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Kids Workshops
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2017 Workshop detail and registration info will be posted by January 2017.
Please be sure to register for all workshops prior to their start times. The Registration Booth is located at the front of the Exhibit Hall.  Children’s workshops are open to all participants during the length of the workshop.  All adult workshops begin promptly when scheduled.  Adult workshops are for ages 15 or older. Children’s workshops require each child under 8 to have an adult helper at all times.

*Class fee is listed first followed by the material fee if appropriate.

 

 



Below are examples of workshops from the 2016 Sheep & Woolcraft Fair.
Presenter Date/
Time
Class Title Price

Kristen Walsh

 

  Needle Felted Freestanding Tree  
Description:
Lets make a tree!
Yes, a free standing tree. We’ll use foam, wire and wool to make a lovely tree. I’ll show you many ways to give your tree bark lots of texture. We’ll cheat a little on the leaves using either wool felt or felted wool sweaters.
Join me in my bunny class to make a cute animal to live under your tree!
Materials:
Foam pad may be brought from home, borrowed from instructor or purchased from instructor for an additional $8
Homework: None

Kristen Walsh has dabbled in creative things her whole life, exploring fiber for many years. She has been earning attention for her felting, winning Best in Show at the Old Saybrook Arts Show and the Creativity Award at the Marlborough Art Center, both in Connecticut. Kristen enjoys teaching and finds great satisfaction in helping people, who might not think they are creative, find the creative spark that she believes lives in all of us. She has taught out of her home, fiber festivals, fiber shops, schools and senior centers.
Learn more about Kristen at www.scrapfelt.com
Please contact Kristen at info@scrapfelt.com with any questions about this specific workshop.

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Donna Druchunas

 

  Amish Oval Rugs  
Description:
All levels. Beginners welcome! If you can do the knit stitch, you can make a knitted rug. Rugs provide a stress-free way to learn to knit. Even if you only know how to cast on and do the knit stitch, you can create stylish and functional rugs for your home. Since rugs are simple shapes, there are no armholes or necklines to shape, no buttonholes to remember, and no constant measuring to ensure proper fit. You can use your precious knitting to slow down and let your hands memorize the motions. Knitted rugs also provide a perfect palette for exploring creativity, experimenting with new types of yarns, and creating pieces of knitted art. If you’re looking for a challenge, you can create truly beautiful works-of-art while learning new skills. In this class, we will learn to make an oval knitted rug inspired by Early American braided rugs. Made from old rags, these early rugs represent frugality and parsimony, but their flamboyant colors speak of a love for beauty. This rug, made of garter stitch strips, gives you the chance to bring the classic braided look into your own home.
Materials:
Size 10 1/2 needles (straight, circular, or double-points ok), 3 skeins of different colors of Brown Sheep’s Burly Spun yarn, or equivalent super-bulky yarn, basic knitting tools.
Homework: None!

Donna is a prolific writer, with 9 knitting books already published, and beloved instructor with a passion for keeping knitting history alive.
Find our more about Donna and her work at www.sheeptoshawl.com
Please contact Donna at donna@sheeptoshawl.com with and questions about this specific workshop.

 

   
 

 

 

Nikki Gardner

 

  Photographing Your Textiles  
Description:
Learn how to light, style, and capture your beautiful handmade textiles with a digital camera. We'll cover basic camera and lighting settings (using both natural and artificial light), practice styling, set up a photo shoot, then capture it with your camera. Bring your digital camera to the workshop and be ready for a fun interactive photo workshop.
Materials:
Your digital camera and textiles to photograph.
Homework: None

Nikki Gardner is a Western Massachusetts based food and lifestyle photographer. She brings artistic vision and refined craft to each frame. Nikki loves capturing visual stories of food, people, and everything in between.
Find her online at www.nikki-gardner.com and www.artandlemons.com
Please contact Nikki at nikki@artandlemons.com with any questions about this specific workshop.

         

 

 

 

     

Kristen Walsh

 

  Needle Felted Bunnies  
Description:
Join me to make this adorable bunny. Learn how to fashion wool into this adorable little guy. Class will address working a standalone piece of wool (for ears) and also blending colors. ** Join me in for my tree class to make a cute place for your bunny to live.
Materials:
Foam pad may be brought from home, borrowed from instructor or purchased from instructor for an additional $8
Homework: None
Kristen Walsh has dabbled in creative things her whole life, exploring fiber for many years. She has been earning attention for her felting, winning Best in Show at the Old Saybrook Arts Show and the Creativity Award at the Marlborough Art Center, both in Connecticut. Kristen enjoys teaching and finds great satisfaction in helping people, who might not think they are creative, find the creative spark that she believes lives in all of us. She has taught out of her home, fiber festivals, fiber shops, schools and senior centers.
Learn more about Kristen at www.scrapfelt.com
Please contact Kristen at info@scrapfelt.com with any questions about this specific workshop.

