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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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Saturday
November 2, 2019

Wool Christmas Wreath

November 2 | 9:15 - 11:15 am
Location: Workshop 3
Instructor: Susan Rice of Bartlett Yarns
Minimum: 1 Maximum: 15

About
Skill Level: Basic
Cost: $25
Creative wool fabric wreath using a wooden hoop. Decorated with a bow and ornament (will vary). One small wreath will be made in class with provided supplies to make a larger one at home.

Materials
Fee: $12
The fee covers fabric, decorations and the hoop. Students will be given the opportunity to use a accuquilt machine to cut strips.

Students should bring good SHARP scissors and their enthusiasm!


Workshop - Wool Christmas Wreath
Workshop - Wool Christmas Wreath
Materials Fee: (not included) $12

Skill Level: Basic
$25

Floribunda! Needle Felted Roses

November 2 | 9:15 - 11:15 am
Location: Workshop 4
Instructor: Pat Pawlowicz of A Fistful of Felt!
Minimum: 1 Maximum: 10

About
Skill Level: All levels
Cost: $40
Learn everything from a bud to a fully opened rose, and leaves, too! You choose what color you want to make your rose from our large variety of flowery hues. Discover how to use shapers, make rows of petals and how to assemble your rose. Bonus: I'll bring essential oils if you would like to add a scent. Use your rose to make jewelry, embellish a hat, barrette or purse... beautiful! You take home a set of three shapers, your rose and written and illustrated instructions. Bring your glasses if you need them. Visit us at: www.aFistfulofFelt.com

Materials
Fee: $15
The fee covers a palette of wool batting colors, set of three shapers for students to keep, written instructions to take home and continue creating, use of tools and materials.

Students should bring their glasses, if needed.

Workshop - Floribunda! Needle Felted Roses
Workshop - Floribunda! Needle Felted Roses
Materials Fee: (not included) $15

Skill level: All Levels
$40

Begin to Spin!

November 2 | 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Workshop 1
Instructor: Marcia Weinert
Minimum: 2 Maximum: 7

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, treading, 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 fibers and handouts, as well as in-class use of ball winder, niddy-noddey, and lazy kate. For an additional $10, students may borrow a spinning wheel and bobbins for use in class.

Students should bring a treadle-driven wheel in good working condition, with 1 or 2 bobbins. Please email the instructor if you will need to borrow a loaner wheel.

Workshop - Begin to Spin
Workshop - Begin to Spin
Materials Fee: (not included) $10

Skill Level: Beginner
$45

Rigid Heddle Beginners

November 2 | 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Workshop 2
Instructor: Sally Mullen of Hartford Artisans Weaving Center
Minimum: 2 Maximum: 6

About
Skill Level: Beginner
Cost: $80
Join instructor Sally Mullen for a rigid heddle class for beginners! You will learn each step in the rigid heddle weaving process, and you'll build confidence to set up the loom and weave on your own. This class is open to brand-new weavers and anyone who is interested in refreshing or solidifying their rigid heddle weaving skills.

Materials
Fee: $0
Instructor will provide handouts. Schacht 15" Cricket looms will be available to rent for $15. The $15 then can be applied to the purchase of the loom at the end of the workshop.

Students should bring measuring tape, scissors, pen, paper, 2 skanes (approximately 350 yards) of worsted weight wool/wool blend 2-ply yarn. Those bringing their own looms will need to bring clamps, warping, peg, heddle and shuttles. If renting a loom, please contact the instructor ahead of time.


