Fiber College of Maine 2018

Searsport, Maine
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
September 5-9, 2018
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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.  

Knitting: Basics and Beyond

Taught by Katharine Cobey

Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 5-6, 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



The better we understand what we are doing when we knit, the better we do it, and the more fun it is. It is easier to read and follow patterns, or even to go without them, when we understand how inter-looping works, and how varying its basic structure changes it. For the same vest for example, yarnovers may be decorative elements, or a way to shape the work, or both. 

And we need to relate what we are knitting to how to do it. The color and type of yarn needs to suit the piece. The yarn for a bag is not always suitable for a dress. The size of our needles and our own knitting will affect the work. The lines of the sweater and our own body type also matter. This two day class will try to help already good knitters make even better choices about what and how they knit. After reviewing the basics we will play with them. We will focus on students learning to use what they know creatively, to make things that will be a joy to wear or use.  This 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 to knit. Come and enjoy knitting with me. 

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. 

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Students should bring:
A variety of needles, light colored yarn, note take materials, and any projects or ideas they've been having trouble with







$259.00


The Kolam Quilt - Design Your Day 

Taught by Lauren Kingsland


Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 5-6, 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Appropriate for all levels of quilting experience



This two-day class is inspired by a women’s daily artistic practice from Southern India, known as the kolam. Lines and dots are arranged in symmetrical patterns of infinite variety. Participants will learn about these beautiful continuous-line designs, and practice drawing them on paper. Each student will then design her own quilted wallhanging based on the kolam. A variety of techniques for applying the line will be presented.

The project is suitable for machine or hand applique. Experienced quilters may have time to complete a second project, so bring extra materials if you wish. Kolam is also a personal centering practice that connects the movement of the hand with the quieting of the mind. Learn to use Kolam as a gratitude practice and as a tool to confront difficulties. 

Lauren Kingsland is celebrated for her colorful quilts filled with richly varied fabrics, symmetrical motifs, and repurposed materials.  She says, “Quiltmaking is like a well-lived life.  Its beauty comes from the creative use of the materials at hand, and embracing the unexpected result.” She is recognized for her masterful and peaceful kolam quilt series, inspired by street drawings of South India.  Lauren has created more than 100 commissions for clients from their collections of treasured garments.  Her goal is to break the barriers of tradition so that quilts are recognized as an art medium and as a tool for self knowledge and healing.   She teaches quiltmaking for the Smithsonian and is actively involved in providing Art in healthcare settings.

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Students should bring:

1.5 yard fabric in 6 fat quarters, craft size batting, thread, hand sewing kit, pins, scissors, and a sewing machine.

For a $40 materials fee, Lauren will provide:
The basic materials listed above. These may be purchased from the instructor by reserving a kit before August 30. Additional materials will also be available during the class.






$259.00


Crafting Wooden Archery Bows

Taught by Stim Wilcox


Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 5-6, 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Basic skills assumed



During this two-day workshop, students will use hand tools to craft archery bows from small diameter shadbush branches or tree trunks -- often called "stickbows." Stim will show how to make bows with a hatchet and also how to make arrows from natural local shafts. Students will be able to shoot arrows with the bows.

Since 1990, Stim Wilcox has made and sold traditional archery bows at many traditional archery meets. He has led bow-making workshops in his home studio, at archery meets, and at primitive skills gatherings, such as the Puckerbrush Gathering in Columbia, Maine, and the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Open House and workshops near Warren, Maine. He is the author of a 2009 book, The Art Of Making Selfbows, has published articles in the magazines Primitive Archer and Traditional Bowhunter, and is the organizer of archery involvement at the Pleasant River Game and Fish Club in Columbia, Maine. His bows are demonstrated on YouTube, under “Stim Wilcox.” 

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Students should bring:

If possible, each student should bring a drawknife, a chair scraper, spokeshave, hand scraper, small-diameter chainsaw file, a hand sander, and good-quality sanding sheets of about 100, 200, and 320 grit.

For a $15 materials fee, Stim will provide:
A cured shadbush for each student. It's possible there will be extras for purchase.

Stim will provide for use to students during class:
Vices and tripods for holding the bows, and a variety of tools as named above to fill in gaps where students cannot bring them along.








$259.00


Tapestry, Beginning and Beyond 

Taught by Barbara Burns


Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 5-6, 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



Have you ever wanted to try tapestry weaving, but didn’t know where to begin? Or, perhaps you’ve tried it on your own and are ready for some help.

In this intensive, two day workshop you’ll learn the fundamentals of tapestry weaving. You will be guided step by step through the process of warping a loom to weave a sampler that practices a mix of skills including controlling shapes, the surface, and selvages. You will weave different angles and if there is time, curves and sewing slits. More experienced weavers will have the opportunity to “fill in the blanks” in their knowledge of tapestry techniques. Participants will create a tapestry sampler that will be a reference for the future.

Beginner and intermediate levels are welcome, but no previous weaving experience is necessary. Even an experienced tapestry weaver can benefit from a refresher and Barbara’s artistry offers something for everyone. Barbara works closely with students in class and provides individual guidance and demonstrations.

Instructor, Barbara Burns is an award winning, internationally known tapestry artist. She has studied tapestry at West Dean College in Sussex, England as well as here in the US, most notably with Archie Brennan and Susan Martin Maffei.

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Students should bring:

Short ruler, scissors, tapestry needles (large eye, blunt point), strong sewing thread, permanent marker.

Optional items:  Bobbins, small pipe loom, painter's easel. (These three items will be supplied if students don't have them.) 


For a $10 materials fee, Barbara will provide:
Warp and weft materials, along with extensive handouts.

Barbara will provide for student use during class: 
Looms, bobbins, and easels. 




$259.00


Sweater Chop Shop

Taught by Crispina ffrench


Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 5-6, 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



A Sweater Chop Shop is a free-wheeling creative outpouring of cutting and sewing used and discarded clothing into new, carefully (yet quickly) constructed bespoke garments. During this class, students will make custom designed and sized sweaters or sweatshirts from used collected wool, cashmere, mohair, and/or alpaca sweaters or cotton sweatshirts that have been machine washed and dried. Cutting and hand sewing skills are handy but no experience is necessary for this class.

Crispina ffrench is the originator of ‘Textile Waste Alchemy.’ She’s been turning discarded textiles into useful things since 1987. A passionate environmentalist, maker and women’s empowerer, ffrench has authored a teaching book, The Sweater Chop Shop. She teaches, blogs, and makes and sells her work at select retail events and online. 

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Students should bring:
Used wool, cashmere, mohair, and/or alpaca sweaters or cotton sweatshirts that have been machine washed and dried. (It is O.K. if the animal fiber sweaters shrink.)

Crispina will supply for student use during class:
Tools, including scissors, needles, pins, and yarn as well as a handful of prepared garments to augment student materials. 
$259.00


Andean Pick-up Weaving on Backstrap Looms

Taught by Laverne Waddington


Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 5-6, 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everybody can participate.



The ancient craft of backstrap weaving is practiced by many indigenous weavers across the world today. In the high Andean mountains young girls sit on the ground and tend their grazing sheep while weaving bands decorated with intricate patterns. The warp is attached to their bodies with a piece of string around their waist. When it is time to move their flock, the girls simply roll up their work and place it in a pocket.

In this workshop, students will sit in chairs and start out by learning the basics of backstrap loom operation in which the weaver uses movements of his/her own body to adjust tension and open the sheds. The weaver is the loom! We will weave plain-weave bands and then quickly progress to learning the principles of patterning using the motifs that are typically learned by young weavers of Andes. These principles will then be applied to wider warps that the participants will create themselves allowing them to advance to more complex patterns.

Laverne has been learning to weave on simple looms with indigenous teachers in South and Central America since 1996. In her home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, she draws on ethnic design influences from around the world to create pieces on a backstrap loom using the various techniques and structures she has studied. Laverne has shared her skills and experiences with many visitors to Bolivia over the years and now reaches a global audience with her weaving tutorials and travel tales on her blog. She provides online advice and support to weavers through forums such as Ravelry and teaches and speaks at guilds and textile conferences around the world.

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Students should bring:

Scissors, pencil and eraser (not a pen!), one metal screw-down type C clamp 2" size. 

For an $10 kit fee, Laverne will provide:
Prepared warp and yarn for warping.

Laverne will provide:
All tools and equipment for use in class. Handout. 






$259.00


Wall Hangings/Prayer Bundles and Masks in Felt and Mixed Media

Taught by Susan Mills


Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 5-6, 2018 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level:  Everyone can participate.



On Day One, we will make felted backgrounds that will be joined with mixed media materials (sticks, stones, beads, feathers, string, yarns, threads etc.) to allow for your unique finished piece to hang beautifully on the wall. I will invite you to be mindful and "fun-full" as we co-create together.



On Day Two, we will each create a Ceremonial Mask. A Ceremonial Mask is smaller than would fit our own body and it acts as a symbol and invokes all things beautiful. Your mask may be hung on a wall or sit upon a pedestal depending on your vision.

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.

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Students should bring:

Felting fibers, chocolate, towels, notebook and pencil, scissors, any yarns or threads/string that you may have, precious sticks, stones, or any objects that spark your joy and bring you to your blessed mindful center.

Susan will provide:
A selection of merino wool that will be for sale at $4.00 per ounce.  She'll also bring some cones of different fibers such as tencel, wool, and silk. All tools required for the class will be supplied but if you would like you may bring your own palm sander.





$259.00


Chain Mail Magic

Taught by Steve Schreurs


Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 5-6, 2018  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate. 



