Northeast Fiber Arts Center

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

Class Schedule

 

Nuno Felt Scarf or Cowl

Saturday Dec 7th 10:00 - 5:00 PM (only 1 spot open)

Learn the fundamentals of nuno felting - felting wisps of extra fine merino wool into a silk base to create a lovely design and a scarf with beautiful drape!

This workshop will set you up to understand the whys and wherefores of fiber and fabric choice, as well as the process so you can go on to do more nuno felt on your own. Or to join us for more intermediate nuno felt workshops planned for the spring/summer - seamless garments!

Instruction fee: $ 95 Fee includes materials

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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2020 Classes

Silk Painting and Design on Yardage with Maggie Neale

Saturday & Sunday, May or June TBD, 10:00 - 5:00 PM

Attn: Nuno Felters, Quilters, and Seamstresses!

Why learn to paint or print fabric if you already know how to dye yardage or know where to purchase it for your nuno felt projects, quilts or garments?

Because, it's fun and a creative way to add individuality and uniqueness to your designs. And because you can then create/design specific patterns!

Although you may be able to achieve wonderful colors with your vat dyeing techniques for yardage, learning to paint and print fabric will give you much more control of where your colors go, how they blend, AND you can even create specific patterns in a way that you just can't achieve thru dyeing.

Plaids or Polka Dots, anyone? Stripes? Abstract Design? You conceive it, let's play!

So join fiber artist Maggie Neale and learn the techniques of silk painting and printing in order to create your own unique abstract designed and/or patterned fabric on silk yardage for nuno felting, quilting or sewing!

Using fiber reactive dyes (good for silk, cotton, linen, etc), Maggie will guide you thru color mixing, using thickened dyes for printing designs on silk and creating patterns using a semi resist to block the flow of dye while you explore the "joy of the brush's dance" as it moves across the silk.

During this exciting 2 day workshop, in addition to guiding you thru the creative aspects of color theory and blending, paint application and design as mentioned above, Maggie will share with you the easy system she has devised for stretching the silk (easy enough for you to manage on a utility table at home) . Plus, Maggie will show you how to prep the silk to receive the dye how to steam set it for color permanence, and wash it thoroughly so it is set and ready for you to nuno felt, quilt, or cut and sew when you get home.

Because of the way we pin our silk fabric to paint and print on this wonderful padded surface Maggie has devised, you will be able to paint/print up to 2 yards of 45" wide fabric at a time.

So during this two day workshop, you will have ample time to first work a test swatch to experiment with your colors and design ideas while you practice the technique and then you will have time to paint/print 4-6 yds of silk fabric.

And, as an added bonus, you get a "freebie" fabric because with every 2 yards of silk you dye you get a gorgeous piece of cotton too, since the piece of cotton muslin we stretch the silk on top of actually receives wondrous color effects as well!

Bring your own white silk to dye (4-6 yards, 45" wide) plus 2 yards of white muslin (or other cotton, if you prefer) to use as a base.

White Chiffon, Paj and uzbecki (Margelin) silks are available for sale at the shop and, as always, class participants enjoy a 15% discount on the silk purchased for use in class.

Instruction fee $150: for 2 days of creative and colorful fun
Materials fee $25: to cover the cost for dyes, print paste, synthrapol for washing out excess dye and foam brushes. (To be collected by the instructor, cash or check).

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.

 

Needle Felted Wristwarmers (photos coming)

Saturday, January 18th, 10:00 - 5:00 PM

       

These wristwarmers are as fun to make as to wear - and they'll make the long cold nights of winter whip by while you enjoy playing with color and design!

In this workshop I'll show you how to put a pattern (lots of variety to choose from, or I'll help you design your own) on your merino pre-felt base and then I'll guide you thru color choices and technique to needle felt in your design. All while making a lovely warm and decorative pair of wristwarmers.

Instruction fee: $95 including materials and pattern

 

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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Chunky Knitted Cable Pillow or Ottoman

Thursdays, February, 6th, 13th & 20th with snowdate of 27th 5:30 - 7:30 PM,

Advanced Beginner

This is a fun project to make and a useful piece to have around - great for sitting on the floor, elevating your feet after a long day at work, or propping yourself comfortably to knit or read! Decorative and contemporary in a chunky knit on big needles!

This is a great way to learn (or practice) both cabling and short row shaping. By "advanced beginner" I am thinking of someone who has knit a couple of projects on their own and is confident casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off and is ready to learn some new skills!

Fee $75: includes instruction and book (other great patterns for the home included!)

 

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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Entrelac 101

Wednesday, January 29th 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Your choice - bring leftover yarn to learn the basics for knitting entrelac flat - like how/where to pick up the stitches and how to knit backwards and turning corners - or embark on a lovely new project for the winter and knit a great baby blanket, lap afghan or pillow!

