Workshops

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2017 Workshops:
Listed alphabetically by title:

Appalachian Hearth Broom (Besom) Making
Friday AM:  9 A.M.-12 P.M.
Robin Goatey
Original Appalachian hearth brooms were not flat nor made with wire.  Robin will teach students how to craft a Hearth Besom the old way: with twine, a stick, and broomcorn (some grown at Robin’s Oak Knoll Farm).  Students will leave with a finished broom to take home.  Workshop fee covers all materials needed for making a finished broom and use of tools during workshop.  Tools will be available to purchase after workshop is completed.
Prerequisites:  None.
Material fee:  None. Minimum age of student:  15
Materials Student Provides:  None.
  
Beaded Wire Bracelet
Friday AM:  9 A.M.-12 P.M.
Courtney Mussatt

Create a custom bracelet from wire and beads that you, and your friends, will love.  See different styles and options, then jump right into your own bracelet.  You will leave the workshop with a completed bracelet as well as the tools and skills to create more!
Prerequisite:  Knowledge of casting on, knitting, purling.
Material fee: $10 Minimum age of student12
Materials fee includesWire, metal needles, beads, jump rings and clasps.
Materials Student ProvidesNone.

Cable Knitting 101
Saturday PM:  1 P.M.-4 P.M.
Courtney Mussatt


Learn to knit cables! Courtney will cover yarn and needle selections, cabling to the front and back, and reading charts.  Participants will put their new knowledge to practice in the workshop to master techniques, learn how to fix cabling mistakes, and start a cabled headband.  Headband pattern provided.
Prerequisite:  Confident in casting-on, knitting, purling.
Material fee: $5 Minimum age of student:  12
Materials fee includesCable needles and stitch markers.  Use of spare yarn and needles, highlighter tape.
Materials Student ProvidesWorsted weight yarn and appropriately sized needles (approximately US 7-9), recommended yarn is wool or superwash wool, it will hold its shape better when knit into a headband.
  
Contemporary Rug Hooking
Friday PM:  1 P.M.-4 P.M.
Theresa Goatey
What can you use for rug hooking besides strips of wool?  Lots of stuff!  This workshop is perfect for beginners, and even for more experienced rug hookers who would like to experiment with a lot of different materials.  Participants will receive a kit which includes a simple pattern and all equipment and materials needed to get started.  Students will likely not finish the project during the workshop, but will have everything needed to complete it at home.  Students will get to test out a two-tiered hoop during the workshop.  At the completion of the workshop, participants will be given the option to purchase an upgrade from the simple embroidery hoop that is included in their kit.  
Prerequisites: None.
Material fee:  $15 Minimum age of student:  15
Materials fee includes:  Pattern for 2 coasters printed on backing, materials to hook the project, a 7” embroidery hoop, rug hook, tapestry needle and finishing instructions. 
Materials Student Provides:  None.

Crocheted Charts: Snowflake Earrings
Friday AM: 9 A.M.-12 P.M.
Susan DellaRocco


Did you know that crochet charts and symbols have existed all over the world for more than 100 years?  These symbols may look daunting at first but once you learn them, you can make a pattern written in any language even if you don’t speak it!  In this workshop we will be learning several crochet chart symbols and what they mean as well as the direction you crochet for flat or round pieces…all while making a swatch and a pair of snowflake earrings!  The materials fee covers all your supplies (except a small pair of scissors)
Prerequisites:  Must have basic crochet knowledge of: chain, single crochet, double crochet, and working in the round.
Material fee: $15 Minimum age of student:  18
Materials fee includes:  Participants will receive a copy of the Complete Guide to Symbol Crochet book, 2 crochet hooks, yarn, and materials for the earrings.
Materials Student Provides:  Scissors, darning needle.