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 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. Steve helps to make wishes come true for individuals and charities through his participation in long distance endurance athletic events. He describes his life as a hodgepodge of experiences, farmer, cowboy, canoe guide, and nuclear engineer are just a few on his long list of accomplishments.

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Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $15 materials fee, Steve will provide:
Everything you need to succeed with your project.






$259.00


Friday All Day Classes

 

Surface Design on Fabric with Plant Dyes - Part A


Taught by Donna Johnson


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  9 AM - 4 PM

Part B is offered on Saturday 9 AM - 4 PM
You may take one or both classes (see details below).
A discount is offered if you take both classes.

Experience: Everyone can participate.


Would you like to learn about patterning fabric with plant dyes? Let’s play with several techniques for surface designing cotton and silk fabrics! In this two-day class, we’ll spend the first day sampling a number of surface design techniques, and the second day developing those techniques, and using them to create larger pieces of fabric. Take one day or both.

On Day One, we’ll start off with mordanting techniques for the fabrics, and continue on through dye bath preparation, fabric preparation, and dyeing. We’ll be trying some resist methods including clamping, stitching, and tying. We’ll also try a couple of stamping 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. We’ll be working in a few different dye pots, with plant materials picked locally.

On Day Two (Saturday), we’ll look more closely into printing on fabric with mordants and thickened dyes, using stamps, stencils, and screen-printing techniques. Then, we’ll take what we have learned, and continue to design fabrics. This can be smaller pieces or ‘yardage’ size pieces, depending on your desires. Make fabric with a repeat pattern of one technique, or design a piece of art cloth combining techniques. (If you want to take BOTH days, you need to sign up for the two parts separately; use the discount code on the Saturday class to get a discount.)

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.

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Students should bring:
Dish-washing type gloves for protection (although disposable gloves will be available). You may choose to bring other fabrics (natural), or perhaps some yarns or threads. And if you have an abundance of a plant material you’d like to try out, bring it along. Wear play clothes!


For a $20 materials fee, Donna will provide:
Cotton and silk fabrics.

Donna will provide for use by students during class:
Everything else needed to complete the project.
















Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$139.00


Ferris Wheel Bird Feeder

Taught by Tom Blackford


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate.


Upcycle your bicycle wheel, some Altoid tins, and an old chair, into a colorful entertaining one-of-a-kind bird feeder. The squirrels love them, too! Paint your tins bright and cheerful and with a few tools assemble your feeder and get ready for fun.

Tom has had a long career as husband to a fiber artist.  He excels at attending lamb births, lugging wool, modeling socks, hanging rugs, winding yarn, cutting wool strips, and can tell the difference between a handspun 100% wool sweater and a polyester blend at 100 yards. This year though, he’s teaching his own class!  Tom’s passion is woodworking, boatbuilding, and just messing about with materials on hand to create something new.  Using found materials whenever possible, he makes things that move or accomplish a task.  The process of figuring it out is as rewarding and fun as the finished product.

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Students should bring:

Student can bring their own front wheel from a bike with axle, an old chair and at least 6 Altoid tins. Or they can choose to buy the kit and just show up for class.

For a $25 materials fee, Tom will provide:
A kit with all materials needed to complete the project (wheel w/axle, old chair, and Altoid tins).

Tom will provide for use by students during class:
Tools, paints, brushes, thinner, and fasteners.





Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$139.00


Discharge Shibori

Taught by Kathleen Goddu


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate. 



Shibori is a Japanese dye resist process that creates three dimensional patterns on a two-dimensional surface. During this workshop you will experiment with combining stitched and fold/clamp Shibori techniques and how to obtain 2, 3 and even 4 colors on one piece of fabric. We will use an indigo vat plus two other colored dye vats. Combining or over-dyeing with vat dyes allows you to discharge on color and obtain another color. You will also discover which sequence of color dyeing works best to obtain the color you desire. In other words, do you dye first with yellow, then indigo to get green…or do you dye in the reverse order and if you do what color do you get? It’s truly magical to create multi-color, multi-patterned pieces of fabric. You will also create small color samples to keep as a reference. If you have Shibori pieces from previous workshops, feel free to bring them with you. They can be overdyed!

After two trips to Japan where she was introduced to ancient Japanese textile art forms, Kathleen learned the authentic techniques of the gorgeous Japanese dye process called Shibori and the white on indigo quilt stitching called Sashiko. As she became proficient in these processes, she began to further explore their boundaries of design. She was inspired by work of other well-known Shibori artists and she has explored techniques that mimic textures in nature. Kathleen uses the magical powers of indigo dye to communicate the soft edges and breath-taking beauty of Shibori on fabric and often incorporates Sashiko stitching into her work. Her passion for these art forms comes through in her workshops.


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Students should bring:

Scissors, 1 spool of Dual Duty XP Thread beige, Needles, 12” clear ruler, fugitive marking pen or pencil, rubber gloves to withstand very hot water (not surgical gloves), apron or old clothes you don’t mind getting dyed, stitch ripper, thimble, 1 gal bucket, notebook and pen/pencil.

For a $25 materials fee, Kathleen will provide:
Fabrics, elastics, all dye supplies, written information

Kathleen will provide for use by students during class:
Clamps, wood, hot plates, pots, drying racks, extruder, extension cords, and plastic.




Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$139.00


Mindful Machine Knitting

Taught by Allysun West
 

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate.*



It’s just like your beloved 2 needle knitting but on a machine with 200 needles and 20 times faster. However, we will acknowledge that machines like these were a step toward our fast paced modern world, and will focus on the stress relieving, meditative, and healing qualities the process has to offer. 

This workshop will include learning the basics on the knitting machine. We will dive into simple techniques that will give you the tools to create endless beautiful possibilities. You will learn how to cast on, knit with ladders, use a punchcard, switch colors, knit weave, transfer, and cast off. You can set a goal to leave with a beautiful scarf, a bunch of different swatches, a hat, or whatever else you desire.

* Students are expected to bring their own knitting machine, complete and in good working condition, with appropriate manuals (download from the web if necessary). Only three knitting machines will be available for student use during class. A teams of 2 will share each machine. 

NOTE: This is NOT a clinic for your knitting machine. 

Allysun West is a slow fashion and textile designer. She is concerned with the synthetic chemicals and toxins that surround us everyday in our air and on our clothing. West knits and sews exclusively with natural fibers and harnesses the positive healing energies emanating from natural fibers, such as wool and linen, in combination with medicinal plant dyes. The medicinal qualities are emitted through the active chemical compounds in the plant and then soaked into fabric to radiate both the dye and fiber’s healing qualities onto the wearer. The medicinal energies are presented in the form of garments to promote a direct pathway for healing by being absorbed through the pores of the skin.

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Students should bring:
A knitting machine complete, in good working condition, with the manual (you may need to download online); their own yarn of either sport weight, lace weight, worsted, sock yarn, or anything of similar size. Yarns from Jaggerspun are always a safe bet. 

Ally will provide for use by students during class:
Only three knitting machines, basic tools for each, punch cards. Cones of yarn for sale

If you need to reserve one of the three available knitting machines, please indicate on your registration form.


Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$139.00


Friday Morning Classes

 

Spinning Rings

Taught by Amanda Coburn


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  9 AM - 1 PM
(This class will be offered again at 1:30 - 5:30.)

Experience: Everyone can participate. 



In this metalsmithing workshop, you’ll learn how to solder to make a flared sterling silver ring with an independently spinning outer ring. You can add lots of different textures to both the inner and outer ring, and use mixed metals as well. There are lots of ways to make this ring uniquely yours! 

Students will have the choice of copper or sterling silver materials. Be sure to click on Details below.

Amanda Coburn is an artist and jewelry designer from Old Town, Maine. She has been metalsmithing since 2005, and has shipped her creations all over the world. She began teaching in 2008, and now teaches year round at her gallery- Maine Jewelry & Art in downtown Bangor. She also teaches at the Schoodic Arts Festival in Winter Harbor, and Bucksport Adult Ed. She's excited to be part of the Fiber College this year as well!


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Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $75 materials fee, Amanda will provide:
Sterling silver materials.

For a $55 materials fee, Amanda will provide:
Copper materials.

Amanda will provide for use by students during class:
Brass sheet and wire, solder, torches, tools, and equipment.







Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$79.00


Carve a Wooden Spatula or Cooking Spoon

Taught by Ken Wise
 

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate. 




This is a hands on workshop where you can design and create your next new kitchen spatula or cooking stirrer. 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. 

Ken Wise is a professional woodworker in Brunswick, ME. Over the past three decades his interests and skills have migrated from house construction and finish carpentry, to cabinet and furniture making, to carving and turning. His work today consists of architectural turning, furniture, and a line of turned and carved bowls, spoons, and kitchenware that he sells through shops and galleries. Ken also makes canoe paddles and wildlife art in native Maine hardwoods for regional craft fairs, including the Common Ground Fair in Unity, ME. He also teaches classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME and The Shelter Institute in Woolwich, ME. 
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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 spatula and stirrer blanks.

Ken will provide for use during class:
All supplies and tools necessary to complete the project. 



$79.00


Tabletop Market Basket

Taught by Nancy Donker


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate.




Make your trip to the farmers market or fiber group even more enjoyable by carrying your very own woven tabletop market basket. To create this traditional basket you’ll be learning how to use: basket reed, attach a wrapped flat “D” handle and add your choice of color embellishments. Your completed basket will end up being your “go to” tote of choice.

Nancy has been enthralled with basket making for well over three decades. From 2000-06 she had a full service basket shop and instruction studio in Hallowell, Maine.She loves to create traditional baskets that are both beautiful and usable. Nancy especially enjoys adding natural materials like driftwood, dried flowers, shells, and stones to her baskets for handles or embellishments. She always enjoys working with children and adults to teach them the craft that she loves.

