Fiber College of Maine 2017

Searsport, Maine
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
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Wednesday/Thursday Immersion Classes 

Two-day classes run 9 AM to 4 PM both days.
Enjoy a catered lunch at the beach or bring your own.  

Adventures in Knitting with Katharine Cobey

Katharine, Maine's Master Craft Artist, has taught for the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Split Rock Arts Program, Vogue Live, New England Knitting Lab, Surface Design Association, and many museums and arts programs around the country. It is our pleasure to have her in residence at Fiber College.



What have you got already completed, still on your needles, or only imagined? 
Take time to gain perspective on your own work. In this gathering of kindred spirits (both new and returning students), we explore what and how you might want to knit next. We begin Wednesday morning by sharing examples of our own work and interests. What people are most intrigued by Wednesday morning determines the content and direction of the rest of the seminar, both the time we will spend together on techniques and design, and the time students work on their individual projects.  

This Fiber College two day class lets us savor what we and other knitters are doing. It gives us a brief pause, time when we can explore more possibilities for how and what we individually might want to go on knitting.

You can find Katharine online at www.KatharineCobey.com
Basic skills assumed. 
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Students should bring:
Bring sketch and graph paper and  needles and yarn from your stash, and we will see what all this leads to.

There is no materials fee.



Add to calendarWednesday, September 06, 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Chain Mail or Chainemaille with Steve Schreurs

Steve has been studying and making chain mail for over 20 years...it started as a shared passion for Dungeons and Dragons with his two sons. 

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The two day chain mail class will start with a brief overview of chain mail and the differences from historical chain mail and the chain mail 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. More advanced students may also move directly to a more complex project of their choice. Several reference books will be available for the students to learn more about chain mail, see pictures of historical garments, see jewelry and other projects that may be made in class.

For beginners, the students will learn how to construct chain mail from bare wire to finished product. We will start with winding wire into coils of rings and then cutting the coils into rings. The class will have several projects that lead the students from basic weaving of chain mail fabric to completing a projects using several weaving techniques. The class includes instruction on two of the three styles of chain mail weaving (European and Asian weaves). More advanced students can learn the Persian and other complex 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 brass). Different color rings will also be used in creating chain mail sculptures.

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 students may choose several class projects including keychains, bracelets, necklaces, chain mail samplers, pouches, dragon sculptures, and other articles." ~ Steve

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Everyone may participate. 
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Students should bring:
a smile 

For a $15 materials fee, Steve will provide:
everything you need to succeed in your project





Add to calendarWednesday, September 06, 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Felt Offerings: Vessels with Susan Mills

Susan is an artist working in several mediums to include mixed media, photography, fiber related arts as well as theatrical set design and costuming. She sculpts objects and creates environments to photograph and at times to serve as actual theater sets for performances. Most of her commissioned work is for theaters, galleries (in the US and Bermuda), private collections, and publications.

Susan Mills at Fiber College

On Day One, Susan will guide you through the process of wet felting using merino wool, soapy water, and a palm sander. The possibilities are endless for the creation of your own magically unique vessel.

We will be making seamless pieces using multiple resist materials. This is a very fun and meaningful workshop. One must please note however, that your first piece you must give to the instructor so be prepared. Ok, kidding. You will accomplish one large or two smaller items this day and yes you get to love and keep them!

On Day Two, we will complete projects, as well as create new using more resist materials and the incorporation of non-feltable objects and fibers. The results will be a unique vessel(s) reflecting your personal vision.

Susan will provide “goodies” for adding to the art such as non felting fibers, string, and wire. You are encouraged to bring items that inspire and have meaning for you and together we will play, eat chocolate and create magically beautiful felt offerings!

Susn Mills Felting at Fiber College

Everyone may participate. 

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Students should bring:

For Day 1 -- Chocolate, paper and pencil for note taking, imagery or actual pieces that inspire and make you smile; your own felting fibers, towels, sponge, small bucket

For Day 2 -- All of above and lots more chocolate; items that might be incorporated into your piece(s) such as beads, other fibers, yarns, pet fur, stones, sticks…the classroom is large. However, try to limit the goodies to a one armload event.

For a fee, Susan will provide:

A selection of dyed merino wool will be available at $4.00 per ounce.

Add to calendarWednesday, September 06, 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Make your own Snowshoes with Brian Theriault

Brian has been making snowshoes for more than forty-five years. He began learning with his father, who decided to learn for himself, because there was no money to buy snowshoes for his eleven children. Edmond picked up rudiments of snowshoe making from older snowshoe makers, then began to experiment with how to make them better. For two decades Brian and his father, Edmond have turned out hundreds of pairs of snowshoes. They tan, scrape and prepare the cowhide leather for the harnesses and rawhide for webbing. They split and bend the black ash, using molds which they have refined for more than forty years. 



You will be making/starting one pair of traditional snowshoes from brown ash and rawhide. The ash frames will already be shaped. You'll mark and drill holes. You'll add cross pieces and then weave the centers and ends. Make yourself (or a lucky someone else!) a marvelous gift for those snowy winters. Perhaps a beautiful showpiece for your cabin?



You can learn more about Brian at www.ilovesnowshoes.com
Everyone may participate. 
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Students should bring:
A hammer, flat screw driver, and utility knife.

For a $150 materials fee, Brian will provide:
The book Leaving Tracks: A Maine Tradition detailed with pictures and diagrams.
All other materials  (brown ash frame and cross pieces, rawhide for weaving, leather for the binding) needed to complete the snowshoes. 

You may not complete both snowshoes during class. You will need to varnish your snowshoes at home, varnish not provided.



Add to calendarWednesday, September 06, 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Shirred Rugs with Mary DeLano

Mary DeLano is a multi-lingual fiber artist who loves color, texture, and recycling. Mary devotes most of her time to making wool rugs and embroidered wool applique pieces, and continually learns new techniques to integrate into her work. This year she is sharing a colorful recycled rug technique and two small projects that use embroidery to create wearable art.



Amazing textural pieces can be made by combining heavy fabrics with several old sewing techniques, including bias, patch, and caterpillar shirring.  Shirred rugs are cousins of hooked and standing wool rugs and are both similar to, and distinct from, both of these techniques.  Like standing wool rugs, shirred rugs are sewn with a long needle; like hooked rugs, shirred rugs have a backing and therefore are one sided. 

Shirred rugs can be made of almost any fabric which means this is a great opportunity to upcycle old clothes or to use up that piece of fabric you bought but never figured out how to use.  Even upholstery sample books make a great place to find interesting textures.

In this class we will make a tree that incorporates patch, bias, and caterpillar shirring with basic fabric “beads.”  You may make a lollipop tree (like the one seen in the photo), a fruit tree (apple, lemon, orange), a flowering spring tree, a vibrant fall tree, or any sort of whimsical tree you decide to design.  Each student will begin with a piece of fabric with the outline of a basic tree, and then will learn how to build the trunk, and add leaves, grass and sky.  While we will primarily work with wool, we will incorporate other types of fabric, ribbon, rickrack, and even knitted strips, to add to the textural complexity of our pieces. 

Everyone may participate. 

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Students should bring:
Rug hooking frame, large quilting hoop, or canvas stretcher bars assembled into a 12” by 16” frame; both fabric and paper scissors. 

Also bring rotary cutter and mat, a strip cutter for braided rugs, or a hooking cutter with a size 9 or 10 blade, if you own these.  Do not purchase these items if you don’t have them.

Students should also bring a variety of blue and green fabrics and ribbons from their stash to share with the class.  Ideal fabrics include upholstery, microfiber, velvet, satin, corduroy, felted sweaters, and any other unusual fabric.  Knitters bring size 6 or 8 needles.

For a $60 materials fee, Mary will provide:

Backing fabric with tree pattern, needles, thread, wool strips, ribbon, rickrack, and yarn.

If you know what type of tree you plan to make, e-mail me at mdelano@maine.rr.com and I will make sure to bring specific supplies for you.





Add to calendarWednesday, September 06, 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Layers of Color: Greens and Purples with Jackie Ottino Graf

Jackie lives on the coast of Maine, where she does fiber things full time, whether it be creating colors and yarns for her own, and several other Maine based yarn lines, or by teaching workshops. She loves natural dyes because of the chemistry, and loves Fiber College because of the ocean.



Greens and purples are some of the trickiest colors to achieve with natural dyes.  The best shades come from layering blues on top of yellows and reds.  In this 2 day extravaganza, we will explore many shades of yellow and red the first day, and then over dye them with blues on the second day.  The gardens and fields offer us all the yellow we could ever want, but the subtle differences in tone will affect the greens we end up with: chartreuse, teal, Lincoln green, and Kelly green.   We will use some more exotic sources for our reds, and discover plums, deep purples, and maroons.  

As always, we will end up with knitable mini skeins, but we will also make color cards for our portfolios.  

Everyone may participate.  

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Students should bring:
Notetaking materials.

For a $100 materials fee, Jackie will provide:

All dyes, dye equipment, and materials, as well as enough yarn so that you will leave with a wide variety of mini skeins and a color card with samples. 

