We offer small, personalized classes in
spinning and weaving. 

If you see a class you want but can't make the scheduled date email me to get on a list for that class. Or find a friend and I'll set up a class at a convenient time.

Sat/Sun, August 11-12, Learn to Weave - Floor Loom  
Tues/Wed, August 14-15, Color on the Loom  
Wed, August 29, Painted Warps  
Sat/Sun, September 22-23 Weave a Chenille Scarf  
Sundays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 14, Spin to Weave  
 Sun/Mon, October 21-22, Weave a V-Shawl (learn double weave)  
   
   
   
Classes at a Glance - Summer, 2018
Wed. eve. June 13, 20, & 27 Learn to Spin  
Saturday, June 23 Learn to Weave - Rigid Heddle Loom
 
Mon/Tues, June 25-26, Learn to Weave - Floor Loom  
Thursday, July 12, Rigid Heddle Weaving for KIDS  
Sunday, July 15 - Let's Get Fancy with Rigid Heddle Weaving  
   
I can come to you!
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Guild Presentations & Workshops
 
   
   
Wednesday Weaving Workshop
 
Summer/Fall 2018 Schedule  
It's hard for me to predict months in advance.
 
 Check back to make sure dates haven't changed.
 
June 13 & 27
 
 July 11 & 18
 
 August 8 & 22  
 September 5 & 19  
October 10 & 24  
November 7 & 28  
December 12  

Classes


Spinning Classes


Learn to spin using a spinning wheel in three class sessions. Small classes mean lots of individual attention.

Cost: $ 150.00

Calendar


Learn to Spin

Learn to spin using a spinning wheel in three class sessions. Small classes mean lots of individual attention.

Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Weave a scarf or table runner while learning to weave on the rigid heddle loom.

Learn to Weave - Floor Loom

Learn the basics of weaving on a 4-shaft floor loom and weave a scarf in two days.

Jun 26
Learn to Weave - Floor Loom
Jun 27
Learn to Spin
Jul 12
Learn to Weave for Kids

Guild Presentations

I can provide entertaining and educational presentations on a variety of topics, structured to interest your group. Some presentation include a PowerPoint slide show. I always provide things to look at and touch. Each of these programs takes about an hour including Q & A. I can make it shorter if necessary and can easily fill more time by taking more questions and more discussion of things that I bring to show. Inquiries about other topics of interest are welcome.
Guild Speaker Fee: $250 plus gas and housing, if overnight is necessary.  To discuss dates and program choices contact me.  


Fibershed - Bringing Sustainability to Fiber Farming
The Fibershed concept began with one woman's personal challenge to cloth herself for a year by sourcing all materials and labor from within 150 miles of her home. In a relatively short time Fibershed has become a non-profit organization and a movement with influence and affiliates around the country. I provided wool for that one-year wardrobe and have been a supporter ever since. I am a founding board member of the newly formed Northern California Fibershed Marketplace Agricultural Coop, an entity that will support direct marketing of our locally produced goods. I will talk about the Fibershed concept and programs, briefly discuss issues with the global textile industry, and explain what Fibershed has done for me as a sheep farmer. Presentation includes PowerPoint slides and a "trunk show" of fiber, yarn, handwoven articles, and other farm products.

Meridian Jacobs: Mixing Life with a Fiber Business and a Sheep Farm
There is more to running a fiber business than admiring shelves of yarn and knitting all day just as there is more to raising sheep than cuddling lambs. How do you combine farming, shop-keeping, teaching, and weaving into a successful business? I will discuss my experience developing and managing Meridian Jacobs with plenty of time to answer questions. This program can be directed towards weaving, spinning, or knitting groups. I have also presented this topic to groups of farmers who do not yet know about the fiber market but want to explore it. Presentation includes PowerPoint slides and a "trunk show" of fiber, yarn, handwoven articles, and other farm products.


What’s in my (Weaver’s) Tool Box?
A well-wound warp is the first step for error-free, relaxed weaving. Learn about tips and techniques for warping and weaving more efficiently by taking a look in my tool box and learning how to efficiently use the back-to-front method to warp your loom.


