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July 17-18, 2021
July 9-10, 2022


Class Descriptions

Pre-Registration Required for ALL classes postmarked by June 30, 2020.

All students pay a flat registration fee to take up to 6 classes. The class fee goes 100% to the instructor for materials and teaching of their respective classes.

After July 1st, please contact liz@whirlwindranch.com or call 417-533-5280 for class availability and total amount due.

Crochet

Beginning Crochet
(Beginner)

This class is ultimately for the beginner or those needing a refresher. You won’t find me beating you with a stick to crochet the way I do….the purpose of the course is to get you to do hands on learning and find your own method. This class is free flowing and is about finding your own rhythm with crochet. All materials will be provided plus you will be able to go home with a great sampler. You will start a project with the stitches we’ve learned in class. I will have handouts and several patterns available for students to take home with them. You will also be learning to read a pattern.

Instructor:  Jonee Davis
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $40
Time: Saturday 8-12 (M4)

Buffalo Plaid Scarf
(Advanced Beginner)

When fall and winter rolls around who doesn’t love Buffalo plaid. Did you know you can actually crochet buffalo plaid? Please join us for this fun class. We will make a cheery warm scarf with the new skills we will learn. Yarn, crochet hook and handouts will be provided. Students must already know how to crochet.

Instructor:  Elyse Hargis
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $40
Time:  Sunday 8-11 (M2)

Lacey Fingerless Gloves
(Intermediate)

These gloves possess such elegance and softness with just the right amount of comforting warmth. We’ll create these beauties with a luxury kid-mohair blend yarn. I’ll introduce a couple of different stitches including adding beads without pre-stringing them. We’ll get these lovely gloves started in class where I’ll help you through the new stitches, and continue support after Fiber U. All material are provided including the pattern, kid-mohair yarn, beads and buttons. Students must already know how to crochet.

Instructor:  Jarita Thomson
Class size limit: 6
Fee: $45
Time:  Saturday 8-12 (5)


Dyeing

All Tied Up In Knots
(Beginner)

Learn the basics of color theory and the use of resists in dyeing.  Students will explore how colors work and play together by combining them on the yarn and using different forms of resist to alter dye exposure to yarn.  You will take home 4 unique skeins of yarn that we will create together.  Students should wear appropriate clothing to dye in.  Gloves and disposable aprons provided, but students are welcome to bring their own.

Instructors: Ester Boff and Christa Keltner
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $50
Time: Saturday 1-5 (7) or Sunday 8-12 (7)

Introduction to Natural Dyes
(Beginner)

This class will explore the basics of natural dyeing including terms, influences of pH, color and light fastness, influence of water source, etc. We will dye a minimum of 15 dyes. Each student will receive a binder and samples. Students should wear old clothes or bring an apron.

Instructors:  Gina Levesque
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $55
Time:  Saturday 1-5 (9) or Sunday 8-12 (9)

Shaving Cream Dyeing – FULL 3/18/20
(Beginner)

In this class we will dye colorful, one-of-a-kind silk scarves with a technique that uses shaving cream and Gaywool and other dyes to create designs on the scarf. Wonderfully whimsical to marvelously marbled – and very serendipitous. All supplies are provided to dye at least one 6” x 24” scarf.

Instructor:  Kay McCoy
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $30
Time:  Sunday 1-3 (9)


Felting

Felting Miniature Animals
(Beginner)

Class participants will an overview of needle felting and learn how to make miniature animals. Students will take home one completed animals and a full kit with all the supplies to make a second one.

Instructor:  Scarlet Cormack
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $25
Time:  Saturday 10-12 (10) or Sunday 1-3 (10)

Felted Jewelry
(Beginner)

In this class we will use both needle and wet felted techniques to create one of a kind jewelry from earrings and bracelets to necklaces. All supplies will be provided.

Instructor:  Joi Chupp
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $45
Time:  Saturday 9-12 (2) or Sunday 10-2 (1) *Sunday has a 1hr lunch break.

Wool and Cotton Gauze Bag FULL 5/23/20
(Beginner)

Students will be using a shaped resist to create this bag and make the rolled strap. The interior will be cotton gauze and merino wool for the exterior. I will have small yarn pieces and silk to use for embellishment. The front will have an extra resist used in the procedure which will later twist into a rose shape.

Instructor:  Bonnie Ahrens
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $50
Time:  Saturday 1-5 (8)

Gnome at Home FULL 3/28/20

(Beginner)

Learn to needle felt a basic Gnome. There will be several styles available to choose from – Woodland, Holiday or Seasonal styles to choose from. All supplies provided.