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Students should bring:

A smile. 

For a $43 materials fee, Nancy will provide:
A full kit to complete the basket.

Nancy will supply for use by students during class:
Necessary tools. 



$79.00


Curvalicious Table Runner

Taught by Patty Sawyer


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Experience: Basic Skills Assumed.



Here's a ruler based technique with fast, fun, and fabulous modern appeal. Use this ruler to design a multitude of creative pieces and fused designs in your quilts, bags, clothing and more. Once you use the tool, the options are endless. Quilting and finishing techniques will be discussed in class however, students will be responsible for finishing at home.

Best known for her infectious passion for quilting, Patty Sawyer has been actively lecturing, instructing, and judging in the quilting industry for more than 12 years.  Patty’s whimsical approach and playful style of connecting with her students leads to unleashing inhibitions and revealing hidden talents.   Her philosophy includes disguising experimentation as a means to mastering basic skills.  She delights in sharing her expertise and abundant knowledge of shortcuts, tips, and tools to help enlighten and build confidence.  Patty’s goals are not predicated in neurotic perfectionism but rather in encouragement of joyful satisfaction in accurate execution and achievement. Patty’s work is often inspired by her love for color and natural surroundings. Patty owns Border 2 Border Quilting Studio and Sew-clusion Retreats in Sebago, Maine.

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Students should bring:

A standard sewing machine in good working order with power and extension cords; ¼” machine sewing foot plus an open toe or free motion quilting foot; #50 wt. spool of neutral color piecing thread with matching pre-wound bobbin; basic sewing supplies (pins, scissors, seam ripper etc.); variety of decorative threads as desired for embellishment; 28mm rotary cutter with sharp new blade; large cutting mat; minimum of six 5-1/2” X WOF high contrasting fabrics (Suggestions:  favorite colors, scrappy, batiks, seasonal, or solids.  Avoid directional fabrics); enough contrasting fabrics to cut 32 – 2” circles (may be just one color or several different colors); ½ yard of backing fabric; ¼ yard of binding fabric.

For a $30 materials fee, Patty will provide:
A kit with one Curvalicious ruler with instructions; 1-1/4 yard of paperbacked fusible web; cotton batting. 

Patty will provide for use by students during class: 
Sizzix machine and dyes for cutting various size circles; all “step-out” materials (samples) for demonstration and instruction; minimum of three irons and ironing boards or mats.
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$79.00


Intuitive Knitting and Crochet - Part One

Taught by Susie Stephenson and Laurie Sims


THIS IS A TWO-PART CLASS. Be sure to sign up for both sections.
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  9 AM - 12 PM (Part 1)
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Part 2)

Experience: Basic skills assumed.



For those eager to move beyond a pattern! In this seminar style class, we will help you design a new piece or complete a piece that has you stuck. Topics that may be covered include styles that suit you; sizing and gauge; yarn weight, color and fiber content choices; working from an existing garment; altering an existing pattern; and creating a knit from a crochet pattern or crochet from a knit pattern.

This is a class that will mold itself to the needs and desires of the students. Susie and Laurie have both created, designed and taught extensively in both knit and crochet as well as sewing design and upcycling. Let us know what you want to create and we’ll help you make a garment or wrap that is uniquely you.

Laurie is a self-taught crochet designer, teacher, and artist who can’t resist jumping into unknown territory.  Her preferred materials range from hand processed yarns to strips of recycled fabric to hardware store paraphernalia. Inspiration comes from many sources and often asks a question.  How would this knit garment translate to crochet?  What can I make with 2 balls of this and 3.5 ounces of that and the trim from that thrift store tablecloth? Then again, inspiration might just be the joy of finding a new color of surveyor’s tape or neon fishing line.  The resulting sweater, accessory or art piece is sure to be colorful, practical, and decidedly unique.

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.

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Students should bring:
An eagerness to explore brave new skills, ideas for a new garment or shawl or a project you have started and are stuck on. Yarn and needles or hooks. Extra yarn and tools for experimentation.

There is no materials fee for this class. 

The instructors will provide:
Ideas, techniques, and lots of laughs. Plus fibers and other interesting things to purchase to help make your garment one of a kind.




$139.00


Wrapped in Luxury - Felted Collar

Taught by Kris Weyrick-Scott


Friday, Sept 7, 2018  10 AM - 12 PM

Experience: Basic Skills Assumed




This is the perfect accessory to dress up a simple sweater or keep you warm under a jacket. In this wet felting workshop you will learn how to lay fibers to make a ruffle and add lovely locks for a collar that is sure to turn heads. We'll be felting these using super soft Merino and long Icelandic curls. They will be beautifully white but just imagine what you can do with it at home by dyeing, embroidering, crocheting, needle felting, beading...Oh, the possibilities!

Kris Weyrick-Scott is an award winning Fiber Artist hailing from NH who loves to experiment with new approaches to ancient arts. Renowned for her felted sculptures, she often combines wool work with other fiber crafts. She believes that there are no rules in art, only suggested paths that can be (should be?) deviated from as the artistic vision takes form.  By melding mediums and techniques she pushes the confines of traditional methods, and delights in coaching others to do the same.  She happily teaches in her New Hampshire studio and at wool gatherings throughout New England and has shown her work in galleries along the Eastern coast.

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Students should bring:

2 large towels and sleeves that can be pushed up.

For a $15 materials fee, Kris will provide a kit including:
All felting supplies and materials.


$59.00


Friday Afternoon Classes

 

Watercolor: With the Flow - Part One

Taught by Mattina Blue


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  12:30 PM - 2:30 PM 
Another workshop (with different techniques) is offered from  3 PM - 5 PM. 
Students are welcome to take either or both. A discount will be offered if you take both.

Experience: Everyone can participate.



This class will begin with a series of demonstrations of watercolor techniques to demystify and make accessible this wondrous medium. We'll look at ways to create expressive, dynamic surface designs for fabric, for branding materials or as a part of a studio practice for warming up and letting go. A celebration of the beauty of watercolor, this class will be playful and practical. Students will create their own exploratory paintings to explore the techniques, and then will have the opportunity to make small gift cards, hang tags, etc. on a variety of paper sizes. 

Mattina is a visual artist whose work stands on decades of dedication to photographic and meditational practices. Throughout the year, she teaches creative watercolor painting in workshops around the world and out at sea. She's lived and worked in a reconstructed barn on the coast of Maine for the past 22 years.

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Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $10 materials fee, Mattina will provide:
Everything that is needed including paper, paint, brushes, palettes, supplies to create textures, cards/envelopes, hang tags, etc.







Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$59.00


Introduction to Double-Knitting

Taught by Alasdair Post-Quinn


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Experience: Basic skills assumed.



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.

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 books, "Extreme Double-Knitting" and "Double or Nothing," document his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques; he is continuing to develop techniques and apply them to new designs. In addition to designing patterns, Alasdair also travels all over North America to teach workshops for all levels of double-knitting experience.


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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.
$79.00


Andean Pick-up Weaving on Backstrap Looms

Taught by Laverne Waddington


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Experience Level: Everybody can participate.



Using nothing more than yarn, fingers and a waist band, participants will be introduced to the basic principles of backstrap loom operation and band-weaving in the way young girls in the Andes do as they tend their flocks of sheep. We will then use the narrow prepared warp to create a simple traditional pattern of the Peruvian and Bolivian highlands and several of its variations. The participants will practice reading patterns and charting them from woven samples so that they can go on to weave even more patterns after the class. 

Laverne has been learning to weave on simple looms with indigenous teachers in South and Central America since 1996. In her home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, she draws on ethnic design influences from around the world to create pieces on a backstrap loom using the various techniques and structures she has studied. Laverne has shared her skills and experiences with many visitors to Bolivia over the years and now reaches a global audience with her weaving tutorials and travel tales on her blog. She provides online advice and support to weavers through forums such as Ravelry and teaches and speaks at guilds and textile conferences around the world. 

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Students should bring:

Scissors, pencil and eraser (not a pen!), one metal screw-down type C clamp 2" size. 

For an $5 kit fee, Laverne will provide:
Prepared warp.

Laverne will provide:
All tools and equipment for use in class. Handout. 






$69.00


Spinning Rings

Taught by Amanda Coburn


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
(This class is also being offered on Friday at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)

Experience: Everyone can participate.




In this intermediate metalsmithing workshop, you’ll learn how to make a flared sterling silver ring with an independently spinning outer ring. You can add lots of different textures to both the inner and outer ring, and use mixed metals as well. There are lots of ways to make this ring uniquely yours! 

Students will have the choice of copper or sterling silver materials. Be sure to click on Details below.

Amanda Coburn is an artist and jewelry designer from Old Town, Maine. She has been metalsmithing since 2005, and has shipped her creations all over the world. She began teaching in 2008, and now teaches year round at her gallery- Maine Jewelry & Art in downtown Bangor. She also teaches at the Schoodic Arts Festival in Winter Harbor, and Bucksport Adult Ed. She's excited to be part of the Fiber College this year as well!

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Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $75 materials fee, Amanda will provide:
Sterling silver materials.

For a $55 materials fee, Amanda will provide:
Copper materials.

Amanda will provide for use by students during class:
Brass sheet and wire, solder, torches, tools and equipment.







Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$79.00


Carve a Crochet Hook or Spinning Wheel Hook

Taught by Ken Wise
 

Friday, Sept. 8, 2018  2 PM - 4 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate. 



This is a hands on workshop where you can design and create your next new favorite crochet hook or spinning wheel orifice hook. 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. 

