REGISTRATION OPENS ON AUGUST 1, 2017. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE THAT DATE.
WHEN: November 4 and 5, 2017
WHERE: Unionville Grange Hall, 150 N Benbrook Road, Unionville PA 16835 (just north of Butler PA)
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00am to 4:00pm with a 1-hour lunch break
Colorplay: Stress Free Ways to Spin with Color
Are you ready to change the way you think about spinning with color? Do you have fun when combining colors or is it just a mess of stress? Are you ready for spinning with color to be fun? Do you have a collection of beautiful braids, bundles and batts in colors you love, but haven’t cracked them open because you’re not sure how to spin them without bungling the colors? In this class, we’ll throw out the color wheel and learn to work with dyed fiber in a bunch of stress-free ways.
- You’ll spend a day spinning and knitting yarns from beautifully dyed fibers
- You’ll explore several different ways to work with spinning single color and variegated fibers into yarn you’ll love to knit with
- You’ll learn what affects color in spinning
- You’ll get tips on how to work with different breeds, fiber blends and preparations
- You’ll learn how to stretch your stash by combining variegated braids with naturals, semi-solids and other variegated fibers
- You’ll work with drafting, plies, marls and fractals, and spin and knit samples that you can refer to after class is over
- You’ll learn how to keep colors as they are, how to blend colors for depth and subtlety, and how to combine colors, all without breaking a sweat
Sunday, November 5, 2017
9:00am to 12:00pm
Draft-O-Rama: Woolen and Worsted Prep and Draft
Are you new to spinning? Know how to make yarn, but not sure about the difference between woolen and worsted, or even what it means?
In this class we’ll explore the mysterious and sometimes daunting world of woolen and worsted. You will learn woolen and worsted drafting techniques, how they are different, how they can be similar and what is the key factor for each one. Hint: It’s not the direction you draft.
You’ll learn how to set up your wheel and the right rhythm between hands and feet to make spinning woolen or worsted easy.
As you practice your drafting, we’ll talk about how woolen and worsted drafts change a yarn’s characteristics and what that means to your knitting and other fiber crafts.
Working with both top and roving you’ll learn how to make each draft work in sync with different fiber preparations, wools and blends and what type of yarn you can expect.
Is a short forward draft always worsted? Is long draw the only woolen draft? What about spinning from the fold? Can I spin top woolen? Which draft is good for sweaters? For socks?
You will leave this class knowing the answers to those questions and with the satisfaction and confidence of knowing several ways to draft woolen and draft worsted.
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Batts in the Belfry: Spinning Batts
Rolled up and twinkling like the most exquisite gifts, batts are unpredictable, mysterious and so beautiful.
Puffy or even, stripes or solid, smooth or bursting with texture, batts are irresistible to buy but can be a curiousity to spin. In this class you will spin batts and only batts. You’ll put your hands and wheels to several kinds of batts that vary in texture and color presentation. You will learn about four different kinds of batts and what you can spin from them. You’ll learn how to:
- Control color flow in a batt
- Spin with or against a batt’s inclination
- Control texture in a batt–spin for lofty, smooth or wild yarn
We’ll even talk about buying batts–sometimes what you see isn’t what you get. You will leave this class batt-happy and ready to conquer any batt that strikes your fancy.
The Fine Print
Participants should know how to make a continuous yarn with their wheel. Students should bring their wheel, in good working condition, and any tools needed to keep it in good condition (oil, spare drive band, etc). You might want to include note-taking materials too. Chairs will be provided but if you require a special height or other seating, please bring it along. The grange has a small driveway for loading/unloading and an ample parking lot.
Registration opens on August 1, 2017. You may register through this website using Paypal, or send a check/money order (payable to Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild) to Carol McFadden, 109 Tannen Dr, Pittsburgh PA 15209. We hate to think something would prevent your attendance but we understand that life happens. However, we cannot offer refunds after October 1, 2017. Questions? contact carolmcfadden222 at gmail dot com (replace ‘at’ and ‘dot’ with those symbols).
(Lunch is usually sandwiches or pizza. As we are in a rural location, if you have special dietary needs we suggest you bring a bag lunch for yourself.)
When registering, please include your name, mailing address, email address and/or phone number. You will not be added to a mailing list nor will your information be shared with others. We need to be able to get in touch if anything changes.