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Take You Creativity on Vacation!All of Elizabeth's Fiber Arts lessons will continue to be on a custom tailored session basis.  We will conduct a spinning, weaving or one day work­shop around your schedule... same cur­riculum.  We found that a lot of folks had trouble fitting into our schedule, so from now on it will work this way... give us any three prioritized weekend dates and we will guarantee one of them.  We will also limit the attendance to any given weekend to three students maximum, but will take a single student.  A fifty percent tuition deposit is required to reserve a date and we will charge a twenty percent cancellation fee up to one month before the reserved schedule date.  After that sorry, no refunds, since we are committing our time.  Our workshops were featured in Mary Englebreit's Home Companion Newsletter, in an article entitled Take Your Creativity on Vacation.

 

 

Spinning... tuition $250.00,  material included

The purpose of the Beginning Spinning Workshop is, through an intensive session, to enable the student to master the basic fundamentals of spinning yarn from fleece.  Topics will includes selection of the fleece for spinning, preparation of the fleece and finally spinning of the fleece.  The workshop usually begins in the afternoon on Friday and runs into the evening. The schedule is flexible, depending on how you will be arriving in the area.  The number of participants is limited to assure that each student will have an opportunity to use all of the equipment and spin on a variety of wheels. All materials will be furnished.

What we will cover...

Selection of Fleeces for Spinning: covering staple length, crimp, soundness, color, cleanliness, and breed type as related to particular kinds of spinning.  We will study a variety of wool fibers from various breeds.

Preparing the Fleece for Spinning: this phase will cover skirting and sorting, washing (without felting) and drying, picking, a discussion of spinning in the grease, use of hand cards and the drum carder. Evaluation of home carded wool versus commercial roving and combed wool will also be covered.

Spinning the Fleece: beginning on Saturday and continuing through Sunday, spinning using various techniques are covered, including: spinning with hands, hook and drop spindles as well as spinning wheels. Spinning wheels, types and how they operate and terminology are covered in detail.   The student will learn how to spin different types of fleece, plying, skeining and washing your yarn, use of the ball winder, lazy-kate, niddy-noddy and umbrella swift. Information on selecting a spinning wheel and supplies will be available along with books, magazines and other informational materials.  A working lunch is provided both days.  Depending on travel arrangements, the student may linger to discuss in roundtable what has been covered by the workshop. The sessions will typically conclude around 5:00 PM.

Dyeing Wool and Yarns: time permitting, and with a dye pot simmering, we will conduct a demonstration and discussion of dyeing wool and yarns.

 

  Weaving... tuition $250.00, material included

The purpose of the Beginning Weaving Workshop is, through an intensive session, to enable the student to master the basic fundamentals of weaving on the loom and includes fundamentals of pattern design, warping the loom and weaving a pattern. The course begins in the afternoon on Friday and runs into the evening. The schedule is flexible, depending on how you will be arriving in the area, and the number of participants is limited to assure full loom time and individual attention for every student.

What we will cover...

Students will typically complete two projects: a scarf and a sampler. Design concepts are covered, mechanics of the loom are discussed and the student is prepared to begin weaving the scarf project. The scarf project is started on a fully warped loom and can be completed early during the Saturday session, which will run from 9:00 AM well into the evening. A working lunch is provided. Techniques in the beginning workshop focus on four-harness loom weaving.

Upon completion of the scarf, the student is then taught the methods of warping the loom in preparation for weaving the sampler. Beginning techniques of color and pattern selection are emphasized in this phase of the workshop. The sampler, featuring numerous twills, will make a lasting reference that is suitable for wall hanging. The sampler project will carry over to Sunday’s session where it will be completed mid-afternoon. Again, a working lunch is served. Depending on travel arrangements, the student may linger to discuss in roundtable what has been covered by the workshop. The sessions will typically conclude around 5:00 PM.

  One day Workshops... tuition $130.00, material included

PEBBLE.GIF (1120 bytes)    Dyeing

PEBBLE.GIF (1120 bytes)   Felting Techniques...

Felted HeartFelted Coat, Hat and Slippers

 Felted Snowman  EasterBunnies1 Easter Bunnies2  

          -  Felting on a Ball    

          -  Dry Needle Felting

        - Sheet Felting

 
 

Attendees are responsible for their own lodging reservations. Check for lodging by visiting:

Historic Lexington - Lodging

If you have difficulty arranging lodging, perhaps we can assist with your reservations.  Call or e-mail us.

Advanced techniques and personal lessons...

If you only need an advanced technique pointer or two, or a refresher session, call for information about a custom scheduled private instruction session. Short sessions are offered at the farm and the cost is $20.00 per hour or $130.00 a day including material. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule needs within the following hours:

Nominal hours: Call to establish schedule

Call to assure availability...

 

Currently Reserved Dates:  Please call or e-mail for booked dates.

Elizabeth is back with a vengeance... and ready to take on students eager to share her joy of fiber arts.  Sign up today!!!

 

 

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