Ken Wise is a professional woodworker in Brunswick, ME. Over the past three decades his interests and skills have migrated from house construction and finish carpentry, to cabinet and furniture making, to carving and turning. His work today consists of architectural turning, furniture, and a line of turned and carved bowls, spoons, and kitchenware that he sells through shops and galleries. Ken also makes canoe paddles and wildlife art in native Maine hardwoods for regional craft fairs, including the Common Ground Fair in Unity, ME. He also teaches classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME and The Shelter Institute in Woolwich, ME. 
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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 crochet and spinning wheel hook blanks.

Ken will provide for use during class:
All supplies and tools necessary to complete the project. 



$59.00


Woven Bowl

Taught by Tina Puckett


Friday, September 7, 2018  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate. 



Baskets not only capture the practical things we have in our homes, but their beauty and artistry make them perfect for display. Experience the satisfaction of weaving your own small-scale, personal bowl using basket reed. You’ll experience a very approachable way to create a traditional weave structure (form) and learn a practical skill which will motivate you to move further into the wonderful world of basketry.

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 received a large commission for a children's hospital in El Paso, Texas, has been in several publications, and on television.

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Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $5 materials fee, Tina will provide:
All materials needed to make the bowl.



$59.00


Felt Sugar Skulls

Taught by Mandy Russell


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 2 PM - 4 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate.




Celebrate a bit of Mexican culture and stitch up a sweetly embellished felt sugar skull. Sugar skulls were originally placed at the graves of the departed to encourage them to join the festitvities on Dia de Los Meurtos. 

In this workshop, we will borrow the sugar skull motif and stitch up this stash-busting 3 inch tall stuffed skull, each one as unique as its maker! The instructor will provide a huge assortment of found objects to peruse. Choose several to stitch onto your skull, such as zippers, charms, silk flowers, and beads. The instructor will also show how to form a running stitch, a whip stitch, a blanket stitch, and a cross stitch. Each kit will include a skull pattern and several stitch diagrams.

Mandy is a seasoned freelance writer for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and has taught for them at several national art retreats. She has also taught art and craft workshops locally for almost 10 years. Mandy owns her own teaching studio in downtown Brunswick, The Painted Dog, where she teaches a wide variety of workshops for kids and adults.

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Students should bring:

Small sharp scissors, optional: any small object that has personal meaning that you wish to stitch on your skull.

There is no materials fee for this class.

Mandy will provide:
Pre-cut wool skulls, scissors, embroidery floss, pins, needles, a plethora of found object embellishments, trim, zippers, stuffing, handouts with pattern and stitch diagrams. 



Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$59.00


Beauty in the Fleece!

Taught by Gail Chase


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate. 



In this class, we will process three types of fleeces: fine, medium and longwool. Students can expect to discover the qualities of fleeces you are likely to encounter, how much fun it is to analyze raw fleece, and how the fleece helps determine the process. Students will learn about when to use (or not use) a suint vat. We'll explore the world of  fleece cleaning, including how to make it work for your life and schedule; how to process the fleece once it's clean--choices, choices, choices; and how, when, and how much you want to plan. 

Chase’s fiber journey began with a fleece that she had been carrying around for more years than she dares to admit.  Once she learned processing principles, first at Fiber College, she was off and running.  Today she has a fiber room that houses approximately 50 fleeces in her home in Unity, Maine.  Although she spins, felts, and knits, turning gloriously greasy raw fleeces into heavenly and beautiful batts is still her favorite part of the process of getting from animal to garment. Each year she volunteers at the Common Ground Fair’s fleece tent, where she encourages those who are hovering around a fleece to let her open it for them and, together, discover the beauty that’s in that fleece.

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Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $5 materials fee, Gail will provide:
Three ounces per student of raw fleece to clean, three ounces of the same fleece, but already cleaned, for students to use to further process.

Gail will provide for use during class:
Examples of three fleeces in raw, washed and processed form, handcards, rotary carders, miniature combs, and hackle/comb combo. Handouts.




$59.00


Watercolor: With the Flow - Part Two 

Taught by Mattina Blue


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  3 PM - 5 PM 

Part One (different techniques) is offered today at 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM. 
Students are welcome to take either or both. Enter discount code if you take both.

Experience: Everyone can participate.



This class will begin with a series of demonstrations of watercolor techniques to demystify and make accessible this wondrous medium. We'll look at ways to create expressive, dynamic surface designs for fabric, for branding materials or as a part of a studio practice for warming up and letting go. A celebration of the beauty of watercolor, this class will be playful and practical. Students will create their own exploratory paintings to explore the techniques, and then will have the opportunity to make small gift cards, hang tags, etc. on a variety of paper sizes. 

Mattina is a visual artist whose work stands on decades of dedication to photographic and meditational practices. Throughout the year, she teaches creative watercolor painting in workshops around the world and out at sea. Mattina has lived and worked in a reconstructed barn on the coast of Maine for the past 22 years.

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Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $10 materials fee, Mattina will provide:
Everything that is needed including paper, paint, brushes, palettes, supplies to create textures, cards/envelopes, hang tags, etc.







Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$59.00


Learn to Tie . . . Nautically! 

Taught by Meg Reilly


Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  3:30 PM - 5:30 PM 

Experience: Everyone can participate.



For centuries, sailing ships were the primary means of transport of goods and people. Sailors often had considerable spare time on long passages. To alleviate boredom, sailors developed the intricate art of decorative ropework. Traditional maritime ropework has a practical function such as serving as a mat, heaving line, or stopper knot. Students will learn about the rope work practiced by sailors, the tools used, and will tie simple decorative knots such as the monkey's fist and turk's head.

Meg learned her first knots as a girl sailing with her parents and siblings on Frenchman's Bay. She currently resides in Belfast where she ties full time to stock her shop, The Sail Locker. 

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Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $5 materials fee, Meg will provide:
Everything needed to complete the project. 







Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$59.00


Saturday All Day Classes  

Beginning Flute Making

Taught by Hawk Henries


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate.



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 LEVEL 2 Class (Sunday 9-4) to learn more technical techniques for accentuating and tuning their flute.

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 almost 30 years. Hawk is committed to music as a traditional art form and as a vehicle for building bridges of communication and mutual respect. He teaches and performs in a wide variety of settings.

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Students should bring:

A smile and their favorite woodworking tools.

For a $15 materials fee, Hawk will provide:
Bamboo, wood for saddles, and ties for saddles.

Hawk will provide for use by students during class:
Carving knives, various grades of sand paper, various sized files, MAPP gas torches, wood glue.






Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$139.00


Surface Design on Fabric with Plant Dyes - Part B


Taught by Donna Johnson


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  9 AM - 4 PM

Part A is offered on Friday 9 AM - 4 PM
You may take one or both classes (see details).
A discount is offered if you take both classes.

Experience: Everyone can participate.


Would you like to learn about patterning fabric with plant dyes? Let’s play with several techniques for surface designing cotton and silk fabrics! In this two-day class, we’ll spend the first day sampling a number of surface design techniques, and the second day developing those techniques, and using them to create larger pieces of fabric. Take one day or both.

This Day Two class builds on what has been learned in Day One. If you took Donna's class last year, you are set for Day Two. And those with some previous experience with plant dyeing and surface design techniques are welcome to participate, also. (Please use discount code only if you are signing up for both of Donna's classes, Friday and Saturday.) 


On Day Two, we’ll look more closely into printing on fabric with mordants and thickened dyes, using stamps, stencils, and screen-printing techniques. Then, we’ll take what we have learned, and continue to design fabrics. This can be smaller pieces or ‘yardage’ size pieces, depending on your desires. Make fabric with a repeat pattern of one technique, or design a piece of art cloth combining techniques.


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.

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Students should bring:
Dish-washing type gloves for protection (although disposable gloves will be available). You may choose to bring other fabrics (natural), or perhaps some yarns or threads. And if you have an abundance of a plant material you’d like to try out, bring it along. Wear play clothes!


For a $20 materials fee, Donna will provide:
Cotton and silk fabrics.

Donna will provide for use by students during class:
Everything else needed to complete the project.
















Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$139.00


Rocks in Your Head? No, Around Your Neck!

Taught by Sally Savage and Musette Winton

Saturday, September 8, 2018  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate. 



Students will explore some of the possibilities of polymer clay and end up with a 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 extra to take home) and instruction by two workshop leaders to transform this magical medium into one of your most favorite pieces of jewelry.

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. Sally now has a farm in Ireland where she has started a flock of Herdwick Sheep. 

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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, cable wire, friction clasp closures. Plenty to make some extra stones to take home.

Instructors 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).


$139.00


Inner Ballerina Doll

Taught by Mandy Russell


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience: Basic skills assumed.



Spend a day discovering and making your inner ballerina. An 18” ballerina wearing a wool cat suit with a gorgeous and embellished tutu, that is! Are you a prissy orange tabby or a happy-go-lucky grey stray? Students will be able to chose from a colorful assortment of doll kits with pieces cut from felted wool sweaters. The kits will include pre-sewn arms and legs for ease of machine sewing time. You'll learn several easy stitches to create a simple expression and learn how to embed your face with a rustic reverse applique. The body construction requires a bit of machine sewing but do not fear, if this intimidates you, the instructor will gladly help you with it! 

About half the class time will be use to create the doll body and the other half will be to construct and embellish the tutu. This enchanting, stash-busting tutu is where you get to express your inner and adorned ballerina self. What do you see yourself pirouetting in? Vintage lace, doilies, silk flowers, selvedge edges, ribbon, ric rac, ball fringe, vintage zippers, and fabric scraps will be available to use as your outer layer. To this outer layer you'll be able to hand stitch all sorts of bits and baubles. Things like games pieces, plastic flowers, acrylic gems, bells, whistles, those word magnets from the nineties, costume jewelry, and so much more!