Add to calendarWednesday, September 06, 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Surface Design: A Multitude of Ways to Alter the Surface with Susan Tobey White

Susan has been a potter, weaver, quilter, painter and art educator. She is best known for her acrylic paintings of faceless dancers. She teachers workshops in water colors and acrylic painting. She has also led color theory classes for quilters. As an artist educator for Golden Artist Colors she has acquired knowledge of their products which has greatly enhanced her teaching.



Wear your old clothes and prepare to have fun!

Day 1: Inspiration, Color, Texture, Pattern, and Techniques
This dynamic workshop will be 2 days of learning, creating and sharing. The first day we'll focus on process and exploring color and techniques. With a basic understanding of color and triggers to inspire pleasing combinations of colors your work will be more powerful and may lead you in new directions. With a combination of demonstration and hands on Susan will lead you in a series of learning experiences that will be valid to any medium. She will teach you techniques of using acrylics in innovative ways by painting, printing, stenciling, drawing, scratching, using resist, and making photo transfers.

Result of the first day: This is a day of process and exploration. Lots of hands on as we create materials to use on Day 2.

Day 2: The WOW 
Factor!
Each student will be guided through the process of creating their own piece of mixed media art as they assemble what was created the day before. The participants should leave inspired and with a memory of two days of fun and learning!

Please visit Susan's websitewww.susantobeywhite.com
Everyone may participate. 

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Students should bring:
1. Items to create texture, print with, and to apply paint such as: brushes, rubber spatulas, pieces of lace, textured fabrics, cork, bubble wrap. Be innovative. Look around your home.
2. A photo of a person, object, or animal (keep it large ...5 inches..and simple) photocopied on a laser copy machine. (Go to local copy center. Must NOT be water based ink!)
3. Colorful fabric scraps and fibers. Glitz is always appreciated! (Bring only if you have it already. Don’t buy.)

For a $25 materials fee, Susan will provide:
Paints, printing supplies, surfaces and lots of "Stuff"


Add to calendarWednesday, September 06, 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Penobscot Drums: Culture and Craft with James Francis, Sr.

James is the Penobscot Nation's Tribal Historian and studies the relationship between Maine Native Americans and the landscape. Recently James conducted an extensive Oral History Project for the Penobscot Nation. He has served as curator for Penobscot History exhibits at many locations including Bangor, the Abbe Museum, and Harvard University. James is an accomplished historical researcher, photographer, filmmaker, and graphic artist. 



James' presentation on traditional Penobscot Design Motifs will guide students to consider design elements that may be of significance to them personally. Then, each participant will hand sew a deer or moose skin drumbeater.  The leather and the sticks will be pre-cut.

Each participant will receive a fourteen-inch, single sided, moose skin hand drum. Through music, James will help students to get acquainted with their drum and start visualizing what they might like for a design on the drum as their beaters and drums resonate. Printed example of traditional design will be out for people to see and use. Each student will then design, transfer, and paint his or her individual designs to their drum. 
Postponed until another time

Everyone may participate. 

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Students should bring:
A smile!

For a $160 materials fee, James will provide:
A 14-inch moose hide drum
and materials to make a drum beater (deer or moose skin, leather, stick)


Add to calendarWednesday, September 06, 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$259.00


Keep Warm, Cover Your Bed with a Gee's Bend Style Quilt
with Misses China Pettway and Stella Mae Pettway
 


China and Stella Mae are related by marriage, church, and quilting. They are a lovely duo who brought us joy in 2014 and are returning because of our shared love of sewing, gardening, laughter, and conversation.

China once told us that if "God saw fit to give me a machine to sew with, I'm certainly going to use it." She quilts long into the night with bright colors, a bold eye, and a rhythm that shines a light on her reputation as being one of the leading gospel singers in Gee's Bend. Her enthusiasm is infectious and you'll soon be singing along while you work on your quilt. Stella Mae is more introspective. She guides with a smile and a gentle touch to your arm. She reminds you to listen to your heart and follow wherever it leads. Stella Mae tends to blend a strong sense of style with muted denim accented with bold sprinkles of color.




In this two day class, expect to learn by doing, listening and following your own heart. There's no wrong way and under the expert guidance of Misses China and Stella Mae; you'll learn everything you need to know about quilting. This is not a formal class on a specific block structure. You'll be expected to "do it your way." You can explore Housetops, Court Steps, Bear's Paw, and the Star with the ladies. This is your opportunity to share conversations, stories and ask questions while you build a queen size quilt top in true "Gee's Bend" style.

Everyone may participate. 
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Students should bring:
A sewing machine in good working order if you use one, a short extension cord, your favorite cutting tools and the usual sewing supplies.  A contribution of washed and ironed fabric to inspire and share.  The fabric need not be new, just clean and relatively wrinkle free.  Scraps and old cloths are just fine.

You'll be sewing outside, under a tent so you may choose to bring a small mat for your foot pedal.
Add to calendarWednesday, September 06, 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 07, 2017 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$279.00


Friday All Day Classes

 

Stitching Under the Surface with Diane Savona

I have lived in and around Passaic, NJ all my life. For many years, I have gathered old embroidery, lace and crochet at local garage sales, working to save the rapidly vanishing hoards of handworked linens made by my mother’s and grandmother’s generations. I wash, deconstruct and hand sew these materials into quilted art. By incorporating clothing and tools, I connect my art to the people in my community, past and present, and help people see the stories contained in ordinary objects. ~ Diane



Tiles don't have to be ceramic - create your own 3-D fabric tile. In one day, you'll learn how to 'fossilize' objects under the fabric (it's easier than you'd imagine - only basic sewing skills required), and take home a ready-to-hang piece of art.

You can learn more about Diane here: http://www.dianesavonaart.com/
Everyone may participate. 

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Students should bring:
Scissors, thread, needles & pins. You MAY WANT TO BRING: tangible memories! old keys, jewelry, buttons, small toys, stones, a bit of Grandma’s crochet? Or some fabric from your mom’s dress? At least 12” sq, please.

For a $10 materials fee, Diane will provide:
Everything else you need: lots of fabric choices, 6" x 6" industrial felt, crochet, samples and practice pieces, and many, many interesting bits and pieces for you to embed in your tile, including ceramic fragments found while beachcombing in Maine.


Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Resist! and Dye! with Donna Johnson

Donna is a fiber artist (with a day job), working with both commercial and surface-designed fabrics to make wall hangings. Much of her work has a nature theme, which is enhanced by plant-dyeing adventures. Donna's dye materials often come from the trees in her back yard, and the embroidered pieces evolve from the dyed fabric itself and the trees with which they were dyed.


Would you like to learn about patterning fabric with plant dyes? Let’s play with several techniques for surface designing cotton and silk fabrics! We’ll try some resist methods including clamping, stitching, and tying. We’ll also try a couple of printing methods, using thickened mordant and a dye attractant. And, to pass the time while the plants and fabrics cook, we may take a turn at an old favorite - ‘Leaf Whapping’. We’ll be using ‘flat’ hardware (washers, mending plates, etc.), clamps, rubber bands, marbles, stamps, needle and thread, sledge hammers, and perhaps a few other things. And we’ll be working in a few different dye pots, with plant material picked locally. 

Everyone may participate. 
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Students should bring:
Dishwashing type gloves for protection (although disposable gloves will be available). Wear play clothes!
For a $15 materials fee, Donna will provide:
Pre-mordanted cotton and silk fabrics for each student and all other materials for the class
Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Thread Painting 101 with Betsy Habich

Betsy has had quilts juried into the American Quilters Society Show (Paducah) and the International Quilt Festival (Houston). Her work has been awarded at MQX, VQF, the Gathering, and other regional shows. She loves to share her quilting secrets!



Thread-painting gives you the freedom to make a very realistic image entirely with thread! Intrigued? In this class, we’ll warm-up with exercises in straight-stitch and zig-zag free-motion thread-painting, and learn how mix and shade colors. Then with these skills in hand, we’ll thread-paint an autumn leaf (provided by the instructor). You’ll be amazed what you can do! Expect to leave with your 7" square leaf all or mostly done.

Basic skills assumed.
 

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Students will be sent a materials list by the instructor.

For a $6 materials fee, Betsy will provide:
8 1/2" x 11" fabric sheet printed with Autumn Leaf Handouts, including color reference photo.


Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Flute Making with Hawk Henries

Hawk Henries is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now southern New England. He has been composing original music and making Eastern Woodland flutes using only hand tools and fire for more than twenty-five years.




In this workshop we will be constructing flutes out of bamboo. It’s a wonderful material that allows us to focus on the functional aspects of flute making. We will only be using hand tools such as carving knives, various types of files, sandpapers, and fire (torch)! It is my hope is that participants will finish with the inspiration to apply these same techniques to creating more flutes of their own. Please feel free to bring your favorite woodworking tools.~ Hawk 

*Students may want to also sign up for Hawk's Saturday carving class to carve an ornate block for their flute.

Everyone may participate. 

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Students should bring:
A smile and their favorite woodworking tools

For a $15 materials fee, Hawk will provide:
Bamboo
Carving knives
Various sized files
Various grades of sand paper
Propane torches
Ties for saddles



Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Friday Morning Classes

 

EASY DOES IT: Starting to knit, Starting a Sampler Scarf with Katharine Cobey

Katharine, Maine's Master Craft Artist, has taught for the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Split Rock Arts Program, Vogue Live, New England Knitting Lab, Surface Design Association, and many museums and arts programs around the country.  It is our pleasure to have her in residence at Fiber College.



