Fiber College of Maine 2019

Searsport, Maine
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
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Wednesday/Thursday Immersion Classes 
September 4 and September 5

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

Four Harness Weaving for Beginners

Taught by Alice Seeger

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

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



In this 2 day workshop you will learn everything you need to get started weaving confidently on a 4 harness loom. We start by learning the language of weaving and “Loom Anatomy 101.” Next, we will walk through designing and drafting your project, then calculate how much yarn you’ll need for your project. Floor Looms will be available for you to Warp and Weave your own sampler using plain weave and twill weave structures. The 3 yard finished sampler is pretty enough to hang on a wall but also suitable to use for sewing into a variety of finished products,

Alice became aware of weaving over 40 years ago when she encountered a huge, old barn loom, floating down the Hudson on a barge, as part of a Bicentennial exhibit. It was love at first sight.Since then, Alice has worked as a production weaver for 18 years, studied art and design instruction, operated Woodland Ridge Spinning and Weaving, presented historical weaving workshops to elementary schools, and traveled to places where weaving is still an active part of indigenous people’s daily life. She spent some time living in a hogan on the Navajo reservation, and climbing mountains in Peru to meet Andean women weaving on backstrap looms. Alice has been an important part of the Fiber College family since 2008 as a teacher, photographer, graphic designer, and much more!

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Students should bring:
A sense of adventure and a smile.

For a $45 kit fee, Alice will provide:
Yarn and handouts. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Alice will supply for student use during class:
Four-harness floor looms and weaving tools. 

Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Aran Sweater Knitting and Design

Taught by Kris Bridges and Anna Kessler


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

Experience Level: Basic knitting skills, but experience knitting a sweater is preferred.



"Don’t let the fear of flying keep you grounded” ~ This two-day workshop will help participants develop a strong technical base within which to explore and expand their own creativity. We will describe and discuss the history of Aran, Cable knitting, and Ganseys as part of a Western European tradition, and compare traditional design vs. modern cable designs.

Participants will learn how to recognize and read from charts the stitch patterns that are the building blocks of traditional Aran knitting, for example: rope cables, braids & plaits, diamonds, honeycombs, bobbles, zigzags, twisted stitches, filler stitches, and background stitches. They will learn about the importance of knitting swatches and how to do so, also about the recommended yarn(s) to be used and other tools required. We will discuss overall sweater design types and steps for construction.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore the choices to be made when deciding on a sweater design, and have guidance planning and beginning the garment. We can give guidance on adapting published patterns to suit the individual, and there will be ample reference materials on hand. Participants should have a working knowledge of the basics of knitting and preferably have knitted a sweater previously.

Kris and Anna were born in England to a Scottish-Irish family line of women who were instrumental in developing the love of knitting and design that they both share. Kris still lives in Ireland and teaches a knitting class in a Dublin city centre yarn shop. Anna emigrated to the US and brought her love of art and design into other arts including quilting and painting. Kris and Anna enjoy teaching how to manage different stitches and techniques, and encouraging students to develop a strong technical background for creativity in their own right.

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Students should bring:
Worsted weight yarn 100g or 150 yds, in a pale color (cream or white is best), needles sizes US 6 (4mm), US 7 (4.5mm), and US 8 (5mm) either straight or circular, cable needle, tape measure, scissors, 4mm crochet hook, notebook, pencil, and eraser.
Optional: yarn to start sweater or garment, sweater pattern(s) you would like to knit

For a $5 kit fee, Kris and Anna will provide:
Handouts including chart symbols, stitch pattern instructions and diagrams, and knitting graph paper, as well as a pattern for a starter garment e.g., cabled cowl or scarf. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.
Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Connecting the Loops—Machine Knitting!

Taught by Allysun West
 

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

Experience Level: 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, make cables, use a punchcard, switch colors, knit weave, transfer, and cast off.  Each student will leave with a swatch book they have made and the confidence to continue to use their machine at home. 

* Students are expected to bring their own knitting machine, complete, and in good working condition, with appropriate manuals (download from the web if necessary).

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:
Cones of yarn; functional knitting machines; clamps for machine; small book or binder for swatches.

A limited amount of extra yarn will be available for purchase from the instructor if needed.




Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Katano Shibori

Taught by Kathleen Goddu


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

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



I invite you to learn this seldom taught shibori technique called "Katano Shibori." In the last two decades of Motohito Katano's life, he created this wonderful technique. Katano Shibori is a hand-stitched resist technique that produces a repeating pattern across the width of the fabric in various shades of indigo, white lines, and a soft, blurry appearance. This process requires stitching through multiple layers of folded fabric. The compression of the stitches on the fabric creates the resist and directs the flow of the dye.

In this workshop, you will learn how to create patterns and create a piece of fabric. Fabrics made with this process can be incorporated into other creative projects such as clothing, functional items, wall hangings, etc. I am sure you will find the end result of this process extremely rewarding and maybe even mesmerizing. ~Kathleen

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:
Clear ruler; masking tape, carpet and button or upholstery thread; several sturdy needles to accommodate the thread; metal thimble; needle nose pliers; scissors; stitch ripper; sketchbook; pencil; wax free transfer paper; rubber gloves; apron or dye clothes; and old shoes you don't mind getting dye on.

For a $35 kit fee, Kathleen will supply: 
Fabric for all students, design patterns, dye and all dye materials, tracing paper, masking tape, and handouts. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Kathleen will supply for student use during class:
Extension cord, extractor, drying racks, buckets, towels, blocks of wood, and examples.
Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Tapestry: Warp, Weft, Wow!

Taught by Barbara Burns


Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 4-5, 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. Barbara works closely with students in class and provides individual guidance and demonstrations to suit each student's development as a weaver whether a novice, or a more experienced weaver.

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.


If you have taken a class before with Barbara, or are an experienced weaver and want to "fill in the blanks" in your knowledge of tapestry techniques, you can take advantage of Barbara's ability to teach different skill  levels in the same workshop. Some of the techniques you can learn are weaving curves, hachure, different blending techniques, hatching, weaving lines and wedge weave. 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 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 kit fee, Barbara will provide:
Warp and weft materials, along with extensive handouts. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

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



Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Eco Printing—The Basics and Beyond

Taught by Mary DeLano


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

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



Whether or not you've yet succumbed to the addiction of eco printing, this class is for you.  This class will cover all that you need to know to get started with eco printing at home and will push the skills of experienced eco printers into new directions.  On the morning of the first day, you will learn how to mordant and eco print on paper.  Once you've learned how to mordant paper, it's easy to jump to mordanting fabric both for eco printing and natural dyeing.

In the afternoon of the first day, you will dip a variety of fabrics into natural dyes.  You will get to experiment with cotton, linen, silk, and old table linens.   We will use local plants, as well as natural dye extracts from plants not found in our neighborhoods.  Once our fabric is in the dye pots, you will explore how to make more complex prints.  You will be challenged to combine plants to create a picture. Try a vase of flowers, a butterfly, or a caterpillar.  We will learn from our "mistakes" as we push our eco printing skills into a new dimension.



On the second day of class, you will discover how combining natural dyes and eco printing adds a new dimension to both processes.  The selection of dye, fabric, and plant for eco printing creates an infinite variety of results.You will use the fabric you dyed the first day for eco printing.  Each student will print at least one triptych - keeping two of the following three factors constant: type of fiber, color of dye, or plant materials.This structured "experiment" will create samples that will allow the entire class to see how changing just one variable can change the whole piece.  Our knowledge will multiply as we learn from each other. 

In the afternoon, you will be introduced to eco printing with an "iron blanket" and then will be free to spend the remainder of the day pursuing whatever interests you.

I currently live on a lake in Norway, Maine, having retired from a busy professional career that did not allow as much time for creativity as I would have liked. Surrounded by quiet and natural beauty, I am blessed to have reached a stage in my life where I can focus my time and energy on my passion for fiber art. I love combining color, texture and patterns to create interesting new designs. Whether I am recycling old wool into new rugs, playing with dye and eco prints on new scarves and old linen, or adding texture to a piece with embroidered embellishments, I am delighted to combine color, texture, and pattern to express my creativity and joy. Wool is my favorite medium, but thread, plants, and dyes all fascinate me. ~ Mary

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Students should bring:
A pair of tight-fitting dishwashing gloves. Cut plants from home – teacher will e-mail suggestions before class.

For an $60 kit fee, Mary will provide:

Paper of various weights for printing; two (2) yards of mordanted fabric, including cotton, linen, silk, and a silk scarf.NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Additional treated cotton ($10/yd) and silk scarves ($10 each) will be available for purchase. 


Mary will provide for student use during class:

Mordant, dye extracts, and all equipment needed for eco printing.

Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Making Bows and Arrows with Hand Tools

Taught by Stim Wilcox


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

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.

We’ll make bows with hand tools during the first day, using mostly shad bush, and shoot them with commercial arrows. During the last part of the first day and on the second day, we’ll make arrows with natural shafts from the forests and fields during the morning, and shoot those also.



Then I’ll demonstrate how to make fire with wood tools, and will show how to shape bows and arrow shafts with fire. I’ll demonstrate how to make obsidian arrow points, and how to affix them to arrow shafts; how to make strings; and how to find bow staves and arrow shafts from the field and forest.

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:
A pair of gloves for making selfbows and sandpaper of 100/120, 150/210, and 330. If you have tools for making bows, bring them along if you wish. 

For a $20 bow kit fee, Stim will provide: 
Materials to make one bow: staves and sinew.
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

For a $10 arrow kit fee, Stim will provide: 
Materials to make an arrow: arrow shaft and feathers. 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Stim will provide for student use during class:
A set of Hand tools for each student.

Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Huge Bittersweet Basket

Taught by Tina Puckett


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

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.




Students will pick four pieces of naturally twisted Bittersweet vines and create a unique long (up to 3 feet!) platter shape basket that will serve as a stunning center piece for a buffet or a focal point for a seasonal table. They will learn how put the pieces of Bittersweet together and then how to weave their creation. You'll have the choice of colors including apple green, aqua blue, purple, sage, yellow, red and a blue if you register by August 1st (it takes a long time to dye the reed).

