Get to know the workshop instructors and what they are teaching
Amelia Garripoli founded The Bellwether in 2001 to share her joy of all things yarn, wrote Productive Spindling in 2009, and plays in The Bellwether Studio in Port Ludlow. Filled with spinning wheels, looms, dyes and fibers, the studio is a playground of fiber.
|758||Let's Spin (Learn to Spindle-spin)||Saturday, September 23rd, 1:30-4:30|
|778||Power Spinning||Sunday, September 24th, 9:30-12:30|
|788||Exotic Fiber Spindling||Sunday, September 24th, 1:30-4:30|
Barbara Quinn is a string slinger. She has been slinging string for over 50 years and has been a member of NwRSA for 25 of those years. She spins, knits, tats, crochets, beads (both off loom and on), works on leather and has tried her hand at weaving. In the process of pursuing her past time, she has been known to design a sweater or two. Hand spinning (both with wheel and spindling) has opened new doors for creation finding that handspun yarns didn’t have the same properties as commercial yarns. This brought her to explore yarn structure, fibre properties and knitting original garments. She willingly shares her knowledge with anyone who will listen. She lives in Vancouver, WA, retired, and gives her time to teaching, travel and enjoying the company of her Springer Spaniel, Zoë and Hannah Belle, her mini-dachshund. She has been teaching needle arts for 30 years.
|732||Beginning Spinning||Saturday, September 23rd, 9:30-4:30|
|707||Beautiful Holes: Crocheted Lace*||Friday, September 22nd, 9:30-4:30|
|761||All Steamed Up!||Sunday, September 24th, 9:30-4:30|
Diana Purkey says, "We had the privilege of moving to the central Oregon high desert six years ago and this is where our shepherding story began. Our last teenagers are raised now so 'Mom and Dad' are delighted to be raising a small flock of Shetland sheep, enjoying almost every minute."
|755||Shepherding: Where Do I Begin?||Saturday, September 23rd, 1:30-4:30|
Diane McKinnon is an avid weaver and spinner who especially enjoys seeing her students discover their own potential as they have fun with fibers. Her first loom was a rigid heddle loom that she bought while she was still in high school. Diane went on to study weaving during college. She did additional color, textile, and weaving studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Attending conference classes, working for two years in a weaving shop, and doing production weaving increased her skills and knowledge over the years. She teaches at The Black Sheep Gathering, NwRSA’s Annual Conference, Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, and holds regular fiber classes in the Thistle Patch Fiber Studio at her home. She was honored to be selected as an Invitational Artists for 2012 Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Diane is an enthusiastic spinner as well and she uses her collection of looms to weave her special yarns into unique hand-woven items. She especially enjoys sharing the wonders of weaving with beginning weavers.
|763||Rigid Heddle Weaving: Beginning||Sunday, September 24th, 9:30-4:30|
The award winner of several wearable art shows, Flóra Carlile-Kovács is a professional felt artist born in Szeged, Hungary, now living and working in Seattle WA. In her work she incorporates two bodies of knowledge, the nomadic traditions and the urban, modern style of feltmaking. Coming from the European tradition of craftsmanship and quality, she is constantly experimenting with ways to improve not only the visual artistic aspect of her work, but also its physical integrity as a functional object appropriate for everyday use.
|706||Felted Gloves and Mittens||Friday, September 22nd, 9:30-4:30|
|773||Basic weaving & Intro to Dressing Yourself||Sunday, September 24th, 9:30-12:30|
Heather Campbell has raised rabbits and been a spinner since she was a teen. Her rabbitry Oceanside Angoras, ranks as a top breeder of Satin and English Angoras. Heather is also the owner/operator of Purly Shell Fiber Arts, in Ilwaco WA. Spinning and bunnies is her life!
