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2017 Festival
June 10th & 11th
10 am – 5 pm

Join us at
Butternut Hill Campground
6893 State Highway 20 in Bouckville 13310

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One of the great things about Fiber Festivals is the opportunity to see and learn about the fiber arts practiced within a given region.  Central NY has our own share of these talented artisans.  Our Festival's focus is on Spinning Fiber so naturally our workshops this year have to do with various facets of this skill.  New this year, we also have "Short Courses" - classes that are 1.5 hour or less in length.  This way our students can have a wonderful and rewarding time learning a new skill or technique without sacrificing shopping time.

We again have an evening workshop and a couple of Short Courses scheduled for Saturday night after the festival is closed for the day.  Consider one of those if you 1) don't want to take away from your shopping time,  2) are staying in the area anyway and are looking for something to do that night, 3) aren't able to leave your care-taking responsibilities until the evening and need some time for yourself, or 4) are a vendor who is now available to take a class too. 

If you are an instructor and want to participate next year, you'll find our directions below the Class Descriptions.  

  The workshops are held at the south end of the Fiber Activity Tent.  Check out the table below for a quick glance of what we're offering this year; full class descriptions, costs, how to register, etc., follow the table.

Saturday June 10th

Short Courses:

Instructor:

Time:

Spinning Silk

Nancy Morey

10:30am – 12:00pm

How to Spin on a Rakestraw Spinner

Viv Fulton

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Introduction to Drop Spindle

Kim Parkinson

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Introduction to Long Draw

Marcia Weinert

Evening – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Basic Wheel Maintenance

Marcia Weinert

Evening – 7:30pm – 8:30pm

     

Workshops:

Instructor:

Time:

Begin to Spin

Marcia Weinert

10:30am – 12:30pm

Preparing Fleece by Hand

Donna Kay

1:15pm – 4:15pm

Rectangle or Triangle Loom Weaving

Viv Fulton

Evening – 5:45pm – 9:45pm

 

Sunday June 11th

Short Courses:

Instructor:

Time:

Working with Mohair

Nancy Morey

10:30am – 12:00pm

Got Cashmere?

Norma Bromely

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Introduction to Drop Spindle

Kim Parkinson

3:30pm - 4:30pm

     

Workshops:

Instructor:

Time:

Begin to Spin

Marcia Weinert

10:30am – 12:30pm

Preparing Fleece by Hand

Donna Kay

1:15pm – 4:15pm

   

2017 SATURDAY Workshops & Short Courses:

Short Course: Spinning Silk     with Nancy Morey     Saturday June 10th     10:30 am-12:00 pm
     Cautious about spinning any form of silk?  We'll start with spinning from a degummed bombyx mori cocoon, then move through the many forms of silk available to handspinners today: noils, mawata, brick, and bombyx mori and tussah tops.  Discussion will also include how to degum silk, some tricks for handling/working with silk, and dyeing silk.
Cost:  $55.00 ($40 student fee & $15 materials fee) Instructor will provide all fibers, samples/examples, and handouts.
Student Requirements:  This course is open to a maximum of 12 students, all ages. Student should bring a spinning wheel in good working order and be able to spin a continuous yarn.
Registration: Contact Nancy directly at 607-843-8243 or email her at this address:shadeyside at citlink dot net
Nancy is from Shadeyside Fibers LLC in Oxford, NY & has a booth in Tent C.

Begin to Spin     with Marcia Weinert     Saturday June 10th     10:30 am-12:30 pm

     Learn to make your very own, unique handspun yarn on a spinning wheel!  We'll play with several types of prepared wool while we discuss wheel maintenance, drafting, treadling, plying, and finishing techniques to make a balanced yarn. As time permits, we'll touch on other fiber preparations, and non-wool fibers.  No previous experience required.  Warning:  Spinning can be addictive!
Cost:  $50.00 ($40 student fee & $10 materials fee) NOTE- see Student Requirements below if using loaner wheel.
Student Requirements:  This workshop is open to a maximum of 8 students, aged 16 and over.  Student is required to bring a treadle driven spinning wheel in good working order, OR the student may request a loaner wheel. PLEASE INDICATE WHETHER YOU WILL NEED A LOANER WHEEL AT TIME OF REGISTRATION.  This request must be received by June 9 and will cost an additional $10.
Registration: Contact Marcia directly at 585-872-4267 or preferably email her at this address: UndeniablyLoopy at gmail dot com
Marcia is from Undeniably Loopy in Webster, NY.

