Friday Workshops

Early Bird pricing in effect until May 15th. 

Prices increase on May 16th.

Friday 9am - 11am

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Friday 9am - 11am

Instructor’s Name: Jennifer Davies

Instructor’s Business: Bur Oak Student

Instructor’s Website: www.buroakstudio.com

Name of Workshop: Knitting Needle Earrings 

Description: 

Create beautiful earrings out of knitting needles!  Learn how to use basic jewelry making techniques to make 3 pairs (6 total) of re-purposed earrings using cut parts of colorful aluminum knitting needles.  Instructor provides all tools and materials including options for ear wires from surgical steel to clip-on style. The earrings are perfect for gift-giving and lots of fun.  Bring some friends along for an easy and fun crafting experience! If you have a favorite pair of flat/bent nose pliers bring them to use.

 

Workshop Fee: $40

Items Included: All tools and materials are provided.

Items participant will need to provide: If you have a favorite pair of flat/bent nose pliers bring them to use.

Prerequisites: None

Total Length of time: 2 hours

Minimum Age: 8

 

Additional Info:  If you have family needles or hooks you want to incorporate you MUST contact Jennifer at least 10 days beforehand as she will not be able to cut them at the festival.  Additional fee applies and will be paid directly to Jennifer on the day of your workshop. For more details about using personal items email: buroakstudio@sbcglobal.net  

Friday 9am - 12pm

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Friday 9am - 12pm

Instructor’s Name: Robin Goatey

Instructor’s Business: The Dancing Goats

Instructor’s Website: www.TheDancingGoats.com

Name of Workshop: Woven Wall Hangings on the Tayet Dream Loom

 

Description: 

Create a decorative wall hanging and take a loom home with you to make more!  

Participants will learn “Weft Facing” and other techniques on the Tayet Dream Loom, which is designed to make weaving a wall hanging fun and easy.  The Loom is ‘Bout Warped’ with the ‘Stick’ serving as the Top Beam (things you’ll learn about in the workshop). When complete, the weaving is easy to remove from the weaving frame.  A loom, beater, shed stick, and Tapestry Needle is included with the workshop.

 

Workshop Fee: $90

Items Included: All items are provided. 

Items participant will need to provide: While yarn is provided to make the wall hanging, participants should also bring a variety of yarn weights in their preferred colors.  Dyed Long Wool Locks also add interest.

Prerequisites: Desire to learn.

Total Length of time: 3 hours

Minimum Age: 13

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Friday 9am - 12pm

Instructor’s Name: Luke Gilligan

Instructor’s Business: Wool Enthusiast

Instructor’s Website: www.woolenthusiast.com

Name of Workshop: Intro into Cables

 

Description: 

Knitting is full of different techniques that can completely change the item that you are creating.  One of these techniques is cables! Join Luke as he walks you through different styles and techniques when knitting cables. Participants will be starting simple with basic cabling, then will work through more challenging patterns, and learn how to work with amazing charts and motifs. With this workshop you will get many tips and tricks on how to work cables, knit without a cable needle, ensure amazing stitch definition, and how to incorporate cables into any pattern! By the end, you will have worked through multiple different motifs and will be prepared for any cabled pattern you knit in the future!

 

Workshop Fee: $35

Items Included: Many cabled motifs and copies of each of my cabled hat patterns for practice 

Items participant will need to provide: Yarn for swatching, knitting needles that correspond well with the yarn you will use, cable needle

Prerequisites: Know how to knit and purl

Total Length of time: 4 hours

Minimum Age: 7

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Friday 9am - 12pm

Instructor’s Name: Bex Oliger

Instructor’s Business: Hillcreek Yarn

Instructor’s Website: www.HillcreekYarn.com

Name of Workshop: Continuous Strand Weaving on Triangles, Squares and Rectangles

 

Description: 

Learn this magical technique for creating triangles, squares or rectangles of woven fabric that can be joined together to make shawls, scarves, pouches, rugs, pillows, etc.  Bex’s mother wrote THE book on this method! No measuring, warping, or math needed for this workshop. Finish a complete project in 3 hours! Try out Bex’s popular washcloth loom.  This workshop is a great way to learn more about continuous strand weaving with no initial investment in the loom and equipment. 

 

Workshop Fee: $65

Items Included: Workshop fee includes use of looms and tools, materials including yarn, written handout and instruction. Participants who purchase their loom will receive a $10 discount at time of purchase.

Items participant will need to provide: Scissors

Prerequisites: None

Total Length of time: 3 hours

Minimum Age: 12

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Friday 9am - 12pm

Instructor’s Name: Susan DellaRocco

Instructor’s Business: Starstruck Cat Yarn Studio

Instructor’s Website: www.starstruckcatstudio.com

Name of Workshop: Elegant Embroidery on your Knitting

 

Description: 

Elevate your knitting to another level by adding embroidery embellishments.  Participants will learn various embroidery stitches that can be used to add creative designs to knitted projects such as pillows, sweaters, shawls, and more.   

