Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair
A celebration of fiber and the fiber arts with workshops, demonstrations of spinning and weaving, vendors offering fibers for spinning plus finished yarn, dyes, books, gifts, equipment, handmade soap and baskets. Also supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, dyeing, tatting and crochet.
Spin Supported with Straddle Creek Spins
9:00 am to 11:00 am; $60
Cyndy Hunter of Straddle Creek Spins
Learn to spin supported! Explore different types of supported spindles, discover the countless benefits of spinning supported, and learn to spin using a supported spindle! Class fee includes all materials, including fiber and your own Tibetan Spindle from Straddle Creek Spins' Prairie Collection. Pre-requisite: a bit of spinning experience, including how to draft.
9:30 am to Noon; $35
Ellen Sullivan, Instructor
Learn the basics of knitting using your handspun or commercial yarns. You’ll learn how to cast on, increase, decrease, do an I-cord edging, cast off and sew a short seam, creating an ear warmer. Students should bring yarn, knitting needles, markers, ruler, etc.
10:00 am to 11:00 am; $10
Suzy Beggin Craft of Suzy the Shepherdess
Darning is a dying art – but it shouldn’t be! Learn how to darn holes to make a garment last forever! Bring a stockinette knit swatch (4 in x 4 inch or bigger) to practice on. (If your swatch is 100% cotton you can use it as an ugly-yet-practical dishcloth).
Dorset Button Making
10:00 am to Noon; $30
Nanette Mosher, Instructor
Dorset buttons were first made in the 1600's, using rings cut from the horns of sheep and linen thread. We will use plastic rings and wool yarn so your buttons will be ideal for knitted or crocheted projects. Cost includes all supplies and materials. Basic hand sewing skills helpful. Students must be age 14 or older.
Easy and Fun Felted Scarf
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm; $35
Christina Drennen Coghill of CCspins and Things
This class will teach you how to use roving to make a One Of A Kind felted scarf. You will have a multitude of roving colorways to choose from. Students should bring two towels and wear clothing that you aren’t afraid to get wet and stained. Wear comfortable shoes since we will be standing and moving around in class.
Spinning Exotic Fibers
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; $50
Ellen Sullivan, Instructor
A hands-on workshop feeling, spinning and learning about different types of fiber. This class is rather broad covering camelid, mohair, silk, yak, etc. All levels of spinners are welcome. Students should bring whatever they have to spin on (drop spindles, supported spindles, wheels), plus their questions and curiosity. Sample fibers will be provided.
Drop Spindle Contest
1:00 to 3:00 pm, Free
Nancy Jones, Instructor
Learn how to spin on a drop spindle, then test your new skills with a contest. Spinners are separated by age (youth and adults) and experience (beginners and experienced). No age restrictions. No experience needed. All supplies will be provided. All are welcome - preregistration is not necessary.
Needle Felted Springtime Bunny
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm; $28
Stacey Huffstutler of Spice Carnation Creations
Ring in spring by creating a sweet bunny to grace your table or Easter baskets! In this class students will learn the basics of needle felting, such as how to effectively and safely use tools, build core shapes and sculpt finishing touches. Each student will be provided with reference materials, step by step instructions, a variety of wool and fiber embellishments, and a kit with two felting needles and a foam mat. No experience necessary.
To Dye For . . .
Drop in between 9 am and 3 pm; $5 to $20
Kathy Koning McClure of Frivolous Ewe
Create yarn to dye for! Design your own uniquely dyed creation, using a gorgeous selection of vivid hues. Choose as your palette a 100 yd skein of yarn ($5), 200 yd skein of yarn ($10), silk scarf ($15) or double knit sock blank ($20). Plan to spend 10 to 20 minutes to create your yarn. No experience necessary.