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, and has been in several publications and on television.



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Students should bring:
A smile.

For an $45 kit fee, Tina will provide:
Bittersweet vines and reeds. Color choices will be apple green, aqua blue, purple, yellow, red and a blue. You can e-mail Tina directly with your choice tina@tinasbaskets.com or the Fiber College committee will send an e-mail before August 1st (it takes a long time to pre-dye the reed) 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Tina will provide for student use during class:
All tools necessary to complete the project. 

Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Create with Beautiful Handwoven Fabric

Taught by Susan Perrine


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

Experience Level:  Everyone can participate.



How often do we have beautiful handwoven fabric that we just aren't sure what to do with? Or perhaps we have a handwoven piece that we'd like to transform. Handwoven fabric really can be used to sew something wonderful.

Here is a chance to use your handwoven or other fabric and stitch it into a stylish Scottish chapeau!  Maybe you have a mid to heavy weight handwoven scarf you would like to transform. My pattern includes size adjustability with the velcro closure. We will use machine and hand stitching to complete the project.




Students will learn skills and gain confidence to use handwoven and other difficult fabric for other sewing projects in the future.

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

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Students should bring:
Fabric 28 x 19” OR 13 x 32” OR  3/4 yard of 45” wide
(Not suitable for obvious diagonal or plaid fabric)
Lining fabric (optional) 2/3 yard cotton
Iron-on interfacing (optional) 28 x 18”
Ribbon for headband 1 1/2” to 2” wide, 30” long
Velcro 2” x 3/4” in color to coordinate with hat band or ribbon
If you do not wish to line the whole hat, bring enough lining (3 x 30”) and interfacing (2 x 30”) for the ribbon/hatband
Sewing machine with zig-zag capability
Scissors
Thread to match
Hand sewing needle and pins
Yarn for pom pom

Susan will provide for student using during class:
Cutting mat; ruler; sewing supplies; interfacing for head band/ribbon just in case; some possible linings; sewing machine; and patterns. 


Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Spoon Carving by Hand

Taught by Deirdre McGrath and Aaron Margolis


Weds-Thurs, Sept. 4-5, 2019  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.




Students will carve a spoon by hand (with no power tools) from local green wood, using a tree selected from the campground property. Students will be guided on a journey from log to spoon, beginning with axe and knife safety, continuing with traditional hand carving techniques, and then moving into design and functionality.

We will conclude with various ways to decorate wood including chip carving, kolrosing with cinnamon, painting, and natural finishes. Participants will leave with a beautiful completed, useful object. 

Note: Expect to be contacted this summer so that you can tell us which is your dominant hand; one of the knives you'll be using comes in a right-hand or left-hand orientation. 


Deirdre and Aaron live and work in rugged Downeast Maine in their restored barn studio. They carve and craft spoons, bowls, sculptures, and other wares by hand from local freshly-cut wood. Their inspiration comes from the natural beauty of Maine, European and American folk and outsider art, and the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi: finding beauty both in the imperfection of the materials with which they work and in their own hands as the creators of these objects.

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Students should bring:
A smile.

For a $50 kit fee, Deirdre and Aaron will provide: 
A set of carving knives. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.


Deirdre and Aaron will provide for use by students during class:
Axes, chopping blocks, wood, paint, and finishing materials.

Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Chainmail Jewelry, Art, and Armor

Taught by Santa Schreurs


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

Experience: Everyone can participate. 



The two day chainmail class will start with a brief overview of chainmail and the differences between historical chainmail and the chainmail we will be making in class. The class will provide excellent knowledge and experience for beginner and intermediate level students. It will also be a good refresher for more advanced students. 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 chainmail, 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 chainmail 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 chainmail fabric to completing a projects using several weaving techniques. The class includes instruction on two of the three styles of chainmail 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 chainmail 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, chainmail samplers, pouches, dragon sculptures, and other articles. This class will provide a historical connection to medieval knights and jewelry. The inlay patterns techniques are similar to crosshatch patterns.

Santa 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 $5 kit fee: 
Steve will supply supplies like wire and pre-made jump rings. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.
Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 05, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Friday All Day Classes
September 6
 

Sawn and Enameled Leaves for Brooches, Clips, and Pins

Taught by Amanda Coburn


Friday, Sept. 6  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



In this workshop, we'll be learning the proper sawing techniques to cut intricate shapes out of copper sheet. We'll then enamel the shapes the students have cut. Enamel is powdered glass that is fused to the surface of metal to achieve a smooth, vibrant, colorful glass surface. I'll then have a selection of findings for the students to pick from to transform their enameled pieces into brooches, scarf clips, lapel pins, and more!

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 $40 kit fee, Amanda will provide:
Copper sheet, saw blades, beeswax for blade lubrication, enamels, assorted findings, industrial adhesive. 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Amanda will provide for use by students during class:
Tools and equipment.
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


French Canadian Smocking

Taught by Regie Messamore


Friday, Sept. 6  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



Most people think of smocking as working with tiny little pleats and colorful threads to put on beautiful little baby dresses. When learning the French-Canadian Smocking technique, the student will learn to work with a grid, working from the back of the fabric using matching thread. This class will challenge the student to use the smocked pieces on pockets, on pillows, handbags, dresses, nightgowns, etc. The possibilities are limited by your imagination. The student will go home with a finished square to use as they choose.

Regie started sewing at a young age. She taught her own kids to sew, attended many classes in Alabama, and became a licensed Heirloom teacher. After retirement from High Tech and teaching EMTs for 25 yrs., she focused on teaching sewing in Portsmouth and Nashua NH as well as in her  home. She has created clothes for her eleven grandkids, making everything from wedding and christening dresses to well as home decor projects.

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Students should bring:
A 16” x 16” square of satin fabric, thread to match, long sharp hand sewing needles (I use Sharps 5/10), thimble (optional), scissors, 24” ruler, and 2 different color marking pens.

For purchase, Regie will offer these optional items in class:
Thread Magic ($10) -- a wax which prevents threads from knotting (highly recommended); Thimbles ($2). 

Regie will provide for use by students during class:
Rulers, colored pencils, needles, and copies of first pattern.
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Let's Make a Kite (and Fly It, too!)


Taught by John and Regan Martin


Friday, Sept. 6  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Basic sewing machine skills assumed.



Do you remember the delight of flying a kite as a child? What a joyful feeling to let the wind play in the sky with something really beautiful on a long, long spool of string! Imagine making your
own kite and rekindling some of your favorite childhood memories. Perhaps you'd like make a beautiful gift to a special child or adult in your life.

Using your sewing machine*, you will learn the techniques to applique rip-stop nylon, creating a festive floral design for a kite that you can fly at the end of the day! You get to choose your colors and sizes of flowers, and the colors for your fuzzy tail, making it uniquely yours!

*Your sewing machine must be able to do a zig-zag stitch. Straight stitch-only machines will not work for kite making. 



John Martin’s passion for things that fly started at an early age. Like most children, he would make kites from simple materials found at home. They didn’t always fly well, but that didn’t spoil the fun! Later he would join the Navy and fly with squadrons! That was fun, too. In the 80’s, he discovered stunt kites. Their controlled flying, and ability to do tricks, fascinated him; like mini airplanes! Then he found giant, inflatable kites (30 ft. lobsters, 45 ft. teddy bears, etc.), and kiting became an obsession. Since his retirement, he and his wife, Regan, love to travel and fly at kite festivals all over the East Coast. They also enjoy holding kite making workshops for kids at Maine libraries and schools.

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Students should bring:
A working sewing machine that must have a zig-zag stitch, standard size 12 or 14 sewing machine needle, two empty bobbins, scissors, seam ripper.


For a $55 materials fee, John and Regan will provide:
Prepared kite skin, hot-cut applique pieces, thread, dowels, kite line w/spool, tail materials, and kite bag. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Build a Rustic Birdhouse


Taught by Vicki Fox


Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



Using twigs and saplings, driftwood and small stones, shells, bark, and beach glass, we will construct an original birdhouse. I will supply the wood, cut to size to be assembled by the student. Very simple construction. Techniques for assembly will be demonstrated using simple tools.



Students are encouraged to bring their own interesting sticks, saplings, bark, and other treasures as well as any vines, fungus, shells, or scraps of metal. Students should be able to complete their project within six hours and take them home for their bird friends!

I have been an artist since I was 3 years old, always drawing, knitting, and making clay pieces. Eventually, I went to Syracuse University and then Philadelphia College of Art where I earned a BFA in Illustration. Eventually, I transitioned into doing Landscape Design and established a small landscape design company (painting with flowers) which was active for 20 years til I moved to Portland. In the interim, I embraced stick art and have made works to sell at shows and galleries. ~ Vicki

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Students should bring:

Two hammers, large and small; sandpaper; rasp; small saw; power drill if you have one and a few drill bits 1/16," 1/4”; pliers; carving knives if you have them; utility knife; garden hand clipper; and paint if you want to pick your colors---acrylic paint is best.

For a $25 materials fee, Vicki will provide:

Wood cut for making a birdhouse including 2 sides, 2 fronts, 2 roof pieces; a paintbrush; 
some driftwood, bark, sticks, beach glass, small stones, nails, glue, (1 tube for each person). NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

The instructor will provide for student use during class:
A few basic colors of paint; pliers; paper towel; bandages; small saw; screw drivers; a couple of power drills; a few drill bits 1/16," 1/4”; extension cords; and the nails and hooks to suspend the birdhouse from.

Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Leather Handled Tote

Taught by Nancy Donker

Friday, Sept. 6  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.




This tote basket measures 5 x 7 x 8 inches tall, plus the leather handles. It has a filled base. The shaping is important and achieved by manipulating the spokes as you weave. You will be adding an embellishment to the front of the basket which uses flat oval and caning. This basket is lashed with caning.

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:
Tape measure, small flat head screwdriver, (12) metal-spring clothespins.

For a $33 kit fee, Nancy will provide:
All reed (a choice of color) and leather handles. 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Nancy will supply for use by students during class:
Any additional supplies and tools needed to complete the project. 
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Garment Sewing—Getting the Right Fit

Taught by Denise Pelletier Slazas

Friday, Sept. 6  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Some garment sewing experience necessary. You must bring your own sewing machine in good working order.