If you have ever started to knit and it did not take, or you have wanted to learn and never had the chance, this class is for you. Learning to knit does take new motor skills, but knitting is actually very logical and. understanding its structure from the beginning makes learning to do it easier.

Many of us learned to knit from family or friends.  Often the teachers, and therefore we, did not know that there is only one stitch, and that knitting and purling are each other’s reverse aspect. If you talk to most beginners about “interlooping," which is how we connect our stitches, they look nonplussed. We do learn to count stitches, but have no idea of their relative length and width. Not knowing the size of our bricks makes building with them difficult.

One of the first things students will practice is to “pick up a dropped stitch.” Then, there are the three major ways to hold our knitting needles, and related, different ways to manipulate the yarn: European, American, or Portuguese. Once you are aware of the possibilities, you can choose among them or use all of them.

During class we will cast on and begin incorporating what you are learning In a Sampler scarf.

Everyone may participate. 

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Students should bring:
One 16-inch, circular needle; one pair of straight needles; and a set of double pointed needles – all size 10 ½. One skein of off-white worsted weight yarn for practice knitting, and another skein of fingering weight yarn to start your Sampler Scarf. I will bring some “smallballs” of different colors to add to the fun.








Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Rug Repair and Restoration with Susie Stephenson

Susie is the author of Designing and Hooking Primitive Rugs and owner of Stephenson Fiber Arts. In addition to teaching fiber arts classes far and wide (the latest was in Denmark) she has led fiber arts cruises to Alaska, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. She raises fiber animals, dyes their fleece, and turns it all into magic that she generously shares with her students.



This class will feature the techniques and skills needed to repair and restore old hooked and braided rugs. Each restoration is a challenge to repair and stabilize the rug while staying true to the original artist’s intent and without doing further damage. Evaluating a rug’s condition, finding and dyeing appropriate materials, and deciding how far to go in a restoration are included in this class. A fun extra will be learning about the stories behind the rugs that students bring in to restore. This class is a fit for anyone that has an
heirloom rug and wants to save it for future generations.

Basic skills assumed. 

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Students should bring:
Rug(s) in need of repair, sewing gear.

For a $15 materials fee, Susie will provide:
Sewing machine, a variety of repair materials and binding tape




Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Needle Felt a Peaceful Scene with Marty Elkin 

Marty enjoys spinning, knitting, and dyeing wool. She has worked with oils and watercolors, and now transfers her creative artistic ability to fiber arts, especially dyeing and needle felting. 

Create a beautiful scene of fields, mountains, and skies. Then we'll add some grazing sheep to the pastoral scene. Your 11" x 14" needle felted image will be suitable for framing.

Everyone can participate. 
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Students should bring:
Needles and work surface sponge. These are also available for purchase at the class.

For a $25 materials fee, Marty will provide:
Wool colors, and pattern drawn on a piece of felt.

 




Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Paint Your Own Silk Scarf with Leanne Nickon

Leanne has been drawing since childhood. Her thoughts and ideas flow onto her silk canvases the same way the water surrounds the island she lives on. One piece of advice she always give students: "Do not be so intimidated by the idea of silk as an expensive and fancy fabric that you are afraid to play, experiment, and make mistakes. You will make mistakes, and part of the fun is figuring out how to incorporate them into your design."



Learn the art of hand-painting on silk as you create your own scarf. We will start with a blank pre-hemmed white silk scarf, learning how to attach it to a wooden frame, draw on a design, outline with resist paste, and paint in colors with silk paints. We will cover design tips, painting techniques, and instructions for setting the paint at home with an iron.

"Even if you don't think you can draw or paint, you can make a beautiful design out of simple shapes and colors."  ~ Leeann


Everyone may participate. 

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Students should bring:
A hairdryer with extension cord is useful for drying the resist. I will bring several but you may want to have your own.
Bring photos or sketches for design ideas, and an apron or old shirt.

For a $15 materials fee, Leanne will provide:
8" x 54" blank silk scarf, paints, resist, marking pen, paper towel. Additional supplies used in class (wooden frame, hooks, resist applicator bottles, brushes, palettes) will be available for purchase if you want to keep them.



Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Weave a Backpack with Nancy Donker - Part One

Nancy has been weaving baskets and teaching classes for 30 years. From 2000-06 she had a full service basket shop and instruction studio in Hallowell, Maine. She always enjoys working with children and adults to teach them the craft that she loves. 



Students will complete a woven basket with a wooden base with skids, adjustable nylon straps and a sturdy wooden handle. Dimensions approximately 14 inches wide x 10 inches deep x 14 inches high. The basket is tri-colored and students will have some choice in one of the accent colors. In Part One, we will start our baskets.  In Part Two (Sunday's 9 AM to 1 PM class), we will finish the baskets. Note: This is a two-part class. Be sure to sign up for both sessions.

Everyone may participate. 

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Students should bring:
a smile

For a $90 materials fee, Nancy will provide:
Everything you need to make your backpack
Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$159.00


Quilted Buoy Pillow with Kathryn Simel

Kathryn started her quilt pattern design business in 2013 shortly after relocating to midcoast Maine. Her quilts have won awards at QuiltCon and Maine Quilts. She has recently started integrating different fabrics and fibers in her work and has also developed some slow stitching projects.

Learn basic piecing and quilting skills to create your own Buoy accent pillow. The pattern by Midcoast Cottage Design has directions for 4 different pillows in 4 sizes. 10" x 16", 16' x 16", 15" x 22" and 14" x 24".  Students can choose the design they like best to learn machine patchwork and quilting on their home sewing machine. Use colorful cotton fabrics in prints or solids to make these pillows pop!

Kathryn will contact students in early August regarding kits. She will have kits available for Large (14" x 24") and Small (10" x 16"). Alternatively, students may purchase their own fabric and just buy the pattern. 

Postponed until another time.  You will have the opportunity to see Kathryn's beautiful creations at the Thursday night Trunk Show.  She will also be offering English Paper Piecing during Friday's Rolling Class sessions.
Please visit Kathryn's website at www.midcoastcottagedesign.com

Basic skills assumed. 

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Students should bring:
A sewing machine with neutral thread, an extension cord, and quilting pins.

For a materials fee, Kathryn will provide*:
For a large pillow (14" x 24"), the $35 kit will include the pattern, all fabric needed, and batting.
For a small pillow (10" x 16"), the $30 kit will include the pattern, all fabric needed, and batting. 
For a $10 fee, students may purchase just the pattern and bring their own fabric. 
Pillow forms will be available for sale.

*Kathryn will contact students in early August regarding kits, color choices, and fabric requirements for those who want to purchase their own fabric.

Available for student use during class: Cutting and pressing stations will be set up in the classroom; students can share these or bring their own cutting mats, rotary cutters, and portable irons and boards.



Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Ceramic Buttons, Beads, and Pendants with Conni Whittaker

I have been a potter for 15 years and a fiber fanatic for 50. I dabble in everything fiber related and it creates a real dilemma when i have to decide where to play today: do I play in my sewing room or in my pottery studio? I adore buttons. I love making them. I collect them in jars and sort them by color. I sew them on quilts. Like fabric and fiber, I just like hoarding them away to pull out and play with when the time is right. -- Conni



What better way to finish your sweater, shawl, hat or other fiber piece than to top it with an original button or pin crafted with your own hands. Create a pendant to turn into a custom necklace or use it as a zipper pull on your handbag or jacket. There are so many options for creating these original mini artworks.

Students will have a choice of white or terracotta lowfire earthernware clay. We will be shaping the clay with cookie cutters, knife, or pressing the clay into a mold and then texturizing the clay with stamps, leaves, lace, flowers, jewelry, or buttons. After clay pieces have had a few minutes to dry (hopefully in the sun), they will be glazed (painted).

Then, the hard part...the waiting. I will carefully transport the pieces home with me to fire in my electric kiln to 1900 degrees and return your beautiful creations back to you by the end of the next week via USPS. Depending on the size and time spent on each, students will complete 1 to 2 dozen buttons, pendants, or beads.


Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
All listed items are optional: apron, mini cookie cutters, stamps to personalize your clay, lace, leaves, jewelry, vintage buttons. Anything with an interesting texture to transfer. Favorite paintbrushes (soft bristles, remember your "canvas" will be small).

For a $10 materials fee, Conni will provide:
Clay, tools, glaze, paintbrushes, stamps, cutters. Button shanks which can be glued to the bottom of finished/fired buttons will be available for purchase if students would rather not make buttons with holes.



Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Vegetarian Sheepskin with Kris Weyrick-Scott

Kristen is a passionate Fiber Artist and an even more passionate Fiber Art Instructor. She's been teaching felting for 6 years now and find that she learns so much from my students. She loves when they take a project to a whole new level by doing something that she had never thought of! Before she discovered the wonderful world of wool, she was involved with jewelry design and still dabbles in metals, stones, and beading.


This sheep-friendly method is used to make raw fleece look like a sheepskin…without the skin! In this workshop we will be making cloud soft "sheepskin," the perfect size for a pillow top or seat cover. This is the method used to make luxurious "sheepskin" rugs, and can be easily adapted to make collars and shawls to be used alone or added to sweaters/coats to make them extraordinary! Wet felting is a physical activity so please come prepared for a workout!

