6th Annual Oxford Fiber Arts Festival Classes

OXFORD FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL

January 28-30, 2016

To Register for classes call Knit1 Oxford –  662.238.2829

CLASS & EVENT SCHEDULE

THURSDAY CLASSES & RECEPTION – January 28

Drop Spindle for Beginners – Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Teacher:  Beth Collier-Shafer     Cost:  $35
Learn to spin.  Learn one of the oldest and simplest ways to make yarn.  The drop spindle is a great way to learn to spin, and spindles are far more affordable, and more portable, than spinning wheels.  The class includes two ounces of wool roving, and a drop spindle.  Students will learn basic techniques:  drafting, spinning, and plying.  All materials provided including a drop spindle for you to keep.

Introduction to Weaving on an Inkle Loom – Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Teacher:  Roiana Buckmaster     Cost:  $70
Have you ever looked at the big harness looms and imagined yourself a weaver?  This class is your chance to find out!  We will use a Mini Inkle Loom to explore weaving with a simple heddle system to create a basic warp-faced fabric that will introduce you to some of the principles used in weaving on the multiple harness looms.  You will learn to warp your loom, tie heddles, create 2 different sheds to pass the shuttle through, how to keep your edges tidy, how to fix a broken warp thread, and how to begin and end your project.  Class fee includes a handcrafted wooden loom and shuttle for you to keep, along with the yarn for your class project.

_MG_8241_mediumElizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket Explicated! – Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Teacher:  Jennifer Miller     Cost:  $40
Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket is a very charming, adaptable, useful pattern that works, as written for newborns through toddlers.  This famous pattern must be easy, since tens of thousands have been made over the years – and that counts only those posted on Ravelry!  However – EZ’s writing style is famously conversational and not particularly linear.  With this class and the basic pattern, you will be able to make it quickly!  The resulting cardigan sweater is easy and lends itself to endless creativity.  Jennifer has constructed dozens of BSJs in all sizes and has created her own annotation to the basic pattern.  For required homework and supplies, call Knit1.

OFFICIAL OPENING RECEPTION – 5:30 – 7 p.m. –  open to all.  Food and prizes and presentation by all vendors  “Spin It in a Minute” at 6 p.m.

 

FRIDAY CLASSES – January 29

crochet purseCrochet Purse Class – Friday, January 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. – Noon
Teacher:  Tasha Bankhead     Cost:  $45
If you think cables are just for knitters, then think again! Learn how to create several different cable stitches using front and bank post stitches in this intermediate+ level crochet class. We’ll use the stitches we learn to make a simple fold-over clutch purse that can be casual or dressy, depending on the yarn you choose!

Taking the Mystery Out of Graphs – Friday, January 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. – Noon
Teacher:  Brenda Harrower     Cost:  $35
We’ll be learning how to read graphs and apply techniques to lace knitting and entrelac.  Three skills!  Students should be comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing.  Some homework required and supplies needed.

felt a fairy 1Needle Felt a Fairy – Friday, January 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. – Noon
Teacher:  Beth Collier-Shafer     Cost:  $45
Ever wanted to learn how to needle felt?  In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of felting by making a hanging fairy or angel.  The felting needles are VERY sharp, so children should be at least 8 years old (with adult) and 10 if they will not have an adult buddy.  All materials will be provided and participants will take home a completed fairy or angel.

Spinning Fun and Funky Yarn – Friday, January 29, 2016 from Noon – 2 p.m.
Teacher:  Penny Nelson     Cost:  $25, plus $10 materials
For the more advanced spinner!  Come and learn some new spinning/plying skills.  We will core spin, core spin with a binder, tailspin locks, and play with bee hives.  Need to bring your own wheel, lazy kate and 3 bobbins.  Should have experience spinning and plying.

beginning tatting 1Intro to Tatting – Friday, January 29, 2016 from Noon – 3 p.m.
Teacher:  Roiana Buckmaster     Cost:  $50
A simple method of tatting for beginners, that takes the mystery out of this wonderful lace form.  In this class, students will learn the two halves of the tatting stitch, making a picot for decoration, making a ring, and joining rings – all by crafting a butterfly pin.  Materials are provided as well as a tatting shuttle for students to keep, and are included in the class fee.  Class size is kept small for plenty of individual instruction.