PHOTO COMING

Many of us choose to sew as a creative outlet, but let’s not forget the value of the finished product.  If you’re not satisfied with the results you’re getting using a quality pattern and fabric, it’s time to learn how to alter your pattern to get the right fit. 

We’ll be making The Pearl Dress by Green Bee (View C). See important details link below. Each student will be taught to use their own measurements to adjust the pattern accordingly for ease and comfort, before cutting the fabric.  We’ll have an opportunity to sew (though not necessarily to finish the project during our 6 hours of class).


Having grown up on a potato farm just outside of Fort Kent in northern Maine, Denise Pelletier Slazas was surrounded by self-reliant, creative people including her mother, grandmothers, aunts, and cousins who sewed attractive and beautifully-made garments for themselves and their families. Denise received her first sewing machine at 10 years old and quickly began sewing everything fabric could provide. By high school, she was sewing nearly every scrap she wore including Gunne Sax dresses, jumpsuits, and gauchos (It was the 70’s!). As a new home owner, curtains, duvet covers, and bed ruffles became her focus. But Denise’s love of fine fabrics has led her back to garment making.

Denise’s experience of fiber craft extends to many types of needlework, and she now can be found teaching sewing and quilting at Fiddlehead Artisan Supply in Belfast, Maine.
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Students should bring:

A sewing machine in good working condition

Extra lighting (if needed)

Sewing notions (i.e., scissors, pins, pin cushion, measuring tape)

Pattern https://fiddleheadartisansupply.com/shop/women-s-clothing/1003194-amelia-dress-green-bee.html

Thread

Fabric (woven, please) https://fiddleheadartisansupply.com/shop/91-linen-cotton-blend

¼ yard Lightweight Interfacing

22” Invisible zipper





Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Friday Morning Classes

 

Winona Sun Ice Dye

Taught by Maryly Matthewman


Friday, Sept. 6  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 




Welcome to the color blending world of ICE DYE!! This is NOT Tie Dye! The bright, motley, irregular mix of colors is obtained by folding and tying fabric, covering the bundle with ice, and sprinkling on some dry Procion Dye. As the ice melts, it slowly trickles and blends into your fabric. Your dyed fabric bundle will batch in dark melted MUCK for 24-48 hours. A very dark fabric bundle is then rinsed and just like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, the inner fabric is bright and beautiful!!



An amazing surprise every time! You may have a choice of 2 100% cotton tapestries or 1 tapestry and 1 100% cotton camisole. All fabrics will be ready for dyeing so please tell me what size cami you would like. You will come away with knowledge of how to do your own but I will do all the prep work of fabric for you. Will the colors wash out? These dyes are amazing!! Minimal fading! Wabi Sabi is the motto here. Unique, imperfections, and beautiful.

As a child of the 60’s I did a bit of Tie Dye but Ice Dye is so very different, unpredictable, and a surprise every time which makes it so very appealing to me. I have been sewing and knitting with color most of my life so when I saw this craft I knew it was for me. The intricate folding and ties of the fabric is a sort of meditation. A bit of Dead music and you can travel back in time. ~ Maryly

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Students should bring:
Eye protection (MANDATORY) and an overshirt to protect your clothes.

For a $25 materials fee, Maryly will provide:
Student's choice of 2 3’X3’ 100% high quality muslin tapestry OR
1 tapestry and 1 100% cotton cami (student must supply me with size prior), mask, non-latex gloves, sinew, ice, instruction sheet, and supply list. 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Maryly will provide for use during class:
Selection of 15-20 different Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes and all supplies and tools necessary to complete the project. 


Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Knitting a Diagonal Sweater or Tunic/Dress

Taught by Katharine Cobey


Friday, Sept. 6  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience Level: Knitting skills assumed.



We will start with a discussion of the basics of diagonal shaping, and then each student will make sketches and perhaps a paper model (graph paper} of what they intend to knit.

We will practice the TRIVIA CAST ON and begin knitting. I suggest that either reading the first chapters of my book DIAGONAL KNITTING or working a potholder or scarf diagonally before starting a actual three dimensional project before class is a good idea.




Do choose needles that suit your yarn and what you like to knit. This is a great project for handspun and spatially dyed yarns.  One of the advantages of this sort of shaping is that what you shape depends on how long you work an edge in any direction--not how many stitches you cast on or the yarn and needles you use. But do consider that the heavier the yarn the heavier the piece! ~ Katharine

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:
An assortment of needles light colored worsted weight or heavier yarn and note taking supplies.


Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Antique Spinning Wheels

Taught by Brenda Page and Jan Cunningham 

Friday, Sept. 6  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience: Everyone can participate. Basic spinning skills will help you to get the most out of this class. Students with no spinning experience are welcome to attend to learn about antique wheels, but there is no spinning instruction as part of this class.




Our region is rich in antique spinning wheels that can be brought back to life. This class will provide a brief overview of the different styles and regional origins of antique wheels and their role in home textile production. We then will discuss what to look for and avoid in buying an antique wheel and provide hands-on tips and advice on rehabilitating old wheels. Most of these wheels were beautifully crafted, but, after sitting idle for decades—or centuries—have parts that are stuck, loose, and lost.

Learn how to deal with immovable whorls and tension screws, how to make new bearings and bushings, how a little shimming can work wonders on wobbles, and what resources are available for more serious repairs. The last half of the class will give you the opportunity to try out a variety of antique wheels. We will have great wheels, several types of flax wheels (with flax for spinning), a double-flyer wheel, an accelerated wheel, Canadian production wheels, and a pendulum wheel. It is an extraordinary feeling to spin on a wheel that has been used by multiple generations. Not only do antique wheels give you a unique, tactile connection with the past, but they are marvelous spinning machines. Come learn about them and try them out.

Brenda rehabilitated her first antique wheel at age 17 but, a few years later, moved to Alaska, where old wheels were few and far between.  She gave little thought to spinning wheels for decades until, after retiring, she and her husband were looking for a home in mid-coast Maine and stopped at an antique store in Union.  There she found a barn-dirt-encrusted wheel with jaunty legs that called out for a rescue.  She bought it before having a house in which to put it.  That little flax wheel rekindled a love for these old beauties and she now has almost forty working antique wheels.  She wants to share their spinning qualities and unique histories with others in hopes that these wheels will be preserved and continue to spin for future generations.

Jan began her love affair with antique spinning wheels when she found one sitting on top of a pile of snow six years ago. She's beguiled by their beauty and her appreciation of the craft of the wheelwrights has deepened over that time. With time her interest has expanded to include all manner of textile tools, homespun textiles in general, and Maine specifically. 

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Students should bring:
A smile.

For a $10 kit fee, Brenda and Jan will provide:
Wool and flax for spinning, and a handout of resources. 

NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.


Brenda and Jan will provide for use during class:
A variety of antique spinning wheels.


Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Corded Alpaca Wool Stool

Taught by Sue Muldoon

Friday, Sept. 6  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



This is a great class for kids and first-timers to learn the skill of rush weave. The wool is colorful, tactile, and forgiving. It is easy to learn the concept of rush with this material. Because it is so warm and fuzzy, it is fun to work with and there is a fast sense of accomplishment. Wool is available in many colors or natural. The alpaca wool is locally grown at Flatland Alpacas in Griswold, CT and blended with merino.

Sue Muldoon divides her time between 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional work. She bounces back and forth between photography, web design, and graphic design to seatweaving (chair caning, wicker repair, rush, splint, etc.) and basket weaving. Sue’s career has always been creative. Wood carving, furniture refinishing and upcycling furniture in novel ways using unique materials like leather belts, ties, and alpaca wool set her apart from traditional seatweaving methods.

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Students should bring:
Scissors. 

For a $60 kit fee, Sue will provide:
25 yards of corded wool (color choices will be made available after registration), waxed linen, and Jr. footstool. 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Sue will provide for use during class:
Tools and equipment needed to complete the project. 
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


An Introduction to Locker Hooking 

Taught by Cristy Benson

Friday, Sept. 6  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



Locker Hooking combines the elements of rug hooking, crocheting, and those latch hooking canvases from your childhood.  It is a great way to use up your fabric stashes that never made it into those quilts you planned.  Working on 4x4 inch sample coasters, I will teach you every step from preparing your materials to finishing the edges on your completed project.  I will bring a wide variety of cotton fabrics to work with so you can choose your own color palette.  You will leave with a sample coaster and all the materials necessary to complete a second one.

I am a fiber artist who can't make up her mind about which medium is most fun. Starting as a traditional quilter, I learned about basket making about 15 years ago, and love working with ash and locally harvested bark. A little over 10 years ago, I began to hook rugs after an inspiring trip to Nova Scotia and being gifted some beautiful wool. I love the process of bringing these little dots of rich color together to create scenes. For the past year, I have been back to quilting, but in a more modern collage style to represent people and events which I hold dear. Through it all, I enjoy sharing my processes in workshops on the outer islands of Maine and at ArtWaves on Mount Desert Island. I currently live in Bar Harbor with my husband and patient high school aged boys. ~ Cristy

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Students should bring:
A smile.

For a $15 kit fee, Cristy will provide:
A locker hook; illustrated instructions; cotton fabric strips in your choice of colors; 4x4 inch prepared mesh canvas; needles and thread. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Cristy will also have larger sized mesh canvas pieces available for purchase if you are ready and inspired to start a larger project.

Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Make a Mayan Inspired Hand Spinner

Taught by Vohnny and Kris Weyrick


Friday, Sept. 6  9 AM - 11 AM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



I love my spinning wheel, but let's face it, it just doesn't travel well. However, my Mayan Hand Spinner goes everywhere with no set up and no space requirements. Honestly, I enjoy it (and the yarn I make with it) more than any of my drop spindles. It is beautiful, functional, and feels so good in the hand! 

Designed to be simple enough for a child to use, it's versatile enough to keep seasoned spinners happy. There will be plenty of time in class to play! Wouldn't it make a wonderful gift for the “Fiberista” in your life, especially if that “Fiberista” is you!?

