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The 2017 Oxford Fiber Arts Festival offers over two dozen classes! Click the class name to register for the class. Yoknapatawpha Arts Council members, call 662-236-6429 for a discount code good for $2 off each class.

 

Thursday, January 26th

Needles and a Gourd

Dates: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Times: 9 am - 12 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Peggy A. Helm


In this class you will learn how to coil longleaf pine needles around the rim of a decorated gourd. All materials will be furnished including a variety of embellishments to accent your project. How-to sheets illustrating ideas and details on decorating your own gourd at home will be provided. This is a beginning level class and no prior experience is necessary. Just need dexterity and bring scissors and thimble. Additional supplies will be available for purchase after the class. Class is limited to 10 students.

Price: $55

Microwave Bowl Potholder

Dates: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Times: 9 am - 12 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Linda Levy


Students will make a fabric potholder for putting bowls in the microwave. Supplies needed include sewing machine with cotton thread, scissors, minimum 14 ruler, marking pencils, extension cord and an iron.

This class is limited to 8 participants.

Price: $35 includes fabric kit & instructions

Dorset Buttons - A Beginner Class

Dates: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Times: 9 am - 12 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Althea Church


Want to learn how to make a Dorset button? Check out this class! Dorset buttons originated in Dorset, England at least two centuries ago, providing work for families in a cottage industry. We will make two buttons in this class, a basic Dorset button and a flower bouquet variation. Dorset buttons can be made with very fine threads up  to lace and sock weight yarns.

All supplies, plus a 4-page handout, are provided for a $1 materials fee. This is a beginner project, but students should be comfortable working small.  

Class size limited to 6 participants.

Price: $40

Kumihimo Braiding

Dates: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Times: 11 am-1 pm
Location: Newk's
Instructor: Angela K. Schneider


Kumihimo Braiding is a traditional craft in many cultures. Braids can be used in many applications, from jewelry to accessories to home décor. We will work with hand-held disks and try marudai (braiding stools).  Everyone will start with a sampler braid and choose a pattern for a small project  bracelet or keychain. Kumihimo is a great complement to weaving, sewing and other crafts as a custom accent. Student supplies: (optional) student may bring their own marudai and tama to use. Instructor will provide extras for students to use. Instructor supplies: per student - braiding disks, yarns, handout with patterns   For class to use  2 or more marudai with braids in progress, samples, books. 10.00 supply fee for braiding disk and yarns. No special requirements. This is a beginner level class.

This class is limited to 10 participants.

Price: $50

Death's Head Buttons - A Beginner Project

Dates: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Times: 1-3 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Althea Church


Want to learn how to make a Death's Head button? Check out this class! Death's Head is a very old technique (18th century) for creating a thread button  over a wooden form. They can be made in any size and with a variety of threads and yarns. All supplies for making two buttons, plus a handout, are provided for a $1 materials fee. This is a beginner project, but students should be comfortable working small.  

Class size limited to 6 participants.

Price: $35

Introduction to Lace Knitting: Triangle Lace Shawl

Dates: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Times: 1-3 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Jennifer Miller

You'll love this fun beginning class for knitters who are itching to make a lace shawl! Using the Ashton Shawlette pattern by Dee OKeefe, well get started on an easy-to-follow triangle lace pattern. This content-rich class will include information on:

    • Basic shawl construction and geometry;
    • Beginning a shawl using the garter tab method;
    • Reading a lace chart, including symbols, tips, and tricks;
    • How to make a shawl bigger or smaller with confidence;
    • Easy and stretchy bindoff methods;
    • Creative ideas for shawl colorwork;
    • Working with handpainted and tonal yarns to show them off beautifully.

Instructor, Jennifer Miller, shares all the tips and techniques on lace knitting that she has developed over the years. At the end of this class, youll feel confident that you can create this lovely shawl with a minimum of assistance! Please bring: 1-2 skeins fingering weight yarn for a shawl project (at least 375 yards), wound into cakes or balls, ready for knitting. Size 4 and 5  double point or straight needles, as well as size 4 & 5 24 or 32 circulars, stitch markers and your basic tool kit. Participants should know how to cast on, knit, purl, yarn over, ssk, k2tog.

Class size limited to 12 participants.

