Thumb Fiber Festival

Tuesday Workshops

Tuesday – 10am-12pm Needle Felting 2D (#101910)
October 19, 2021

Instructor:  Miranda Howard

Students will learn techniques to create their own felted “painting” felting with needles. 
Workshop limited to 4 students.

Workshop fee $50, includes wool, foam pad & needles. Students advised to bring rubber palmed gloves (garden type) if concerned about personal comfort.

Tuesday 10am-4pm Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom (#101902) 
October 19, 2021

Instructor: Anne Tullett, of Luxury Natural Fibers
Skill Level – Beginner
Learn how to thread up a loom, wind yarn onto a shuttle and start weaving.  You will make a scarf or a table runner, and learn how to finish it.  Yarns will be available or bring your own, preferably medium DK or light worsted weight, as many colors as you like! You are encouraged to bring a rigid heddle loom in good working condition; however, we will have looms available for use if needed. 

Maximum 5 students (Minimum 3)
All day class with lunch break
Tuesday is for Beginners, a Wednesday workshop is available for Advanced Beginner or Intermediate weavers.

Workshop fee: $90 per student includes material fees.

Instructor will provide handouts, warping tools, shuttles and looms if necessary. We will give group and individual instructions where needed. Yarn will be available. Students may bring their own looms in good working condition. Students may bring worsted weight yarn for the project. A skein would be good, you’ll have leftovers. Most importantly bring a desire to learn.

Tuesday 9am-12pm Weave a Mug Rug (#101903) 

October 19, 2021

 

Instructor: Ruthanne Morningstar  

Nobody ever has enough Mug Rugs. So, bring your creativity and learn to make something that’s uniquely yours. Best of all, you get to keep the handmade wooden loom! 

 

Students need to bring scissors and creativity. Instructor brings everything else!

 

Workshop size: 15 students maximum

Workshop Fee: $65 Includes all material including loom to take home.

Tuesday 9am-12pm Knitting Mittens (with optional glove finishing) (#101904)
October 19, 2021

Instructor:  Melanie Dara
In this class depending on your comfort and skill level, we will be knitting a basic mitten or glove which is suitable for light felting once completed. Minimum skills which you should already possess: knit and purl stitch. Skills to be introduced: use of DPNs (double pointed needles); Jeny’s Surprisingly Loose Cast On; knitted cast on (for use mid-row at thumb or fingers); M1L and M1R (make one left and make one right) for increases at thumb gusset; K2T (aka K2tog, knit 2 together which creates a right leaning decrease), SSK (slip, slip, K2T which creates a left leaning decrease); Kitchener stitch for closing top of mitten. Instruction handouts for above will also include directions for light felting of finished mittens to be completed at home.

Workshop limited to 6 students
Workshop fee $20 to cover event expenses.

Students should bring:
5.5 mm DPNs (double pointed needles, I recommend wood or bamboo for beginners. (If you are familiar with magic loop and do not need more than minimal pattern advice for conversion you can bring 5.5 mm cable needle), 100 grams heavy worsted or Aran weight yarn. Please read the label. Must not be machine washable for felting process to take place. I have had good felting results with Briggs & Little Heritage yarn. Optional materials: yarn/tapestry needle for burying yarn ends, tape measure or ruler, scissors, a mid-sized crochet hook would be handy for picking up and dropped stitches. (I will have extras of these optional items.)

Tuesday 1-3pm Learn to Crochet the Afghan Stitch (#101905)
October 19, 2021

Instructor: Althea Oullette

Learn to do the Afghan crochet stitch technique while making a dish cloth to take home. Instructor will provide cotton yarn. Students should bring a size USJ (6mm or 10) Afghan crochet hook. 

Workshop limited to 5 students.
Workshop fee $35 includes materials.

Students bring size J crochet hook.

Tuesday 1-4pm Learn to Spin (#101906) 
October 19, 2021

Instructor: Nicola Danks

This class requires the use of a spinning wheel in good working order.  Students should bring their own wheel.  We will have a couple of extra wheels available. The student will learn parts of the wheel, different styles of wheels and some history. Students will learn how to treadle, draft and ply.

Workshop size: 5 maximum
Workshop fee: $50

Instructor supplies: Printed handout, roving specially chosen for ease of spinning (excellent for the beginning spinner) and individual help while mastering the basics of using a spinning wheel.