This workshop will be co-taught by a Wool Artist and a Wood Artist.2 Hearts’ Art is a Mother/Daughter Studio in Lee NH. While using very different mediums, Vohnny Weyrick (Wood Carver) and daughter Kris Weyrick-Scott (Fiber Artist), find that they and their works coexist easily.  “We both have a fascination with the natural world,” says Kris about their common work.  “We have similar aesthetics, and ideas bounce back and forth freely, often turning into collaborations.  We trust each other’s point of view, and appreciate getting advice and critiques from each other."

Although their chosen artistic mediums are quite dissimilar—hard vs. soft, additive vs. subtractive—their work overlaps in theme and feel. Whether working 2-D, or 3-D (they both work in both), their main focus is the world around them…in the trees, under the ocean, and on the earth.


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Students should bring:

Sand paper with grits from 150-500, sharp carving knife, extra spinning fiber if desired

For a $8 materials fee, Vohnny and Kris will provide a kit including:
Seasoned wood, finishing oil, and a couple ounces of fiber to play with. (Additional fiber will be available for $2.50 per ounce)

Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
$64.00


Crochet Edging for Knitters 

Taught by Laurie Sims


Friday, Sept. 6   10 AM - 12 PM

Experience Level: Basic skills assumed.



Are you ready to try the unexpected? From the simple brim of a hat to a sweater with a knit bodice with crocheted cuffs, adding crochet to your knit work can add eye-catching details, make it truly one of a kind, and even elevate it to art! In a mere two hours you will learn the basic skills to make an exquisite transition from the edge of your knitting, then a few simple but elegant edging patterns to finish any scarf or sweater perfectly. Previous crochet experience is not needed. Also discussed will be techniques for adding crochet details to other handmade or commercial fabrics. 

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.

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Student should bring: 
A smile.

For a $15 kit fee, Laurie will supply:
Crochet hook, yarn for edgings, knitted swatches for practice. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.


Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$64.00


Friday Afternoon Classes

 

Ice Dyed Fabric and Nunofelting
(Part 1 of 2)

Taught by Shannah Warwick


Part ONE: Friday, Sept. 6    1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Part TWO: Saturday, Sept. 7 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM.
Students must register for BOTH parts.

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 




Part ONE: Students will be ice dyeing a yard of silk chiffon or kona cotton. Ice Dyeing is a technique that allows the individual colored dye molecules to separate and dye the fabric at different times. Ice dyeing results in a marbleized pattern on the fabric. While the dye is setting, students will create a nuno-felted sample using silk chiffon. Students will learn how to choose wool fibers, lay out the wool onto the silk chiffon, roll the fabric between layers of bubblewrap, and finally shrink the wool fibers to create a new textile. Ice dyed fabric will then be rinsed and hung to dry.

Part TWO:  Students will create a second nuno-felted piece using their Ice Dyed Fabric from previous class. Students will have the option of creating a long scarf or smaller pieces such as quilt squares. Emphasis will be placed on color theory and selecting complimentary wool for the dyed pattern and colors they've created. Students will learn various ways to finish the edges of their felted pieces.



Shannah has an Art Ed. Cert. from Moore College in Philadelphia where she began her teaching career over 10 years ago. She enjoys developing curricula for programs, events, and organizations. Her focuses are textile dyeing and nuno-felting techniques. She strives to give her students knowledge and information to follow their own creative curiosity. She highlights sustainability practices when teaching, such as working with local Farms and fibers. She enjoys working with students of all backgrounds, skill sets, and ages.
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Students should bring:
Old towel, rubber gloves, plastic apron or old clothing

For a $30 kit fee, Shannah will provide:
Silk chiffon, kona cotton, wool, dyes. 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Shannah will provide for student use during class:
Plastic bowls and tray, ice, soda ash, Synthrapol, bubblewrap, pool noodle, ties, dawn soap, ball brawser, and buckets.
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$164.00


Create an Heirloom Toy

Taught by Susan Hill


Friday, Sept. 6 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Experience Level: Basic hand-sewing and embroidery experience. Children under 14 welcome if partnered with an adult.



Come create a beautifully unique and personal Heirloom Ball! You will learn about design and advance your embroidery skills as you construct a very special Ball. You will be encouraged to create a highly individual and personal piece.

These Balls, drawn from a traditional pattern for a beloved toy, are an invitationto play with color and embroidery. While a universal delight for children, they are easily adapted to your own purpose as a memorable gift, a personal sampler, a family treasure.

Participants should have a working knowledge (even if “rusty”) stem, running, and overcast stitches. In class, we will review basic embroidery techniques, and students will be shown techniques that can improve their stitching. We’ll experiment with Stem and Running stitch combinations, and introduce Couching as a filling stitch and as an elegant outline.

By the session’s end, each Ball will be well underway or completed, depending on each individual design; everyone will have the required techniques and supplies …and have shared inspiration and ideas for many many more.

Susan Hill is an expert embroiderer and graphic artist with a long history of working and teaching in collaborative creative projects that range from Museum commissions to story quilts with incarcerated teens.
 (details)
Students should bring:  

Personal arts and sewing tools and /or materials for use as needed


For an $20 kit fee, Susan will provide:  

Pattern and materials for the Ball; illustrated instructions for embroidery stitches; illustrated instructions for construction; pins; embroidery needles (Tapestry #24); embroidery threads (DMC Cotton Perle #8); and stuffing.  NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Susan will provide for use by students during class: 
Pens and scissors.







Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Dyeing for a Self-Striping Sock Yarn

Taught by Paula Farrar


Friday, Sept. 6  1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



Paula will guide dye enthusiasts to create their own works of art with safety and longevity of colors in mind. 
Students will learn about gauge and how to persuade the dye to cooperate to make specific and repeatable stripes in the knitting of the sock.  This method of counting can work for any project once perfected.  It is labor intensive and fussy but Oh so much fun and rewarding. Paula will offer both a 2-color and 3-color dyeing method. 
 
You will learn to wind the yarn in the proper length for a standard sock repeat.  Everyone will wind the same size skein for this first project.  You will learn about fiber to dye relationship, Ph, and soaking. The color and dyeing is always the "fun" and we will explore a couple methods of dye application.  To finish, we will set and exhaust the yarn and discuss care of our hand-dyed yarn. This is a terrific class for someone who is ready to learn some shortcuts for small dyeing projects that are safe in the home!

I am a fiber farmer, enthusiast and colorist from DownEast Maine. Family traditions definitely have influenced the person I am today.




 (details)
Students should bring:
A smile and an overshirt or old clothes.

For a $25 kit fee, Paula will provide:
Yarn, dyes, and other supplies needed to complete the project. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Paula will provide for use during class:
Any additional supplies and tools necessary to complete the project. 
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Exploring Alcohol Inks

Taught by Lyn Harris
 

Friday, Sept. 6  2 PM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



Come and learn the magic of working with alcohol inks! These vibrant colors blend and move in fascinating ways to create gorgeous items. Students will learn the basics of working with the inks using ceramic, glass, and paper. Then each student will create a one of a kind necklace using their own ink designs.

Fiber interests have been a wonderful second career for Lyn. She is a licensed therapist and college educator. She has previously taught at Maryland Sheep and Wool, Southeastern Animal and Fiber Fair, adult art classes in galleries in Myrtle Beach. Erie PA, and Chautauqua Institution among others.  (details)
Students should bring:
A smile.

For a $15 kit fee, Lynda will provide:
All inks and tools needed as well as tiles, glass, and various papers, along with all elements and jewelry findings to create the necklace. 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$64.00


Spin on a Navajo Spindle

Taught by Katharine Cobey


Friday, Sept. 6  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



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

You could spend a lifetime of spinning using just this ever so portable, inexpensive tool, or you can use it as an introduction to spinning on a bobbin or great wheel. Whatever tool you end up using, spinners love spinning. These support spindles are available for students during class, or to buy afterwards. 

Unfortunately here in the east most of us don’t have the opportunity to find a teacher for the Navajo. Here at Fiber College, we teach it  often. If you spin only with a short draw, or you are a total beginner, the Navajo spindle is portable, inexpensive and a joy to use.

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

 (details)
Students should bring:
A Navajo Spindle or you may use one in class. They will also be available for purchase in the class for $30.

For a $27 kit fee, Katharine will provide:
8 oz of wool. NOTE: The kit fee is payable to the teacher during class. 
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$64.00


Saturday All Day Classes
September 7
 

Decorative Sashiko Stitching

Taught by Kathleen Goddu


Part One: Saturday, Sept. 7  9 AM - 4 PM 
Part Two: Sunday, Sept. 8    9 AM - 4 PM
Students must register for both parts of this 12-hour class.

Experience Level: Basic skills assumed. 



Sashiko embroidery originated in rural northern Japan during the 19th century. It was used to strengthen and reinforce clothing and household items to maximize their longevity, and is also known as boro. Later, recognizable white stitching on the indigo-dyed cloth was developed as a decorative embroidery technique.

In this two-part workshop, you will learn how to transfer a pattern onto indigo fabric, and how to stitch the pattern using sashiko thread in the traditional Japanese manner. We will discuss how to create your own patterns and spend time talking about how these patterns can be used on garments, functional decor items, up-cycled clothing, and more.

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:

A white marking pencil, 12” clear ruler, Quilt Basting needles, Thimble, Fabric scissors, Piece of cardboard with 100 grit sandpaper glued to it, notebook, pencil/pen. Bring a garment to work on, bring your own pattern ideas (both optional). 

For a $20 kit fee, Kathleen will provide:
Fabric, transfer paper, sashiko needles, sashiko thread, patterns, handouts. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Kathleen will provide for student use during class:
Iron and ironing board, samples.
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$264.00


Perky Pineapple and Found Flowers Acrylic Painting

Taught by Filomena Jack


Saturday, Sept. 7  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



We’ll create 2 vibrant and exciting acrylic paintings on paper in this fun class. No painting nor drawing experience needed. We’ll talk about color theory, negative shape painting, do a bit of paper collage, and experiment with acrylic mediums. Our paintings will be folky, expressive, and layered.



