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Angora Rabbit School
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Celebrating fiber,
fiber animals, and
fiber arts

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These workshops are currently being planned for the 2022 Fiber Frolic.
Registrtion is now open.

Making Yarn From Scratch, Part I: Buying and Washing a Fleece with Rita Owsiak (Saturday 9:30-12:30)

Welcome to a two-part workshop series on making yarn, starting with a raw fleece. This workshop will cover information on what to consider before you shop and how to evaluate the quality of a fleece. Then it will be off to the fleece tent to put that knowledge to use. Once we select and purchase a fleece, it will be time to roll up your sleeves, for a ‘hands-on’ fleece washing experience. The method of washing fleece taught is applicable to a wide range of fleece types. While the class focus will be on sheep fleeces, tips and tricks for other fleece types (e.g. alpaca, chiengora, mohair) are also discussed. Note: You may sign up for this workshop even if you are not able to take Making Yarn From Scratch Part II: Prepping and Spinning Wool.

What to Bring: Not applicable

Workshop Fee $36

Introduction to Brioche with Bristol Ivy (Saturday 1-4)

Brioche is an easy stitch that creates a lush, drapey, warm fabric. In this class we’ll learn the basic principles of working brioche flat, identifying and fixing mistakes, and increasing and decreasing in pattern. Experience needed: knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing.

What to Bring (Materials and Homework): With approximately 90 yards of smooth, non-haloed worsted weight yarn and US 7 [4.5mm] circular needle, please cast on 24 stitches and work about an inch [2.5cm] in k1, p1 rib, worked flat. Do not break yarn.

Workshop Fee $70

Natural Dyeing: Starting Out; Continuing On with Jude Hsiang (Sunday 9:30-12:30)

In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore the world-wide history and ancient traditions of natural dyeing with a focus on local plant materials and easy, sustainable methods. Each participant will dye a silk scarf and receive some small samples to take home. Plan on taking notes, as Jude will share hints and resources from her 40+ years as a natural dyer.

What to Bring: Not applicable

Workshop Fee $43
Material Fee $5

Making Yarn From Scratch, Part II: Prepping and Spinning Wool with Rita Owsiak (Sunday 9:30-12:30)

Now that our washed fleece is dry, let’s move on to prepping the fleece for spinning. Learn about flicking, picking, combing, and carding. We will even discuss the use of some tools from the cat/dog/horse grooming world. If you have wool combs or cards, please bring them. Some tools will be available for use in the class. Once we have clouds, roving, rolags, or batts…it will be time to make yarn! Learn the basics of using prepared fiber for spinning on a drop spindle and how to turn your singles into 2-ply yarn. If you have your own drop spindle and want to bring it, please do. Spindles will be available for use during class. Note: You may sign up for this workshop even if you did not take Making Yarn from Scratch, Part I.

What to Bring: If you have wool combs or cards, please bring them. If you have your own drop spindle and want to bring it, please do.

Workshop Fee $36
Material Fee $10

Weaving with Wool and the World Around You with Colleen Teerling (Sunday 10-12:00)

Come and play with bringing fiber and natural elements together in a woven project. Create a loom the shape and size you want, and weave it with a combination of yarns, fiber, and collected items. We will explore possibilities for creating ‘looms’ of different shapes, sizes and constructions, and will weave on them, bringing the natural world (forest, meadows, seashore) into our fiber world. (No loom or weaving experience needed.)

Workshop Fee $24

Folk Art Rug Hooking with Janet Conner (Sunday 1:00-3:00)

Like all old-fashioned crafts, rug hooking is low-tech, simple and lots of fun! You can easily incorporate rovings, hand spun and commercial yarns, felting techniques and embellishments, once you have mastered the basics. Learn the sequence and procedure of rug hooking, from start to finish. Every step will be demonstrated. We will discuss the history and tradition of primitive rug hooking, learn about finding and preparing materials, and research sources for design inspiration. You will choose from a variety of folk art designed rug hooking KITS for a small mat or chair pad, purchased directly from the instructor. Your rug hooking kit will include everything needed: hook, instructions, hand-drawn design, binding, burlap, hoop, and a selection of one-of-a-kind heirloom and hand-dyed wools. What to Bring: If you have a favorite sharp pair of scissors, please bring these to class.

Workshop Fee $36
Material Fee $31-60 (paid directly to instructor after you select a kit)

Knitting Short Rows: A Brief Introduction to Different Methods with Marin Melchior (MarinJaKnits) (Sunday 12-3)

The class will be organized to teach you and have you practice a couple of the most popular short row techniques.
You will work on a small swatch (or sample) starting with a more basic, potentially familiar method & move into lesser known techniques. Many people may be competent in one of these, but by showing you others and addressing when I like to use them may give you a better handle on what is best for you! The goal is to give you a basic over view of several popular techniques and a chance to practice them. You will produce a small piece that can be used as a sample or you may wish to reproduce mutiples as quilt squares or find another creative use.
KNITTING KNOWLEDGE NEEDED - Casting On, Knitting & Purling, Using Markers (slipping, placing), General understanding of knitting terms and abbreviations.

What to Bring (Materials and Homework): Needles and yarn, stitch markers, at least ONE removeable marker. About 100g of TWO CONTRASTING colors. I suggest Worsted Weight & US 07's (4.5 mm). PLEASE choose the yarn weight and needle size you are MOST comfortable working with. HOMEWORK - Get a jump on the class, arrive with your CAST ON DONE... E-mail me for details, ONLY if you have registered & paid, please. MarinJaKnits@Gmail.com

Workshop Fee $36