learn how to recycle your worn clothing into heirloom rugs. This class will cover the history and lost art of manipulating wool fabric into sewn folk art rugs. By the end of this class, students will know how to make wool beads, to use center shirring and faux shirring and caterpillar braid. Students will learn how to prepare wool using only household chemicals. Knitters will learn how to add knit strips to their rug (but you do not need to know how to knit to enjoy this class). Students will leave the class with a wool trivet that can form the basis for a chair pad, table mat or rug. Rose Ann Hunter and Mary Delano, two teachers who joined us at fiber college last year, will teach this class together. Rose Ann has been artist in residence at Old Sturbridge Village since 2005 and has created several historic reproductions. Mary made the stunning rainbow runner seen in the photograph, which measures 30" x 11". She integrated the old techniques she learned from Rose Ann into a modern design.

Students should bring: Scissors, wool fabric(not sweaters) that has been machine washed in hot water, cold rinse, and dried in the dryer. Knitters should bring worsted weight yarns leftover from other projects and size 7 short double pointed needles.

The $10 kit fee includes: a 5 inch shirring needle, threads and some cut fabric to get you started.

Everybody can participate




 (12 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


The Wizard with Amy Felske



Create a Forest God, Wizard or Woodland Santa. In this class you will create a 12“ tall doll with a weighted stump body.This class focuses on the face and the costume. You will learn how to needle-sculpt a doll face and draw and color the facial features. You will complete your doll with natural and hand dyed needle-felted locks for the hair and full beard. The embellishment and costuming of this doll, along with the choice of body and hair colors will yield a Forest God or Green Man, a Wizard or a tall slender Victorian Santa. The embellishments include a sumptuous array of fabrics and lace including vintage and hand dyed pieces, vintage fur, leather, beads, pearls and crystals. The Forest God or Green Man kits will include fimo clay antlers. All skill levels are welcome.

Students should bring: sewing scissors and any special embellishments you might like to incorporate into your doll

The $40 class kit contains everything you need to complete the doll including the wizard pattern with detailed instructions, pre-sewn pieces for the doll in muslin and batik fabrics, hand-dyed or natural colored locks and a generous supply of embellishments including vintage and hand dyed fabrics and lace, vintage fur, leather, beads, pearls and crystals.  

Everybody can participate
 (11 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


A Modern Adaptation of an Ancient Chinese Threadbook with
Deborah Dutton



Following an ancient traditional folk art of rural Southwest China, this book was originally made to store embroidery swatches, threads, needles and other small items. This unique book is made up of 13 folded compartments, yet collapses to approximately 9"x6"x1". Learning to make a Chinese Threadbook was a quest of Deborah's since instructions are not readily available. It is fun to make and even more fun to use. You can store sewing supplies, those small scrapbook pieces that you have in envelopes everywhere or just stamps and ephemera. Great project! Fun class!

Students should bring: 18" ruler, cutting mat, x-acto or cutting blade with extra blades, pencil and bone folder (if you have one).

The $25 kit fee includes:
  specific paper, glue, instructions and closure materials.

Everybody can participate
 (6 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 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 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$0.00


Sunday Morning Classes


 

Making Photo Collages Digitally with Gale Zucker

 


No matter how wonderful your images are out of the camera, they need some adjustments and editing to truly sing online, or in print. And then, how do you present them on your website/blog/ FaceBook and postcards?
There’s no need to learn Adobe PhotoShop to achieve the imagery you dream of. We’ll work together on free online software. Students should bring their laptops to get the most out of this workshop. This class will be taught with a digital projector, primarily it will be a demonstration and students working, hands-on, on the laptops.

Students should bring: Laptop with a charged battery, digital camera, cord to upload photos

Basic Skills are assumed
 (5 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


REAL Faerie Lights - Eco Printed Paper Light Covers with Amelia Poole

 

How would faeries decorate their houses?  With plants and light, of
course.  Let's make eco-printed paper covered faerie lights or votive jars!

Eco-prints are made by layering prepared cloth or paper with local plants
and flowers. The materials and leaves are bundled together, tightly bound
and steamed. This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the
leaves to the fiber. 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.

We will be printing on several types of art paper and light-weight lokta
paper and then forming light covers from our finished papers.

Won't the local faeries be jealous?

Students should bring: a short string of white faerie lights or clear glass votive jar(s), scissors,  a 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. Leaves and flower still on stems may be stored in a bucket of water.