I have been creating art for more than 25 years and am generally over stimulated by cute, bizarre, and funny things. I received my BFA from Jersey City University and teach art to a variety of audiences. Most paintings are created in acrylic and ink and many are made up of literal and metaphorical layers. Each new painting begins with me wiping the extraneous paint (used in my focus work) off my brushes and pallets onto new substrates. In this way the “DNA” of every painting lives in every other painting in my collection.  I love what I do and am grateful every day to be part of the creative world. My goal is to lift people’s spirits, create beauty, and to engage with the world with an open heart. I am a certified life coach and work with individuals and groups, helping folks to love their best lives. ~ Filomena


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Students should bring:

Cranson water color or mixed media spiral bound pad, as large as you can manage, and an apron. 

For a $7 materials fee, Filomena will provide:
Paints, table coverings, paper towel, medium, color wheels, paint brushes, paper scraps

Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Intro to Traditional Rug Hooking 

Taught by Cristy Benson

Saturday, Sept. 7  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



Working on an 8' x 8" rug, you will learn all the basic skills and information necessary to start you on a life-long hooking habit. You will have the option to work from a pattern or create your own. I will bring a wide variety of wool to work with so you can choose your own color palette.



You will learn to design a beginning pattern, and how to choose and cut the wool, You will also learn about different hooking techniques and how to finish your piece. You will leave with a started rug and all the materials necessary to complete your project. Your final rug will make a great wall hanging, trivet/coaster, or small pillow.

I am a fiber artist who can't make up her mind about which medium is most fun.  Starting as a traditional quilter, I learned about basket making about 15 years ago, and love working with ash and locally harvested bark.  A little over 10 years ago, I began to hook rugs after an inspiring trip to Nova Scotia and being gifted some beautiful wool.  I love the process of bringing these little dots of rich color together to create scenes.  For the past year, I have been back to quilting, but in a more modern collage style to represent people and events which I hold dear.  Through it all, I enjoy sharing my processes in workshops on the outer islands of Maine and at ArtWaves on Mount Desert Island.  I currently live in Bar Harbor with my husband and patient high school aged boys. ~ Cristy

 (details)
Students should bring:
A favorite large embroidery hoop (if you have one).

For a $45 kit fee, Cristy will provide:
The burlap backing, a rug hook, wool strips and other fibers in your choice of colors, and illustrated instructions. 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Cristy will provide for use during class:
Embroidery hoops.
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Felted Table Lamp 

Taught by Vohnny and Kris Weyrick


Saturday, Sept 7 9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



Create a glowing family heirloom. In this workshop, co-taught by a Wood Artist and a Wool Artist, you’ll learn how to make and finish a hardwood lamp base, secure a low wattage electrical fixture (complete with a low heat, LED bulb), felt shrinkage samples, and use a resist felting method to create a translucent lamp shade that showcases the natural structure of wool. Your finished lamp will be beautiful to look at, eco-friendly, and will light the way for future generations.

2 Hearts’ Art is a Mother/Daughter Studio in Lee NH. While using very different mediums, Vohnny Weyrick (Wood Carver) and daughter Kris Weyrick-Scott (Fiber Artist), find that they and their works coexist easily. “We both have a fascination with the natural world,” says Kris about their common work. “We have similar aesthetics, and ideas bounce back and forth freely, often turning into collaborations. We trust each other’s point of view, and appreciate getting advice and critiques from each other.”

Although their chosen artistic mediums are quite dissimilar—hard vs. soft, additive vs. subtractive—their work overlaps in theme and feel. Whether working 2-D, or 3-D (they both work in both), their main focus is the world around them…in the trees, under the ocean, and on the earth.


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Students should bring:

Measuring tape, sanding blocks or paper in a variety of grits from 150- 500, palm sander, if available, 2 large towels, and your own wool if desired ( carded and un-carded). I'll have wool available for purchase for $2.50 per ounce.


For a $20 kit fee, Vohnny and Kris will provide a kit including:
Base wood, electrical fixture, and LED bulb, and finishing oil. 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Christmas Sleigh Basket

Taught by Nancy Donker


Saturday, Sept. 7  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



This sleigh basket measures 6" wide x 12" long x 11" high. It is woven on a wooden base with runners that measure 20" long x 3" high. You will learn to do a continuous step up pattern to build up the back of the basket. This basket will be finished with a braided border that incorporates 16 bells. You may add an optional bow to embellish the back. The sleigh is pulled by a sea-grass rope.

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:
Tape measure, small flat head screwdriver, 12 metal-spring clothespins.

For a $40 kit fee, Nancy will provide:
Full kit for the basket: wooden sleigh base, all natural and dyed reed, set of bells and sea grass roping. 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Nancy will provide for use by students during class:
All tools necessary to complete the basket.
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Saturday Morning Classes

 

Handcarved Wall Hooks: Part 1 of 2

Taught by Deirdre McGrath and Aaron Margolis


PART ONE: Saturday, Sept 7  9 AM - 1 PM (4 hrs)
PART TWO: Sunday, Sept 8    9 AM - 11 AM (2 hrs)
Students need to register for both parts. 

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.




Create a special wall hook to hang your favorite handmade fiber garment. This is a two-part class where you will be taken through the process of carving a wall hook by hand from local green wood, using a tree selected from the campground property. Students will learn traditional hand carving techniques, beginning with axe and knife safety, on to design, and finally, various decorating techniques (chip carving and painting). This class will be a project class, where the participants will leave with a completed, useful object. 

Deirdre and Aaron live and work in rugged Downeast Maine in their restored barn studio. They carve and craft spoons, bowls, sculptures, and other wares by hand from local freshly-cut wood. Their inspiration comes from the natural beauty of Maine, European and American folk and outsider art, and the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi: finding beauty both in the imperfection of the materials with which they work and in their own hands as the creators of these objects.

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Students should bring:
A smile.

For a $25 kit fee, Deirdre and Aaron will provide: 
A Sloyd knife. NOTE:  Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class. However, if you've registered for the W/Th Spoon Carving class, you will not need to purchase this knife again; it's one of the two knives in the kit for the spoon class.

Deirdre and Aaron will provide for use by students during class:
Axes, chopping blocks, wood, paint, and finishing materials.



Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Porch Weave Stool

Taught by Sue Muldoon

Saturday, Sept. 7  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



You've seen them, right? The big porch rockers, sad, with no seat? Learn the basics of weaving the New England Porch Weave on a stool. At the least, you will have a gorgeous natural material (reed) stool and a new skill. If you're adventurous, you can become a chair nerd and start saving sad chairs and restore them to their former glory!

Sue Muldoon divides her time between 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional work. She bounces back and forth between photography, web design, and graphic design to seatweaving (chair caning, wicker repair, rush, splint, etc.) and basket weaving. Sue’s career has always been creative. Wood carving, furniture refinishing, and upcycling furniture in novel ways using unique materials like leather belts, ties, and alpaca wool set her apart from traditional seatweaving methods.

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Students should bring:
Scissors. 

For a $45 kit fee, Sue will provide:
Wooden stool, reed, and cardboard. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Sue will provide for use during class:
Stapler, buckets, tools, and equipment needed to complete the project. 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Spinning a Perfect-ish 2-Ply Yarn

Taught by Jackie Ottino

Saturday, Sept. 7  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Experience Level: Basic spinning skills assumed. 



There are many factors that go into creating a well balanced 2 ply yarn: fiber, twist, grist, and angle to name a few.  In this class we will demystify some of these terms and learn how to use them to our advantage to create the yarn we want.  Instructor will provide fibers for spinning, but you may bring your own if you choose.  For instructional purposes, please only bring fibers that are prepared for spinning like top, roving or batts.

Jackie lives on the coast of Maine and gets fiber in her hands as much as possible.  She learned to knit in high school home ec class, to spin in college from a professor's wife and to dye when she couldn't find the perfect red for a sweater.  She travels a good bit teaching natural dye workshops and spends the rest of her time driving teenagers around and knitting sweaters from sports sidelines.


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Students should bring:

Spinning wheel in good working order, 3 bobbins, lazy kate, and niddy noddy (if you have one).

For a $20 kit fee, Jackie will provide:
Fibers for spinning, but you may bring your own if you choose. For instructional purposes, please only bring fibers that are prepared for spinning like top, roving, or batts.



Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Introduction to Darning

Taught by Maya Critchfield

Saturday, Sept. 7  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience Level: Some hand sewing experience.



This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the practice of darning, a simple and ancient method of repairing holey woolens. We will discuss tools, materials, historical context, and mending philosophy, as well as techniques to replicate both woven and knit fabric. Students will bring along a holey wool garment and leave with it mended.

Maya is an artist and educator living and working in midcoast Maine, and a 2016 graduate of College of the Atlantic. She teaches mending workshops from Bar Harbor to Portsmouth, as well as offers private lessons and commissions. She is a lifelong maker and mender and textiles are what make her tick!
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Students should bring:

1-3 holey woolen garments to repair. These could be sweaters, wool pants, wool coat or jacket, socks, blanket, etc. Students will all leave with at least one of their garments repaired.

For a $4 kit fee, Maya will provide:
Yarn and instructional handout with resources. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Maya will supply for student use during class: 
Needles and darning eggs.


Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Dyeing Fiber Naturally - Part 1 of 2

Taught by Billie Smith


Part ONE: Saturday, Sept. 7  9 AM - 1 PM
Part TWO: Sunday, Sept. 8   9 AM - 1 PM
STUDENTS MUST SIGN UP FOR BOTH PARTS.

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



Dyeing fibers with plants and flowers grown in a dye garden, gathered from the fields, or even saved from the compost pile will result in beautiful natural colors. It’s a way to keep your garden blooming all year round. The colors are somewhat predictable, but it’s the occasional surprise that makes it even more fun. As with grapes, the terroir, weather, and time of year the plants are harvested all have their effect.

In this workshop, students will create dye baths from plants and other organic materials and then dye small skeins and swatches of wool, cotton, and silk . Each student will go home with a color card that includes samples from each of the dyepots and how each was created. In addition students will receive detailed notes about both dyes and mordants so they can repeat the process on their own, an extensive bibliography, and a list of plants that might be used. 