Tuesday 2-4pm Needle Felting 3D (#101907)
October 19, 2021

I
nstructor: Miranda Howard, Howard Knit Knacks

Students will learn techniques to create their own felted creature using needle felting techniques. You will receive your own wool, foam pad & needles to use and take home. If you are concerned about possibly poking yourself with a needle while you get used to handling them, bring some rubber palmed gloves (gardening type) to wear.

Workshop limited to 4 students
Workshop fee $50, includes wool, foam pad & needles. 

Tuesday 1pm-4pm Weave A Spinning Wheel Basket (#101908)
October 19, 2021

Instructor: Ruthanne Morningstar

Do you spend a lot of time looking for your scissors, oil bottle, spinning hook and other necessities when you could be spinning instead? Here’s the answer, a unique little basket to hang on your wheel to keep all your “stuff” within reach. Make it from round reed or flat splint, your choice, and don’t worry if it’s your first attempt at basket weaving because all the techniques will be demonstrated. Just bring a towel and lots of enthusiasm. 

Workshop size: 15 students maximum
Workshop Fee: $50 Includes all material to make basket.

 

Tuesday 1pm-4pm Angora Rabbits (#101909)
October 19, 2021

Instructors:  Monique Kinney

Would you like to raise your own fiber but don’t have space for large livestock? Consider raising angora rabbits. Their wool is known for its softness, being lighter and warmer than most other wools, and its halo effect. Angora comes in a wide variety of natural colors as well as an incredibly bright white that takes dye well. This class will teach you the basics of Angora rabbit care, how to groom your rabbit, and how to harvest the fiber. Each participant will get hands-on experience with one of our rabbits, and a sample of fiber to take with them.
The first part of the class will be all about the fiber. We’ll discuss the different breeds of wool rabbits. Take a look at micron count and spinning fineness, and experience the fiber from all 5 breeds of Angora. This is the perfect opportunity to feel the differences yourself, compare the colors, check out the wool, spun yarn, and finished Angora creations. We will discuss different uses of Angora wool and its applications in various garments, with some mention about popular fiber breeds. 
The second part of the class we will look at the rabbits themselves. We will cover rabbit anatomy, wool anatomy, housing and care requirements, and more. You will learn what goes into actually having Angoras, what to expect, and some options for marketing fiber.
After a short break we will cover grooming and each participant will get hands on experience grooming and harvesting one of my Angora rabbits. You will leave with some fiber from the rabbit you’ve groomed, abound copy of my 34-page handout on raising Angora rabbits, and some fun memories.

Workshop size: 10 maximum (minimum 2)
Workshop fee: $40

Wednesday Workshops

Wednesday 10am-4pm Rigid Heddle Weaving (#102002)
October 20, 2021

Instructor: Anne Tullett, Luxury Natural Fibers
Skill Level – Advance Beginner or Intermediate

 

You’ve warped your loom, now lets have some fun!  Learn to make houndstooth check, and designs with a pick up stick, and loops with a different color.  To make a wall hanging, or a bag perhaps.  Yarns available, or bring your own, medium DK or a light worsted weight, at least 2 colors. This class is for students who have learned to warp and do plain weave on their rigid heddle looms. 

You are encouraged to bring a rigid heddle loom in good working condition; however, we will have looms available for use if needed. 

 

Maximum 5 students
All day class with lunch break
Workshop fee: $90 per student includes material fees.

 

Instructor will provide handouts, several choices of yarn, warping tools, shuttles and looms if necessary. We will give group and individual instructions where needed. 

Students may bring their own looms in good working condition. Students may bring worsted weight yarn for the project. A skein would be good, you’ll have leftovers. Most importantly bring a desire to learn.

Wednesday – 9am-12pm Knitting Socks (#102003)
October 20, 2021

Instructor: Melanie Dara

Workshop geared to meet participant where their skill level is. Pattern I plan to teach beginners is a basic worsted weight toe up boot sock. Minimal skills needed: knit and purl stitch. For those who are more advanced, bring a work in process to work on or a new pattern you would like to try. Skills planned to cover: use of DPNs (double pointed needles, prefer wood or bamboo for beginners); provisional cast on (toe up sock); will explain various component options of toes, heels and cuffs and differences between top down and toe up sock options (plan to teach basic squared toe up, fleegle heel and 2×2 cuff).

Workshop is limited to 6 students
Workshop fee is $20 to cover event expenses. 

Students should bring: 3.25 mm DPNs (double pointed needles, for those familiar with magic loop, I can only offer pattern assistance, but please bring your 3.25 mm cable needles if you choose), 100 g worsted weight yarn main color for sock body and 50 g worsted weight for complimentary toe, heel and cuff (I’ve had good results with Lion Brand Wool Ease because sons will not hand wash and this holds up well after repeated machine washing and drying).

