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Fiber Forum 2007

Harmony of Fibers


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W1. Rug Hooking Rita Williams
This workshop is sometimes called Nantucket Hooking or Old Fashion Rug Hooking, not to be confused with Australian locker hooking or latch hooking. The workshop will feature the student's own unique design, either from nature, surroundings, photograph, etc. with their own yarn stash, if they prefer. Students will learn how to transfer their design to canvas. Rita will have her own original designed rugs for display and discussion. There will be discussion on how to finish and maintain your hooked creation. Each piece will be one of a kind.

Materials fee: $25 includes backing, hook, hand outs and some yarns. Students should bring their own yarn stash, scissors, paper/pencil, sharpie pen and rug hook, if have one. Additional yarns will be available for purchase from the teacher.

W2. Plain Weave Revisited Geri Forkner


Take a second look at plain weave and you'll find it's not so plain after all. Utilizing color and weave effects, differential shrinkage, novelty yarns, spaced warps, and a few other creative surprises, you'll find there are a myriad of possibilities for this simple weave structure. Working as a round robin class with pre warped looms, you'll go home with a sampler of possibilities for full sized projects.

Student preparation A loom will be required for this class. Weaving drafts for a 5yd x 14" warp will be sent to students one month prior to class. If possible, sign up form can include the following survey: Check one:
I like to throw the shuttle more than I like to warp.
I think warping is part of the process and I am not fazed by epi.
In addition to loom, students will need to bring shuttles, several bobbins, weft yarns, scissors, tape measure, bobbin winder (optional), and any miscellaneous portable weaving supplies students use when weaving.
Supply fee is $5 and includes the use of instructor's yarns and all handouts.

W3. Socks to Dye For Charlene Schurch


Socks are great knitting and what can be more fun than creating your own colors for your socks. In this workshop we will dye yarn for 2 pairs of socks, using two very different methods for startlingly different results. The first will you will be able to create lovely stripes, and the second will be a more traditional way of hand painting yarn.
The next day we will knit a mini sock using some of the yarn we dyed the day before. This is geared for those who want to learn how to dye their own sock yarn and learn to knit socks, refresh their sock knitting skills, or for those who knit socks to learn some of the fine points of gapless gussets and eliminating ears on heel flaps and toes.

Student preparation / What to bring to class
Size 2 double pointed knitting needles - minimum of 4 - can be the short ones or 7".
Water proof gloves, vinyl, latex or nitrile, it is best if the gloves fit like a second skin so you have the most dexterity while using them.
A 2.5 gallon plastic bucket - clean but not necessary to be new. Just going to have water, detergent and yarn in it.
Wear old clothes or bring an apron
Supplies Fee $25 - You will get yarn for 2 pairs of socks, dye, all the materials and supplies needed for the dye day in addition to the hand out with dye instructions and sock class hand out.

W4. Thick, Thin, and Back Again Nancy Kahrs


In this workshop you will move out of your comfortable spinning range and work toward spinning yarn that is appropriate to the fiber, not just what you usually spin. Several fibers will be explored and the characteristics of each will be discussed followed by time spent spinning each one. Participants will need a wheel in good working order, lubricant for the wheel, and a pair of hand carders, if available. Fibers will be supplied by the instructor.

Supply Fee $ 15.00

W5. Introduction to Kumihimo (Japanese Braiding) Ethel R. Kawamura
Introduction to kumihimo is designed to open the door to the fascinating and extensive world of braiding on the marudai (round top stand). This Japanese technique, using the marudai and weighted bobbins to control the threads, can be used to make cords of various sizes and patterns using numerous materials. The use of these braids is only limited to your imagination. Some examples include accessories (earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.), pillow trim, hair pieces, belts and using threads in weaving or needlework. The class will include setup, basic braiding techniques and materials, practice on a 4 strand and several 8 strand braids along with a discussion of history, demonstration of finishing techniques and ideas for use. Equipment is furnished by the instructor.

Materials fee of $15 would include use of kumihimo stand and bobbins, thread for sample braids (mostly 6 strand cotton floss), source list and bibliography.
Students may bring threads for comments by the instructor.
Equipment, books and Japanese threads will be available for sale in the vendor's area.

W6. Creativity: The Fountain of Youth! Margaret Heathman
Do something wild and wonderful and, according to experts on aging, you just might live longer. When you create, your mind expands with even more possibilities, and a busy mind doesn't have time to stagnate and age. The trick is to step out of your traditional way of thinking and look at the world a little, well, differently. This workshop will show you new ways to look at your fiber arts world as you set out on an adventure to discover and use your creativity through fiber and the natural world.

Workshop participants should bring: a leaf, a stone, several sticks or twigs, knitting needles and/or crochet hooks, misc. pieces/balls of yarn of various lengths, bits of fiber/roving in different colors, a drop spindle and/or spinning wheel (optional), beads (optional), a soft plastic bottle or container that would normally go in the recycle bin (clean), a clean wrapper from a food product. Participants also should bring a pad of paper or a blank notebook and pens/pencils for beginning a creative idea journal. Finally, participants should bring a personal creative challenge they are having so we can use "the big secret" of creativity to help find solutions to the challenge.

