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Workshops

General Info:Kids Workshops

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.

 


                       

Presenter Date/
Time
Class Title Price Description
         

Rue Meeks-Johnston

Location:
4-H Building - behind the Exhibit Hall

Sat.
9:30-12:30
Dyeing Blanks for Rainbow Socks $50 ($30 workshop fee + $20 materials fee) Rainbow yarns are featured in so many designs, but so hard to find! Learn to paint engineered rainbows stripey socks, and more all on high quality superwash merino with Rue Meeks-Johnson, the designer behind Kama Suutra Fiber Arts

I’m inspired by the work of designers like Kaffe Fasset, and a Knitting Anarchist. I love the dark and moody as well as the floral. I study butterflies and bugs and feathers to find the colors beneath the colors. . As a knitter, I want brilliant, self-striping yarns that are soft! I want them in superwash. I want them from local indie dyers. I want them to have a small carbon footprint. When I began making yarn in 2008, there wasn’t a single yarn like that on the market. Noro didn’t have their sock yarns out yet, and indie dyers were wonderful, but seemed to all dye in the skein. I started out making self-striping yarns paired with semisolids as coordinates. Then self-stripings with more self-stripings as partners. They’re beautiful, no lie. They’re soft, and bright, and pure yarny goodness. It’s a labor of love, and it takes a lot longer than I can charge for. It’s art, because I’m always thinking about the finished project…what are you going to make from this yarn? How will the fabric drape & stretch? How will the color runs behave in you’re knitting in the round? If you’re knitting a triangle shawl? If the row count is 72? What if it’s 64? What about 128? My knitting and painting adventures are always linked, always ongoing, always happy to be shared. <3

 

 

       

Jill Horton-Lyons

Location:
The Stage

Sat.
10-11
Caring for Angora Rabbits $15 ($10 workshop fee + $5 materials fee) Printed materials and grooming tools will be present, as will several angora breeds, with both adults and babies. Fiber samples, yarn and a few projects will be shown, too. We'll cover: selecting a bunny grooming- how much, how often housing (outdoor, indoor, free range) feeding nail trimming common health problems and how to handle them.

Jill farms in Colrain MA. She's a dyer, spinner and weaver, and has raised angoras for twenty-five years.

 

 

 

       

Kristen Walsh

Location:
4-H Building - behind the Exhibit Hall

Sat.
10-12
Wet-Felted Flowers $20 + $15 materials fee Learn the art of wet felting realistic blooms

Kristen Walsh has dabbled in many things creative her whole life. She has been exploring fiber for many years – first knitting, then spinning and finally felting. Kristen has been earning attention for her felting, winning prizes at the Old Saybrook Arts Show and Glastonbury Arts Show in Connecticut, selected as a Best in Show finalist at the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia and having work selected for publication in Fiber Arts magazine. Kristen also enjoys teaching and find 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, at art centers, schools and senior centers, fiber festivals and fiber shops. Kristen sees no end to the possibilities with felting. She hopes to continue exploring felting through continued teaching as well as creating her own felted figures and other art work. Kristen’s work can be seen on her website: www.scrapfelt.com.

 

 

       

Ashley Martineau

Location:
Building - behind the Exhibit Hall

Sat. 11-2 Spinning Art Yarn $30 (workshop fee) In this class we will be learning how to ply handspun yarn using 2 unique plying techniques to create fun textures! We will be spinning low-whorl, high-uptake, bulky yarns. The bigger your orifice and bobbins, the easier the learning curve will be for you. ""- Spinning wheel with a large orifice (the larger the better!) - Your bulkiest flyer head - 2 extra bobbins (the bigger the better!) - Niddy Noddy - Scissors Supplies Required: - 2 Homework Yarns (see below) - Strong thread or fine yarn for plying (cotton crochet thread works well). When you pull on this thread or yarn it should not break. Novelty yarns like eyelash and nylon work well too. Commercial mohair is also a good option. The thread you bring WILL show in all your yarns, so bring something that matches with the homework yarns below. Homework Yarn Instructions. Please note that over twisting is KEY and will add stability to each of your plied yarns. We will be balancing the overtwist as we ply. If your yarn is not overtwisted it will fall apart when plying. So please overtwist all your homework yarns. Little lumps and bumps of collected twist is GOOD! These yarns should feel firm with twist. For Yarn #1 (Coiled Technique) please bring 100-200 yards of overtwisted handspun single, still on the bobbin, not set. This yarn can be in the DK/Sport/Worsted weight range but if you have a really bulky wheel feel free to go bigger. The plying technique we will use for this yarn will cut the yardage by 60%, so if you bring 100 yards you'll end up with about 30 yards of completed yarn. For Yarn #2 (Twists Technique) please bring 60-100 yards of overtwisted handspun single, still on the bobbin, not set. This yarn can be in the Chunky/Worsted weight range, but if you have a really bulky wheel feel free to go bigger. When we are done spinning this yarn it can be worn as an infinity scarf! So please spin up a color that you would love to wear around the fair for the rest of the day so you can show it off!
Ashley Martineau is the author of "Spinning and Dyeing Yarn," and has been spinning art yarn for 10 years - but never the same skein twice! Ashley currently lives near Boston and when she isn't blogging she dabbles in photography, graphic design, painting, knitting and pottery. Her YouTube channel of spinning and fiber art tutorials has had nearly a million views. She is self-taught and still has no idea what she'd major in if she went back to college. Her biggest dream is to live in a small cabin with a panoramic view of the Central Cascade mountains in her home state of Oregon.

