Northeast Fiber Arts Center

The candy store for knitters, spinners, felters & weavers.

Class Schedule

 

Note on Classes in the Covid-era

I am limiting class sizes even more than usual to abide the VOSHA standards for distancing and group gatherings. In addition, just as for shoppers, participants will be required to wear face masks until such time as that changes nationally.

The August felting workshops with Hungarian born felter Judit Pocs have been cancelled, but I'm trying to reschedule for 2021, so stay tuned. As of now, I am hopeful that the October classes with Nancy Ballesteros and Lisa Binkley will be a go - as you understand of this pandemic, that could change if there is a second wave that erupts in the fall and either prevents gatherings in VT or prevents either of the instructors from getting here. But for now, we're hopeful they will run.

The classes for this summer will be mostly held in the back yard beneath the dyeing tents anyway - so between wearing masks, being out of doors, social distancing and VT now allowing gatherings over 10 (tho' the classes here will remain 10 or less), I don't expect there to be any issue with these running - unless there isnt' enough registration for them!

 

July 2020

Saturday July 25th, 10:00 - 1:00 PM and 3:00 - 3:30 PM

Get a taste for the basics of botanical printing (using the naturally inherent dye in plants and leaves to create a pattern or design on a silk scarf) while you Print a Silk Scarf.

From 10 - noon, you'll have fun laying out a design for your scarf using leaves you've collected before hand, or picked from the garden here. We'll pick a mordant - and a natural dye for the background color if desired. At noon, you'll wrap the scarf up to steam once you've laid out your design. While it is steaming for several hours, you can go have lunch and come back at 3 p.m. for the big and always exciting "reveal" when we open up the scarves to see the glorious colors and designs.

Choose to keep your background the natural creamy white that is the charmeuse silk we'll be using, or choose from one of several natural dyes for a background color.

Instruction fee $95: includes the mordant, background dyes and propane used
Materials fee $20: for the 100% charmeuse silk scarf (or bring your own, but no wider than 13") to be collected the day of class

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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Natural Dyeing - just 2 spots open!

Saturday and Sunday, July 11th & 12th 10:00 - 5:00 PM

During these two days you'll learn various manner of extracting dye from fresh and dried plants, wood chips, and food scraps to create an amazing range of colors! Whether you ultimately want to dye fabric, yarn, fiber or reeds/splints for basketry, natural dyeing offers a fabulous way to achieve an earthy palette.

We'll dye wool, silk and cotton yarn samples in each of the 20 or so colors we dye so you'll leave with a very comprehensive notebook showing the colors and how you achieved them. You'll have hands on experience adjusting the ph to affect color ranges, mordanting the cotton with tannins to better accept the color and learning how the different wool mordants affect the color outcomes, as well.

So treat yourself to two days of fun and color with nature.

In addition to the incredible sample reference book you'll leave with you will also have an opportunity to dye some of your own yarn, reeds or fabric using up the dyes we make for the workshop (figure a couple yards of fabric or maybe 8 ozs of yarn)

Instruction fee: $ 250 Fee covers all the propane used, natural dyes, mordants and includes all the yarn samples, notebook and handouts in your reference sample book. There are many hours of time involved getting the sample skeins wound, the notebooks prepped, the cottons mordanted ahead and some of the extractions going the week before so that the two days goes smoothly. And some of that additional prep time is reflected in the cost here.

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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August 2020

Silk Paper Making

Saturday and Sunday Aug 8th & 9th , 10:00 - 5:00 PM Saturday and 10:00 - 3:00 PM Sunday

This is a workshop that usually appeals to a wide range of fiber artists - from felters to quilters, book artists to basket weavers! You may register for just the first day, or both.

On the first day, you'll have a glorious time working with many types of silk fiber while creating many pieces of paper - each suited to different purposes. So whether you want to use the silk paper in a quilt or felt garment, want to bind books with it or use it for wedding invitations or note cards or checkbook covers, you'd like to weave baskets with it or make an Uzbeki bread basket or lamp shade cover ......all of that is possible with this amazing technique. But the silk paper must be made differently for each application. And the different forms of silk - for example, from cultivated bombyx to wild type tussah, eri, & muga silks and using top, reeled silk, hankies(mawattas), cocoons, carrier rods and lap forms - have different aesthetics. So on Saturday, you'll learn all this while creating amazing pieces of silk paper from glorious colors and with fun embellishments.