For the Shepherds and Shepherdesses among us, you can bring  your own fleece (straight from the animal, skirted and picked but without washing please- 18"x18" section would be plenty) or you can buy from me for an additional cost of $2.00 per ounce. Not all fleece is created equal, so email me if you have questions about your breed’s ability to felt with this method. k.weyrick@comcast.net


Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Your own RAW fleece if you'd like (see important details in class description)
Please bring 2 large beach towels and a large (rubbermaid type) tub, and wear clothes that can get damp with sleeves that can be pushed up. If you have a ribbed boot tray or washing board it would be great to bring, but not necessary.

For a $10 materials fee, Kris will provide a kit including:
backing wool, and the use of my felting equipment and supplies during class. If you do not have access to raw fleece it can be purchased for an additional $2 per ounce.


Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Lock Spinning with Jackie Ottino Graf



Jackie has been a part of the Fiber Scene for decades...spinning wonderful yarns that could never be replicated by a machine.  She'll share tricks, tips and inspiration for bringing to life a yarn filled with long locks of color as wild or tame as you'd like. 



Students will learn to identify healthy locks, prepare them for spinning, and then spin the curls with a binder thread to create a one-of-a kind skein of yarn. This colorful, textured yarn adds an inimitable look to knitted or woven fabric. You'll be torn between using your yarn for clothing or household textiles (pillows of spun locks are a feast to the fingers!).  Sometimes you'll love a skein so much that you'll simply wear it as a necklace or headband.  Locks are quick and fun to spin and it won't be long before your friends and family are clamoring for a skein of their own.

Basic skills assumed. 


 (details)
Students should bring:
Spinning wheel, with large orifice for best results. Nan will have a two or three spinning wheels available for those that have no wheel. 

For a $30 materials fee, Nan will provide:
All the materials from her very own flock. Students will have color choices, as she will provide both natural and dyed locks. Some color choices are shown in the picture, but more colors like red and blue will also be available. If a student has a color preference, they can let Nan know ahead of time.



Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Friday Afternoon Classes

 

Introduction to Double-Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Alasdair is a well-known knitwear designer, focusing specifically on double-knitting, He pushes the boundaries of double-knitting to include more complex color and structure variations. He is among those on the forefront of innovation in double-knitting. His book, Extreme Double-Knitting, documents a snapshot of his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques, but he is continuing to develop techniques and apply them to new designs. He is also known for his well-loved knit-alongs on Ravelry. In addition to designing patterns, Alasdair also travels all over North America to teach workshops for all levels of double-knitting experience.



Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no "wrong" side and a built-in reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork that are so well known, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire. In this workshop, you'll learn my 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. At the end of the workshop, you should have a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern. This is an advanced technique, but you need only be comfortable with the long-tail cast-on and basic knit and purl; previous experience with colorwork is also helpful but not necessary.

Basic skills assumed. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
2 contrasting colors of plain yarn in the DK to worsted weight range and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size.

For a $1 materials fee, Alasdair will provide:
Written materials.
Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Ceramic Buttons, Beads, and Pendants with Conni Whittaker

I have been a potter for 15 years and a fiber fanatic for 50. I dabble in everything fiber related and it creates a real dilemma when i have to decide where to play today: do I play in my sewing room or in my pottery studio? I adore buttons. I love making them. I collect them in jars and sort them by color. I sew them on quilts. Like fabric and fiber, I just like hoarding them away to pull out and play with when the time is right. -- Conni



What better way to finish your sweater, shawl, hat or other fiber piece than to top it with an original button or pin crafted with your own hands. Create a pendant to turn into a custom necklace or use it as a zipper pull on your handbag or jacket. There are so many options for creating these original mini artworks.

Students will have a choice of white or terracotta lowfire earthernware clay. We will be shaping the clay with cookie cutters, knife, or pressing the clay into a mold and then texturizing the clay with stamps, leaves, lace, flowers, jewelry, or buttons. After clay pieces have had a few minutes to dry (hopefully in the sun), they will be glazed (painted).

Then, the hard part...the waiting. I will carefully transport the pieces home with me to fire in my electric kiln to 1900 degrees and return your beautiful creations back to you by the end of the next week via USPS. Depending on the size and time spent on each, students will complete 1 to 2 dozen buttons, pendants, or beads.


Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
All listed items are optional: apron, mini cookie cutters, stamps to personalize your clay, lace, leaves, jewelry, vintage buttons. Anything with an interesting texture to transfer. Favorite paintbrushes (soft bristles, remember your "canvas" will be small).

For a $10 materials fee, Conni will provide:
Clay, tools, glaze, paintbrushes, stamps, cutters. Button shanks which can be glued to the bottom of finished/fired buttons will be available for purchase if students would rather not make buttons with holes.



Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Make a Jelly Fish with Kimberly Hamin

Kimberly is a fiber artist, designer, and dancer living in Western Maine. Kim co-owns and manages Fiber & Vine, a spacious and creative fiber shop that also specializes in wine, located in Norway, Maine.



Get ready for an imaginative, oceanic, craft explosion! In this class we’ll combine hand dyed wool roving, silk ribbon, beads, thread and sequins to make a sweet (or ominous) looking little jelly. To start, you’ll pick a mystery brown box of supplies, labeled only with a name... like Calder, Aphrodite, Michai, Undine, Ursula...etc.).  As you open your box, you’ll be surprised and enchanted by your carefully curated collection of materials. It will then be up to you, by using only beginner felting and sewing skills, to bring life and personality to your project!

Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Felting needles, Felting brush & foam pad (only if students already have these items). I will bring enough for students to use as well.

For a $20 materials fee, Kimberly will provide:
Jelly fish kits: wool roving, sequins/beads, thread, needle, silk ribbon & printed instructions tucked in a little box.

Instructor will provide for use:
Felting Pads, brushes, and needles.
Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Tri Loom Weaving with Jaida Glessner

Jaida is an apprentice shepherd and fiber artist at Nezinscot Farm. She is additionally studying agricultural sciences and sustainability. Her passion for fiber is around primitive and sustainable craft and textile production. 

 

In this fun interactive class, students will learn the many versatile uses of pin looms and master the simple technique of continuous strand weaving. Using a tri-loom, each student will produce a small handwoven shawl and take home a new skill that can be adapted and designed to produce an endless variety of handwoven creations.

Everyone can participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
A smile. 

For a $30 materials fee, Sarah will provide:
Student will be provided with a variety of Nezisncot Farm's hand dyed wool yarns. 

Instructor will provide for use during class:
Tri-looms, scissors, and any other necessary craft materials. 
Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


The Kitchen Dye Pot with Jackie Ottino Graf

Jackie lives on the coast of Maine, where she does fiber things full time, whether it be creating colors and yarns for her own, and several other Maine based yarn lines, or by teaching workshops. She loves natural dyes because of the chemistry, and loves Fiber College because of the ocean.



Don't throw away those food scraps! Dye your yarn with them! While it's true that the most celebrated hues come from plants cultivated as dyes, there is still a rainbow to be found in the compost bin. In this fun dye workshop, we will use only dyes that are most commonly tossed on the heap. Learn how to properly prepare your fibers for maximum dye absorption, and some tricks for shifting the colors around. Participants will leave with 12-15 yarn samples, enough for a small project.

Everyone can participate.

 (details)
Students should bring:
Note-taking materials.

For a $25 materials fee, Jackie will provide:
All dyes, dyeing equipment and fibers.



Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Quilter's Tote with Chris Fraga Thornton

A lifelong "sewist," Chris has sewn swimwear to wedding gowns and is an experienced quilter and fiber arts teacher. As a member and President of the Bangor Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, Chris taught quilting and garment sewing classes for many years, as well as designed and organized costume construction for the Univ. of Maine International Dance Festival. Her students enjoy her efficient yet relaxed teaching style, always leaving class proud of their finished project.



This quilted tote is designed to carry your favorite cutting mat, rulers, and all your sewing essentials to quilt class, then double as your ironing surface while you're sewing.  A nice project for beginners or expert quilters using a couple fat quarters and your 2.5” strips or pre-cut jelly roll fabric! You can choose to either “stitch in the ditch” or free-motion quilt one side of your bag.  We'll design your bag to fit your mat!  

Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
  • Bring your favorite portable cutting mat:  such as 12" x 24" or 18" x 24" NOTE: 18"x24" mat fabric amounts are in parentheses below; for mats even larger than that, add 2" to size of mat for ironing board fabric and batting; and two pcs of that size for the lining
  • 18” or 24" quilt ruler, rotary cutter
  • Sewing machine in good condition, usual sewing supplies
  • Coordinating/contrasting thread.  Optional: Machine quilting thread
  • Sewing machine feet:  1/4" guide foot, free-motion and/or walking feet
Fabrics:
  • If you have one, bring a small 2 1/2" jelly roll (quilt fabric), plus two fat quarters OR cut five 2.5” strips from EACH of at least four coordinating fabrics (20 pcs in all), plus two fat quarters
  • 1/2 yard (3/4 yd) low loft cotton batting
  • 1/2 yard (3/4 yd) x 43" cotton fabric for lining
  • 1/2 yard (3/4 yd) x 43" Quilted Ironing Board Cover fabric

For a materials fee, Chris will provide:

Please contact Chris ahead of time if you would like her to bring the Ironing board fabric and you can reimburse her at class. She will buy it for $11.50/yard, but will only purchase what she knows is needed.





Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Hand Quilting Gee's Bend Style with China Pettway and Stella Mae Pettway

China and Stella Mae are related by marriage, church, and quilting. They are a lovely duo who brought us joy in 2014 and are returning because of our shared love of sewing, gardening, laughter, and conversation.

China quilts long into the night with bright colors, a bold eye, and a rhythm that bears out her reputation as being one of the leading gospel singers in Gee's Bend. Her enthusiasm is infectious and you'll soon be singing along while you work on your quilt. Stella Mae is more introspective. She guides with a smile and a gentle touch to your arm. She reminds you to listen to your heart and follow wherever it leads. Stella Mae tends to blend a strong sense of style with muted denim accented with bold sprinkles of color.



For years everyone quilted by hand in Gee's Bend, now some do and some don't but everyone knows how. This four hour class is about sewing by hand.  There will be two large quilt frames set up and everyone will grab a needle and thread.  Learn the needle point stitch, the shell stitch, and other ways to enhance your quilt with a bespoke texture that cannot be replicated by machine.   


Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
a smile and favorite note taking implements

For a $5 materials fee, you will receive:

Quilting needles preferred by Miss Stella Mae and quilting thread





Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$89.00


Conquer Your Fear of Knitting Charts with Linda Courtney

Linda's love of knitting started with a gift for a friend. She was only twelve at the time, and she really wanted to knit a sweater for her best friend who was moving away. She hasn’t put down her needles since! 



If you avoid patterns that involve reading a chart you are missing out on some great patterns! Many designs are just too lengthy to describe in line by line written out directions, and those directions can get tricky to follow! This class will teach you step by step how to knit a design from charted instructions. We will cover following a basic chart in the round and back and forth, with tips for keeping your place and remembering symbols. We’ll then go on to reading repeats, cables, lace stitches, and more complicated charts, and talk about different charting conventions you may come across in stitch pattern books. Finally, we will have time to begin a project that involves a chart - "Earbuds" is a quick to work ear warmer that makes a perfect gift. Pattern will be supplied.

Basic skills assumed. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
worsted weight yarn for knitting samples needles in size for your yarn, pencil, scissors. For Earbuds project: 50 yds bulky weight yarn, straight needles in size to get gauge of 3 sts/in with your yarn.

Linda will provide graph paper and Earbuds pattern.

There is no materials fee. 



Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$69.00


Medium Tray with Tina Puckett

Tina is grateful for the opportunity to be a professional fiber artist for over 30 years. Some of the highlights of her career have been teaching weaving in Denmark and winning an award/showing her work in South Korea. She's been in top art and craft shows all across the USA and has won many awards.  Tina has received a large commission for a children's hospital in El Paso, Texas, has been in several publications, and on television.



Students will use bittersweet vines to create the frame work of this tray. Then they will weave a traditional weave with reeds.

To see more of Tina's work, visit www.tinasbaskets.com
Everyone can participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
a creative spirit

For a $25 materials fee, Tina will provide:
everything you need to complete your basket



Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Saturday All Day Classes  

Intuitive Knitting with Susie Stephenson 

Susie is the author of Designing and Hooking Primitive Rugs and owner of Stephenson Fiber Arts. In addition to teaching fiber arts classes far and wide (the latest was in Denmark) she has led fiber arts cruises to Alaska, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. She raises fiber animals, dyes their fleece, and turns it all into magic that she generously shares with her students.



This class is built on the work Susie has done with Danish fiber artist, Mette Larsen. It involves trusting your instincts and developing the ability to create a desired shape as you knit without a pattern. The project for this class will be a jacket or shawl and will incorporate a variety of wool weights, textures and colors. This would be a fun class for people who love fiber arts but are always looking for an excuse to break away from a pattern or set of instructions. The end result is a garment that is unique and a truly personal creation.

Basic skills assumed. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Knitting needles (3 different gauges between 4 and 18), 3-8 skeins of wool depending on the length of your project.

There is no materials fee for this class. 
Wool yarn and fibers to supplement student projects will be available for sale.




Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


It's All about the Slow Stitching (and the Fabric) with Donna Johnson

Donna is a fiber artist (with a day job), working with both commercial and surface-designed fabrics to make wall hangings. Much of her work has a nature theme, which is enhanced by  plant-dyeing adventures. Donna's dye materials often come from the trees in her back yard, and the embroidered pieces evolve from the dyed fabric itself and the trees with which they were dyed.



"You’ve got a lovely piece of fabric, perhaps even a piece of eco-printed or indigo dyed fabric from a previous Fiber College class, and don’t quite know what to do with it? How about collaging, appliqueing, and otherwise slow stitching it into a showpiece?

We’ll be taking plant-dyed fabrics, and exploring ways to applique, collage, and layer fabrics and threads into a cohesive piece of embroidery, showing off a special piece of fabric or yarn. Using provided plant dyed fabrics and threads, we’ll work through a number of handwork techniques for merging fabrics, transferring designs, and building up layers of imagery, in a sampler of sorts.

We will also look at ways to incorporate those ideas into a project using your own fabrics (or fabrics that will be available), which can be started in class and finished on your own.
~ Donna


Basic skills of handstitching/embroidery skills are assumed.
 (details)
Students should bring:
Students should bring their own basic embroidery supplies: assorted needles, scissors, thimble, etc., hoop if you use one. You may also want to bring your own special fabrics and threads/yarns. And stuff for note taking.

For a $15 materials fee, Donna will provide:
Sampler materials, including plant-dyed cotton and silk fabrics and threads, as well as some basic supplies for transferring designs, etc. Additional plant-dyed and surface designed fabrics and threads will be available for purchase.




Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Fly Tying with Erik Anderson

Thousands of fish have been fooled by Erik's creations over the years. Having grown up in the jewelry business, he has been a jewelry designer and precious metals craftsman all his life. The art of fly tying combines Erik's love of the outdoors with his abilities in fine detail work. 



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

Everyone can participate.
 (details)
Students should bring:
Close-up glasses or magnifying visor if you need them. This is close detail work!

For a $20 materials fee, Erik will provide:
Fly tying vises and accessory tools to use during the class, thread, fur, feathers, hooks, head cement, and various synthetic and natural fibers. Students will receive all materials to tie several flies during class.



Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Weave a Large Knitting Basket with Nancy Donker

Nancy has been weaving baskets and teaching classes for 30 years. From 2000-06 she had a full service basket shop and instruction studio in Hallowell, Maine. She always enjoys working with children and adults to teach them the craft that she loves.




Students will complete a large knitting basket with a wooden bottom and integrated sturdy wood handle. Dimensions are approximately 10.5 inches in diameter, 6.5 inches deep, with the handle extending 6.5 inches above basket rim.  Students will be able to individualize their baskets with one or more rows of color. Basket is double-lashed for appearance. What a beautiful way to display or carry the latest additions to your stash or your latest knitting project!

Everyone can participate. 
 (details)
Students should bring:
A smile

For a $35 materials fee, Nancy will provide:
All materials necessary to complete the basket.



Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


The Art of Blue: Stitched Shibori with Amelia Poole

Amelia is an artist raised by scientists who brings her love of fibers and textiles, botany, chemistry, and history to her teaching and textile art. She received an MFA in Woven Textile Design and Construction from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey, UK. Her work can be seen in galleries on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Maine. She shows her work at Fine Craft Shows and teaches throughout New England. Amelia Poole works from her shop and studio, Ecouture Textiles, in Brooksville, Maine. 



Explore the magic of Stitched Indigo Shibori! 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. 

Students will learn simple stitch techniques to create an infinite range of designs and patterns. We will also learn the basics of indigo vat preparation and dyeing.

To see more of Amelia's work, visit www.ecouturetextilestudio.com
Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Sharp scissors, close fitting dish-washing gloves.  Optional: T-shirt or piece of clothing to dye (must be washed at least twice)

For a $25 materials fee, Amelia will provide:
Shibori thread, needles, and cloth: 3 weights/styles of cotton, linen, silk/linen blend



Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Saturday Morning Classes

 

Spinning Hand-dyed Top for the Yarn You Want with Jackie Ottino

Jackie lives on the coast of Maine, where she does fiber things full time, whether it be creating colors and yarns for her own, and several other Maine based yarn lines, or by teaching workshops. She loves natural dyes because of the chemistry, and loves Fiber college because of the ocean.



We've all been seduced by that 4 oz braid of hand dyed wool top at the fiber festival. The lovely colors that look amazing in that form, but turn muddy or cluttered when spun. Maybe you want to spin yarn for a striped pair of socks. Maybe you want a long gradient for a shawl. Learn how to "read" a dye job, and how to dissect it before you spin, to make the yarn you want. We will make at least 6 samples in class. Please note: participants must have the basic skills to spin a 2 ply yarn.

Basic Skills assumed. 
 (details)
Students should bring:
A spinning wheel in good working order. 3 bobbins, a lazy kate and a niddy noddy.

