Jacey Boggs of Insubordiknit at WC Mercantile!
Sold Out Friday March 14th - What your Grandmother Would have Taught you
In the modern world we gather our spinning knowledge from books and magazines, youtube and DVDs, here and there. We are very lucky to have so many sources but at the same time that kind of learning often leaves holes in our knowledge base. In this full day class, we'll talk about S/Z directionality of combed top, woolen/worsted, long draw/short draw, joins, singles/plies, yarn energy, measuring your yarn, finishing your yarn etc. This class will help fill in the gaps and make you a stronger spinner all around.
Saturday March 15th - The Plies Have It
Plying is just as important as spinning and can make or break a yarn. This full day class will cover everything from singles to cables, 2-ply to spiral-ply, off-tension-ply to crepe ply, 3-ply to chain-ply. We'll talk about when it's okay not to ply, why plying matters, what considerations need to be taken in spinning the singles for different types of plying, what kind of strength different plying techniques add (or subtract). By the end of the class, you won't know it all, but you'll be much closer
Sunday March 16th - Rhythmic Thick & Thin Coils
Spinning thick-and-thin yarns can be difficult even for experienced spinners, but nobody ever fails to get it in this class! You'll use short fibers, a wrist twist, and knowledge of staple length to create sturdy, regular slubs and then you'll use that yarn to make the most popular (and if you're new to it, mysterious) textured yarn technique around--coils. These coils are surprising, soft, squishy, balanced and anchored! In this class you'll not only learn a fun and popular spinning technique, but you'll deepen your understanding of yarn construction and improve your fiber and hand control.
If the classes you are interested in are sold out, feel free to email Steph to be added to the waiting list.
Meet Esther Rodgers! We are thrilled she is coming to turn our Art Yarn Spinning into an Experience!
Wild Fiber - Getting Creative with your Fiber Prep
Saturday November 22nd 10am - 5pm
This class is all about preparing fiber in a creative out of the box way. We’ll card batts, and rolags with drum carders and blending boards. We’ll comb fiber with hand combs and hackles! We’ll look at layering and blending colors. We'll talk about the function of different tools, while still maintaining the well-being of the machine. Extra cool tips will be shared like how to card rolags on a drum carder, and how to diz roving off blending boards and drum carders. We’ll figure out how to prepare fibers to produce specific kinds of yarns, as well as layering texture.. Students should bring any fibers they’d like to card or comb. Multiple types of drum carders, blending boards, hand combs and an art roving hackles will be provided for students to use.
No particular skills are needed if student just wants to learn fiber prep, however spinning or felting knowledge is encouraged. Included materials are assorted fiber for students to use. . Students should bring any fibers they’d like to card and are encouraged to bring any fiber prep tools they own.
From Bobbin to Body - Spin to Wear
Sunday November 23rd 10am - 5pm
In this class you’ll walk out wearing your newly spun yarns!! We’ll talk about design concept and how to prepare your fibers for specific textures and techniques. We’ll spin sculptural yarns, on wire and elastic- creating instant neckwear! We’ll also spin a multi textured yarns, and layer plying techniques to create unique lariats and scarves. Not only are these yarns wearable as is, we’ll talk about integrating these spins into other wearable projects.
Students are encouraged to bring beads, feathers, sparkly stuff and other things they would like to include in their wearable creations. Multiple carders, blending boards and art hackle will be available for creative fiber prep. Unusual add in’s, fiber and plying yarns will also be provided. Students should bring fiber/yarn/add in’s they’d like to use and some they would like to share with the group.
Registration for these workshops will begin in May 2014. Join our email list to be notified when to sign up.
CANCELLATIONS: You may cancel up to 7 days before your first class for a full refund. If you cancel later, we cannot issue a refund unless we are able to fill your spot from a waiting list, so consider putting your last cancel date on your calendar. If you’re unable to cancel in time for a refund, you can always send a friend in your place. If we must cancel a class, we will issue a refund.