 

Sky and sea cobweb class photoShetland Sky and Sea – Friday, January 29, 2016 from Noon – 3 p.m.
Teacher:  Denise Bell     Cost:  $45
The themes of sky and sea are frequently represented in Shetland designs.  Would you expect anything less from the beautiful but hard-to-reach islands located where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea?  In this fine lace class we’ll look at two specific Shetland stitches, the Bird’s Eye and the Cockleshell.  Both stitches require a bit of concentration but are well worth the effort when a traditional Shetland lace shawl is your goal. We will be knitting a swatch.  It’s not a miniature shawl.  It’s just a swatch, knit for the simple joy of creating and allowing you, the student, to practice two fun traditional Shetland stitches.  I’m a firm believer in swatches – they let us experiment and learn but require no long term commitment.

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 12.47.52 PMEmbellish It! – Friday, January 29, 2016 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Teacher:  Amelia Williams     Cost:  $25
We will be using 100% Featherweight cotton denim with 100% variegated wool  yarn to create this fantastic looking scarf.  We will embellish the yarn to the denim in a wavy pattern and finish the scarf by cutting around the edges and some of the filler squares.  Skill level:  Beginner.  Please bring a pair of sharp pointed scissors to class.

Working with Handpainted Yarns – Friday, January 29, 2016 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Teacher:  Jennifer Miller     Cost:  $40
If you have a few (or way too) many skeins of lovely handpainted yarn, but don’t know what to do with them, this class is for you!  Jennifer, a designer of hand-dyed yarns, will show and teach the most spectacular ways to show off your special skeins.  This class covers fearless color combining, innovative ways to work with two or more skeins of handpaints, color theory, and more.  We will focus on the creation of socks and shawls, as well as mitts and scarves.  Participants will learn to visualize how a handpainted, multi-color skein will knit up, how to work with long and short color repeats, and to explore the stitches that avoid unsightly color pooling and flashing.  We’ll practice several stitch patterns and their variations that show off multi-colored yarn, including chevron, linen stitch, mitered square, feather and fan.  You’ll leave with beautiful examples of handpaints, as well as the confidence and resources to create lovely pieces on your own!  This is an intermediate class, intended for students who are relatively proficient knitters.

intro to spinning 1Introduction to Spinning – Friday, January 29, 2016 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Teacher:  Beth Collier-Shafer     Cost:  $55     CLOSED
This class is for beginners who would like to learn to spin.  Participants will go home with a small hank of their own yarn and a drop spindle.  This class covers wheel set-up, drafting, and Andean plying.  Wheels are provided, but bring your own if you have one (let the instructor know if you will be bringing your own wheel).  All materials provided.

 

SATURDAY CLASSES – January 30

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 2.51.19 PMWelcome Baby Beanie – Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9 a.m. – Noon
Teacher:  Katie Clark     Cost:  $50, plus $20 materials
Welcome Baby Beanie featuring a traditional pineapple motif is sure to become an heirloom!  Learn how easy it is to create a lacy openwork crochet project.  The pattern is given in both written instructions and a diagram so we will practice reading instructions and learn to read the diagram symbols.

Intermediate Shuttle Tatting – Rings and Chains – Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9 a.m. – Noon
Teacher:  Roiana Buckmaster     Cost:  $45
For those who have mastered shuttle tatting rings, it is time to add chains!  In this class, students will learn to add a second thread from the ball and use two threads to make chains and rings, forming a continuous length of lace edging or more complicated medallions than rings alone.  We will also explore reading patterns from a chart or written lines and hiding thread ends for a tidy finish.  Materials are provided as well as a tatting shuttle for students to keep, and are included in the class fee.  PLEASE NOTE:  students need to feel comfortable with the basic tatting stitch.  There will be a class limit of 10 students which means I will not be able to show a beginner the one-on-one attention I prefer to give them.  Someone who has mastered tatting in the past and just needs a brush up would probably be fine.