Then on Sunday, learn basic book binding techniques while learning to create a notepad or post it note notebook and also to weave a basket with the silk you created the day before.

So treat yourself to one or two days of fun and color with silk.

Instruction fee for one day only: $ 135 , which includes all the silk and mediums and embellishments

Instruction fee for both days: $165, which includes materials from day one, as well as for day two.

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

Instruction fee for one day only: $ 135 , which includes all the silk and mediums and embellishments

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Instruction fee for both days $ 165 , which includes all the silk, mediums & embellishments for day one, plus materials for notepads

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September 2020

Shyrdak Style Felt Mug Rugs or Trivet

Satuarday and Sunday, September 26th & 27th
10:00 - 5:00 PM Saturday and 10:00 - 3:00 PM Sunday

Years ago my sisters and I did a study of this Shyrdak style of rug making in the hopes of offering it here as a workshop. Although we had a lot of fun in the process, at the time I decided this style of rug was too big of a project to offer as a class, and so it never came to be.

But in preparation for my upcoming textile tour of the Silk Road this spring (which will include time in Kyrgystan felting with nomads), I found myself reminiscing about how fun the Shyrdak rug project had been and I had an "Ah-ha" moment! It occurred to me that the technqiues could easily be translated into either Mug Rugs or a Trivet!

These more manageable projects for a class setting provide a way for participants to learn the technique and explore colors, motifs, design elements, and the tambour stitching of this traditional rug making technqiue of Kyrgystan....and still be done in a weekend!

So I hope some of you are able to join me for a relaxed weekend communing with the traditions of some of the earliest felters while we play with color and design with a sprinkling of history and photos from my journey throughout!

On the first day, we'll discuss the traditions and the wools from Central Asia. Each participant will pick design motifs and the colors they want to work with and we'll felt the various pieces we need for the design.

On the second day, interspersed with more history, pictures, and examples from the region, we'll cut, stitch and tambour the design together.

Depending on the speed you work at, you may leave with all the Mug Rugs or Trivet (if you choose that) done, or you may have a portion of it finished and will leave confident in the skills needed to complete what you haven't finished at home.

Instruction fee: $125

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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October 2020

Knitted XMAS Stocking

October 6, 20th & 27th 5:30 - 7:00 PM

This is a great class for beginning or advanced beginning knitters wanting to expand their skill set, get ready for the holidays, or acquaint yourself with a basic sock construction in case you have socks on your knitting to-do list!

So as long as you know how to cast on, knit, and purl comfortably, you are welcome to join this workshop. You'll learn to work from a chart for the designs/motifs you choose to use, manage 2 colors in a row, how to work a basic peasant heel in a sock, and also work duplicate stitch.

All while knitting a great new stocking for the upcoming holidays. Many different patterns to choose from to personalize the stocking to your liking-i.e. you don't have to make the exact one I did for Chloe! We'll be using the Nancy Lindberg pattern (that is included in your class registration fee).

You'll need to bring with you (or buy the night of class at a 15% class discount) a worsted weight yarn in at least 2 colors. Bring your dpns and/or a 16" circular needle appropriate for the yarn you are using (somewhere in the US 7 - 9 range).

Instruction fee: $65 (includes pattern, not yarn)

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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Lisa Binkley classes - Dots and Dashes and Boro Unleashed

Lisa Binkley is an accomplished textile artist who uses stitch to add amazing texture and design to her textile endeavors, including on felt, quilts, and botanical prints. One of the participants in the Natural Dyeing workshop here raved about Lisa's classes (which she took at the Quilt Show a few years ago). So treat yourself to the indulgence of taking quiet time for yourself to be creative and meditative while learning how to add line, movement and dimension thru stitching!

 

Dots & Dashes: The Language of the Hand-Made Stitch

October 14-16, 10:00-5:00 PM

Attn: Felters & Eco Printers in particular! But really anyone who loves textiles and fabric will enjoy this one!

Join artist Lisa Binkley and explore how hand stitching can add texture, motion, line and design to your felt designs or eco print pieces!

Dots, dashes, lines, and other simple shapes have been used throughout history from ancient symbolic languages like Cuneiform through Morse code and beyond to communicate ideas and information. Hand stitching with beads and embroidery thread is a wonderful, meditative, expressive way to create textured and colored dots, dashes, lines, and shapes that can express their maker's feelings and ideas.