World of Wool: Breeds of sheep and influences on fiber characteristics
As a yarn lover, do you know how to choose the best wool yarn for a particular project? Understanding something about the biology of wool and knowing the wool characteristics of different breeds of sheep helps us to choose the appropriate wool. Relate wool biology to what we can see and feel in wool fiber. Learn about the breeds that we find in North America, why they were developed, and how they are related. Presentation includes PowerPoint slides and fiber & fabric samples to see and feel.


Guild Workshops

Most of the classes I teach can be adapted to off-site workshops for guilds or other groups. I charge $500/day plus mileage (IRS rate) and housing if I stay overnight.

Color on the Loom - 2 days
Explore how colors interact with each other on and off the loom and how different weave structures impact color.
Day 1: Discuss color choices and the effects of sett and weave structure on the final appearance of the piece. Design a scarf using multiple colors and two weave structures, wind the warp, and dress the loom.
Day 2: Weave the scarf, making choices about weft as you go. (In classes at my place this day is optional if participants want to weave at home.)
This class will not only give you insight about choosing color combinations; it is also a great refresher if you haven't done much weaving, are coming back to weaving after a long time and/or want to learn back-to-front warping. You will be guided through the whole process of warping and weaving and finish your scarf during the class period.

Experience: You must have basic weaving experience even if you have woven only one piece (or taken the Learn to Weave class).
Materials fee: $30 - I will bring many colors of wool yarn. I will bring cotton yarns if I have found a source.
Bring: Loom with 8 or 10 dpi reed, weaving bench or chair, warping frame*, raddle if available (I can bring a few), lease sticks, paper to wind a 3-yard warp, boat shuttle (one or two) and bobbins, scissors, calculator.
Supplies to have in classroom: Bobbin winder (or remind me to bring one)

*Mounting warping frames without putting nails in a wall: use wreath hangars on doors; use gridwall pieces secured in triangle or square; use IKEA drying rack; use any other free standing shelf or rack to which we can attach a warping frame with hooks, clamps, or bungee cords.


RH-2 Let's Get Fancy With Rigid Heddle Weaving - 1 day
Explore finger-manipulated techniques including Danish medallions, Brooks bouquet, Spanish lace, rya, leno and clasped weft. Each of these techniques has the potential for infinite creativity depending on variables of yarn choice, scale, and position. You will weave a sampler to learn the basic techniques and to whet your appetite for continued exploration. By using two colors in the warp this project becomes not only a sampler of these techniques, but of color interaction for each structure. These finger-manipulated techniques may also be used on traditional table and floor loom weaving, adding to any weaver’s repertoire.

Experience: You must know basic operation of the RH loom and be able to weave plain weave.
Materials fee: None
Bring: RH loom warped and ready to weave & yarn for weft (you will get instructions prior to the class); 2 stick shuttles (may purchase at class); 1 pick-up stick (may purchase at class); 1 knitting needle, size 10 or larger, a little longer than the width of your warp; 1 crochet hook, any size; tape measure, scissors.

Jacob Wool - What do I do with a spotted fleece? - 1 to 2 days
Learn how to work with a Jacob fleece, from choosing a fleece, mixing or sorting wool, fiber prep, yarn design, and fabric design. Learn first about skirting and sorting Jacob fleeces. We'll discuss micron measurements, problem fleeces, and how to choose a fleece to buy. You will learn to wash wool and how to choose the best processing method for a spotted fleece. You will card, flick or comb and spin a variety of color combinations from your pre-washed fleece. I will also have examples and slides of finished products on hand, so you can see the beautiful versatility of my favorite breed.


Experience
: Able to spin basic yarn.
Materials fee: $25 (6 ounces of greasy fleece, 6 ounces of scoured fleece).
Bring: Spinning wheel and bobbins, drum carder or handcards and/or combs and/or flicker (the more items you bring the more options you have for working with your wool), 2 dishpans or 2  buckets for washing wool, strainer for moving wet wool, 2 (at least) bath towels, fabric or towel for spreading out wet wool.
Classroom needs: Hot water. Preferably a kitchen where we can work with wet wool if it's raining outside. Data projector would be great but not required.

