482 Constitution Way, Suite B-11, P.O. Box 1522, Idaho Falls, ID 83403

Category: Spinning

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September 21, 2017: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dizzy Spinners Study Group

The Dizzy Spinners will NOT meet in June or July and will pick back up in August. The Dizzy Spinners Study Group meets the third Thursday of every month from 1 until 3 p.m., in the Guild Studio located at 482 Constitution Way, Suite B-11, in downtown Idaho Falls.

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This class was taught at the 2016 Snake River Fiber Fair. This page is provided for informational purposes only.

Meet the Boucles, a Loopy Side of the Yarn Family taught by Lonna Alexander-Steele

Boucle, a word from the French meaning to curl or buckle, is defined as a style of yarn usually consisting of three strands, one of which is less taut, creating a looped or curly texture, also as a fabric made from such yarn. Terry cloth is a good example.

This class will discuss how to produce traditional boucles, loose and tight loop boucles, bunched boucles, and double strand boucles. We will discuss the uses for boucle yarns, some of the best fibers to produce the various types of boucles and how to design or alter projects using boucles.

Students need to bring a spinning wheel, several bobbins, all accessories, oil and a kate if you have one. Students may bring any spun singles that they have at the time, second hand store yarns and threads. Note taking materials and labeling materials may be needed.

Lonna will bring some rovings, singles, core threads, samples, an extra wheel and tools, some finish threads inclusive of metallic’s and novelties.

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This class was taught at the 2016 Snake River Fiber Fair. This page is provided for informational purposes only.

Trashy Yarns taught by Lonna Alexander-Steele

Student must be able to spin a continuous yarn and understand the workings of the wheel they will use in class.

Have you ever thought “What a pity I don’t have a use for all those bits and pieces of trimmed yarn, fabric and threads from my craft projects. Such a shame to just toss them away.”?

This class will discuss how to reuse and recycle fibers from thrums, embroidery clippings, second hand store finds and serger trash bag contents to produce unique and fun yarns.

We will learn how to prepare the fibers for use in the production of several types of trashy yarns and discuss how to ensure the finished yarns are cohesive and what may need to be done to make them useable.

Students should bring a spinning wheel, several bobbins, all accessories, oil and a kate if you have one. Any spun singles that you have, second hand store yarns and threats Note taking materials and labeling materials may be needed. Scissors to cut up “trash”.

Lonna will bring some roving, singles, core threads, samples, an extra spinning wheel and tools, some finish threads inclusive of metallic’s and novelties, trashy batts and other bits for spinning.

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This class was taught at the 2016 Snake River Fiber Fair. This page is provided for informational purposes only.

Spinning for Color/Gradient Yarn taught by Elizabeth Dailey

Should be able to spin a continuous thread on a drop spindle.

A more in-depth exploration of spinning for color o a drop spindle which is perfect for (but not limited to) socks.

A sock pattern will be provided at class, but you are welcome to bring your own small project to work on instead, such as any type of scarf, mobius scarf, fingerless mitts, shawlette.

You will be using a specific spindle provided for class. They will be available for purchase at cost.

Elizabeth will supply 4 ounces of fiber and sock pattern.

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This class was taught at the 2016 Snake River Fiber Fair. This page is provided for informational purposes only.

Something’s Batty with My Yarns taught by Lonna Alexander-Steele

Student must be able to spin a continuous yarn and understand the workings of the wheel that they will use in class.

This class will explore the variety of ways to spin a batt into a yarn and the processes to produce unique and fun batts to share, spin or sell.
We will discuss how to “tear down” a batt for use, how to make roving from a batt, and the best way to spin batts for worsted or woolen style yarns.

We will explore how to prepare batts on handcards, drum carders and on blending boards, and explore the best ways to mix and blend fibers in a batt.

Students should bring a spinning wheel, several bobbins, all accessories, oil and a kate if you have one. Students may bring handcards blending boards or small carding machines, any interesting fibers or bits and any batts they may have. Note taking materials and labeling materials may be needed.

Lonna will bring a few handcards for loan, a large electric carder, a blending board and clamps, some bits and fibers for blending and carding several prepared batts, extension cord, handouts, assorted dowels and spray bottles and extra spinning wheel and tools.

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This class was taught at the 2016 Snake River Fiber Fair. This page is provided for informational purposes only.

Beginning Drop Spindle taught by Elizabeth Dailey

We will be learning to spin on a good beginner’s spindle. Starting with learning about twist energy, then moving to Park and Draft. Soon we will be standing and really getting the “hang” of spinning on a spindle. Spindles are so much fun, incredibly portable and easy to use. Class materials include one bare bones spindle and two ounces of good quality roving, plus small distaff for your wrist.

Elizabeth will supply one bare bones spindle and 2 ounces of good quality roving, plus small distaff for your wrist.

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This class was taught at the 2016 Snake River Fiber Fair. This page is provided for informational purposes only.

Perfect Plying taught by Randy Glick

Participants should be able to spin a continuous single.

In order to create the finished yarn you desire, you have to understand some basic plying techniques. The goal of this class is to work from the basics of plying to more advanced techniques – and a couple of “different” techniques I came up with as a production spinner.
This class is a natural follow-up to Splendid Singles.

Students should bring a spinning wheel in good working order, at least 3 empty bobbins and a device to hold bobbins for plying.

Randy will provide all of the fiber samples to be plied and a set of handouts.

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This class was taught at the 2016 Snake River Fiber Fair. This page is provided for informational purposes only.

Splendid Singles taught by Randy Glick

Should be able to spin a continuous single.

The goal of every spinner should be to spin the singles that they need to make a truly stunning finished yarn. In order to accomplish this, the spinner should understand the importance of three elements – the material, the spinning wheel and the individual. Only then can you spin the yarns you desire, instead of the yarns that you just get. This class will highlight key points from each element to achieve truly Splendid Singles.

Students should bring a spinning wheel in good working order, empty bobbins and a lazy kate.

Randy will provide all of the fiber samples to be spun and a set of handouts.

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This class was taught at the 2016 Snake River Fiber Fair. This page is provided for informational purposes only.

Mechanics of Spinning Wheels taught by Randy Glick

During the class you will learn what your spinning wheel parts are called and how they relate and work with each other. There will be a discussion of the different types of wheels on the market and how they affect your finished yarns.

Randy will spend time with each student and discuss the specifics of the wheel you are spinning on. He will make recommendations for changes in your equipment. Finally, Randy will make maintenance recommendations so that you will get years of service from your wheel.

Students should bring a spinning wheel they like to spin on.

Randy will supply handouts outlining the class, illustrations of several types of wheel with labeled parts and 2 ounces of quality fiber.

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