Our line-up includes 2 Navajo weaving workshops, Making Watercolor Felt, Nuno Felting, Natural dyeing, Spinning faux boucle, and High Whorl Spindling workshops. Workshops run from half days to 5 days.
Multi-Day Workshops – All Day * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Beginning Navajo Weaving by Ilene Naegle
The Beginning Navajo Weaving workshop is for one week by master weaver Ilene Naegle. Participants will start and finish a small Navajo rug on an upright Navajo loom. Participants will spin and ply their own edge cords before warping. Participants will learn the basic weaving using the vertical and diagonal design. They will finish a one of a kind rug. There will be room for story telling.Min. # of Students: 5
Max. # of Students: 7
Ages: 18+ Days: Tuesday thru Saturday, May 22 – 26, 2012
Time: 9:00 am – noon and 1:00pm – 4:00pm Cost: $410.00
Materials Fees: $55.00 – batten and comb. Loom and dowel sticks will be rented out.
Bring to Workshop: Pillows if you prefer to sit on the floor.
Navajo Horse Cinch Weaving with Roy Kady
The Navajo Horse Cinch Weaving workshop with master weaver/fiber artist and 4th generation weaver/sheep herder Roy Kady will consist of learning the very basics of Navajo Horse Cinch weaving techniques warped between two D rings. Each student will warp their own strings between two (2) D rings, dress them appropriately and weave a plain simple pattern of stripes, square/step and diagonal patterns, they will also learn about the finishing techniques and are recommended to complete their weavings by the end of the workshop session. Roy will also share with his students his family history of shepherding, horsemanship and some appropriate sacred stories of the horse and their songs. All the materials and the rental loom will be provided and included in the materials list fee, he will also have some extra tools/supplies and/or yarns from his Navajo-Churro Sheep flock on hand for sale to his students.Min. # of Students: 6 Max. # of Students: 12 Ages: 18+ Days: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 24 – 26, 2012 Time: 9:00 am – noon and 1:00pm – 4:00pm Cost: $165.00 Materials Fees: $75.00 – all the materials and the rental loom Bring to Workshop: N/A
Friday All Day Workshops * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Making Watercolor Felt by Linda Smith
Students will be introduced to the technique of layering fiber and using soap, water, and agitation to make pre-felt. Layers of colored fiber are placed on top of the pre-felt to create pictures. Students will learn fiber blending, use of felting needles and a variety of methods for placing fiber on the pre-felt to design their picture. Once the process is learned, final products can be used for wall art, coasters, placemats, hot pads, and clothing.Min. # of Students: 3 Max. # of Students: 10 Ages: 18+ Day: Friday, May 25, 2012 Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Cost: $65.00 Materials Fees: $38.00 – for SPECIAL net, bubble material, soap, needles, and wool. Bring to Workshop: a picture (can be photo or magazine image), a large sponge (7 x 4 x 1 ½), and a sack lunch. Please do not attempt to bring your own; I use particular types of each of these materials. As with any art form, having the best and correct materials will increase your successful results!
Friday Half Day Workshops – Morning * * * * * * * *
Nuno Felted Scarf by Lois Burbach
Lois will teach the artistic technique nuno felting alpaca fibers with open weave fabrics and novelty yarns, resulting in a richly textured yet lightweight and dazzling scarf. Nuno felting (also known as laminate felting) is extremely creative and fun! No sewing, knitting, or crocheting is required to make this unique, one-of-a-kind piece of fashion art!Min. # of Students: 4 Max. # of Students: 6 Ages: 14+ Day: Friday, May 25, 2012 Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Cost: $90.00 Materials Fees: $15.00 Bring to Workshop: N/A
Saturday Half Day Workshops – Morning * * * * *
Introduction for High Whorl Spindling by Susan Jones
For beginning spindlers, learn how to make yarn on a high whorl drop spindle. We will talk about selecting fiber, preparation, selecting a spindle, drafting, spinning, and if we have time, plying. Spindling isn’t hard, it is just practice!Min. # of Students: 3 Max. # of Students: 5 Ages: 12+ Day: Saturday, May 26, 2012 Time: 10:00 am- noon Cost: $20.00 Materials Fees: N/A Bring to Workshop: N/A
Saturday Half Day Workshops – Afternoon * * * * * *
Natural Dyeing by Paula Seay
Using plants, roots and bugs, we’ll extract the color from these natural dye materials. We’ll be working with madder & cochineal for different reds; cota (Navajo tea) for golds; and sagebrush for yellows, to name a few. Some materials are found locally, and others are available online. The colors are lightfast and all go together beautifully. You’ll get a dye card that you’ll attach your samples to for your record keeping.Min. # of Students: 3 Max. # of Students: 8 Ages: N/A Day: Saturday, May 26, 2012 Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Cost: $30.00 Materials Fees: $15.00 Bring to Workshop: Bring to Workshop: Paper & pencil for note taking, rubber gloves, apron or wear old clothes, camera.
Sunday Half Day Workshops - Morning * * * * * * * *
Spinning Faux Boucle by Nancy Wilson
Using mohair locks and a thin binder yarn, students will create faux bouclé yarn that is easy and fun! No special techniques, no pushing yarn to create the loops. Just two yarns and a wrapped yarn technique coupled with stress-busting yarn distressing techniques and you’ll have a fabulous yarn that will have you searching out mohair locks (or even thinking about getting a goat or two).Min. # of Students: 4 Max. # of Students: 8 Ages: 14+ Day: Sunday, May 27, 2012 Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Cost: $20.00 Materials Fees: $10.00 Bring to Workshop: Spinning wheel, at least 2 bobbins, lazy Kate, niddy noddy, wash basin, bath towel, large paper grocery bag.
Deb Robson, author of the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, is presenting a workshop at PFF in May, 2013. Mark your calendar! Details coming soon!