Workshop - Rigid Heddle Weaving Beginners Saturday
Workshop - Rigid Heddle Weaving Beginners Saturday
Materials Fee: (not included) $

Skill Level: Beginner
$80

Bell Ornament

November 2 | 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop 2
Instructor: Kathy Donovan of Checkmate Farm
Minimum: 1 Maximum: 12

About
Level: Everyone is welcome, no prior experience is required and great for those who would like to review the basics
Cost: $35
In this make it and take it workshop, you will learn the basics of Oxford Punch needle rug hooking. We will be creating a colorful Bell Ornament. Fun for beginners as well as those that may already be familiar with punch needle rug hooking. Everyone will leave with a finished Bell ornament and the knowledge and skills needed to start a larger project. Frames and Punch needles will be available for use during the class and those who wish to purchase them.

Materials
Fee: $25
The fee covers pattern drawn on monk's cloth, hand dyed wool rug yarn, bell base wood buttons and baubles. There will be a choice of colors and buttons. A hand out with my rug punching tips will be included.

Students should bring small pointed scissors.

Workshop - Bell Ornament
Workshop - Bell Ornament
Materials Fee (not included): $25

Skill Level: Everyone is welcome
$35

Framed 2D Needle Felted Landscape

November 2 | 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop 3
Instructor: Pat Pawlowicz of A Fistful of Felt!
Minimum: 1 Maximum: 15

About
Cost: $40
Choose one of our wooden picture frames in your choice of color and size and I'll show you how to needle felt a lovely landscape out of wool. Even if you have never picked up a felting needle before, you will love these quick and easy techniques and be able to continue to make more at home. Choose colors from our extensive palette of wool batting and your choice of vintage tweed wool or plain wool background to work on. You'll take home a finished and framed landscape that you will have proudly created yourself. Bring in ideas or choose from ours and become a woolly artist in this fun class. Bring your glasses if you need them. Visit us at: www.aFistfulofFelt.com

Materials
Fee: $ 15
Fee includes a selection of wooden frames, woolen background, a palette of wool batting colors, materials for framing, take home instructions to continue creating and use of tools.

Workshop - Framed 2D Needle Felted Landscape
Workshop - Framed 2D Needle Felted Landscape
Materials Fee: (not included) $15
$15

Harmony Santa

November 2 | 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Location: Workshop 1
Instructor: Susan Rice of Bartlett Yarns
Minimum: 1 Maximum: 20

About
Level: Basic/Intermediate
Cost: $25
Create an adorable needle felted Santa using the cookie cutter method by Bartlett Yarns. This charming ornament is personalized by the maker and can be cherished for years. Make one in class and make on at home.

Materials
Fee: $25
Fee includes the complete kit, including block, needles, cutter, roving and embellishments. The kit includes enough supplies to make one in class and one at home.

Students should bring enthuiasm!

Workshop - Harmony Santa
Workshop - Harmony Santa
Materials Fee: (not included) $25

Skill Level: Basic/Intermediate
$25

Folk Art Rug Hooking

November 2 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Workshop 4
Instructor: Janet Conner of J. Conner Hooked Rugs
Minimum: 3 Maximum: 14

About
Level: Beginner
Cost: $ 40
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: $33.50-75
Fee includes a complete kit with tools priced from $35-$60 (students choice). Materials are paid directly to the instructor

Students should bring sharp fabric scissors.



Workshop - Folk Art Rug Hooking  19
Workshop - Folk Art Rug Hooking 19
Materials Fee: (not included) $33.50-75

Skill Level: Beginner
$40

Pocket Gnome

November 2 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Workshop 1
Instructor: Jennifer VanSant of Going Gnome
Minimum: 6 Maximum: 24

About
Level: Beginner
Cost: $ 25
Learn to needle felt a three dimensional figure- this adorable pocket gnome. Then bring him home to protect you and your family.


Materials
Fee: $15
The materials fee includes 2 needles, work surface and all of the wool to complete the project.