brioche class picExplore Brioche – Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9 a.m. – Noon
Teacher:  Kathy Berkshire     Cost:  $45
The brioche stitch creates a lovely, cushy fabric which is deceptively easy to knit. A simple sequence of knits, purls and “reverse” yarn overs produces a beautiful pattern that has no right or wrong side. We will begin with a brief history of brioche, and then learn the basic stitches. You will create a sampler with one color, and then add a second! Don’t worry; you only work with one color at a time. You will learn the best cast on and bind off methods to use when working with the brioche stitch. As a bonus, you will learn the Fisherman’s Rib – it looks the same as brioche, but is created differently.  You will be ready to begin a beautiful project using a stitch which you see in all the modern knitwear today!  You must be proficient with basic knitting skills and simple increases and decreases.  Come prepared to “bark” and “burp”!

fiber festival pine needle gourdPine Needles and a Gourd – Saturday, January 30, 2016 from Noon – 3 p.m.
Teacher:  Peggy Helm     Cost:  $50
In this class you will learn how to coil longleaf pine needles around the rim of a decorated gourd.  All materials will be furnished including a variety of embellishments to accent your project.  How-to sheets illustrating ideas and details on decorating your own gourd at home will be provided.  This is a beginning level class and no prior experience is necessary.

felt a creature 1Needle Felt a Creature – Saturday, January 30, 2016 from Noon – 3 p.m.
Teacher:  Beth Collier-Shafer     Cost:  $45
Ever wanted to learn how to needle felt?  In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of felting by making a little penguin or ladybug.  The felting needles are VERY sharp so children should be at least 8 years old (with adult) and 10 if they will not have an adult buddy.  All materials will be provided and participants will take home a completed little creature.

fiber festival crocodile stitch scarfCrocodile Crochet – Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Teacher:  Peggy Barnette     Cost:  TBA
The crocodile crochet stitch has become all the rage recently.  The “stitch” is actually a combination of stitches that can be used to make complete items or to accent other crochet.  In this class, participants will learn the basic constructiion of the crocodile stitch and will discuss ways to incorporate it into established patterns.  Participants should be comfortable with basic crochet stitches (chain, single crochet, and double crochet).

IMG_0066Shawl Design from Start to Finish without Charts or Math –  Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Teacher:  Jennifer Miller     Cost:  $40
If you are ready to design your own shawl, this class is for you.  We will tackle the basics of shawl shaping, texture, and color combining.  Participants will learn triangle, crescent, and heart-shaped shawls, focusing on personal design and creating the shawl size and features that you prefer.  Class covers several shawl-starting methods, including garter tab, provisional cast on, and 3 stitch cast on.  We’ll also cover some easy lace, picot, and garter edgings.

Screen Shot 2015-12-19 at 1.18.36 PMLush Crochet Cowl – Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Teacher:  Katie Clark     Cost:  TBA
The Lush Cowl is decadently plush and will keep you toasty all winter long!  Learn the basics of how to cable by stitching in front of and behind other stitches.

 

Miscellaneous Classes

kool-aid dye 1Kool-Aid Dyeing – Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Children’s Tent
Teacher:  Penny Nelson     Cost:  $35
Learn to dye your own yarn using Kool-Aid!  Simple, quick, beautiful colors, and safe for all ages.  For kids and a friend!  If you are under 12, you must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

A  Little Spinning Lesson – Every 2 hours on Friday and Saturday in Brenda Harrower’s Booth
Teacher:  Brenda Harrower     Cost:  $25 for beginner, $35 for intermediate and advanced
Beginners are just that, beginners.  If they’ve been spindle spinning, it still goes here.  Intermediate will learn how to “let go” and spin soft and lofty woolen yarns.  Advanced will learn to not be afraid of silk and fine fibers like bison and cashmere.

loom 1Cricket Loom – Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Knit1 Oxford
Teacher:  Penny Nelson     Cost:  $50
BYO Loom or come as you are!  Penny will guide us through weaving on a Cricket loom and will help you complete a project during the class.  Pre-warped looms are available or you can bring your own loom and warp it yourself.  If you plan to use a pre-warped loom, you will need to come by Knit1 to select your yarn ahead of time.

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