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.

Batt Crazy

Texture. Color. Beauty. Batts have a way of luring you in and making you go Batt Crazy! Come learn how to make beautiful scrumptious batts on your drum carder. You will learn the techniques of making a basic, blended and painted batt from demonstrations, and in-class work mixed with traditional classroom teaching. You will get your hands on several examples and walk away with three batts. Bring your drum carder and make batts with us or observe and take home supplies, class notes and the knowledge you've acquired to make batts at home.

Presentor

Bethany Fethkenher

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

West Building
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost $101 • Limit 12


Beginning Spinning with a Wheel

For anyone who wants to learn to spin yarn on a spinning wheel. We will use different fibers, look at how to care for your wheel, how to choose a fleece or roving, and of course, learn to spin a good yarn.

Presentor

Jennifer Bennett

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 1
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost $90 • Limit 8


Creating Pre-Felt

In this hands-on class students will create their own pre-felt from wool and novelty fibers. Then they will dye it during class in their choice of colors. The pre-felt can then be used later in a variety of projects such as the "Peaceful Garden" Pre-felt Scarf, and also table runners, purses, and other wearables and home decor. An easy and useful class for all skill levels.

Presentor

Vickie Clontz

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

School Exhibit
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $73 • Limit 25


Crochet 201

Go beyond the basics of chain, single crochet, and double crochet to learn more complex stitches and methods (like Tapestry). An understanding of the basics will be required to build upon. Bring your yarn, hook and notebook along with questions you want to ask!

Presentor

Colleen Crenshaw

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

Education Building
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost $15 • Limit 6


Crochet: 101

Wanting to learn how to crochet? Here's the opportunity to learn the basics to start any project such as chaining, single crochet, etc. NO previous experience is required.

Presentor

Colleen Crenshaw

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

Education Building
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Cost $15 • Limit 6


Cut Strand TriLoom Weaving

Cut Strand Weaving on a TriLoom. Join the fun and learn this very easy triangle loom weaving technique. Suitable for absolute weaving beginners, each participant will make a one of a kind fashion shawlette. Loom use, tools, and all materials will be provided.

Presentor

Patty Fuller

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Education Building
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost $65 • Limit 8


Designing and Knitting Irregular Triangular Shawls

“Designing and Knitting Irregular Triangular Shawls” is a Beginner to Intermediate class with a prerequisite that the knitter knows how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl; I will teach the rest. Most local yarn stores have a colloquial Irregular Triangular Shawl pattern as it's a fun and easy knit for any season. In this workshop we will discuss the construction, the edges, the material, and finishing off the shawl. We will start a sample shawl that demonstrates the constructs covered.

Presentor

Mary Sue Moore

Friday • July 10 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 2
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Cost $46 • Limit 10


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!

Presentor

Denise Prince

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $90 • Limit 7


Drop Spindle Spinning

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

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 1
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Cost $70 • Limit 8


Easy Hand Warmer Design

You can’t knit with cold hands! Learn how to design your unique hand warmers. The instructions are customizable for different stitch patterns and can be as easy or as intricate as you decide. “Easy Hand Warmer Design” is a Beginner to Intermediate class with the prerequisite that the knitter knows how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl. Hand warmers are an easy, warm option to gloves and mittens. I will share a pattern that is easy to customize with your favorite stitch to make as quick and easy or as intricate as you decide. Keep your hands warm for more knitting!

Presentor

MarySue Moore

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Q Barn East
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Cost $46 • Limit 10


Endangered Wool – Romeldale/CVM Sheep

Have you heard of Romeldale sheep? Perhaps you know them as CVM? Did you know that they are an endangered, American heritage breed? Romeldale/CVM sheep are one of over 20 breeds of sheep currently on the Livestock Conservancy's list of endangered breeds. Romeldale/CVM sheep are also one of the breeds in the Shave 'em to Save 'em program.

Come learn about the Romeldale/CVM breed: the history, the fiber, the patterns, and the day to day aspect of the Romeldale/CVM sheep. Gather information on the Shave 'em to Save 'em program and collect your first passport sticker along with 4 oz. of Romeldale/CVM wool to work with.

Presentor

Amanda Roberts

Friday • July 10 • Workshop

Education Building
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost $56 • Limit 20


Fabulous Flower Fiber Pin!

Highlight your fabulous fiber in a versatile fiber flower pin! The pin is constructed of yarn and luscious long locks of dyed fiber with embellishments as desired! All tools will be provided for your use during the class and you'll have your choice of material kits when you arrive! Feel free to bring extra supplies if desired. You'll walk away with a completed pin!

Presentor

Jennifer Myka

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $66 • Limit 10


Fantastic Breeds & Where to Find Them

Eager to fill out your Shave 'Em to Save 'Em passport but not sure what to do with the breeds? Join me on a tour of the Livestock Conservancy breeds! We'll explore this history and characteristics of these rare sheep, get hands-on with fiber samples, discuss what projects you could use each for (even the hair sheep!), and most importantly learn where to find quality representation of each breed standard. This fun, interactive workshop brings fiberists together from all the arts and skill levels!