Demystifying Lace - CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Friday PM: 1 P.M.-4 P.M.
Kathy Sparks
Participants will both learn about spinning lace weight yarn, and knitting lace objects.  The word lace evokes fear in many lovers of fiber, but it shouldn’t.  This workshop will explore a variety of fibers suitable for creating yarns to be used for lace knitting.  Lace refers to the pattern not the fineness of the yarn or the size of the needle.  Once the participant’s yarn is spun, students will take a look at the various methods of knitting instruction, resulting in lace patterns.  The spun yarn will be used to produce a basic sampler of lace stitches, providing students with the confidence and the skills needed for future lace knitting projects.
PrerequisiteIntermediate knitting and spinning skills.
Material fee:  $16 Minimum age of student:  16
Materials fee includes:  All handouts, and fiber for spinning and a small skein of yarn for knitting.
Materials Student Provides:   Spinning wheel, drop spindle (optional), niddy noddy and/or nostepinne for winding a ball, straight size 4, 5, or 6 knitting needles, approx. 200 yards of a 2 ply sport weight yarn.  Pen/pencil, paper.

DIY Stitch Markers
Friday PM:  1 P.M.-4 P.M.
Courtney Mussatt
Explore ways to make your own custom stitch markers for knitting or crocheting.  Participants will make three different types of stitch markers.  Materials used will be flexible beading wire, headpins, and a variety of beads. Students will leave the workshop with at least a dozen stitch markers and the skills to create many more! 
Prerequisite:  None.
Material fee: $10 Minimum age of student12
Materials fee includesFlexible wire, headpins, eyepins, jump rings, beads, crimps.  Various pliers and other tools available for use in workshop.  
Materials Student ProvidesNone.

Dyeing with Lichens
Friday AM: 9 A.M.-12 P.M.
Kathy Sparks
Explore the world of this little understood plant and discover the amazing colors that can be obtained from these common forest dwellers.  This workshop will investigate colors from lichens native to the Midwest and those which may be collected on your travels.  We will also explore the wonders of some amazing complex dye procedures that can result in phenomenal colors. 
Prerequisite:  None.
Material fee:  $20 Minimum age of student18
Materials fee includes:  All fiber and dye stuffs.  Participants will receive a folder containing:  lichen samples for ID purposes, record cards for yarn samples, handouts covering the Dye Methodology used in the workshop, Lichen Biology, a compendium list of Indiana lichens and other handouts pertaining to the workshop.
Materials Student Provides:   Students should wear clothing that they don’t mind getting dye on or bring a protective garment.
  
E-commerce Photography
Saturday AM:  9 A.M.-12 P.M.
Robin Goatey
Do you want to take amazing photos of your goods to help them sell quickly?  This workshop will teach students to learn to control depth-of-field and lighting to capture depth and clarity so objects stand out against a neutral background.  Participants will learn how to edit and adjust size to fit different online platforms.  Instructor will have a laptop, projector, and mini studio lights for demonstration.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in using a computer/camera.
Material fee:  None Minimum age of student:  15
Materials Student Provides:  Not required, but students may bring their own laptop, camera and items to photograph.  Recommended Software and Hardware: Laptop, any version of Paint Shop Pro, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 8.0 MP Digital Camera.

Fiber Wrapped Bangle Bracelets - CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Saturday PM: 1 P.M.-4 P.M.
Heather Bussell
Add some fluff to your bling!  During the workshop students will use a variety of fiber materials and wire to make a stack of five bracelets.  Heather will also discuss basic wire working and embellishment techniques. 
Prerequisite:  None.
Material fee:  $10 Minimum age of student13
Materials fee includesFive bangle bracelet blanks, wire, beads, embellishments, a variety of fibers to complete your bracelets (wool, silk, roving, handspun yarn).
Materials Student Provides:   None.

Hot and Cold Dyeing
Saturday AM: 9 A.M.-12 P.M.
Dave Broughton
Not all dyes are created equal.  Students will explore two kinds of dyes: acid dyes for animal fibers and cold water dyes for plant fibers.  Participants will test out kettle dyeing and ice cube dyeing techniques for a true hot and cold dyeing experience!  Students will take home their own dyed skeins at the end of the workshop.
Prerequisite:  None.
Material fee:  $25 Minimum age of student15
Materials fee includes:  Two 100 gram skeins of yarn for dyeing.  For use during workshop: microwave, dye cups/tools/applicators, and all dyes needed for dyeing.
Materials Student Provides:  Students are required to wear old clothes and/or an apron in case of dye spills.