 

Workshop Fee: $35

Items Included: Handouts, tapestry needle, embellishments

Items participant will need to provide: Scissors & homework swatches

Prerequisites: None (knitted homework swatches can be made by someone else).

Total Length of time: 3 hours

Minimum Age: 14


Additional Info: Homework:  Students will be required to make two 6"x6" stockinette stitch swatches made out of worsted weight wool.  Swatches should be light in color and will need to be blocked.

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Friday 9am - 12pm 

Instructor’s Name: Mary Jo Harris

Name of Workshop: Distitch. What is that?

 

Description: 

“Distich” is a new knitting technique that is very creative.  To the casual eye it may look like traditional knitting, but every stitch works through 2 horizontal rows rather than one, producing a structure that is denser, sturdier, more complex, and with a lot of color patterning possibilities.  

In this class participants will learn:
How to do the Twin Loops Cast-On
How to Distitch Knit
How to Distitch Purl
How to make a neat Distitch edge
How to make a coaster or scarf using Distitch

 

Workshop Fee: $50

Items Included: Patterns and instructional handouts

Items participant will need to provide: One or two colors of Worsted Weight yarn, needles appropriate for the yarn OR NEEDLES ONE OR TWO SIZES LARGER, stitch markers, and your usual knitting supplies
Prerequisites: Knowledge of how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl

Total Length of time: 3 hours

Minimum Age: 12

Friday 1pm - 3pm

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Friday 1pm - 3pm

Instructor’s Name: Jennifer Davies

Instructor’s Business: Bur Oak Studio

Instructor’s Website: www.buroakstudio.com

Name of Workshop:  Needle & Hook Jewelry- Headpin Pendant Necklace

 

Description: 

Create a one of a kind pendant necklace using cut pieces of colorful, re-purposed aluminum knitting needles and crochet hooks!  All materials and tools are provided to make a handful of headpins full of metal, glass, ceramic, mineral, and shell beads, along with the parts of needles & hooks needed to complete the pendant.  Bring your favorite needle nose or conical pliers if you have them.

 

Workshop Fee: $50

Items Included: All beads, headpins, jump rings, necklace (chain or cord), and tools.

Items participant will need to provide: Bring your favorite needle-nose or conical pliers if you have them.

Prerequisites: None

Total Length of time: 2 hours

Minimum Age: 8

 

Additional Info:  If you have family needles or hooks you want to incorporate you MUST contact Jennifer at least 10 days beforehand as she will not be able to cut them at the festival.  Additional fee applies and will be paid directly to Jennifer on the day of your workshop. For more details about using personal items email: buroakstudio@sbcglobal.net

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Friday 1pm - 3pm

Instructor’s Name: Paige Shipley

Instructor’s Business: Good For Ewe 

Instructor’s Website: www.goodforeweyarn.com

Name of Workshop: Introduction to Brioche

 

Description: 

Brioche Knitting (also called the tuck stitch) creates a super-squishy fabric with a lot of design possibilities.  This workshop is a very gentle introduction to 2-color Brioche Knitting. Paige walks you through this great knitting technique using her own pattern: Baker's Cowl.  

 

Workshop Fee: $25

Items Included: Pattern, 1 handmade stitch marker

Items participant will need to provide: US Size 5-6 circular needles (24"), 100-200 grams of sport- DK weight yarn in 2 different/complementary colors.

Prerequisites: Confident in knitting and purling in the round, reading patterns. 

Total Length of time: 2 hours

Minimum Age: 12

Friday 1pm - 4pm

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Friday 1pm - 4pm 

Instructor’s Name: Mary Jo Harris

Name of Workshop: Knitting With Texture

 

Description: 

Everyone’s talking about texture!  Are you texture-rich or texture-poor?  Do you know what textured knitting is? How does one create texture in their knitting? In this workshop participants will discuss:
The definition of texture in knitting
Ways to create texture in knitting
When and where to use texture and, more importantly, NOT use texture

How to make a sampler or other item using texture stitches learned in the workshop
 

Workshop Fee: $50

Items Included: Samples for viewing in workshop, texture definition and guidelines, patterns, and a sampler pattern

Items participant will need to provide: 1 or 2 different colors of basic worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn), 16” circular needles in a size US 5 to 7, items for taking notes, stitch markers, your usual knitting supplies. 

Prerequisites: Knowledge of how to cast on, knit, and purl. 

Total Length of time: 3 hours

Minimum Age: 10

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Friday 1pm - 4pm 

Instructor’s Name: Luke Gilligan

Instructor’s Business: Wool Enthusiast

Instructor’s Website: www.woolenthusiast.com

Name of Workshop: How to Adapt Knitting Patterns

 

Description: 

We all have had the moment when you find the perfect yarn you want to use for a project, but then the pattern turns out to be a different weight. With this workshop, Luke will walk participants through adapting knitting patterns to different gauges, yarn weights, or even styles of knitting.
 