Part ONE: Students will start by preparing the dye baths and dye the yarn and fabric swatches, letting some skeins/swatches 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. Part ONE is a pre-requisite for PART TWO. 

PART TWO: Students will prepare some additional dyebaths and 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 the samples, dye recipes, and instructions.



Billie is passionate about all kinds of fibers and the many things you can do with them.   She is a retired 8th grade math teacher who loves to share what she has learned with others.   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.  After a recent move to Vermont, her new gardens are being planted with dyes in mind, but she also loves to go gathering.  While her curiosity compels her to continue experimenting with different plants, mordants, and methods, she has also started working with her daughter-in-law, Mary, to dye and market the yarn from the sheep that Mary raises on her farm.

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Students should bring:
A writing utensil and rubber gloves. Students should wear old clothes or an apron, as well as shoes you don't mind getting dye on.

For a $35 kit fee for the entire eight hour class, Billie will provide:
Fiber, dye materials, notes, and color cards/samples. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Billie will provide for student use during class:
All necessary tools and equipment. 






Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$164.00


Spinning Rings

Taught by Amanda Coburn


Saturday, Sept. 7  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.




In this spinning ring workshop, we'll be working with sterling silver to create a flared ring band that contains an independently spinning outer ring band. We'll learn the proper techniques for cutting, filing, texturing, and soldering non-ferrous metals. Each student will leave with a finished ring! I give people the option of copper, brass, or Sterling for their outer spinning component. And some people choose to do all 3!

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:
The ring size they want to me if making the ring for someone else.

For a $40 kit fee, Amanda will provide:
Sterling silver sheet, sterling silver wire, copper wire, brass wire, silver solder. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Amanda will provide for use by students during class:
Propane, buffing compound, torches, tools and equipment.
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Rigid Heddle Weaving 

Taught by Alice Seeger


Saturday, Sept. 7  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



Bring a sense of adventure and take home your own handwoven scarf from this 4 hour workshop. You will learn a quick and easy method to warp the loom, and how to accomplish a balanced tabby or plain weave.

You will finish weaving your scarf and learn finishing techniques for your woven piece. There will also be a demonstration of a few advanced weaving techniques to produce textured or lacy fabrics on the rigid heddle loom. All materials provided - or you may bring your own Rigid Heddle Loom if you have one.

Alice became aware of weaving over 40 years ago when she encountered a huge, old barn loom, floating down the Hudson on a barge, as part of a Bicentennial exhibit. It was love at first sight.Since then, Alice has worked as a production weaver for 18 years, studied art and design instruction, operated Woodland Ridge Spinning and Weaving, presented historical weaving workshops to elementary schools, and traveled to places where weaving is still an active part of indigenous people’s daily life. She spent some time living in a hogan on the Navajo reservation, and climbing mountains in Peru to meet Andean women weaving on backstrap looms. Alice has been an important part of the Fiber College family since 2008 as a teacher, photographer, graphic designer, and much more!
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Students should bring:
A smile and a sense of adventure. 

For a $20 materials fee, Alice will provide:
Yarn and handouts. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.


Alice will provide for student use during class:
Looms and tools necessary to complete the project. 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Cast On, Cast Off: Why so Many Ways? 

Taught by Katharine Cobey

Saturday, Sept. 7  9 AM - 11 AM

Experience Level: Knitting skills assumed.



I will teach a core group of Cast ons and Cast offs, not nearly as many as there are, with emphasis on what each way is useful for. These are great tools for your knitting box.

I will include double knitting--great for collars; an invisible cast-on you take out, so you can change your mind; and several ways to cast off, some with bells!


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:

An assortment of needles light colored worsted weight or heavier yarn and note taking supplies.
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
$64.00


Saturday Afternoon Classes

 

Ice Dyed Fabric and Nunofelting
(Part 2 of 2)

Taught by Shannah Warwick


Part ONE: Friday, Sept. 6    1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Part TWO: Saturday, Sept 7 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM.
Students must register for BOTH parts.

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 




Part ONE: Students will be ice dyeing a yard of silk chiffon or kona cotton. Ice Dyeing is a technique that allows the individual colored dye molecules to separate and dye the fabric at different times. Ice dyeing results in a marbleized pattern on the fabric. While the dye is setting, students will create a nuno-felted sample using silk chiffon. Students will learn how to choose wool fibers, lay out the wool onto the silk chiffon, roll the fabric between layers of bubblewrap, and finally shrink the wool fibers to create a new textile. Ice dyed fabric will then be rinsed and hung to dry.

Part TWO:  Students will create a second nuno-felted piece using their Ice Dyed Fabric from previous class. Students will have the option of creating a long scarf or smaller pieces such as quilt squares. Emphasis will be placed on color theory and selecting complimentary wool for the dyed pattern and colors they've created. Students will learn various ways to finish the edges of their felted pieces.

Shannah has an Art Ed. Cert. from Moore College in Philadelphia where she began her teaching career over 10 years ago. She enjoys developing curricula for programs, events, and organizations. Her focuses are textile dyeing and nuno-felting techniques. She strives to give her students knowledge and information to follow their own creative curiosity. She highlights sustainability practices when teaching, such as working with local Farms and fibers. She enjoys working with students of all backgrounds, skill sets, and ages.
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Students should bring:

Old towel, rubber gloves, plastic apron or old clothing

For a $30 kit fee (to be paid during Part 1 on Friday), Shannah will provide:
Silk chiffon, kona cotton, wool, dyes.

Shannah will provide for student use during class:
Plastic bowls and tray, ice, soda ash, Synthrapol, bubble wrap, pool noodle, ties, dawn soap, ball brawser, and buckets.
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$0.00


6+ Ways to Spin a Dyed Top

Taught by Jackie Ottino

Saturday, Sept. 7  1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Experience Level: Participants must be able to comfortably spin a 2-ply yarn.



Everyone has been seduced by a beautiful handpainted wool braid. But what are the best ways to spin them? We will dissect several popular dye styles and come up with the best ways to get the yarns we want from our colors. Participants must be able to comfortably spin a 2 ply yarn.

Jackie lives on the coast of Maine and gets fiber in her hands as much as possible.  She learned to knit in high school home ec class, to spin in college from a professor's wife, and to dye when she couldn't find the perfect red for a sweater.  She travels a good bit teaching natural dye and spinning workshops and spends the rest of her time driving teenagers around and knitting sweaters from sports sidelines.
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Students should bring:
Spinning wheel in good working order, 3 bobbins, lazy kate, and niddy noddy.

For a $40 kit fee, Jackie will provide:
All the fibers to spin in class. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.



Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Build a Rustic Garden Trellis

Taught by Vicki Fox

Saturday, Sept. 7  1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Experience Level: Everybody can participate.



We will start with a pile of saplings, some pieces of driftwood and vine. You are encouraged to bring your own driftwood and vine treasures -  we will supply the saplings tho you’d be welcome to bring some if you like. They should be about 8-10’ tall and freshly cut so they will bend.



We will lay the saplings out on the ground and bind them together into a pleasing and sturdy form. Be sure to think about getting your trellis home in the car you came in!

I have been an artist since I was 3 years old, always drawing, knitting, and making clay pieces. Eventually, I went to Syracuse University and then Philadelphia College of Art where I earned a BFA in Illustration. Eventually, I transitioned into doing Landscape Design and established a small landscape design company (painting with flowers) which was active for 20 years until I moved to Portland. In the interim, I embraced stick art and have made works to sell at shows and galleries. ~ Vicki

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Students should bring:
Sharp clippers and loppers, hammer, pliers, wire, natural twine, scissors, any other embellishments such as shells, bells, glass, tin pieces and miscellaneous hardware.

For a $10 kit fee, Vicki will provide: 
Bags of cable ties, twine, and wire.  NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.



Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Needlefelting - Cock-a-Doodle-Doo!

Taught by Jennifer Shaw

Saturday, Sept. 7  1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



Come and enjoy an afternoon with felting artist Jennifer Shaw and discover a unique way to explore your imaginative side by creating this whimsical rooster through the art of needle felting. This art form involves jabbing, stabbing, and jiggling various colorful wool fibers with gauged needles which causes the fibers to intertwine until blended into felt. Needle felting allows for a range of artistic possibilities. If you have done wet felting you can use needle felting to enhance your projects. Fun, relaxing, and therapeutic.

Jennifer Shaw has been a resident of Maine for 32 years. She is a fine arts graduate of York Academy Arts in York, Pennsylvania. Oils were Jennifer’s choice of medium for most of her life with a focus on color theory and portraying the theories of impressionism. She discovered the art of needle felting 10 years ago. Using wool as her medium, Jennifer creates 2D and 3D landscapes that portray scenes around Maine and out her backdoor. 


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Students should bring:
A smile.

For a $25 kit fee, Jennifer will provide:
Wool fibers, felting needles, felting base, hoop for framing. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.


Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Handcraft a Leather Belt

Taught by David Brown

Saturday, Sept. 7  1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



Create a beautiful leather belt from scratch! Students will learn to bevel the edges, punch holes, set snaps, stamp the leather, burnish the buckle, and dye and finish the leather. This personalized belt is sure to be a favorite of yours or of the special person you gift it to. 

I started in the leather world by selling leather products on Ebay to make some extra money while I finished my business degree. With the money I earned, I kept reinvesting to grow my new business. After a while I was able to open up a shop part time; that lasted about eight years while I built up inventory. I moved to my current location at 850 Main Street in Lewiston three years ago and have been full time ever since. Over those three years, I have added jackets, vests, and other items to create a one stop leather shop. ~David


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Students should bring:
A smile.

For a $25 kit fee, David will provide:
Belt strip, snaps, dye, and finish. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

David will provide for student use during class:
Necessary tools to complete the project. 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Aran Knitting: Textured Tradition

Taught by Kris Bridges and Anna Kessler

Saturday, Sept. 7  1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Experience Level:
 You should be able to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off. 



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

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

This class is aimed at knitters who want to learn Aran stitch patterns—you must be able to knit and purl, cast on, and bind off.

This class will be run by two sisters of Irish/Scottish heritage so there will be plenty of help during the session. 



