2016 Wool Fest Classes & Workshops

*Register early as these classes will sell out.  Pre-registration is required.


THURSDAY CLASSES - OCTOBER 6, 2016


SAWTOOTH MOUNTAINS KNITTED SCARF

Instructor: Sun Valley Needle Art Staff
Date:
Thursday, October 6
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location:
Sun Valley Needle Arts, 190 First Avenue North (Ketchum)
Cost: $75
Skill Level: Advanced beginner (must know how to cast-on, knit and purl stitches). 

Looking at this scarf, we can all picture our jagged Sawtooth Mountain peaks!  The scarf is started with a cast-on of just three stitches and begins to increase immediately.  Students will be increasing and decreasing right from the beginning.  It is knit in a beautiful, very soft, multi-colored yarn which is included in the class fee.  The class is appropriate for an advanced beginner.


FRIDAY CLASSES - OCTOBER 7, 2016


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ZAPOTEC DYEING & WEAVING

Instructor: Elena Gonzales
Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Location: Hailey Armory, 701 S. 4th Street (Hailey)
Cost:  $70, materials are included
Skill Level: Beginner to experienced


Focusing on cochineal and indigo, this class investigates these and other natural materials used in Mexico to dye wool for rugs.  The history and influence of cochineal and weaving on the indigenous Zapotecs in Teotitlan and Oaxacan valley is included in instruction.

MORE ABOUT ELENA: Elena comes from a family and village that began over 2,500 years ago. The arrival of the Jesuits with the Spanish in the 16th century introduced the standing loom and churro sheep to the Zapotec people in the valley of Oaxaca. Formerly weaving with tension loom and cotton, they began working with wool.  When the Zapotec rugs became popular in the 1960’s, many weavers turned to chemical dyes instead of the time consuming and costly natural dyes.  Elena and several others from her village are working to reintroduce these plant, mineral and animal dyes to their own people and the world.


SOMETHING IS BATTY WITH MY YARN!!

Instructor: Lonna Alexander-Steele - McCall, ID
Date: Friday, October 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Location: Ellsworth Inn - 
702 3rd Ave S, (Hailey)
Cost: $65
Skill Level: Basic spinning wheel experience


This class that will explore how color, texture and reflective value affect the look of a yarn with emphasis on the choice and use of hand painted rovings.

Student needs to provide spinning wheel, several bobbins, all accessories, oil, and a kate (if you have one) plus any singles, second-hand store yarns and threads. Note taking materials and labeling materials may be needed.  Cost includes additional hand painted, commercial dyed and natural colored rovings and slivers, commercial yarns and threads.

MORE ABOUT LONNA: Lonna is a fiber artist/ instructor living in Idaho who refurbishes and repairs looms, spinning wheels and fiber working tools. She has written for SpinOff magazine and taught at numerous festivals and fiber arts venues throughout the Western US.


FELTED SOAP

Instructor: Brandy Vernay Henson, Riggins, ID
Date:   Friday, October 7
Time: 9:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.

Location: Hailey Armory, 701 S. 4th Street (Hailey)
Cost: $45 - includes handcrafted soap & alpaca/wool batting
Skill Level: All levels - Children welcome!

Take your soap to a new level by felting an all-natural blend of wool and alpaca fiber around it!  Not only is this a great introduction to the mechanics of fiber felting, this project will also leave you with two bars of handmade medicinal soap that have extra exfoliating punch – perfect for scrubbing your back, hands, feet, and even your face.  Your resulting felted soap can be used like any other soap, but it will last longer, won’t leave soap scum, and will continue to smell wonderful as alpaca and wool are naturally odor-resistant and anti-bacterial.  This class teaches the basics of wet felting, which will open the door to all sorts of creative projects!

MORE ABOUT BRANDY:  Brandy is the owner of Alpaca Harmony, LLC, Brandy and her family have been raising champion alpaca breeding stock and sharing the wonders of fiber arts for over 15 years. Brandy is also an herbalist and handcrafts the soap provided for this class with quality oils and medicinal herbs.