Are you a fancy ballerina with glittering jewels and shiny metal bits? Or are you more practical with upcycled zippers, selvedge edges, and game pieces from Clue or Scrabble? You'll be encouraged to stitch more outside of class and are welcome to take a brimming handful of goodies from the instructor's stash as you go. Finding your inner ballerina can be a process that continues well beyond the workshop!

Mandy is a seasoned freelance writer for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and has taught for them at several national art retreats.She has also taught art and craft workshops locally for almost 10 years. Mandy owns her own teaching studio in downtown Brunswick, The Painted Dog, where she teaches a wide variety of workshops for kids and adults. 

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Students should bring:

Fabric shears, regular scissors, pins and a pin cushion, reading glasses if needed, and anything from your stash that you'd like to add to your tutu. Maybe something sentimental like your grandmother's buttons or embroidery?

For a $5 materials fee, Mandy will provide:
Everything needed for the project. Doll kits, tulle, stuffing, thread, needles, pins, shears, fabric scraps, lace, doilies, silk flowers, selvedge edges, and an amazing array of found object bits and baubles. Really, lots of this stuff!!!

Mandy will provide for student use during class:
 
Five well working sewing machines with extension cords.


Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$139.00


Saturday Morning Classes

 

Wool Combing for Spinning and Felting

Taught by Betsy Alspach


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  9 AM - 11 AM

Experience: Everyone can participate.



Have you ever thought it might be fun to create your own spinning or felting fibers? This class will give you those skills. The reasons for choosing to comb a variety of wool fibers will be discussed after which combing will be demonstrated with sometimes scary looking wool combs, peasant combs and a hackle.

Participants will have the bulk of the time to use my equipment to create their own unique fibers from fibers with a wide variety of colors, textures and appearances. You are welcome to bring your own combing equipment and fiber however it is not necessary as there will be plenty of fiber for everyone.

Betsy Alspach has been spinning for 21 years and is delighted that there are always new fiber experiences waiting. She enjoys every step of the process from sheep to shawl and especially likes to card and comb fiber to get it ready to spin. Organizing the fibers, using and combining colors and creating projects by blending small amounts of different fibers, is especially satisfying. Using scary looking tools adds to the challenge and she usually takes hand combs and fiber on vacation out of fear of fiber withdrawal effects. She teaches here and there and sells items through her small business Eagle Lake Fibers both on Etsy and in yarn shops.
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Students should bring:

Feel free to bring your own fiber or equipment (not necessary) especially if you have questions.

For a $5 materials fee, Betsy will provide:
Fiber 

Betsy will supply for use by students during class:
Necessary tools. 



$59.00


Needle Felt your Favorite Animal

Taught by Marty Elkin


Saturday, September 8, 2018    9:00 - 11 AM


Experience: Everyone can participate. 



What a wonderful way to celebrate your favorite friend! You can e-mail an image or two of your favorite animal and I will create a kit for it, or you may select a kit from what we have...sheep, llama, dog, cat, bunny....you choose.

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. At her A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, Marty especially enjoys her lambs. 

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Students should bring:

A desire to learn. 
 
For a $13 materials fee, Marty will provide:
Wool in a variety of colors, needles, foam pad, and design drawn on a piece of felt.  This is a flat felting project. 


$59.00


Double Knitting Intarsia
  
Taught by Alasdair Post-Quinn


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience: Double-Knitting Skills assumed 
for this challenging class



Have you been wanting to add more color to your double-knitting, but feel like you don’t have enough hands when doing multi-color double-knitting? With double-knit intarsia, you can work with a theoretically unlimited number of colors without changing the thickness or flexibility of the double-knit fabric – and you only need to deal with two strands at a time. In addition, all those unattractive intarsia twists are completely hidden inside the work.

Learn to combine double-knitting colorwork and intarsia to add an exciting twist to your creative repertoire. As with most of my other 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 my Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or started my 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 single-layer intarsia and knitting from charts. 

If you’re not already familiar with my cast-on, please learn it before the workshop so we can move right into new techniques. There is a very good video by Sockmatician, linked from http://double-knitting.com/caston-video. Also, please bring a sample or photo of your previous double-knitting work, if handy.

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 books, "Extreme Double-Knitting" and "Double or Nothing," document his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques; he is continuing to develop techniques and apply them to new designs. In addition to designing patterns, Alasdair also travels all over North America to teach workshops for all levels of double-knitting experience.

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Students should bring:

4 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




$79.00


Carve a Butter Spreader or Coffee Scoop

Taught by Ken Wise
 

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate. 




This is a hands on workshop where you can design and create your next new favorite butter spreader or coffee scoop. 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 Wise is a professional woodworker in Brunswick, ME. Over the past three decades his interests and skills have migrated from house construction and finish carpentry, to cabinet and furniture making, to carving and turning. His work today consists of architectural turning, furniture, and a line of turned and carved bowls, spoons, and kitchenware that he sells through shops and galleries. Ken also makes canoe paddles and wildlife art in native Maine hardwoods for regional craft fairs, including the Common Ground Fair in Unity, ME. He also teaches classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME and The Shelter Institute in Woolwich, ME. 
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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 spreader and scoop blanks.

Ken will provide for use during class:
All supplies and tools necessary to complete the project. 



$79.00


Flight of Fancy - Fabric/Felt Fusion

Taught by Kris Weyrick-Scott


Saturday, Sept 8, 2018  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience: Basic Skills Assumed




Your imagination is the limit when you combine fabric with needle felting to create a fabulous feathered friend. You will sculpt wool using dry felting techniques, then fuse with fabric to feather your flying friend. This is the perfect project for those of us who can't bear to throw away our beautiful fabric scraps.

Kris Weyrick-Scott is an award winning Fiber Artist hailing from NH who loves to experiment with new approaches to ancient arts. Renowned for her felted sculptures, she often combines wool work with other fiber crafts. She believes that there are no rules in art, only suggested paths that can be (should be?) deviated from as the artistic vision takes form.  By melding mediums and techniques she pushes the confines of traditional methods, and delights in coaching others to do the same.  She happily teaches in her New Hampshire studio and at wool gatherings throughout New England and has shown her work in galleries along the East coast.


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Students should bring:

Sharp scissor are a must and felting needles/pad if you have them. If not, Kris will have them available.

For a $7 materials fee, Kris will provide a kit including:
Wire for legs, all wool and fabric needed.


$79.00


Wool Drying Basket

Taught by Nancy Donker


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Experience: Everyone can participate.



Weaving this historical wool drying folk basket will take you back to a time when households traditionally used one to process and dry their fleece by their hearth. You will learn this customary woven pattern, and how to integrate legs and handles into the sides of your basket. Added embellishments will be colored highlights, cross-stitched with reed into the center of the basket. A choice of reed colors will be provided. Basket dimensions will be: 17 x 17 x 9 (height without legs.)

Nancy has been enthralled with basket making for well over three decades. From 2000-06 she had a full service basket shop and instruction studio in Hallowell, Maine.She loves to create traditional baskets that are both beautiful and usable. Nancy especially enjoys adding natural materials like driftwood, dried flowers, shells, and stones to her baskets for handles or embellishments. 
She always enjoys working with children and adults to teach them the craft that she loves. 


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Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $45 materials fee, Nancy will provide:
Full kit for the basket.

Nancy will provide for use by students during class:
All tools necessary to complete the basket.







Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$79.00


Mending the Japanese Way: Boro - Sashiko

Taught by Kathleen Goddu


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate.




Japanese Boro has been of great interest in recent years – Boro translates as tattered rags. Originally this technique was used to strengthen, reinforce clothing and household items to maximize their longevity. Patches were sewn in place with sashiko stitching: a simple running stitch typically sewn in a pattern of parallel lines. Years of patching created warmth and a one-of-a-kind garment that held many generations of stories. Today they are considered works of art. 

The slow mending process of Sashiko – Boro brings great pleasure and an awareness of the fragility of the material world. So….Do you have a beloved shirt, pair of jeans, an old sweatshirt, pillow cover, quilt, etc. that has seen better days? Bring it and we will make it new again. Patching your garment with fabric scraps that have their own story will extend its life will create a piece of wearable or usable art that you have an emotional connection to! And the narrative has begun…… If you have shibori pieces from previous workshops, please bring them or bring other scraps of commercial fabrics sewing projects. I will provide some scraps and sashiko thread.

After two trips to Japan where she was introduced to ancient Japanese textile art forms, Kathleen learned the authentic techniques of the gorgeous Japanese dye process called Shibori and the white on indigo quilt stitching called Sashiko. As she became proficient in these processes, she began to further explore their boundaries of design. She was inspired by work of other well-known Shibori artists and she has explored techniques that mimic textures in nature. Kathleen uses the magical powers of indigo dye to communicate the soft edges and breath-taking beauty of Shibori on fabric and often incorporates Sashiko stitching into her work. Her passion for these art forms comes through in her workshops.

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Students should bring:

Quilting pins. scissors, old garment to patch, scraps of fabric, quilters' basting needles (they have big eyes).  Optional: stitch ripper, embroidery floss any color.

For a $15 materials fee, Kathleen will provide:
Sashiko Thread, Sashiko Needles, scraps of indigo shibori fabric and commercial fabrics. 

Kathleen will supply for use by students during class:
History of Boro Books, iron and ironing board.



