Last Updated 4/25/2017 – ID full classes

8th Annual Fiber “U” Event is Scheduled for

July 15-16, 2017

Cowan Civic Center, 500 E. Elm St. Lebanon, MO

A fun and educational, fiber filled experience you don’t want to miss, including classes, vendors, and demonstrations!

Please use the menu above to learn more about Fiber”U”. 

SAVE THE FUTURE DATES

July 21-22, 2018

(Pre-registration is required to take any classes. All students pay a flat registration fee to take up to 6 classes. Class fees are the instructor’s charges for materials and teaching.)

2017 Fiber “U” Classes

(Pre-Registration Required for ALL classes postmarked by June 30th.)

After June 30th, please contact OsageRiverAlpacas@gmail.com or (309) 838-8825 for class reservation and total amount due.

(F17) Bamboozeled

Beginner

Instructor: Nancy Barnett

Class Size: 12

Fee: $40

Sat. 1-4pm OR Sun. 9am-12pm (MR)...You will learn to spin dyed bamboo fibers and how to blend the fibers into a white fleece to change the color without dyeing the fleece. We will be using hand card and drum carder to blend. Bring your hand cards, wheel/spindle and if you want, your drum carder. All fibers and bamboo provided.

(F17) Spindles of the World

Beginner

Instructor: Robin Goatey

Class Size: 10

Fee: $35

Sat. 3-5pm (5) FULL...Learn three different support spindles of the world and keep the one you like the best to take home. We will practice the Navajo inspired Southwest Spindle, The Tibetan Spindle and the Compromise Russian Spindle. All of the Spindles have a non-traditional hook on the end with a consequent result: They are easy to learn and utilize. All material included in the class and the student will get to pick their favorite spindle to take home. Additional spindles and bowls will be available for purchase.

(F17) Designer Yarns by Color Manipulation

Adv. Beginner

Instructor: Lorry McDonald

Class Size: 15

Fee: $45

Sat. 9am-12pm (MC)...Students should be able to spin a stable yarn. In this class, we will learn how to create designer yarns by manipulating color. Using wool top we will create a two tone yarn and a three color loop-plied yarn. Using wool cards we will create rolags for a heathered yarn and a three color rolag yarn. If time allows, we will create a 4 color, thick and thin cabled yarn. Students should bring a working wheel, 4 bobbins, lazy kate, niddy noddy or ballwinder and a set of wool cards. All spinning fibers will be provided.

(F17) Fractal Spinning

Intermediate

Instructor: Vicki Thomason

Class Size: 8

Fee: $25

Sat. 9-11am (MR) FULL OR Sun. 10am-12pm (MC)...Theory of fractal spinning. Learn to choose fiber to yield fractal spun result. Will see examples of fiber, spun yarn, finished product of how fractal spun yarn may knit up. Students will split a fiber braid to prepare it for fractal spinning. Students may bring wheels or spindles to begin spinning. A 4oz fiber braid provided plus handouts.

(F17) Advanced Spinning

Advanced

Instructor: Zelma Cleaveland

Class Size: 12

Fee: $40

Time: Sat. 2-5pm (MC) FULL... In response to the surveys, this class is ALL ABOUT SPINNING and the entire time will be spent working with fibers and spinning. We will work through groups of short, medium and longer fiber lengths that will require different preparations, wheel adjustments and different techniques in spinning. Students will learn to control the twist by adjustments on the wheel, treadling, drafting, etc., so the problems of short, slippery or long fibers are not a problem, merely a new experience. Students need to bring: spinning wheel, hand carders or combs, different whorls for wheel if available.

(F17) Beginning Knitting

Beginner

Instructor: Audrey Kruse

Class Size: 10

Fee: $35

Sun. 9am-12pm (9)... This class will open the doors to your creativity in the fiber art of knitting! Students will not only learn a few stitches which are the basics for a world of knitted creations, but will also create a headband that they will be able to take home and enjoy in the winter months ahead. The class will review some important concepts to help the students understand how to select the right yarn and needles for a project, how to read patterns and some tips on how to get the most enjoyment out of their knitting projects. Each student will receive a notions bag with some tools needed to complete their project, 1 skein of 100% acrylic yarn (don’t let wool allergies hold you back), a pattern, and other class handouts.