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THRUMMED KNITTING WORKSHOP

Instructor: Susie Wilson of SuDan Farm, Canby, OR
Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 9:00 a.m. — Noon.

Location: Hailey Armory, 701 S. 4th Street (Hailey)
Cost: $70
Skill Level: Best for experienced knitters familiar with 2-color work.

Thrummed, or fleece-stuffed, knitting is a technique that dates back to the early 1800's in maritime Eastern Canada.  It incorporates bits of fluffy wool, or locks of fleece, into hats, mittens, and more to make an extra-warm lining for added comfort.  But, there is now a faster, easier, more enjoyable way to make this extra lining.  We will investigate traditional thrumming and then make a simple ear warmer using roving/top to learn this technique.  

Student to bring:  16” circular needles, a size 4 and a size 6
                              3 stitch markers
                              Large-eye yarn needle
Approximately 110 yards worsted weight wool yarn (5 sts/in) 
If possible, come to class with 104 stitches cast on to the size 4 needle, join the round with a marker, and knit about ¾” to 1” of 2:2 ribbing.

MORE ABOUT SUSIE: Susie and her husband, Dan, own SuDan Farm in Canby, Oregon. She is a shepherd, shearer, fiber artist, an enthusiastic lamb and wool promoter. 


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TAPESTRY BEADED BAG

Instructor: Joan Contraman of Crosspatch Creations, Corvallis, MT
Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 9:00 a.m. — Noon.

Location: Hailey Armory, 701 S. 4th Street (Hailey)
Cost:  $98, materials are included
Skill Level:  All Levels

This class is for everyone—the experienced weaver or the person who has never woven before will do equally well in this class.  Students will make a small woven bag on a portable loom.  Learn to warp the loom, weave using tapestry and how to incorporate bead-weaving techniques.  Each student will receive a loom and a tapestry threads kit with the class.

MORE ABOUT JOAN: Crosspatch Creations raises sheep, dyes, creates blends, and cards signature batts in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.  Crosspatch Creations enables Joan to pursue her love of working with this noble animal and to be able to produce the flock of her dreams. The business has allowed her to support the flock as well as produce a medium soft lusterous fiber, that not only I would like to spin, but also other hand spinners to enjoy spinning. 


BOTANICAL DYES - FLOWER PETALS AND DYEING KETTLES

Instructor: Diana Lasa Blair - Going to the Sun Fiber Mill - Kalispell, MT
Date: Friday, October 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Grange Hall, 609 S. 3rd Street (Hailey)

Cost: $85
Skill Level: All Levels

The Navajo dyeing techniques will be taught, including over-dyeing and combination dyeing on yarn and fabric.  Winter storage and fermentation tips will also be shared.  If weather and time permits, participants will experience a “walk-about” to identify natural dye plants in the area.  We suggest students bring a brown bag lunch.

MORE ABOUT DIANA: Diana hails from Going to the Sun Fiber Mill, located in the beautiful Flathead Valley in Kalispell, Montana. Their custom woolen mill is named after the well known Glacier National Park road that winds steeply up and over its wild and rugged mountains.


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NUNO FELTING

Instructors: Jon Ortgiesen & Cholpon Djumabaeva, Gig Harbor, WA
Date:  Friday, October 7
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Hailey Armory, 701 S. 4th Street (Hailey)
Cost: $95
Skill Level: Beginner to experienced

Make a beautiful scarf using Nuno felting techniques and Merino wool, silk, bamboo, skeleton leaves, and fleece locks.  Easy and fun with fantastic results!

