Class Descriptions

(Pre-registration is required to take any classes. All students pay a flat registration fee to take up to 6 classes. Class fees are the instructor’s charges for materials and teaching.)

2018 Fiber “U” Classes

(Pre-Registration Required for ALL classes postmarked by June 30, 2018.)

After July 1st, please contact osageriveralpacas@gmail.com or call 309-838-8825 for class reservation and total amount due.

Please Note:
Rigid Heddle With 2 Heddles class filled today, 4/26/2018
Spinning with the SW Spindle class filled today, 5/8/18

Crochet

Tunisian Crochet
(Beginner)

Tunisian Crochet is sometimes called the “link” between knitting and crochet.  Also called Afghan Crochet, Tunisian Crochet combines elements of knitting and crochet for items that are fun to make and beautiful to wear – from lacy, airy fabrics to incredibly dense fabrics.  In this class we will learn the Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Knit Stitch and the Tunisian Purl Stitch to make fingerless mitts or a potholder.  Students will also be introduced to additional Tunisian Stitches as time permits to try in class and at home.  Hook, yarn and instructional booklet is provided.  Please bring scissors and a darning needle.

Instructor:  Kay McCoy
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $30
Time:  Sat 1 – 4 (10)

Crochet  and Felt an Alpaca Rug
(Beginner)

Treat your feet!  Crochet a beautiful rug from alpaca/wool roving.  Take it home to felt in your washer or by hand.  Students will receive one pound of alpaca/wool roving, size N crochet hook, net bag for felting, complete written instructions and a bag to carry it all home in..

Instructor:  Ann Mayes
Class size limit:  15
Fee: $40
Time:  Sun 1-3 (8)

Crochet a Rug
(Beginner)

Learn to make a beautiful heirloom rug.  Fun, fast and easy!  Recycle your wool fabrics by making and joining strips with a crochet stitch.  Students will learn the techniques of making beautiful shirred rugs and how to identify appropriate fabrics for the rug, to prepare the fabric and how to start the various rug shapes.  Book, needle and fabric and a CD provided.

Instructor:  Donna McFarland
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $40
Time:  Sat 1-4 (2)

Crocheting a Border
(Intermediate)

Crocheting a border can add visual interest texture and a classy touch to your knitted or woven shawls, scarves, etc.  In this class, we’ll crochet a lacey border onto a 14” triangle shawl.  This shawl will make a sweet gift for the American Girl Doll fan in your world.  I will pre-weave the triangle, so we can focus on the crocheting.  Please note that although we will be finishing a doll-size shawl, this class is not intended for children or beginners.  It is to learn the concepts behind adding a lacey, crochet border to your own woven or knitted creations.  I look forward to helping you expand your knowledge and repertoire of creative possibilities!

Instructor:  Jarita Thomson
Class size limit:  6
Fee: $35
Time:  Sat 8-12 (C)

More Tunisian Crochet
(Intermediate)

In this class the more advanced Tunisian Crochet enthusiasts, we will learn more about color-work in Tunisian and new stitches while working in the round.  We will make either a sampler hat or mittens/mitts using stitches and color-work we learn in class.  Hook, yarn and instructional booklet will be provided.  Students need to be comfortable working Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Knit Stitch and Tunisian Purl Stitch.  Please bring Scissors and a darning needle.

Instructor:  Kay McCoy
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $30
Time:  Sun 9-12 (A)


Dyeing

Inhibition Free Dyeing
(Beginner)

Students will receive an introduction to color theory, dye safety, and various dyeing techniques.  Students will be given the opportunity to practice techniques on a sock blank.  Students will leave with at least 1 finished sock blank.  Materials provided, additional sock blanks available for purchase during class if time allows.

Instructors:  Ester Boff and Christa Keltner
Class size limit:  14
Fee: $40
Time:  Sat 8-12 (8)

Cannery Dyeing
(Beginner)

Did you know you can dye multiple scarves at once in a pot with Mason jars?  Awesome, I know!  Not just solid colors but multicolored and sophisticated silk & velvet scarves.  Yes, you can dye more than one color in one dye pot at the same time.  Join us in dyeing a silk and velvet scarf in two colors as your classmate dyes another at the same time in the same large pot. Students should bring rubber gloves and wear old clothes.  Additional scarves may be available for purchase.

