Northeast Fiber Arts Center

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

Class Schedule

Note about 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 classes I'm offering this summer will be held out of doors in the garden (beneath the dye tents to protect vs. rain)

The August felting workshops with Hungarian born felter Judit Pocs have been cancelled, but I'm trying to reschedule for 2021, so stay tuned.

 

September

Online Dye Workshop

Starting after Labor Day and running thru Nov 15th.

This online workshop is a great way to enjoy the last of summer and early fall-it's my favorite time to dye!

For natural dyeing and eco/botanical printing there are a lot of plants to harvest and I like having the extra ventilation when working with the chemical dyes.

So whether you are a felter wanting to add block printing to your felt (see my runes in the far right photo) or wishing to dye your own silk fabric for nuno felting, or you are a knitter interested in dyeing yarn either with natural dyes (see the second photo from the left) or to handpaint your skeins with chemical dyes, or you are a seamstress or quilter that wants to add botanical printing/eco printing to your fabric design possibilities, this is a great workshop for you to get down all the basics....and then some.

I've updated this workshop since I first filmed the basics. It now includes a bit of shibori technqiue, all about tannins and the extra steps to naturally dye or botanically print cottons or other cellulosic fibers (this workshop used to just cover dyeing wool and protein fibers).

Read more about the workshop and register.

Dye Lab Registration - Price: $75

 

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.

 

 

Nancy Ballesteros - Rhythms in Felt Workshops - postponed to dates in 2021 to be determined.

These workshops have been postponed until sometime in 2021. Once I have the dates, I will open registration for them - although space will be limited since those who already registered for the classes in 2020 that were postponed due to covid, have all opted to keep their spots in the 2021 workshop. So if you're interested, once I have the dates, you'll need to register right away!

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, postponed to dates in 2021 to be determined.


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!

 

Natural Rhythms Nuno Scarf with Nancy Ballesteros

Postponed to dates in 2021 to be determined.


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!

 

2021 Classes

I may add some zoom classes after the holidays to help us get thru the winter, and I expect that I will have more "in person" classes to add for the year starting in June (when we can be out of doors), but I'm going to wait until Jan 1st to worry about that. For now, you can see the Lisa Binkley classes that I had scheduled for Oct 2020 are now rescheduled for June 2021.

 

January 2021

Check Back for some zoom classes

       

 

Instruction fee is $.

 

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

Check Back for zoom classes

 

       

Instruction fee is $.

 

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.

 

 

March 2021

Check Back for zoom classes

 

       

Instruction fee is $.

 

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.

 

 

April 2021

Check Back for zoom classes

 

       

Instruction fee is $.

 

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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June 2021

Boro Unleashed with Lisa Binkley

June 26th & 27th, 10:00 - 5:00 PM

We will be socially distanced and wearing masks for sure, but given the warmer weather we can count on here in June, we'll hold both of Lisa's workshops in the garden beneath the dye canopies.

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 $260 for this wonderful 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.

 


Dots & Dashes: The Language of the Hand-Made Stitch" with Lisa Binkley

June 23, 24 and 25th, 10:00 - 5:00 PM

We will be socially distanced and wearing masks for sure, but given the warmer weather we can count on here in June, we'll hold both of Lisa's workshops in the garden beneath the dye canopies.

     

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 3- to 5-day 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. In the two- or three-day version of the workshop students work entirely on a sampler. In the four- and five-day versions of the workshop students come to class with a small, unembellished art quilts or fiber art panel that they would like to take to a new level through the addition of hand embroidery with beads and thread. 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 is $475.00

 

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.

 

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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Classes get added randomly based on what customers ask for when, and also based on when I am able to confirm dates and details with the instructors. So check back periodically or sign up for our once monthly newsletter since I always alert customers to new classes thru that.

 

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