$79.00


Felted 3-Dimensional Forms with Mixed Media

Taught by Susan Mills


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  11:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



Experience and explore what wool can become in its hand-felted form. Along with that you will incorporate mixed media such as: stick+stones, beads, feathers, string, yarn, threads or anything that adds significance to your piece. This is a class that will allow you to explore, design, and fabricate how your felted wool and materials can work together in a cohesive and developed form.

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.
In this class we will be creating 3 dimensional forms that will include mixed materials such as sticks, stones, beads, feathers, string, yarns, threads etc.
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Students should bring:

Felting fibers, chocolate, towels, notebook and pencil, scissors, any yarns or threads/string that you may have, precious sticks, stones, or any objects that spark your joy and bring you to your blessed mindful center.

Susan will provide:
A selection of merino wool that will be for sale at $4.00 per ounce.  She'll also bring some cones of different fibers such as tencel, wool, and silk. All tools required for the class will be supplied but if you would like you may bring your own palm sander.





$139.00


Saturday Afternoon Classes

 

Beginner Spinning - How to Make Yarn by Hand

Taught by Gabriela Montoya-Eyerman


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  1 PM - 5 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate.



Students will leave this four-hour class knowing how to make a beautiful handspun two ply yarn! We will go over some of the basics of wool and other animal fibers and how they are made into yarn, and the basic structure of yarn. Students will then go right into drafting and spinning, first trying on a drop spindle to slow things down, then moving to the spinning wheel. Students will learn about twist and how to make a balanced yarn, followed by plying. Finally, Gabi will teach how to set the twist and finish the yarns.

If time allows, Gabi will have some wool locks for students to try spinning from a teased or flicked lock, a technique she finds useful for beginners. She will also have some tools available to help brush the locks (pet brushes). Also discussed will be various types of fiber available for spinning: batts, roving, rolags, wool fleeces and why each one exists. 

Gabi is a Fiber artist and fiber flock farmer, with sheep and angora rabbits. The fiber arts she pursues are inspired by the desire to have the clothing she wears be comforting and soft. The addiction to fiber began with knitting, when she discovered that people actually make their own yarn. She first tried it with a spindle and roving then was completely addicted. Making yarn that will be used for well loved garments, teaching others how to knit and spin, and sharing her knowledge of fiber are how she spends her time. The fiber arts are a balance to the work of home, farm and the day job; they are her meditation, her peace at the end of a busy day. Gabi has been spinning for eight years and keeps busy as the Volunteer and Demo Coordinator for Maine Fiber Frolic as well as the Co-Coordinator of Fleece Tent at Common Ground Fair.
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Students should bring:

A working spinning wheel (not an antique), at least three bobbins, four if you want to try a three ply yarn, and a lazy kate or other bobbin holder to help with plying.

For a $30 materials fee, Gabi will provide:
One four ounce braid of hand dyed wool roving, and two ounces of washed wool locks.

Basic Drop spindles can also be purchased for $10 if student does not have one. 

Gabi will supply for use by students during class:
Basic drop spindles. 



$79.00


Dye on Silk: Landscapes

Taught by Laurel Averill


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate.




The beauty achieved through silk painting is remarkable; vibrant colors and textures that echo the natural world are unrivaled. The landscape will serve as inspiration for this class, either through one's imagination, photographs, or other materials of your choice.  

In this 4 hour workshop, students will learn silk art basics including the various silk weights, how to stretch silk on a frame, and how to use an assortment of products and tools. A variety of techniques will be demonstrated. Each student will then create their own landscape. Students will also be given information about the steam-fixing process and framing/display options. This is a class for anyone passionate about color, texture, and the natural world. 

(Since the steaming process is up to 4 hours long, Laurel will steam-fix the students’ work later and mail it to them.)

Laurel grew up on the coast of Maine. After exploring other parts of the world and the country, she's resettled here for the long haul. She loves silk painting for the incredible textures and colors that are achievable but the main draw is the unpredictability. The element of surprise in working with dye on silk makes each piece its own adventure. 

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Students should bring:

Favorite brushes, silk frame if they have one they are partial to, inspiration (landscape photos or dreamscapes from imagination).

For a $30 materials fee, Laurel will provide:
Silk and dyes. The fee will also include postage for Laurel to mail paintings back to students.

Laurel will provide for use by students during class:
Frames, fasteners, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, and rubbing alcohol.







Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$79.00


Hooked Rug Coaster Pair - Inverted Color Silhouette

Taught by Hayley Perry

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate.




Aside from being practical, coasters can also be a wonderful way to play with color and texture. Students will design and make two hooked rug coasters.  Students will learn how to simplify their designs into two color silhouettes, which will then be inverted in order to make a cohesive pair.  

Perfect for beginners, this workshop will cover all the basics of primitive rug hooking. Students will learn all about the tools and materials needed to complete their very own rug hooking project. This class will also cover an overview of color theory in regards to rug hooking design.  All the techniques you need to finish your hooked rug pieces will be reviewed and demonstrated. Participants will most likely finish most of their projects and leave with all the materials and knowledge needed to finish on their own.

Hayley started Loop by Loop Studio is 2013 as a way to bring rug hooking to a broader audience. She sells original designs, rug hooking craft kits, and finished home decor items. Hayley recently started a Rug Hooking Kits for Kids product that will introduce children to the wonderful world of fiber arts early. She has been teaching both children and adults rug hooking since 2013 and has taught a variety of art classes since 2007.

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Students should bring:

Scissors and inspiration photos (optional).

For a $35 materials fee, Hayley provide:
Rug Hooking Coaster Kit which includes: a reusable hook and plastic hoop, foundation cloth, all the wool strips you need to finish your project, Heat N Bond, backing wool.

Hayley will supply for use by students during class:
Sharpies, rulers, stencils, and scissors.



$79.00


Andean Pick-up Weaving on Backstrap Looms

Taught by Laverne Waddington


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Experience Level: Everybody can participate.



Using nothing more than yarn, fingers and a waist band, participants will be introduced to the basic principles of backstrap loom operation and band-weaving in the way young girls in the Andes do as they tend their flocks of sheep. We will then use the narrow prepared warp to create a simple traditional pattern of the Peruvian and Bolivian highlands and several of its variations. The participants will practice reading patterns and charting them from woven samples so that they can go on to weave even more patterns after the class. 

Laverne has been learning to weave on simple looms with indigenous teachers in South and Central America since 1996. In her home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, she draws on ethnic design invluences from around the worl to create pieces on a backstrap loom using the various techniques and structures she has studied. Lavern has shared her skills and experiences with many visitors to Bolivia over the years and now reaches a global audience with her weaving tutorials and travel tales on her blog. She provides online advice and support to weavers through forums such as Ravelry and teaches and speaks at guilds and textile conferences around the world. 

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Students should bring:

Scissors, pencil and eraser (not a pen!), one metal screw-down type C clamp 2" size. 

For an $5 kit fee, Laverne will provide:
Prepared warp.

Laverne will provide:
All tools and equipment for use in class. Handout. 






$69.00


Intuitive Knitting and Crochet - Part Two

Taught by Susie Stephenson and Laurie Sims


THIS IS A TWO-PART CLASS. Be sure to sign up for both sections.
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Part 2)

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018  9 AM - 12 PM (Part 1)

Experience: Basic skills assumed.



For those eager to move beyond a pattern! In this seminar style class, we will help you design a new piece or complete a piece that has you stuck. Topics that may be covered include styles that suit you; sizing and gauge; yarn weight, color and fiber content choices; working from an existing garment; altering an existing pattern; and creating a knit from a crochet pattern or crochet from a knit pattern.

This is a class that will mold itself to the needs and desires of the students. Susie and Laurie have both created, designed and taught extensively in both knit and crochet as well as sewing design and upcycling. Let us know what you want to create and we’ll help you make a garment or wrap that is uniquely you.

Laurie is a self-taught crochet designer, teacher, and artist who can’t resist jumping into unknown territory.  Her preferred materials range from hand processed yarns to strips of recycled fabric to hardware store paraphernalia. Inspiration comes from many sources and often asks a question.  How would this knit garment translate to crochet?  What can I make with 2 balls of this and 3.5 ounces of that and the trim from that thrift store tablecloth? Then again, inspiration might just be the joy of finding a new color of surveyor’s tape or neon fishing line.  The resulting sweater, accessory or art piece is sure to be colorful, practical, and decidedly unique.

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.
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Student should bring: 
An eagerness to explore brave new skills, ideas for a new garment or shawl or a project you have started and are stuck on. Yarn and needles or hooks. Extra yarn and tools for experimentation.

There is no materials fee for this class. 

The instructors will provide:
Ideas, techniques, and lots of laughs. Plus fibers and other interesting things to purchase to help make your garment one of a kind.




$0.00


Color from the Garden and Beyond - Part 1

Taught by Billie Smith


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Experience Level: Everybody can participate.



Dyeing wool with plants and flowers grown in a dye garden or gathered from the fields yields beautiful natural colors. It’s a way to keep your garden all year round. The results are somewhat predictable, but it’s the occasional surprise that makes it even more fun. Unlike the natural dye extracts, the weather, soil, and time of year the plants are harvested all have an effect on the color. 

In this workshop, students will prepare wool yarn with an alum mordant, create dye baths from the plants and dye the skeins of yarn. Each student will go home with a sample skein from each of the dyepots as well as a color card with dye recipes and instructions to use for future reference. Students will also receive notes, an extensive bibliography and a list of plants that might be used. 