|712||Spinning Angora Rabbit Fiber||Friday September 22nd, 9:30-12:30|
|722||Angora Rabbits 101||Friday, September 22nd, 1:30-4:30|
|711||Charting An Accurate Break Even Point||Friday September 22nd, 9:30-12:30|
|721||Needle Felted Cucurbita!||Friday September 22nd 1:30-4:30|
|746||Magical Turkish Spindles||Saturday, September 23rd, 9:30-12:30|
|756||Teneriffe Lace Buttons*||Saturday, September 23rd, 1:30-4:30|
Fiber artist for over 25 years (weaving, spinning, knitting, quilting, etc.), Jan Larson loves to create Wearable Art, that encompass many forms of materials to create 'texture.' She accomplishes this by combining fiber, yarn, thread, fabric, and the 'Kitchen Sink' (anything goes) in creating unique and "one of a kind" garments.
|703||Saori Inspired Infinity Cowl||Friday, September 22nd, 9:30-4:30|
Jayne Deardorff, A 2013 graduate of Olds College (http://oldscollege.ca/about-us/index), completed her Master’s Thesis on spinning and blending Cashmere with other quality fibers. She graduated and received her Master Hand Spinning Certificate in 2013. Her thesis findings and her methods for blending Cashmere provide the foundation for this hand spinners’ workshop. In addition, she completed Levels 1 and 2 of the wool judging Certificate. Jayne is the Beginning Spinning Teacher at Olds College Fiber Week (http://oldscollege.ca/fibreweek ), and teaches other one day classes at Fiber Week.
|704||Fiber In your Hands||Friday, September 22nd, 9:30-4:30|
Judy Taylor has been rug hooking and teaching for over 20 years. She has written two award winning books on the subject. She breaks rug hooking down so it is easy and fun for folks of all ages to make treasured heirloom rugs.
|713||Beginning Rug Hooking||Friday September 22nd, 9:30-12:30|
Laurie Weinsoft has been one of the top spinning teachers in the Portland area for the last twenty-five years She started teaching spinning within months of learning herself. She has taught a continuing class for beginning and returning students at Northwest Wools in Portland, Oregon for more than 14 years. Laurie is one of the original members of the Twisted Sisters spinning group and was a contributor to the Twisted Sister’s Sock Book and Twisted Sisters Sweater Workshop. Her handspun sweater and pattern is the last sweater design in the workshop book. Her work also has been published in Spin-off and shown in the Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Laurie has taught special workshops for PNCA.
|775||Spinning 2||Sunday, September 24th, 9:30-12:30|
|785||Creating a Gradient Yarn||Sunday, September 24th, 1:30-4:30|
Laurinda Reddig is a crochet designer and author who loves sharing her passions through teaching. She especially enjoys experimenting with unusual techniques and working with handdyed yarns. When she is not crocheting, Laurinda enjoys spinning, needle felting, and sharing her love of all fiber arts with her children.
|747||All Around Crochet Lace*||Saturday, September 23rd, 9:30-12:30|
|757||Fabulous Filet Crochet*||Saturday, September 23rd, 1:30-4:30|
LeBrie Rich is an artist living in Portland, Oregon. Her work emphasizes experimentation in materials and processes and often employs pattern, print and fiber. LeBrie makes both temporary and permanent work for diverse settings including museums, galleries, storefront windows, art vending machines, and craft shows. LeBrie is the proprietress of PenFelt, a line of hand-felted wearables that can be found in craft galleries throughout the country. LeBrie has been teaching feltmaking for 12 years.
|733||Wet Felted Slippers||Saturday,September 23rd, 9:30-4:30|
|701||Organic Indigo - Class Full!!||Friday September 22nd, 9:30-4:30|
|731||Natural Colors to Dye For||Saturday, September 23rd, 9:30-4:30|
|771||Painted Skeins and Warps||Sunday, September 24th, 9:30-12:30|
|781||Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Dye Extracts||Sunday, September 24th, 1:30-4:30|
|776||A String of Rings*||Sunday, September 24th, 9:30-12:30|
|786||Simple Tatted Motifs*||Sunday, September 24th, 1:30-4:30|
Lisa Ellis is a freelance knitwear designer, owner of a wholesale pattern line and traveling knitting instructor in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area. Lisa has two publications with Leisure Arts and is also a contributing designer to more than a dozen other books and magazines.
