Black Sheep Gathering

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Friday Classes

All-Day Classes
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle – Diane McKinnon
  • Breed Sampler!: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em – Henry & Roy Clemes
  • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 1 of 2 - Terry Mattison
  • Dye Your Own Fiber – Allison Harding
  • Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations – Michael Kelson
  • Textural Nuno Samplers – Patti Barker
Morning Classes
  • Advanced Felting Textures – Loyce Ericson
  • Diameter Control – Judie Overbeek
  • Lustrous, "Springy", or Strong: Sample & Compare a Longwool, a Down Wool & a Primitive – Shelia January
  • Patterned Brioche – JC Briar
  • Short Row Magic!: Baby Hat – Harry Wells
  • Supported Spindle Spinning – Teresa Waldo
Afternoon Classes
  • Combing & Carding for Spinning Success – Shelia January
  • Creating Bumps & Bubbles – Judie Overbeek
  • Felted Buttons of Many Colors - Loyce Ericson
  • Flipside Awesomeness: Reversible Cables – Harry Wells
  • Grazing, Pastures, & Soil Health – "Doing it Right" – Woody Lane
  • Your first Stranded Colorwork – JC Briar

Saturday Classes

    All-Day Classes
    • Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist – Shelia January
    • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 2 of 2 - Terry Mattison
    • Dye Your Own Yarn – Allison Harding
    • Perfecting Your Plying – Judie Overbeek
    • Rigid Heddle Weaving: Using 2 Heddles for Twice the Fun – Di McKinnon
    • Stained Glass Shawl – Patti Barker
    Morning Classes
    • Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet – Teresa Waldo
    • Beginning Inkle Loom – Barbara diJeannene
    • Blending & Spinning Your Stash with Hand Cards – Michael Kelson
    • Drum Carding 101 – Henry and Roy Clemes
    • Fish Sticks or Chicken Tender Felted Pin Cushion – Loyce Ericson
    • Versatility with Cast-Ons – Harry Wells
    Afternoon Classes
    • Advanced Pick-up Inkle Weaving – Leslie Verts
    • Anything But Batts – Henry & Roy Clemes
    • Blending Fiber on a Hackle – Liz Palmer
    • Colorwork the Easy Way: Mosaic Knitting & Garter Slip Stitch – Harry Wells
    • Let's Do the Twist – Ruth Northrop
    • Viking Knit 4 Petal Bracelet – Teresa Waldo

    Sunday Classes

    All-Day Classes
    • Felted Hat with 3D Elements – Baya Batomunkueva
    • No Fault Weaving: Weaving for Texture and Color – Liz Palmer
    Morning Classes
    • Beginning Rug Hooking – Judy Taylor
    • Bountiful Beasts: Spinning Yak – Judith MacKenzie
    • Captivating Cotton with a Turkish Spindle – Wanda Jenkins
    • Entrelac Basics – JC Briar
    • Felted Sheep: Basic 3D Needle Felting – Miranda Rommel
    • Floating Cables – M K Nance
    • Intro to Blending Boards – Henry & Roy Clemes
    • Shearing on Your Own – Susie Wilson
    • Spinning a Beehive Coil – Allison Harding
    • The Americans – Linda Hansen
    Afternoon Classes
    • Beginner Wool Appliqué: Sheep Coasters – Belinda Mordhorst
    • Beginning Pin Loom Weaving – Hazel Spencer
    • Black Cat Gathering – Juneko Martinson
    • Bountiful Sheep: Blue Faced Leicester – Judith MacKenzie
    • Coil Wrap Basket – Jill Colbert
    • Design Your Own Shawl – M K Nance
    • Frac That! Fractal Spinning Fun – Linda Hansen
    • Loving Your Lace Edges – JC Briar
    • Short Steps to Long Draw – Ruth Northrop
    • Sock Obsessed: Naturally–Dyed Self Striping & Variegated Yarn – Michelle Russell & Meghan Maze
    • Spinning for Socks – Shelia January