Presentor

Madeline Rosenberg

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

West Building
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Cost $71 • Limit 12


Felted Fiber Artist

Come explore the magic of needle felting and create your own needle felted sheep fiber artist. Using basic needle felting techniques and wool roving and locks participants will sculpt their own sheep. Please note that felting needles are very sharp. Therefore, this class may not be suitable for children.

Presentor

Gayle Roberts

Friday • July 11 • Workshop

Cox Cabin
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $85 • Limit 8


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 11 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 1
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost $45 • Limit 10


Fun with Silk Cocoons: Making Hankies & Caps

Have you ever seen 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) cocoons over frames to make silk hankies and caps for use in spinning, knitting, felting, or quilting. There will also be other species of silk cocoons to try. Frames for stretching cocoons will be provided to use during class and will be available to purchase to take home if desired.

Presentor

Esther Peregrine

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Gentry Building
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $73 • Limit 12


Hand-dyed and Felted Windowpane Scarf

Have fun playing with color as we dye silk chiffon scarves in your favorite hues! Then we'll add texture with a simple nuno-felting windowpane technique using merino, alpaca, bamboo, silk and other novelty fibers to make your scarf uniquely you. A fun and creative class for all skill levels.

Presentor

Vickie Clontz

Friday • July 10 • Workshop

School Exhibit
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $82 • Limit 15


Intermediate Spinning

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 a fibers for spinning or blending.

Presentor

Jennifer Bennett

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 1
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $90 • Limit 8


Intro to 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 2D 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. There will also be instruction of 3 basic embroidery stitches and 3D techniques that can be used to further embellish the work.

Instructor demonstration and hands on assistance will provide students with a small felted sampler to take home. All materials are provided. Payment for the course is expected prior to class. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult as needle felting involves sharp needles.

Presentor

Angela Turner

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Q Barn East
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $71 • Limit 10


Intro to Weaving

Using lap-sized, all-in-one laser-cut weaving looms, participants will create a small tapestry of materials and will learn a variety of weaving techniques. After looking at some examples and talking about a few basic design principles, participants will use colored pencils to create a rough design for their tapestry, working on intentionality. Then they will learn how to warp a basic frame loom as well as different methods of weaving techniques in order to create a variety of textured effects.

Presentor

Justin Near

Friday • July 10 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 1
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $91 • Limit 10


Intro to Wool

Want to learn more about natural fibers and wool? In this class, participants will learn about plant and animal fibers and their attributes by examining their physical properties and processing those fibers from their raw form. We will examine samples and discuss what we observe visually and tactilely and what attributes result from those observations. We will continue our observations and discussion while physically processing raw materials, walking through the various stages of processing wool - skirting, scouring (where we’ll talk about lanolin), picking, and carding (where we’ll talk about differences in yarn attributes that result from different methods of preparation). Join us!

Presentor

Justin Near

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 2
8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Cost $51 • Limit 10


Introduction to Felting: Basic Wet Felting Techniques

This is a basic felting class for students with little to no experience or knowledge of wet felting. Students will be creating 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 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.

Presentor

Angela Turner

Friday • July 10 • Workshop

Education Building
8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Cost $71 • Limit 10


Introduction to Felting: Wet Felting with A Resist

This is a basic felting class for students with little to no experience or knowledge of wet felting. It is preferred that students take Introduction to Felting (Part I)--Basic Wet Felting Techniques prior to this class but it is NOT REQUIRED. Students will be creating an original wet felted pouch/purse using a resist. 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 pouch/purse 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.

Presentor

Angela Turner

Friday • July 10 • Workshop

Education Building
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $71 • Limit 10


Introduction to Natural Dyeing

Colors produced from nature can be the most beautiful rich shades. Learn how to create these colors using non-toxic materials. We will explore some common things found in your house or yard and some seasonal roadside plants that will 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.

Presentor

Sue Gazell

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Q Barn East
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $65 • Limit 10


Mini Tapestry Loom Weaving

Mini tapestry weaving is all the rage and easy to do. You'll learn weaving techniques using different types of fiber and complete your own one-of-a-kind tapestry. The mini loom is included in this class so you can enjoy this craft anywhere. Good attitudes are required, get ready to have some fun.

Presentor

Patty Fuller

Friday • July 10 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall, Exhibit Hall 1
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $90 • Limit 12


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

Friday • July 21 • Workshop

Cox Cabin
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $95 • Limit 8


Needle Felting Postcards

Needle felting is a method of creating felted objects without using water. The special needles used to make 3D sculpture; jewelry, adornments and 2D art have notches along the shaft of the needles that catch fibers and tangle them with other fibers to produce felt.

Presentor

Troy Lacey

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

West Building
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $67 • Limit 12


Overdyeing the Alpaca Rainbow

Have you ever looked at a pile of brown yarn that wasn't selling and wondered what to do with it? Have you only ever dyed white yarn? While alpaca comes in a lot of beautiful natural colors, those colors can all be changed to something else. In this class we will assemble a dye sample card showing the effects of multiple different dye colors over different colors of alpaca. Looking at how the base color is affected by cool and warm tones of dye will open your eyes to a whole new realm of possibilities.