For a $25 fee, Jackie will provide:
All fibers



Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Viking Cloth! with Laura Matthews

Laura began weaving in college while getting her BFA in Fiber Design at SCAD. She first worked in soft-home textile design for a national retailer before moving to Maine & managing woven production at a small weaving company. Ten years later, she weaves in her own studio, focusing on custom work for local farms & families with flocks of sheep. She is passionate about revitalizing high quality, beautifully curated textiles in our communities, as well as educating about historic craft, fiber, and textile art.
 


For the textile history lover, this class will take an in-depth look at the historical cloths woven by Viking women. We will discuss the physical labor of textile fabrication, from raising the sheep, shearing, hand spinning, weaving fabric and garment making. We will also discuss the socio-economic relevancy of woven textiles in society and the impact of textiles in trade.

For hands on fun, each student will be provided with a 16” x 20” tapestry loom with which we will recreate one of the fabrics discussed in class. Each student can walk away from class with a piece of living history and an understanding of textile value!


Basic skills assumed. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Students are welcome to bring yarn they may want to sample with, but Laura will bring a supply for everyone, so it's not a requirement.

For a $30 materials fee, Laura will supply:
16" x 20" tapestry sample loom, warp and weft yarn, hand shuttle, class handouts & notes
(All items to be kept by student)


Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Gee's Bend House Top and Brick Layer with Misses China Pettway and Stella Mae Pettway

China and Stella Mae are related by marriage, church, and quilting. They are a lovely duo who brought us joy in 2014 and are returning because of our shared love of sewing, gardening, laughter, and conversation.

China once told us that if "God saw fit to give me a machine to sew with, I'm certainly going to use it." She quilts long into the night with bright colors, a bold eye, and a rhythm that bears out her reputation as being one of the leading gospel singers in Gee's Bend. Her enthusiasm is infectious and you'll soon be singing along while you work on your quilt. Stella Mae is more introspective. She guides with a smile and a gentle touch to your arm. She reminds you to listen to your heart and follow wherever it leads. Stella Mae tends to blend a strong sense of style with muted denim accented with bold sprinkles of color.




Want a taste of Gee’s Bend style quilting? Enjoy a few hours with Misses China Pettway and Stella Pettway.

You will learn block cutting as you hand or machine stitch your choice of Housetop or Bricklayers block. Depending on your skill level, you will go home with a quilt block or two. Spend the afternoon basking in the joyful spirit of quilting "your way."  Don't expect formal instruction, but instead be inspired by the pile of fabric in the middle of the table and the gentle guidance of Misses China and Stella.  

Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
A sewing machine in good working order if you use one, a short extension cord, your favorite cutting tools and the usual sewing supplies.  A contribution of washed and ironed fabric to inspire and share.  The fabric need not be new, just clean and relatively wrinkle free.  Scraps and old cloths are just fine.

You'll be sewing outside, under a tent so you may choose to bring a small mat for your foot pedal.

Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$89.00


Cathedral Window Quilting - Hand Sewing with Anne Anderson

Anne's main textile interests include machine pieced quilts in her own designs, hand-dyeing fabrics, and using various surface design techniques. Every now and again, she does a little weaving or crochet.



The Cathedral Window is an old technique that is making a comeback and lends itself to modern designs as well as it did to calico. This was the very first quilting technique I learned. My family was visiting friends at an Adirondack camp next to a beautiful lake. It was pouring rain, and we were bored. My friend's mom brought out some muslin, needles and thread; she proceeded how to show us how to make the little folded squares, stitch them together, and fill the spaces with little scraps of colored calico. I was hooked, and that afternoon started me on my quilting journey. ~ Anne

In this class, we will make a block of four units which will hold four squares, which you can later make into a pillow or other small item (it is just under 8" square finished) or you can continue to add blocks and make an entire quilt. This is all hand-stitching, no machine required!

Everyone can participate.
 (details)
Students should bring:
Reading glasses if you need them for close work. Bring your own hand-sewing tools if you wish, and a thimble if you use one. (Teacher will have everything except specs and thimbles)

For a $10 materials fee, Anne will provide:
Fabric for the "background" (I will bring a variety of colors) and scraps for the "windows." Tools: hand sewing needles, thread, scissors, pencil, thread snips, rulers, rotary cutter and mat.


Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Tuck Scarf or Cowl with Erica Schlueter

Erica has had several patterns printed in Interweave and SoHo Publishing magazines and books (Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Vogue Knitting Knit Simple to name a few). Several of her designs were also published in Classic Elite Yarns pattern booklets. Erica has been teaching knitting for over 10 years. In the Fall of 2015 she taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Open Door program.



Students will start either a scarf or cowl and learn how to make a textured/sculpted fabric by gathering up stitches and knitting them together. Students will also learn how to cast onto a knitting needle using a crochet hook.




Basic Skills Assumed
 (details)
Students should bring:
Size 7 or 8 needles, and 250-300 yards of yarn with a gauge of 5 sts/inch preferably a plied one that can take cables well. Size I or J crochet hook.

There is no materials fee.



Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


Carve an Ornate Block for your Flute with Hawk Henries

Hawk is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now southern New England. He has been composing original music and making Eastern Woodland flutes using only hand tools and fire for more than twenty-five years.



The carved piece which is tied to the top of the flute is called the saddle. It is a functional part of the flute directing your breath to the sound hole thereby making the flute sing. The saddle can be a simple block of wood or a much more intricately carved shape such as a bird, butterfly, etc.

Though a completely finished saddle may take more than four hours, you will learn the basic steps as well as carving and sanding techniques for making your own intricate saddle.

Everyone can participate. 
 (details)
Students should bring:
Your favorite woodworking tools.

For a $5 materials fee, Hawk will provide:
Wood and ties for saddles. 

Instructor will provide for use during class:
Carving knives, various sized files, various grades of sand paper, and propane torches. 

Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Needle Felted Bobble Earrings with SueAnn DeVito



What better way to celebrate your love of fiber! Learn to needle felt and create a pair of embellished earrings that will reflect your love every time you wear them. These earrings would make a great gift for a friend who shares your passion for the fiber arts (or someone who loves unique jewelry)!

Everyone can participate.
 (details)
Students should bring:
Beads if desired. 

For a $5 materials fee, SueAnn will provide:
Wool, needle-felting supplies, earring findings, beads.
Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


Saturday Afternoon Classes

 

Embroider a Monogrammed Initial with Carolee Withee

Carol learned to embroider as a child, stitching "lazy daisies" on pillowcases. She's worked with cotton floss, crewel wools, and currently, the shiny rayon threads of Brazilian Embroidery. She loves the process of design; which makes her wall hangings and the pieces she creates for gifts, unique.





If you want to learn the art of hand embroidery; or just need a refresher class to perfect your skills; maybe you would like to learn aspects of Brazilian style embroidery; then this is the class! A hand embroidered gift for a granddaughter's graduation; a dear relative's birthday, or a gift to yourself to hang on a wall or set on a stand. Delicate floral embroidery winds around an initial. The design of flowers, leaves and vine is your own creation. Depending on the complexity of your design, you should leave with a finished piece of art.

Everyone can participate.
 (details)
Students should bring:
An embroidery hoop (9 or 10 inches in diameter) and small scissors.

For a $4 materials fee, Carolee will provide:
Background fabric, threads, needles and pattern for initials. A tatted flower will provided in each kit. 



Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Have a (Recycled) Coffee... Handbag! with Susan Perrine 

Susan has designed and produced textiles on industrial Jacquard looms, wooden barn looms, and cardboard matchboxes. She constructs introspective textiles ranging from handheld to wearable and inhabitable. Materials come from various sources: twigs and saplings, cast off books, packing material, and animal fibers. Her work has been featured in Downeast, Maine Home and Design, and Yankee Magazines.



Turn your favorite coffee into a delectable and practical, zippered bag. Make an impression and show your commitment to the environment by giving non-renewables a second life. Bring 2 coffee bags or select from Susan's ‘collection.’
Postponed until another time

Basic sewing machine skills assumed. 
 (details)
Students should bring:
sewing machine, scissors

For a $6 materials fee, Susan will provide:

2 coffee bags, calico lining, batting, thread, zipper, pattern pieces, cord for handle 



Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Multi-Color Double Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Alasdair is a well-known knitwear designer, focusing specifically on double-knitting, He pushes the boundaries of double-knitting to include more complex color and structure variations. He is among those on the forefront of innovation in double-knitting. His book, Extreme Double-Knitting, documents a snapshot of his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques, but he is continuing to develop techniques and apply them to new designs. He is also known for his well-loved knit-alongs on Ravelry. In addition to designing patterns, Alasdair also travels all over North America to teach workshops for all levels of double-knitting experience.



Bored with only two colors in your double-knitting? Add a third – or a fourth! With more than two colors per row in double-knitting, the rules change a bit. Learn how to choose a color rotation and maintain it throughout a three-color pattern. In this workshop, you’ll get to play with three-color single-pattern as well as two-pattern double-knitting – and open new doors to design possibilities that were previously impossible (or at least improbable). You’ll also learn how to integrate the third color into a foolproof double-knit selvedge, and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.

Previous double-knitting experience required -- you should either have taken Alasdair’s Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or started his Craftsy class, or have done some other double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also have some basic familiarity with knitting from charts.