(F17) Rake Knitting

Beginner

Instructor: Jama Kilgore

Class Size: 10

Fee: $30

Sun. 1-3pm (1) FULL... Rake Knitting (aka Loom knitting), has been know by many different name such as Frame, Ring, Box, Bung, Spool, Reel and French knitting. The craft has been around since the Middle ages. You know you want to learn a medieval craft! Students will take home a knitting loom, a skein of yarn and instructional handouts.

(F17) Two At A Time Toe Up Socks

Adv. Beginner

Instructor: Bex Oliger

Class Size: 12

Fee: $50

Sat. 8-12pm (B)... Learn how and why to knit socks from the toe-up and 2 at a time on one long circular needle. Students will receive a universal pattern, needles and a choice of sock yarns.

(F17, F16) Knit Fix Class

Adv. Beginner

Instructor: Jennifer Watkins

Class Size: 10

Fee: $5

Sat. 9 – 11am (10)...Have you ever knit along and run into problems? In this class we will look at knit and purl stitches and how to drop down and fix a stitch that is the wrong one. What is a life line? How do you add one to your knitting? We will discuss and thread one. We will also discuss and execute how to fog and tink. For this class I am asking for a little homework. Please knit up a 8 x 8 square in a light colored worsted yarn but don’t bind off. Also, bring a crochet hook (about size F) to learn how to run a stitch back up.

(F17) Knitted Fingerless Mitts

Adv. Beginner

Instructor: Jennifer Watkins

Class Size: 15

Fee: $25

Sun. 9am-12pm (10)... We will walk through how to knit a fingerless mitt together. I will provide the yarn and the pattern. Please bring your preferred needles for knitting in the round (size US 4). It will be a simple mitt worked in the rib, with a thumb gusset. Students need to know how to knit in the round.

(F17) Boom-Boom Boomerangs

Intermediate

Instructor: Steven Fegert

Class Size: 20

Fee: $5

Sat. 1-3pm OR Sun. 1-3pm (10)... Do you want that go-to project that can use a complete skein of yarn and is great for variegated and tonal yarns? Students will learn the basic shape of a garter stitch boomerang shawl.  From there we will hold a discussion on how to incorporate different stitches and patterns into the basic recipe. Students need to bring a skein of fingering weight yarn, size 6 US needles with at least a 24” cord and a pen.

(F17, F14) Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving

Beginner

Instructor: Darlene Megli

Class Size: 8

Fee: 50

Time: Sat. 1-4pm (ML) FULL...Have you always wanted to try your hand at weaving, but had no idea where to start? Here is the place. We will go over a RH loom, naming the parts and pieces. Weaving terminology will be discussed. You will learn the easy, quick warping using a peg, and then weave. Basic weave on the RH is plain weave, but it will not look ‘plain’ when you are done. Much can be done with color, texture and how you put them together. Come join the fun! Everything needed for this class is provided.

(F17, F16) Basic Finger Weaving

Beginner

Instructor: Susan Wilson

Class Size: 10

Fee: $20

Time: Sun 1 – 3pm (7)...Students will learn the basic weave finger weaving technique by making a bookmark. They will also get a booklet with instruction on how to make a larger piece, and a variety of finishing techniques.

(F17, F16) Card Weaving

Beginner

Instructor: Rosie Dupuy

Class Size: 8

Fee: $45

Time:  Sat 1 – 5pm (C) OR Sun 8 – 12pm (C)...Basic card weaving we will be using 4 hole cards to weave belts, straps or bands. Instruction will include preparation, threading and weaving. All Supplies are furnished.