Presentor

Elizabeth Taylor

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

Education Building
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost $73 • Limit 25


Peg Loom Weaving

Try a unique way to weave using peg looms. A very easy way to get started weaving that is fun for all ages and very low cost for the peg looms. We will walk through all the steps of warping, weaving and finishing your piece. At the end of the class you will have created a one of a kind piece from core yarn that you will take to show your workmanship.

Presentor

Christian Davies

Friday • July 10 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost $66 • Limit 12

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost $66 • Limit 12

Expo Vendor Area
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost $66 • Limit 12


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!

Presentor

Sue Gazell

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

East Building
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $55 • Limit 6


Rigid Heddle Weaving

This class is the entryway to weaving using a rigid heddle loom to create a short 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 10 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $76 • Limit 10

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $76 • Limit 10


SAORI A Journey in Cloth

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.

In this workshop we will explore as many techniques as we can pack into a full day of weaving. You will leave with a length of cloth that may be suitable in size for any number of garments.

During the workshop we will also discuss the basics of garment construction - SAORI Style and other related topics.

Presentor

Denise Prince

Friday • July 10 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $165 • Limit 7


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. Photo shows an example of my seat weaving, but not the exact stool we will complete in class.

Presentor

Gayle Roberts

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Gentry Building
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost $100 • Limit 6


Spin Like a Peruvian

Spinning in the Andean region of Peru is not a high tech endeavor, yet these men and women spin and weave the most gorgeous fabrics on simple spindles and back strap looms. Learn how Peruvians prepare fiber with their fingers only, and spin those fibers on simple low whorl spindles. By the end of class you will have the skills needed to practice at home. Alpaca fiber and spindles will be provided and will be yours to keep.

Presentor

Sue Gazell

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

East Building
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost $55 • 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 10 • Workshop

East Building
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $50 • Limit 6


Three Knitted Hats

“Three Knitted Hats” is a Beginner to Intermediate class where we cover three types of soft and comfortable hats knitted with chunky yarn. Prerequisite is experience with cast on, bind off, knits and purls. Experience Knitting in the round is helpful. I will discuss the three types of hat construction and we will start a hat of the student’s choice.

Presentor

Mary Sue Moore

Friday• July 10 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 2
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Cost $46 • Limit 10


Two Doubles For You, Too

“Two Double Knits for You, Too” is a two-hour, Intermediate class where we cover two types of double knitting: single color and dual color. We will practice both methods, creating small swatches to practice the technique. Prerequisite of cast on, bind off, knit, and purl. Experience in Continental Knitting (grabbing rather than throwing the yarn) will make the techniques easier to learn, but is not a requirement.

Presentor

Mary Sue Moore

Friday • July 10 • Workshop

Exhibit Hall, Classroom 2
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost $76 • Limit 10


Weaving to Show Off Your Amazing Fiber!

Let's weave a sampler that highlights that amazing fiber you curate and/or raise! Use any pre-warped portable loom you'd like to bring, set up with any warp you prefer! We'll make a sampler using a wide variety of textures and colors so that you can explore ways to really show off your favorite fiber! Learn a variety of techniques that you can apply to future weaving projects, too. Materials include hand-dyed and hand-selected Suri alpaca, mohair, and Teeswater wool locks plus other yarns, threads, and fiber to complement your stash while you work on your sampler!

Presentor

Jennifer Myka

Saturday • July 12 • Workshop

Expo Vendor Area
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost $96 • Limit 10


Wet-Felted Beret

Create a beautiful beret of wool and novelty fibers in your choice of colors! Learn to wet-felt using a resist to make this unique hat that will be the envy of your friends. Choose from instructor's "fiber buffet" of wool, alpaca, silk, bamboo, and Angelina fibers to create a one-of-a-kind design you'll love to wear. We'll also explore using pre-felts in our designs for sharper, cleaner edges. A very creative class!

Presentor

Vickie Clontz

Saturday • July 11 • Workshop

Q Barn West
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost $89 • Limit 15


Wet-Felted Lattice Scarf

Have you ever looked at a pile of brown yarn that wasn't selling and wondered what to do with it? Have you only ever dyed white yarn? While alpaca comes in a lot of beautiful natural colors, those colors can all be changed to something else. In this class we will assemble a dye sample card showing the effects of multiple different dye colors over different colors of alpaca. Looking at how the base color is affected by cool and warm tones of dye will open your eyes to a whole new realm of possibilities.

Presentor

Vickie Clontz

Sunday • July 12 • Workshop

School Exhibit
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost $87 • Limit 15


Wet-Felted Wallet or Small Shoulder Bag

Experience the joys of wet-felting with a resist as we create a beautiful 5" x 7" wallet or small shoulder bag, perfect for cell phones or other necessities. We'll explore how various fibers such as wool, alpaca, curly mohair, silk and bamboo "play" together and interact to add exquisite textures to your project. Students will choose their own fibers and embellishments in their favorite colors from the instructor's "fiber buffet" to create a personal and unique accessory. No previous experience necessary, all skill levels.

Presentor

Vickie Clontz

Friday • July 10 • Workshop

School Exhibit
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost $65 • 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.