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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.

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.

Sustainability Weekend
September 7, 2018   through   September 9, 2018

       Sustainability Weekend   website

Spend a weekend working and playing with a unique fiber that is sustainable, organic and so adaptable. A very simple recipe of fleece + water + agitation and a bit of patience is all that is needed. Add color, creativity and a sense of exploration and the possibilities for making beautiful and useful items is endless. No experience is necessary! Explore needle felting, wet felting, and sculptural felting with Elise Kyllo. Come all weekend, or Saturday only. See all the details at A part of the Folklore Village Sustainability Weekend: crafts, music, fantastic meals, staff concert, barn dance.

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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