Workshop - Pocket Gnome
Workshop - Pocket Gnome
Materials Fee: (not included) $15

Skill Level: Beginner
$25

Weaving with Beads: The Stretchy Bracelet

November 2 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Workshop 2
Instructor: Pat Pawlowicz of A Fistful of Felt
Minimum: 1 Maximum: 20

About
Level: all skill levels
Cost: $40
Love wearing beads but hate finishing it off? Never touched a bead loom before? No worries! You will take home a beautifully made wooden loom in Velcro storage case to continue making bracelets in various sizes and widths after learning the quick and easy techniques to stringing beads, weaving and finishing your stretchy bracelet. We'll use seed beads in a variety of colors (but don't worry, they won't be tiny beads!) Create patterns with the included graph paper and bead pattern ideas. Terrific craft to do with kids at home, ages 12 and up. Bring your glasses if you need them. Visit us at: www.aFistfulofFelt.com

Materials
Fee: $ 25
Fee includes a large variety of beads in different colors, sizes and finishes, each student will keep the loom and Velcro case, nylon weft thread, written instructions to take home and continue creating, use of tools and materials.

Students should bring their glasses if needed.


Workshop - Weaving With Beads: The Stretchy Bracelet
Workshop - Weaving With Beads: The Stretchy Bracelet
Materials Fee: (not included) $25

Skill Level: All
$40

Learn to Knit with beads!

November 2 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Workshop 3
Instructor: Jean Glass of Bead Biz
Minimum: 8 Maximum: 20

About
Level: Beginner
Cost: $25
We will show you multiple methods for adding beads to your projects and talk about what beads are good for different types and sizes of fibers. You will start to make a beaded cuff bracelet. This is an easy project that lets you focus on the beads instead of complicated directions. If you know, you can make this beautiful, sparkly, soft bracelet. Come and have fun with beads!

Materials
Fee: $ 29.95
Fee includes a kit, which includes 100 yards hand dyed DK yarn, beads, clasps and high eye needle. Multiple color choices available.

Students should bring one set of US 2 needles (straight, circular or dpns)


Workshop - Learn to Knit with Beads
Workshop - Learn to Knit with Beads
Materials Fee (not included): $29.95

Skill Level: Beginner
$25
Sunday
November 3, 2019

Short Rows Neck Warmer

November 3 | 9:15 - 11:15 am
Location: Workshop 3
Instructor: Andrea Colyer of Greenwood Hill Farm
Minimum: 3 Maximum: 12

About
Level: Basic
Cost: $ 15
Teach the method of knitting short rows and making a project using this method called "neck ruffle"

Materials
Fee: $25
Fee includes kit including one skein of Greenwood Hill Farm 100% Merino wool yarn in your choice of 4 natural colors and a pattern, plus your choice of button.

Students should bring size 3 straight needles.



Workshop - Short Rows Neck Warmer
Workshop - Short Rows Neck Warmer
Materials Fee: (not included) $25

Skill Level: Basic
$15

Needle Felted Story Ball

November 3 | 9:15 am - 11:15 am
Location: Workshop 4
Instructor: Pat Pawlowicz of A Fistful of Felt
Minimum: 1 Maximum: 15

About
Level: All levels
Cost: $40
2D felting on a 3D form! Each ball tells a story as you turn it around... what will your story be? A beach scene to remind you of a glorious vacation, snowy mountains to bring in a hint of winter, or a barn with trees and a creek? You decide what it will look like, or choose from our patterns for ideas. Learn many needle felting techniques like layering and blending while you design your very own story ball. Hang as an ornament or pomander, nestle in a basket or drawer. Here's a tip: add drops of essential oil to fragrance the room or your car! No need to bring anything except for your glasses if you need them. Visit us at: www.aFistfulofFelt.com

Materials
Fee: $15
Fee includes a palette of wool batting colors, wool ball form, written instructions to take home and continue creating, use of tools and materials.

Students should bring their glasses, if needed.

