Beginning & Advanced Classes
2014 / 2015


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Classes by Date
12/05/2014Twined and Beaded Miniature Wire Basket
12/06/2014Intermediate Spinning 201
12/10/2014Fiber Basics for Fiber Artists
01/09/2015Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving
01/10/2015Advanced Beginning Weaving Projects Class
01/16/2015Double Weave Introduction Class
01/19/2015Beginning Spinning 101
01/21/2015Locker Hooking
01/22/2015Spinning on a Charkha Wheel
01/28/2015Beginning Weaving on a Floor Loom, Part I
02/13/2015Faux Ikat Scarf with Hand Painted Yarn on a Rigid Heddle Loom
02/21/2015Beginning Weaving on a Floor Loom, Part I
02/23/2015Beginning Spindle Spinning - Drop Spindles
02/28/2015Beginning Spinning 101
03/02/2015Spindle Spinning - Support Spindles
03/02/2015Decorative Starts for Kumihimo
03/13/2015Waffle Weave Etc. on a Rigid Heddle Loom
03/16/2015Decorative Finishes for Kumihimo
03/19/2015Mosaic Applique
03/30/2015Needle-Felted Woodland Animal - Stella the Deer
03/30/2015Beginning Spinning 101
04/01/2015Novelty Yarn 1 - Fat and Fancy
04/08/2015Novelty Yarn 2 - Mohair Fuzzy
04/15/2015Novelty Yarns 3 - Boucle, Loops and Beads
04/27/2015Needle-Felted Woodland Animal - Rascal the Raccoon
05/08/2015Mandala Design Made Easy
05/18/2015Needle-Felted Woodland Animal - Baby Opossum, Oliver
05/20/2015Intermediate Spinning 201
06/30/2015Planning a Weaving Project
06/30/2015Small Group Mentoring for a Floor Loom
06/30/2015Private Tutoring


Weaving
Class Instructor Cost Description Date Status
Beginning Rigid Heddle WeavingNancy Niemeyer$70 members
$95 non members
+ $10 loom rental fee if needed
Rigid Heddle Weaving is a great way to get started weaving in a simple way. Rigid heddle looms are inexpensive, portable and quick to warp. You will learn to direct warp a rigid heddle loom, learn the basics of weaving and create a beautiful plain weave scarf in 6 hours. Supplies needed: rigid heddle loom, direct warping peg, stick shuttles, heddle, and clamps to attach loom to table for warping. (Four loom kit rentals are available if you do not have your own loom. An additional $10 rental fee is payable to the teacher at class.) A list of yarn suggestions and other supplies will be sent prior to class. Bring lunch; half hour break included. Class limit: 5. You must email the teacher, Nancy Niemeyer, at niemeyern.@gmail.com, when you register so she can advise you about supplies.Friday, January 9, 9am-3:30pmOpen
Advanced Beginning Weaving Projects ClassPat Bennett$130 + $10 loom maintenance fee members
$155 + $10 loom maintenance fee non members

This class is for those weavers who want a refresher or have completed Beginning Weaving Parts I & II. Choose a Log Cabin table runner or an Overshot table runner as your project. The instructor will provide all details of the materials you will need to obtain before the first class. Bring a lunch. Class limit: 5 Saturday, January 10 & 17, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Open
Double Weave Introduction ClassCheryl MuckenfussPt A:$70; Pt B:$130 + $10 loom fee members
Pt A:$95; Pt B:$155 + $10 loom fee non members
$10 handouts fee to instructor. Students provide own materials.
Please Note: This class requires non-refundable deposits to the instructor (Part A: $35 members/$55 non-members – Part B: $65 members/$80 non-members) by NOVEMBER 15, 2014. This class is an introduction to 4 harness double weave, which will assist in preparing you for the upcoming Double Weave Workshop with Jennifer Moore. The sampler will include the various combinations of weaving double weave on four harnesses, such as two independent layers, tubular, two layers connected with a fold, switching layers, stuffed layers and double weave pick up. Theory will be covered as the various techniques are woven creating a sampler with the guidance of the instructor. This class is offered in two parts: Part A is for those who are more comfortable with an instructor to guide them with the winding of the warp and dressing the loom. Part B is the theory of double weave and the actual weaving of the samples. Participants are expected to provide the yarn for their warp and weft which are to be 5/2 mercerized cotton in two colors: the first color being a natural or a white and the second color being a high contrast to the first. A supply list will be provided in mid-December to all registered participants. The yarns may be purchased from Barb Gallagher, owner of the Weavers Loft. Bring a lunch. Class limit: 5. Part A: Friday, January 16, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Part B: Friday, January 23 & 30, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Open
Beginning Weaving on a Floor Loom, Part IJoy Thaler and Jo Ann Loftus$130 + $10 loom maintenance fee members
$155 + $10 loom maintenance fee non members
Materials fee payable to instructors
Do you think you have an interest in weaving? This 2-day class is designed to help you discover the magic, fun and endless possibilities of weaving. Students will be introduced to some of the basics of weaving, including basic weaving terminology, parts of the loom and how they work, and then progressing to winding a warp, dressing a loom and reading a draft. The instructors will guide students through this process to complete either a wool or bamboo scarf in plain weave or twill. Bring a lunch. Class limit: 5.Wednesday, January 21 & 28, 9:30am-3:30 pmOpen
Faux Ikat Scarf with Hand Painted Yarn on a Rigid Heddle LoomNancy Niemeyer$50 members
$75 non members

