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Home > Classes > Yarn Cupboard's 2017 Fiber Arts Retreat and Market

Yarn Cupboard's 2017 Fiber Arts Retreat and Market


Teacher

Day

Morning

9:00 – 12:00 noon

Afternoon

1:30 – 4:30 pm

Cal Patch

April 29

Saturday

Crochet for Knitters.

(3 hours)


Are you a knitter who avoids any knit pattern with even a hint of crochet? A little crochet knowledge can be a fun and helpful tool in every knitter's box! Use it for decorative or practical edgings, button bands, joining or embellishing with flowers or other motifs. Once you how to wield a hook AND a needle, you'll be invincible! Note: Students should know at least chain and single crochet, can be rusty but not he first time!

Supplies:
Scrap yarn (worsted to fingering), crochet hooks, knit swatches to work onto (can be old gauge swatches or cut from old machine-knit sweaters).

 

$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

April 30

Sunday

Crochet Flower Garden.

(3 hours)

 

May flowers may not be quite here yet, but you can whip up some colorful spring cheer with bits of leftover yarn and a crochet hook. Learn to make a variety of styles of flowers to adorn any kind of handwork! We will explore several methods of construction , and you'll leave with a bouquet of new skills. Students must know basic crochet stitches (chain, single, double).


Please bring a few hooks and scraps of yarn. So much fun!

 




$75



Lori Versaci


Knitwear Designer

April 29

Saturday

Hester's Cowl: 2 color, brioche stitch in the round.

(3 hours)




"Brioche Rib" is an increasingly popular pattern stitch that forms a deep, soft rib with a lot of give, perfect for shawls, baby blankets and scarves. It is particularly fun to knit in 2 colors, because of its tuck stitch construction, but it can be intimidating to learn on your own. Here is your chance to learn how to knit this fun stitch! "Hester's cowl" (2 color brioche in the round): Hester's cowl is a knit-in-the-round, 3 color brioche cowl that can be knit in a range of yarn weights from DK to Super Bulky. In class, we will learn both the "yo" and "tuck stitch" versions of working brioche rib and will canst-on and get started on our cowls.



Bring to Class: Approximately 75 yards of worsted weight yarn in 2 colors for swatching/ practice and size 7 or 8 double pointed and circular needles (any length). Once we have practiced we will move on to beginning the cowl. Hester's cowl can be knit in yarn ranging in weight from DK/light worsted to Super Bulky on needles ranging from size 7 to 17. You will want 2 or 3 colors (I recommend one skein of each color ) and the corresponding circular needles in 16(32,47)" length depending on your desired circumference. Of course, there will be plenty of great yarn choice at the retreat and I will be happy to help participants to pick their yarn for the project.

 

$85













Knitting a Successful Sweater

(3 hours)


 

As Lori as mentioned she may not be back next year to teach so this is the time to take this class if you haven't!

From how to pick the right sweater design for you to ensuring that your final kit is the right size, this class is fro sweater knitters new and old! We ar going to start by examining our own favorite sweaters, then pick a pattern for you from all of the VERSACIKNITS samples at the retreat and finally learn the keys to the actual knitting of a great sweater for you. We will learn:

  • What designs are best for me?
  • How do I choose the right yarn?
  • Which size do I knit?
  • Do I really have to swatch?
  • What does blocking mean for a sweater?

No matter how experienced a knitter you are, you are guaranteed to learn something new. This is an interactive class and is always fun!

HOMEWORK:
  • Pick our 3 of your favorite sweaters (not necessarily ones that you have knit) from your wardrobe that you wear differently (for example: to work, on the weekend around the house, on date night). Place them on your bed and measure each across the bust and length from the shoulder to hem. Then write a brief description of each (for example, is it a cardigan or pullover, does it have waist shaping, is it a raglan or set in sleeve, what is the fabric like, why do you like to wear it). Bring these descriptions to class.
  • If you have one, bring to class the pattern for a sweater that you knit and were not pleased with when you  were finished, bring the pattern ( and the sweater, if yo like) to class for a bit of show and tell. And please wear your favorite success.

Bring to class:

  • Measuring tape
  • Something to write with
  • Notes about your favorite sweater and
  • if applicable, the pattern for your unsuccessful sweater (feel free to wear a favorite hand knit!)




                                                                               





$85


 

Lori Versaci


Knitwear Designer

April 30

Sunday

Adding Pockets to your Hand Knits.

