2017 Wool Fest Classes & Workshops

*Register early as these classes will sell out.  Pre-registration is required.
Registration opens July 1, 2017.

 

 

THURSDAY CLASSES - OCTOBER 5, 2017

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LOOPY FRINGE SCARF

Instructor: Sun Valley Needle Art Staff
Date:
Thursday, October 5
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location:
Sun Valley Needle Arts, 190 First Avenue North (Ketchum)
Cost: $100
Skill Level: Advanced beginner (must know how to cast-on, knit and purl stitches). 
Knit a versatile scarf that can be worn as a cowl or a long scarf. Combining a multi-colored, wool yarn and simple garter stitch, this project features a unique and easy way of making looped fringe on row ends. Participants must know how to cast-on and make a basic knit stitch. Please contact SV Needle Arts directly for a basic knitting supply list. Just call 208-928-7620.

FRIDAY CLASSES - OCTOBER 6, 2017

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TAPESTRY BEADED WEAVING

Instructor: Joan Contraman
Date: Friday, October 6
Time: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Location: Hailey Grange Hall, 609 S. 3rd Ave. (3 blocks north of the Folklife Fair)
Cost:  $115, materials are included
Skill Level: Beginner to experienced

Make a small woven bag on a portable loom.  Learn to warp the loom, weave using tapestry techniques and incorporate bead-weaving. Each student will receive a loom, tapestry threads, and bead 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. 

SHIBORI DYEING TECHNIQUES

Instructor: Lonna Alexander-Steele - McCall, ID
Date: Friday, October 6
Time: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Location: Community Campus 1050 Fox Acres, Hailey

Cost: $70
Skill Level: No experience necessary

Using Japanese methods dating back to the 8th century, learn to dye a wool-blend scarf by manipulating the cloth with shirring, folding, and clamping techniques to produce interesting patterns of color and texture. Participants should dress for mess (whichmay be permanent!), bring good rubber or nitril gloves, note-taking and labeling materials, and plastic bags for transporting damp projects. 

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.

FESTIVAL INSPIRED HAT

Instructor: Maryly Mattewman
Date:   Friday, October 6
Time: 9:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.

Location: Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres, Hailey
Cost: $85
Skill Level: All levels - Children welcome!
With a motley mix of colors, Nupps, corrugated rib, a row of texture stitches, and iconic symbols, this knit hat is the instructor’s interpretation of the Winter 2012/2013 cover photo of Wild Fibers magazine.  Students will not finish this project in class, but will be off to a great start by learning various techniques including color work. As a bonus, Maryly will be in the Valley all weekend if students need extra help.  Participants should bring: 16-inch circular needles in sizes 6 to 8 to obtain a gauge of 5 stitches per inch, worsted weight yarns in the colors of the festival (blues, reds, yellows, orange, purples, grey, off-white, etc.), and basic knitting supplies.

MORE ABOUT MARYLY: After using my hands for 36 years in a dental career I now have time to knit and design hats and mittens.  My passion is Latvian Mittens. All the tiny little colorful stitches and each pair is unique in design and message. My grandparents came from Latvia so it is just in my soul and I know there was a great knitter in my past. Where else do you get these passions?  A few years ago I took several workshops with Elizabeth Upitis the author of Latvian Mittens in Boston.’


TRUCK SHEEP PILLOW

Instructor:  Susan Coons
Date:  Friday, October 6
Time:  10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Location: Sun Valley Fabric Granary, 122 S. Main St., Hailey
Cost:  $145
Skill Level:  All levels

Make this charming pillow top or wallhanging using wool appliqué and hand embroidery techniques. Instructor Susan Coons is a favorite Valley designer and teacher, so sign up early to secure your place in her class! Class materials are included in the fees, BUT, please contact the Fabric Granary directly for a basic sewing supply list! Just call 208-788-1331 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

MORE ABOUT SUSAN:
                                         


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FELTED SHEEP POUCH 

Instructor: Joan Contraman
Date: Friday, October 6
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Hailey Grange Hall, 609 S. 3rd Ave. (3 blocks north of the Folklife Fair)
Cost: $75
Skill Level: No experience necessary. However class is intended for adults.

Using fun wet felting and embroidery techniques, students will make a charming, small pouch suitable for holding a cell phone, or other incidentals. This wet felting process is easily transferrable to other simple vessel shapes as well. No experience is necessary, however, this class is intended for adult students.

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. 