The $15 kit fee includes:
all papers, presses and binding materials, matte knives and cutting boards,
ModPodge and Nori Paste, irons and hair dryers

Everybody can participate
 
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


A Distorted View of Cuffs with Mary Germain

 

Twisted, skewed, angled, deformed, or warped. Try something out of the ordinary on your next mitten, sock, hat, or sweater. Three unique cuffs from Latvia will have you spinning: the Slip Stitch Garter Cuff is worked in one color per round but looks like 2-color work with texture, the Vertical Scallop Cuff is an unusual, elegant, flowing scallop worked in a solid color, and the Twisted Garter Edge is a fun edging that allows 2-3 colors to spiral around each other. These distinctive cuffs use uncommon techniques yielding extraordinary results.. We’re a little biased; but we think you should try this class.

Students should bring: Three colors of sport-weight yarn (light and medium colors, not dark) and a set of five size 2 double pointed (dp) needles and one size 3 or 4 needle (used only for cast-on)

Mary will provide hand outs

Basic knitting skills assumed



 
 (12 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


The Spiral with Katharine Cobey



Amazingly this seamless spiraling dress is easy to knit. Made long in white wool it would be suitable for a wedding. In bright colors, it goes dancing. Shorter in black, it makes an elegant tunic.

The piece is worked from the neck down. A simple two-row repeat is done in each of eight sections of a circle. This repeat makes spirals that widen as the dress grows seamlessly, down and out.

After detailing how the dress is constructed, making a paper model, and practice time for techniques, students will cast on and start knitting.

Students should bring:
1) enough fingering yarn to begin the dress – at least 8 -12 oz . To complete the dress you will need more of the exact same yarn. Changing colors or yarns in the dress creates a horizontal  line across the spirals and is to be avoided. So think ahead about how long you want your dress to be.

2) 16” or 24” circular needle, a pair of straight needles and a set of double pointed needles (size 10 ½).

3) an additional 4 oz of off-white, worsted weight, woolen yarn for  Practice Knitting  and size 10 ½ needles, straight, circular and double pointed

4) a pencil and eraser

Basic Skills Assumed
 (6 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Reversed Stained Glass Dahlia with Mary Ann Hall

 

If you've done stained glass applique the original way, with the iron on bias tape, you know the unfriendliness of the process. This reversed way involves:
• No iron on bias tape
• No double needle machine stitching
• No folding over bulky fabric to make sharp points
• No hassle

This unique and clever technique will make you rethink stained glass or any other reverse applique pattern and how you can utilize this process in the future. It will make you want to redo all of your old stained glass projects with this fun, easy, no-hassle way! Dahlias can be any color and you can go from light to dark or dark to light and make your favorite color come alive in this dimensional flower. (36” x 36” without borders)

Students should bring: Sewing machine (in good working condition), 4 or 5 threads of various shades of your favorite color (the color of your Dahlia), sharp scissors, a willingness to learn something new, and a good laugh (chocolate and candy are good, too!).

The $30 kit fee includes: Pattern, 7 various shades of your favorite colorful BATIK fabric to create your Dahlia, yellow center for flower, black background fabric, Wonder-Under, and lots of fun! Prior to the class, Mary Ann will contact you about the color of your flower and customize the kit.

Basic Skills Assumed
 
 (3 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Sock Machine Tune Up with Jim Grant

 


Bring your sock machine, any bits and parts that come with it and a manual if you've got one...Jim will do his best to get it up and running with you...then you can join in on any of the sock cranking classes offered during the day

Materials Fee: 1 skein of Good Karma sox yarn to get started~ $20.00
 (6 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Good Karma Vending Tent
$59.00


 Sunday Afternoon Classes

 


Wordpress Blogging for Artists with Holly McBride


Have you been hoping to start your own blog, and share your creations and inspiration with the world? In Wordpress Blogging for Artists, Holly will walk you through each step of creating your blog, from choosing a blog name and a theme, to navigating Wordpress behind the scenes. You’ll learn how to create a blog post, add images and videos, and connect to your other social media outlets. At the end of this course, you will have a new blog and your first blog post!

If you’ve considered blogging as another creative outlet, to network with other artists, or to supplement your marketing efforts for your creative business, then this class will be the first step on a successful blogging journey!


Students should bring: A laptop or tablet, An email address, A digital camera or camera phone

Basic Skills Assumed


 
 (3 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Fresh and Fancy: Colorful Modern Coin Purses with Mary Ellen Kranz



Coin purses are such fun to make because they call us to combine any two wonderful and colorful fabrics (including wools) to make such 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 but applique, buttons, or embroidery are other options for making yours unique. Class includes discussion on how to draft your own patterns using any size metal purse frame. Bring your own sewing machine in good working order (or Mary Ellen will have a couple of machines for students to share.) 

If you made fabric in the Photoshop Elements class, here's  your chance to "put it to good use!"

Students should bring: Fabric scissors, straight pins, hand sewing needles and neutral colored (gray, beige, taupe, etc.) cotton thread, sharp, hand sewing needles with eye large enough for six-strand embroidery floss. Sewing machine if desired.

