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Classes and Shows

 

Our 3rd Saturday Fiber Day is from 11- 4 on a drop in basis. You can come spin, weave, knit, crochet, needle felt--whatever fiber art you prefer. Bring a snack to share, if you like.
We now have Saturday Spinning Days the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 11- 4.  Bring a snack to share if you like!  

Even if I am not here, you can come in and spin, knit, crochet.  Sometimes I take a Saturday off--and show season is starting!)

2ND FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING:

Come join us the 2nd Friday of each month from 5 -8.

Beginning Spinning  
Instructor:  Karen Champion
Date: Jan 28, Feb 11 (Tuesday)
March 10, 24 (Tuesday)

Time: 1 - 4
Cost $80.00 Materials Fee $20.00
Wheel Rental Available @ $25/ week
Rental applies to the purchase of a wheel if bought within 2 months of the class.
Location:  3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113

This is a 2 session class.  In the first session you will learn a bit about the wheel, different fibers and how to spin a single.  Then you will have homework over the 2 weeks in between sessions.  In the second session you will learn several ways to ply your yarn and set the twist.
Space is limited.  Prepayment is required. To register, call 303-514-8780
PLEASE BRING OR WEAR SOCKS TO CLASS.
Hand Carding and Woolen Spinning
(Long Draw)
Because the term 'woolen' refers to a fiber preparation as well as a spinning method, we'll explore both aspects in this class.
Knowing the differences can help you get the yarn you really want. Learn to use hand cards to make lovely rolags; then learn how to spin them using the long draw to create a lofty, warm yarn. The fiber preparation, wheel set up and spinning technique make a difference in successfully performing this fast and fun spinning method. If there's time, 
we'll use the cards to blend colors, fibers, and commercial top.
Please be sure your wheel is in good working order.
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Instructor: Anita Deen
Date:  Jan 16 (Thursday)
Time:  10 -1
Cost:  $60
Materials Fee $20 payable to Instructor
Location:  3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO  80113
Prepayment is required. Please call 303-514-8780 to register
 
Painting With Fiber
(How To Use A Blending Board) 
Blending boards are so much fun to use, and so is spinning the rolags or punis you create. Think of the blending board as a fiberpalette, but instead of mixing paint, you mix fiber. Once you learn the fundamentals, the sky is the limit to blending fiber, fiber types, colors and textures to create gradients, stripes and more. Then you will learn to spin using the long draw method, a fast and easy way to spin your bounty. There is a difference between the product from a blending board, a drum carder, hand cards or combs-learn how and why fiber preparation makes a difference in your spinning.
 Please be sure your wheel is in good working order.
Instructor: Anita Deen
Date:  Jan 25 (Saturday)
Time:  10 -1
Cost:  $60
Materials Fee $20 payable to Instructor
Location:  3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO  80113
Prepayment is required. Please call 303-514-8780 to register.

Intermediate Rigid Heddle Weaving
 
Now that you've learned to warp your loom and have woven a few pieces, it's time to explore various finger-manipulated techniques and learn more complex pickup patterns. Work on the techniques that interest you the most and problem-solve any issues you are having. We will also discuss project planning. Bring your loom pre-warped with worsted size yarn in an 8-dent heddle, a stand if you have one, 2 or more shuttles, scissors, ruler, and any weaving questions you may have.
Instructor: Terri Veragen
Date:  Feb 1 (Saturday)
Time:  1:30-4:30
Cost:  $60
Loom Rental:
$15 for the week, if needed.  Rental applies to purchase if the loom is purchased within 2 months of the class.
Class Minimum:  2
Location: 
3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO  80113
Pre-payment is required. Space is limited, so register now! Please call 303-514-8780 to register.


THE JOY OF HAND SPINDLING
 
Spin anywhere, anytime on a handspindle. These beautiful tools have been used for thousands of years, they're very productive, and they are still the primary tool for spinning in some cultures.
As portable as knitting socks, you can spindle while waiting at appointments, while your SO drives, while taking a paddling break in the kayak. It's amazing how much you will get done, and it's so much fun!

Learn all the basics in this class: how to handle fiber, how to draft and spin, how to make strong joins, how to speed spindle. Learn why there are different types and weights of spindles; how to recognize well-prepared fiber and how different fiber preparations affect your spinning.

