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Class Descriptions

Pre-Registration Required for ALL classes postmarked by June 24, 2023.

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 June 24, 2023, please contact info@fiber-u.com or call 417-664-6988 for class availability and total amount due.

2022 CLASSES


Crochet

Crochet Roving Rug

(Beginner)

Treat your feet!  Crochet a beautiful alpaca rug.  No experience necessary.  All material furnished including one pound of roving, crochet hook, instruction, net bag for felting and a bag to carry it in.

Instructor: Ann Mayes
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $50
Time: Sat 10-12 (3) OR Sun 1-3 (3)

Crochet Socks
(Intermediate)

Learning to crochet socks is much fun.  You don’t need many supplies and the best part is that it’s portable project.  You can crochet socks almost anywhere.  Socks can be intimidating at first by they are not hard.  Each step will be explained in detail and I will be there to help throughout the process until you feel comfortable.  We will create a foot template just for you to help with that perfect fit.  Handouts and yarn will be provided.  Students must know basic stitches.  You will take home a sock as a sample.  Student is to bring a size D and E hook, pencil or pen.

Instructor:  Jonee Davis
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $45
Time:  Saturday 8-12 (10)


Dyeing

Growing and Foraging Natural Dyes FULL 4/4/22
(Beginner)

Many dye plants can be cultivated or foraged in our general region, and we’ll look at examples of fresh and dried natural dyes and talk about planting, care, soil requirements, harvesting, careful and legal foraging and best dye methods for each one.  The special process required to turn indigo plants into pigment for dyeing will be discussed.  Participants will take home a detailed handout with care information, sources of plants and seeds, and a packet of seeds from the instructor’s own garden.

Instructor: Rachel Miller
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $30
Time: Sunday 1-3 (9)

Shaving Cream Dyeing – FULL 6/16/22

(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.  No two scarves will ever be the same.  All supplies are provided to dye at least one 6” x 24” scarf.

Instructor:  Kay McCoy
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $40
Time:  Sunday 1-3 (8)

Rainbow Roving – FULL 5/16/22

(Beginner)

We will be using Wilton gel colors to paint white wool roving in various colors to make a rainbow yarn and then set the colors in the microwave.  This is an easy, safe way to dye which you can adapt to chemical dyes at home.  We will use the sun to dry the roving after dyeing. In case of rain, the rovings will dry in my vendor booth to be picked up later in the day.

Instructors:  Nancy Barnett
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $40
Time:  Saturday 9-12 (9)

Garden Indigo Dyeing
(Beginner)

Dyeing with fresh indigo leaves is a unique and rewarding experience.  In this class we will explore various ways to use indigo leaves for dyeing including making a fresh indigo vat and dyeing with dried leaves.  Participants will be provided with two silk scarves for dyeing, and a notebook of information to take home with them.

Instructors:  Gina Levesque
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $50
Time:  Saturday 1-5 (9) or Sunday 8-12 (9)


Felting

Felting Soap – SATURDAY FULL 3/23/22
(Beginner)

You will wrap a bar of soap in alpaca fiber and (wet) felt it around the soap until it is tight.  This is your soap and wash cloth all in one product.  Soap is provided and is all natural with17 different scents to choose from.  Also fiber and other supplies provided to make 2 felted soap bars. Please bring a towel.

Instructor:  Penny Moore
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $20
Time:  Saturday 4-5 (11) or Sunday 11-12 (11)

Gnome at Home – FULL 6/16/22


(Beginner)

In this class, students will start with a basic armature and build from that to the gnome body.  Fibers used range from a mix of wools and alpaca.  Some dyed fiber will be available for hats and bodies as well as a variety of fibers to use for beards.  All supplies will be provided.

Instructor:  Sara Morris
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $30
Time:  Saturday 1-4 (11) or Sunday 8-11 (11)

Painting with Wool
(Beginner)

Painting with wool is super satisfying.  Even if you think you aren’t artistic, this class will show you simple techniques to create a great work of art.  Best part is you pick out your mistakes and have a redo.  There are however, some simple things you can do to avoid those mistakes.  All supplies are provided.

