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Yarn Cupboard's 2018 Fiber Arts Retreat and Market


Teacher

Day

Morning

9:00 – 12:00 noon

Afternoon

1:30 – 4:30 pm

Cal Patch

Hodge Podge Farms.

April 28

Saturday

Embroidery for Knit and Crochet.

(3 hours)





It's easy to embellish and personalize your knit or crochet projects with a touch of embroidery, taking them form simple to stunning! Cal will show you a variety of stitches, from simple to elaborate, that you can use to ad some flair to anything you make.

Supplies:
Scrap yarn (worsted to fingering), tapestry needle, and a knit swatch to work onto (can be old gauge swatches or cut from old machine-knit sweaters, t-shirts or fleece).

 

$75

Pattern Drafting for Knitters.

(3 hours)



Whether you plan to knit, crochet or sew a garment for yourself (or anyone else), the  first step is determining the unique size, shape, and proportion of the body you wish to clothe. Like snowflakes, none of us are exactly alike, and not until we assess our actual dimensions can we begin to achieve the goal of perfect fit! Cal will show you how to properly take your measurements and use them to draft a sloper (simple pattern) for your personal fit profile. Think of it like a life size schematic, which you can refer to as you knit from a pattern or while designing your own! We will also discuss the concept of ease, both positive and negative and how it affects the end result. Understanding and taking control of these elements will allow you to create pieces that fit and flatter YOU.

Supplies:
Pad or roll of paper, at least 14" wide (can be newsprint, drawing paper etc.)
Pencil, eraser, sharpener
Scissors for paper
Ruler (ideally 2"x18" clear plastic sewing ruler)
Clear tape
Notebook

$75


 

Cal Patch

Hodge Podge Farms.

April 29

Sunday

Crochet Rag Rug!!!!!

(3 hours)


 

With the most basic of crochet skills, (chain and single crochet stitches) you can make your own fabric rugs out of any textile you like! You will learn how to wield a jumbo hook, join your strips, and make a variety of shapes of rugs. Make one for every room in your house, and  they're an ideal housewarming gift too! Students must know at least chain an single crochet stitches.


Supplies:
Jumbo crochet hook/s (one or two sizes in range of 12-20 mm), 1 or more yards of woven fabric (cotton sheets, yardage or scarp). 1 or more T-shirts to cut up, scissors.

 




$75



Sarah Solomon


Knitwear Designer

April 28

Saturday

Flawless Finishing.

(3 hours)




In this intermediate level class we will address all of the basic techniques needed to complete a sweater including blocking, picking up stitches, weaving in ends, the order of sweater assembly and mattress stitch. We will also discuss the function of selvedge stitches and their relationship to finishing as well as how certain aspects of finishing are best considered before a project is begun. Please come with any specific questions you might have about other aspects of finishing and we will happily address them.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease, have knit a few accessories.

Homework: Please make a total of 4 swatches worked as follows using light colored dk or worsted weight yarn:
SWATCH 1 (Make 2)
With size US6 or 7 needles cast on 26 sts leaving an 8-inch tail of yarn. Work in stockinette stitch for 4 inches [Row 1 (RS): Knit; Row 2 (WS): Purl].  Bind off all stitches and cut yarn leaving an 8 inch tail.
SWATCH 2 (Make 2)
With size US 6 or 7 needles cast on 20 sts leaving an 8-inch tail of yarn. Work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 4 inches. Bind off all stitches and cut yarn leaving an 8-inch tail.



Materials: Please bring the following to class with you.
1. Tapestry needle.
2. Locking stitch markers.
3.Size US7 or 8 needles, straight or circular.
4. A small amount of yarn used to make your swatches, plus a contrasting color in the same weight.
5.One pair of straight or one circular needle 2 sizes smaller than your swatch needle.
6. Scissors.
7. Pen or pencil.

 

$85

The Magic of Short Rows.

(3 hours)


 


In this intermediate level class we will discuss how to shape our knitting using a the technique of short rows. Short rows can be used in an enormous  variety of ways; to turn the heel of a sock, to replace bind offs during shoulder shaping, to produce the curve in a shirttail hem, to create twists and turns in a shawl, or simply to add length  in portions of garments where we need a little extra room, as in the back neck shaping of yoke sweaters. We will discuss the mechanics of short rows, try out different methods of working them, and most importantly, learn when to use them.

