Class Descriptions

Registration and list of classes opens on March 15, 2023, please check back!

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.

2023 CLASSES


Crochet

Intro to Tunisian Crochet
(Beginner)

Tunisian Crochet is sometimes called the “link” between knitting and 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: $40
Time: Sat 1-4 (M3)

Tunisian Crochet
(Adv. Beginner)

In this class we will learn more about color-work in Tunisian and new stitches while working in the round. We will make a hat using stitches and color-work we learn in class and share ideas for more designs and patterns in this addicting craft. Hook, yarn and instructional booklet will be provided. Students need to be comfortable working Tunisian Simple Stitch and Tunisian Knit Stitch or have crochet experience. Please bring two coordinating colors of sport-weight yarn- 1 skein each, scissors, and a darning needle.

Instructor: Kay McCoy
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $35
Time: Sunday 1-3 (4)

Crochet Silk Necklace
(Intermediate)

Elegant and romantic yet simple and casual too, this crochet necklace is perfect for so many occasions. The pattern possesses dimension and a variety of stitches including foundation double crochet (Fdc) and a unique way to add sparkly beads without pre-threading them. All materials provided including a gorgeous ergonomic crochet hook in the kit.

Instructor: Jarita Thomson
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $40
Time: Sun 9-12 (M2)

 


Dyeing

Bundle Dyeing
(Beginner)

Have you ever seen a leaf or flower so beautiful that you wanted to preserve it somehow? In this hand-on natural dye class, I’ll show you how to take raw plant material and turn it into a print on fiber! We’ll explore different methods of bund-dyeing (also known as “eco-printing”) with natural materials, chasing a wide natural color spectrum. We’ll make several plant-dyed bundles with flowers and leaves using steam to unleash and set the color. Different folding and wrapping techniques will be explored for their distinct shape and color results-from clear prints, to abstract and freeform, to more geometric effects produced by precise folding. Pretreated cloth and plant materials will be provided for in-class use, and students will take their projects home with clear instructions for care and finishing of the textile. Wear clothes that can get messy!

Instructor: Rachel Miller
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $50
Time: Sat 8-12 (7) or Sun 8-12 (7)

Intro to Natural Dyes
(Beginner)

Come learn the art and history of fabric dyeing using light fast and color fast natural dyes. Over 15 historic as well as native dyes will be utilized in class including sappanwood, cochineal, and osage orange. Each student will take home a notebook of recipes and yarn samples, but is encouraged to bring small samples to drop in the dye pot. Students should wear old clothes and/or a dye apron.

Instructor: Gina Levesque
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $55
Time: Sun 8-12 (8)

Ready, Set, Dye!
(Beginner)

Acid dyes, fiber reactive dyes, natural dyes, what do they all mean? When should you use what? How are they different? What equipment do you need for each? In this class, we will explore all the different types of dyes, how to set-up your dye workshop, how to mix dyes to get the color you want, and how to dispose of the various dye baths. Each student will receive a binder of information, a color wheel, and dye a silk scarf using the spot-dye technique to take home. Students should wear old clothes and/or a dye apron.

Instructor: Gina Levesque
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $55
Time: Sat 1-5 (8)

Sock Blanks
(Beginner)

Learn to dye a tubular sock blank by using different methods to create a sock blank to take home. We will discuss different methods to dye and ways to set the dye. Students will get three primary colors to work with to create their own designs. Dyes, applicators and sock blanks will be provided for class. Additional sock blanks will be available after class.

Instructor: Nancy Meyers
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $55
Time: Sat 1-5 (7)


Felting

Felting Soap
(Beginner)

This class consists of wrapping a bar of soap in alpaca fiber and (wet) felting it around the soap until it fits tight. It then becomes your wash cloth – all in one unique product. Time to make 2 bars. Please bring a big towel. Soap and fiber provided, unless you are sensitive, then please bring your own soap.

Instructor: Penny Moore
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $25
Times: Sat 11-12 (2) or Sun 1-2 (2)

Hop in to Felting
(Beginner)

Hop in this class to felt a cute whimsical frog. Students will learn the basics of felting and a bit of simple armature. All materials are included including tiny knitting needles or tiny drop spindle. If you want to make the knitting frog, you must be able to knit OR choose to felt “faux” knitting piece. Knitting may be completed after class.

Instructor: Beth Collier
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $50
Time: Sat 9-12 (5)

Needle Felt a Hat
(Beginner)

In this class you will learn how to needle felt a hat with a fold-up brim. Students get a form, tools and 6 oz. roving along with written instructions so you can make more at home.