Short Course:  How to Spin on a Rakestraw Spinner     with Viv Fulton    Saturday June 10th     12:30 pm-1:30 pm
   Tired of dropping the DROP Spindle?  Still a bit intimidated by the spinning WHEEL?  Come learn the basics of spinning yarn with the very simple Rakestraw Spinner.  It never drops unless you put it down; it just spins and spins at YOUR rate.  You whirl it like a party noisemaker.  Based on an Egyptian rope making device, John Rakestraw created this tool modifying the best size and weight to make yarn.  Very portable, the Rakestraw Spinner makes it possible to spin almost anywhere and with any kinds of fibers.  Even folks with arthritis or similar painful finger conditions can spin with this tool; whatever comfortable grip that allows you to hold the Rakestraw Spinner lightly and to twirl it with minimal pressure will work.  This tool works well for children and adults alike.  The spinning of the tool creates twist; using the “park and draft” technique, one may easily learn to draft the fibers without worrying or needing to concentrate on keeping the spinner turning.  Whether you use the Spinner while walking around the block or in your car on vacation, you’ll find it an enjoyable way to spin.

Cost:  $10.00 All materials (fiber & Rakestraw Spinners) are provided for use during class. Spinners ($20) are available for private purchase after the class - contact instructor separately for details.
Student RequirementsMaximum class size is 12 students: adults or children over 14.  Students will sit to spin.
Registration:  Contact Viv preferably by email at this address: bvfulton at frontiernet dot net or directly at 607-674-9488
Viv is from Rhodie Hill Farm in Sherburne, NY & has a booth in Tent B.

Preparing Fleece by Hand     with Donna Kay    Saturday June 10th     1:15 pm-4:15 pm

    This class is open to all who like working with wool and is for anyone who would like to learn simple, inexpensive methods of preparing your own fleece for spinning.  Donna will start by demonstrating different ways to wash raw fleece.  Using previously washed wool, you will get to try your hand at flick carding, hand carding, and combing (using inexpensive dog combs), and learn which method is best for each type of wool.  You will be working with fleeces from different breeds and leave with samples to bring home and spin.  if you do not have tools, Donna will have plenty to share.  you may bring any handcards, combs that you already have, but it is NOT necessary to go out and buy any for this class.  Class size is limited.
Cost:  $50.00 ($40 student fee & $10 materials fee)  This includes all wool, handouts, tools to share, labeling, and bagging materials for samples.
RegistrationContact Donna directly by email at this address: treeoflife at metrocast dot net
Donna is from Tree of Life Designs in Barrington, NH.

Short Course:  Introduction to Drop Spindle     with Kim Parkinson    Saturday June 10th     3:30 pm-4:30 pm

An introduction to the world of spinning using the simplest of tools that has been in use since the beginning of time.  Learn to spin the way the Egyptians, Mayans and Vikings spun using a simple wooden tool and some fluff.

Cost:  $25.00 including all materials (wool and spindles) and handouts - all to keep and take home.
Student RequirementsThis class is open to all adults and children.
Registration:  Contact Kim directly at this email address: cornerstonefibres at yahoo dot com
Kim is from Cornerstone Fibres & Rocky Meadow Rabbits in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