Instructor:  DeAnna Amos
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $35
Time:  Sun 9-12 (8)

Dyes from Woods
(Beginner)

In this class, we will be exploring the various types of dyes, both native and historical, which can be derived from the woody parts of plants (including roots, heartwood, and bark).  Most of these dyes are considered to be light and color fast.  Many of them have fascinating histories.  Each student will leave with a notebook of samples

Instructor:  Gina Levesque
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $45
Time:  Sat 1-5 (8)


Felting

Wool Felted Fairy
(Beginner)

A sweet little needle felted fairy embellished with sunflowers and charms.  Beginning felters will learn the basics of needle felting and will take home all supplies and instructions.

Instructor:  Nancy Meyers
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $35
Time:  Sat 9-12 (10)

Needle Felting a Bowl
(Beginner)

Students will learn, understand and apply basic needle felting skills to make a bowl.  All supplies – form, tools, needle and up to 6 oz of fiber provided and students get to take it all home.

Instructor:  Jack Cormack
Class size limit:  20
Fee: $50
Time:  Sat 1-5 (9)

Needle Felting 101
(Beginner)

Learn different types of needles, fiber types, needle felting wools/usage and a brief history of needle felting.   A floral embellishment for a hat, purse etc will be made using a mold plus a small amount of free style felting.  You will go home with your embellishment, 2 needles, foam work surface, and mold.

Instructor:  Brenda Virkler
Class size limit:  15
Fee: $42
Time:  Sat 1-3 (1) or Sun 1-3 (1)

Wet Felted Hat
(Intermediate)

NOTE:  This is a TWO PART CLASS.  Using a shaped resist to create a 3 dimensional piece of hand felted fiber which is then blocked, shaped and steamed into a hat.  Students will choose a style and color.  The hat can be a solid color and embellished when done or do color blending of fibers, addition of pre-felts or yarns or lace.  This class is an 8 hour class (4 hrs on Saturday & 4 on Sunday) and requires muscle and stamina, but you will have a beautiful hat at the end of the day!

Students should bring THREE old large towels, favorite felting soap, shaker bottle or sprinkler for water/soap, scissors, 3’ swim noodle and yarn, pre-felt, ribbon, etc. if you want for embellishment.

Instructor:  Bonnie Ahrens
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $60
Time:  Sat 1-5 (Part I) AND Sun 8-12 (Part II) (7)


Knitting

Beginning Knitting
(Beginner)

This class is designed for the beginning knitter.  It will cover popular methods for 6 basic techniques (cast on, bind off, knit, purl, increase and decrease).  Each student will receive yarn, needles, a pattern, and other instruction materials.  During class the students will make the flower embellishment, the leave and begin knitting in the round for the headband.  You will have all the instruction you need for finishing the project on your own.

Instructor:  Audrey Kruse
Class size limit:  8
Fee: $40
Time:  Sun 8-12 (1)

Rake Knitting
(Beginner)

Rake Knitting – This craft has been around since the Middle ages.  Learn how to cast on, knit and bind off on a rake loom.  Students will take home a rake loom, a skein of yarn and instructional handouts.  Everything to get you started.  You know you want to learn a medieval craft!

Instructor:  Jama Kilgore
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $30
Time:  Sat 3-5 (1)

Toe Up or Cuff Down
(Adv. Beginner)

Some knitters believe that socks should be knit cuff down while other knitters will argue that toe up is the best.  We will look at what are the advantages and disadvantages of each style.  We will briefly discuss some popular cast on and bind off (finishing) for both styles.

Instructor:  Jennifer Watkins
Class size limit:  20
Fee: $5
Time:  Sat 2-3 (C) OR Sun 10-11 (Part II) (C)

Two at a Time – Toe Up Socks
(Adv. Beginner)

Learn how and why to knit socks from the toe-up and 2 at a time on one long circular needle.  Students will receive a universal pattern, needles and a choice of sock yarns.