Instructor:  Joi Chupp
Class size limit:  15
Fee: $45
Time:  Saturday 2-5 (M4) or Sunday 9-12 (M4)

Felting Miniature Animals

(Beginner)

Class participants will get an overview of needle felting and learn how to make a 3D miniature animal. Students should take home one completed animal and will take home a full kit with all supplies that they receive in class. Students do not need to purchase or bring any additional supplies to class.

Instructor:  Scarlet Cormack
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $35
Time:  Saturday 8-10 (11) or Sunday 1-3 (10)

Zipply Art Needle Felting – SATURDAY FULL 3/23/22 & SUNDAY FULL 3/26/22


(Beginner)

We will be making a broach/shawl pin or art piece using zippers, roving and embellishments.  The zipper is hand sewn onto wool felt making an outline of a design. The inside is then filled in with wool roving using the technique of needle felting. Then buttons, beads, metal and other embellishments are added.  Students will learn how to prepare a zipper and apply a pattern.  Instruction of needle felting will also be included in this class as well as embellishment tips and finishing options.  All materials are provided.

Instructor:  Rhonda Berman
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $55
Time:  Saturday 1-5 (10) or Sunday 8-12 (10)


Knitting

Knooking – FULL 6/16/22


(Beginner)

Learn to use a crochet hook to knit!  A knook is a great tool for crocheters who want to make actual knitted fabric or for those who aren’t thrilled with knitting needles.  Knooking can also be a valuable tool in your toolkit whether you are a knitter or a crocheter.  The class will focus on learning basic knit and purl stitches and cables.  Students will work on a pair hand mitts in bulky yarn using the technique we learn in class.  Knook and yarn will be provided.  Please bring scissors.

Instructor:  Kay McCoy
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $35
Time:  Saturday 2-5 (4)

Mediterranean Knotted Lace
(Beginner)

In this class, we’ll learn the basics of making loops, reading patterns, and creating this ancient lace with nothing but a needle and thread.  Project will be made with size 40 thread.  Class includes kit with handouts, needle and enough thread for a small project.  Students should bring scissors, tape measure, highlighter tape or post-it notes or magnetic chart, and pen or pencil.

Instructor:  Kelli Slack
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $40
Time:  Saturday 10-12 (1) OR Sun 1-3 (1)

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.   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.  Yarn and handout will be provided, needles will be available.   Students should bring a blunt upholstery needle with a big eye and a pair of scissors.  Students can also bring about 50 yards of thick, natural yarn if they want a particular color.  A thick single yarn like lopi or lambs pride works the best, bulky alpaca or wool blend yarn works well too.  Cotton and acrylic do not 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:  Sat 3-5 (M3) OR Sun 1-3 (M3)

Intro to Brioche Knitting
(Adv. Beginner)

In this class we will cover what brioche knitting is and learn the 2 brioche stitches.  Instructor will provide a pattern that we will be knitting in class to help you master the 2 stitches.  Students should bring 2 smooth contracting colors (worsted weight), appropriate needles for the yarn (circular or dpn, no straights), and a stitch marker.

Instructor:  Jennifer Watkins
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $15
Time:  Saturday 8-10 (M3) OR Sunday 8-10 (M3)

Mosaic Knitting – SATURDAY FULL 3/21/22


(Adv. Beginner)

Mosaic knitting is a great intro to color work without the intricacies of fair isle or intarsia.  Students will learn to read mosaic charts and apply the principles to make a dishcloth.

Instructor:  Vicki Thomason
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $25
Time:  Sunday 1-3 (M2)

Intro to Steeking
(Adv. Beginner)

Steeking can be scary, so let’s break it down together.  We will discuss what steeking is used for, how to set up for a steek and ways to reinforce your steek. For this class, we are going to take a store-bought sweater and each student will work a steek. I will supply the sweaters and yarn for the reinforcements.  Students bring a sharp pair of scissors, a crochet hook and your courage.

Instructor:  Jennifer Watkins
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $15
Time: Sat 10-12 (M3) OR Sun 10-12 (M3)

Curl Up Your Knitting
(Adv. Beginner)

Learn to add fleece curls directly into your knitting to create wild and wooly looks.  Our class project will be a mitten with curls on the cuff.  Bring worsted weight wool yarn (3-4 oz (100 grams), appropriately size needles (your favorite style needle for knitting in the round) and the usual knitting tools.  Instructor will provide curls and mitten pattern.   If you can knit in the round, increase and decrease and are moderately dexterous in holding yarn you will be able to do this technique.  Students must know how to cast on, bind off and do increases and decreases.