(3 hours)



I LOVE POCKETS! Do you have hand knits that you wish had pockets or are wondering how you might  add a pocket to a pattern that you like? Pockets are one of my favorite design elements and even when I don't design them in at the beginning, I often decide toad a pocket! So I have become quite good at what I call "the after thought pocket"!

In this class we are going to explore various pocket constructions and then actually insert a pocket into an already knit piece! Learn how to decide where to place a pocket.


Bring to Class either-
  • Pick a hand knit garment (better to have a simple knit than a complicated pattern stitch) that you would like to add a pocket to plus yarn in the same of similar weight to knit a pocket lining or
  • Knit up a large swatch in St St out of worsted weight yarn on a needle size that creats a nice fabric for the yarn (make sure that you have enough yarn left over to work a pocket).

Circular needle that is the correct size for working a pocket lining to match your garment or swatch. AND 2 circular needles in a smaller size for picking up sts before cutting your work.

Scissors to cut your yarn.

Lots of locking stitch markers.

Pencil and paper to take notes, if desired.




$85


Olga Buraya-Kefelian


OlgaJazzy

April 29

Saturday

Swiss Cross Colorwork Cowl.

(3 hours)


This eye-catching cowl is warm and thick and will serve you well as a snood to protect you from Syracuse winds during our cold seasons. The bold pattern is created using Fair Isle technique and knit using chunky yarn, which makes this project easier to advance in. Besides finding the right way for you to work 2-color Fair Isle, you will learn several ways of trapping your floats to create consistent fabric in this graphic cowl. Under careful guidance you will complete it by grafting beginning and end of it using Kitchener stitch technique in pattern for an invisible seam.

Skills needed: knowing how to cast on, knit and purl, pick up stitches and be familiar with colorwork.

Skills learned:

  • 2 different methods of knitting colorwork in the round.
  • How to regulate tension and fabric distribution throughout your colorwork.
  • Two methods of trapping floats in your colorwork.
  • Tutorial on how to grafting your colorwork in pattern using Kitchener stitch will be provided.
Fit and Pattern information
  • 32" finished circumference
  • approx. 7.5" height folded
  • approx. 15" unfolded
  • gauge 10sts &16 rnds_4" worked in Colorwork patttern, washed and blocked, measured once dry.
Materials:

  • 200 yds of chunky weight yarn in(1 skein of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry) MC
  • 200 yds of chunky weight yarn (1 skein of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry) CC
  • US11 (8mm) circular needle, 24"-32"
  • Tapestry needles
  • Stitch marker
  • Crochet hook
  • waste yarn in smooth texture and similar weight
  • Yarn Guide (Optional, for Continental style knitters)
  • Please purchase Swiss Cross Cowl pattern before arriving to class.

Homework:

  • Purchase pattern bring with you to class
  • Work gauge swatch in Stokcinette stitch to determine correct needle size. Donot cut yarn form your swatch, keep it attached to the skein as the yarn will be re-used into the cowl. Wash and block the swatch, measure when dry.



$90

3 Dimensional Knitwear

(3 hours)


This class is part demonstration, part swatch-fest, and all inspiration. Present my 3D design philosophy, and gearing to your own discovery of knitwear in a new light!

Skill needed: knowing how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off.

Skills learned:

  • Introductory lecture on 3 basic principles of dimensional texture used in knitwear.
  • Learning Cast on and Bind off varieties for stretchy edging and it's purpose for dimensional knitwear.
  • Learning to work specific short rows and learning to chart them on paper if needed in cases when short-rows are working with a pattern.
  • Swatching a series of techniques and reviewing all the possibilities (including range of my patterns that fit into this class Miura, Hari, Hypotenuse by Shibui, Issey, Moko-Moko, Sankaku)
  • Make either Boko-Boko Cowl (lace techniques) or Moko-Moko (partial Knitting/easy short rows technique)
Materials:
Moko-Moko Cowl
Finished measurements 11" height (flat) 30" circumference
  • 340yds of any worsted weight wool
  • waste yarn in smooth texture and similar weight
  • US 7 (4.5mm) needle and a spare needle
  • Crochet hook size F (3.75mm)
  • waste yarn