Session 1) Students will mordant the pre-washed skeins of yarn, prepare the dye baths and dye the yarn, letting some skeins steep in the dyebaths overnight. We will discuss when a mordant is needed, the mordanting process, types of mordants, safety issues, and the importance of record keeping. Pre-requisite for session 2 (held on Sunday from 12:30 - 3:30)

Session 2) Students will be able to experiment with overdyes and after baths to see how they can affect the colors. We will discuss the types of plants to use, the conditions that affect the color, and create the color cards with dye recipes and instructions (listed under Sunday afternoon classes - Students must enroll in both sessions).

Billie is a fiber enthusiast and retired 8th grade math teacher. She has taught various arts and crafts, including natural dyeing, to small groups of both children and adults. Billie has been spinning, weaving, and dyeing for over 35 years, knitting and sewing for many more. Her gardens are planted with dyes in mind, but she also loves to go gathering.

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Students should bring:

Students should wear old clothes and bring writing utensils, rubber gloves, and a pair of small scissors.

For a $25 kit fee for the entire six hour class, Billie will provide:
The yarn, mordants, dye plants, and handouts.

Billie will provide:
All tools and equipment for use in class. 






$139.00


Carve a Crochet Hook or Spinning Wheel Hook

Taught by Ken Wise
 

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018  2 PM - 4 PM
Another session is offered on Friday. Sept. 7 from 2-4 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate. 



This is a hands on workshop where you can design and create your next new favorite crochet hook or spinning wheel orifice hook. 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. 

Ken Wise is a professional woodworker in Brunswick, ME. Over the past three decades his interests and skills have migrated from house construction and finish carpentry, to cabinet and furniture making, to carving and turning. His work today consists of architectural turning, furniture, and a line of turned and carved bowls, spoons, and kitchenware that he sells through shops and galleries. Ken also makes canoe paddles and wildlife art in native Maine hardwoods for regional craft fairs, including the Common Ground Fair in Unity, ME. He also teaches classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME and The Shelter Institute in Woolwich, ME. 
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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 crochet and spinning wheel hook blanks.

Ken will provide for use during class:
All supplies and tools necessary to complete the project. 



$59.00


Sunday All Day Classes

 

Weave a Potholder Rug for your Living Room Floor 

Taught by Crispina ffrench


Sunday, September 9, 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



Potholder Rugs are very large-scale potholders like you might have made as a child. They are amazingly insulating, comfortable to walk on and sit on, and are 100% recycled and chemical free. They can be made from any sort of stretchy discarded clothing. Loops are carefully cut strips that are woven on simple frame looms creating the finished floor carpet, dog bed, chair pad, or sleeping mat. The process is ancient and simple -- the finished product is clean, fresh, and useful. 

Crispina ffrench is the originator of ‘Textile Waste Alchemy.’ She’s been turning discarded textiles into useful things since 1987. A passionate environmentalist, maker and women’s empowerer, ffrench has authored a teaching book, The Sweater Chop Shop. She teaches, blogs, and makes and sells her work at select retail events and online. 

Potholder Rugs are very large-scale potholders like you might have made as a child. They are amazingly insulating, comfortable to walk and sit on, and are 100% recycled and chemical free. They can be made from any sort of stretchy discarded clothing. Loops are carefully cut strips that are woven on simple frame looms creating the finished floor carpet, dog bed, chair pad, or sleeping mat. The process is ancient and simple – the finished product is clean, fresh, and useful.
Potholder Rugs are very large-scale potholders like you might have made as a child. They are amazingly insulating, comfortable to walk and sit on, and are 100% recycled and chemical free. They can be made from any sort of stretchy discarded clothing. Loops are carefully cut strips that are woven on simple frame looms creating the finished floor carpet, dog bed, chair pad, or sleeping mat. The process is ancient and simple – the finished product is clean, fresh, and useful
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Students should amass:
Used stretchy clothing, any kind of stretchy clothing works, from t-shirts to single socks, sweaters, leggings, and more. What is important is color. Be sure to bring clothing in the color/s that you would like your rug to be.

Crispina will supply for student use during class:
Looms, scissors, rotary cutters, mats, and a sewing machine.
$139.00


Transforming Children's Art to a Hooked Rug

Taught by Susie Stephenson


Sunday, Sept 9, 2018  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience: Basic skills assumed. 



Want to capture for all time a creation based on a favorite child's special artwork? Bring a child's drawing and design a rug from it. We will create a pattern for you to follow. Learn to hook using recycled clothing to create a rug that is truly one of a kind!

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.


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Students should bring: 

A simple drawing to transform into a rug. It can be a child's drawing or something simple you have drawn yourself. Hook, frame, sharp scissors, a cutter if you have one, and whatever other tools you may think you need. 

For a $50 materials fee, Susie will provide:
Linen backing, sharpies chalk, and recycled wools of many colors. 

Susie will provide for student use during class: 
A cutter, and a sewing machine.



$139.00


Advanced Flute Making

Taught by Hawk Henries


Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience: You must have taken Hawk's beginning flute class.



Students will quickly create another flute to apply the following techniques to. You will learn how to aesthetically accentuate your flute, carve a more elaborate saddle,  add end cap and mouth piece, and apply decorative woodburning options.  You will also learn skills and techniques to tune your flute, and use essential hole placement to create one of 2 different tunings. There will also be the opportunity to create more detailed carving of the sound mechanism; this includes more technical positions of its holes and angles, technical carving of the saddle flue and channel, technical finger hole placement, size, angle, and troubleshooting techniques.

Please feel free to bring your favorite woodworking tools. Plenty of one on one time with Hawk will be available and geared to each person's progress. (Former students are also encouraged to bring their previously made flute.)

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 almost 30 years. Hawk is committed to music as a traditional art form and as a vehicle for building bridges of communication and mutual respect. He teaches and performs in a wide variety of settings.

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Students should bring:

A smile and their favorite woodworking tools.

For a $15 materials fee, Hawk will provide:
Bamboo, wood for saddles, end caps, and ties for saddles.

Hawk will provide for use by students during class:
Carving knives, various grades of sand paper, various sized files, MAPP gas torches, wood glue, and hand drill with drill bits.






Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$139.00


Decorative Sashiko Stitching

Taught by Kathleen Goddu


Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience: Basic skills assumed.



Sashiko embroidery originated in rural, northern Japan during the 18th century. It was used to strengthen and reinforce clothing and household items to maximize their longevity, also known as Boro. Later the recognizable white stitching on indigo–dyed cloth was developed as a decorative embroidery technique. 

In this workshop you will learn how to transfer a pattern onto indigo fabric and how to stitch the patterns with white sashiko thread in the traditional Japanese manner. I will bring other colors for you to experiment with and you are welcome to bring colored embroidery thread as well.

After two trips to Japan where she was introduced to ancient Japanese textile art forms, Kathleen learned the authentic techniques of the gorgeous Japanese dye process called Shibori and the white on indigo quilt stitching called Sashiko. As she became proficient in these processes, she began to further explore their boundaries of design. She was inspired by work of other well-known Shibori artists and she has explored techniques that mimic textures in nature. Kathleen uses the magical powers of indigo dye to communicate the soft edges and breath-taking beauty of Shibori on fabric and often incorporates Sashiko stitching into her work. Her passion for these art forms comes through in her workshops.

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Students should bring:

White or yellow chalk marking pencil, 12” clear ruler, Dritz quilting basting needles,  scissors, piece of cardboard with a full sheet of 100 grit sandpaper glued to it, notebook, and pencil/pen. Optional: Thimble and colored embroidery thread

For a $20 materials fee, Kathleen will provide:
Transfer paper, Saran wrap, Sashiko needles, Sashiko Threads, patterns, fabric, and handouts.  

Kathleen will provide for use by students during class:
Iron and ironing board.







Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$139.00


Sunday Morning Classes

 

Simplistic Basket

Taught by Tina Puckett


Sunday, September 9, 2018  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate. 



Aside from baskets keeping our practical things, we often use them to display objects of beauty and place them on our holiday tables. In this basket making class, you will have the satisfaction of weaving a flat-bottomed basket using Bittersweet vines and reeds. This will be a very approachable class where you can learn a practical skill and another way to design baskets.


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 received a large commission for a children's hospital in El Paso, Texas, has been in several publications, and on television.

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Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $15 materials fee, Tina will provide:
Bittersweet vine and reeds needed to make the basket.

Tina will have available for student use during class:
Clippers.




$79.00


Double-Knitting Lace
  
Taught by Alasdair Post-Quinn


Sunday, Sept. 8, 2018  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience: Double-Knitting skills assumed 
for this challenging class



Bring your existing knowledge of double-knitting techniques and push its limits by adding openwork and lace techniques. The more I double-knit, the more possibilities I see opening up before me. I love the possibilities of lace – the elegant shapes and flowing forms that can be generated with just a few holes and decreases. There are  myriad ways to do it – and not all of them are interchangeable. In this workshop, you’ll learn 3 of the methods of double-knit openwork that I’ve discovered, and the pros and cons of each. 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.

If you’re not already familiar with my cast-on, please learn it before the workshop so we can move right into new techniques. There is a very good video by Sockmatician, linked from http://double-knitting.com/caston-video. Also, please bring a sample or photo of your previous double-knitting work, if handy.

Previous double-knitting experience required -- you should either have taken another course of Alasdair’s or have done some other double-knitting increases and decreases on your own or in another workshop. You should also be comfortable with basic single-layer lace knitting and following it in charts.

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 books, "Extreme Double-Knitting" and "Double or Nothing," document his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques; he is continuing to develop techniques and apply them to new designs. In addition to designing patterns, Alasdair also travels all over North America to teach workshops for all levels of double-knitting experience.

over North America to teach workshops for all levels of double-knitting experience.


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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 a size or two up from the proper size.

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



$79.00


Hand-Paint a Silk Scarf 

Taught by Leanne Nickon


Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience: Everyone may participate. 