(F17) Continuous Strand Weaving

Beginner

Instructor: DeAnna Amos

Class Size: 12

Fee: $30

Time: Sat. 9am-12pm (6)... Learn to weave without the hassle and headache of measuring yarn, and warping the loom.  Continuous strand weaving is easy to do using center-pull balls of yarn.  This method greatly reduces the time needed for preparation as there is no need to wind shuttles, allowing you to jump right into the weaving process,and waste is minimal. We will use 2 foot looms to create a sample-sized project, suitable for a larger doll, table accent, or to be joined with other pieces to make a shawl or throw. Please bring a crochet hook to class, and a ball winder if you have one.  Yarn will be provided.  Looms are available for purchase after class.

(F17) Two Heddle Rigid Heddle Weaving

Intermediate

Instructor: Patricia Ruether

Class Size: 6

Fee: $45

Time: Sun. 8am-12pm (ML) Full...Learn to warp your rigid heddle loom with two heddles to make a sampler of patterns including twill. Students need a rigid heddle loom with two heddles (prefer 5 or 7.5 dent), 13” pickup stick and two shuttles. Instructor will provide all other materials.

(F17) Tunisian Crochet

Beginner

Instructor: Kay McCoy

Class Size: 10

Fee: $30

Sat. 9am-12pm (9) FULL... Tunisian Crochet is sometimes called the “link” between knitting and crochet. Also called Afghan Crochet, Tunisian Crochet combines elements of knitting and crochet for items that are fun to make and beautiful to wear-from lacy, airy fabrics to incredibly dense fabrics. In this class we will learn the Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Knit Stitch, and the Tunisian Purl Stitch to make fingerless mitts or a potholder. Students will also be introduced to additional Tunisian stitches as time permits to try in class and at home. Hook, yarn and instructional booklet is provided. Students should bring scissors and darning needle.

(F17) Shirred Rug

Beginner

Instructor: Donna McFarland

Class Size: 12

Fee: $35

Sat. 3-5pm, Sun. 1-3pm (3)... Learn to make a beautiful heirloom rug. Fun, fast and easy! Recycle your wool fabrics by making and joining strips with a crochet stitch. Students will learn the techniques of making beautiful shirred rugs and how to identify appropriate fabrics for the rug, to prepare the fabric and how to start the various rug shapes. Book, needle and fabric and a CD provided.

(F17) Leather Bottom Slippers

Adv. Beginner

Instructor: Elyse Hargis

Class Size: 12

Fee: $45

Sat. 8am-12pm (2)... We will crochet some slippers with durable yarn. The slippers are crocheted entirely with the single crochet stitch. The bottom of the slippers are covered with leather to add safety so the bottoms are not slippery and versatility as to where they can be worn. Students need to be able to read a pattern and are comfortable with their understanding of crochet terms. Yarn, instructions and the leather for the bottoms with be provided. Students need to bring a size K crochet hook, small but not tiny safety pins, large eyed sewing needle and black upholstery strength thread. You will be shown how to prepare your leather to attach to the bottom of your slippers.

(F17) Sparkles & Lace

Intermediate

Instructor: Jarita Thomson

Class Size: 10

Fee: $35

Sat. 2-5pm (4)... Cuff-bracelets are all the rage! This unique design utilized the lacey characteristics of simple crochet stitches with a specialty technique for interjecting fun, sparkly, glass beads throughout the design. The beads are actually crocheted into the bracelet so they won’t slip or come out. If you know the basic stitches, then I’ll provide the pattern and all necessary materials. Come along and let’s have some fun creating a lovely, fashionable treasure.

(F17) Crochet Socks

Intermediate

Instructor: Jonee Davis

Class Size: 10

Fee: $40

Sat. 8am-12pm (A)... Learning to crochet socks is a whole lot of fun. You don’t need a whole lot of supplies and the best part is that it’s a portable project. You can crochet socks almost anywhere. Socks can be intimidating at first but they are not hard. Each step will be explained in detail and I will be there to help throughout the process until you feel comfortable. We will also be creating a foot template for you to help with that perfect fit. Handouts and yarn will be provided. Students must know basic stitches. You will take home a sock for a sample. Student to bring a size D and E hook and pencil.