|743||Norwegian Thimble knitting||Saturday, September 23rd, 9:30-12:30|
|753||Portuguese knitting||Saturday, September 23rd, 1:30-4:30|
Loyce Ericson worked for twenty+ years in high tech as a mechanical designer, and then she took a personal and professional turn to follow her passion of making felt and teaching her craft. She has been making felt since 1999 and began teaching in 2001. She travels and teaches nationally as well as in her private studio Gaston, Oregon. She has taught at SOAR"s Autumn Retreat 2013, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and Black Sheep Gathering. Loyce"s felted pieces have taken many awards at the Black Sheep Gathering and placed Best in Show 2000, Best in Class 2001 and 2003 at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Loyce says she loves color and texture when she makes felt. She's a product oriented teacher, preferring to teach felting techniques as students produce a finished piece in the class. She approaches her classes as a time for fun and open creative expression and teaches that there is never only one way to make felt. Her greatest delight is to see the smiles on the faces of her students as their felt comes together.
|702||Cotton and Wool||Friday, September 22nd, 9:30-4:30|
|752||Fish Sticks or Chicken Tenders||Saturday, September 23rd, 1:30-4:30|
|762||Felted Ruffled Scarves 2 ways||Sunday, September 24th, 9:30-4:30|
|777||Weave a Pin Loom Cat||Sundat, September 24th, 9:30-12:30|
When Mer Stevens isn’t designing, dyeing, knitting, spinning, or teaching, she’s hard at work helping adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities get jobs they love. A lifelong knitter, Mer has most recently thrown herself into the world of color by co-founding The Dye Project and producing exceptional yarns.
|742||The Unbroken Method||Saturday, September 23rd, 9:30-12:30|
|772||Hop Flower Cowl||Sunday, September 24th, 9:30-12:30|
|748||Tink, Drop, Frog: Lace Edition!*||Saturday,September 23rd, 9:30-12:30|
|782||Be Manipulative! Elongated Novelty Stitches*||Sunday, September 24th, 1:30-4:30|
"I raise my own small flock of non-lamb burger sheep, love anything fibery and also enjoy all the prep work to see a year's worth of dirty growth turn into beautiful fluff! I attend various fiber conferences and fairs in order to keep current, look for new opportunities to learn and teach, and just enjoy the ambiance of the fiber world!" -Rosanne Anderson
|741||Exquisite Weavlings||Saturday, September 23rd, 9:30-12:30|
|751||Basketful of Beautiful Joinings||Saturday, September 23rd, 1:30-4:30|
Shelia January learned to knit as a child and has knitted continuously since, working in financial services in many states. She has returned to her roots in Oregon, where she now lives on a farm with her sheep, a cow, chickens, cat, husband, and her extensive spinning wheel and yarn collections. She became a spinner 16 years ago and has spent time in Europe and South America to study Old and New World traditions in knitting and spinning. She knits and designs, judges at fleece, spinning and knitting competitions, and teaches spinning and knitting. Her patterns are available on Ravelry, and she has been published in books, Spin-Off and Ply magazines.
|744||Spinning Long Draw||Saturday, September 23rd, 9:30-12:30|
|754||"I've Bought a Fleece”||Saturday, September 23rd, 1:30-4:30|
|774||Spinning for Lace*||Sunday, September 24th, 9:30-12:30>|
|784||Knitting Lace Without Charts!*||Sunday, September 24th, 1:30-4:30|
|705||Round Yoke Cowls||Friday, September 22nd, 9:30-4:30|
|750||Beaded Buttoned Bracelets||Saturday, September 23rd, 1:30-4:30|
|708||The ABC's of Pygora Fiber**||Friday, September 22nd, 9:30-4:30|
Wanda Jenkins has enjoyed playing with yarn and threads since childhood but didn't cotton to spinning with a top-whorl spindle. When a Turkish spindle was placed in her hands, a decade ago, the spinning concept clicked. Now she's enamored with spinning all kinds of fibers on her spindles in all sorts of places.
|723||Pygora Chain-ply to Necklace**||Friday, September 22nd, 1:30-4:30|