 


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DEMYSTIFYING COLOR

Instructor: Joan Contraman of Crosspatch Creations, Corvallis, MT
Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m

Location: Hailey Armory, 701 S. 4th Street (Hailey)
Cost: $55
Skill Level: All levels

Color is the most important design element in any item you make, whether hand spun yarn, knitting, weaving or quilting.  Poorly chosen colors can ruin your final project no matter how well it is made.  This class will cover traditional color schemes and how to recognize them.  We will share ideas of where to find color inspirations, and students will make up several of their own colorways in class.

MORE ABOUT JOANJoan has owned and operated her spinning fiber business, Crosspatch Creations for the last 18 years and her fiber blends are sold nationwide in over twenty stores and internationally.  Joan has been teaching spinning, weaving and dyeing classes since 1985. 


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BEEN SPINNING LONG?

Instructor: Lonna Alexander-Steele,  McCall, ID
Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 1:30 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Ellsworth Inn  - 
702 3rd Avenue S.  (Hailey)
Cost: $70
Skill Level: Experienced spinners only, please.  Spinners should bring their own wheel in good working order.

Delve into the world of spinning luster long wools and learn the best preparation and use of these fibers.

MORE ABOUT LONNA: Lonna is a fiber artist and instructor living in Idaho who refurbishes and repairs, looms, spinning wheels and fiber working tools.  She has written for Spin-Off magazine and taught at numerous festivals and fiber arts venues throughout the United States.


"A STOP  ALONG THE TRAIL" (Wool Pillow)

Instructor: Sun Valley Fabric Granary Staff - Susan Coons
Date: Friday, October 7

Time: 10:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m.
Location: Sun Valley Fabric Granary, 122 S. Main Street (Hailey)

Cost: $140
Skill Level: Beginner to experienced

Learn how to use wool for applique by making a 16”x20” wool pillow depicting a sheep camp along the trail in the Wood River Valley.  Tuition fees include materials, pattern, and instruction. The pattern is an original design by Valley resident, Susan Coons.  Students may want to bring a brown bag lunch.

MORE ABOUT SUSAN: Raised and educated in Missoula, MT, Susan began sewing in 4-H at a young age. After graduating college, she taught Home Economics. A self-taught quilter, she was influenced in appliqué by the late Jean Ray Laury and Elly Sienkiewicz. Since then, appliqué in many of its forms has become her passion. Susan has a ten-year long history of teaching appliqué in the Wood River Valley.


SATURDAY CLASSES - OCTOBER 8, 2016


FELTED NECKLACE AND EARRING

Instructor: Joan Contraman of Crosspatch Creations, Corvallis, MT
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time:  9:00 a.m. -- Noon.

Location: Hailey Armory, 701 S. 4th Street (Hailey)
Cost: $60
Skill Level: Beginner to experienced  
                                                                 

Wool felt is the oldest known fabric. In this class, students will learn wet felting techniques.  One of the nicest things about felt jewelry is that you can make big impressions without weighing you down.  Students will learn how to form felt beads,
to embellish them, and how to string them with other accent beads. 

MORE ABOUT JOAN: Crosspatch Creations raises sheep, dyes, creates blends, and cardssignature batts in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.                                                                                                 


BEGINNING DROP SPINDLE


Instructor:  Jennifer Green of Desert Garden Farms, Weiser, ID
Date:  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time:  9:00 am – Noon

Location: Hailey Armory, 701 S. 4th Street (Hailey)
Cost:  $50
Skill Level:  All levels - children welcome!


Learn to spin your own yarn using a drop spindle.  Class will cover spindle basics, drafting
techniques, yarn finishing techniques, fiber preparation and more.  You will receive a student drop spindle and some American-grown wool fiber as part of the class. 
                                         


FROM FIELD TO STUDIO - HOW TO CLEAN WOOL FLEECE

Instructor:  Elizabeth “Liz” McCabe, Buhl, Idaho         
Date:   Saturday, October 8, 2016, 
Time:  10:00 am – Noon
Location:  Grange Hall, 609 S. 3rd Street (Hailey)
Cost:  $70.00  
Skill Level:  All levels

Learn the steps of taking fleece from shearing to clean, lustrous wool ready for carding, spinning, or felting. Liz is a southern Idaho sheep rancher, and offers her insight into getting the best (and cleanest!) fiber results from our wooly friends. 