Knitting in Reverse - CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Friday PM:  1 P.M.-4 P.M.
Heather Robinson
Bobbles, entrelac, and tiny short rows can be tedious with knitting just a few stitches before turning.  Learning to knit backwards eliminates all the turning and helps you to work the patterns with ease and eventually with speed.  Participants will learn the tricks to knitting, purling, and making basic increases and decreases, all of them backwards!
Prerequisite:  Confident in knitting, purling, simple increases and decreases.
Material fee:  None. Minimum age of student13
Materials Student Provides:   Worsted weight yarn and appropriately sized needles (approximately US 6-8).

Kumihimo Beaded Jewlery
Saturday PM:  9 A.M.-12 P.M.
Heather Bussell
Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making.  Students will learn how to set up a kumihimo disc and bobbins to create a basic 8-strand round braid with beads.  Heather will discuss the variety of fibers, cords, patterns, finishing techniques, and tools to use to create a variety of beautiful kumihimo jewelry.  Students will leave with a completed necklace of colorful beads, cord, and chain.
Prerequisite:  None.
Material fee:  $20 Minimum age of student13
Materials fee includesKumihimo disc and bobbins, beading needle, choice of beads, choice of chain or cord, choice of clasp, findings, and lengths of S-lon cord to complete project.
Materials Student Provides:   None. 

Needling with Anita:  3-D Needle Felting
Saturday AM:  9 A.M.-12 P.M.
Anita Akins
Participants will learn the basics of needle felting with roving and barbed needle while making a turtle pincushion.  Students will learn how to add their own touches to their finished project.   Note:  Needle felting is done with a very sharp needle, and it is a possibility that you will prick you finger. 
Prerequisite:  Ability to hold a sharp felting needle.
Material fee:  $15 Minimum age of student12
Materials fee includes:  Needle for felting, roving (colors and amount needed for project), foam to work on, items to finish project, little felting kit, written instructions
Materials Student Provides:   None

Spindles of the World: Spinning for Beginners
Saturday PM: 1 P.M.-4 P.M.
Robin Goatey
Drop spindling styles differ throughout the world.  In this workshop students will practice on three different support spindles:  Navajo Spindle, Tibetan Spindle, and the Compromise Russian Spindle.  All of the spindles have a non-traditional hook on the end making them easy to learn and utilize.  The workshop fee covers fiber needed during the workshop and each student will also be given 1 spindle (their favorite kind) to take home.  Additional spindles and bowls will be available for purchase after the workshop. 
Prerequisites: None.
Material fee:  None. Minimum age of student:  9
Materials Student Provides: None.

Sun Prints and Cold Water Dyeing
Saturday PM:  1 P.M.-4 P.M.
Dave Broughton
Participants will be learning how to hand paint cotton and other plant fiber yarns and add some interesting effects with cold water dyes. We’ll also explore SolarFast, a great new tool for solar printing on fabrics using objects and photo negatives for your own fiber art fashion statement.
Prerequisite:  None.
Material fee:  $25 Minimum age of student15
Materials fee includes:   Two 100 gram skeins of yarn and 1 cotton T-shirt.  For use during workshop: microwave, dye cups/tools/applicators, and all dyes needed for dyeing.
Materials Student Provides:  Students are required to wear old clothes and/or an apron in case of dye spills.

Wet Felted Scarf: Cascade of Leaves
Friday PM: 1 P.M.-4 P.M.
Patti Hodge
Wet felting involves friction to turn loose fiber into a solid fabric.  Participants will be using roving, soap, water, and their hands to agitate and roll the projects, so be prepared for a workout!  Techniques will include laying out and shaping the fiber to form leaves and vines which students will then bring together into their very own decorative scarf. 
Prerequisite:  None.
Material fee:  $20 Minimum age of student16
Materials fee includes:  Hand dyed roving, bamboo mat, rubber mat, soap, and use of tools, bubble wrap, soap.
Materials Student Provides:   Bath towel.  Students should wear comfortable clothing, and a shirt with short sleeves or sleeves that easily roll up.