Supply fee: $10.00.

W7. Contemporary Cloth Doll Making Judy Anderson
Learn to make a three-dimensional object "doll'. Draft a pattern from a flat drawing to 3D. We will discuss body proportions, placement of facial features and other ways to make your art doll unique. We will design dolls using basic shapes, squares, ovals, circles, triangles and rectangles. Hair, accessories, beads, stamping, painting and embroidery will be explored. Bring your ideas and a sense of humor.

No supply fee
No preparation before class

Supply list
Small amounts of interesting fabric (1/4 yard of several)
Pins, needles, thread, sewing machine, scissors, pencil/paper, ruler, stuffing tool (chop stick), stuffing, extension cords.
Optional: beads, ribbons or trims, stamps and textile paint, yarn for hair, embroidery thread.

Workshop Leaders

Judy Hopkins Anderson has taught classes in fiber arts over the past 25 years, including cloth doll making, quilting, weaving, knitting, crocheting and surface design. One of her favorite adventures is teaching others. She also takes classes to further her knowledge of the fiber arts. Her creations have been exhibited through out the United States where she has been selected for awards in weaving, quilting, garments, accessories and dolls. She is a member of HGA, SEFF, TVQA, several guilds, quilting, weaving and a couple of design groups. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Handweavers Guild of America and the advisory board for the Tennessee Center for Arts at Madison.
Workshop 7

Geri is a weaver, felt maker, and all around fiberholic. She studied weaving at Georgia State University and has spent a lifetime experimenting and learning about fiber processes. She has traveled extensively in search of traditional weaving. She worked as an art teacher in Atlanta, GA before moving to Tennessee and opening Weaving Arts Studio, a working studio gallery in Tellico Plains. While still cherishing the old traditions and skills, she now revels in using fibers in innovative ways that move weaving up to art. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
Workshop 2

Margaret Heathman is the owner of Margaret's Yarns Down Under, "Promoting The Creative Process", in Monroe, Georgia. She also is the author of Knitting Languages, Romancing The Wool, Knitted Snowflakes, Spiced Up Socks, and Spiced Up Scarves. Her award-winning "Flower Power Socks" design, as well as her article on building a little great wheel, have been published in Spin-Off Magazine.
Margaret is a member of the Peachtree Handspinners Guild, the Atlanta Knitting Guild, the Lacy Knitters Guild, the Southeast Fiber Forum Association, and The Knitting Guild of America. Her fiber creations are exhibited each year at the Fiber Fanatics Promote Literature library series in Atlanta. Whether she is knitting the giant turtle, A'Tuin, from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, a Quidditch banner, a lacy Summer hat for a pig, a fairy tale play mat complete with dragons and unicorns, or teaching others how to create with their fiber arts, Margaret says that fun is at the heart of her fiber adventures. Margaret lives with four dogs, two cats, and rooms filled with fiber.
Workshop 6

Nancy is a fiberholic! She first discovered fibers as a child and then had the joy of rediscovering them as an adult. For the next 28 years Nancy has been exploring the world of fibers through spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, Temari, and papermaking. She believes that learning should be fun and this is one of the aims for each of her workshops. Nancy has taught at several state conferences, local guilds throughout the southeastern United States, and at 2 Convergences (1998 and 2004). Being able to help others have an excuse to expand their fiber stash is one of the great joys of teaching. (as if we really needed an excuse!)
Workshop 4

Ethel studied kumihimo in Kyoto, Japan 1980-81, followed up by consultations and self study. She uses her braids mainly for accessories. As a teacher she has been able to teach classes in Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina, including J. C. Campbell Folk School. Her interest extends to most fibers arts, including weaving, knitting, dyeing and sewing.
Ethel is the co-translator of the book Kumihimo, the Essence of Japanese Braiding, published by Lacies, 2004 (Japanese authors, Aiko Sakai and Makiko Tada) Her other articles include a collection of sample exchanges edited by Carol Goodwin and Shirley Berlin titled Sixty Sensational Samples: a Kumihimo Collection 2004.
Workshop 5

Charlene Schurch, author of the best selling Sensational Knitted Socks, as well as Hats On!, Mostly Mittens, and Knits for Girls and Dolls. She teaches nationally at conferences, and for guilds. She has also published articles and designs in Spin Off, Vogue Knitting, Knitters, Interweave Knits, and Piecework. When not knitting or dyeing she loves to row.
Workshop 3

Rita Williams, in1985, became a demonstrating craftswoman for Silver Dollar City, Springfield, Missouri. She taught at the Silver Dollar City Craft School for 3 years and sponsored numerous teachers from all over the US and New Zealand through workshops. Rita worked for a New York Designer weaving scarves, before returning to teaching. Rita has had her work displayed for Best of Missouri Hands, Craftsmen of which she is a juried member. She is the owner of White Oaks Studio. Rita has taught spinning, weaving, crocheting and knitting throughout the Midwest. Her newest classes are in rug hooking; this workshop enables spinners, knitters, crocheters and weavers to use their yarn stash to create a beautiful rug, chair seat, bag or wall hanging. Workshop 1

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