Basic Skills in Double-Knitting Assumed. 
 (details)
Students should bring:
3 highly-contrasting colors of plain yarn in the DK to worsted weight range and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size.

For a $1 materials fee, Alasdair will provide:
Handout



Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Work Clothes: Recycle and Recreate with Gee's Bend Quilters: China Pettway and Stella Mae Pettway

China and Stella Mae are related by marriage, church, and quilting. They are a lovely duo who brought us joy in 2014 and are returning because of our shared love of sewing, gardening, laughter, and conversation.

China once told us that if "God saw fit to give me a machine to sew with, I'm certainly going to use it." She quilts long into the night with bright colors, a bold eye, and a rhythm that bears out her reputation as being one of the leading gospel singers in Gee's Bend. Her enthusiasm is infectious and you'll soon be singing along while you work on your quilt. Stella Mae is more introspective. She guides with a smile and a gentle touch to your arm. She reminds you to listen to your heart and follow wherever it leads. Stella Mae tends to blend a strong sense of style with muted denim accented with bold sprinkles of color.




What's more in keeping with the theme of Re-Use, Re-Design and Re-Focus than the bed covers from Boykin, Alabama?  They spring from necessity but dance from competitiveness...the tradition of Spring Cleaning.  In generations past and even today, when winter is over, the women of Boykin and the surrounding communities throw their quilts on the fence to freshen them with the sunshine and breezes.  For a few short weeks the neighbors see what was usually hidden away in the bedroom.   The casual housecleaning resulted in an informal competition; the rest is history.

This tradition of the patchwork quilt was born of scarcity and resourcefulness, arising in times and places where the shortages of cloth called for the inventive salvaging of fabric scraps and remnants.  Once worn-out work clothes, a palette of old shirts, overalls, aprons, and dress bottoms whose stains, tears, and faded denim patches provided a tangible record of lives marked by seasons of hard labor in the fields of the rural South.  When we embrace the tradition today, there really isn't a difference...the colors and cloths still remind us of those people we love and the places we cherish.  

In this class, learn to celebrate the shading and variations that make the denim quilts so iconic in the Gee's Bend collections. Tear and cut while you build a Log Cabin or Z block and leave with the beginnings of a graphic and exciting quilt or wall hanging. 


Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
A sewing machine in good working order if you use one, a short extension cord, your favorite cutting tools and the usual sewing supplies.  A contribution of  clean jeans and work clothes to inspire and share.  If there are other scraps that are important to you, wash them, and bring them along.

You'll be sewing outside, under a tent so you may choose to bring a small mat for your foot pedal.

Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$89.00


Carve a Wooden Spoon with Ken Wise 

Ken is a lifelong woodworker from the Brunswick, Maine area. He has spent many years perfecting his skills in carpentry, fine homebuilding, and woodcarving. In his efforts to create useful and beautiful objects, he has made furniture, architectural details, remote site cabins, and has turned bowls and spoons for craft fairs and galleries all around Maine. 



This is a hands on workshop where you can design and create your next new favorite a spoon or spatula! We will shape local Maine Hardwood into a beautiful, useful utensil using hand tools. Topics covered will include design, suitable woods, wood grain direction, patterns, and colors, tools and techniques, and finishing. No experience needed, all tools and materials supplied.
~ Ken

Everyone can participate. 
 (details)
Students should bring:
You don't need to bring anything unless you have some favorite hand tools for woodworking.

For a $10 materials fee, Ken will provide:
Good slabs of wood, precut spoon blanks.

Instructor will provide for use during class: Supplies and tools


Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Beaded Bruges Bracelet with Laurie Sims

Laurie has had a needle or hook in her hand for as long as she can remember.  She's known by her friends as the "go to" person for fiber related creations that range from an intricately embroidered heirloom pin cushion to a rough and ready cardigan or a delicate string of crocheted flowers in silk.  If you've been to Fiber College before, you've probably had the pleasure of meeting Laurie in the demo tent where she graciously hostesses the myriad artists who share their talents each year.



Named for the city in France, crocheted Bruges Lace is graceful, delicate and surprisingly easy to make. This project combines the basics of Bruges with the bounty of beads to make a beautiful bracelet to suit every outfit from urbane to bohemian. The perfect accessory for yourself or a friend!

Basic skills assumed. If you need a refresher, catch Laurie around campus some time before class. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Basic skill of double crochet stitch. If you need a refresher, catch Laurie on campus sometime before the class.

For an $8 materials fee, Laurie will provide:
A array of colors of pearl cotton and beads to choose from, crochet hook, needle and clasp.




Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


Sunday All Day Classes

 

Rocks, Polymer, Necklace! with Sally Savage and Musette Winton

Sally and Musette have been teaching polymer clay workshops for years. Their studying with both Laura Balombini and Kathleen Dustin have given them a strong foundation to pass on techniques learned from the "masters." This technique was developed by Kathleen Dustin. 



This workshop is designed to teach how to explore some of the possibilities of polymer clay and end up with an compliment-catching necklace with truly eye-fooling beach stones made from polymer strung on a cable wire and a friction sterling silver clasp. We will cover the basics of polymer: properties of the clay, conditioning, and firing in the oven. Each student will be given all supplies (4-clays, embossing powders, blades, jewelry findings and the extra to take home) and instruction by two workshop leaders to transform this magical medium into one of your most worn pieces of jewelry .

Everyone can participate. 
 (details)
Students should bring:
Apron, small zip lock bags to take extra clay or stones home.

For a $60 materials fee, Sally and Musette will provide:
Several colors of polymer clay, embossing powders,  jewelry findings.  Plenty to make some extra stones to take home.

Instructor will provide for use during class: 
Cutting blades, pasta machines, tools, oven to bake in, over 20 examples of pre-made stones and their formulas (which you can copy).


Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Dove in the Window Needlepoint with Susan Hoekstra

Susan is a certified Senior Master Teacher of Needlework certified through the American Needlepoint Guild. She specializes in animals and quilt geometrics as well as color theory.



Come stitch a quilt geometric, Dove In The Window, while learning how color plays off the areas of the piece. Master those compensation techniques and learn new ways to address common problems.
Postponed until another time
Basic skills assumed. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Laying Tool, Scissors, Graphite Drawing Pencil 2H, Tapestry Needles #24 & #22, Light & Magnifier (if required), Stretcher Bars – 2 11” sets, Tacks or stapler.


For a $70 materials fee, Susan will provide:
Kreinik #4 – 1 spool each colors 027(Orange), 3215(Peridot); Splendor - ½ card each 1107 (Medium Goldenrod) & 1081(Dark Birch) & 1038(Medium Camel); Planet Earth Silk - 1 skein color Dill; Threadworx Perle 5 - 1 skein each colors 1042(Desert Sunset), 1044(Chili Peppers), 1069(Spanish Olives); Zweigart Golden Glow 18 count Over-Dyed Mono Deluxe Canvas 11“ x 11“ OR
Zweigart Ecru 18 count Mono Deluxe Canvas 11” x 11.” Instruction Book with color photos.



Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Large Bowl on an Angle with Tina Puckett

Tina is grateful for the opportunity to be a professional fiber artist for over 30 years. Some of the highlights of her career have been teaching weaving in Denmark and winning an award/showing her work in South Korea.  She's been in top art and craft shows all across the USA and has won many awards.  Tina has received a large commission for a children's hospital in El Paso, Texas, has been in several publications, and on television.



Students will create the frame work of this bowl with Bittersweet vines. Then weave it with reeds.

Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
A smile.

For a $35 materials fee, Tina will provide:
Bittersweet vine and reeds needed to make the basket.



Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Natural Dyes on Cotton Fibers with Jackie Ottino

Jackie lives on the coast of Maine, where she does fiber things full time, whether it be creating colors and yarns for her own, and several other Maine based yarn lines, or by teaching workshops. She loves natural dyes because of the chemistry, and loves Fiber College because of the ocean.



I'm a wool girl. I love everything about it, especially dyeing it. But I get asked during every wool dyeing class, "So how do you dye cotton?" This is for you, quilters and seamstresses (and people from Florida!)!  I'm excited to showcase some tricks and techniques for mordanting and preparing cotton and other cellulose fibers for the natural dye pot. We will work on cotton/linen yarns, and some fabric as well. As always, participants will leave with a rainbow of mini skeins, fabric samples and a set of cloth napkins. ~ Jackie

Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Note taking materials.

For a $50 materials fee, Jackie will provide:
All fibers and dyes.

Instructor will provide for use during class:
Dye equipment. 



Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Flying Geese Runner with Miss China Pettway and Stella Mae Pettway

China and Stella Mae are related by marriage, church, and quilting. They are a lovely duo who brought us joy in 2014 and are returning because of our shared love of sewing, gardening, laughter, and conversation.

China once told us that if "God saw fit to give me a machine to sew with, I'm certainly going to use it." She quilts long into the night with bright colors, a bold eye, and a rhythm that bears out her reputation as being one of the leading gospel singers in Gee's Bend. Her enthusiasm is infectious and you'll soon be singing along while you work on your quilt. Stella Mae is more introspective. She guides with a smile and a gentle touch to your arm. She reminds you to listen to your heart and follow wherever it leads. Stella Mae tends to blend a strong sense of style with muted denim accented with bold sprinkles of color.



