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

Category: Classes

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

Beginning Crochet taught by Lindsey Romankiw

Students will learn the basics of crochet beginning with chains and progressing to single, double, and half-double crochet stitches. We will discuss crochet terminology and standard pattern abbreviations.

Students should bring one skein of worsted weight yarn (preferably a light color) and a size J crochet hook (or the size called for by the yarn label).

Lindsey will supply handout with basic crochet terminology and abbreviations, as well as a small set of free patterns for each student.

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

Demystifying Color taught by Joan Contraman

Color is the most important element in any project you make, whether you are a weaver, a quilter, a knitter or a spinner. Poorly chosen colors can ruin your final project before you even begin This class will cover the basics including the definition of color terms, reviewing traditional color schemes. Learn how to determine what colors work best for you and creating your own personal color pallet. How to make your colors pop. Use of neutrals in your projects. Talk about the endless source materials to help you make up your own color schemes. Students will make at least two of their own color schemes during the class. A wonderful book list will be given to help students continue to explore the exciting world of color.

Joan will provide all the materials for the class.

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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.

Show Your Colors! Handspun Stratigraphic Scarf taught by Claudia Pine

Bring your fingering/sport or DK handspun and knit it into an intriguing, yet easy, scarf that shows off the colors in multiple and varied combinations. The fashionable and artistic “Stratigraphy” pattern was designed to highlight the intricate color and texture of handspun dyed in long color repeats, but will also work splendidly in short-repeat or even solid colors. Despite the many layerings of color in “Stratigraphy” it’s very easy to knit! You will use a simple lace stitch and easy short-rows. If you can count, you can show your colors in your unique “Stratigraphy.”

Students should bring at least 300 yards of fingering, sport or DK weight handspun or commercial yarn, AND one pair of straight needles or one circular needle (16” or 24”), of the appropriate size to get a loose gauge (3-6 st/inch). A stitch counter will be helpful.

Claudia will supply copies of her pattern for the Stratigraphy scarf. She will also bring samples in different handspun wools (merino, corriedale, etc.), weights (fingering and DK) and plies (2-ply, 3-ply) and a limited number of loaner needles.

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

Knitting a Pure Silk Scarf taught by Joan Contraman

Students will learn what silk caps and hankies are and how to pull them out to make a continuous “thread” that they will knit to make a very lightweight 100% silk scarf.

Students will bring size 9 USA straight knitting needles. Joan suggests wood or bamboo as they are less slippery.

Joan will provide a knitting pattern and enough silk to make a scarf.

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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.

Fractal Dyeing taught by Randy Glick

A different take on dyeing skeins, fractal is defined as “similar patterns recurring at progressively smaller scales, describing partly random or chaotic phenomena.” We will explore simple fractal dyeing (using the most basic dyeing supplies), and have the opportunity to try techniques that combine fractal dyeing with both tub dyeing and painting dye on skeins.

Students should bring note taking supplies, if desired.

Randy will supply one (1) skein of alpaca/merino yarn (approximately 100 yards/2 oz), dyes, all utensils and handout.

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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.

Checkerboard Picnic Basket taught by Connie Denton

Weave a beautiful and functional picnic basket! This basket measures about 14” x 14” x 14” and includes a solid wooden base, two hinged carrying handles and a solid, wooden lid. Flip the lid over and there’s a checkerboard game pattern!

Students should bring: 2 plastic tubs or basins (at least 12” x 12” for soaking reed), strong sharp scissors, an old towel, a flat headed screwdriver or an awl. (Connie will have extra tools and basins to share.)

Connie will supply all weaving material (natural and dyed), wooden base and lid and 2 swing handles with ears.

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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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