Price: $40

Itty Bitty Baskets

Dates: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Times: 1:30-4:30 pm
Location: Powerhouse
Instructor: Angela K. Schneider


Try your hand at basket weaving on a tiny scale. Use the same techniques as full-size baskets to weave small reed into little baskets just big enough to hold your stitch markers or tatting shuttle. Make your basket with or without a handle. Weave multiple designs as time permits.

Student supplies: old towel, apron, (optional) utility scissors or yard clippers. Instructor will have some for class use. Instructor supplies: per student  reed. For class to use - tools, buckets, towels, sample baskets.

Supply fee: $10 for reed

Level: Beginner

This class is limited to 12 participants.

Price: $70

How Do I Quilt this Quilt?

Dates: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Times: 2:30-4:30 pm
Location: Newk's (next door to Powerhouse)
Instructor: Cheri Weber


This class is suitable for all skill levels. This class will help you learn the techniques in how to pick a design for your quilt. We will touch on thread and batting choices as well. This class is geared for both domestic and Longarm machines. If you've ever finished a quilt and not known how it should be quilted, this class is for you. Students need to bring a finished top or quilt block.

Price: $30

Friday, January 27th

Tatting - Yes, You CAN Tat!

Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017
Times: 10 am - 1 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Roiana Buckmaster


No experience necessary. Only patience needed. Supplies included. Class size limited to 6 participants!

Price: $55

Make a Button Bracelet

Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017
Times: 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Newk's (next door to the Powerhouse)
Instructor: Althea Church


Button Bracelets are fun to make! Students are encouraged to bring their own button collection, ones that have special meaning to them in their family sartorial history! Teacher can provide contemporary buttons, in a large variety of colors and sizes, for a $5 materials fee. There is a $1 fee for class supplies (elastic, thread, needle). This is a beginner class.

Class size limited to 6 participants.

Price: $30

 

T-Shirt Yarn Baskets

Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017
Times: 10 am-2 pm
Location: Powerhouse
Instructor: Katie Clark


Learn a new crochet technique! Create one of these great, eco-friendly baskets made out of recycled T-shirt yarn that you can make yourself! The sturdy baskets are great for holding spa gifts or other small items. But the design can be altered to make a larger tote.

Materials to bring: 2 L or XL t-shirts or 3 M t-shirts, US N hook (10 mm), Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat (optional, but recommended), tape measure, scissors, tapestry needle, T-shirt Yarn Basket pattern (included).

This is a beginner level class, but students will need to be able to do single crochet.

This class is limited to 8 participants.

Price: $70

Unlocking Basic Knitting Secrets

Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017
Times: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Knit 1
Instructor: Kathy Berkshire


Kathy will show you tricks of the trade every knitter should know. These include, Weaving in Ends Flawlessly, picking up a Dropped Stitch, The Perfect Last Stitch, Counting Rows and Stitches and the Perfect Join for Knitting in the Round. More tricks will be covered if time permits.

Homework - Knit a 6x6 stockinette stitch swatch on light-colored worsted weight yarn on #8 needles, do not bind off and leave swatch on needles. Keep an 8 tail at CO.

Materials - Your swatches, tapestry needle, bring your basic tool kit which should include a tape measure.

Skill Level - Must be comfortable with CO, BO, knit and purl stitches.

This class is limited to 8 participants.

Price: $35

Beginning Hand and Machine Quilting

Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017
Times: 1-4 pm
Location: Newk's
Instructor: Ann G. O'Dell & Jean Shaw


This is a beginning hand and machine quilting class where the student will piece, sandwich, and quilt a place mat (additional fabric for making more will be on hold at Sit and Rock fabric shop).

Please bring a sewing machine, if possible, scissors, sewing pins, grey or beige thread, fabric cutting tools if available.

Students need to have the ability to thread a needle and sew straight seams on sewing machine machine.

Price: $30

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket

Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017
Times: 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Jennifer Miller


Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket is a very charming, adaptable, useful pattern that works, as written, for newborns through toddlers. This famous pattern must be easy, since tens of thousands of them have been made over the years  and that counts only those posted on Ravelry! However, EZs pattern writing style is conversational and not particularly linear. But, with this class and the basic pattern, you will be able to figure it out fast! In fact, its quite easy, and lends itself to endless creativity. In fact, instructor, Jennifer Miller, has constructed dozens of BSJs in all sizes & has created her own annotation to the basic pattern.