Instructor:  Sara Morris
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $30
Time:  Sunday 9 – 12 (5)

Armature Needle Felting FULL 3/30/20

(Advanced Beginner)

Are you ready to move to the next level of felting?  In this class students will learn how to add arms and legs to your felted objects by making a small animal such as a sheep or goat.  We will discuss tools, wire sizes, proportions and stiffening for horns or hooves.  Some experience needle felting is strongly suggested, but it is not required.  All materials are provided

Instructor:  Beth Collier
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $45
Time:  Saturday 9-12 (M3)


Knitting

Nalbinding
(Beginner)

Nalbinding is an ancient craft of fabric making done with yarn and a blunt needle; it is how people created fabric before knitting was invented. This craft dates back to Coptic Egypt, around the 4th Century, and may date back as far as 4,000 BCE in Israel. It is done all over the world, and many people still use it. Nalbinding has been found in Viking digs as well. In this class students will learn two basic stitches, how to start and how to finish a project. Instructor will demonstrate increasing, decreasing and how to pivot (turn a corner). Instructor will also discuss how to read charts and give a very brief Nalbinding History. All supplies and handout will be provided. Students will take home a mug rug. Students should bring a blunt upholstery needle with a big eye, a pair of scissors and about 50 yards of thick, natural yarn. A thick single yarn like lopi or lambs pride works the best, bulky Alpaca or wool blend yarn works well too. Cotton and acrylic don’t work as well, but you may bring them if you are allergic to other yarns.

Instructor:  Tammy Taylor
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $30
Time:  Saturday 1-3 (5) OR Sunday 1-3 (5)

Mosaic Knitting FULL 4/20/20
(Adv. Beginner)

Mosaic knitting is a great introduction to color work without the intricacies of fair isle or intarsia. Students will learn how to read mosaic design charts and apply the principles of the technique to make a dishcloth in class. Students must know how to cast on/ bind off, make a knit and purl stitch, slip a stitch and create stripes with 2 colors. Students need to bring either size US 7 or 8 knitting needles. Yarn and a handout will be provided.

Instructor:  Victoria Thomason
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $25
Time:  : Saturday 8-10 (4) OR Sunday 1-3 (3)

Exploring Cables
(Adv. Beginner)

Are you intimidated by knitting cables? In this class we will tackle them together. We will discuss how they are formed, how to know which way to cross them and how to cable without a cable needle. Bring some worsted yarn, a cable needle and a set of needles if you want to knit along in class.

Instructor:  Jennifer Watkins
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $5
Time:  Saturday 8-9 (10) OR Sunday 1-2 (10)

Exploring Increases and Decreases
(Adv. Beginner)

Knitting has many kinds of increases and decreases. In this class, we will cover at least 3 different way to work both increases and decreases (more if time allows). We will also talk about why you would choose one over another and how they lay in the project.

Instructor:  Jennifer Watkins
Class size limit:15
Fee: $5
Time:  Saturday 9-10 (10) OR Sunday 2-3 (11)

Illusion Knitting
(Adv. Beginner)

The amazing thing about knitting is that simply by alternating the sequence of the two basic stitches (knit & purl) you can create so many different fabric designs.  Illusion knitting is created by using 2 colors, one at a time, and only the knit and purl stitches.  When looking at the finished product straight on, you only see stripes.  When looking at it from the side, you see a hidden design. In this class you will learn the “rules” for illusion knitting & how to read the charts to master this fun technique.  Each student will need to bring a set of size 4 needles.  You will receive two balls of Sirdar Happy cotton yarn, instruction materials, and a washcloth pattern.

Instructor:  Audrey Kruse
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $40
Time: Saturday 1-3 (2)

Toe-Up, Two-At-A-Time Socks
(Adv. Beginner)

Hand knit socks are beyond compare! Why do them Toe-Up? Why make them Two-At-A-Time? Come to class and learn all the whys and hows. No, you will not finish a pair of socks in class, but you will have all of the techniques down to size socks for anyone and the confidence to finish on your own. You only need to know how to knit and purl. Needles, choice of yarns and pattern provided. Bring basic knitting notions including lock stitch markers, scissors, tape measure, calculator and pencil.

Instructor:  Bex Oliger
Class size limit: 16
Fee: $50
Time:  Sunday 8-11 (M3)

Bavarian Twisted Stitch Headband
(Intermediate)

In this class we will learn the techniques for Bavarian Twisted Knitting, which is a type of cabling where knit stitches travel across the knitting with a lot of texture but without the extra bulk of cable knitting.  This technique originated from Austria and was used to make the knee-high socks worn by the Austrians.  We will learn techniques for cabling without a cable needle and following charted knitting.  Students should be comfortable knitting in the round either with double-pointed needles or a circular needle.  We will be work on a headband in a twisted stitch pattern.  Students will need to bring size 7 double –pointed needles or size 7 16” circular needles.  Yarn will be provided for the class.

