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We try to offer a wide range of free events here for those interested in either learning more about a topic, trying out something new, or simply socializing with other fiber fanatics!

As we schedule such events, they will be added here on this page. Scroll down for details.

 


 

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Noro Blankets & Pillows Trunk Show

Sat Feb 8th 10 - 5

We'll have the blankets/afghans from the Noro Blankets book here on display, along with some great pillows from the Noro Magazine Issue 9!

Stop by to get inspired for some "home decor" ideas using these colorful yarns and add a splash of fun to your den, family room or living room this month!

More details to come...

Be sure to check out "Classes" to see some interesting workshops this winter focused on home decor projects!

 

Quinquennial Fiber Challenge!

The Great Reveal will be Sat Mar 14th 3 p.m.

It's time again to host a Fiber Challenge! Fiber because it involes yarn and fiber! Challenge because I put together a set of materials for each person to use that isn't in the usual range of choices for people to work with - and on top of that, I commit to a "theme" for the creations! (Tho' there is quite a bit of leeway in the interpretaion of the theme, I've noticed!)

10 brave and courageous fiber-holics are participating in this event. They picked up their Primaries (since it is that time of year, I used this as the theme and gave them fiber and yarn in 3 sets of primary colors: printer primaries of cyan, magenta and acid yellow; crayola primaries of clear red, yellow and blue; and a set of primaries all toned down with 10% black!

Plus they have to work in a couple of zingers in the way of a bright green yarn, some acid yellow prefelt, locks!

On Mar 14th, we gather again in the afternoon for Show & Tell of everyone's creations and refreshments.

It is always so inspiring and AMAZING to see how differently the same set of materials can be interpreted thru the various fiber arts we love. And also, how the addition of 1 other "material" can bring such a different look to essentially the "same" set of "materials".

It's a lot of fun and good for all experience levels. And it gives you something to focus on during the short days and long nights of winter!!

I hope some of you can come join us for the Great Reveal on Sat Mar 14th!

If you want to see some of the creations from previous Fiber Challenges check this page out from the very first one.

And here one for the 2nd and 3rd.

And here, for the last one I held!

 

The Silk Road Event

Sat May 23rd 4 - 5 p.m.

Knit right from the cocoon? You bet!

There are so many ways to use this fabulous fiber and most people haven't had an opportunity to explore them. I haven't hosted this event in many years so thought it was about time again. And I'm expecting I'll have even more insight and new perspective on this wonderful fiber after my textile tour thru Uzbekistan in March!

So I invite you to join me for a journey thru the fascinating world of silk!

Stop by this afternoon to learn how to knit directly from the cocoon, reel silk, stretch mawattas - yes, this is hands on if you want it to be!

Or if you don't want to get your hands dirty, just come on by to explore the many varieties of silk fiber, yarn and fabric I have so you can better understand what the differeneces are between wild and cultivated, charmeuse and margelin, paj and chiffon, reeled and thrums.

'So much to explore and learn so you better understand the various ways you can incorporate this fabulous fiber into your knitting, spinning, weaving and felting creations going forward.

And having raised silkworms for a couple of summers, I can explain the amazing life cycle of the silk worm and show you samples of silk from Madagascar to Vermont!!

I won't be serving any fermented mare's milk, but will have some Uzbeki treats out to compliment the affair!

Skill Building: Traveling/Twisted Stitch Hat or Headband

Postponed - TBD

I have three compendia of Bavarian traveling stitch patterns from which I put together a pattern for this sweet hat knit in Patagonia, by Juniper Moon. They have an interesting way of charting these simple patterns that don't require a cable needle, but give you the effect of intricate and delicate cables!

I also am working up a headband done in Patagonia's heavier cousin, Santa Cruz. Also organic, mulesing free merino, this yarn knits at a heavier gauge. For those wanting to try their hand at the Traveling/Twisted stitches in a quicker and easier undertaking, this headband offers the option of learning all the same techniques, tips and chart reading, but in a smaller project that will work up faster.

I'll teach you how to follow the unique charting to create meandering and highly decorative traveling stitches as shown on the hat pictured above (photo coming soon). Patagonia is a perfect yarn for this technique since it's twist and ply enable a really crisp stitch definition that helps show off this technique. And spun from organic merino, you know it will be soft enough for even the pickiest heads! This is a free class on traveling stitches with the purchase of a skein of Patagonia or of Santa Cruz/

Date TBA