Workshop Descriptions


Beginning Rigid Heddle
Diane McKinnon12 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $15 includes all yarns for class project, use of extra weaving equipment and tools during class, and detailed handout.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to make the most of the Rigid Heddle Loom! These wonderful looms make it easy to weave just about anywhere and anytime. They are a relatively inexpensive way to get into weaving and are lightweight, portable, and practical. They can be used to make everyday useful things such as hand towels to luxurious shawls for that evening at the opera. This class is designed to teach the soup-to-nuts of weaving on a Rigid Heddle loom. We'll cover how to select yarns and plan a project, how to prepare and calculate a warp, how to thread the loom, and how to weave the project. You will leave the class with a completed purse and the ability to use your Rigid Heddle Loom on your own to weave a variety of handwoven projects.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels from beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Rigid Heddle loom that is ASSEMBLED and ready to weave on. If you have any questions, please contact me to discuss it. All extra equipment that came with the loom, shuttle (instructor will bring extras), scissors, tape measure, pen/pencil. NO Harrisville Easy Weaver looms please (I've had some unassembled as well as really poor to completely unusable looms show up in class).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Diane McKinnon is an avid weaver and spinner who especially enjoys seeing her students discover their own potential as they have fun with fibers. Her first loom was a rigid heddle loom. She has a long history of weaving study. She teaches at BSG, NwRSA's annual conference, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and holds regular fiber classes at her home studio – The Thistle Patch Fiber Studio. She was selected as an Invitational Artist for 2012 at Oregon Flock and Fiber. Diane is an enthusiastic spinner and she uses her collection of looms to weave her special yarns into unique hand-woven items. She especially enjoys sharing the wonders of weaving with beginning weavers.
Breed Sampler: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $65 includes use of a carder; all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This workshop is designed around the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative from the National Livestock Conservancy, which aims to connect fiber artists with heritage breeds of sheep. The day begins with instruction on the use and safety of an electric drum carder, followed by an overview of the initiative and the wide variety of breeds available to the class. The fun then goes hands-on as each student selects the two breeds they will sample. Each student will receive 4 ounces per sample and earn a passport sticker for each breed. All carding will be done on our Elite Series Drum Carders with each student using their own electric carder. All materials, carders, and tools will be provided for use by the instructors.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate. While no carding experience is required for this class, the amount of carding that takes place during the day may be a challenge for someone that has never carded before. Some drum carding experience or having taken our Exploring the Drum Carder class is preferred.
STUDENTS BRING: None – but students should bring an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: A lifelong woodworker and small business owner, Henry has been building fiber equipment for almost 50 years and drum carders for over 40 years. He and his son Roy have introduced many innovations to the fiber community and their equipment is known for being not only thoughtfully engineered but visually pleasing and durable as well. They regularly consult and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers, and professional fiber artists in the use of drum carders for fiber prep.
Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 1 of 2
Terry Mattison12 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $50 – includes dye, dye chemicals, cardstock for samples, flagging for labeling, wool yarn, color blending cups, Ziploc® bags and notebook
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Build a dye book you can take home with you. Take the mystery out of the color wheel and free yourself to dye the color you want by learning a simple system of color blending! Using acid dyes and wool yarns, students will create over 100 samples for their own personal dye book (the more students, the more samples!). Along with a wonderful set of samples, each student will have the recipes and know-how to recreate each color on their own.
STUDENTS BRING: Apron, gloves, regular Sharpie® pen (no fat or skinny ones), two 1-gallon buckets for soaking yarn and washing samples, and scissors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Terry Mattison is an award winning spinner and weaver who claims dyeing is her first love! She has over 30 years as an industry professional, matching color for clients nationwide. She created and operated Rainbow Farms Pygora, a small fiber business specializing in dyed artisan style batts utilizing locally grown Pygora fiber for twelve years. Recently retired from both her day job and fiber vending, Terry now devotes much of her time creating her own work in her studio in Washington state.