Prerequisite: Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving class or prior successful direct warping of your rigid heddle loom.
Learn to warp for a Faux Ikat (intentional pooling) scarf on a rigid heddle loom using hand-dyed sock yarn. You will use commercial sock yarn for the warp and weft. It must be dyed in a particular way for the technique to work so the instructor will recommend certain yarns along with instructions on how to recognize if yarns are dyed the way they need to be. The weft will be a solid color that coordinates with the warp. (A list of yarn suggestions will be sent prior to class.) You will learn to warp the loom in class, how to hemstitch at the beginning of the scarf and will begin weaving, You will finish the scarf at home. Bring lunch. Class limit: 5.
Class requires your own rigid heddle loom, a warping peg or equivalent substitute, shuttle, and clamps to attach loom to table for warping.
You must email the teacher, Nancy Niemeyer, at niemeyern@gmail.com, when you register so she can advise you about supplies.
Friday, February 13, 10am-2pmOpen
Beginning Weaving on a Floor Loom, Part IPat Bennett$130 + $10 loom maintenance fee members
$155 + $10 loom maintenance fee non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
Do you think you have an interest in weaving? This 2-day class is designed to help you discover the magic, fun and endless possibilities of weaving. Students will be introduced to some of the basics of weaving, including basic weaving terminology, parts of the loom and how they work, and then progressing to winding a warp, dressing a loom and reading a draft. The instructor will guide students through this process to complete either a wool or bamboo scarf in plain weave or twill. Bring a lunch. Class limit: 5.Saturday, February 14 & 21, 9:30am-3:30pmOpen
Waffle Weave Etc. on a Rigid Heddle LoomNancy Niemeyer$50 members
$75 non members

Prerequisite: Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving class or prior successful direct warping of your rigid heddle loom.
Learn to use a pick up stick and make variations of waffle weave and honeycomb patterns with warp and weft floats for textured fabrics on the rigid heddle loom. We will sample a variety of techniques. Requires you own rigid heddle loom, shuttle and two pick up sticks. You will pre-warp your loom at home on your own and learn the waffle weave technique during class. Class limit: 8.
You must email the teacher, Nancy Niemeyer, at niemeyern@gmail.com, when you register so she can advise you about supplies and how to make a pick up stick.
Friday, March 13, 10am-2pmOpen
Private TutoringContact: Linda Rouse$130, 3 hour minimum members
not available non members

$10 loom maintenance fee + handout fee
Want to have one-on-one instruction at the Guild house with an experienced and knowledgeable instructor? Would you like a refresher on how to wind a warp and dress a floor loom from back to front? Set your own goals and find a schedule that works for you. Private tutors are available for weaving on a 4 or 8 harness loom. An instructor will be assigned based on instructor availability and time requested. Additional tutoring hours are available for $40/hour. Ongoing. Available until June 30, 2015Open
Small Group Mentoring for a Floor LoomCoordinator: Linda Rouse$120 + $10 loom maintenance members
not available non members
Student provides own materials. Handout fee if applicable.
This fee is based on 10 hours of instructor mentoring. Additional time can be arranged at a rate of $20/student for 2 additional hours based on 3 students. This program is set up for those wishing to advance their weaving abilities on a floor loom. Instructor will focus on the individual needs of the group, whether it’s winding a warp, dressing a loom or planning and implementing a project. Each group is no less and no more than 3 students. The members of the group will determine days and times in 2-hour sessions. Students are expected to complete the project on their own or with their group. An instructor will be assigned based on time and availability. Group size: 3 students minimum/maximum. Prerequisite: Must have taken Beginning Weaving, Pt I & II.Ongoing. Available until June 30, 2015.Open
Planning a Weaving ProjectCoordinator: Linda Rouse$40 for 2 hours + $10 loom fee members
not available non members