Note: The following Workshop & two Short Courses take place AFTER the festival is closed (no vendor tents, food, or other activities will be open) so no admission to the festival grounds will be required.
RECTANGLE OR TRIANGLE LOOM WEAVING     with Viv Fulton     Saturday June 10th     EVENING 5:45 pm-9:45 pm
   Come learn the basics of continuous strand weaving where the loom dresses itself! From a center-pull ball of yarn, you simultaneously warp and weave your Triangle or Rectangle-shaped cloth. This workshop will show you how to start your project, how to weave a plain basic (tabby) weaving pattern, and how to change colors.  We may even have time to do some 2 x 2 twill!  You will learn how to undo your work and fix mistakes.  We will also cover removing the project off the loom, and finishing methods like adding special edgings or NOT having fringe.  Note: this workshop creates a Sampler piece rather than a kit-like project.  The yarns used have been chosen to help you learn the weaving techniques rather than be ideal for a fashionable garment.  The finished project though CAN be used as a neck scarf, basis for a small bag, or woven cloth that can be combined with future projects.
Cost:  $60.00 All materials (yarn, tools, & looms) are provided for use during class. Looms ($50) and tools are available for private purchase after the class - contact instructor separately for details.
Student Requirements: Maximum class size is 6 students: adults or children over 14.  Students will sit at a table to use the provided looms; looms may be set flat on the table surface or set on the student's lap and propped against the table's edge.
Registration:  Contact Viv preferably by email at this address: bvfulton at frontiernet dot net or directly at 607-674-9488
Viv is from Rhodie Hill Farm in Sherburne, NY & has a booth in Tent B.

Short Course:  Introduction to Long Draw     with Marcia Weinert    Saturday June 10th     EVENING 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Most of us start out learning an "inchworm" spinning technique that is serviceable but slow, and can sometimes be challenging for our backs, necks, and hands.  It's not always the best way to draft certain breeds of wool, either.  We'll demystify the skills of spinning "long" draw" together - and you'll revel in your new confidence and speed!
Cost:  $20.00 ($15 student fee & $5 materials fee)
Student Requirements:  This class is open to all adults and children age 15 and up; maximum class size is 8 students.
Student should be able to spin a consistent yarn using any drafting method, and bring a wheel in good working order.
Registration:  Contact Marcia directly at 585-872-4267 (use this number after May 1st) or preferably email her at this address: UndeniablyLoopy at gmail dot com
Marcia is from Undeniably Loopy in Webster, NY.

Short Course:  Basic Wheel Maintenance     with Marcia Weinert    Saturday June 10th     EVENING 7:30pm-8:30pm
  You've invested in your wheel and your wool, and hit the road running - but hey, that wheel needs occasional tune-ups just like your car.  Bring your spinning wheel and we'll learn what to tighten, what to replace, and where to oil your wheel so it will run like new, for years to come!
Cost: 
$20.00 ($15 student fee & $5 materials fee)
Student RequirementsThis class is open to all adults and children age 15 and up.  Maximum class size is 15 or as space allows.
Registration:  Contact Marcia directly at 585-872-4267 (use this number after May 1st) or preferably email her at this address:UndeniablyLoopy at gmail dot com
Marcia is from Undeniably Loopy in Webster, NY.

 

2017 SUNDAY Workshops & Short Courses:

Short Course: Working with Mohair     with Nancy Morey     Sunday June 11th     10:30am-12:00pm
     Confused about the many grades of mohair and uses for each?  This class will walk you through the many grades and uses for each one and spinning samples of a couple of grades.  Spinning some fun novelty yarns will be included.
Cost:  $50.00 ($40 student fee & $10 materials fee) Instructor will provide all fibers, samples/examples, handouts, and a drum carder available for use.
Student Requirements:  This course is open to a maximum of 12 students, all ages. Student should bring a spinning wheel in good working order and be able to spin a continuous yarn.
Registration: Contact Nancy directly at 607-843-8243 or email her at this address:shadeyside at citlink dot net
Nancy is from Shadeyside Fibers LLC in Oxford, NY & has a booth in Tent C.

Begin to Spin     with Marcia Weinert     Sunday June 11th     10:30am-12:30pm

      Learn to make your very own, unique handspun yarn on a spinning wheel!  We'll play with several types of prepared wool while we discuss wheel maintenance, drafting, treadling, plying, and finishing techniques to make a balanced yarn. As time permits, we'll touch on other fiber preparations, and non-wool fibers.  No previous experience required.  Warning:  Spinning can be addictive!
Cost:  $50.00 ($40 student fee & $10 materials fee) NOTE- see Student Requirements below if using loaner wheel.
Student Requirements:  This workshop is open to a maximum of 8 students, aged 16 and over.  Student is required to bring a treadle driven spinning wheel in good working order, OR the student may request a loaner wheel. PLEASE INDICATE WHETHER YOU WILL NEED A LOANER WHEEL AT TIME OF REGISTRATION.  This request must be received by June 9 and will cost an additional $10.
Registration: Contact Marcia directly at 585-872-4267 (use this number after May 1st) or preferably email her at this address:UndeniablyLoopy at gmail dot com
Marcia is from Undeniably Loopy in Webster, NY. 