Skills necessary
: Must know how to knit and purl, increase and decrease. You will derive the most benefit from this class if you are comfortable with knitting in general and have completed a few projects, either accessories or sweaters.

Class Materials: Please bring to class dk or worsted weight yarn in two colors, your preferred needles for flat knitting (circular or straight) in a size to match your yarn, locking stitch markers and a small amount of smooth scrap yarn in dk or worsted weight or thinner. Pen or pencil for taking notes.

Homework
:Cast on 28 stitches and work about an inch in stockinette stitch prior to class.

                                                                               





$85


 

Sarah Solomon


Knitwear Designer

April 29

Sunday

Introduction to Bavarian Twisted Stitch Knitting.           The Burning Love Earwarmer.


(3 hours)





Bavarian Twisted Stitch Knitting, ornate  style of knitting featuring stitches that are twisted and crossed in pairs to make delicate, sculptural designs. Patterns for traditional Bavarian garments are written for working flat pieces back and forth, which can present a challenge to the knitter. This class uses a small-scale headband project to demonstrate how to read a chart for this type of knitting as well as how to work the stitches on both right and wrong side rows. We will begin by using  a cable needle to cross the stitches  but we will also practice working in the traditional manner, without the use of a cable needle. Bavarian stitches are some of the most refined of all the traditional stitch patterns and well worth adding to your repertoire. This tiny project knits up surprisingly fast and is the perfect testing ground for the technique.
Please purchase the Burning Love Earwarmer pattern before arriving to class and bring a hardcopy  with you.

Class Level: Intermediate

Technique Requirements:  Knit/purl; cast on/bind off, Increase/Decrease, experience with traditional cables

Homework: None.

Supplies to bring
Yarn for class project.
Approximately 125 yards fingering or sport weight yarn.
A solid colored, bouncey yarn with a high percentage of wool and plenty of spring is recommended.
Suggested yarns: Woolfolk Tynd, Isager Alpaca 2, The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering

A note on yarn choice: Bavarian twisted Stitch produces a dense fabric, highly twisted yarns look beautiful in these patterns but depending on the exact nature of the yarn they can be more taxing to knit as they can feel inelastic in these patterns.  For  your first  pattern it is advisable to choose a pattern that will be easy and pleasurable to knit with so that you can focus on the stitch patterns. When choosing a yarn to work with try knitting a small swatch in twisted 1x1 rib on the recommended needles to see if the yarn feels good in your hands.

Flat 1x1 Twisted Rib (even number of stitches)
Row 1 (RS): *(K1tbl,p1); repeat from * to end.
Row 2 (WS): *(K1, P1tbl); repeat from * to end.

Needles: 
Preferred needles*for working flat knitting
Size US3/3.25mm or US4/3.5mm
*A needle with a sharp tip is recommended for ease of working

Accessories: Cable needle, stitch markers, pencil.




$85


Kirsten         Kapur

Kirsten Kapur Designs

April 28

Saturday

Cladonia Shawl

(3 hours)



Learn to knit Kirsten Kapur's popular pattern, Cladonia shawl. In this class we will learn the garter tab cast on used to begin the shawl, develop an understanding of the shaping of the shawl, practice the lace pattern, and learn to work the pretty looped picot bind off used along the bottom edge of Cladonia. By the end of class students willhave the skills necessary to complete Cladonia at home.

Skill Level:  Intermediate and up. Must be comfortable casting on, binding off, working increases and decreases and following simple stitch patterns from charts or written instructions.

Materials: Cladonia Shawl pattern (available on Ravelry), two different colors of fingering weight yarn to knit the shawl, (100% wool is best, no lace weight please), scraps or very dark yarn please, 24 or 32 inch circular needles in sizes 6,7,&8 with good points (needles labeled lace, sharps,or stiletto are best), stitch markers, scissors, tape measure.




$85

Learn Stranded Colorwork with the Trillium Mitts

(3 hours)


These adorable mitts are a great first colorwork project. They begin with a Latvian braid, before moving into simple stranded colorwork patterning. We will learn two handed colorwork knitting, Latvian braid, controlling tension in colorwork, catching long floats, without dropping the yarns, and following a colorwork chart.

Skill Level: Intermediate and up. Must be comfortable casting on, binding off, working small circumferences in the round (on dpn's, two circulars or magic loop), working increases and decreases, and following simple stitch patterns from charts or written instructions.