Participants should bring: Sport, DK or light worsted weight yarn; 24" circular needles, size 6, 7, 8 (or those that create a medium-firm fabric with your yarn); size 6, 7, or 8 straight or double point needles; stitch markers; safety pins; usual kit of knitting notions.

Students must obtain the Baby Surprise Jacket pattern from Schoolhouse Press. Students need to know how to knit, purl, cast on, double decrease.

Class size limited to 12 participants.

Price: $40

Primitive Rug Hooking

Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017
Times: 1:30-4:30 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Gina Levesque


Rug hooking is a traditional art form akin to quilting. Scraps of wool or other fibers are cut into strips and worked into a pattern drawn on backing. Using a traditional rug hook, loops are drawn through from back to front. No knots are involved and the pressure from adjacent loops serves to keep the work in place. Unlike the familiar latch hook, whos roots lie in Europe, or locker hooking from Australia, primitive rug hooking was founded in North America. Women created these durable works of art to cover chilly floors. Rug hooking was also practiced by sailors during long stretches at sea. The class includes a rug pattern on warp cloth backing, all the wool needed to complete the project, and a rug hook. The instructor will have sturdy hoops for students to use in class that may be purchased if desired. Scissors needed. No experience needed.

Class size limited to 12 participants.

Price: $65

Intro to Spinning

Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017
Times: 2:30-5:30 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Beth Collier-Shafer


This class is for beginners who would like to learn to spin. Participants will go home with a small hank of their own yarn and a drop spindle. The class covers wheel set-up, drafting and Andean plying. Wheels are provided, but bring your own if you have one (please let the instructor know if you will be bringing your own wheel).

All materials provided.

This class is limited to 5 participants.

Price: $60

Virus Shawl Class

Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017
Times: 4-6 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Katie Clark


As we look forward to cooler weather, get ready to show off this stunning shawl in winter colors! Choose a solid color or a great striped yarn and the dazzling colors will keep you warm as the temperatures slide down at night. You will learn a new pattern, plus practice reading a crochet diagram! This is an advanced beginner class.  

Required Skills: Single crochet, Double crochet.

Techniques: Crochet: chain, single crochet, double crochet.

Materials: fingering weight yarn (#1), US F hook (3.25 mm). Supply fee is $40 if teacher provides materials but free if students provide materials.

Class size limited to 8 participants.

Price: $40

I-Cord Jewelry

Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017
Times: 5-7 pm
Location: Powerhouse
Instructor: Amy Shelton


In this class, youll learn several ways to use I-cord to create custom bracelets and necklaces. Youll even leave class with several completed pieces, since the EmbellishKnit machine allows you to create 4-stitch I-cord super quickly! No previous knitting knowledge required.  The instructor will provide printed instructions, EmbellishKnit machine, yarn, toggle clasps and endcaps to make 2-3 bracelets/necklaces. Materials needed include: scissors, tape measure, tapestry needle. Option materials: small amounts of fingering weight yarn to coordinate with existing outfits, beads and embellishments, toggle clasps and end caps.

Materials fee is $17 for EmbellishKnit machine (optional), and $5-$10 for add-on jewelry kits/materials with yarn, clasps, endcaps and beads.

Price: $40

Saturday, January 28th

Beginning Needle Felting

Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Times: 10 am-1 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Beth Collier-Shafer


Ever wanted to learn how to needle felt? In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of felting by making a little penguin, bird or another small object. The felting needles are VERY sharp so children should be at least 8 years old (with adult) and 10 if they will not have an adult buddy. All supplies provided and participants will take home a completed little creature.

This class is limited to 10 participants.

Price: $50

Shawl Shaping: Design Your Own Shawl from Start to Finish without Charts or Math

Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Times: 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Newk's (next door to Powerhouse)
Instructor: Jennifer Miller


If you are ready to design your own shawl, this class is for you! We will tackle the basics of shawl geometry and construction, texture, and color combining. Participants will learn the components of the triangle, crescent, and heart shaped shawl, focusing on personal design and creating the size and features that you prefer. Class covers several shawl-starting methods, including garter tab, 3-stitch cast-on, and provisional cast-on; creating texture with knit and purl patterns; color work and striping/gradation. Well also cover some easy lace, picot, and other edgings. With only 2 decisions to make before you start a shawl, this class shows you how to create a unique, personal shawl as you knit!