Short Course: Got Cashmere?     with Norma Bromely     Sunday June 11th     12:30pm-1:30pm
     One of the most luxurious natural fibers, Cashmere is a joy to touch, spin, knit and wear!  Learn to spin 100% pure Cashmere as well as blending and handspinning Cashmere with other fibers.  This short course will begin with an introduction about American Cashmere Goats; their history, intelligence, hardiness, low maintenance, and of course, their fabulous fiber!  Samples of various states of American Cashmere fiber will be presented to the class; including fiber combed from the Cashmere Goat, processed roving, handspun and machine spun yarns, and even felted Cashmere fiber "waste"!  Class discussion includes characteristics of Cashmere fiber and various handspinning techniques to produce beautiful Cashmere yarn.  Then you will have the opportunity to custom spin extraordinary Cashmere for creating and enjoying your own luxury garments.

    Also, a variety of different fibers (silk, wool etc.) blended with Cashmere will be spun to raise awareness about the wide range of Cashmere applications.  A number of different handspinning techniques will be taught including "inch-worm", long draw, and double long draw.  Questions and answers will be ongoing during the course.
Cost:  $40.00 ($10 student fee & $30 materials fee)
Student Requirements:  This course is open to intermediate spinners. Students should bring a spinning wheel in good working order, extra bobbins, a niddy noddy, personal specialty fibers if preferred, and hand cards if available.  Class size is limited.
Registration: Contact Norma directly at 802-467-3222 or email her at this address:boreasfarm at gmail dot com
Norma is from Boreas Farm Cashmere in Newark, VT & has a booth in Tent A.
Preparing Fleece by Hand     with Donna Kay    Sunday  June 11th      1:15pm - 4:15pm
    This class is open to all who like working with wool and is for anyone who would like to learn simple, inexpensive methods of preparing your own fleece for spinning. Donna will start by demonstrating different ways to wash raw fleece.  Using previously washed wool, you will get to try your hand at flick carding, hand carding, and combing (using inexpensive dog combs), and learn which method is best for each type of wool.  You will be working with fleeces from different breeds and leave with samples to bring home and spin.  if you do not have tools, Donna will have plenty to share.  You may bring any handcards, combs that you already have, but it is NOT necessary to go out and buy any for this class.  Class size is limited.

Cost:  $50.00 ($40 student fee & $10 materials fee)  This includes all wool, handouts, tools to share, labeling, and bagging materials for samples.
RegistrationContact Donna directly by email at this address: treeoflife at metrocast dot net
Donna is from Tree of Life Designs in Barrington, NH.

Short Course:  Introduction to Drop Spindle     with Kim Parkinson    Sunday June 11th     3:30am-4:30pm

  An introduction to the world of spinning using the simplest of tools that has been in use since the beginning of time.  Learn to spin the way the Egyptians, Mayans and Vikings spun using a simple wooden tool and some fluff.
Cost:  $25.00 including all materials (wool and spindles) and handouts - al to keep and take home.
Student RequirementsThis class is open to all adults and children.
Registration:  Contact Kim directly at this email address: cornerstonefibres at yahoo dot com
Kim is from Cornerstone Fibres & Rocky Meadow Rabbits in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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Instructors interested in teaching either Workshops or Short Courses, please contact Denise Tarbox by phone at 607-642-5568 or email her at this address:  sdtarbox at frontier dot com.   Please provide her with the following information:

Class Name

  • Instructor's Name, Mailing Address, E-mail, and Phone Number
  • Class Description and Duration
  • Class Cost
  • Materials Fee
  • Student Minimum/Maximum and Student Type (Adult/Children)
  • Student Requirements, if any (standing for long periods, etc.)
  • What the instructor needs the Festival to provide (number of tables, chairs, electricity, etc.)
  • What the instructor will provide
      Student registration is the instructor's responsibility.  The student should contact the instructor directly (contact info will be on the Festival's website), so that the instructor knows if there are enough students to hold the workshop.  It is up to the Instructor if walk-ins are allowed.  Denise will be in contact with the instructors to access information and provide any assistance.