Workshops

During the conference you have a chance to get hands-on experience working with fiber and in a variety of fiber arts.

Join one of the intensive workshops. Registration is required and fees vary per workshop. Read through the descriptions for any supplies that you are required to bring to the workshop.

Register for workshops

Beginning Spinning

This class is for beginners who would like to learn to spin. Participants will go home with a small hank of their own yarn and a drop spindle. The class covers wheel set-up, drafting and Andean plying. Wheels are provided, but bring your own if you have one (let the instructor know if you will be bringing your own wheel). All materials provided. The minimum age for this class is a mature 9 preferably 10.

Presentor

Beth Collier

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $40 • Limit 5


Corespinning for a Funky and Functional Yarn

Ever had a tender fleece that you hated to throw out because it was tender? How about those really interesting art batts that you don't know how to spin without muddying the colors? Or ever wanted to make your own rug yarn? Then corespinning is for you! This fun technique can give you interesting textured yarns, utilize short staples ( tender fleeces) and can change the way your yarn looks.

In this class we will learn how to create a balanced corespun yarn and how to best use them. Awesome consistent spinning skills not required here! The goal is interesting texture!

Presentor

Elizabeth Taylor

Sunday • July 21 • Workshop

West Building
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost $55 • Limit 10


Crochet: 101

This is truly a beginner class to learn the basics: chain, single crochet, double crochet, changing yarn colors, and other tips. Handouts will be available.

Students should bring light colored worsted weight yarn and an H or I hook based on yarn's recommendation.

Presentor

Colleen Crenshaw

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $30 • Limit 6


Crochet: A Good Kind of Virus

A lovely virus shawl can be made in delicate yarns or chunky yarns depending on your fashion sense. Beads can be included for sparkle if that fits your taste! Don't forget to explore other "virus" options like a blanket!

A knowledge of chains and double crochet stitches is needed. Handouts will be provided.

Students should bring any size or texture of yarn with the appropriate hook.

Presentor

Colleen Crenshaw

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost $30 • Limit 6


Crochet: Corner to Corner

Corner to corner is not just for blankets anymore! Learn the simple process of chains and double crochets put together to form small squares. Then explore the many varieties of items you can make — blankets, ponchos, coats, scarves...there are endless possibilities.

A knowledge of chain and double crochet stitches is required but refreshers will be offered.

Students should bring a medium weight yarn and appropriate hook for the yarn. A notebook would be handy to write down all the ideas!! Handouts will be given.

Presentor

Colleen Crenshaw

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost $30 • Limit 6


Crochet: Crazy About Squares

Love the traditional granny square blanket on Big Bang Theory? Or want a modern twist? Learn the basic "how to" then explore the varieties of squares. You can even design your own! "Grannys" aren't just blankets anymore — they make great tote bags too. Handouts will be available.

A knowledge of chain and double crochets would be helpful.

Students should bring at least 2 different color yarns and appropriate hooks. No yarn size requirement.

Presentor

Colleen Crenshaw

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $30 • Limit 10


Crochet: For the Love of Sharing

Come sit and soak and share your crochet ideas and projects with others. Designed as a "sharing your ideas" session, this time can be spent learning new stitches from others while admiring the creativity around you.

You should bring your favorite piece of creativity along with the description of how you made it. Be prepared for folks to oohh and aahh over it and want to take pictures!!

We hope to share stories of fair wins, festival favorites and beloved family patterns.

Presentor

Colleen Crenshaw

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost $30 • Limit 20


Designing and Knitting Irregular Triangular Shawls

A Beginner to Intermediate class with a prerequisite that the knitter knows how to cast on, knit, and purl. I will teach the rest including construction, edges, knitted fabrics. Shawls are begun in class with the written instructions provided. This is a Free Range Knitting and Coaching instruction. Students bring yarn weight and appropriate sized needles for comfortable knitting.

Presentor

Mary Sue Moore

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost $30 • Limit 15


Discovering SAORI

This workshop is for EVERYONE! Whether you have never woven, are a new weaver, or have been weaving for years SAORI has something to offer you!

In this fun filled 3 hours you will learn how the floor loom works and begin your journey of weaving from the heart. Don't fret! The loom will already be warped for you! During the class time Denise will demonstrate various techniques for color and texture that you may choose to include in your weaving, or not. At the end of the class you will be amazed at how different each finished piece is.

Often described as "Painting with Yarn" this free form weaving style was born in Japan in the early 1960s when Misao Jo missed a dent in her reed. As she wove an unintended pattern developed that she found pleasing. Today, SAORI can be found around the world as weavers of all ages and abilities find the joy of weaving from the heart and embracing the perfectly imperfect.