Optional materials: mid-sized crochet hook for provisional cast on, tape measure or ruler, scissors, yarn/tapestry needle. I will have extras of these items.

Wednesday – 10am-12pm Colorful Art Batts (#11604)
October 20, 2021

Instructors: Miranda Howard, Howard Knit Knacks

Information on different fibers, touching on color theory and how to plan for the yarn you want before blending. Each student will take home a 2oz batt of their own design, a 2oz color themed batt and maybe a 2 oz gradient batt set or self- striping. Students are encouraged to bring your own carding equipment, but will have one for you to try also.   

Workshop limited to 4 students. 
Workshop fee $50, includes kits for batt; wool, sparkle & add ins
Students are encouraged to bring carding equipment if they have it.

Wednesday 10:00am-4:00pm Tapestry Weaving (#102005)  

October 20, 2021

Instructor: Ruthanne Morningstar

 

This workshop is focused on Tapestry Weaving 

Techniques. Including warping your loom, color changes, interlocking, 

diagonal and vertical weaving. Instructor will share techniques, tips 

and tricks learned while working extensively with Master Navajo Weavers.

 

Students need to bring scissors.  Instructor supplies all materials, including looms, 

weaving forks, warp, yarns and handouts with recommended list of Weaving 

Books.

 

Workshop limit: 15 maximum, 6 minimum students

Workshop Fee: $95 Includes loom, weaving fork, warp and weaving yarns. 

 

Wednesday 2-4:30pm Pin Loom Weaving (#102006)  
October 20, 2021

Instructor; Miranda Howard, Howard Knit Knacks

Get weaving with a simple pin loom! Bring your own or a 4×4 loom & yarn or they will be supplied for your use during the workshop. Pin looms are wonderful hand-held looms that can quickly create mug rugs, or stitch them together to create scarf, wrap, etc. you can even create little animals out of finished 4×4 woven material!

Workshop limited to 4 students
Workshop fee $50, includes instruction sheet for basic weave pattern, perhaps designed square, yarn & looms to use if you don’t have one. Let us know when you sign up if you’ll need to borrow one of ours so we can have enough for everyone. 

 

Thursday Workshops

Thursday 9am-12pm Intermediate Spinning (#102101)
October 21, 2021

Instructors:  Nicola Danks

 

This class requires the use of a spinning wheel in good working order. Students should bring their own. We only have a couple extra wheels available. This workshop is about techniques, including plying styles to spin novelty yarns with different fibers. Students should have a basic knowledge/comfort with spinning. 

 

Workshop size: 5 maximum
Workshop fee: $50
Instructor supplies: Wool roving and Novelty fibers.

 

Student supply list: Your own wheel if it is in GOOD working order. Your own roving if you prefer. Most importantly, a desire to learn to spin and have fun in class and for many years to come.

Thursday 1pm-4pm Spinning Easy and Elegant Artisan Yarns (#102203)
October 21, 2021

Instructor: Julie Benac, Fresh Lotus Design

Have you been curious about spinning art yarns? Join us for this fun intro to spinning some of the most beautiful yarns you’ve ever seen! If you can spin a simple single, you can create these lovely yarns. We’ll learn various singles techniques, including core spinning, the most versatile of them all. We will learn about thick and thin spinning, plying, using mulberry silk lap in art yarns, as well as spinning special effects with long, curly Teeswater or Wensleydale locks. Plus, we will spin mohair and other curly breeds from the lock, and we’ll learn cool techniques for adding fun inclusions into your yarns. We’ll work with color-coordinated fiber kits, so all of your yarns will look beautiful together. Join us for all this and much more, and start spinning up beautiful, unique yarns for weaving, knitting, and even crocheting and trim. Bring your wheel and some empty bobbins, and get ready to create!

Workshop limited to 10 students.
Workshop fee is $85 includes kit of spinning materials. 

Saturday Workshop

Saturday 9am-4pm Learn to Spin Workshop (#102301)
October 23, 2021

Instructor: Anne Tullett, Luxury Fibers 

Learn to make your own yarn from roving (washed and combed fiber).  You will go home with one or two skeins of your own hand spun yarn.  Spinning wheels and roving available.  You are welcome to bring your own roving.

Workshop limited to 5 students.
Workshop fee is $90 includes material fee.