 Boko-Boko Cowl

Finished measurements 17.5 (24.5, 35)" circumference, 7.5,(7,5, 12.5)" tall

  • About 375(575, 1000) yards of fingering weight yarn (and approximately the same length of silk wrapped stainless steel yarn - Ito Tetsu)
  • US 4 (3.4mm) circular, 24" long
  • Crochet hook size D(3.25mm)
For both as well
  • Stitch Marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Please purchase pattern before arriving to class.
Homework
  • Purchase cowl pattern of your choice and bring to class





$90

Olga Buraya-Kefelian


Olgajazzy

April 30

Sunday

Asangi Wrap/ Modular Knitting Basics

(3hours)


This adventurous beginner class is based on Asanagi wrap design and is worked in modular technique. In this class you will learn he theory of modular knitting and create this stunning ombre wrap of scalloped patterning with yarn of your choice. But what is more, you will learn numerous vital techniques as a knitter which are crucial for your future skill set. Many of the tricks and tips and customization suggestions taught during this class will prove to be a lot of fun!

Skills needed: students should know how to cast on, knit, and purl.


Skills learned:
  • Basic theory for Modular knitting
  • Various cast on methods and their benefits
  • Several ways of picking up stitches on both knit and purl sides
  • Different methods of knit and purl decreases
  • Numerous tips and tricks on improving your skills with this technique
Materials:
  • 223 yds of fingering weight yarn in 5 (or more) complimenting colors
  • US3 (3.25mm) short straight needles, or as preferred (or size to obtain gauge)
  • Crochet hook size C or D
  • Tapestry needle
  • Please purchase pattern before arriving to class
Homework
  • Work garter stitch swatch as asked in the pattern to determine the needle size to obtain gauge.
  • $90




Donna Druchunas


April 29:

Saturday

Successful  Lace Knitting.



(3 hours)

       



Materials:  Size 5 and 3 straight needles, approx 50 yards of worsted-weight and sport-weight yarn in any animal fiber, light colors are best, stitch markets, sticky notes (recommended) or row counter, and basic knitting tools.

Skill Level: For the advanced-beginner to intermediate knitter. Students should know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl. and should have completed several projects.

Description: For years I tried to learn how to knit lace, and was frustrated as I failed each time. I finally gave up because I wanted to have fun knitting and enjoy my hobby. I was able to knit cables, fair isle, intarsia, and even entrelac with no problems, but lace stymied me over and over again. I thought I would never be able to knit lace, until stumbled onto Dorothy Reade's simple techniques. Working from charts, understanding decreases, and knitting with worsted-weight yarn and larger needles gave me the confidence and practice I needed to ease into lace knitting. If I learned how to knit lace after years of frustration and failure. I know other knitters can, too! In this workshop, we will discuss the tools and yarns used to knit lace, learn how to follow lace charts, and make on swatch in worsted-weight yarn and one in sport-weight yarn. Students will then be ready to knit a lace-weight swatch on their own, ad move on to making a simple project as a lace scarf or hat.

 

 

$75

 

Lithuanian Colorwork Mittens
(3 hours)




Materials: 3-4 balls of worsted weight yarn in different colors, set of 5 size US7 double pointed needles, (or 2 circulars or 1 long circular for Magic Loop), a crochet hook of the same size, basic knitting tool kit.

Experience: Intermediate, need to know how to knit with double-pointed needles (or 2 circulars or 1 long circular for Magic Loop).

Description: Learn to make fabulous colorwork mittens. Choose your own cuff style, thumb technique and fingertip shaping from traditional options and decorate your mitten with Lithuanian colorwork motifs. A basic pattern is provided, but you'll learn how to make custom-fitted mittens on the fly with just a few key measurements. In this class we also learn how to embellish our mittens with knitted fringe, Baltic braids and a decorative cast on.
Experience: Intermediate, need to know how to knit with double-pointed needles.
















$75
Donna Druchunas
 April 30:Sunday

Mociutes Mezgimas: Grandma's Knitting

(3 hours)



Materials: About 50 yards of worsted-weight yarn, size US7 needles and basic knitting toolkit.

Skill Level
: All skill levels welcome.

Descriptions: Learn the version of Continental knitting traditionally used in Lithuania and many other parts of Eastern Europe. This technique is sometimes called Combination or Eastern Uncrossed knitting in the West, but in Lithuania it's know as Grandma's Knitting. This is a fast way to knit and many knitters find it gives them the most even tension of any technique they've tried.