 

 

       
 

Donna Druchunas

 

  Lithuanian Beaded Wrist Warmers  
Description:
Beads add a fabulous touch! Knowing just the basics of knitting, you can easily create colorful designs with beads. Using only garter stitch and learning how to read and work from beading charts, in this workshop, we will make beautiful jeweled wrist warmer cuffs that are inspired by those popular in Lithuania. We will also learn beautiful crochet trim stitches - with and without beads, for trimming the wrist warmers.

All levels. Beginners welcome!
If you can do the knit stitch, you can make these beaded wrist warmers.
Materials:
Beginner: 1 skein of Cascade 220 (or equivalent worsted-weight wool) in a medium or dark color, size 5 straight or circular needles
Intermediate: 1 skein of Koigu (or equivalent fingering-weight wool) in a medium or dark semi-solid color, or equivalent fingering weight wool yarn, size 1 straight or circular needles.
Advanced: 1 skein of a fairly heavy lace-weight wool yarn, something that has some body and is NOT cobweb weight, size 000 needles
Everyone: crochet hook same size as needles or close, basic knitting toolkit, (needle nose pliers optional) Homework: CO 30 sts and work in garter stitch for about 3 inches.
Make sure your stitches are tight and the fabric is firm.
If they are loose and the fabric is soft, try again with smaller needles.the swatch to class.

Donna is a prolific writer, with 9 knitting books already published, and beloved instructor with a passion for keeping knitting history alive.
Find our more about Donna and her work at www.sheeptoshawl.com
Please contact Donna at donna@sheeptoshawl.com with and questions about this specific workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

Heather McQueen

 

  Beginning Tunisian Crochet
Description:
Tunisian crochet combines a special crochet hook with familiar crochet stitches to make unique fabrics. Tunisian crochet stitches can mimic knit and purl stitches well enough to fool the seasoned knitter. Stitches can be bold and chunky or light and lacy. This workshop will introduce the four basic stitches, as well as how to start and end a piece. This is a techniques class; students will be provided with instructions to turn their swatch into a pouch if they would like a functional object.
Materials:
Please bring few yards each of 2 minimum, 4 maximum, colors of a light and solid colored worsted weight yarn. Please, no dark colors or variegated yarns, they make it too hard to see your work. Homework: Students should review and practice chain, single and double crochet stitches in the week prior to class, and should be able to confidently chain, and work into a starting chain, to make crocheted fabric from single and double crochet stitches without instruction.

Heather McQueen had been crocheting and studying different forms of crochet for 10+ years. She started off teaching basic crochet at WEBS - America's Yarn Store in Northampton, MA in the summer of 2013 and continues to teach basic crochet as well as intermediate, Tunisian, lace, motifs and other crochet classes there and at other venues around western Mass. While it started out as a way to fund the fiber habit, giving people the capacity to make beautiful things has become very important to her.
Please contact Heather at vireo99@gmail.com with questions specific to this workshop.

 

   

 

 

 

Katherine Johnson

 

  Beginning Tatting  
Description:
Did you know that tatted lace can be made with a needle rather than a shuttle? Learn the basics of needle tatting by creating a simple ring-and-chain edging. Needle tatting is relatively simple to pick-up and easily uses heavier, softer yarns like those typical in crocheting and knitting to make chunky, substantial lace with beautiful drape. Or you can use the strong, smooth cotton threads traditional to tatting, too. Even use your own handspun yarn! Needle tatting is so flexible, it opens up unique embellishment opportunities, or it can stand on its own. Add this technique to your needlework repertoire.
Materials:
None - all provided by instructor
Homework: None!
Katherine Johnson is a fiber fanatic, and making stuff out of yarn or wool or -- oh! let's try that grass out in the weed patch, maybe she can spin that and then make it into something! -- is a pretty big part of her life. She lives with her family in western Massachusetts, right nearby. It's hard for her to get her fingers quite, quite clean during gardening season, but she promises to try.
Please contact Katherine at katheroni7@gmail.com with questions specific to this workshop.
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Terri Guerette

 

  What Every Spinner Needs to Know  
Description:
Terri will cover the questions that surface most often for spinners (wheel or spindle), and will offer suggestions on how to overcome problems and issues on a range of spinning topics. Bring your questions or submit them ahead of time, Terri wants to be prepared with the necessary tools and supplies!
Materials:
Note taking supplies. A spinning wheel in good working order or your spindle(s).
Anything related to specific questions you may have.
Homework: Please email questions to Terri before the workshop
Terri learned a variety of fiber arts from her Mom at a young age. From that start grew a love of handcrafts. Terri has been demonstrating spinning and other fiber arts for many years and is always happy to share her knowledge! Terri has taught and demonstrated at a variety of venues, including Knit New Haven, Massachusetts Woolcraft Festival, Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival, New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival, Nutmeg Spinners’ Guild and the Eastern States Exposition, schools, museums, living history events, and farm days.
Learn more about Terri at www.TerriSpins.com
Please contact Terri at TerriSpins@gmail.com with questions about this specific workshop.

 

   

 

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