Workshop - Needle Felted Story Ball
Workshop - Needle Felted Story Ball
Materials Fee: (not included) $20

Skill Level: Basic/Intermediate
$25

Gingerbread Swag

November 3 | 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Workshop 1
Instructor: Susan Rice of Bartlett Yarns
Minimum: 1 Maximum: 16

About
Skill Level: Basic/Intermediate
Cost: $25
Create a needle felted gingerbread swag using a cookie cutter and Bartlett Yarns round roving joined with ribbon bows for a cute and unique holiday decoration.

Materials
Fee: $20
Fee includes kit which includes block, needles, cutter, roving and embellishments. The kit has enough supplies to complete one in class and one at home.

Students should bring their enthusiasm!

Workshop - Gingerbred Swag
Workshop - Gingerbred Swag
Materials Fee: (not included) $20

Skill Level: Basic/ Intermediate
$25

Rigid Heddle Beginners

November 3 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Workshop 2
Instructor: Jill Staubitz of Hartford Artisans Weaving Center
Minimum: 2 Maximum: 6

About
Level: Beginners or those who need a refresher
Cost: $80
Join instructor Jill Staubitz for a rigid heddle class for beginners! You will learn each step in the rigid heddle weaving process and you'll build confidence to set up the loom and weave on your own. This class is open to brand-new weavers and anyone who is interested in refreshing or solidifying their rigid heddle weaving skills.

Materials
Fee: $0
Instructor will provide handouts. Schacht 15" Cricket looms will be available to rent for $15. The $15 then can be applied to the purchase of the loom at the end of the workshop.

Students should bring measuring tape, scissors, pen, paper, 2 skanes (approximately 350 yards) of worsted weight wool/wool blend 2-ply yarn. Those bringing their own looms will need to bring clamps, warping, peg, heddle and shuttles. If renting a loom, please contact the instructor ahead of time.

Workshop - Rigid Heddle Weaving Beginners Sunday
Workshop - Rigid Heddle Weaving Beginners Sunday
Materials Fee: (not included) $

Skill Level: Beginners and those who need a refresher
$80

Miniature Punch Needle

November 3 | 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop 3
Instructor: Janet Conner of J Conner Hooked Rugs
Minimum: 3 Maximum: 14

About
Level: Beginner
Cost: $40
This method creates tiny, doll house sized hooked rugs by punching from the reverse side. Easy portable and fun project.

Materials
Fee: $ 33.50 -$ 50
Fee includes punch needle kit, needle and hoop. Students will choose from among a wide variety of hand made kits with hand dyed heirloom wools.

Students should bring scissors.


Workshop - Miniature Punch Needle
Workshop - Miniature Punch Needle
Materials Fee: (not included) $33.50-50

Skill Level: Beginner
$40

Needle Felt a Baby Penguin

November 3 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop 1
Instructor: Jennifer VanSant of Going Gnome
Minimum: 6 Maximum: 18

About
Level: Beginner
Cost: $25
Participants will learn tips and tricks to turn wool batting into a three dimensional figure, in this case a baby penguin.

Materials
Fee: $15
Fee includes two felting needles, work surface and wool to make a baby penguin.

Workshop - Needle Felt A Baby Penguin
Workshop - Needle Felt A Baby Penguin
Materials Fee: (not included) $15

Skill Level: Beginner
$25

Knitting with Beads: Infinity Scarf

November 3 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop 2
Instructor: Jean Glass of Bead Biz
Minimum: 6 Maximum: 18

About
Level: Basic
Cost: $25
Learn to knit with beads by making a beautiful beaded infinity scarf. You will pre-string the beads then continue with a seed stitch pattern. You will complete at least one third of your cowl during the allocated class time.

Materials
Fee: $21
Fee includes a kit which includes 1000 Czech Glass Seed Beads from Bead Biz, a Big Eye Needle and the pattern. The instructor will bring a selection of beads to choose from and a selection of DK yarn for sale.
Workshop - Knitting With Beads: Infinity Scarf
Workshop - Knitting With Beads: Infinity Scarf
Materials Fee (not included): $21

Skill Level: Basic
$25
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