Materials: Trillium MItts pattern(available on Ravelry), two or three different colors of sport weight yarn to make the mitts., (100% wool is best), double pointed needles or circulars for magic loop in US sizes 3,4 &5, stitch markers, scissors, tape measure.






$85

Kirsten Kapur


Kirsten Kapur designs

April 29

Sunday

Mosaic Knitting and the Amalgamation Shawl

(3hours)



Mosaic knitting is a wonderful way to achieve colorwork without having to carry two yarns at once. In this class we will explore mosaic stitch patterns and how we can use them to add color to our knitting. We will learn to select colors to achieve the look we want. By the end  of class we will be ready to cast on and begin to knitth Amalgamation Shawl pattern.

Skill Level :  Intermediate and up

Materials: Amalgamation pattern (available on Ravelry), fingering weight yarn for swatching in a variety of colors, fingering weight yarn to knit the shawl pattern (colors with a lot of contrast between them are recommended, if using variegated yarn for one of your colors DO NOT match the contrasting yarn to any of the colors in the variegated yarn) 24 or 32 inch circular needles in sizes US 2-4 (if you are a very loose or a very tight knitter bring additional sizes), stitch markers, scissors.



$85




Lisa Myers

Fairmount Fibers/Manos del Uruguay

April 28:

Saturday

Intro to Brioche


(3 hours)

       



Brioch stitch produces a reversible fabric with a cushy hand. It's tremendously popular right now., for these reasons and also the endless options for color play with two solids, two multis, or one of each. This introduction teaches the basic stitches, plus how to "read" your work, keeping your edges tidy, potential design applications, and a bit on correcting  mistakes.

Materials.
Please bring two colors of Manos del Uruguay Fino that contrast strongly, and bring 24" or longer US4/3.5mm. (larger for tight knitters). Both colors must be wound in advance.

 

$85

 

Into to Double Knitting

(3 hours)




A knitter's dream:  fabric with tow-color patterning that's stockinette on both sides, with no floats. Learn how to manage the two strands of yarn, read charts, and measure gauge in this technique that gives a double-thick fabric that's beautiful on both sides.

Materials: You will need 2 skeins of contrasting Manos del Uruguay Maxima, (pre-wound), 20 ' or 24" needle    and a ring market or split ring marker.












$85



Lisa Myers

Fairmount Fibers/Manos del Uruguay
April 29
Sunday

Two handed Fair Isle

(3 hours)


If you can hold one strand of yarn in each hand while you knit, Fair Isle (stranded) knitting becomes a smooth and relaxing process.

Prerequisite:  You must be able to knit fluently, either with the yarn in the right hand (English) or with it in your left (Continental), on straight needles and on DPN's. Whichever way you already know, we"ll begin by learning the other. Then we'll proceed to carrying one strand of yarn in each hand and securing floats without dropping either strand.

Bonus- No tangling or twisting of yarns, and a more consistent, even tension.

Materials- Please bring two highly contrasting colors of medium weight wool like yarn, one set of straight or circular needles in a compatible size, and on set of dpn's in the same size. And your smiles!!

Once you have mastered this technique in class-you will be ready to try one Lisa's Fair Isle patterns.




$85

 

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Jennifer VanValcar

Holiday Yarns

April 28:

Saturday

Dye your own yarn workshop.

(3 hours)




This workshop includes 2 skeins of yarn and access to the dyes.  We will go over the color wheel and basic color theory,  examples of different painting choices to achieve different styles (stripes/pooling, variegate.etc), the tools and the process. We will not be doing 'pot' or 'kettle' dyeing, but will be 'painting' with squeeze bottles. Students should wear comfortable clothes that would be ok getting wet and possible stained-it can get messy depending on the person. Do not plan to wear your favorite wool sweater unless your willing to dye it! . These dyes are made for wool. Students take home 2 skeins of wet yarn, dyed , steamed and rinsed and ready to dry and knit. Extra skeins are available for an additional $11 each, and depending on time in the workshop. Students can plan to dye both skeins together if they have a project in mind for 800 yards of fingering. Class sizes limited.

$85




Jennifer VanValcar

Holiday Yarns

April 29:

Sunday

Dye Your Own Yarn Workshop.

(3 hours)



This workshop is available twice. Once Saturday morning, once on Sunday morning. Details of class above. You could take it once or twice depending on your enthusiasm!! Class sizes limited.


$85


David Codling

Isager

April 28:

Saturday

Barbara.

