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The Fiber Festival of New England Workshop tickets are on sale this Friday, July 21 at 9am.

Please Note: Any materials fee needs to be paid to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop. Please be sure to check in 15 minutes before the start of the class.

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Begin to Spin!

November 4 | 9:30 - 11:30am
Location: Workshop 1
Instructor: Marcia Weinert

About
Skill Level: Beginner
Cost: $45
Learn to make your own, unique handspun yarn on a spinning wheel! We’ll play with several types of prepared wool while we discuss wheel maintenance, drafting, treadling, plying and finishing techniques to make a balanced yarn. As time permits, we’ll touch on various types of fiber preparation and non-wool fibers. No previous experience required. Warning: spinning can be addictive!

Materials
Fee: $10
The fee covers all fiber and handouts, as well as in-class use of ball winder, niddy-noddy and lazy kate. Bring a treadle-driven wheel in good working condition, with at least two bobbins. For an additional $10, students may borrow a spinning wheel and bobbins for use in class. Please let us know if you need to borrow a loaner wheel.

*Please note: Sold out and accepting on a waiting list only!
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Harmony Santa

November 4 | 9:30 - 11:30am
Location: Workshop 2
Instructor: Susan Rice of Bartlett Yarns

About
Skill Level: Basic/Intermediate
Cost: $25
Create a 100% jolly Santa using roving and cookie cutters. This wonderful Christmas ornament was designed using Bartlett Yarns 100% 1" wool rovings. An heirloom for years to come using needle felting techniques.

Materials
Fee: $25
Complete kit which includes felting pad, needles, rovings, cookie cutter and instructions.

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Workshop: Harmony Santa
$25.00
Materials Fee (not included): $25
Skill Level: Basic/Intermediate


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Beginning Needle Tatting

November 4 | 10am - 12pm
Location: Workshop 3
Instructor: Katherine Johnson

About
Skill Level: Beginner
Cost: $25
Did you know that tatted lace can be made with a needle? Learn the basics of needle tatting by creating a simple ring-and-chain edging. Needle tatting is easy to pick up and flexible in material choice. Add it to your repertoire!

Materials
Fee: $8
Kit including tatting needle, small crochet hook, bobbin of beginner thread, and folder of reference information.

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Workshop: Beginning Needle Tatting
$25.00
Materials Fee (not included): $8
Skill Level: Beginner


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Rigid Heddle Weaving

November 4 | 10am - 1pm
Location: Workshop 4
Instructor: Jill Staubitz of Hartford Artisans Weaving Center

About
Skill Level: Beginner
Cost: $65
Quick and Easy prep for Weaving Heddle Loom! Rigid Heddle looms are perfect looms for knitters! No need to invest in an expensive loom to weave. Class focuses on quick and easy warping of a rigid heddle loom to get you up and ready to weave. We will discuss which yarns work best on a rigid heddle, and what type of projects you can make on this loom. Each student will leave class having dressed a loom and ready to tackle their next project.

Materials
Fee: $5
Instructor will provide handouts. Schacht 15" Cricket looms will be available to rent. Students have the option to purchase the looms prior to class for a 10% discount (Weavers bringing their own looms will need to bringing all accessories needed to warp- peg, clamps, shuttle and 8 dent).

Bring a measuring tape, scissors, pen, paper, and approximately 350 yards of worsted weight wool/wool blend 2-ply yarn. Those bring their own looms will need to bring clamps, warping peg, heddle and shuttles.

* Please note: Sold out and accepting on a waiting list only!

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Needle Felting: Form AND Function!

November 4 | 12 - 2pm
Location: Workshop 1
Instructor: Pat Pawlowicz of A Fistful of Felt!

About
Skill Level: All levels (No experience necessary)
Cost: $30
When needle felting, its never a good idea to stab your needle into the foam board to store it, as it damages the foam and you risk breaking the needle. Here’s a great solution – create a pin cushion! You’ll learn the techniques needed to sculpt a form and embellish it to make it fun, whimsical, pretty, cool, adorable – lots of ideas to choose from AND … we’ll add the secret element that keeps your pin cushion safe and sturdy.