Instructor:  Colleen Brooks
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $45
Time:  Saturday 2-5 (M2)

Afterthought Everything Socks
(Intermediate)

Make a complete pair of socks from a pre-knit tube.  Step-by-step, learn how to separate the tube, cut in the heel and complete, then add cuffs and toes to complete the sock.  Students should understand the anatomy of a knitted stitch, able to ID specific rows and secure them onto waste yarn, complete circular knitting using either DPN’s or 2 circular needles, transfer from waste yarn.  Able to knit stockinette stitch, knit a ribbed cuff, decrease using both SSK and K2tog, bind off with stretchy bind off and use the Kitchener stitch to close a toe and heel.  Students will need to bring either a set of DPNs in size US 1 or 1.5 or 2 circular needles with short cables in size US 1 or 1.5 for circular knitting, small pair of sharp scissors and tapestry needle.   Instructor will provide handout, pre knit 50 gram sock tubes or 2- 25 gram tubes per student made with fingering weight yarn coordinating 20 gram mini skein for heels, toes and cuffs.

Instructor:  Vicki Thomason
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $45
Time:

Sat 9-12 (M2)


Other Classes

Hand Carding
(Beginner)

In this class students will learn how to use hand-carders.  Hand-carders are a pair of wooden paddles with crooked wire on one side.  Carding by hand is the traditional method of preparing fleece and fibers for spinning.  They are used to separate and straighten fibers to create a batt or a rolag of lofty fiber that makes spinning easier. Students will learn how to make rolags and batts.  We will play with several types of fiber.  Fiber and a handout will be provided.  Students should bring wool carders if you have them and a pen/pencil.  Some hand-carders will be available for use.

Instructor:  Lorry McDonald
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $35
Time: Sat 8-10 (M4) OR Sun 8-10 (6)

Broom (Besom) Making – FULL 3/21/22


(Beginner)

The original brooms were not flat nor made with wire. We will craft a Hearth Besom the old way with twine, a stick and Broom Corn, some grown at Oak Knoll Farm. Students will have a finished broom to take home.

Instructor:  Robin Goatey
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $40
Time: Sat 2-5 (5)

Rug Hooking – SATURDAY FULL 3/21/22 – SUNDAY FULL 4/9/22


(Beginner)

Students will learn the basics of rug hooking including color planning, wool strip sizing, foundation material, hooking and finishing (binding) the rug. Material included are the foundation and wool strips to make a chair pad. Additional tools needed are a rug hook and a gripper frame that will be available for use during class. Students should bring a pair of scissors.

Instructor:  Sara Campbell
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $40
Time: Sat 10-12 (11) OR Sun 1-3 (11)

Marketing & Sales
(Beginner)

If you are a crafter, maker or artist who would rather create than sell, this class is for you. In this informative and interactive presentation with an experience marketing coach who specializes in creative entrepreneurship, you will discover how to get unstuck and have fun selling the things you make. You will discover business and marketing plans that are easy for artists and how to combine online marketing with in-person shows. You will discover what to do today to grow your creative business. Each student will receive a workbook with information, tips and exercises they can use to design and grow a thriving fiber arts business.

Instructor:  Tina Joy Cochran
Class size limit: 16
Fee: $10
Time: Sat 8-10 (3) OR Sun 1-3 (6)

Blending Fiber for Color Gradation
(Beginner)

In this class students will use hand-carders to blend fiber. Using wool and the ‘percentage/weight’ method we will blend a series of rolags gradually changing the color from white to black. We will also card a set of rolags from one color to another color (i.e. red to blue) the same way as the white to black series. You can spin them in class if you have time or save them for later. Students will make 1 set of 11 rolags and 1 set of 9 rolags. Fiber and handout will be provided. Students should bring wool carders if you have them and a pen/pencil. Some hand-carders will be available for use in class.

