Workshops for 2022 Fiber Fair

Friday - June 3rd

CANCELLED -
Learning to Tablet Weave with Jasmine Petrie

Friday, June 3rd
12 pm - 5 pm

WORKSHOP CANCELLED

Skill Level: Beginner
Fee: $80 per student
Min/Max: 4 student minimum, 10 max

Let’s take it back to the Iron Age as we explore this portable and versatile method of weaving.  We will cover the history and uses of tablet woven bands as well as pattern drafting, measuring a warp, threading, weaving, and finishing techniques.

Please bring a sturdy belt to attach your weaving to as each student will create their own tension for this loom.  The instructor will provide all other tools and materials.

Saturday - June 4th

Dorset Buttons with Deirdre Darr

Saturday, June 4th
2 pm - 4 pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Fee: $20 per student 

Min/Max: 1 student minimum, 10 max

 

Dorset Buttons are a handmade, woven button which originated in Dorset County, England in the 17th century. These lovely buttons can be made with silk, embroidery floss, or yarn, and embellished with beads. Use Dorset Buttons as embellishments on clothing, bags, furniture, or even make into a pendant for a necklace. 

Supply List: Blunt-nosed tapestry needle, suitable for fingering weight yarn and scissors 

Optional materials to bring: your favorite hand dyed fingering weight yarn (at least 3 yards) and matching beads for fingering weight

Materials Provided: button forms, fingering weight yarn in various colors, beads

To register –
1.  Pay with the following paypal button
2. Fill out the registration form (once you pay via paypal you will automatically be directed to the form!)

any questions?
email us at fiberfairworkshops@gmail.com 

Forethought Sock Heel with Monica Thoune

Saturday, June 4th
4 pm - 5 pm

Skill Level: Have you made one pair of socks? You are good to

go!
Fee: $15 per student 

Min/Max: 4 student minimum, 10 max

 

Do you want to knit socks, but find the heel intimidating?  Join Monica Thoune for some knitting tricks to make your heel just how it should be. 

 

Come to the class with your sock ready for the heel. This heel works for cuff-down or toe-up construction, with any style of needle.

 

Please bring a tapestry needle, two contrasting colors of scrap yarn, and stitch markers.  Also have 1-2 extra dpns, 9-10” circular sock needle, or a long cabled needle in the same size that you are using for your socks.

To register –
1.  Pay with the following paypal button
2. Fill out the registration form (once you pay via paypal you will automatically be directed to the form!)

any questions?
email us at fiberfairworkshops@gmail.com 

Sunday - June 5th

Intro to Drop Spindle with Kelly Shively

Sunday, June 5th
10 am - 12 pm

Skill Level: Beginner
Fee: $25 per student 
Min/Max: 4 student minimum, 10 max

In this workshop, we will learn the techniques required to use a drop, support or turkish spindle. Beginning students are welcome, as are students who need to brush up on their spindle spinning.

Students should bring their own spindles if they have them. If you don’t have a spindle, don’t worry, there will be some available to borrow during class. Roving will be provided by the instructor, unless the student has some they would particularly like to use.

To register –
1.  Pay with the following paypal button
2. Fill out the registration form (once you pay via paypal you will automatically be directed to the form!)

any questions?
email us at fiberfairworkshops@gmail.com 

Portuguese Knitting with Kelly Shively

Sunday, June 5th
1 pm - 3 pm

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate (some knitting experience)
Fee: $25 per student
Min/Max: 4 student minimum, 10 max

Do you love learning new techniques?  Do you have trouble keeping an even tension when knitting Continental or by throwing?  This might be for you. 

The Portuguese method uses only a flick of the thumb to create stitches, and the yarn is tensioned thru a pin or around your neck.

Sound interesting?

Come join us for a class on Portuguese Knitting.  It’s Never too late to learn a new trick!

Please bring some worsted weight yarn to practice with and size 7 needles (straights or circs).

To register –
1.  Pay with the following paypal button
2. Fill out the registration form (once you pay via paypal you will automatically be directed to the form!)

any questions?
email us at fiberfairworkshops@gmail.com 

Meet the Instructors

Deirdre Darr

Dorset Buttons

Deirdre has been knitting for over 20 years and was pretty sure nothing would ever supplant that obsession until she dyed yarn.

She started Fangirl Hand Dyed Yarn in May 2018 and loves the challenge of creating colorways to meet a shop owner's vision or the visual representation of a song.

Kelly Shively

Portuguese Knitting and Intro to Drop Spindle

A Petoskey native, Kelly Shively was born and raised on a farm east of town. Growing up with a knitting mother, she was introduced to knitting at an early age. It didn't take. But later in life, when she became the mother of three lovely little girls, she picked up the needles again. This time it was a success.

Now a knitter of 34 years, and a spinner of 30, she finds great peace and fulfillment in these crafts. She loves to teach, and feels like teaching helps keep her own excitement and love for fiber arts fresh.

Kelly has taught many northern Michigan women to knit and spin, and hopes to continue doing so. Her philosophy tends more toward relaxation and enjoyment, rather than a black and white Strict Rules philosophy.

"There are a lot of ways of doing this," she'll often say. Find the way that fits you and brings you joy, and stick with it.

Jasmine Petrie

Learn to Tablet Weave

Jasmine has been exploring the worlds of weaving and dyeing for over a decade. She enjoys the complexity of these tactile arts which she expresses under the name Howl at the Loom.

She grew up in Michigan's Northern Lower Peninsula and still calls this region home along with her young family and myriad of animals. She is happiest in the studio, in the forest, on the road, or in the water - and you may spot her bustling around the Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair as she fulfills her role as a member of the planning committee!

Monique Thoune

Forethought Sock Heel

I’m Monica Thoune, the yarn twister at UP North Yarns. I dye luxurious natural fibers/yarns in the colors I see abounding in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

I gain inspiration from nature, the amazing colors in all four seasons, gorgeous hues from my flower beds, the Great Lakes, and all over the Upper Peninsula.

I have an online shop - upnorthyarns.etsy.com and regularly vend on Saturday mornings at the Marquette Farmer’s market during the warmer months.

Traveling? Check with the local yarn shop - they may be a stockiest - I provide my yarns to 10 Michigan and Wisconsin yarn shops.

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Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair
PO Box 530
East Jordan, MI 49727

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