Learn the art of hand-painting on silk as you create your own scarf. Starting with a blank pre-hemmed 8" x 54" silk scarf, students will learn how to attach it to a frame, draw on a design, trace over the design with resist paste, then paint in colors with silk paints. We will cover design tips, painting techniques, and special effects, and everyone will leave with an original painted silk scarf, which they will finish by ironing and washing at home.

Leanne Nickon combines her love of drawing, painting and fabric in her hand-painted silk. Originally from Maryland, she came to Maine to attend Colby College, and has lived on Mt. Desert Island for 34 years. A self-taught artist, she started working on fabric by hand painting T-shirts to sell at the Common Ground Country Fair, and spent a winter painting cotton clothing in St. John, USVI. After learning silk-painting at a workshop in 1992, she switched to silk and has been painting it ever since, selling her scarves, pillows and wall hangings at craft shows throughout the state, and teaching classes to children and adults. She lives in Bar Harbor with her husband John and their cat.
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Students should bring:

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

For a $15 materials fee, Leanne will provide:
8" x 54" blank silk scarf, paints, resist, marking pen, paper towel.

Leanne will provide for student use during class:
Wooden frame, hooks, resist applicator bottles, brushes, and palettes. These items will be available for purchase if you want to keep them
.



$79.00


Luxury Fiber Blending and Spinning

Taught by Gabriela Montoya-Eyerman


Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience: Basic skills assumed.



Student will leave with several blended batts using wool as a base and adding alpaca, silk, angora, and some sparkle! Using a drum carder, students will learn the best way to blend fibers and how these different fibers will behave in a finished yarn. 

The first two hours will be for making some lovely batts and the second two hours will be for spinning. Everyone will leave with plenty of batts to play with and at least one finished two ounce skein.

Gabi is a Fiber artist and fiber flock farmer, with sheep and angora rabbits. The fiber arts she pursues are inspired by the desire to have the clothing she wears be comforting and soft. The addiction to fiber began with knitting, when she discovered that people actually make their own yarn. Gabi first tried it with a spindle and roving then was completely addicted. Making yarn that will be used for well loved garments, teaching others how to knit and spin and sharing my knowledge of fiber are how she spends my time. The fiber arts are a balance to the work of home, farm and the day job; they are her meditation, her peace at the end of a busy day. 

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Students should bring:

Drum Carder, hand cards, or blending board; a working spinning wheel with at least three bobbins; and a bobbin holder/lazy kate.

For a $40 materials fee, Gabi will provide:
Eight ounces of Fiber from merino, CVM, Targhee, alpaca, angora, silk, and some bling. 





$79.00


Torch Fired Enameled Buttons

Taught by Amanda Coburn


Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 9 AM - 12 PM
(repeated 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM)

Experience: Everyone can participate.



Enameling is the process of fusing powdered glass material to metal to give it a smooth colored glass coating. We'll be working on copper buttons. You can combine colors to create an ombre effect, add wire to the surface to add texture and design, and so much more! 

In this workshop you'll learn the proper techniques of cleaning and prepping the metal for the enameling process, applying the enamel, and firing it with a propane torch. You'll leave with several beautiful buttons to use in your fiber work. Some people use a kiln to enamel, but as purchasing a kiln can be expensive, I like to teach the skill using a propane torch. It's much more affordable to set up, and has some advantages over working with a kiln.

Amanda Coburn is an artist and jewelry designer from Old Town, Maine. She has been metalsmithing since 2005, and has shipped her creations all over the world. She began teaching in 2008, and now teaches year round at her gallery- Maine Jewelry & Art in downtown Bangor. She also teaches at the Schoodic Arts Festival in Winter Harbor, and Bucksport Adult Ed. She's excited to be part of the Fiber College this year as well!

 (details)

Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $65 materials fee, Amanda will provide:
Copper buttons and enamels. 

Amanda will provide for use by students during class:
Propane, torches, tools, and equipment.







Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$69.00


Sunday Afternoon Classes

 

Color from the Garden and Beyond, Part 2

Taught by Billie Smith


Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018  12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Part 1 is offered on Saturday from 2 PM - 5PM 
Students must register for BOTH PARTS of this class. 

Experience Level: Students MUST have taken Part 1 on Saturday, 2-5 PM.



Dyeing wool with plants and flowers grown in a dye garden or gathered from the fields yields beautiful natural colors. It’s a way to keep your garden all year round. The results are somewhat predictable, but it’s the occasional surprise that makes it even more fun. Unlike the natural dye extracts, the weather, soil, and time of year the plants are harvested all have an effect on the color. 

In this workshop, students will prepare wool yarn with an alum mordant, create dye baths from the plants and dye the skeins of yarn. Each student will go home with a sample skein from each of the dyepots as well as a color card with dye recipes and instructions to use for future reference. Students will also receive notes, an extensive bibliography and a list of plants that might be used. 

Session 1 (Saturday) Students will mordant the pre-washed skeins of yarn, prepare the dye baths and dye the yarn, letting some skeins steep in the dyebaths overnight. We will discuss when a mordant is needed, the mordanting process, types of mordants, safety issues, and the importance of record keeping. Pre-requisite for session 2 (held on Saturday, 2-5 PM)Students must be enrolled in both sessions.

Session 2 (Sunday) Students will be able to experiment with overdyes and after baths to see how they can affect the colors. We will discuss the types of plants to use, the conditions that affect the color, and create the color cards with dye recipes and instructions.

Billie is a fiber enthusiast and retired 8th grade math teacher. She has taught various arts and crafts, including natural dyeing, to small groups of both children and adults. Billie has  been spinning, weaving and dyeing for over 35 years, knitting and sewing for many more. Her gardens are planted with dyes in mind, but she also loves to go gathering.

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Students should bring:

Students should wear old clothes and bring writing utensils, rubber gloves, and a pair of small scissors.

For a $25 kit fee (payable once, during Saturday's class), Billie will provide:
The yarn, mordants, dye plants, and handouts.

Billie will provide:
All tools and equipment for use in class. 






$0.00


Torch Fired Enameled Buttons

Taught by Amanda Coburn


Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
(This class is also offered in the morning 9 AM - 12 PM)

Experience: Everyone can participate.




Enameling is the process of fusing powdered glass material to metal to give it a smooth colored glass coating. We'll be working on copper buttons. You can combine colors to create an ombre effect, add wire to the surface to add texture and design, and so much more! 

In this workshop you'll learn the proper techniques of cleaning and prepping the metal for the enameling process, applying the enamel, and firing it with a propane torch. You'll leave with several beautiful buttons to use in your fiber work. Some people use a kiln to enamel, but as purchasing a kiln can be expensive, I like to teach the skill using a propane torch. It's much more affordable to set up, and has some advantages over working with a kiln.

Amanda Coburn is an artist and jewelry designer from Old Town, Maine. She has been metalsmithing since 2005, and has shipped her creations all over the world. She began teaching in 2008, and now teaches year round at her gallery- Maine Jewelry & Art in downtown Bangor. She also teaches at the Schoodic Arts Festival in Winter Harbor, and Bucksport Adult Ed. She's excited to be part of the Fiber College this year as well!

 (details)

Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $65 materials fee, Amanda will provide:
Copper buttons and enamels. 

Amanda will provide for use by students during class:
Propane, torches, tools, and equipment.







Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
Frames, Fasteners, Silk, Dyes, brushes, Gutta, applicators, heat tools, primer, containers, salt, urea, sugar, rubbing alcohol,
$69.00


Woodland Display Hanger

Taught by Tom Blackford

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate.

                        

How you choose to hang your fiber work is just as important as your finished piece. Learn a beautiful, approachable, and artisanal way to create a woodland display hanger. Created in the spirit of folk tradition, this hanger will allow you to maintain a harmonious quality between your work and this great display option. We will use responsibly harvest green and organic, wooden twigs to learn a simple, yet stunning and detailed way to connect our sapling pieces together. This class is for anyone who want to venture outside of the standard ways of hanging work who wants to do it in a unique and distinctive way.

Tom has had a long career as husband to a fiber artist.  He excels at attending lamb births, lugging wool, modeling socks, hanging rugs, winding yarn, cutting wool strips, and can tell the difference between a handspun 100% wool sweater and a polyester blend at 100 yards. This year though, he’s teaching his own class!  Tom’s passion is woodworking, boatbuilding, and just messing about with materials on hand to create something new.  Using found materials whenever possible, he makes things that move or accomplish a task.  The process of figuring it out is as rewarding and fun as the finished product.



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Students should bring:

A smile.

For a $5 materials fee, Tom will provide:
Wood twigs (harvested responsibly) green and organic! 

Tom will supply for student use during class:
Sharp knives, drills, glue, twine, other necessary tools, sandpaper, paint, and varnish.


$59.00


Join us for dinner and drinks with a South American flair! 

Gluten free and vegan options will be delicious, too!



 
Add to calendarWednesday, September 05, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$22.00
  • one dinner, drinks, craft & storytelling: $22.00
  • two dinners, drinks, craft & storytelling: $44.00



   Complimentary for all students and friends!  
Add to calendarThursday, September 06, 2018 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Studio



Be a part of Maker's Market! Sell your supplies, finished handmade crafts, & homemade foods from 12:00-7:30 PM. Set up is fast . . . between 11:00 and 12:00. No gate fee on Friday - attendance is FREE for EVERYONE! Each Friday attendee gets ONE free a la carte class. Free demonstrations, community weaving, and more. 

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 07, 2018 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




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 08, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$22.00


   Complimentary for all students and friends!
 
Add to calendarSunday, September 09, 2018 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).
 
$50.00

 

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