Instructor: Jack Cormack
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $60
Time: Sat 1-5 (10)

Wet Felting Mittens
(Beginner)

You will felt a pair of mittens to fit your hands. You will be using alpaca and/or wool that I have selected and prepared for you to use. All materials provided but please bring 2 bath size towels.

Instructor: Connie Blechle
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $45
Time: Sat 2-5 (1)

Zipply Art Needle Felting
(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:  15
Fee: $55
Times: Sat 8-12 (11) OR Sun 8-12 (11)

Wool Landscapes
(Adv Beginner)

Demystify landscape painting with wool. Simplify choosing fibers, learn options for pricey tools and discover just how easy it can be to create a unique piece of art. Students get a take home felting kit with instructions and resources.

Instructor: Kim Snyder
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $45
Time: Sun 8-12 (10)


Knitting

Learn to Knit
(Beginner)

In the class you will learn how to cast on, the knit stitch and bind off. I will provide a simple pattern to practice on. This is a beginner class that needs no experience to learn in. If you have time we will discuss the purl stitch at the end. Yarn and needles will be provided. If you have a personal preference of needles bring your own. We will be using US 6-8 needle.

Instructor: Jen Watkins
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $35
Times: Sat 1-4 (1) or Sun 9-12 (1)

Sprang
(Beginner)

In this class students will learn basic sprang techniques. Instructor will demonstrate warping, S-twist, Z-twist and finishing using the sprang techniques. Instructor will also discuss Sprang history, fibers (yarns) suitable for making sprang and what type of projects do best on the sprang frame. Looms and handouts will be provided. Students will take home a small draw string bag. Please bring scissors to class.

Instructor: Tammy Taylor
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $40
Times: Sat 8-10 (M2) or Sun 1-3 (M2)

Brioche Prime Cowl
(Adv. Beginner)

Learn to knit 2-color Brioche Prime (vertical/reversible stripes), both in the round and flat, by making this fun cowl/headband that Bex designed. Students should bring 16” US size 7 needles and basic knitting notions. Plenty of scrumptious yarn and pattern will be provided.

Instructor: Bex Oliger
Class size limit: 14
Fee: $55
Time: Sat 8-11 (1)

Socks!
(Adv. Beginner)

Learn to knit a basic sock and how to add patterns in future socks. You will learn all the parts of cuff down sock (there are seven!), what they do and why they are there. We will knit a Christmas ornament sized sock in worsted weight yarn for our class project, faster knitters will finish one sock in class. Students must be able to knit in the round (double point needles are preferred, magic loop or 2 circulars are also ok). Students should bring solid color worsted weight yarn and appropriately sized needles (probably about size 7 but that depends on YOUR knitting), the usual knitting notions.

Instructor: Colleen Brooks
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $50
Time: Sat 1-4 (4)

Afterthought Everything Socks
(Advanced)

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:  12
Fee: $45
Time: Sat 1-4 (4)


Other Classes

Bobbin Lace Leaves
(Beginner)

In a beginning bobbin lace format, students will learn to weave simple leaves that can be used for jewelry or as embellishments. All materials and supplies included. (Students may choose to purchase the pillow and bobbins for $48 at the end of class).

Instructor: Sally Brandon
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $30
Time: Sun 9-12 (4)

Broom (Besom) Making 
(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: $50
Times: Sat 1-4 (5) or Sun 9-12 (5)

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 3-5 (3)

Hands on Fiber
(Beginner)

This class is geared to provide education to people who are new to fiber, fiber animals and fiber uses. I will show samples of fibers in the raw state, washed, turned into yarn and made into a finished product so you can see and feel the different stages. I will also provide handouts and resources to the class on basic terminology, fiber care, equipment used in hand processing and have a Q & A to discuss anything in more depth.

Instructor: Betsy Gundersen
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $20
Time: Sun 10-12 (2)

Kumihimo
(Beginner)

Kumihimo is the Japanese art of braiding. It is used as decorative trim as well as for jewelry. In the class students will learn how to add clasps and hooks as well as how to add beads.

Instructor: Joi Chupp
Class size limit: 14
Fee: $35
Times: Sat 8-10 (2) or Sun 1-3 (8)

Latch Hooking
(Beginner)

This class will teach you the knotting technique to create you very own latch hook piece. You will be surprised to learn how easy the process is an even better, how few tools and supplies are needed! Latch hook can be used to make rugs, wall hangings or pillows. It is not the same as and not to be confused with rug hooking or rug punching. All supplies needed to get you started will be provided. Students will take home a latch hook kit containing a tapestry canvas, latch hook took, yarn, instructions and a yarn cutting tool. Yarn cutting tool? Yes! This is a wonderful way to use up all your leftover yarns from your fiber arts that you had to buy but didn’t have a purpose for.