The $10 kit includes: purse frame, batting, selection of colorful fabrics for your purses and linings, and embroidery thread


Everybody can participate


 


 
 (10 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


EcoPrinting 101 with Amelia Poole


Here in Maine, we are surrounded by nature and textiles. Why not combine the two? Eco-printed cloth is created by layering prepared cloth or paper with local plants and flowers. The materials and leaves are bundled together, tightly bound and steamed. This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the leaves to the fiber. 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.
Eco prints can be used to create wearable or wall art, decorative pieces, such as pillows and wall hangings, and even quilts!
Natural, Sustainable, Beautiful!

Participants will print/dye a variety of prepared silk, linen and cotton cloth.  We will also experiment with eco-prints on paper.  Each student will complete a silk scarf,  1/4 yard each of cotton, silk/linen, spun silk broadcloth and linen; and 6 different art papers. 

Students should bring: A gallon sized ziplock bag (full) containing a variety of leaves - flowers - 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. Scissors

The $20 materials fee includes:
Kit of prepared (mordanted) cloth and papers, all wrapping, steaming and binding supplies.

Everybody can participate


 
 (0 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Express Yourself: The basics of freeform crochet with Marilyn Gural




Do you love texture, color, and dimension? Do you like to think and “work out of the box”? Have you always wanted to free yourself from the confines of traditional crochet? Then learning to free-form crochet is for you!

Although there are no pattern instructions in free-form crochet, there are basic skills and techniques that you must know before you can express yourself freely in this form of fiber art.

In this class, you will create a unique fabric by learning to crochet scrumbles, - the basic form of free-from crochet composed of specialty motifs and stitches such as bullions, puff stitches, waves, bobbles, popcorns, and surface crochet.

The applications of free-from crochet are infinite, limited only by your imagination and vision. (Think wall hangings, pillow covers, placemats, edgings, and shawls as possibilities). It is also a great way to use your yarn stash, odds n’ ends, and collection of embellishments – beads, ribbons, buttons, feathers, and old jewelry.

With the skills learned and confidence gained in this course, you will be able to express yourself with free-form crochet and create unique fiber art that expresses the unique you!

In this course you will learn how to:
• Make a scrumble using a variety of shapes
• Apply surface crochet
• Attach free-from components
• Add embellishments
• Begin your own unique free-form crochet designs



Students should bring: Crochet hook sizes D or E, Scissors, Tapestry needle, Tape measure

The $25 kit will provide everything you need to create something beautiful

Basic Skills Assumed


 
 (4 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Silk Ribbon Embroidery with Mary Ann Hall

 

This class is a hands-on technique class where you learn 5 basic silk ribbon stitches and be on your way to creating silk ribbon art. Once, it was only used in crazy quilting, but now silk ribbon embroidery is found in every creative form of stitching like crazy quilting, surface stitching for clothing, dimensional stitching, needle work, and canvas work. Learn how to use the silk ribbon effectively and learn to form beautiful flower, leaves, and scenic pieces of art and anything else you could imagine.

Students should bring: Sharp sewing scissors, and adventurous spirit and a willingness to learn!

The $30 kit will include
: A complete kit including handouts, fabric, silk ribbons, and needles

Everybody can participate
 
 (6 remaining)  
Add to calendarSunday, September 13, 2015 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Sunday Rolling Sessions

 


Maker's Market Table
As part of the Fiber Fiesta, there will be a special opportunity to sell your supplies or finished goods from 5-7 PM.  Set up is fast...between 4:00 and 5:00...attendance is free for all shoppers and participants.  Vendor supplies the table.
 
$10.00

Maker's Market Table
As part of the Fiber Fiesta, there will be a special opportunity to sell your supplies or finished goods from 5-7 PM.  Set up is fast...between 4:00 and 5:00...attendance is free for all shoppers and participants.  Fiber College supplies the table.
 
$15.00

Wednesday Night Dinner:  Wood fired breads and other traditional Somali Bantu specialties both (meat and vegetarian), building a traditional Somalian pod home, music and a fashion show





 

Somali Bantu Celebration  
Add to calendarWednesday, September 09, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Lobster Bake Tent
$18.00

Join Us Thursday Evening



 

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 10, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Art Studio


Please Join Us Friday Evening


For a Fiber Fiesta...The Shopper's Boulevard will be open late, the campground will be filled with sounds from the steel drums, the food will be plentiful and the shopping amazing!  There'll be a book signing too.  Watch the blog and our facebook page for more details.
 

Show & Tell, Wine + Cider Reception & Chowder or Vegetable 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.

 (details)
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 12, 2015 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

 (details)
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 13, 2015 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).  
$38.00


 

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