Instructor:  Kat McCoy
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $30
Time:  Saturday 9-12 (1)


Other Classes

Sheep Shearing
(Beginner)

(Flock to Finish #1) Do you have a small number of sheep? Can’t find a shearer? Maybe you don’t have sheep but want to see where your wool comes from? I will show you how to get your sheep “nekked”! I will use hand shears and a shearing stand.
(Note: this class will be outside under a canopy).

Instructor:  Olivia Counts
Class size limit: 20
Fee: $25
Time:  Saturday 8-10 (Outside)

Starting a Small Farm with Sheep
(Beginner)

A few years ago we retired from our corporate jobs and started a small farm with just a handful of sheep. If you are thinking of doing the same, we have a lot of information to share with you! In this discussion-style class we share our experiences and advice on the operational aspects of running a small farm, from being total beginners to having a healthy established flock. You can learn from our mistakes and our successes. Topics include: pasture, fencing, shelter, feed, protections, transportation, bio-security and parasite control (Note that ours is not a breeding farm. We discuss bringing in sheep from other farm, but not lambing or breeding issues).

Instructor:  Robin Goatey
Class size limit: 20
Fee: $30
Time:  Saturday 1-4 (4)

Sheep and their Wool: Basics
(Beginner)

Sheep can be classified according to the type of fibers they produce, the main purpose they are grown for or for certain physical characteristics. Many breeds are considered dual or multi-purpose. In this class discussion will include the classifications of sheep, variety of breeds, grades and types of wool, what purpose they serve, specific needs in breeds and sheep/wool terminology. We will even talk about some basic fiber prep methods for different types of wool to get you started in the right direction. Students will take home samples of 5 different classes of wool, 5 samples from different breeds along with informational handouts.

Instructor:  Jama Kilgore
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $25
Time:  Saturday 3-5 (2) OR Sunday 1-3 (2)

Roving Wreaths
(Beginner)

Have you ever had some roving left over from other projects, or not too happy at the way it spins up and you want to try to use it for something else? Don’t hide it in a box or bag – make a roving wreath! We’ll go over several different ways to manipulate roving to make a wreath you’ll be able to hang on your door or wall. All material will be provided to make the wreath and students can easily add their own embellishments at home.

Instructor:  Liz Mitchko
Class size limit: 16
Fee: $25
Time:  Saturday 10-12 (11)

Tatting
(Beginner)

Learn the basics of tatting while creating small motifs for a bookmark or card. While the class will focus on shuttle tatting, we’ll also discuss needle tatting. All materials and supplies will be provided. Students will leave with card design ideas, shuttle and cotton thread.

Instructor:  Sally Brandon
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $25
Time:  Sunday 9-12 (2)

Combs and Hackles
(Beginner)

Here we will explore the when, where and how to use each of these fiber tools and the resulting outcome. Students are encouraged to bring their own combs/hackles. Also any fiber that you may need help processing. The instructor will have additional combs and hackles for demonstration / use and to buy.

Instructor:  Diana Armes Wallace
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $35
Time:  Saturday 9-12 (3)

Drum Carding Fine Fibers
(Beginner)

We will card luxury batts using silky fibers such as suri alpaca, silk, tencel and bamboo. We will go over prepping long locks for carding into a smooth batt and how to blend on the drum carder. Students should bring their drum carder with them if they desire.

Instructor:  Connie Blechle
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $35
Time:  Saturday 2-5 (3) OR Sunday 8-11 (3)

Dream Catchers
(Beginner)

Have you ever been mesmerized by a spider’s web and how detailed it is? Native Americans made dream catchers that represent a spider’s web that were often hung to trap bad dreams during the night. In this class you will learn the basic technique used to weave a web and take home a small dream catcher of your own. All materials will be provided.

Instructor:  Liz Mitchko
Class size limit: 16
Fee: $25
Time:  Sunday 8-10 (1)

Unraveling Sweaters for Yarn
(Beginner)

Transform old, torn, or stained sweaters into beautiful yarn! Taking apart that perfectly ugly Goodwill sweater is easy and satisfying once you know a few tricks. You can often get a garment made of luxury fibers for just a few dollars! We will cover the basics of de-seaming and unraveling, and then go deeper with hands-on and discussion of creative ways to finish and use your yarn including overdyeing, spinning, plying with another yarn or fiber, skeining and washing and recycling or upcycling scraps. No spinning or needlecraft experience required. Sweaters will be provided and there will be several types of equipment available for trying different finishing techniques. Students should bring a seam ripper, sharp scissors, and optionally, a ball winder and additional sweaters.