Presentor

Denise Prince

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

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Expo Vendor Area
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $80 • Limit 7

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $80 • Limit 7


Estimating Micron Count

One of the best skills to have as a breeder is the ability to estimate microns. Join this hands on class building your own Micron Chart!!

Great for beginners and veterans go through samples with Wade at this fun, skill building class. And you get to take home your own CHART!!!

Presentor

Wade Gease

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

School House Building
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Cost $35 • Limit 20


Fiber Prep for Spinning

Hand carding and combing spinning fibers. Make the most of your prep time and spinning time! Bring your hand cards, combs and we will look at getting the tangles out, blending and preparing for spinning with wheels or spindles. A variety of fibers will be available to work with. Bring any fibers you especially want help with.

Presentor

Jennifer Bennett

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Cox Cabin
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $35 • Limit 10


Herd Afoot Felted Alpaca Rug

Here's an opportunity to see what can be made with raw alpaca fleece seconds. Alpaca breeder and fiber artist, Julie Verhelst, from Sunny Meade Alpacas, Ltd. will lead you in creating a unique needle felted rug to accent your home decor.

In this workshop you will be making a 23" x 30" rug from raw alpaca fiber, needle felted on to a burlap backing. The color of the rug will be what we call a "herd rug" featuring a random multi-colored fiber palette. You are welcome to bring washed raw fiber from your own herd to incorporate in to your rug as a personal touch.

No experience is required, you will be instructed on needle felting techniques and the use of the farm's needle felting machine.

Presentor

Julie Verheist

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

East Building
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $110 • Limit 20


Intermediate Spinning with a Wheel

For spinners that can make a yarn that holds together but wants a little more control over the yarn they make. This class will work on techniques and fiber handling skills in order to make the yarn you want instead of settling for 'whatever it makes.' Spinners should bring their wheels and any fibers they especially want help with. A variety of fibers will be included and discussion will include how each fiber's characteristics will influence the new yarn and what to look for when buying fibers for spinning or blending.

Presentor

Jennifer Bennett

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Cost $40 • Limit 8


Intro to Basic Needle Felting

This is a basic felting class for students with little to no experience or knowledge of needle felting. In Part II, students will either continue embellishing their previously wet felted piece, or create an original 12”x12” piece of felted fabric which the student can then transform into an item of their own choosing (small purse/bag, wall hanging, eyeglass case, coaster, etc). Topics covered will include: a brief history of wool and its use in felting, how felting occurs, and the felting process using the needle felting technique. Instructor demonstration and hands on assistance will provide students with a small felted sampler to take home. All materials are provided. If time permits, there will also be a quick demo of basic embroidery/3D techniques that can be used to embellish the work.

Presentor

Angela Turner

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

School House Building
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost $60 • Limit 8


Intro to Basic Wet Felting

This is a basic felting class for students with little to no experience or knowledge of wet felting. Students will be creating an original 12x12 piece of felted fabric which the student can then transform into an item of their own choosing (small purse/bag, wall hanging, eyeglass case, coaster, etc). Topics covered will include: a brief history of wool and its use in felting, how felting occurs, and the felting process using the wet felting technique. Instructor demonstration and hands on assistance will provide students with a small felted sampler to take home. All materials are provided, however, students may want to bring an apron and towel as we will be working with soap and water. If time permits, instructor will also demonstrate how to wet felt a simple flower.

Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult, especially during the needle felting classes (separate class) as needle felting involves sharp needles and can be dangerous.

Presentor

Angela Turner

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

School House Building
1:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $60 • Limit 8


Intro to Support Spinning

Basic introduction to support spinning, no previous experience needed. Students will learn the basics of spinning on a support spindle. The class features Mirkwood Arts spindles, but the basics learned in the class are also transferable to any type of support spindle. Mirkwood Arts Spindles are smooth, long spinning spindles great for beginners or accomplished spinners. The class fee includes a Mirkwood Arts Spindle for each student to keep and continue their journey with support spinning. Come give support spinning a try!

Presentor

Amanda Roberts

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Cox Cabin
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost $110 • Limit 6


Making Mawatas (hankies and caps) From Silk Cocoons

Have you ever seen tiny silk cocoons and wondered how they become fluffy layers of fiber called mawatas, also known as hankies and caps? Learn how to soften and spread Bombyx mori (mulberry silk) silk cocoons over frames to make silk hankies and caps for use in spinning, knitting, felting, or quilting. There will also be Eri, Muga, and Tussah species of silk cocoons to try. No experience is necessary.

Presentor

Esther Peregrine

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

School House Building
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $85 • Limit 12


Marvelous Mitts

Everyone loves mitts! What better way to learn resist feltmaking? None. Join this class as we learn the basics of feltmaking and using a resist pattern. We will learn about wool layout, shrinkage, common felting terms and tools, and how "to felt." Enthusiasm is required as this may be the beginning of a lifelong passion for you!