Instructor:  Lorry McDonald
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $40
Time: Sat 10-12 (M4)

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: 12
Fee: $25
Time:  Saturday 8-11 (Outside)

When I’m Gone
(Beginner)

When I’m gone is a class for you to help those you leave behind. Does your ‘other half’, kids, or executor know the value of your fiber arts equipment and stash or who or where to ask for help in determining the value or where and how to sell it? During our discussion we’ll go over ways to organize what you need to know, what you have and ways to store the information. Students should bring a notebook, something to write with and a flash drive to download forms.

Instructor:  Liz Mitchko
Class size limit: 16
Fee: $15
Time:  Sat 1-2 (4) OR Sun 9-10 (4)

Sweater Deconstruction
(Beginner)

Let’s turn that ugly Goodwill sweater into a skein of fabulous yarn! Have you ever tried to unravel a store-bought sweater, only to get stuck on all the complicated seams, yarn tails, double strands, and other mysterious process that machine-made garments go through? We’ll de-mystify it, working backwards through the construction of a “bought” sweater, with the end goal of adding that yarn to our personal stash. From simple cotton, to silk , wool and even cashmere, deconstructing a thrifted sweater can be a rewarding way to get the yarn you want. Bring sharp scissors, and either a ball winder or spinning wheel. Participants will be given a cotton sweater to work on, but may bring additional sweaters if desired.

Instructor:  Rachel Miller
Class size limit: 16
Fee: $30
Time:  Saturday 10-12 (4)


Spinning

Beginning Spinning SATURDAY FULL 3/22/22
(Beginner)

Have you had that spinning wheel sitting in the corner and been afraid to try it out?  Or maybe you don’t have a wheel and want to try one before you buy.  Well this is the class for you.  I will have a limited number of wheels to rent for $10 or bring your own wheel in good working order.  You can learn the basics in a three hour class.  Please indicate on registration form if you need to rent a wheel.

Instructor:  Judy Crouch
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $50  + $10 wheel rental if needed (please indicate when registering)
Time: Sat 9-12 (8) OR Sun 9-12 (8)

Spindles of the World
(Beginner) – SUNDAY FULL 4/15/22

Learn 3 different Support spindles of the world and keep the one you like the best to take home. We will practice the Navajo Inspired Southwest Spindle, the Tibetan Spindle and the Compromise Russian Spindle. All of the spindles have a non-traditional hook on the end with a consequent result: They are easy to learn and utilize. The student will get to pick their favorite spindle to take home. Additional spindles and bowls will be available to purchase.

Instructor: Robin Goatey
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $50
Time: Sat 9-12 (5) OR Sun 8-11 (5)

Spinning 102: Beyond the Basics – FULL 3/21/22


(Adv Beginner)

So, you finally learned to spin. Now what? In this class we will go over a variety of skills you will need to produce usable consistent yarn. We will go over various drafting techniques, plying methods, yarn management and spinning with intention. We will also cover the use of tools such as a niddy noddy, lazy-kate, nostephinne and yarn wrapping tool. This is not an advanced class for folks wanting to learn spin coils or tail-spin, but a building on your basic skills. Students must be able to spin a wheel without assistance and bring their wheel * and at least 2 bobbins, preferably 3. A niddy noddy and some sort of lazy-kate are not required but will be helpful. The instructor will provide several types of wool and handouts. (* If you don’t have a wheel for class, but are comfortable spinning on a wheel, the instructor may be able to provide a wheel for use in the class. Please get permission from instructor beforehand.)

Instructor:  Beth Colier
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $60
Time: Sat 1-4 (8)


Weaving

Tapestry Weaving  – FULL 4/20/22
(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: 10
Fee: $40
Time:  Saturday 1-4 (2)

Fingerweaving Art Yarn- FULL 3/26/22

(Beginner)

You see a lovely yarn you would like to weave with beads and other interesting things spun into it. It would not go through the dents in your reed. What to do? Fingerweave it! This class will show you how and provide yarn and instruction book.

Instructor:  Susan Ream Wilson
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $30
Time:  Sun 1-3 (5)

Inkle Loom Weaving FULL 3/22/22

(Beginner)

Have you ever looked at the big harness looms and wondered if weaving was for you? This class is your chance to find out. We will use a mini-inkle loom to explore weaving with a simple heddle system to create a basic warp-faced fabric that will introduce you to some of the principles used in weaving on the multiple harness looms. You will learn to warp your loom, tie heddles, create 2 different sheds to pass the shuttle through, how to keep your edges tidy, how to fix a broken warp thread, and how to begin and end your project. Students take home a handcrafted Poplar wood loom and shuttle along with the thread for your project.