3 students minimum / maximum. Need help planning a weaving project? Meet with a weaving instructor to plan the weaving project of your choice. You will get help with calculating the amount of materials needed based on the project and materials to be used. Date and time TBD. An instructor will be assigned based on time and availability.Ongoing. Available until June 30, 2015.Open


Spinning
Class Instructor Cost Description Date Status
Intermediate Spinning 201Pat Maley$110 members
$135 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
If you have just learned to spin, if you want to learn how to improve your spinning or if you want to learn the tricks of spinning yarn to the size and texture that you want, this is the class for you. You will spin a variety of fibers, learn to make the wheel do what you want it to, and learn to control the size and type of yarn that you spin. Bring a lunch.Saturday, December 6 & 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Open
Beginning Spinning 101Pat Maley$170 members
$195 non members
Materials fee payable to the instructor
Spinning is a relaxing way to obtain yarns for use in weaving, knitting and crocheting and making braids and tapes. In these sessions, you will learn the basics: wheel mechanics, drafting fiber and spinning on a wheel. The course includes an introduction to several fibers and a discussion of various types of wheels. You will learn how to ply yarn and how to finish the yarn you have spun. Use a Guild wheel or bring your own. Bring a lunch.Monday, January 19, 26, February 2 & 9, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Open
Spinning on a Charkha WheelPat Maley$50 members
$75 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
A charkha spinning wheel is very portable and great for spinning bottom and down fibers. We will have book, briefcase, and table top charkhas in class. The class will cover set-up and maintenance of the various charkhas. You will learn to spin, ply, and how to reverse the spindle for right or left drafting. Bring your own charkha or use one of the few Guild charkhas, available on a first call basis. Bring lunch.Thursday, January 22, 10am-2 pmOpen
Beginning Spindle Spinning - Drop SpindlesPat Maley$40 members
$65 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
Do you want to learn to spin but don't have a wheel? This is a class for beginners that will teach you to spin on drop spindles, making spinning fun and portable. It's an easy and inexpensive way to spin a lot of yarn in the little bits of time scattered throughout the day. You will learn to use the various types of drop spindles that allow you to spin several kinds of longer fibers while you sit, stand and walk. Bring any spindles that you have to class. Spindles will be available to use in class.Monday, February 23, 9am-12pm Open
Beginning Spinning 101Pat Maley$130 members
$155 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
Spinning is a relaxing way to obtain yarns for use in weaving, knitting and crocheting, and making braids and tapes. In these sessions, you will learn the basics – wheel mechanics, drafting fiber and spinning on a wheel. The course includes an introduction to several fibers and a discussion of various types of wheels. You will learn how to ply yarn and how to finish the yarn you have spun. Use a Guild wheel or bring you own. Bring lunch.Saturday, February 14, 21 & 28, 10am-2pm Open
Spindle Spinning - Support SpindlesPat Maley$40 members
$65 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
Once you have learned to spin on a drop spindle, the next step is spinning on a support spindle. Support spindles are used for cotton and down fibers like cashmere, yak, camel and bison, as well as very fine silk and wool yarns. You will learn the drafting and twisting techniques used with several types of small support spindles as well as the large Navajo-type support spindles.Monday, March 2, 9am-12pmOpen
Beginning Spinning 101Pat Maley$130 members
$155 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
Spinning is a relaxing way to obtain yarns for use in weaving, knitting and crocheting, and making braids and tapes. In these sessions, you will learn the basics - wheel mechanics, drafting fiber and spinning on a wheel. The course includes an introduction to several fibers and a discussion of various types of wheels. You will learn how to ply yarn and how to finish the yarn you have spun. Use a Guild wheel or bring your own. Bring lunch.Monday, March 16, 23, & 30, 9:30am-1:30pmOpen
Novelty Yarn 1 - Fat and FancyPat Maley$40 members
$65 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
Learn the basics of making novelty or fancy yarns. You will make thick, spiral, slub, and spiral-slub yarns in this class. These yarns can be used as package ties or incorporated as accent yarns in knitting and weaving. They are the base for other, more complicated yarns.Wednesday, April 1, 9am-12pmOpen
Novelty Yarn 2 - Mohair FuzzyPat Maley$40 members
$65 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
This class covers the mohair novelty yarns that are fluffy and fuzzy or that cover a core. Learn to spin three fancy yarns using mohair fiber from the Angora goat. These yarns will maximize the characteristics of the mohair fiber and can be used as accent yarns in weaving and knitting or as yarn for an entire garment.Wednesday, April 8, 9am-12pmOpen
Novelty Yarns 3 - Boucle, Loops and BeadsPat Maley$40 members
$65 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
These yarns include looped yarns, beaded yarn and yarns with inclusions. These are the most exotic of the novelty yarns.Wednesday, April 15, 9am-12pmOpen
Intermediate Spinning 201Pat Maley$110 members
$135 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
If you have just learned to spin, if you want to learn how to improve your spinning, or if you want to learn the tricks of spinning yarn to the size and texture that you want, this is the class for you. You will spin a variety of fibers, learn to make the wheel do what you want it to, and learn to control the size and type of yarn that you spin. Bring lunch.Wednesday, May 13 & 20, 9am-3pmOpen