Just as each person has a distinct, recognizable style of hand writing, each artist can develop her/his own recognizable style of visual communication through hand stitching with embroidery thread and beads. The development of this textured "hand writing" or visual communication is the focus of this workshop. Issues explored include line, mass, visual movement, overlay, shading, and positive and negative space.

In class students learn, experiment with, and expand on a broad range of hand-embroidery stitches, using embroidery thread and beads both together and independently. So bring along a felted garment, bag or swatches to adorn, or, a piece of Eco Printed fabric that you want to embellish - or join us for the two days prior to this workshop for Open Studio and eco print or felt a piece with me to use in class (see below) to explore the possibilities of Dots & Dashes!

Each day contains a combination of bead embroidery and thread embroidery demonstrations, viewing examples of technique applications, group discussion, and individual sketch and stitch explorations of ways to develop one's own visual vocabulary using the techniques introduced in class. Time will also be dedicated to group discussion of works in progress and individual feedback by the teacher that is both supportive and idea-stimulating.

Instruction fee: $450.00 by check; $460 by Paypal, for this 3 day meditative journey.

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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Boro Unleashed

October 17 & 18, 10:00 - 5:00 PM

Boro mending, kantha cloth, the Quilts of Gee's Bend. Each of these evokes images of old, worn fabrics, simply but beautifully stitched for a new purpose out of need and salvaged cloth. Born of necessity in diverse cultures worldwide, contemporary fiber artists can learn much from these traditions both technically and aesthetically. In this workshop we explore the traditions that created these textiles and then look to them for inspiration in creating new works of fiber art.

Beginning with pieces of old fabrics-vintage linens, pieces of worn jeans, even bits of blankets or tattered garments-we select, curate, layer, and hand stitch them into new looks and new life. Techniques explored include non-traditional hand piecing and applique, hand quilting with heavier threads, inclusion of repurposed embellishments such as shirt buttons and beads from old jewelry, as well as design considerations in creating our compositions. This two-day workshop is a meditative blend of history, hand work, repurposing, and art making. This class is suitable for all levels of fiber artists.

Join artists Lisa Binkley in "boro-ing" a range of projects--mending jeans, stitching an apron, working on a wall hanging; making a piece that could be used for a bag or pillow cover

Under Lisa's guidance, you can plan a project with a specific use in mind or use the class time to explore various possitilities and begin a project you would finish at home.

Bring some fabrics/pieces that have special meaning to you - or - hit up Goodwill for some fabrics to upcycle and bring new meaning to them thru the artistry of the stitch!

Instruction fee: $250; $257 by Paypal, for this 2 day meditative workshop.

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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Nancy Ballesteros - Rhythms in Felt Workshops

Nancy Ballesteros is an accomplished color theorist, dyer and felter. The two workshops I'm hosting her for here (see below) are optimal taken together, but each can stand alone as well. Join us for both and enjoy a 15% savings over each class separately. Taking both will allow you to really immerse yourself in the technique, become one with color, and explore so many possibilities using Fibonacci in the "Sampling" workshop that when you get to the Nuno Scarf (& later when you go home to incorporate this approach in your own garments), you'll love your results right out of the gate instead of spending the next month or more on that learning curve!

I can tell already that she and I are "sympatico" given the amount of orange she incorporates into her felt! I'm not sure what my excuse is beyond that oranges speak to me, but I imagine she is highly inspired by the colors of the outback as a resident of Australia! All colors are welcome and encouraged in these workshops and if you are someone who struggles with color or doesn't but wants to expand your range of colors and color combinations, these 4 days promise to be earth shattering!

 

Natural Rhythms Sampling with Nancy Ballesteros

October 22 & 23, 10:00 - 5:00 PM

Have you ever wondered if the beauty in nature has any particular design method which it follows?

Come and explore how the simple but powerful Fibonacci design principal can be applied to your nuno felting (no maths necessary!). These elements can be found everywhere in nature and are incredibly visually pleasing to the human brain. Learn how to apply Fibonacci's design principles to create structured linear or more rhythmical organic patterns, whilst learning how to develop and use a sophisticated colour palette.