Noro happens to be a fun yarn for entrelac -the first photo above shows how Ito knits up in entrelac and the second photo shows how Silk Garden (and also Kureyon) knit up in entrelac. But you could also choose a solid color, or even several different solid colors and then pick and choose what colors go where!

Instruction fee is $35.

 

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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Latvian Mittens/Wristlets

Saturday, Feburary 15th 10:00 - 5:00 PM

Latvia is big on wristwarmers and mittens in their traditional folk dress (really all the northern Baltic countries seem to be!). Beaded, embroidered, knitted in fancy charted designs, and with interesting and decorative edgings, both provide warmth on a cold day and give the knitter a chance to play with lots of colors and patterns!

Whether you choose to knit wristwarmers or mittens is up to you! I think the wristwarmers are an intriguing option if you don't have as much time to devote to knitting! You learn the same techniques, still get to play with patterns and colors, and since we lose a lot of heat thru the inside of our wrists, they help keep you warm and cozy indoors. And what fun that their decorative edges peek thru from beneath your shirt or sweater acting almost like jewelry in that they give you a fun and creative opportunity to add a splash of color and design to your outfit! And knitting them is a great way to learn some techniques, too, without as big a time committment to dealing with the thumb and the whole top of the mitten!

But if you have lots of knitting time, the mittens are fabulous! The techniques we'll cover are the same - mitten knitters will just have more to knit and some shaping to do on their own.

Both mitten and wristlet knitters will learn one of several different decorative edge techniques (your choice), practice (or learn) correct stranded knitting techniques, explore unusual color combos based on using a color wheel and looking at cultural and regional traditions, and then knit from either a traditional or contemporary pattern that I've charted - so if you haven't worked from charted knitting before, you'll learn that too!

Bring dpns (or circular if you know magic loop-but this is not the time to LEARN magic loop as we'll have lots of other learning on our plates!) size 1-4 needles (depending on how you knit and what yarn you choose to use - so bring them all).

Wristlets/Mittens will not be finished in class, but you'll learn a unique cast on/edging, you'll learn how to manage 2 color knitting and integrate braids while starting the cuff, and working from a chart. The rest of the mitten/wristlet will be finished on your own.

Instruction fee $75 includes your choice of 3 colors from one of 3 yarn options (Elemental Shetland, NFAC Fingering, Cascade 220 sport)

 

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

Lisa Binkley is an accomplished textile artist who uses stitch to add amazing texture and design to her textile endeavors.

Join us for the full 5 a day journey of amazing embellishment and stitching in October 2020, and enjoy a 15% discount if you register before New Years Day 2020. Plus, be one of the first to register and you can make it a 7 day indulgence with 2 days of ecoprinting and/or felting beforehand!

Please note that I am offering a 2 day eco-print/felt workshop BEFORE the Dots & Dashes so that if any of you want to come for a longer stay and create some felt or eco print some fabric ahead of Dots & Dashes, you can. This 2 day "Open Studio" is listed below with Lisa's classes.

 

Nota Bene: You must prepay to confirm your spot in a class. Fees paid to confirm a spot are NOT refundable if you, for any reason, cannot attend. If the class is cancelled by the teacher or store, then a full refund will be issued. 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.

 

Open Studio - 2020 Eco Print and/or Felting for participants in Lisa Binkley's classes (with me)

October 12th & 13th 2020, 10:00 AM - 5:00PM

Reserved for up to 6 (first come first served) of the participants in Lisa's Dots & Dashes workshop scheduled for the following three days. No Charge for participants in Lisa Binkley's class!

For the two days prior to Lisa's Dots & Dashes workshop, I will offer this two day "open Studio" class specifically to those registering for Lisa's Dots and Dashes workshop. The purpose will be to offer my guidance to you thru either Eco-Printing some lovely fabric to use in the Dots & Dashes (Lisa has a lot of experience stitching her eco-prints to bring texture, line and motion to them) and/or felting some simple pieces to embellish with Lisa during the following 3 days!

I will supply instruction on eco-printing using blankets for guaranteed results, plant material to work with, some natural dye color options to add color to your ecoprints if you like, the propane, mordants etc. You'll need to supply your fabric and or fiber (if you are going to felt) or buy it here.

If you want to felt some art pieces to add surface design to with Lisa, join me and I'll have out a drum carder so we can blend some amazing batts to add color and some texture to start! Or you can lay out a "traditional" piece of felt or small project from merino top that you have.

Since I will be eco-printing and/or felting a piece for Lisa's class these two days, I will not charge for my time or use of the facilities/propane, dyes, etc.

This is sort of a free-bie for the first few that register to join me for the Dots & Dashes class that want to come here a bit early and create some "canvasses" to stitch on!

 

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

October 14 -16 2020: 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, 2020: 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: $350; $357 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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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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