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

Sock Heel Sampling
(Adv. Beginner)

We will look at a variety of heel shapes including short row, fleegle, strong heel and a traditional heel flap with a heel turn and gusset.  We will discuss how they fit and why you might choose one over another.  We will also looking at which work for cuff down and toe up.

Instructor:  Jennifer Watkins
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $5
Time:  Sat 3-4 (C) OR Sun 1-2 (10)


Other Classes

Scrappy Scarf
(Beginner)

Scrappy scarf using the basic method of toothbrush rugs the class will create a fun unique scarf using new and recycled fibers, fabric, lace, and yarn.  Kit includes all materials, needle, bag and instructions.

Instructor:  Michelle Lator-Murray
Class size limit:  15
Fee: $25
Time:  Sat 8-10 (7) OR Sun 1-3 (7)

Needle Punch
(Beginner)

Do you love the look of embroidery but are intimidated by it?  Needle punch may be just for you.  Needle punch is the technique of looping yarn, floss or ribbon through fabric in a pattern.  Needle punch when mastered can make beautiful wall hangings, pillows, rugs and other decorations.  We will discuss how to thread the needle punch, and how to use it.  There are several inferior needle punches out there that may have made it hard if you have tried this before but we will start with a good quality needle punch.  Needle punch, stamped fabric, hoop, instruction sheets and yarn will be provided. Students should bring a pair of sharp scissors

Instructor:  Elyse Hargis
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $50
Time:  Sat 9-12 (5) OR Sun 9-12 (2)

Kumihimo
(Beginner)

Learn the basics of Kumihimo using a portable foam disk.  Kumihimo (“gathering (kumi) of threads (himo)”) is the ancient art of Japanese braiding.  Beautiful, durable braids were used for ties, belts and closures on Samurai armor as well as many other household needs.  Traditionally made on a wooden stool called a “marudai” pairs of threads are moved in sequence ot create braids of many color and pattern variations.  Students will leave with a braided sampler and a foam braid maker.  No experience needed.

Instructor:  Tammy Taylor
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $30
Time:  Sat 2-5 (B)

Fiber Storage Ideas
(Beginner)

Is your fiber stash getting out of hand?  Are you afraid of being buried under an avalanche of fiber if you open that door where you’ve stuffed bags upon bags of shorn fleeces?  You’ll learn some easy and economical ways to not only organize your stash, but save on shipping costs too.

Instructor:  Liz Mitchko
Class size limit:  15
Fee: $10
Time:  Sat 10-12 (MC)

E-Commerce For Crafters
(Beginner)

Take advantage of the Global Marketplace for Hand Made Goods with a simple and inexpensive approach to e-commerce.  The class and handout will cover all the steps involved to create your own brand that folks will come back for.  Topics include:  Philosophical approach, outlets, website, teaching and the “artisan’s Pyramid”, a success model that combines making, teaching and vending related supplies.

Instructor:  Robin Goatey
Class size limit:  20
Fee: $30
Time:  Sat 1-3 (A)

Rolags with Blending Boards
(Beginner)

This is a class for those who want to take rolags to a whole new level!  Make awe-inspiring rolags on the blending board using fabulous fibers like silk, bamboo, alpaca, corriedale, merino, mohair, firestar, tencel, Angelina, and newer fibers like mint, rose, mil,, banana and pearl.  This class teaches a wonderful, easy way to create beautiful, colorful rolags for spinning.  No previous experience necessary.  Bring your own blending board or let the instructor know if you need one.

Instructor:  Patricia Ruether (reedruether@yahoo.com)
Class size limit:  8
Fee: $45
Time:  Sat 9-12 (6)

Contemporary Rug Hooking
(Beginner)

What can you hook with besides wool?  Lots of stuff!  This class is perfect for beginners and for experienced rug hookers who want to experiment with a lot of different materials.  The kit includes a simple pattern and all equipment and materials needed to get started.  Note that the student will likely not finish the project in class, but will have everything needed to complete it at home

Instructor:  Teresa Goatey
Class size limit:  8
Fee: $50
Time:  Sat 9-12 (2) OR Sun 9-12 (6)

Fiber Prep
(Beginner)

This class is all about fiber preparation. Experience the magic of turning a raw fleece, straight off the sheep into your very own fiber to spin!  Discussion will include breeds of sheep, classes of wool, how to choose a good fleece, various washing methods, the different methods of hand processing fiber and the equipment used in making those preparations.  Students will take home informational handouts and resources to help continue their studies.