Kris and Anna were born in England to a Scottish-Irish family line of women who were instrumental in developing the love of knitting and design that they both share. Kris still lives in Ireland and teaches a knitting class in a Dublin city centre yarn shop. Anna emigrated to the US and brought her love of art and design into other arts including quilting and painting. Kris and Anna enjoy teaching how to manage different stitches and techniques, and encouraging students to develop a strong technical background for creativity in their own right.  (details)
Students should bring:
Worsted weight yarn 100g or 150 yds, in a pale color (cream or white is best), needles sizes US 6 (4mm), US 7 (4.5mm), and US 8 (5mm) either straight or circular, cable needle, tape measure, scissors, 4mm crochet hook, notebook, pencil, and eraser.

For a $5 kit fee, Kris and Anna will provide:
Handouts including chart symbols, stitch pattern instructions and diagrams, and knitting graph paper, as well as a pattern for a starter garment e.g., cabled cowl or scarf.
Note: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Sunday All Day Classes
September 8

 

Decorative Sashiko Stitching

Taught by Kathleen Goddu


Part One: Saturday, Sept. 7  9 AM - 4 PM 
Part Two: Sunday, Sept. 8    9 AM - 4 PM
Students must register for both parts of this 12 hour class.

Experience Level: Basic skills assumed. 



Sashiko embroidery originated in rural northern Japan during the 19th century. It was used to strengthen and reinforce clothing and household items to maximize their longevity, and is also known as boro. Later, recognizable white stitching on the indigo-dyed cloth was developed as a decorative embroidery technique.

In this two-part workshop, you will learn how to transfer a pattern onto indigo fabric, and how to stitch the pattern using sashiko thread in the traditional Japanese manner. We will discuss how to create your own patterns and spend time talking about how these patterns can be used on garments, functional decor items, up-cycling clothing, and more.


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:
A garment to work on and your own pattern ideas (both optional); a white marking pencil, 12” clear ruler, quilt basting needles, thimble, fabric scissors, a piece of cardboard with 100 grit sandpaper glued to it, notebook, pencil/pen. 

For a $20 kit fee (payable during Saturday's Part One), Kathleen will provide:
Fabric, transfer paper, sashiko needles, sashiko thread, patterns, handouts. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Kathleen will provide for student use during class:
Iron and ironing board, samples.
Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$0.00


Functional Medicine Bags 

Taught by Susan Mills


Sunday, Sept. 8  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



In this one day class we will be creating two Medicine Bags—a small one that may be worn around the neck and a large one that may be carried on the shoulder or cross body. Using resist materials these will be seamless bags. We will explore adding attachments as well as making intricate straps.

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:
Your favorite felting fibers, towels, scissors, notepad and pens. Also bring your precious items such as stones, sticks, shells, feathers etc. that may be incorporated in your pieces or placed inside and held sacred.

Susan will provide:
All tools necessary to create these powerful pieces as well as a selection of merino wool that will be for sale at $4 per ounce.
Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Relief Printing with Textile Inks 

Taught by Russell Kahn


Sunday, Sept. 8  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



Students will learn how to do a variety of relief printmaking with textile inks on canvas and other material. Prints can be decorative or even added to a utilitarian project like a bag or a purse. Students will also be able to make smaller blocks that can be used decoratively in repetitive or other patterns. 

Russell Kahn has been an art educator in public schools for the past 25 years and shows his own art in local venues. However, his inspiration for ideas and media comes from all over the globe. His father is from Capetown, South Africa, his mother is from Tel Aviv, Israel, and his stepmother is from Innsbruk, Austria. Prior to settling in Maine, he lived in New York, South Africa, Boston, Tucson, and on the Navajo Reservation. All of these places and cultures have contributed to who Russell Kahn is and how he sees the world. His work spans different genres and styles that make him a complex artist and art educator, just like human beings are. He primarily works in ceramics, printmaking, painting and drawing.

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Students should bring:
A smile and old clothes or an apron.

For a kit fee of $20, Russell will provide:
Lino blocks, canvas, and fabric inks. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to teacher during class. 

Russell will provide for student use during class:
All other tools and supplies necessary to complete the project. 
Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Silk Sampler Day

Taught by Sandi Cirillo

Sunday, Sept. 8  9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



Explore the possibilities of working with silk using many different techniques to add color and texture to scarves and silk fabric. Techniques such as rusted scarves, shibori scarves using PVC pipes, printing on silk fabric, as well as a few surprises thrown into this fabulous day of silk, silk, silk! You'll also learn about the history of silk and how important silk is to us in our daily lives. This class is open to all who love silk fabric and can be very helpful to quilters and mixed media artists.

A well known fiber artist in Maine, Sandi is a teaching artist with Maine Arts Commission, works with many different arts organizations to give workshops, is an artist member of Local Color Gallery in Belfast and co-curator of both the 2018 and 2019 Fiber Art Exhibit at University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

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Students should bring:
Old clothes and scissors.

For a $35 kit fee, Sandi will provide:
Silk, dyes, handouts.  NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Sandi will provide for student use during class: 
Tarps, pipes, and all other materials to complete the project.



Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Pretty & Funky Painted Floorcloths

Taught by Philomena Jack

Sunday, Sept. 8    9 AM - 4 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



Join artist Filomena Jack in a class to create fun and functional painted floorcloths. We’ll use common materials and acrylic paints to create custom floorcloths with wild designs. Floorcloth art has been around for centuries and we’ll be continuing in the tradition of our foremothers as we create these one of a kind art pieces.

I have been creating art for more than 25 years and am generally over stimulated by cute, bizarre, and funny things. I received my BFA from Jersey City University and teach art to a variety of audiences. Most paintings are created in acrylic and ink and many are made up of literal and metaphorical layers. Each new painting begins with me wiping the extraneous paint (used in my focus work) off my brushes and pallets onto new substrates. In this way the “DNA” of every painting lives in every other painting in my collection.  I love what I do and am grateful every day to be part of the creative world. My goal is to lift people’s spirits, create beauty, and to engage with the world with an open heart. I am a certified life coach and work with individuals and groups, helping folks to love their best lives. ~ Filomena
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Students should bring:

Multiple inexpensive 1.5” to 3” brushes from a hardware store
6” plastic pallet knife (size is approximate)
Apron


For a $15 kit fee, Filomena will provide:
Fabric to make multiple floor cloths
Pre-primed mini cloths for practice paintings
Fabric primer for under painting on cloths
Acrylic paints for creating floor cloth designs
Painter’s tape
Stitch fuse for binding cloths
Embroidery floss and needles for alternative binding
Written materials 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.


Filomena will provide for student use during class:
Multiple brushes and instruments for mark making
Stencils to experiment with
Table coverings
Hand barrier cream
High quality paper toweling
Water containers and spray bottles
2 irons and extension cords
Music
Hugs


Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$144.00


Sunday Morning Classes

 

Dyeing Fiber Naturally - Part 2 of 2

Taught by Billie Smith


Part ONE: Saturday, Sept. 7  9 AM - 1 PM
Part TWO: Sunday, Sept 8   9 AM - 1 PM

STUDENTS MUST SIGN UP FOR BOTH PARTS.

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.



Dyeing fibers with plants and flowers grown in a dye garden, gathered from the fields, or even saved from the compost pile will result in beautiful natural colors. It’s a way to keep your garden blooming all year round. The colors are somewhat predictable, but it’s the occasional surprise that makes it even more fun. As with grapes, the terroir, weather, and time of year the plants are harvested all have their effect.

In this workshop, students will create dye baths from plants and other organic materials and then dye small skeins and swatches of wool, cotton, and silk. Each student will go home with a color card that includes samples from each of the dyepots and how each was created. In addition students will receive detailed notes about both dyes and mordants so they can repeat the process on their own, an extensive bibliography, and a list of plants that might be used. 

Session 1) Students will start by preparing the dye baths and dye the yarn and fabric swatches, letting some skeins/swatches 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 

Session 2) Students will prepare some additional dyebaths and 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 the samples, dye recipes, and instructions.



Billie is passionate about all kinds of fibers and the many things you can do with them.   She is a retired 8th grade math teacher who loves to share what she has learned with others.   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.  After a recent move to Vermont, her new gardens are being planted with dyes in mind, but she also loves to go gathering.  While her curiosity compels her to continue experimenting with different plants, mordants, and methods, she has also started working with her daughter-in-law, Mary, to dye and market the yarn from the sheep that Mary raises on her farm.

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Students should bring:
A writing utensil and rubber gloves. Students should wear old clothes or an apron, as well as shoes you don't mind getting dye on.

For a $35 kit fee for the entire eight hour class, Billie will provide:
Fiber, dye materials, notes, and color cards/samples. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during Part One of the class .

Billie will provide for student use during class:
All necessary tools and equipment. 






Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$0.00


Handcarved Wall Hooks: Part 2 of 2

Taught by Deirdre McGrath and Aaron Margolis


PART ONE: Saturday, Sept 7  9 AM - 1 PM (4 hrs)
PART TWO: Sunday, Sept 8    9 AM - 11 AM (2 hrs)
Students need to register for both parts. 

Experience Level: Everyone can participate.




Create a special wall hook to hang your favorite handmade fiber garment. This is a two-part class where you will be taken through the process of carving a wall hook by hand from local green wood, using a tree selected from the campground property. Students will learn traditional hand carving techniques, beginning with axe and knife safety, on to design, and finally, various decorating techniques (chip carving and painting). This class will be a project class, where the participants will leave with a completed, useful object. 

Deirdre and Aaron live and work in rugged Downeast Maine in their restored barn studio. They carve and craft spoons, bowls, sculptures, and other wares by hand from local freshly-cut wood. Their inspiration comes from the natural beauty of Maine, European and American folk and outsider art, and the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi: finding beauty both in the imperfection of the materials with which they work and in their own hands as the creators of these objects.

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Students should bring:
A smile.

For a $25 kit fee, Deirdre and Aaron will provide: 
A Sloyd knife. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class. (If you've registered for the W/Th Spoon Carving class, you will not need to purchase this knife again; it's one of the two in the kit for the spoon class.

Deirdre and Aaron will provide for use by students during class:
Axes, chopping blocks, wood, paint, and finishing materials.



Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
$0.00


Wall Pocket Basket 

Taught by Tina Puckett


Sunday, Sept. 8  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



A piece of bittersweet vine creates the handle and shape of this wall pocket. After the shape is created we will be weaving the walls to create the pocket. One side is flat so it can lay flat against a door or wall.

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 $20 kit fee, Tina will provide:
Bittersweet vine and reeds needed to make the basket. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Tina will have available for student use during class:
Cutting tool.
Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Marlinespike Seamanship: The Art of Decorative Knot Tying

Taught by Christy Georg


Sunday, Sept. 9 AM - 1 PM


Experience: Everyone can participate. 



This workshop is an introduction to sailor's “Marlinespike Seamanship” decorative knot-tying. Though the word “decorative” implies that little or no function is served, the craft of decorative knot tying generally combines both form and function.



‘Covering knots’ were used historically to protect blown-glass fishing net floats and ceramic jugs of water taken along on fishing expeditions; the style of knotwork also helps identify who they belong to. Many variations of hitching have embellished handrails, mug handles, and the ship’s tiller or wheel You will no doubt think of countless ways to incorporate them into your artwork—decorate a picture frame, embellish the ears on pots, display pieces upon fancy plaited mats…



We’ll start by identifying lanyard and button knots, plaits, chains, sinnits, turk's heads, mats, and hitching. I will demonstrate how to tie many versions and assist as you try your hand at the Solomon Bar, Spanish Hitching, Wall-and-Crown Sinnit, plaits, mats, and more. You may pursue a project of your design or make practice 'sketches.' Maybe I'll sing some sea shanties!

Christy Georg is an Artist / Adventurer. She has worked as a deckhand on schooners, thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and Colorado trail, and cruised the Arctic. Endurance, fortitude, and achievement drive underlying themes in her work.

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Students should bring:
Scissors, lighter, large needle and awl are handy. Bring an object like a broom, walking stick, or an object with a handle (mug, basket, suitcase) to embellish. Student should purchase the class kit OR bring 25+ feet of non-stretchy twines 1/16” to 3/16” diameter.

For a $5 kit fee, Christy will provide:
Plenty (up to 1/2 pound) of your choice of diameter 3-strand synthetic tarred nylon and a selection of objects to tie upon that you may keep: spheres, sticks, bottles, etc.  NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.


Christy will provide for student use during class:
Marlinespikes, awls, pliers, sailors palm, thimbles, whipping twine, handouts, and reference books. 
Scissors, lighter, large needle and awl are handy. Bring an object like a broom, walking stick, or an object with a handle (mug, basket, suitcase) to embellish. Material Kit OR 25+ feet of non-stretchy twines 1/16” to 3/16” diameter.
Scissors, lighter, large needle and awl are handy. Bring an object like a broom, walking stick, or an object with a handle (mug, basket, suitcase) to embellish. Material Kit OR 25+ feet of non-stretchy twines 1/16” to 3/16” diameter.
Scissors, lighter, large needle and awl are handy. Bring an object like a broom, walking stick, or an object with a handle (mug, basket, suitcase) to embellish. Material Kit OR 25+ feet of non-stretchy twines 1/16” to 3/16” diameter.
Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Hand-Paint a Square Silk Scarf 

Taught by Leanne Nickon


Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019  9 AM - 1 PM

Experience Level: Everyone may participate. 



Learn the art of hand-painting on silk as you create your own scarf. Starting with a blank pre-hemmed 22" x 22" 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 35 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. 

For a $15 kit fee, Leanne will provide:
22" x 22" blank silk scarf, paints, resist, marking pen, paper towel. 
NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

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
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Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Create a Needle Felted Fairy in Nature

Taught by Marty Elkin


Sunday, Sept. 8  9 AM - 1 PM


Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



Marty will guide you through the creation of a felted fairy scene (9" x 12") complete with a stone wall, flowers, and a precious fairy. 

Marty enjoys dy3ing and felting wool, spinning, and knitting.  She has worked with oils and watercolors, and now transfers her creative artistic ability to fiber arts. She loves to teach at her Maine farm, A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm. Marty especially enjoys her sheep and lambs.

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Students should bring:

Felting needles and work surface (available for purchase from A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm's booth).  
 
For a $30 kit fee, Marty will provide:
Wool in a variety of colors, needles, foam pad, and hand drawn pattern. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.


Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$84.00


Feather your Nest: Fabric Embellishment

Taught by Carolee Withee


Sunday, Sept. 8  9 AM - 12 PM


Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



"Robin with Nest in Spring," painted in acrylic on fabric, is just over 4 inches long. Even if you have not painted before, you can make these short brush strokes that create a colorful bird on fabric. At the end of class you will take home a finished scene that can be framed. or maybe used to make a patch in a Crazy Quilt. Students will gain confidence to apply the short stroke technique to other surfaces. 

When I design a new wall hanging, my focus is to integrate a variety of surface techniques. It was such a pleasure to be awarded Blue Ribbons in the Best Use of Mixed Embellishments category at the Maine Quilt Show in 2016 and 2017. I painted the Robin with Nest to enhance a Spring scene which already had embroidered trees and silk flowers. Using a book for color guidance, I discovered a delight in using small brush strokes to paint this little bird on fabric. ~ Carolee

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Students should bring:

A smile.
 
For a $5 kit fee, Carolee will provide:
Acrylic paints, brushes, fabric, and cleanup materials. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.
Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
$74.00


Knitting: Hook, Wrap, Throw

Taught by Katharine Cobey

Sunday, Sept. 8  9 AM - 11 AM

Experience: Knitting skills assumed.



When I started to learn the Peruvian method of knitting I thought of it as a theoretical endeavor, not something that I would get excited about doing. I was mistaken. It turns out to be a splendid way to work--one that now I would suggest everyone experiment with. If more of us learn this third way to hold and manipulate our yarn and needles, all of us—new and experienced knitters—will have more choices.

We will review the European and American methods to knit and purl, followed by an introduction and practice with, what some call the Peruvian or Portuguese method. June Hiatt calls this way of working the “thumb” method, and it is a superb variant that many of us will enjoy a chance to learn. 
Each of these three methods has its strengths and its disadvantages, which we will discuss.

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:

An assortment of needles (including a short circular one), some light colored worsted weight, sock yarn in two or three colors, and note taking supplies.


Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time)
$64.00


Sunday Afternoon Classes

 

Pink Ribbon Rose: Fabric Embellishment 

Taught by Carolee Withee


Sunday, September 8  1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


Experience Level: Everyone can participate. 



This Silk Ribbon Rose is created with one-half inch wide ribbon, which allows the flower to extend out from the surface. A few painted leaves serve as background for the several silk ribbon leaves. At the end of class you will have a finished, ready to frame picture. 

When I design a new wall hanging, my focus is to integrate a variety of surface techniques. It was such a pleasure to be awarded Blue Ribbons in the Best Use of Mixed Embellishments category at the Maine Quilt Show in 2016 and 2017. ~ Carolee

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Students should bring:
An 8 or 9 inch embroidery hoop.
 
For a $5 kit fee, Carolee will provide:
Fabric, silk ribbon, needles, paint, and brushes. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.
Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$64.00


Spinning with Supported Spindles

Taught by Alice Seeger

Sunday, Sept. 8  1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Experience: Basic spinning skills are necessary.
       

               

Experience the joy of spinning on a supported spindle. We'll explore Navajo, Russian, Tibetan, Medieval Bead, and Indian Takhli spindles. They were formed within ancient cultures and many are still in use today. Supported spindles are perfect for spinning short fibers such as qiviut, cashmere, and cotton, but can be used for other fibers too. They are perfect for spinning lace weight yarn.

You will learn the techniques used with these spindles along with a bit of history, and you will be able to try different types of support spindles with different fibers. Students will have ample time to try each type of spindle, and maybe even settle on a favorite. Some spindles will be available for purchase. Warning: this may become habit forming. 

Alice fell in love with weaving over 40 years ago when a huge, old barn loom floated by on an old barge as part of a Bicentennial exhibit on the Hudson River. Since then, Alice has worked as a production weaver for 18 years, studied art and design instruction, operated Woodland Ridge Spinning and Weaving, presented historical weaving workshops to elementary schools, and traveled to places where weaving is still an active part of indigenous people’s daily life. She spent some time living in a hogan on the Navajo reservation, and climbing mountains in Peru to meet Andean women weaving on backstrap looms. Alice has been an important part of the Fiber College family since 2008 as a teacher, photographer, graphic designer, and much more!


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Students should bring:

A smile. You may bring your own supported spindle if you have one. 
Some spindles will be available for purchase.

For a $15 materials fee, Alice will provide:
Spinning fibers: cotton, silk, wool, cashmere, etc., and handout. NOTE: Kit fee is payable to the teacher during class.

Alice will supply for student use during class:
A variety of supported spindles. 


Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$64.00


The Pangong Craft Center is the only cashmere craft center in the High Himalayas dedicated to supporting a semi-nomadic community of 120 families, living at 14,500'. Beginning with just five spinners a few years back, the center now employs nearly eighty women in the art of spinning and weaving cashmere as an alternative to working on the road crew.

Drinks, tacos, conversation, and exotic shopping...it's a wide, wide world and craft ties us together!

 
Add to calendarWednesday, September 04, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$25.00
  • cocktails, dinner, craft project & adventure sharing: $25.00
  • cocktails, dinner, craft project & storytelling for 2: $50.00






Thursday Evening Complimentary for all students, vendors and friends!
 
Add to calendarThursday, September 05, 2019 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 12:00-6:00 PM. Set up is fast . . . between 11:00 and 12:00. No gate fee on Friday - attendance is FREE for EVERYONE! Free demonstrations, community weaving, and more. 

 
Add to calendarFriday, September 06, 2019 12:00 PM - 6:00 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 evening (cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, show & tell, and panel discussion will be free if you've registered for at least 2 classes.

 
Add to calendarSaturday, September 07, 2019 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Eastern Time)
$25.00



   
Complimentary for all students, vendors and friends!

 
Add to calendarSunday, September 08, 2019 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 festivities. 

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 create@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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