Dye Your Own Fiber
Allison Harding10 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $35 – includes 12 ounces plus more of high-quality wool/wool blend fibers and more, dyes and use of equipment and detailed handouts. Additional fibers will be available for purchase at time of class. Students may bring some of your own CLEAN undyed fiber to dye if time and space is available. CLASS DESCRIPTION: Design and dye three different fibers plus 1 oz. samples of things like nylon sparkle for spinning or felting! Learn about random, gradient, painted, and palindrome versus continuous color repeats. Dye fibers differently or dye to coordinate for a bigger project. Allison will take you through each step from preparing your fibers to finishing the set dye with a little color theory for good measure!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: A love of color and yarn and fiber.
STUDENTS BRING: Old clothes or bring an apron, color inspiration photos, waterproof gloves, (instructor will provide powder free vinyl gloves, please bring your own if you have allergies).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Allison Harding (aka Fleebers) still remembers the pattern for her first knitting project at age 7, an orange acrylic scarf, which launched her into a lifetime love of all fibers. While working as the in-house costume designer for Studio East School for Performing Arts, Allison fell in love with teaching. She is now a published and an award-winning fiber artist who strives to explain not only the how, but the why of everything she does in fun and innovative ways. Allison loves ALL the colors and playing with pointy sticks.
Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations
Michael Kelson15 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $15 – includes all fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Much of the fiber we have access to as hand spinners comes to us in the form of combed top. Top is a worsted preparation and can spin a very dense yarn, which is great for hard-wearing items like socks or mittens, but what if we want to turn those beautiful hand dyed braids of fiber into loftier yarns for hats, scarves, or even sweaters? This class will explore techniques to introduce more air, loft, and bounce into our hand spun yarns. We will discuss drafting techniques for various fiber preparations, ways to modify our fiber preps, and using a yarn balance and other tools to measure our results. We will learn to evaluate our yarns to ensure that we get exactly the characteristics we want for projects we have in mind.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students should have a good working relationship with your wheel and be capable of spinning a consistent single.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, lazy-kate. Bring any tools you might like to use (handcards, mini-combs, blending boards, etc.), any fiber you would like to practice with, and note taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Michael Kelson is the coordinator of the annual Men's Fall Knitting Retreat and the Seattle Men Who Knit meet up groups. By day Michael is software professional, but on weekends he's usually out and about with his e-Spinner in tow. Michael has taught spinning classes at Weaving Works in Seattle, Abundant Earth Fiber Studio, and at fiber festivals across the Pacific Northwest including Madrona, Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival, Knot Another Fiber Festival, NwRSA Conference, and The Black Sheep Gathering.
Textural Nuno Samplers
Patti Barker20 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 Plus materials fee: $60 – provides kits with all materials required for the class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: An adventure in textural Nuno techniques – from simulated animal skins to roses and ruffles. We will entrap beads, and create raised shapes. This is one of my most popular workshops. Participants come away with six 10 x 10 samplers, printed instructions, and skills to use in creating any number of unique felted accessories or garments. I'll bring loads of examples showing how these techniques might be used.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience required.
STUDENTS BRING: One 2' x 8' rubber rug mat (be sure to get the ones with small holes); one gallon garden sprayer, sharp full sized scissors; at least two old towels, four table risers (optional) and wear comfy shoes.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Patti Barker is an award winning felt wear designer, teacher and author. She earned a BA degree in studio art, with a concentration in fiber at Western Washington University. All of her designs are produced with felted seams (no sewing). The fabric and the garment are created simultaneously, using wet felting techniques. What makes Patti's work unique is that she dyes most all of the elements in her designs, and spins complimentary art yarn to use as embellishment. To see more of her work, visit Patti lives in the San Juan Islands with her husband Rex and their parrot Baby Huey.