Please bring 2-3 colors of contrasting fingering weight yarn, double point needles, size 5; size 5 and 6 24 circular needles; stitch markers and small notions bag with the usual tools. Please bring 2-3 colors of contrasting fingering weight yarn, double point needles, size 5; size 5 and 6 24 circular needles; stitch markers and small notions bag with the usual tools. Participant skill level: easy, should know cast on, knit, purl, basic increase/decrease.

Class size limited to 12 participants.

Price: $40

Shibori

Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Times: 10 am - 1 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Gina Levesque


Shibori is a traditional surface design technique elevated to an art form by the Japanese where fabric is stitched, folded or wrapped to resist the dye bath. We will be using an indigo dye bath for this class. Each student will take home a notebook of samples they create in class and a bandanna they have decorated using techniques learned in class. Students need to bring scissors, dye apron (or wear old clothes), rubber/ latex gloves. This is a beginner level class.

Class size limited to 12 participants.

Price: $50

Unlocking Knitting Secrets, Beyond the Basics

Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Times: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Knit 1
Instructor: Kathy Berkshire


Kathy will show you more essential tricks that make knitting easier and more fun. These include Invisible Seaming, Assessing Gauge, and Great BO/CO Choices. More secrets will be revealed time permitting.

Homework:

1. Knit a 6x6 stockinette stitch swatch on light-colored worsted weight yarn on #8 needles. Cast Off. Leave an 8 tail on the cast on and bind off.

2. Knit a 6x6 stockinette stitch swatch on light-colored worsted weight yarn on #8 needles. The CO should have an 8 tail. Do not cast off, leave on needles.

Materials: Swatches and extra worsted weight yarn and appropriate size needles.

Experience: Proficient in knitting and purling using circular needles.

This class is limited to 8 participants.

Price: $35

Intro to Pin Loom Weaving: Sachet Project

Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Times: 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Location: Newk's
Instructor: Amy Shelton


Pin loom weaving is all the rage now! Learn how to weave several different textured squares on a 4 square pin loom as well as several techniques for weaving them together. Leave class with a completed lavender-scented sachet. Students will also receive a printed booklet with pin loom weaving instructions.

Optional Materials Fee: $32.50 paid to teacher if student wants to keep the 4" pin loom.

Students will need to bring scissors, tapestry needle, size F crochet hook.

This class is limited to 8 participants.

Price: $50 includes booklet and supplies for sachet

Finger Knitting

Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Times: 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Katie Clark


Finger knitting is not just for kids! All ages are welcome to this class where you will learn a basic stitch that requires no tools but your fingers and a ball of yarn. Finger knitting familiarizes you with working with yarn and creates a knit cord you can use to make a necklace, headband, belt or cowl. This is a beginner class.

Materials:  worsted weight or heavier yarn (#4). Materials fee is $10 if students do not provide materials.

Class size limited to 8 participants.

Price: $40

Introduction to Weaving on an Inkle Loom

Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Times: 1:30-5:30 pm
Location: The Powerhouse
Instructor: Roiana Buckmaster


Introduction to Weaving on an Inkle Loom. No experience, supplies or extra fees required. Class size limited to 10 participants!

Price: $75

Sunday, January 29th

Beginning and Intermediate Weaving on the Cricket Loom

Dates: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Times: 10 am - 3 pm
Location: Knit 1
Instructors: Penny Nelson & Peggy Barnette


Looms will be provided and students can buy yarn at Knit 1. No skills required for this class. Come to Knit 1 on Sunday and have fun with the Cricket loom. No experience necessary. If you are a beginner, we will work on a simple scarf. If you have already done a scarf or two you can do something slightly more complicated - maybe a faux Ikat scarf or we can add ribbons and eyelash for fun. We will pick the yarn from Knit 1's huge selection at the beginning of class or you can use some of our hand dyed yarn for the Ikat scarf. We will take a break at lunchtime. Be sure to bring a lunch or run out for some sustenance. We will see you there!

Class size limited to 6 participants.

Price: $60