Instructor:  Roiana Buckmaster
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $70
Time: Sun 8-12 (7)

Continuous Strand Weaving –FULL 6/15/22


(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:  Sat 1-4 (6) OR Sun 8-11 (2)

Bobbin Lace
(Beginner)

Traditional Bobbin Lace is based on simple braids and weave structure. Using wooden bobbins we’ll create simple motifs (a leaf and a square) that can be used as jewelry or embellishments. All materials will be provided for use in class. Students can purchase the pillow and bobbins for $45 in class./p>Instructor:  Sandy Brandon
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $30
Time:  Sat 9-12 (6)

Rigid Heddle Weaving – SATURDAY FULL 3/26/22

(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: $60
Time: Sat 9-12 (M1) OR Sun 9-12 (M1)

Learning to Twine SUNDAY FULL 3/23/22
(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: $45
Time:  Sat 1-5 (3) OR Sun 8-12 (3)

Portable Weaving FULL 3/22/22
(Beginner)

Who says Weaving isn’t portable? Come along for a freeing ride as we create with wire, beads, textured yarns and unlimited creativity producing jewelry or embellishments. Everything provided.

Instructor:  Sally Brandon
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $20
Time:  Sun 10-12 (4)

Card WeavingFULL 3/21/22

(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 (1) OR Sunday 8-12 (1)

Free Form Basket
(Beginner)

Free form basket weaving is fun, no stress class. Everyone will start with a base and then you create whatever look you want. All supplies provided, but if you want to incorporate something onto your basket, bring it.

Instructor:  Mary McCreery
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $25
Time:  Sat 10-12 (2) OR Sun 1-3 (7)

Sturdy StoolFULL 4/14/22


(Beginner)

Do you find yourself needing a sturdy stool? You can make a special stool that is strong enough for an adult to sit on. Learn the herringbone design by using 3/8″ flat reed on a pine frame. This stool is perfect for all skill levels, no prior weaving experience is needed. Students don’t need to bring anything to class as I provide everything necessary to complete the project. The finished seat is 12″ x 9″ with a height of 8″

Instructor:  Laura Klaus
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $40
Time:  Sat 9-12 (7) OR Sun 8-11 (2)

Oui Jars – Basket Weaving – FULL 3/24/22
(Beginner)

This class will teach weaving around a form (A Oui Yogurt jar) along with multiple patterns to choose from including plain weave, twill, Japanese wave, just to name a few. You will go home with a small woven container with a lid that can be used for buttons, rings, pins, or simply for a gift or sit on a shelf for decoration. A fast and fun weave for any experience level. Each student should bring the following tools to class: A small flat head screwdriver, old towel, pencil, craft scissors and a few pinch-type clothespins (about 5) All other materials provided.

Instructor:  Jan Eitel
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $40
Time:  Saturday 1-4 (7)

Advanced Rigid Heddle
(Adv. Beginner)

The rigid heddle provides many weaving options! In this class you will learn several different techniques that will enhance your weaving experience. Students will bring to class your warped loom, ready to weave. Remember a solid light color warp is easier to see. Use yarn appropriate for your reed. A 3/2 or 5/2 in a 10 dent reed is good choice. Warp your loom 8-10” wide. Bring 2 stick shuttles, 2 pick up sticks, scissors, the yarn you used for your warp, some contrasting yarn same size, and novelty yarns for the accents if available. Leno lace, Brooks bouquet, Danish medallions are just a few of the options we will explore in class. Any questions, contact me.

Instructor: Darlene Megli
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $50
Time: Sat 1-5 (M1)

Twill on a RH – 3 Heddles
(Advanced)

Twills add depth and texture to your woven fabric!  They are typically woven on shaft looms but I’ll teach you the magic on how to achieve this gorgeous effect on a rigid heddle loom!  It’s actually easier than you’d imagine! We’ll warp the loom through 3 (yes, THREE) heddles and weave a small sampler of twill patterns.  I’ll have looms available or if you have a RH, please contact me to see if it will work for this class.  All materials provided.

Instructor: Jarita Thomson
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $30
Time: Sunday 8-12 (M2)