Advanced Felting Textures
Loyce Ericson15 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $30 – includes lots of wool, fabric and felting tools
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Are you ready for the next step in your felting? I'll teach you how to add texture to your felted hats, scarves, and bags. We will make intentional bumps, lumps, bubbles, ridges, ruffles and tucks in our sample pieces. You will leave the class with a double handful of techniques and new strategies for creating fascinating felt.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate to experienced felter. Students must have prior felting experience for this class.
STUDENTS BRING: Clothes that can get wet, a couple of old towels, a pair of sharp scissors and a plastic grocery bag to take home wet samples. Be aware that wet felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires upper body strength/health.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Loyce worked for 20+ years in high tech as a mechanical designer and then she took a personal and professional turn to follow her passion of making felt and teaching her craft. She has been making felt since 1999 and began teaching in 2001. Loyce teaches in her studio and nationally in places such as SOAR, OFFF and the BSG. She is a product oriented teacher, preferring to teach felting techniques as students produce a finished piece in class. Loyce approaches her classes as a time for fun and open creative expression and believes there is never only one way to make felt. Loyce loves color and texture when she makes felt. Her greatest delight is to see the smiles on her student's faces as their projects come together.
Diameter Control
Judie Overbeek20 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $12 – includes all fiber for spinning and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: From the finest lace-weight yarn to lovely bulky yarn and everything in between, you can create them all on your spinning wheel. It doesn't matter so much what wheel you have. It matters greatly how you adjust the wheel. This is a very focused topic but one which will set you free from whatever your "default" yarn might be. How wonderful it will be to have so much control that you can make a full range of yarn diameters just by adjusting the knobs and pulleys on your wheel. Once you get the hang of it you can make any yarn for any purpose.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: A great class for the beginner to intermediate spinner who wants more flexibility in their yarn choices – from fine to bulky, you can make them all on one wheel.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you know well in good working order, 3 usable bobbins, tensioned lazy-kate, maintenance kit and note taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Numerous instructors have illuminated some aspect of weaving, spinning or dyeing to help me along my path. My goal is to pass that help and knowledge along to those who want to learn these crafts. I have taken refuge in spinning, weaving and dyeing for over 40 years, incorporating the three disciplines into a single project whenever possible. A love of process and a deep desire to share my skills keeps me involved both as a student and a teacher. I live in NW Montana and teach spinning, weaving and dyeing throughout the Northwest.
Lustrous, "Springy" or Strong: Sample and Compare a Longwool, a Down Wool and a Primitive
Shelia January15 students
Friday, June 26 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $17 – includes all fiber for spinning in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Are you spinning in a fine wool rut? Do you wonder how to make the most of some of the fleeces and wool that have tempted you but can disappoint when spun? In this class we will work with a Longwool such as Wensleydale, Teeswater, Lincoln, Cotswold or Gotland; down wool such as Dorset, Cheviot, Southdown or Hampshire; and a primitive wool such as Shetland, Icelandic, Finn or Jacob. Each will respond differently to different spinning techniques and methods. You may discover a new favorite type of wool.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a consistent single.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working order – if you have a Woolie Winder, please bring your standard flyer as well, 3 or 4 empty bobbins, lazy-kate, medium TPI hand cards if you have them (several pairs will be available for use in the classroom).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Shelia January has been a knitter since she was 8 years old and growing up on a farm in Oregon, following on the heels of embroidery and crochet a couple years before. Knitting saved her sanity while attending college, while working for 28 years in the financial services industry, and finally while preparing to retire to her own farm in Oregon, where she lived with yaks, sheep, cattle, chickens, cat and husband. Shelia became a spinner 18 years ago, has studied extensively in the US and Canada, and now collects spinning wheels as well as yarn. She knits and designs with her handspun yarn as well as with commercial yarn, and has taught spinning and knitting at, retreats, shops, conferences and fiber festivals worldwide. Shelia's writings and patterns have been published in The Knitter's Book of Wool, Fiber Gathering and The Knitter's Book of Yarn, and in Spin•Off and Ply magazines.
Patterned Brioche
