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Workshops, Seminars and Retreats

Complete listing of fiber related events which are shorter and more informal than conferences. These events are often limited to a single topic, ranging from a gathering of fiber friends to a more formal class with a leader from outside the area.

Basketry With Jean Koon
July 10, 2018   through   July 14, 2018

       Basketry With Jean Koon   website

Copper and Pine Baskets Students will design and create a sculptural or functional basket using thin gauge sheet metal. After learning to form the base, participants will coil a shape of their own design using glycerin treated pine needles and waxed linen thread. ALL LEVELS Session runs July 10 -14, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days. $470 tuition + $35 registration fee Artist Bio: JEAN KOON began coiling after retiring from her teaching career. Her work has appeared in publications such as “Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot.” Jean has taught classes across the country, at venues including Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Virginia, Virginia Living Museum, North House Folk School in Minnesota, Porcupine Mountains Folk School in Michigan, and for guilds including Tidewater Basketry Guild, Columbia Basin Basketry Guild, and Association of Michigan Basketmakers.

Workshop: Knitting By Hand
July 26, 2018

       Workshop: Knitting By Hand   website

Learn to knit using just your hands and yarn. Instructor Sandy Hoar will lead the group in a two-hour workshop geared towards those who are learning to knit for the first time and those looking to refresh their memories. All materials will be provided.

Basketry With Judy Wobbleton
July 28, 2018   through   July 29, 2018

       Basketry With Judy Wobbleton   website

Functional Baskets This workshop offers the opportunity to learn several functional basket techniques including dyeing materials and making stains. Working in flat and round rattan reed, the class will address how to properly secure stakes in a slotted wooden base with overlays for an accent arrow pattern with round reed. Participants will also learn to construct a rib basket from start to finish with an accent rim embellishment. ALL LEVELS Session runs July 28 – 29, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days. $190 tuition + $35 registration fee Artist Bio: JUDY WOBBLETON is a basketry artist and Martin County native. She has been creatively weaving baskets for over 25 years using traditional techniques to create functional pieces influenced by Native American and traditional Appalachian designs. Judy’s work has been featured in several publications including The Basket Book, Basketmakers’ Baskets, Craft Works in the Home, A Basketmaker’s Odyssey: Over, Under, Around & Through, and The Ultimate Basket Book. In addition to weaving, Judy devotes great deal of her time to the Martin County Arts Council and The North Carolina Basketmakers Association, which she co-founded. $225 REGISTER

Workshop: Embroidery 101
August 9, 2018

       Workshop: Embroidery 101   website

No experience necessary! Bring your lunch and jump into the basics of embroidery with this introductory session. Take a short tour through the gallery to see how various cultures use embroidery, and then follow guided instruction to make your own take-home piece. All materials will be provided.

Exploration of Hand Painted Silk
August 24, 2018   through   August 25, 2018

       Exploration of Hand Painted Silk   website

Exploration of Handpainted Silk In this dynamic workshop you will discover the magic of dye on silk. You will create your own scarf and wall hanging. We will use professional quality silk dyes and resisted resist. Participants will be guided through the entire process of realizing a design on a scarf and then a second scarf or a wall hanging. This workshop will cover design and color theory, with a focus on silk technique and project completion.

Fiber Daze 2018
September 21, 2018   through   September 22, 2018

       Fiber Daze 2018   website

Mt. Vernon, MO – Fiber Daze has lots of new classes in Spinning, Dyeing, Weaving, Knitting, Felting, Crochet and several other areas of interest. There’s sure to be something for everyone! We will have vendors galore to satisfy all your fiber shopping needs. A Friday evening program, meal, door prizes, and plenty of surprises are in store. For more information and to register for classes please visit the Fiber Daze website!

Fiber Arts Fest Workshops At Sauder Village - 2018
September 28, 2018   through   September 29, 2018

       Fiber Arts Fest Workshops At Sauder Village - 2018   website

As part of the Fiber Arts Fest activities, workshops will be taught by Stefania Isaacson and Kate Larson. This is a great opportunity to learn new techniques in dying, knitting, and spinning! A free "string along" will be held on Saturday night, where you can bring your knitting needles, spinning wheels, looms, and work on projects to your heart's content!

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival
September 29, 2018   through   September 30, 2018

       Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival   website

The Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival celebrates small farms and natural fiber with over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, fiber animals, handspinning and fiber crafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items and local meat and cheese. The Festival includes contests, fiber arts classes and demonstrations, shepherd workshops, herding and shearing demos, fleece sale and more set against a backdrop of rolling hills during the peak of Vermont fall foliage.

Fiber Trails of The Upper Rio Grande
October 2, 2018   through   October 7, 2018

       Fiber Trails of The Upper Rio Grande   website

This week-long workshop based out of Ghost Ranch NM follows the interwoven strands of southwestern arts, culture, anthropology, and history in an exploration of fiber arts from fleece to finished product! Northern New Mexico’s vivid red arroyos and pine-forested mountains are home to a rich array of weaving, spinning, and felting traditions. Navajo and Spanish cultural influences converge with modern influences to create an artistic landscape that is both ancient and dynamic. On this trip, participants can indulge their interest in all things wool-related with the added fun of hands-on experience! Hands-on activities include learning to use a Navajo spindle, recognizing and using traditional dye plants, easy felting projects, and an up-close look at the care, use, and cultural importance of Navajo churro sheep. We’ll visit ranches, studios, museums, and galleries. This is a journey for devotees of southwest arts, culture, and history, in which interested amateurs and full-fledged fiber artists alike will find much to enrich their knowledge and appreciation. It culminates with a visit to the Taos Wool Festival, a world-class celebration of all things fiber-related. Come join us for this unique opportunity!

Resist Dye On Wool By Carol Lebaron
October 26, 2018   through   October 27, 2018

       Resist Dye On Wool By Carol Lebaron   website

Resist Dye on Wool This workshop explores the beautiful characteristics of acid dyes on wool and silk. We will use simple immersion dye and resist techniques in the hot dye pot, which causes wool and silk to hold a shape. You will create an assortment of samples to generate ideas and methods to follow up in your own work. All fiber artists will find something for their own work. ALL LEVELS Session runs October 26 – 27, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, open studio hours on select days. $190 tuition + $35 registration fee Artist Bio: CAROL LABARON has a BA in photography/printmaking and art history from Smith College, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her clamped wool and jacquard work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in Surface Design Journal. She taught at RISD, Appalachian Center for Crafts, and East Tennessee State University, where she received a major research grant for her resist explorations on wool. Currently she is a professional artist and educator, teaching workshops and exhibiting her work. She teach Crafts and Western Tradition at Emory & Henry College, Art History at East Tennessee State University, and Sculpture at Virginia Highlands Community College.

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