(3 hours)




This class, like Annette Danielsen"s beautiful summer top, Barbara,will be an amazing combination of knitting techniques. Unique construction, a bit of lace, bobbles and eyelets, and zig zag shaping in both plain and patterned panels.
In the morning we will work some lace, practice the tidy picking up stitches along an edge and end with simple increases and decreases zig zag knitting.
In the afternoon we will fearlessly tackle a combination bobble and eyelet pattern combined with zig zag shaping.
We will be knitting Barbara is in Geilsk Cotton wool  yarn which is wonderful to work with.  The cost of the class includes 5 balls of Geilsk Cotton wool and you will need to give me your color choice at least 2 weeks prior to the retreat.




$90 which includes your yarn and pattern and for the morning.

Barbara
(3 hours)


 


SECOND HALF OF CLASS- 6 HOURS TOTAL.



















$125 for both morning and afternoon class.








 

David Codling

Isager

April 29:

Sunday

Color my Stripes.

(3 hours)

 


In this 3 hour class you will learn the construction and techniques used by Lori Versaci to create this very special scarf/shawl. During the first part of the class we will master the techniques hands-on with screap yarn. Please bring appropriate needles (circular or straight) for this exercise. Then we explore color options using sample bobbins of all 32 colors of Isager Alpaca Merino. Please bring size US4 (circular or straight) needles for this exercise. Once you have made your color selections, we will make a trip the marketplace where you select the yarns which are included in the class fee-for your own version of Color My Stripes.

 


$120 includes your yarn and pattern.


Beth Coye

 

April 29:

Saturday


Drop Spindle
(3 hours)


                                                         

This popular class at our annual retreat has started many on their spinning journey! Beth will have you spinning with a drop spindle by the end of class. Rovings and spindles available through the Yarn Cupboard or with vendors at the retreat. Beth will teach you all the basic skills needed to start drop spindle spinning.



 $45

Beginning Wheel Spinning and Plying.

(3 hours)



 

Do you have a wheel and haven't been able to really spin any amount of fiber? Do you think some solid guidance will make a difference to your spun fiber? Are you not able to spin even plied yarns? This is the class for you. Beth will work with you so that your technique will improve and your plying will look beautiful. Spend an afternoon with Beth and be amazed how much happier you can be!

Tools and materials
Necessary:
-Spinning wheel (must have)-
-2-4 oz of spinning fiber from your stash (or can purchased through the vendors.

Bring if you have:
-Kniddy knoddy

-Notebook if you want to take notes



$65

 

 











 


Beth Coye


 

April 30

Sunday

 







 


Lisa Merian

Of

Spinner’s

Hill

April 28:

Saturday

 

Felting with Lisa Ann Merian.

(3 hours)

 



Lisa will be addressing wet felting and needle felting  collage with felt surface designs.  Various hand- dyed wool colors will be available to make a small felt bag, pouch, vessel or scarf. Lisa is the felting master. Her roving and batts are beautifully dyed to make a gorgeous project for you.






$95 plus $15 materials fee

 Emily Giraudin
 April 28th
Saturday.
Round Gathering Basket.




Emily will be teaching the Round Gathering Basket, 12" diameter, 5" height, rectangular handle 12" x 8". This beautiful round basket is woven with flat oval weavers and an accent strip. Perfect for a medium size project or to display gorgeous balls of yarn.




$55 class
$45 for materials.
Limited to 4 people.
 
 Niio Perkins
Niio Perkins Designs
 April 28th

    Beaded pin/broach or Pendant.

 

Niio has done it again!! The morning class will be creating this beautiful broach which could also be used as a pendant. If you only have time for one class, learn Niio's native Indian bead work techniques. This stunning piece should be completed in 3 hours.


The Broach continues.


 You can either start your broach in the afternoon or you can continue with this more detailed broach. Niio said you would  start on the tail and work up. You can work on this all afternoon or decided to do this part on Sunday morning. Or work on your piece for 3 classes. Its up to you!!

Niio Perkins Niio Perkins Designs. April 30th

The Broach Continues.



Again, you can just start  and do the center broach/pendant OR continue from your first class making this detailed pin, OR continue on and work 3 classes making this amazing piece.. Niio said you would start on the tail and work up.


3 classes $210 plus $35 materials fee.
2 classes $160 plus $35 materials fee.
1 class $85 plus $35 materials fee.