JC Briar25 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Materials fee: none – handouts are provided.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take plain brioche rib; mix in some increases and decreases, and what do you get? Gorgeous patterning! Leaves and branches, feathers and faux cables: all created by increasing from one stitch to three (or five) and decreasing from three or (five) to one. Take this class to learn how to work these magic increases and decreases, to minimize bulk at the decrease points, and to choose the correct decrease for the effect you want. Focus on working patterned brioche in a single color, avoiding the fuss of dealing with a second color. No prior brioche experience – you'll pick up tips for forming the fabric, following instructions, fixing mistakes, and casting on and binding off effectively. And you'll walk away with the start of a reversible scarf.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Basic knitting skills – no experience knitting brioche required.
STUDENTS BRING: Smooth, plain/light colored worsted-weight yarn, size US 6 needles (4mm); crochet hook size G/6.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: A self-confessed "technique freak" and "skill junkie," JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye. JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops, through her book, Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity and beauty.
Short Row Magic! – Baby Hat
Harry Wells20 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee $1 – printed materials
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Inserting short rows can create angles, curves, and add additional shaped ease in areas like collars and busts. In this class you will learn and practice two methods of short rows, and then watch the magic begin as you knit an adorable baby hat on straight needles, achieving the entire rounded shape with short rows and no seaming.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students should be able to accomplish long tail cast on, knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, YO without assistance.
STUDENTS BRING: For working swatch exercise in class, bring DK or worsted wt yarn with needles you normally use with that weight yarn, and locking stitch markers or knitters pins. Homework completed prior to coming to class. Purchase Aviatrix pattern by Justine Turner on Ravelry (you do not have to be a member to purchase a pattern) and bring your copy to class. Link to pattern:
HOMEWORK: Using DK weight yarn in a color you desire for a baby hat and US Size 4 needles – cast on 41 sts: Row1: [K1, P1] to last stitch, K1 Row2: [P1, K1] to last stitch, P1 Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have worked a total of 8 rows – leave on your needles with the yarn attached and bring to class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry. In 2010, he retired from being a university professor to pursue his passion for knitting full time, including managing Northcoast Knittery from 2010-2017 and teaching a myriad of classes at knitting conferences and fiber festivals. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience. Harry enjoys designing knitwear and accessories with an aesthetic that emphasizes texture and linear flow. Check out his designs and knitting blog at Harry is knitteryninja on Ravelry, @harrywellsknits on Instagram, and Good for a Boy Knitting on Facebook.
Supported Spindle Spinning
Teresa Waldo15 students
Friday, June 26, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee $15 – all fiber samples used in class, extensive handouts, spinning bean bag and spindle bowl
CLASS DESCRIPTION: You spin to relax, right? Well come learn this ultimate relaxing way to spin – SUPPORT SPINDLING! You can do this with your feet up lying in bed, or even while driving (well not anymore with the distracted driving laws). Did you know any fiber can be spun on a support spindle? In this class the instructor will give you a wealth of information on supported spindling and will take you step by step through the process of spinning on a support spindle. And yes, you will have the hang of it before our time is up. You will also have the chance to try different fibers, different spindles and spindle bowls.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must have some spinning experience on either a wheel or spindle, and be able to spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: No advanced preparation required. Please bring a support spindle and bowl to class if you have them. Instructor will have some for use in class if you do not have them.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Teresa Waldo combines her passion for teaching with her passion for crafting. She taught elementary and special education for 30 years and has taught adult crafting for 10+ years. Teresa has been knitting since age 5 and fell down the spinning rabbit hole 17 years ago. Teresa loves sharing her excitement for anything fiber related with others and has a keen ability to break a skill down into manageable steps. She makes sure all her students are successful and that they leave with a new skill. Teresa has taught knitting and spinning classes in shops around the Pacific Northwest and at regional conferences. She resides in Auburn, Washington and is a member of NwRSA, Arachne Guild, South Sound Knitters Guild, Moonspinner's Guild, Yarning for Community and Covington Knitworks.