Presentor

Tammy Duensing

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

Education Building
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost $120 • Limit 10


Natural Dyes In and Around the House

Colors produced from nature can be the most beautiful soft shades. Many are found close to home which are non-toxic and safe to make in your kitchen with your children. We will explore some common things that will be easy to produce beautiful lightfast colors on protein fibers. We will also discuss things that you think might produce color, but do not. We will have several small dye pots in action. Mordanted wool yarn and dye materials will be provided. You will take home samples of all we dye in class.

Presentor

Sue Gazell

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

East Building
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $55 • Limit 10


Needle Felt Landscape

Create a beautiful mountain landscape of wool and novelty fibers such as shimmery bamboo, lustrous silk, and sparkly Angelina. Play around with color to add highlights and shading to your masterpiece. Add a bit of simple stitchery and dimensional flowers for a special touch! A fun and relaxing class for all skill levels.

Presentor

Vickie Clontz

Sunday • July 21 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost $65 • Limit 15


Needle Felted Gnome

Come explore the magic of needle felting and create your own needle felted gnome. Using basic needle felting techniques and wool roving and locks participants will sculpt their own gnome, which they will take home. Class fee includes class kit with felting needle and felting surface. The instructor will provide wool. Please note that needles are very sharp. Therefore, this class may not be appropriate for children.

Presentor

Gayle Roberts

Sunday • July 21 • Workshop

East Building
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $105 • Limit 8


Nuno Felting Scarf

This class is such a fun beginner based class- both for me as an instructor and you as a student!! You'll learn the fine art of felting fun, colorful, draping, scarves, using silk chiffon in both natural and dyed colors as a base and adding thin pieces of alpaca, mohair, teeswater and angora. You'll learn the basics of felting and leave with a finished piece of wearable art you'll be proud to brag about.

Presentor

Denise Coonley

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

West Building
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost $70 • Limit 8


Orchil Dyes from Lichens

Purple from green stuff that grows on trees? Yes! Certain lichens can produce shades of purple. In this class you will learn how to identify those lichens, how to sustainably harvest them, and how to prepare a vat to make a purple dye. We will dye wool, alpaca, and silk in class, then prepare a jar of dye for you to take home and develop. Instructor will provide the dye bath for the class dye, and lichens for your jar to take home, ammonia, and distilled water. Students please bring a clean glass jar with lid (pint size or larger is good). You may also bring SMALL samples of fiber or fabric to throw into the dye pot. They do not need to be mordanted, but must be clean and dye ready, meaning washed free of soil, oils, or other substances that might hinder the take-up of dye. Bring latex or rubber gloves, and wear an apron or old clothes. I do not expect this to be a messy process, but be prepared to work with dye. Bring a plastic bag in order to carry home wet materials.

Presentor

Sue Gazell

Sunday • July 21 • Workshop

East Building
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $55 • Limit 10


Overdyeing the Alpaca Rainbow

Are you drawn to the dark side of alpacas? Love colored animals? Do you end up being stuck with tons of brown yarn that never seems to sell?

Fear not, you can overdye all the colors of alpaca and turn your yarn from blah brown to rich colorful yarn! In this class we will overdye the alpaca rainbow with the basic colors all at the same concentration and we will see how the undertones of the natural alpaca color affect different colors of dye.

Everyone will go home with a sample sheet showing the dye colors over each color with a sample of white dyed as a baseline. Come learn how much fun overdyeing can be!

Presentor

Elizabeth Taylor

Sunday • July 21 • Workshop

West Building
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Cost $50 • Limit 15


Painting with Fiber

This class will teach you to needle felt using fiber as paint. Bring a picture of your favorite animal (dog, cat, alpaca, etc.) and we will learn to paint the picture onto a pre-felted surface. We will also cover 3 dimensional aspects. Photo will be traced and ironed on to the canvas, so no drawing skills needed.

Presentor

Holly Williams

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

Cox Cabin
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $120 • Limit 10


Peg Loom Weaving

Using a peg loom, a simple wooden base with dowels, you will learn to weave on the loom using chunky cored yarn and other materials to create a wall hanging. Students will learn how to warp a peg loom.

Presentor

Christian Davies

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Cost $60 • Limit 10

Expo Vendor Area
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Cost $60 • Limit 10


Portuguese Style Knitting

Knit more efficiently with the hottest new trend, Portuguese style knitting. With tension controlled by wrapping your yarn around your neck or a special pin, and flipping it with your left thumb around the needle, you'll be putting less stress on your hands, wrists and shoulders while increasing your knitting speed and improving your tension. Learn how to cast on, knit, purl, several increases and decreases, and cast off, Portuguese style! By the end of the class, you'll be all thumbs!