Using her 30+ years of creating colour, Nancy will present some practical ideas for developing your own colour language. Come with an open mind and spirit for learning new techniques of working with WET wool while learning to felt great superfine nuno.We will also concentrate on developing an array of skills for fully fulling your felt.Our aim is to develop a set of samples that will inspire and inform your creative process for years to come.You could fill a library with all the endless possibilities.

And if you are also a weaver or knitter, I use Fibonacci all the time for creating stripe sequences for hand wovens and handknits as well! So come explore the concept in felt, but apply it many times over in other crafts you enjoy!

 

Fee for just the Sampling Workshop: $325.00

Fee for BOTH the Nuno Scarf Workshop and the Sampler Workshop $600.00

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

Nuno Scarf Workshop - $325.00

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BOTH the Nuno Scarf Workshop and the Sampler Workshop - $600.00

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Natural Rhythms Nuno Scarf with Nancy Ballesteros

Oct 24th & 25th 10 - 5

Create a Superfine Merino Scarf while learning how to apply Fibonacci's universal design principles to your nuno felting. These design elements can be found everywhere in nature and are incredibly visually pleasing to our human brain. We will use these principles (no math necessary!) to create linear and more organic rhythmical patterns, whilst learning how to use a sophisticated colour palette.Drawing from her 30+ years of designing colours, Nancy will present some practical ideas for developing your own colour language.

Learn Nancy's newest technique of working with WET wool for making clear sharp lines while also learning to felt great superfine cloth. Please come with an open mind and spirit readyto work with wool in a very different manner -it will be challenging! Emphasis will be placed on QUALITY FELT.

Specific fulling techniques will expand your felting skills.

Nancy will also share her No-Roll Felting Technique

And think about joining us first for the 2 day sampling workshop so you can really learn, understand and explore lots of color possibilities, so when you make your scarf in this class, it will be exactly what you dreamed of! If you register for both at the same time, enjoy savings!

Fee for just the Nuno Scarf Workshop $325.00

Fee for BOTH the Nuno Scarf Workshop and the Sampler Workshop $600.00

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

Nuno Scarf Workshop - $325.00

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BOTH the Nuno Scarf Workshop and the Sampler Workshop - $600.00

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Estonian Roosimine (Inlay) Gloves or Mittens

Wed Nov 4, 11 & 18th 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

This clever technique for adding surface design while you knit the mittens or gloves is one of my favorite aspects of Estonian knitting traditions. Yes, they have some cool cast ons (see my Video Tutorials for one of my favorites) and interesting cuffs, but where the Scandinavian mittens with designs embroidered are just that - embroidered on after the fact - this technique allows you to work geometric designs in as you go!

And I haven't offered a "glove" class in a long time and there are some tricks to getting the juncture between the fingers nice and neat! But you are welcome to make mittens if you prefer.

So I hope some of you are able to join me for a relaxed weekend communing with the traditions of some of the earliest felters while we play with color and design with a sprinkling of history and photos from my journey throughout!

So I hope you can join me for this three week (you will have some knitting homework between each class to get to the section we need to be at for the following week, so keep that in mind if you are thinking about registering) workshop.

Materials provided at 15% discount for class participants

Instruction fee: $65 (includes pattern, not yarn)

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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2021 Classes are not yet confirmed.

Please check back for dates - we will add them as they are finalized.

 

January 2021

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Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

 

February 2021

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Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

 

Mar 2021

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Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

 

Apr 2021

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Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

 

May 2021

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Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

 

Classes are like traveling to an exotic land -

as Mark Twain once said about travel - you can lose yourself and find yourself at the same time!

 

To register for classes:

Three ways to register:

online, right here, press the Buy Now button for the class you are interested in and pay by Paypal or credit card

Print this registration form and mail it in with a check or your VISA/MC info for the amount of the instruction fee only. Materials fees will be collected at the time of class., OR

stop by the store!

Note: Any way you register, you must prepay to confirm your spot in a class.

Fees paid to confirm a spot are NOT refundable if, for any reason, you cannot attend.

If the class is cancelled by the teacher or store, then a full refund will be issued. Please don't register unless you are sure you can participate, but don't delay since most classes fill quickly.

In the event you sign up and can't make the class, you are welcome to send someone in your spot, but you are responsible for finding your replacement and making whatever financial arrangements between yourselves.

 

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