Combing and Carding for Spinning Success
Shelia January15 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $10 – includes fiber to be used in class and the use of cards, combs, drum carder and blending board brought by instructor.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Do you wonder if you need hand cards, combs, or both? Do you have hand cards, and/or combs that you wish you knew how to use or want to be more comfortable using? We'll look at the various types of both as well as the types of fibers that work well with the various types of each. We'll also look at color blending on hand cards, a blending board and combs.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able to spin a consistent singles yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Hand cards or combs (if you have them), a limited number will be available for use in class, a spindle or wheel for sampling if time allows.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Lustrous, "Springy" or Strong – Sample and Compare a Longwool, a Down Wool and a Primitive in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Creating Bumps and Bubbles
Judie Overbeek20 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $12 – includes all fiber for spinning and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Making boucles (bumps and bubbles) in your yarn is wonderful fun and results in an endless variety of textured yarns to use in weaving or knitting. We'll learn several different techniques in this class using handspun singles with sewing thread as binders.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate – should be able to spin a consistent single and manipulate plying easily.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you know well in good working order, 3 usable bobbins, and tensioned lazy-kate, maintenance kit, fine metallic threads if you have them and note taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Diameter Control in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Felted Buttons of Many Colors
Loyce Ericson17 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $20 – includes lots of wool and felting tools
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this wet felting class students will learn to create unique buttons using a wide array of techniques. We'll wrap wool around plastic buttons, sticks, beach glass or broken pottery. We will create colored, layered wool logs then cut them to show off the different colors. We'll create laminated fabric collages and install them on metal button bases.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginning to experienced felter.
STUDENTS BRING: Clothes that can get wet, a couple of old towels, a pair of sharp scissors and a plastic grocery bag to take home wet samples. Be aware that wet felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires upper body strength/health. FRIDAY, JUNE 26, AFTERNOON CLASSES Winter 2020 / 31
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Advanced Felting Textures in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Flipside Awesomeness: Reversible Cables
Harry Wells20 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee $3 – printed materials
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Cables are lovely…until you flip them over. In this class you will learn two methods of making cables reversible. Many examples of cables – rope, lozenge, Celtic braid, horn, and more – are covered in their regular versions and in their reversible versions with step by step exercises. What can and cannot be made reversible is discussed. Participants will be given several sample stitch patterns to knit up.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: should be able to accomplish long tail cast on, knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, and be able to do a basic rope cable, such as C4F, C6B, etc, without assistance. Familiarity with cable charting is also expected.
STUDENTS BRING: A cable needle, preferably straight. Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn, size 7 needles (or whatever size you normally use for worsted weight yarn). Students are encouraged to bring stitch dictionaries with cable patterns if they have them.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Short Row Magic! – Baby Hat in Friday morning's listing for bio.
Grazing, Pastures and Soil Health – "Doing it Right"
Woody Lane30 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus materials fee: $11 – handout packets
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is a very practical workshop on how to create sustainable pastures for your sheep and goats. We'll cover the principles of good grazing, especially sustainable grazing: when to open the gate, when to move the animals off the pasture and how many animals a pasture can support. We'll discuss different types of forages and how to identify them, choosing the best forages for your place, how to use fences, place water and minerals, etc. Also practical guidelines to improve and maintain healthy soils – what those fertilizer numbers mean; when and what to add. We'll also include time for discussion about your farm.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels are welcome – beginner to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Soil tests if you have them.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Woody Lane is nationally known as a livestock and forage specialist from Roseburg, Oregon. He teaches courses in forages and livestock nutrition, facilitates three forage study groups for farmers, and writes a popular monthly column "From the Feed Trough" for The Shepherd magazine. A popular speaker across the continent, Woody has written two books: From the Feed Trough: Essays and Insights on Livestock Nutrition in a Complex World and Capturing Sunlight – Skills and Ideas for Intensive Grazing, Sustainable Pastures, Healthy Soils and Grassfed Livestock. Woody is the president of the Oregon Forage and Grassland Council. Woody earned his PhD and MS degrees at Cornell. In the 1980s he was the Sheep Extension Specialist for the University of Wisconsin.
Your First Stranded Colorwork
JC Briar25 students
Friday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Materials fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you always admired stranded colorwork, but been too intimidated to try it on your own? Ease into it with this class! Learn how to follow a colorwork chart and manage 2 yarns at once while creating smooth, unpuckered fabric. Learn about "color dominance", and how to use it to your advantage. Discover the difference between stranded colorwork and Fair Isle. See how you can fix mistakes with duplicate stitch. And practice by knitting a simple, unshaped cowl in worsted weight yarn.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to knit in the round.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted-weight yarn in two contrasting colors (approximately 80 yards of each if you intend to complete the cowl); one US 7 (4.5mm) circular needle, 16" long, and stitch markers.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Patterned Brioche in Friday morning's listing for bio.


Judge: Jacob Reister
Reister Farms
Washougal, Washington

Reister Farms was established in 1957 in McMinnville, Oregon and is now a third generation farm located in Washougal, Washington.Read More.


Judge: Bonnie Pember Naumann
Bandera, Texas

Bonnie Pember Naumann was born and raised in Bandera, Texas and she grew up showing Angoras and judging wool and mohair with her local 4H program. Read More.


Wool , Mohair and Alpaca Judge: Judith MacKenzie
Forks, Washington

She has worked as a textile artist for many years. As a spinner, dyer and weaver, she has traveled and worked throughout North America and abroad. Read More.


Judge: Jane McLean
The Dalles, Oregon

I’m Northwest Regional Spinners Association trained. I have helped judge at NwRSA Conferences. Read More.