Materials
Fee: $10
Written and illustrated instructions included, all materials and use of tools provided. Bring your own small sharp scissors and glasses if needed.


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Workshop: Needle Felting Form AND Function!
$30.00
Materials Fee (not included): $10
Skill Level: All Levels


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Heavenly Fleece Angel

November 4 | 1 - 2:15pm
Location: Workshop 2
Instructor: Susan Rice of Bartlett Yarns

About
Skill Level: Beginner/Basic
Cost: $25
Create a treasure by using wool top and transform into a beautiful angel complete with halo, wings and embellishment.

Materials
Fee: $6
Complete kit includes roving for 2 angels - one done in class, one at home, roving materials for embellishment.
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Workshop: Heavenly Fleece Angel
$25.00
Materials Fee (not included): $6
Skill Level: Beginner/Basic


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Folk Art Rug Hooking

November 4 | 1 - 3pm
Location: Workshop 3
Instructor: Janet Connor

About

Skill Level: Beginner
Cost: $35
Like all old fashioned crafts, rug hooking is low-tech, simple and lots of fun! You can easily incorporate rovings, hand spun and commercial yarns, felting techniques and embellishments, once you have mastered the basics. Learn the sequence and procedure of rug hooking, from start to finish. Every step will be demonstrated. We will discuss the history and tradition of primitive rug hooking, learn about finding and preparing materials, and research sources for design inspiration. You will choose from a variety of simple folk art designed rug hooking KITS, for a small mat or chair pad, purchased directly from the instructor.

Materials
Fee: $33.50 - $60 (various sizes)
Rug hooking its which includes everything needed - hook, instructions, design suggestions, binding, burlap, hoop and a selection of one-of-a-kind heirloom and hand dyed wools ($41 - $60 depends on size). Bring sharp fabric scissors.

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Workshop: Folk Art Rug Hooking
$35.00
Materials Fee (not included): $33.50 - $60 (various sizes)
Skill Level: Beginner


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Needle Felt your Cat or Dog

November 4 | 2 - 3:30pm
Location: Workshop 4
Instructor: Kelly Corbet of Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool

About
Skill Level: Basic
Cost: $25
Needle felt a cat or dog with one of your basic needle felting kits.

Materials
Fee: $16
All inclusive needle felting kit.
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Workshop: Needle Felt Your Cat or Dog
$25.00
Materials Fee (not included): $16
Skill Level: Basic


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Needle Felted Landscape in the Round

November 4 | 2:30 - 4pm
Location: Workshop 1
Instructor: Pat Pawlowicz of A Fistful of Fiber!

About
Skill Level: All Levels (No experience necessary)
Fee: $30
This year-round ornament will be a real conversation piece, and can be scented with a drop of essential oil to make a lovely pomander as well. Learn to art of a 2D felting on a 3D felted 3" diameter wool ball. I have plenty of landscape ideas, or bring your own, We'll even attach a ribbon to hang it.

Materials
Fee: $10
Written and illustrated instructions, all materials and use of tools provided (wool felt ball, wool batting in a variety of colors, use of needles and templates). Bring your glasses if necessary.

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Workshop: Needle Felted Landscape in the Round
$30.00
Materials Fee (not included): $10
Skill Level: All Levels


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Wet Felted Vessels

November 5 | 9am - 12pm
Location: Workshop 3
Instructor: Kathleen Gerdes

About
Skill Level: All Levels
Cost: $60
Learn how to create two unique vessels with soap, water and a balloon while playing with color and texture.

Materials
Fee: $25
Soap, balloons, panty hose, buckets and water on site. All wool needed to complete one vessel is provided. Bring apron and an old bath towel.

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Workshop: Wet Felted Vessels
$60.00
Materials Fee (not included): $25
Skill Level: All Levels


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Rug Hooking for Beginners

November 5 | 9:30 - 11:30am
Location: Workshop 1
Instructor: Lindsay Krauss of Green Mountain Hooked Rugs

About
Skill Level: Beginner
Cost: $20
Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on work students will experience the art of rug hooking while working on a small project to take home. This class is designed for students who have never tried rug hooking or have very little knowledge of proper technique. Students can arrive knowing little to nothing about rug hooking and will leave being able to pull loops and complete projects! Class content will include discussions of equipment, setup, proper technique and different styles.