Instructor: Jama Kilgore
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $30
Times: Sat 11-12 (1) or Sun 1-2 (1)

Marketing & Sales
(Beginner)

Have you ever been at a craft show and saw a booth that seemed to always have people in it? Have you wondered why they always sell out, while you struggle to sell your products? Marketing is the secret that makes this happen and it’s not as hard as you may think. By the end of this interactive class, you will know the most effective marketing strategy, understand the difference between marketing and sales and discover the four key questions you must answer for your business. Students will uncover marketing strategies, learn how to design a marketing plan and be inspired to start having fun selling the things you make. Students will receive a workbook with information, tips and exercises they can use to design a custom 12-week marketing plan.

Instructor: Tina Joy Cochran
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $15
Times: Sat 10-12 (M2) or Sun 1-3 (M3)

More than Merino
(Beginner)

Class focus is to introduce you to breed specific wools. We will explore fiber from all classes of different breeds. There is more than Merino to consider for your projects! Wool samples will be provided with handouts. Students will go home with the knowledge to make more informed choices for future projects.

Instructor: Olivia Counts
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $35
Time: Sun 8-10 (2)

Rug Hooking
(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: 12
Fee: $40
Times: Sat 10-12 (10) or Sun 1-3 (10)

Shuttle Tatting
(Beginner)

Learn the basics of shuttle tatting including rings, chains, picots, and joins and begin creating heirloom lace or fun accessories. This class includes a kit with 2 shuttles, 1 ball of thread, a cute project bag, and handouts. Students should bring scissors, tape measure, highlighter tape or post-it notes or magnetic chart, writing implement or note taking items(s).

Instructor: Kelli Slack
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $65
Time: Sat 9-12 (3)

Tree of Life
(Beginner)

Instructor: Liz Mitchko
Class size limit: 14
Fee: $
Times: Sat 1-2 (3) or Sun 10-12 (3)

Yarn Coil Basket
(Beginner)

Students will understand and apply the coil technique to make a yarn coil basket. All supplies are provided.

Instructor: Jan Eitel
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $40
Time: Sun 1-3 (7)


Spinning

Beginning Spinning
(Beginner)

Are you a passionate knitter ready to deepen your understanding of yarn? Have you woven your way to the end of your stash? In this class, you will learn to make your own yarn using a drop spindle. Create unique yarns you can’t buy in the store and become a better knitter as you explore why and how yarn behaves the way it does. This class is geared toward those who have never spun or for those who have tried and failed. A top-whorl spindle and fiber will be provided.

Instructor: Meagan Condon
Class size limit: 14
Fee: $45
Times: Sat 2-5 (M4) or Sun 8-11 (M4)

Using Handspun
(Adv. Beginner)

Did you start spinning and now you have a stash of beautiful handspun yarn but you can’t decide how to use it? Join me for an exploratory class on ways to use your growing stash of handspun yarns. We will look at how to make the most of every skein whether knitting, crocheting, weaving, etc. How many ways can we find to use our handspun?! Note: must have a stash of handspun and an open mind. Includes handouts, students should bring scissors, tape measure, writing implement or note taking item (s), handspun yarn (small leftovers are great), colored pencils or markers or marking pencil for embroider to mark design, and paper.

Instructor: Kelli Slack
Class size limit: 14
Fee: $30
Times: Sat 8-9 (3) or Sun 1-2 (3)

Core Spinning Yarn
(Intermediate)

Students will learn 2 separate techniques – core spinning, auto-wrapping and spiral plying in this class. You must be proficient with your wheel and know how to spin and ply. Tools to bring: wheel in good working order, 3 bobbins, lazy kate and knitty-knotty. Students will receive a batt, roving to spin a core yarn and thread. There may be some extra goods to experiment even more.

Instructor: Jan Eitel
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $50
Time: Sat 8-11 (M4)

Loop/Chain/Navaho Plying
(Intermediate)

Have you been wanting to ply up those lovely multi-colored singles keeping the colors separate instead of creating a variegated or barber pole affect? Using this plying method you can force color changes to always fall at the end of a color change. Chain plying comes in handy when you have singles left over on your bobbins, so you can use up every inch of your singles without needing to store them. Come join me in this short intensive class and learn how to chain ply like a pro. Students should bring a working wheel, 2 bobbins (one filled with singles to get us going fast), a lazy kate, knitty knotty or yarn skeiner, small pair of scissors and pen or pencil for notes.

Instructor: Lorry McDonnald
Class size limit: 15
Fee: $25
Times: Sat 11-12 (M4) or Sun 11-12 (M4)

Spinning Spoon
(Advanced)

The Mediaeval Spinning Spoon is another odd and forgotten Spinning Tool from Jolly Olde England. There were 2 different ways of using the Spinning Spoons. Some were for setting on and others were for clipping to a belt or bodice. No matter their type, they made supported spinning lots more fun. Students will take home a silver plate Victorian repurposed Spoon.