Note:
This class is best taught in the late winter or spring when I have fresh fleeces available. That means mid-February after shearing but before lambing starts or in April/May before I ship my wool.
In a one-day class there won't be much time for spinning--we'll work mostly on skirting, washing, fiber prep. A day and a half or two days gives more time for spinning.
A limited number of fleeces will be available for purchase.


Mix it Up - Weave a Mixed-Warp Scarf in a Day - 1 day
Do you love those woven fabrics with lots of wild yarns, but don't know where to start? Create a unique light-weight scarf and learn how to combine yarns--fine, heavy, smooth, slubby, ribbon, metallic, hairy, and more AND learn how to wind a warp with a paddle. Imagine, wind 4 or 5 passes on the warping frame and your warp is finished! Warp the loom in the morning and weave the scarf in the afternoon.

Experience
: You must have basic weaving experience even if you have woven only one piece (or taken the Learn to Weave class).
Materials fee: $25 - I will bring a stash of fun yarns and you will use several.
Bring: Loom with 6-8-10 dpi reed, weaving bench or chair, warping frame*, raddle if available (I can bring a few), lease sticks, paper to wind a 3-yard warp, boat shuttle (one or two) and bobbins, scissors, calculator.
Supplies to have in classroom: Bobbin winder (or remind me to bring one)

*Mounting warping frames without putting nails in a wall: use wreath hangars on doors; use gridwall pieces secured in triangle or square; use IKEA drying rack; use any other free standing shelf or rack to which we can attach a warping frame with hooks, clamps, or bungee cords.


Weave a Chenille Scarf - 2 days
Weave your own luxurious rayon chenille scarf and learn the tricks of working with this somewhat challenging yarn! Choose from an unlimited variety of colors to design your unique scarf. You will learn to warp your loom back-to-front and more advanced weavers may choose to wind warp using a paddle.


Experience: You must have basic weaving experience even if you have woven only one piece (or taken the Learn to Weave class).
Materials fee: $30 - I will bring an array of Silk City chenille yarn in lots of colors.
Bring: Loom with 8 dpi reed, weaving bench or chair, warping frame*, raddle if available (I can bring a few), lease sticks, paper to wind a 3-yard warp, boat shuttle and bobbins, scissors, calculator.
Supplies to have in classroom: Bobbin winder (or remind me to bring one)

*Mounting warping frames without putting nails in a wall: use wreath hangars on doors; use gridwall pieces secured in triangle or square; use IKEA drying rack; use any other free standing shelf or rack to which we can attach a warping frame with hooks, clamps, or bungee cords.


Weave a V-Shawl (and learn double weave at the same time) - 2 days
Create a fabulous one of a kind shawl that stays on the shoulders! Use double weave and a unique method of weaving a fold to weave this shawl. Learn to plan future shawls, using stripes, plaids, and various weave structures. You will complete your shawl in class and go home with a plan (and maybe a warp) for your next shawl.

Experience:  Basic weaving experience, even if it’s just taking the Learn to Weave class. Bring loom warped and ready for weaving.
Materials fee: Cost of yarn if purchased from me.
Bring:
Participants will bring a loom already warped and ready to weave. The recommended class project will be 18 to 20” wide and use yarns sett at 6 to 8 epi (single layer). After registering you will be sent information about suggested yarns and instructions for winding warp and threading. Alternatively you can purchase a warp already wound and ready to go on the loom. 
Also bring: Yarn for weft, weaving bench or chair, 2 boat shuttles and bobbins, fabric cutting board (cardboard is OK), scissors, calculator. Bring additional yarn if you'd like to plan and/or wind warp for another shawl. (In that case also bring a warping frame.)
Supplies to have in classroom: Bobbin winde
r (or remind me to bring one)