Instructor:  Rachel Miller
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $30
Time:  Saturday 9-12 (8)

Rug Hooking Techniques – FULL 5/12/20
(Beginner)

For beginners and more experienced rug hookers alike. In this class we will practice basic rug hooking techniques, as well as some fun techniques such as proddy flowers, sculpted hooking, and beading. The class fee covers the pattern and materials for hooking. Embroidery hoops, rug hooks, and scissors will be available for use or purchase during the class. Students may bring their own equipment if they wish.

Instructor:  Teresa Goatey
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $35
Time:  Saturday 9-12 (4)


Spinning

Beginning Spinning
(Beginner)

Learn to spin all the pretty fibers you see everywhere.  We will learn the basics of spinning, different preparation methods and techniques for spinning the fiber you want.  I will have wheels to rent for $10 or bring your own wheel in good working order.  Please indicate on registration form if you need to rent a wheel.

Instructor:  Lori Gose
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $40
Time: Saturday 1-5 (M4) OR Sunday 8-12 (M4)

Tibetan Spindle FULL 4/2/20

(Beginner)

Learn to make a finished 2-ply yarn using a couple of simple tools.  We will spin a single ply yarn on the Tibetan spindle, wind the single into a center-pull ball using a nostepinne, then ply the yarn from the ball back onto the spindle.  We have found that the Tibetan is the easiest way to learn to spin.  The class fee covers a Tibetan spindle.  Nostepinnes will be available for use or purchase during class.

Instructor:  Teresa Goatey
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $30
Time:  Sunday 8-11 (4)

Shades of Shetland
(Advanced Beginner)

There are eleven main colors of Shetland Sheep; we will be spinning a sample of each.  You will receive enough samples to spin that you can make a beautiful scarf and see how all the colors fit together.  A discussion of these charming and mischievous little sheep will be held.   Students should know how to spin and ply and bring their own wheel in good working order, or a drop spindle.

Instructor:  Nancy Barnett
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $40
Time:  Saturday 2-5 (M3)

Spun Up In Tails
(Advanced Beginner)

Creating tail spun yarn is easy once you understand how it is structured. In this class students will learn 3 techniques for making beautiful tail spun yarns.  Using locks from several types of animals we will compare how they look and feel.  Tailspun yarn is especially beautiful when used as a trim for shawls, hats and scarves.  All supplies will be provided.  Step by step written instruction will be given.  Bring your spinning wheel, at least 4 bobbins, a lazy kate, knitty knotty or yarn skeiner, small pair of scissors, a flicker if you have one and pen or pencil for notes.

Instructor:  Lorry McDonald
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $45
Time: Saturday 9-12 (M2) OR Sunday 11-3 (M3)* Note this includes an hour lunch break.

Mawata Magic
(Intermediate)

In this class participants will make Bombyx Silk Hankies (Mawata) from silk cocoons and then spin hankies into yarn.  Students will need to have a spinning wheel in good working order and feel comfortable spinning on this wheel.  Information on how to dye hankies and other applications for using hankies will be included in this class.  All materials – Bombyx cocoons, hankie frames, and hankies- will be provided.

Instructor:  Elaine Duncan
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $40
Time: Sunday 1-3 (7)

Boucles and Cables
(Advanced)

Learn the theory behind these two yarns and then put it into practice! You will spin three singles that when plied, pop into a lovely cable yarn like magic!  Make a wonderful yarn that offers great stitch definition and is long wearing.  You will also spin a pretty boucle yarn using the technique of making slubs and spinning thick and thin.  Every skein is unique!

Instructor:  Patti Ruether
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $20
Time: Saturday 2-5 (M2)

Control in Plying Art Yarns
(Advanced)

Since most art yarns require plying, let’s start there to learn some special effects of varying tension.  Many of the arty yarns we will create depend on your spinning and plying skills, coils, zig-zags, loopy boucles, addins.  Fasten your seat belts, this will be fun! All which art yarn makes your heart sing.

Instructor:  Zelma Cleaveland
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $45
Time: Sunday 11-3 (M2)* Note this includes an hour lunch break


Weaving

Rigid Heddle Weaving FULL 4/30/20

(Beginner)

Learn basic weaving on a rigid heddle. We will address direct warping the loom and working with color and textures to create beautiful woven items. Looms and all yarn will be provided.

