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Do you wish you could sew your own clothes, perfectly fitted to your body and style, but it seems too daunting?
Let’s slow the process down, learn the construction, work on fit and sew by hand…no machines required.
In this class we’ll sew a perfectly fitted Skirt, altering the pattern with your unique measurements and style.
Then we’ll learn and practice the hand stitches needed for construction.
Finally, we’ll take your garment and drop it into the natural dye bath, that we brewed up while sewing and chatting, to give it life.
You’ll leave with a handsewn, well-fitting skirt that you dyed with plants!.
Skill Level: Beginner
Supplies provided: Fabric, needles, thread, sewing pattern, instruction manual, natural dyes – all materials
Minimum # of students:5 // Maximum: 10
Would you like to raise your own fiber but don’t have space for large livestock?
Consider raising angora rabbits. Their wool is known for its softness, being lighter and warmer than most other wools, and its halo effect.
Angora comes in a wide variety of natural colors as well as an incredibly bright white that takes dye well. The first section of the class will be all about the fiber. We’ll discuss the different breeds of wool rabbits, take a look at micron count and spinning fineness, and experience fiber from all 5 breeds of Angora.
This is the perfect opportunity to feel the differences yourself, compare the colors, check out wool, spun yarn, and finished Angora creations. We will discuss different uses of Angora wool and its applications in various garments, with some mention about popular fiber blends.
In the second section of the class we will look at the rabbits themselves. We will cover rabbit anatomy, wool anatomy, housing and care requirements, and more. You will learn will goes into actually having Angoras, what to expect, and some options for marketing fiber.
After a short break we will cover grooming and each participant will get hands on experience grooming and harvesting one of my Angora rabbits. You will leave with some fiber from the rabbit you’ve groomed, handouts, an electronic copy of the notes and presentation, and an afternoon of fun memories.
Supply list: none
Skill Level: Beginner
Minimum # of students: 3 // Maximum: 10
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
Skill Level: Beginner
Minimum # of students for class to go: 1 // Maximum: 10
Have you always wanted to learn Continental knitting? It’s the method where you “pick” the yarn from your left hand to make stitches, rather than “throwing” it with your right.
This method will increase your speed, and give great options for two-handed stranded (try saying that three times fast) knitting.
Maybe you’ve never been comfortable holding the tension in your right hand. Maybe you’ve never knitted before at all!
So… if you want to learn to knit for the first time using this method, or you want to add to your skill set or have options for Colorwork—-this is the class to take.
All you need is scrap yarn, and needles that match. For beginning knitters, I recommend worsted weight and size 7 or 8 needles. Straights or circulars— it doesn’t matter. I would also recommend watching a long tail cast on video on YouTube. If you don’t get it— don’t worry. We’ll touch in it again if you need help.
(If you are interested in Colorwork techniques, bring two colors of yarn)
See you there! This is gonna be fun!
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate (some knitting experience)
Minimum # of students for class to go: 4 // Maximum: 10
Learning to thrum adds an extra dimension to your knitting. It’s the perfect use for leftover roving to add warmth. Use thrumming to line your hats, mittens, socks, or collars.
We will be working on learning 2 different methods of thrumming, one that shows clearly and one that is somewhat hidden. We will be practicing with angora rabbit wool.
Students need to bring: Bring a skein of medium weight yarn and a pair of 5-6mm straight needles (approx US size 9)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate (should know how to knit/purl)
Minimum # of students: 2 // Maximum: 6
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