Instructor:  Jama Kilgore
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $20
Time:  Sat 9-12 (1)


Spinning

Beginning Spinning
(Beginner)

If you have ever wanted to try spinning on a wheel but just aren’t sure if it is for you, here is your chance.  Learn the basics of wheel maintenance and spinning here.  Bring your own wheel if you have it.  Please let us know when you register if you need to rent a wheel for the class (additional $10 fee)

Instructor:  Judy Crouch
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $30 or $40 w/wheel rental
Time:  Sat 9-12 (MR) OR Sun 9-12 (MR)

Southwest Spindle – FULL
(Beginner)

Spin medium to heavyweight yarns with the Navajo-inspired Southwest Spindle.  This spindle is great choice for weavers who want to spin heavy singles for making rugs and blankets.  All the spindles have a non-traditional hook on the end, making them easy to learn and use.  Students take home their spindle!  All materials and equipment are provided.

Instructor:  Robin Goatey
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $35
Time:  Sun 1-3 (2)

Spinning in the Grease
(Adv. Beginner)

Icelandic fleece is one of the several dual-coated fleeces.  Many dual-coated fleeces are dry enough to spin ‘in the grease.’  Dual-coated fleeces can also be spun in many different ways—which you will be taught.  There will be Icelandic, Navajo-Churro and Karakul for us to learn and practice with.  You will separate and spin the locks for two different fibers and process them together, attaining different yarns for different purposes.  By the end of the class, you will be spinning straight from the locks of fiber.  Other dual coated fleeces include German Gray Heath, Romanov and Spaelasau.  Student must know how to spin.   Bring wheel or spindles, long-tooth Viking combs and fine-toothed hand cards (or a pair of flat dog brushes- they work well), a niddy noddy or ball winder

Instructor:  Diana Armes Wallace
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $45
Time:  Sun 8-12 (MC)

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:  Sat 3-5 (5) OR Sun 10-12 (5)

Fractal Spinning
(Intermediate)

Learn the theory of fractal spinning; choosing fiber to yield the subtle color shifts; how to divide the fiber for spinning.  Students will see examples of fiber, spun fractal yarn and finished products.  Students must know how to spin a single and create a 2 ply yarn.   Bring your spinning wheel or spindle.  Four ounces of braided fiber and handout provided.

Instructor:  Vicki Thomason
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $25
Time:  Sat 10-12 (ML) OR Sun 1-3 (6)

Advanced Spinning – Fine Tuning
(Advanced)

In this class we will focus on a few fibers with unique characteristics with more concentrated spinning with different preparations and spinning techniques for each one.  We want to produce consistent yarns that feel wonderful, and function as they should.  Students should bring a wheel in good working order (with more than one ratio if possible), hand carders or combs and 3 bobbins.

Instructor:  Zelma Cleaveland
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $45
Time:  Sat 1-5 (MC)


Weaving

Off Loom Knitting
(Beginner)

Using a simple cardboard loom you will be able to make a woven pouch for your cell phone, credit cards or change.  You will receive the loom, weaving needles and enough yarn to make it in class and take the loom and needles home to make more, as it is a fun and craft to share with your kids and/or grandkids.  All materials will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring a favorite yarn to make it “yours”.

Instructor:  Nancy Barnett
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $45
Time:  Sat 9-12 (9) OR Sun 9-12 (9)

Inkle Weaving
(Beginner)

No weaving experience necessary.  The inkle loom is portable, easy to warp, easy to weave table loom that makes beautiful belts and bands.  Students will learn to make heddles for the loom, follow a draft and warp the inkle loom.  Proper techniques for weaving a tight even band with good selvedges will be explained.   Bring your loom, a small pair of scissors and something to write with for taking notes.  Student looms, thread and handouts will be provided.  Inkle looms are available for purchase ($80).