Instructor:  DeAnna Amos
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $50
Time: Saturday 9-12 (M1) OR Sunday 9-12 (M1)

Frame Loom Tapestry
(Beginner)

You will learn to weave a small tapestry (book mark) on a frame loom, including how to warp the loom, begin and finish the weaving, and basic tapestry techniques. Loom, needles, yarns and handout provided. Students will take home their loom.

Instructor:  Diane Crowder
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $40
Time:  Saturday 1-5 (10)

Pin Loom Weaving
(Beginner)

If you want a portable project, Pin Loom weaving may be right for you. We will learn the basics of weaving on a 4” loom. Squares can then be assembled into bags, vests, blankets, etc. The fee includes all supplies and a loom to use for class if needed. If you have your own to bring, please let the instructor know.

Instructor:  Judy Crouch
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $50
Time:  Saturday 9-12 (9)

Card Weaving FULL 3/20/20

(Beginner)

Basic beginning card weaving, we will be using cards with 4 holes that form the ‘loom’ to weave threaded in patterns for belts, straps and bands. This is a proven ancient craft going back to 850 A.D. and the Vikings. The bands are sturdy and strong, still prove very useful today. Instruction will include preparation, threading and weaving. All supplies are provided, including 25 cards which are yours to keep.

Instructor:  Rosie Dupuy
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $45
Time:  Saturday 1-5 (11) OR Sunday 8-12 (M2)

Learning to Twine FULL 3/30/20

(Beginner)

Learn how to weave a beautiful rag rug or place mats without the expense of buying a loom. Twining is an ancient craft that has been done basically the same way throughout time. I will show you how to use up those leftover scraps of material or yarn from prior projects, worn out jeans, or even a bed sheet that somehow got a hole in it. After completing this class project you will have a sample that can be used as a hot pad to adorn your table. The twining frame is yours to keep. All materials will be furnished, including handouts.

Instructor:  Jonee Davis
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $40
Time:  Sunday 8-12 (10)

Continuous Strand Weaving
(Beginner)

This class will be done on small frames. Learn this magical technique for creating triangles, squares or rectangles of woven fabric that can be joined together to make shawls, scarves, pouches, rugs, pillows, etc. No measuring, warping, or math needed for this class. Finish a complete project in 3 hours. Try our popular washcloth loom. Class fee includes the use of looms and tools, materials including yarn, written handout and instruction. Students who purchase their loom in class will receive a $10 discount. Students need to bring scissors.

Instructor:  Bex Oliger
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $50
Time:  Saturday 9-12 (7)

Round Basket
(Beginner)

This is a basic round reed basket with a lip on the inside to rest a lid. You can make the basket and then pick up a lid at a flea market or junk store to match. Or if you have a favorite lid at home, bring it and you can make the basket to fit your lid.

Instructor:  Mary McCreery
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $40
Time:  Saturday 8-12 (6)

Mini Cuff Weaving
(Adv. Beginner)

This class is for all levels of weaving from beginner to advanced. It will give you an introduction to Saori Style weaving on a small format using a Jewel Loom. Saori is unique and totally different from other traditional styles of hand weaving. Saori is an art form in which we express our true selves in weaving. This small scale loom experience can be transferred into traditional weaving as well. With Saori you weave from your heart and there are no mistakes. With this smaller format you can explore with little effort or loss of materials. All material will be provided and the loom is yours to take home. (Additional looms can be pre-ordered at $10). Students may also decide to bring scraps of hand spun, ribbon and beads you treasure and maybe even an old piece of jewelry as a focal point. This class will offer new ideas for returning students.

Instructor: Michele Lator-Murray
Class size limit: 16
Fee: $40
Time: Saturday 1-4 (1) OR Sunday 9-12 (8)

Missouri Flag Basket
(Adv. Beginner)

This basket was inspired by the Missouri State Flag. The red/white/blue stripes, the two bears and gold scroll are represented. Learn twining, stop start weaving and shaping on this basket.

Instructor: Jan Eitel
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $55
Time: Saturday 1-5 (6) OR Sunday 8-12 (6)

RH and Pick-up Sticks
(Intermediate)

Tired of plain weaving on your Rigid Heddle loom? Try this pick-u stick class to add visual and tactile interest to your work. Students must be able to warp your loom and do plain weave on it. Instructor will send you warping instructions once you’ve registered for class along with a list of items you will need to bring along with your Rigid Heddle loom in good working order that you are comfortable working on

Instructor:  Darlene Megli
Class size limit: 16
Fee: $40
Time:  Saturday 2-5 (M1)