(F17) Landscape Felting

Beginner

Instructor: Linda Arment

Class Size: 15

Fee: $45

Sat. 1-5pm, Sun. 8am-12pm (8)... Students will learn how to “paint” a landscape with wool, roving, locks and yarn and go home with a complete picture. They will also have the tools and materials to continue their new art.

(F17) Nuno Felting

Beginner

Instructor: Judy Crouch

Class Size: 12

Fee: $45

Sat. 9am-12pm, Sun. 9am-12pm (7) Learn nuno felting and make yourself a beautiful scarf in the process. Using merino wool or a merino/silk blend you will felt on silk fabric to create a one of a kind scarf that you will be proud to wear or give as a gift. Students need to bring a large thick bath towel. The silk base and all fibers will be provided.

(F17) Wool Fairy

Beginner

Instructor: Nancy Meyers

Class Size: 12

Fee: $35

Sat. 1-4pm (9), Sun. 9am-12pm (4)... Create a woodland fairy from roving. Learn basics of needle felting and then embellish to suit your taste with charm, etc. These fairies can be used as tree decorations, for packages, for a gift or your own enjoyment. Students will received foam pad, needle and instructions in their kit.

(F17) Armature Felting

Adv. Beginner

Instructor: Brenda Courtney

Class Size: 10

Fee: $50

Sat. 1-5pm, Sun. 8am-12pm (2)... This class is for anyone with some needle felting experience who is ready to go to the next level. Begin adding wire to your needle felted sculptures to give them moveable parts and/or to make them pose able. It is also for anyone who, like me, has needle felted quite a bit but is frustrated with wrapping wire for fingers and toes. In this class we will make two sculptures with wire- one with arms (needle felted snowman) and one with armature in the core. You will receive 3 needles, a felting surface, and all the wool, wire and tools you will need for this project.

(F17) Microwave Fiber Dying

Beginner

Instructor: Teresa Goatey

Class Size: 8

Fee: $35

Time: Sat. 9am-12pm, Sun. 9am-12pm (5)...Discover how easy it is to dye fleece in the microwave! In this class we will dye carded batts of wool in 3-color combinations that result in beautiful batts for spinning or felting. Students should bring an apron and plastic gloves. All materials included with the class and the students will take home dyed wool samples ready to dry and card.

(F17) The Reds

Beginner

Instructor: Gina Levesque

Class Size: 12

Fee: $50

Time: Sat. 1-4pm, Sun8-11am (6)...In this class we will explore the amazing shades of red, pin, and purple that can be obtained using the historical dyes cochineal, madder, Brazilwood, and lac. Students will take home a notebook of samples and recipes.

(F17) Bobbin Lace

Beginner

Instructor: Sally Brandon

Class Size: 10

Fee: $60

Sat. 1-5pm (B)... Using yarn instead of traditional lace linen, students will learn the basic stitch while creating a twisty lace scarf. Pattern is repetitive to aid in remembering the steps allowing students to complete project at home. Students take home a cookie pillow, bobbins, pins and yarn to complete their project.

(F17, F16) Going Batts with Suri

Beginner

Instructor: Connie Blechle

Class Size: 12

Fee: $40

Sat. 1-5pm OR Sun. 8am–12pm (1)...Have you heard you can’t card Suri? Well I have heard that many times. I will show you how it can be done and ed up with gorgeous results. We will make silky luscious batts that you can spin into yarn as fine as lace if you desire. Everyone in class will take a luscious batt home to spin. We will be using washed Suri Alpaca in natural and dyed colors. Also do a little painting in fibers such as silk tencel and bamboo at the drum carder. We can also add in a few fine wools I will have available to blend if desired. If you have a drum carder, feel free to bring it along to use during class.