Instructor:  Lorry McDonald
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $50
Time:  Sat 8-12 (B)

Rigid Heddle 101
(Beginner)

Learn easy rigid heddle weaving if you have never tried a loom, this class is for you.  If you have done some but feel you need a refresher, this class is for you.  We will go over the loom and will warp one loom in class so everyone will get to see it being done and a little hands-on.  The basic weave with the rigid heddle is plain weave but with the use of color placement it will look anything but plain.  Pre-warped loom and yarns for class use will be provided as well as handouts to refresh your memory when you get home.  Please bring a pair of scissors.

Instructor:  Darlene Megli
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $50
Time:  Sat 1-4 (ML)

Fingerweaving
(Adv. Beginner)

This class is not only fingerweaving, but fingerweaving with beads woven in.  This technique was made famous by the Osage Indians.  Students first start by fingerweaving on a small piece to get accustomed to the arrow fingerweave.  Then, they will work on a larger piece to fingerweave the beads in as they create the fingerwoven fabric in the arrow design.  The finished piece of beaded weaving can be used as a belt, accent scarf, or decorative strap for a bag.  All materials including yarn, beads, and instruction booklet will be furnished.  We will be using 100% wool yarn.

Instructor:  Susan Wilson
Class size limit:  12
Fee: $30
Time:  Sat 1-4 (MR)

Scandinavian Band Weaving
(Adv. Beginner)

The double slotted reed is similar to a regular rigid heddle but has an extra set of slots that are designed to carry the pattern warp separate from the background threads.  As you raise or lower the reed for each shed the pattern threads remain separate in the center of the shed making them easier to pick up or drop.  The background warp weaves a plain weave and the pattern threads float on top of the warp threads, a variation of pick up only much easier since the pattern threads are separated.  The original hand carved double slot looms go back to the early and mid 1800’s.  Although originally Scandinavian, you can create and weave any design you choose plus it is so portable.  Traditionally woven bands or ribbons were used as closures or in any place where a tie was required, for securing bundles for easy carrying, as closures or binding such as a babies bunting keeping him snug and warm to trimming costumes adding color accents to clothing and much more.  All materials are included as well as the double slotted heddle and shuttle which are yours to keep.  Weaving experience not required, but helpful.  Note: This is a 6 hour class with a break for lunch

Instructor:  Rosie Dupuy
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $65
Time:  Sun 8-3 (C)

Egg Basket
(Adv. Beginner)

This basket is woven around two 10” hoops with ribs added as you weave and a Half God’s Eye/Ear on each side.  Tools to bring:  craft scissor, pencil, tape measure, old towel, dish pad.  Some weaving experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Instructor:  Jan Eitel
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $40
Time:  Sat 1-5 (6)

Intermediate Inkle Weaving
(Intermediate)

Experience is not necessary, but beginner knowledge is helpful.  This class will explore the intermediate weaving technique known as pick-up.  This technique allows the student to create many interesting design by manipulating the heddle and un-heddled warp threads.  Bring your loom, a small pair of scissors and something to write with for taking notes.  Thread and handouts will be provided.  Looms are available for rent ($15) or purchase ($80).  Please indicate when registering if you need to rent a loom.

Instructor:  Lorry McDonald
Class size limit:  10
Fee: $40
Time:  Sun 8-12 (B)

RH with Two Heddles – FULL
(Advanced)

Learn to warp your rigid heddle loom with two heddles to make a tea towel, incorporating pickup stick patterns.  Students need a rigid heddle loom with the ability to use two heddles (some come that way, others need to purchase a heddle block kit), two heddles of identical dent (please let the instructor know dent),two pick up sticks at least 13”, two shuttles, warping peg, and warp paper.  All other materials will be provided by the instructor.

Instructor:  Patti Ruether (reedruether@yahoo.com)
Class size limit:  6
Fee: $45
Time:  Sun 8-12 (ML)