Workshop Fee: $35

Items Included: Notes and formulas for future use

Items participant will need to provide: Calculator and yarn in different weights

Prerequisites: Knowledge of how to knit/purl, cast on/bind off, increase/decrease, chart reading, and participants will need to have knit a few accessories

Total Length of time: 3 hours

Minimum Age: 7

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Friday 1pm - 4pm

Instructor’s Name: Claudia Brefeld

Instructor’s Business: Cedar Hill Fiber Farm

Instructor’s Website: www.cedarhillfiberfarm.com

Name of Workshop: Angora Rabbit Care and Fiber Harvesting

 

Description: 

A hands-on approach to all aspects of Angora rabbit care including selecting a rabbit, feeding, housing, handling, fiber harvesting and processing.  Claudia will supply rabbits for the workshop to give students rabbit handling experience, or students may bring their own rabbit. 

 

Workshop Fee: $55

Items Included: Angora care information sheets. 

Items participant will need to provide: Optional: Students may bring their own Angora rabbit for handling practice if desired. 

Prerequisites: None

Total Length of time: 3 hours

Minimum Age: 12

Friday 1pm - 5pm

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Friday 1pm - 5pm

Instructor’s Name: Thelma Goulet

Instructor’s Business: Thelma's Textiles

Name of Workshop: Setting Up a Weaving Project on a Floor Loom
(refer to Weaving a Scarf on a Floor Loom)

 

Description: 

Maximum participants will be 2 only (possibly 3 if you have your own loom, if you have your own loom, please contact us before you register for this workshop.)  The instructions will include:
1. Figure and calculate out the amount of yarn to use for warp and weft
2. How to use the warping board
3. How to dress a loom from front to back

The 2 floor looms are provided along with a warping board to practice. Yarn for all will be provided.  Participants will not be finishing the scarf during this workshop unless you take the 2nd day of this workshop.

 

Workshop Fee: $45

Items Included: Yarn, workbook, paper & pen

Items participant will need to provide: None

Prerequisites: None

Total Length of time: 4 hours

Minimum Age: 15

Additional Info: To finish and take home a scarf please take day 2: Weaving a scarf on a Floor Loom which is a continuation of THIS CLASS

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Friday 1pm - 5pm 

Instructor’s Name: Patti Hodge

Website: www.pattiscreativefelt.net

Name of Workshop: Wet Felting a Bird Pod

 

Description: 

Decorate your trees and enjoy bird song in your own yard!  This workshop will teach you basic traditional wet felting over a resist.  Participants will be using natural, undyed sheep fiber to form a seamless nesting pod for some lucky birds.  The wet felting process involves a directional layout of fibers, adding soap/water and agitation. In order to make a 3D project we will be using a resist, along with some fiber locks for decoration.  Patti is sure the birds will thank you with wonderful songs in your trees.  

 

Workshop Fee: $60

Items Included: Sheep Roving 5oz., a few locks, reusable resist, bubble wrap, plastic sheeting, pool noodle appropriate size, hanging materials

Items participant will need to provide: Small scissors, old bath towel, apron if desired  

Prerequisites: None.  Does require some standing.

Total Length of time: 4 hours

Minimum Age: 15

Friday All Day

9am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

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Friday All Day (9am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm)

Instructor’s Name: Christina Coghill

Instructor’s Business: CCspins and Things

Name of Workshop: Introduction to Eco Dyeing

 

Description: 

Dye fabric and paper with nature!  Eco dyeing has been in existence for centuries, and this class will teach you the basics.  We will be eco dyeing on wool, silk, and paper, using a variety of plants and flowers. You will make a wool cover for a journal, a silk scarf, along with beautiful eco dyed paper that you can make into anything you want! 
The instructor will provide all materials needed except for leaves and flowers from your area.  Bring a variety of leaves and flowers (all different sizes), so we can exchange and share them on our projects with others in the class.

Leaves that Print: peony, marigold, dandelion, lupine, sumac, bracken fern, oak, dahlia, smokebush, maples, walnut, marigold, Japanese Maple, Maples, eucalyptus

Flowers that print: hibiscus, dandelion, cosmos, passionflower, marigold, tansy, dahlia, gerber daisy, hollyhock, eucalyptus flower and seed pods, iris

 

Workshop Fee: $75

Items Included: Instructor will provide handouts with class information, all mordants used in the class, and all items needed to eco dye. Instructor will provide roasters to simmer items, wool journal covers, silk scarves, and paper 

Items participant will need to provide: Students will need to bring an apron if they are afraid of staining their clothing. Leaves and flowers, notebook to take notes, rubber gloves will be provided, but if you are latex sensitive please bring your own gloves.  

Prerequisites: None

Total Length of time: 6

Minimum Age: 16

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Held in Franklin, Indiana, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds

2020 Dates: Friday, June 5th & Saturday, June 6th