 

 

 

       

Kristin Walsh

Location:
4-H Building - behind the Exhibit Hall

Sat. 1-4 Layered Landscape $30 + $15 materials fee Learn techniques that make trees and rocks look almost 3 dimensional. Then, we’ll create another landscape that is layered on top of the first. You’ll be amazed at the outcome. Experience helpful but not necessary.

Kristen Walsh has dabbled in many things creative her whole life. She has been exploring fiber for many years – first knitting, then spinning and finally felting. Kristen has been earning attention for her felting, winning prizes at the Old Saybrook Arts Show and Glastonbury Arts Show in Connecticut, selected as a Best in Show finalist at the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia and having work selected for publication in Fiber Arts magazine. Kristen also enjoys teaching and find 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, at art centers, schools and senior centers, fiber festivals and fiber shops. Kristen sees no end to the possibilities with felting. She hopes to continue exploring felting through continued teaching as well as creating her own felted figures and other art work. Kristen’s work can be seen on her website: www.scrapfelt.com.

 

 

 

 

 

       

Rue Meeks-Johnston

Location:
4-H Building - behind the Exhibit Hall

Sat. 1:30-4:30 Dyeing Blanks for Self-Striping Shawls $30 + $25 materials fee Self striping yarns can be knit into stunning shawls. Create a self striping palette in the colors of your dreams on a high quality superwash merino/cashmere blend yarn with Rue Meeks-Johnson, the designer behind Kama Suutra Fiber Arts

I’m inspired by the work of designers like Kaffe Fasset, and a Knitting Anarchist. I love the dark and moody as well as the floral. I study butterflies and bugs and feathers to find the colors beneath the colors. . As a knitter, I want brilliant, self-striping yarns that are soft! I want them in superwash. I want them from local indie dyers. I want them to have a small carbon footprint. When I began making yarn in 2008, there wasn’t a single yarn like that on the market. Noro didn’t have their sock yarns out yet, and indie dyers were wonderful, but seemed to all dye in the skein. I started out making self-striping yarns paired with semisolids as coordinates. Then self-stripings with more self-stripings as partners. They’re beautiful, no lie. They’re soft, and bright, and pure yarny goodness. It’s a labor of love, and it takes a lot longer than I can charge for. It’s art, because I’m always thinking about the finished project…what are you going to make from this yarn? How will the fabric drape & stretch? How will the color runs behave in you’re knitting in the round? If you’re knitting a triangle shawl? If the row count is 72? What if it’s 64? What about 128? My knitting and painting adventures are always linked, always ongoing, always happy to be shared. <3

 

 

       

Theresa Drouin-Guerette

Location:
4-H Building - behind the Exhibit Hall

Sun. 10-1 Spindle Clinic $30 + $10 materials fee (please visit our website to learn more about the materials you will need to bring!) The Spindle Clinic is sure to have something for everyone! Our goal is to bring the Spindle Magic into your spinning!! We will begin with the basics of drop spindle spinning using the “park and draft method.” Included in the workshop will be discussions and demonstrations of various types of spindles, drafting and plying methods and spindle care. Participants will receive fiber, handouts, and suggestions for new and experienced spinners.
Terri learned a variety of fiber arts from her Mom at a young age. From that start grew a love of handcrafts and needlework, including knitting, crocheting, sewing, cross-stitch and many others. She began spinning in 2004 and very quickly developed a passion for her newest hobby. Terri demonstrates spinning in many different settings (living history events, schools, farm days, fairs, etc.) and is always happy to share her knowledge! As a result, she was selected to be a SOAR (Spin Off Autumn Retreat) Scholar in 2011. She has won many awards in various Skein and Garment Competitions, including Skein Awards from the Northeast Handspinners’ Association. She has recently published her first magazine article in The Wheel Magazine (published by Ashford Handicrafts in New Zealand).
     

 

 

 

Annie Foley

Location:
4-H Building - behind the Exhibit Hall

Sun 10-1 Learn to Knit Intarsia $30 + $15 Materials Learn to knit intarsia with WEBS Instructor Annie Foley. Learn how to change colors and trap your yarn to create seamless transitions in bold colorwork. In this class yo'll make one fingerless glove and be able to finish the pair at home.
Annie Foley learned how to knit after her first son was born in 2003 and has been obsessed with knitting ever since. Inspired by Elizabeth Zimmermann’s approach to knitting, Annie empowers her students to think about and understand what they are knitting and gain the skills necessary to adapt and move beyond following a pattern. With a Master’s degree in Consulting Teacher of Reading and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, Annie has the tools necessary to help students learn and grow in their knitting in a comfortable and positive way. Becoming as obsessed with knitting as Annie is not required, but is strongly encouraged! Annie is fearless in her knitting and has explored color work, lace, cables and steeking. Teaching is a way to incorporate two of Annie’s favorite things - teaching and knitting. Now, if only she could incorporate chocolate...
         

April Albrecht

Location:
4-H Building - behind the Exhibit Hall

Sun 10-1 Needle Felting Fairies $30 + $10 materials Learn how to achieve an ethereal quality with your needle felting while you create these simple yet elegant seasonal fairy ornaments. Beginners welcome.
Since she was a small child, April has been involved in crafting of one type or another. Heavily influenced by her grandmother's natural artistic talents, April began embroidery, latch hooking and, later, sewing simple dresses and costumes in her spare time. After the birth of her first child, during her search for natural and beautiful toys, April discovered needle felting. Since that time many sculptures, pictures, and toys have been made and gifted. April is fascinated by the many possibilities of wool and continues to share and learn new skills to improve her craft. She is now finding time, in between raising her three children, to finish college, read, and create. She looks forward to meeting and working with people from all artistic backgrounds.

 

 

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Send Workshop Registration Forms to:
Sara Delaney
251 Daniel Shays Hwy.
Belchertown, MA 01007
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