This class is for the Beginner, but is a perfect refresher if you've been away from the spindle for a while.
Instructor: Anita Deen
Date:  Feb 19 (Wednesday)drop spindle
Time:  10 -1
Cost:  $60
Materials Fee $20 payable to Instructor
Location:  3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO  80113
Prepayment is required. Please call 303-514-8780 to register
Instructor Bio:
Anita has been spinning for over 25 years and teaching for more than 20 years. Once an avid weaver, spinning pretty much took over her creative life. While there is room in the house for her beloved husband of 39 years, her dog and the couch and a loom; fiber, yarn and spinning wheels are everywhere.  Anita teaches at local knitting shops, and has taught at Convergence, the Estes Park Wool Market, local guilds, and has been published in Handwoven Magazine. She likes to knit her handspun, gift it to her sister to weave, or keep it in great piles.
   
Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving
Two days, 4 hours first day, 2 hours second day
Rigid heddle looms are a simple, portable and inexpensive introduction to weaving, yet are extremely versatile in their patterning possibilities. 

On the first day you will learn how a rigid heddle loom works, what you can do with it, how to warp your loom with even tension and weave with good selvedges, change colors and work with different yarns, fix a broken warp and get started weaving a sampler, exploring several techniques as time permits. 

In part two, you may continue your sampler or start a new project. We will discuss how to calculate how much yarn you need, different finishes for the end of your weaving, and how to remove your weaving and finish your cloth. 
Stop by the shop before class to choose appropriate yarns. We will have looms available (Schacht Crickets, Ashford Sample-It, etc) or you may bring your own rigid loom with all parts, and stand if you have one. 
Instructor:  Terri Veragen
Date and Time:  Feb 22 1:30-5:30, Feb 29 1:30-3:30 (Saturdays)
                            March 19  1-5, March 26 1-3 (Thursdays)
Cost:  $110
Loom Rental:
$15 for the week.  Rental applies to purchase if the loom is purchased within 2 months of the class.
Class Minimum:  2
Location: 
3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO  80113
Pre-payment is required. Space is limited, so register now! Please call 303-514-8780 to register.
JUMP START YOUR SPINNING 

Do you want to make beautiful yarn, expand your spinning horizons, and boost your confidence? This is the class for you. We'll start with a review of the wheel: when and why to adjust, ratios, special features and wheel care, so you can have your wheel work for you and your needs. Learn drafting methods to help you spin efficiently and get the yarn you want, whether thick, thin, slubby, or anything else, from
 
 any fiber preparation. We'll review the many ways to ply; proper joining methods; and look briefly at fiber preparations. Ergonomics is so important to improve comfort and avoid injury and repetitive injury (it can happen!).
Please be sure your wheel is in good working order.
 Bring problems and questions to solve in class.
Instructor: Anita Deen
Date:  February 4 (Tuesday) or
March 14 (Saturday)
Time:  10 -1
Cost:  $60
Materials Fee $20 payable to Instructor
Location:  3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO  80113
Prepayment is required. Please call 303-514-8780 to register.


Intermediate Hand Spindle

Come and learn the tips and tricks that will make your spindle spinning time more productive and enjoyable - you'll spin more yardage in less time and enjoy your spinning time more. How?
By learning the fine points of choosing a spindle, which helps you choose the right spindle for your fiber, and for your spinning goals. We'll review the basics of spindling and how to make clean, strong joins. Learn additional drafting methods for the spindle and how to wind-off, and ply.  Learn to make your motions efficient and effective, helping you avoid injury. We'll review good spindle  habits, posture and ergonomics, and so much more! We'll also review fiber and fiber preparations, how they affect your spinning, and how to choose the right fiber for your projects. 
 
Please bring:
All of your spindles, especially if they're different weights and types
3 Balls (not skeins!) of handspun singles, to use for plying
Fiber - types you like to spin
Fiber - types you do not like to spin (if any)
You'll use this for spinning during class. Additional fiber will be supplied by instructor.
Instructor: Anita Deen
Date:  March 25 (Wednesday)
Time:  10 -1
Cost:  $60
Materials Fee $15 payable to Instructor
Location:  3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO  80113
Prepayment is required. Please call 303-514-8780 to register.
 
 

 

More classes will be listing on the website, so keep checking.  

Updated January 16, 2020