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HAND-DYEING YARNS

Instructor: Lonna Alexander-Steele
Date: Friday, October 6
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres, Hailey
Cost:  $70, materials are included
Skill Level:  All Levels

This class will focus on techniques used to produce a variety of graduated colors: variegated, rainbow-dyed, and tweed patterns on animal, silk, and other protein yarns. Students will also explore what happens when the base yarn is not white, and how to keep white in the color mix. Participants should dress for mess (which may be permanent!), bring good rubber or nitril gloves, note-taking and labeling materials, and plastic bags for transporting damp projects.

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.


SATURDAY CLASSES - OCTOBER 7, 2017

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NUNO FELTING

Instructor: Jon & Cholpon Ortgiesen
Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Location: Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres, Hailey
Cost: $95
Skill Level: All levels

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

MORE ABOUT JON & CHOLPON: "I was born in Issyk kul, Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. Taking from my heritage as a maker of felt items, my husband, Jon, and I have a small business. We design and make our felt hats, then decorate using a combination of hand and machine chain stitching. We also make our beautiful scarves from a combination of silk and wool."


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DESIGNER WOOLY SCARF

Instructor: Joan Contraman
Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Location:  
Hailey Grange Hall, 609 S. 3rd Ave. (3 blocks north of the Folklife Fair)
Cost: $95
Skill Level: Beginners and above

Experiment with a variety of dye techniques to create three simple wool-blend scarves. This class is designed with beginners in mind, and will open the door of possibilities in applying color to cloth.

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. 


FELTED SOAP

Instructor: Brandy Vernay Henson
Date: Saturday, October 7

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Hailey Grange Hall, 609 S. 3rd Ave. (3 blocks north of the Folklife Fair)
Cost: $50
Skill Level: Beginner to experienced

Felt an all-natural blend of wool and alpaca fiber around hand-made herbal soap. This class is designed for all levels of experience, and is open to children (ages 10 and under with an adult companion, please). Not only is this a great introduction to the mechanics of fiber felting, this project will also leave you with two beautiful bars of luxurious soap that have an extra exfoliating punch.

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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TURKISH DROP SPINDLE

Instructor: Jennifer Green
Date: Saturday, October 7
Time:  1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres, Hailey
Cost: $55

Skill Level: Beginner to experienced                                                                   

Learn to spin your own yarn using a Turkish drop spindle. This type of spindle is unlike round-whorl spindles in that the resulting ball of yarn has a beautiful wrapped appearance that makes it a lovely object in itself. Class will cover spindle basics, drafting techniques, yarn finishing techniques, fiber preparation, and more. Students will receive a Turkish drop spindle and American-grown wool fiber as part of the class.

MORE ABOUT JENNIFER: Jennifer Green is the head shepherdess at Desert Garden Farms.  She has been spinning for 10 years and knitting and crocheting for 9 years.  Jennifer has been teaching spinning in a variety of forms for the last 6 years.  She derives great enjoyment from passing on skills that date back to the beginning of textiles as well as sharing new and exciting skills.


FROM FIELD TO STUDIO - HOW TO CLEAN WOOL FLEECE

Instructor:  Elizabeth “Liz” McCabe, Buhl, Idaho         
Date:   Saturday, October 8, 2016, 
Time:  1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location:  
Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres, Hailey
Cost:  $75  
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. 

SUNDAY CLASSES - OCTOBER 8, 2017


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HAPPY DAYS HAT

Instructor: Sun Valley Needle Arts Staff
Date:
Sunday, October 8
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: Beginner to advanced

Using a simple seed stitch and bulky yarn, knit a cozy, oversized wool hat in record time! This is a quick and easy project that is perfect for winter weather and gift giving. Participants should know how to cast-on, knit and purl. Please contact SV Needle Arts directly for a basic knitting supply list. Just call 208-928-7620.


SHEEP DITTY BAG

Instructor: Susan Coons
Date:  Sunday, October 9
Time:  1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location:  Sun Valley Fabric Granary, 122 S. Main Street, Hailey
Cost:  $75
Skill Level:  All levels

Make this adorable small bag using wool appliqué and hand embroidery techniques. Instructor Susan Coons is a favorite Valley designer and teacher, so sign up early to secure your place in her class! Class materials are included in the fees, BUT, please contact the Fabric Granary directly for a basic sewing supply list! Just call 208-788-1331 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

 


Refund Policy:  Refunds for Fiber Classes will be issued until 12:00 noon on September 1, 2017.  A $5 fee will be assessed and only the class cost (but no original processing fees) will be refunded. Thank you.