Presentor

Sue Gazell

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost $40 • Limit 6


Quick Adult Hats to Knit

A slightly thicker yarn, some easy patterns and you are on your way to making customized hats for everyone you know. This is a Free Range Knitting and Coaching instruction provided with instructions for three types of hat constructions. Let your creative mind take over. Appropriate for Intermediate Knitters: able to cast on, knit, purl, knit in the round, and cast off. Class includes written copies of instructions. Products are begun in class and if you are a fast knitter, you may finish one. Students should bring Size US 11 or US 13 circular needles and one skein of Baby Grand Alpaca or other soft, chunky yarn; Approximately 110 yards.

Presentor

MarySue Moore

Saturday• July 20 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Cost $30 • Limit 15


Rigid Heddle Weaving

Interested in weaving but just not sure where to start or sure if it is for you?

This class is the entryway to weaving using a rigid heddle loom to create a scarf.

The class takes the attendees through all the steps of warping and weaving a basic loom. We will discuss the steps as we do them so you feel comfortable in going forward on your own if you choose. You will also receive a handbook that will assist you so you have a reference in the future. By the end of the class you will have created a scarf from alpaca fiber that you will be able to show your workmanship.

Presentor

Christian Davies

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $75 • Limit 9

Sunday • July 21 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $75 • Limit 9


Seat Weaving

Students will learn the techniques and skills necessary to weave seats in chairs or foot stools. Students will begin weaving a foot stool in class. Students will have enough materials and the knowledge to finish their stool at home if they do not finish in class.

Presentor

Gayle Roberts

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

School House Building
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost $120 • Limit 6


Spinning on a Drop Spindle

For brand-new-to-spinning or experienced wheel spinners, we will cover top and bottom whorl spindles. Drop spindles are a handy and portable way to thoroughly enjoy the tactile wonders of making yarn from a cloud of fiber.

A spindle and fibers to take home are included in the class fee.

Presentor

Jennifer Bennett

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Cost $40 • Limit 8


Spinning With a Supported Spindle for Beginners

A supported spindle differs from a drop spindle, as it is not suspended as it twirls, it rests on a surface. As there is no weight to carry as it spins, a very fine yarn can be spun. It is a good tool for spinning short fibers such as cotton or yak, but it is not limited to that. We will have several types of supported spindles to try in class. Please bring a small bowl or dish with a smooth surface to use as a spinning bowl. Spindles and fiber will be provided for use in class. If you have your own spindle, please bring it. You may also bring fiber you want to try. It does not have to be short fiber. Any kind can be spun on a supported spindle.

Presentor

Sue Gazell

Sunday • July 21 • Workshop

West Building
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost $40 • Limit 6


Two Doubles For You, A Double Knitting Technique Lesson

Along with reversible knitting stitches, double knitting is a method for ensuring both sides of your product are viewable. In this class we will explore two techniques for double knitting. Appropriate for Intermediate Knitters: able to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. Instruction includes knitting with two strands, appropriate patterns, and individual assistance. No product is created; techniques are practiced in class. Students bring yarn weight and appropriate sized needles for comfortable knitting.

Presentor

Mary SueMoore

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost $30 • Limit 15


Wet Felted Soap

Have fun wet-felting 2 bars of soap with wool and novelty fibers to add some pizazz! The fibers embed themselves into the soap to transform into a built-in loofah sponge! You'll finish two bars of soap: one to keep, and one for a friend. A fun class for all skill levels.

Presentor

Vickie Clontz

Sunday • July 21 • Workshop

Education Building
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $55 • Limit 15


Wet Felted Vessel

Wet-felt a beautiful textured vessel of wool and novelty fibers such as shimmery silk, curly mohair, and sparkly Angelina. Use your finished masterpiece to hold art supplies, pens and pencils, or just to add a special touch to your home. A fun and relaxing class for all skill levels.

Presentor

Vicki Clontz

Friday • July 19 • Workshop

West Building
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $65 • Limit 15


Wet Felting Flower

Wet-felt a luscious flower of wool and novelty fibers such as shimmery silk and sparkly Angelina. Learn basic felting techniques like how to make pre-felt, adding dimension to your piece, and wet-felting wool beads. A fun class for all skill levels.

Presentor

Vickie Clontz

Saturday • July 20 • Workshop

Cox Cabin
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost $55 • Limit 15


Cancellation Policy

If you have to cancel your workshop and/or conference ticket(s), please us an email at nationals@alpacainfo.com at least 2 weeks before the event. Once you cancel the ticket(s) you will receive a refund of your reservation. There will be a 15% cancellation fee for all registrations. Cancellations made within 2 weeks prior to the first day of the event and attendees who fail to attend will not be considered for refunds.