Flying Geese pattern takes many forms and has been adopted by many cultures.  The story of the deep south teaches us that the pattern was used by slaves and slave sympathizers as a map for escape, like the story of the drinking gourd...when the flying geese quilt was hung out on the line, the message was to follow a path towards the water for food and shelter. 

In this class, bring all your scraps and leave with at least a block and maybe a table runner depending on the speed at which you you work.  The Flying Geese pattern is wonderfully adaptable and if your heart leads you in a different direction, expect to be told to listen: "Do it your way!"

Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
A sewing machine in good working order if you use one, a short extension cord, your favorite cutting tools and the usual sewing supplies.  A contribution of washed and ironed fabric to inspire and share.  The fabric need not be new, just clean and relatively wrinkle free.  Scraps and old cloths are just fine.

You'll be sewing outside, under a tent so you may choose to bring a small mat for your foot pedal.





Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$149.00


Carve a Canoe Paddle with Ken Wise 

Ken is a lifelong woodworker from the Brunswick, Maine area. He has spent many years perfecting his skills in carpentry, fine homebuilding, and woodcarving. In his efforts to create useful and beautiful objects, he has made furniture, architectural details, remote site cabins, and has turned bowls and spoons for craft fairs and galleries all around Maine.



Here is your opportunity to make a beautiful wooden canoe paddle by carving a spruce plank into a graceful, useful creation. We will talk about woods, good design, tools, and techniques, and our favorite places to paddle. I will precut blanks to traditional profiles, and we will use spokeshave and block plane to shape the grip, shaft, and blade followed by sanding to get ready for finish. No experience required but takes some physical effort.  ~ Ken

Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Nothing, but you are welcome to bring your own spokeshave and block plane if you'd like.

For a $25 materials fee, Ken will provide:
The wood for your paddle.

Instructor will provide for use during class: 
Tools and materials needed. 



Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$139.00


Sunday Morning Classes

 

Double-Knitting Cables with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Alasdair is a well-known knitwear designer, focusing specifically on double-knitting, He pushes the boundaries of double-knitting to include more complex color and structure variations. He is among those on the forefront of innovation in double-knitting. His book, Extreme Double-Knitting, documents a snapshot of his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques, but he is continuing to develop techniques and apply them to new designs. He is also known for his well-loved knit-alongs on Ravelry. In addition to designing patterns, Alasdair also travels all over North America to teach workshops for all levels of double-knitting experience.



Back in 2011 when I came out with my book Extreme Double-Knitting, I created one hat called “Vasily” to showcase double-knit cables. At the time, I was limited by my perception that double-knit cables weren’t as flexible as standard cables, and you couldn’t use negative space to allow the cable to travel across a background. Only a short while after the book came out, I discovered a way to do double-knit cables that was elegant and clever – and opened up new possibilities for the technique.
~
Alasdair

In this workshop, you’ll learn several different techniques for double-knit twisted and traveling cables with and without a cable needle – and understand why you’d use one method over another in any given location. If we have time, you’ll learn how to make the background show up as purls rather than knits for that extra “pop”. As with the other advanced workshops, you’ll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.

Previous double-knitting experience required -- you should either have taken Alasdair’s Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or started the Craftsy class, or have done some other double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also be comfortable with single-layer cabled knitting; without a cable needle is a big bonus but not vital.

A challenging class: Double-knitting skills required.
 (details)
Students should bring:
2 highly-contrasting colors of plain yarn in the DK to worsted weight range and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size. Please also bring a U-shaped cable needle (if you don't have one, I'll have a few spares).

For a $1 materials fee, Alasdair will provide:
A handout.


Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


One Fleece - Four Yarns with Gabi Montoya-Eyerman

Gabi has been spinning for seven years and won Best in Show at Maine Fiber Frolic Skein Competition. She has her own tiny flock and three angora bunnies. When she's not spinning, she's busy as the Volunteer and Demo Coordinator for Maine Fiber Frolic and is Co-Coordinator of Fleece Tent at Common Ground Fair.



While there are innumerable ways to change wool fiber into something beautiful, we will focus on yarn and how you can take one fleece and make at least four distinct yarns in this intensive spinning workshop. Gabi will discuss how to pick a fleece that is versatile enough. She will provide the wool and fibers from one fleece that will end up as four one ounce yarn samples for each student to take home along with more fiber to continue to practice. We will learn about Worsted weight smooth yarn, Chunky or Bulky yarn, Blended yarn (adding at least one other color or type of fiber), and Core Spun yarn using a thread or fine yarn as an inner core. Spinners will also learn how to prepare the fiber for each particular type of yarn.

Basic skills assumed. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Spinning wheel.

For a $30 materials fee, Gabi will provide:
Fiber



Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Random Lace Shawl with Katharine Cobey

Katharine has taught for the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Split Rock Arts Program, Vogue Live, New England Knitting Lab, Surface Design Association, and at many museums and arts programs around the country.  It is our pleasure to have her in residence at Fiber College.



A random lace shawl is a great project for almost any knitter. For beginners it makes a beautiful piece possible because only basic skills needed.  For the intermediate or advanced knitter, it is a relaxing and welcome departure from the ordinary.

At the beginning of the class we will go over the skills needed (how to make a Yarnover increase, and right, left, and triple decreases). We will discuss the shaping of the shawl, practice the Trivia cast on, and  two ways to work Random Lace. My shape for this shawl is a diagonally knit double triangle worked from the top down. 

Then we will start knitting.  If you begin working on an actual shawl in class, make sure you have enough wool available to complete the size shawl you want (see Details). ~ Katharine



Basic skills assumed. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Paper for sketching and graph paper. For practice knitting, one skein of off-white yarn, 
the same diameter as the yarn you propose to make the shawl with; and Size 10 ½, 32 or 36 inch circular needles OR a pair of long needles.


Katharine suggests using one of the  “Malabrigo silky merino yarns.” Her shawl worked in Malabrigo has a length of 36 inches and took 5 skeins. To calculate accurately how much yarn you need, you can refer to the bottom of page 16 in Katharine's book "Diagonal Knitting."





Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$79.00


Sunday Afternoon Classes

 

Wool Combing for Spinning/Felting with Betsy Alspach

Betsy has been spinning for 20 years, has fun with every step of the Sheep to Shawl process once the fleece is off the sheep, and enjoys teaching these satisfying skills to others.



We will first discuss reasons to choose particular fibers to comb and then will use scary looking tools to comb them. Wool combs, hackles, and peasant combs will be used. There will be fiber with a variety of colors and textures to comb and blend if desired.

Everybody can participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
Feel free to bring your own wool but wool is provided in the materials fee. 

For a $10 materials fee, Betsy will provide:
Fibers to comb.

The instructor will provide for use during class:
Tools for combing.





Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


Mosaic Jewelry with Mary Brann

Mary loves sharing her joy of fiber and color! In fact, she and FC Caterer Kendra Newcombe have brought dozens on board to help with tracing, cutting, and sewing for personal items for women in Guatemala. Be sure to ask her about it!



This class offers an opportunity to utilize glass beads and odds and ends, dichroic glass, shell, metal or just about anything into two small wearable mosaic framed silver plate pendant boxes. Time needed for this class is about two hours to pick materials, plan a composition, and execute the design. There is no need for baking or additional procedures. At class end you will have your bejeweled pendants ready to wear.

Everyone may participate. 

 (details)
Students should bring:
A student may wish to provide a bit of treasured glitz.

For a $35 materials fee, Mary will provide:
A wide variety of colorful, eye-catching materials.

Instructor will provide for use during class:
All necessary tools to make the jewelry.



Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$59.00


Maker's Market Table


Maker's Market Table 
Attention: Due to popular demand, the Maker's Market has been extended to ALL DAY FRIDAY 12:00-7:30 


As part of the Fiber Fiesta, there will be a special opportunity to sell your supplies or finished crafts & homemade foods from 12:00-7:30 PM. Set up is fast . . . between 11:00 and 12:00 . . . attendance is FREE for EVERYBODY. Be our guest after the Market for the Hawk Henries Evening of Stories and Music
 
Add to calendarFriday, September 08, 2017 12:00 PM - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)
  • I'll bring a table and chair: $10.00
  • Please provide a 6' table and chair: $15.00



Northwoods Dinner + Drinks
Followed by:
Stories & Music of the Penobscot Nation with James Eric Francis, Sr. by the campfire

 
Add to calendarWednesday, September 06, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$20.00
  • one dinner and performance: $20.00
  • two dinners & performance: $40.00



Gluten free and vegan options will be delicious too!
Appetizers, drinks, stories and friends at the studio
NEW!  Followed by an Instructor Show & Tell and Trunk Show
 
Add to calendarThursday, September 07, 2017 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)



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.  Gluten-free and vegan options will be available.

Enter the code "FiberCollege" into the white box below and your dinner will be free if you've registered for at least 2 classes.




 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 09, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$20.00


Dessert Farewell
Join us for a sugary treat and a cup of coffee.  We'll gather for a few last stories, a bit of show and tell and an opportunity to offer suggestions and idea for Fiber College 2018...the more, the merrier!  
Add to calendarSunday, September 10, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)


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 check-off this box.

Please note: if you are a guest of the campground during Fiber College, there is no fee for any daytime events (other than classes, of course).
 
$42.00

 

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