(F17) Fiber Evaluation

Beginner

Instructor: Christian Davies

Class Size: 20

Fee: $25

Sat. 9-11am OR Sun. 1-3pm (B)... This class takes you on an in depth look at fiber and what it is. How do different breeds and species compare to each other from a fiber standpoint. Build a micron card you can take home to help you evaluate the fineness of your fleeces. We will also discuss what fiber is best suited for based on its length and fineness.

(F17) E-Commerce Photography

Beginner

Instructor: Robin Goatey

Class Size: 20

Fee: $30

Sun. 1-3pm (A)...Learn to control depth of field and lighting to create photos with depth and clarity against a neutral background. Then edit and size for online platforms. Instructor will have laptop, projector and mini-studio lights for demonstration. Students may bring their own laptop, camera and items to photograph. Recommended Software and Hardware: Laptop- any version of Paint Shop Pro. A Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 8.0 MP Digital Camera.

(F17) Long Wools

Beginner

Instructor: Jama Kilgore

Class Size: 10

Fee: $20

Sat. 9-11am (1)...Long wools often are over looked and disregarded as a lesser fiber to spin. Surprisingly long wools are more versatile than you might think. This class will focus on wool breeds with a 5” or longer staple known as Long Wools. We will use raw fiber to compare, contrast and focus on the different characteristics each long wool has to offer. We will discuss the best preparation techniques needed to bring out the best in these wools. Students will take home samples of different long wool breeds along with informational handouts.

(F17, F15) Kumihimo

Beginner

Instructor: Tammy Taylor

Class Size: 10

Fee: $30

Sat. 1-4pm (A)...Learn the basics of Kumihimo using a portable foam disk. Kumihimo (“gathering (kumi) of threads (himo)”) is the ancient art of Japanese braiding. Beautiful, durable braids were used for ties, belts, and closures on Samurai armor as well as many other household needs. Traditionally made on a wooden stool called a “marudai” pairs of threads are moved in sequence to create braids of many color and pattern variations. Students will leave with a braider sampler and a foam braid maker. No experience needed.

(F17) Marketing & Merchandising

Beginner

Instructor: Liz Mitchko

Class Size: 20

Fee: $20

Sat. 9-12pm (C)...This class is geared toward showing you how marketing and merchandizing work together in a vendor booth setting no matter what you are selling. Even if you have been vending for years, or thinking about getting started, you will learn different ways to look at lay-outs, merchandizing (how you display), marketing within your booth, and why some booths always seem to have a crowd (buyers?) while others resemble a ghost town. You will also learn how to evaluate your choices of fixtures before you buy them and how to try different lay-outs without breaking a sweat. Students should bring a notebook and a pencil.

(F17) Beyond Basics Bobbin Lace

Adv. Beginner

Instructor: Sally Brandon

Class Size: 10

Fee: $20

Sun. 8am-12pm (B)...Traditional bobbin lace techniques will be taught while completing a bookmark. Students need basic knowledge of the bobbin lace movements but will learn to combine toechon ground, cloth stitch, half-stitch and spiders. Bring own pillow & 18 pair of bobbins wound with 35/2 linen or #20 cotton. Teacher will supply if needed for additional material fee of $30 for pillow and $36 for bobbins.

(F17) Intermediate Kumihimo

Adv. Beginner

Instructor: Tammy Taylor

Class Size: 10

Fee: $35

Sun. 8am-12pm (A)...Kumihimo is the ancient art of Japanese braiding. Beautiful, durable braids were used for ties, belts, and closures on Samurai armor as well as many other household needs. Traditionally made on a wooden stool called a “marudai” pairs of threads are moved in sequence to create braids of many color and pattern variations. In this class we will make a bracelet from beginning to end. All materials will be supplied. Please bring your marudai or foam disk (if you do not have one, some will be available for use), a pair of scissors, a sewing needle and any charms or beads that you may want to add to your bracelet.