Materials
Fee: $45
The kit for this class contains the pattern and cut wool strips. There will be 4 patterns and color schemes to choose from.

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Workshop: Rug Hooking for Beginners
$20.00
Material Fee (not included): $45
Skill Level: Beginner


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Needle Felted Holiday Ornament

November 5 | 9:30 - 11:30am
Location: Workshop 4
Instructor: Pat Pawlowicz of A Fistful of Fiber!

About
Cost: $30
Skill Level: All Levels (No experience necessary)
A cluster of needle felted holly leaves and bring red wool berries make this large 3" diameter ornament truly jolly! And ribbons to finish the festive effect, and you have created an heirloom-quality decoration. Learn the techniques, tips and tricks for felting on a round form and get those perfect veins in the leaves. Add a drop of essential oil...delightful!

Materials
Fee: $10
Written and illustrated instructions, all materials and use of tools provided. The $10 materials fee includes felted wool ball, ribbon, wool, pins and glue. Bring small sharp scissors and your glasses if you need them.

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Workshop: Needle Felted Holiday Ornament
$30.00
Materials Fee (not included): $10
Skill Level: All Levels


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Gingerbread Swag

November 5 | 11:30am - 1pm
Location: Workshop 2
Instructor: Susan Rice of Bartlett Yarns

About
Skill Level: Basic/Intermediate
Cost: $25
Create a 3 man gingerbread man swag using Bartlett yarns roving and cookie cutter. Dress it up with embellishment and bring the holiday to life.

Materials
Fee: $15
Kit which includes felting pads, needles, roving and embellishment.

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Workshop: Gingerbread Swag
$25.00
Materials Fee (not included): $15
Skill Level: Basic/Intermediate


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Dimensional Hooked and Prodded Blossoms

November 5 | 12 - 2pm
Location: Workshop 1
Instructor: Janet Connor

About
Skill Level: Beginner
Cost: $35
PRODDY is an old fashioned British variation of rug hooking using shaped pieces of wool fabric lifted up with a hook, wool prod or prodded clasp. This technique is PERFECT for creating beautiful three dimensional blossoms! Beautiful effects are possible when you use hand dyed 100% wool fabrics.

Materials
Fee: $10
Individual flower kits will be available at a cost of $10 each, payable directly to the instructor. 15 different blossoms to choose from! Preview on my website at www.jconnerhookedrugs.com . All tools and equipment will be provided by the teacher to borrow during the class or purchase if you choose. If you have it, bring your frame, biggest hook and backing fabric of your choice.


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Workshop: Dimensional Hooked and Prodded Blossoms
$35.00
Materials Fee (not included): $10
Skill Level: Beginner


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Beginner Knitting

November 5 | 1 - 3pm
Location: Workshop 3
Instructor: Aimee Gilbert

About
Skill Level: Beginner
Cost: $25
Learn to cast on, the knit stitch and how to bind off.

Materials
Yarn provided. Bring size 7 or 8 knitting needles.

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Workshop: Beginner Knitting
$25.00
Skill Level: Beginner


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Lucet Weaving Workshop

November 5 | 1 - 2pm
Location:
Workshop 4

Instructor: Pat Pawlowicz of A Fistful of Fiber!

About
Skill Level: All Levels (No experience necessary)
Cost: $30
The Lucet is an ancient hand-weaving tool originally used by the Vikings. Easy to learn, portable and no sharp needles makes this a fun craft for all. You will be wearing the beautiful bracelet you create as you leave class. BONUS: choose a charm from out collection free!

Materials
Written and illustrated instruction included. All materials and use of tools provided. Bring small sharp scissors and your glasses if needed.


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Workshop: Lucet Weaving Workshop
$30.00
Skill Level: All Levels



Interested in hosting a 2018 Workshop? Applications will be available in November 2017.
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