Instructor: Robin Goatey
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $50
Times: Sat 8-10 (9) or Sun 1-3 (5)


Weaving

Container Basket
(Beginner)

Continuous weaving around a glass bottle or jar makes for a very useful beautiful container. Since it is woven around a glass container, you can use this for several purposes such as a vase for fresh flowers. Several different shapes of containers will be available to choose from.

Instructor: Mary McCreery
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $25
Times: Sat 10-12 (9) or Sun 10-12 (9)

Continuous Strand Weaving
(Beginner)

Learn basic Continuous Strand Weaving (CSW) on both 6” triangle and 6” square from tying on to bind off, to assemble into a small pouch, great for ID, $, cards, etc. There will be a multitude of yarn choices for your project. Class includes the use of looms, tools and book that can also be purchased.

Instructor: Shella Watston
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $50
Times: Sat 9-12 (6) or Sun 9-12 (6)

Inkle Loom Weaving
(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: $75
Time: Sat 1-5 (6)

Peg Loom Weaving
(Beginner)

Explore all the possibilities of using a Peg Loom in a variety of ways. After taking this class your imagination will be the only boundaries of your creativity. Learn different techniques using a variety of mediums such as yarn, cloth strips, etc. You will be taking a project home with you. This class is for all levels. The fee includes the use of a Peg Loom during class. All other materials provided.

Instructor: Jonee Davis
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $45
Times: Sat 8-12 (M3) or Sun 8-12 (M3)

Rigid Heddle Weaving
(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
Times: Sat 8-11 (M1) or Sun 9-12 (M1)

Scandinavian Band Weaving
(Beginner)

The 5 slot reed is similar to a regular rigid heddle but has 5 short slots that carry the pattern threads separate from the background threads. The background warp weaves a plain weave and the pattern threads float on top, a variation of pick up only much easier since the pattern threads are separated. 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 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 with the 5 threads, plus it’s portable! You get to take home your reed and shuttle.

Instructor: Rosie Dupuy
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $45
Time: Sat 1-5 (M2)

Spinning Wheel Basket
(Beginner)

Start with a wood base and finish with a leather handle. You will weave a basket using a mold that can hang on your wheel to store your accessories. Adding color will personalize your creating. Finished basket is about 5” tall and 4” diameter. All materials provided

Instructor: Laura Klaus
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $35
Time: Sun 1-3 (9)

Sturdy Stool
(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: $45
Time: Sat 2-5 (9)

Tapestry Weaving
(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: Sat 1-5 (11)

Woven Wreaths
(Beginner)

In this class, students will be provided a wire form, wool roving for weaving the wreath, locks to add for accents if desired and some basic decoration to dress up their wreaths. Students can bring their own decorations if desired and we’ll get them mounted.

Instructor: Sara Morris
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $40
Times: Sat 8-10 (10) or Sun 1- 3 (11)

Rectangle CSW
(Adv. Beginner)

Continuous strand weaving on a rectangle loom. Learn how to make a rectangle, woven on the bias with one continuous yarn. We will finish at least one 20” rectangle to make a phone case and learn how to do the finishing. Students will have the use of looms and tools (available for purchase at a discount) and will have yarns to choose from.

Instructor: Bex Oliger
Class size limit: 12
Fee: $40
Time: Sun 1-3 (6)

Fingerweaving the Lightning
(Adv Beginner)

Here it is! The lightning is a very lovely design used in a lot of American Indian regalia. We will make a basic lightning strap to use as a purse or bag handle or a skinny accent scarf. All materials, including wool yarn and an instruction booklet are included.

Instructor: Susan Ream Wilson
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $30
Time: Sun 1- 3 (M4)

Hand Painting Warp
(Adv. Beginner)

Oh the possibilities! Students will learn my technique for painting a warp and keeping the painting in order while threading. This is most effective on a table loom, but can be used on a rigid heddle loom too. We’ll wind the warp, paint the design to take home and then learn the threading and weaving to be accomplished at home. All materials provided.

Instructor: Sally Brandon
Class size limit: 10
Fee: $30
Time: Sat 8-12 (8)

Twill on a RH Loom
(Advanced)

Twills add depth and texture to your woven fabric. They are typically woven on multi-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 heddles and weave a small sampler of twill patterns. Due to some necessary pre-class prep, I’ll provide the looms and all materials.

Instructor: Jarita Thomson
Class size limit: 8
Fee: $45
Time: Sat 1-5 (M1)