Dyeing
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Felting
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Knitting
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Other Techniques
Class Instructor Cost Description Date Status
Twined and Beaded Miniature Wire BasketJanie Yates$60 members
$85 non members
$10 materials fee payable to instructor
Learn to make a simple miniature twined and beaded basket with handle from 26 gauge colored copper wire. Materials will be provided. Optional: Bring #6 glass seed beads in color of your choice. Bring a lunch. Class limit: 6Friday, December 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Open
Fiber Basics for Fiber ArtistsPat Maley$50 members
$75 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
This is a condensed course in the characteristics of fiber for fiber artists. Weavers, spinners, knitters and textile artists will study fibers that are natural and fibers that are manufactured. You will learn to identify fibers using the microscope and several other testing methods. You will study how these fibers react to dyes, heat and chemicals in order to preserve then or alter them artistically. We will cover the proper methods of care. Bring a lunch.Wednesday, December 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Open
Locker HookingJo Ann Abel$35 members
$60 non members
$2 materials fee payable to instructor
The process began with sheep herders hooking wool fibers into warm clothing and was brought up to date for use with cotton and other fibers to create rugs, table runners and mug rugs. It's exciting to use up your stash of cotton and wool fabric as well as your unused knitting and weaving yarns to create a multi-fiber inspiration. With no prior experience necessary, each participant will receive a free mug-rug grid and choose from baskets of fabric and wool strips to get started, as well as the loan of a needle. Want to become a "hooker"? The special needle and grid work for larger projects will be available for purchase. Jo Ann will bring samples of her award winning rugs, sold each year at the Fiber Arts Show. Bring lunch. Class limit: none. Optional: If you choose to bring your own fabric, a rotary cutter and mat will be available to cut fabric strips. Bring a pair of scissors.Wednesday, January 21, 10:30am-1pmOpen
Decorative Starts for KumihimoJanie Yates$80 members
$105 non members
$6 materials fee payable to instructor
Now that you have a basic understanding of how to do Kumihimo, it's time to learn some decorative starts to bring your braiding to the next level. In this class, you will make four short, simple braids, each with a different start. You will learn how to make two different wrapped loops, a braided loop, and how to start your braid blunt end and from a point. Bring a Maru Dai, 16 bobbins, and counter weight for braid. Bring lunch. Class limit: 6Monday, March 2, 9am-4pmOpen
Decorative Finishes for KumihimoJanie Yates$80 members
$105 non members
$7 materials fee payable to instructor
You've just made a beautiful braid. Now let's learn how to give it an equally beautiful and interesting finish. In this class, you will make four short braids and finish them with a wrapped ferrule. a Peruvian tassel, a needle looped end and a finish with jewelry bell caps. Bring a Maru Dai, 16 bobbins, counter weight for braid. Bring lunch. Class limit: 6.Monday, March 16, 9am-4pmOpen
Mosaic AppliqueGinny Bolte$70 members
$95 non members
$5 payable to instructor
In this class, you will learn how to do Mosaic Appliqué, a technique using small pieces of fabric to cover a base fabric. The end project will be a small purse. The technique will be practiced first using colored paper and concentrating on the design. Next, students will gather their stash of fabric and begin their mosaics, making design decisions about size of pieces and style of attaching them, such as free-motion embroidery, using netting, and so forth. Each student will make a 6"x9" lined purse with a sewn mosaic appliqué on the front side, attaching handles and a magnetic clasp. Three 2 hour classes will allow the student to progress toward the finished purse, while learning the mosaic techniques.