 SHIBORI DYEING

  Instructor:    Lonna Alexander-Steele, McCall, Idaho
  Date:  Saturday, October 8, 2016
  Time:  1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  Location:    Sun Valley Center – Hailey 314 2nd Avenue S. (Hailey)
  Cost:  $65

  Skill Level: All levels
            
 Learn methods of dyeing fabric with manipulation to form patterns and
 interest in  fabrics.  Wool, silk and wool fabric scarves will be used for this
 traditional Japanese technique.


FELTED SOAP        

Instructor:  Brandy Vernay Henson, Riggins, Idaho
Date:  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time:  1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location:  Hailey Armory – next to the Folklife Fair
Cost:  $45
Skill Level:  All levels - children welcome

Take your soap to a new level by felting an all-natural blend of wool and alpaca fiber   around it!  Not only is this a great introduction to the mechanics of fiber felting, this project will also leave you with two bars of handmade, medicinal soap that have extra exfoliating punch - perfect for scrubbing your body, and gentle enough for your face. Your felted soap can be used like any other soap, but it will last longer, won’t leave soap scum on dishes and will continue to smell wonderful as alpaca and wool are naturally odor-resistant and anti-bacterial.  


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MAKE YOUR OWN DESIGNER BUTTONS

Instructor: Joan Contraman
Date: Saturday,  October 8, 2016
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Location:  Hailey Armory, Next to Folklife Fair, Hailey, 
Cost:  $70

Skill Level:  All levels

Learn to make different designer buttons to match your favorite handmade sweater, quilted jacket or woven vest.  Students will make marbled, image transfer and collage buttons in this class.  They will be introduced to various cutters, glazes and techniques in this fun and fast-paced class.

 

 

SIMPLE WOOL DYEING AND FELTING

Instructor:  Elizabeth “Liz” McCabe, Buhl, Idaho
Date:   Saturday, October 8, 2016, 
Time:  1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location:    Grange Hall - 609 S. 3rd Avenue (Hailey)
Cost:  $75
Skill level:   All levels – children welcomed!
   

A fun and easy process for dyeing wool fiber and felting it for many uses including coasters, tablemats, and scarves.

                

 


SUNDAY CLASSES - OCTOBER 9, 2016


NEEDLE FELTED ANIMALS

Instructor: Sun Valley Needle Arts Staff
Date:
Sunday, October 9
Time: After the parade about 1:00 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.
Location:
Sun Valley Needle Arts, 190 First Avenue North (Ketchum)
Cost: $75
Skill Level: All Levels

Needle felting is a process originally developed for making industrial felt. Barbed steel needles are moved in and out of loose woolen fiber to create a matted felt fabric.  To create three dimensional shapes, more wool is added and the needle is jabbed at specific points, either deeper or more shallow, depending on the intended shape.  Students will felt a little barn owl or an Idaho bluebird.  Both are adorable standing on a table, or suspended from a wire or string.  (Please no children—these barbed needles can be very painful if a finger is hit!) 


WOOL SCISSOR KEEPER

Instructor: Susan Coons
Date:  Sunday, October 9
Time:  1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Sun Valley Fabric Granary, 122 S. Main Street, (Hailey)
Cost:  $90
Skill Level:  All levels

This fun project, the Scissors Keeper is the perfect size to hold your favorite pair of embroidery scissors. The Scissors Keeper is the perfect gift for the sewing enthusiast who has it all or for someone just starting out. Fits just right as a gift inside a stocking or a gift bag with a sampling of wool, pearl cotton and new needles.

 


Refund Policy:  Refunds for Fiber Classes will be issued until 12:00 noon on September 28, 2016.  A $5 fee will be assessed and only the class cost (but no original processing fees) will be refunded. Thank you.