$75

 

(3 hours)



 

Jennifer VanValcar

Holiday Yarns

April 29:

Saturday

Dye Your Own Ombre Knitted Flat for Olga's Hei Cowl.

(3 hours)



Bring yourself and your enthusiasm! 

You will receive a knitted flat in sock weight which will be wonderful for Olga's Hei Cowl. This technique is perfect for Ombre knitting and Jennifer will guide you on each step. If you have dyed sock yarn in the past, this will be a new skill set for you toolbox.

Wear comfy clothes that you won't be too upset about if something colorful 'happens' to them.



$85




Jennifer VanValcar

Holiday Yarns

April 30:

Sunday

Dye Your Own Ombre Knitted Flat for Olga's Hei Cowl.

(3 hours)


Bring yourself and your enthusiasm!

You will receive a knitted flat of sock weight which will be wonderful for Olga's Hei Cowl. This technique is perfect for Ombre knitting and Jennifer will guide you on each step. If you have dyed sock yarn in the past, this will be a new skill set for your toolbox.


Wear comfy clothes that you won't be too upset about if something colorful 'happens' to them.



$85


David Codling
Tutto Santa Fe

April 29:

Saturday

Introduction to Sequence Knitting.

(3 hours)


This class is based on Cecelia Campochiaro's heavy duty tome: Sequence Knitting. I've seen eyes glaze over when contemplating a study of this book. Mine too, sometimes! This class is for those who want a basic understanding of sequence knitting without too much math and too many permutations. In the class you will practice knit all the common sequence methods and discover how you can easily apply sequence knitting to your everyday knitting. I will have several of Cecelia"s sample garments for you to see how the different methods ply out in different yarns.

Class Materials:
yarn will be provided, bring US4 needles (straight or circular) and a darning needle.






$85

Free Saturday afternoon KAL in ITO Kinu.


 




The knit-a-long will start shortly after lunch with David. The pattern we will work is quite simple once you have it established on your needle, so this will be a very casual and fun session.

Project:

Eiji Tanuma's Graduation Pleats Shawl.

Materials:

3 Cones Kinu in graduated colorway (light, medium, dark)and a pair of US7 needles.

Note:


Cones must be wound in 3 equal balls of each color, (about 16grams, 154 yard) ahead of time.

You will be provided Eiji"s new pattern along with a simple check off chart to keep track of your rows/colors.
Kinu available at the Yarn Cupboard and at our booth.







 

David Codling
Tutto Santa Fe

April 30:

Sunday

Introduction to Sequence Knitting.

(3 hours)

 


This class is based on Cecelia Campochiaro's heavy duty tome: Sequence Knitting.
I've seen eyes glazed over when contemplating a study of this book. Mine too, sometimes! This class is for those of you who want a basic understanding of sequence knitting without too much math and too many permutations. In the class you will practice knit all the common sequence methods and discover how you can easily apply sequence knitting to your everyday knitting. I will have several of Cecelia's sample garments for you to see h ow the different methods play  out in different yarns.

Class Materials: yarn will be provided, bring US4 needles (straight or circular) and a darning needle.



$85


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 29:

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 29th
 Medium Market Basket.

Emily returns to the retreat with her medium market baskets which are a great size to carry  your project in! The baskets are 6"x12"x5" with a stationary 6" D handle. Color choices are optional. Limit 4 to the class so call asap!!

$50 class
$25 for materials.
total cost $75.
 
 Niio Perkins
Niio Perkins Designs
 April 29th

        Bird Whimsy

 

We are very lucky to have Niio Perkins coming to our retreat this year. She will be sharing her Mohawk and Haudenosaunee culture with us with the Bird Whimsy which are old Iroquois souvenirs from the late 1800's,early 1900's.

The first class will be cutting out your patterns for the Bird Whimsy getting ready for beading. You will begin with designing and beading the birds wings. Examples and photos will be available in class. Deciding if your bird is flying or perched will determine the location and angle of your birds wings.

 Bird Whimsy continued

 

By this time we should have our wings completed and we can move on to embellishing the body of the bird and eyes.Once these two steps are complete , we can start to  sew our bird together and fill it with batting.

Niio Perkins Niio Perkins Designs. April 30th

Finishing the Whimsy Bird



During this time our birds should be stuffed and we can begin trimming the birds edges with beads give it a finished look. A beaded handle can be added at that time.


3 classes $235 includes your $35 kit.
2 classes $175 includes your $35 kid.