Bring scissors, Elmer's glue, ruler, small cutting mat and rotary cutter. A sewing machine will be used in the second and third classes. Other materials needed will be explained before each class. Class limit: 6.
Thursday, March 5, 12, & 19, 10am-12pmOpen
Needle-Felted Woodland Animal - Stella the DeerMichelle Christman$90 members
$115 non members
$8 materials fee payable to instructor
Prerequisite: Intermediate needle-felting experience.
Learn to needle-felt a whimsical woodland critter! Over a wire armature, we will use core wool and carded wool in lovely shades of tan, white and black to make a stately white tail deer, measuring 6.5" long and 6.5" high. Stella will also feature expressive black glass eyes and a jaunty scarf. The materials fee includes all wool, wire, floral tape and glass eyes needed to craft our doll. Bring needle-felting tools. A list of additional helpful supplies will be provided upon registration. Bring lunch. Class limit: 6.
Monday, March 23 & 30, 10am-2pmOpen
Needle-Felted Woodland Animal - Rascal the RaccoonMichelle Christman$110 members
$145 non members
$10 materials fee payable to instructor
Prerequisite: Intermediate needle-felting experience.
Learn to needle-felt a whimsical woodland critter! Over a wire armature, we will use core wool and carded wool batts in shades of black, gray and white to create a mischievous raccoon measuring 8" long and 4" tall. Rascal will feature intricate black wrapped wire paws and expressive black glass eyes. The materials fee includes all wool, wire, floral tape and glass eyes to craft your doll.
Bring needle-felting tools. A list of additional helpful supplies will be provided upon registration. Bring lunch. Class limit: 6.
Monday, April 20 & 27, 10am-3pmOpen
Mandala Design Made EasyCindy Sturdevant$60 members
$85 non members
Materials fee payable to instructor
A mandala design is typically circular with design elements radiating outward from a center point (similar to a kaleidoscope), creating radial balance or radial symmetry. There are many traditions that use the mandala to symbolize the cosmos, harmony, wisdom, or as an aid to meditation (e.g. rose windows, hex signs on Pennsylvania Dutch barns, Hindu and Buddhist art, etc.) In this class, we will learn to make several simple and/or complex mandala designs. Each circular design will be 12" in diameter. You will also learn to add color using a variety of colored pencil techniques. Your mandala designs may become a stand alone work of art or can function as a working pattern for a future fiber project including punch needle, rug hooking, tapestry, dyeing and quilting.
Bring #2 pencil(s), a good eraser, an assortment of colored pencils, a good pencil sharpener, standard compass, sharp scissors suitable for cutting card stock, and a 12" ruler. Bring lunch. Class limit: 10.
Friday, May 8, 10am-3pmOpen
Needle-Felted Woodland Animal - Baby Opossum, OliverMichelle Christman$110 members
$135 non members
$10 materials fee payable to instructor
Prerequisite: Intermediate needle-felting experience.
Learn to needle-felt a whimsical woodland critter! Over a wire armature, we will use core wool and carded wool batts in shades of pink, black, white and gray. Our baby opossum will hang from his tail, and measure 11" from pink tail to little pink nose. "Oliver" will also feature expressive pink wrapped wire paws and black glass eyes. Materials fee includes all wool, wire, floral tape,a nd glass eyes to craft your doll.
Bring needle-felting tools. A list of additional helpful supplies will be provided upon registration. Bring lunch. Class limit: 6.
Monday, May 11 & 18, 10am-3pmOpen