Interweave Yarn Fest 2018
 

Workshops by Kate Larson

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04/12/20189:00 am - 4:30 pmThursday, April 12, 2018 
1054, Spinning Blended Breeds: Corriedale, Coopworth, Polypay and More - $220
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Spinning

Is there such a thing as a new breed of sheep? What makes Cormo different from a Corriedale/Merino cross? New types of sheep that are developed by carefully crossing established breeds are sometimes called composite breeds. The plentiful fleeces from composite breeds such as Corriedale, Coopworth, Cormo, and Polypay merge fleece characteristics from their parent breeds into versatile fibers that are a spinner’s delight. Join us as we explore the history of these sheep, learn how they differ from crossbred sheep, discuss selecting and preparing their fleeces, and scheme about the beautiful textiles that would put these special fibers to best use.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Ability to spin and ply a basic yarn

Materials you are required to bring: A spindle or working wheel, extra bobbins, and lazy kate. You will need handcards for this class—some will be available to borrow. Optional: mini combs.

Homework: None

1054, Spinning Blended Breeds: Corriedale, Coopworth, Polypay and More - $220 [More Info]
Kate Larson
04/12/20186:00 pm - 9:00 pmThursday, April 12, 2018 
1051, Dorset Buttons: A Needlework Tradition - $120
 
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Level: All Levels Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Knitting

Soft, handmade buttons made from linen thread and bits of cloth were made in Dorset, England, as early as the beginning of the seventeenth-century. Come learn about the history of these special buttons, how they were traditionally made, and how we can adapt these buttons for very modern uses. Starting with Blandford Cartwheels, you will learn to make several ring-style, thread-wound buttons. Bring a set of US#3 knitting needles if you would like to also learn a fantastic knitted button-hole technique to go with your handmade buttons.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: None

Materials you are required to bring: All equipment and materials necessary will be supplied during the workshop. Optional: Bring a set of US#3 knitting needles if you would like to also learn a fantastic knitted buttonhole technique to go with your handmade buttons. For unique buttons that perfectly match your handmade garment, there’s nothing like Dorset buttons. Soft handmade buttons made from linen thread and bits of cloth were made in Dorset, England, as early as the beginning of the seventeenth century. Come learn about the history of these special buttons, how they were traditionally made, and how we can adapt these buttons for very modern uses. Starting with Blandford Cartwheels, you will learn to make several ring-style, thread-wound buttons.

Homework: None

1051, Dorset Buttons: A Needlework Tradition - $120 [More Info]
Kate Larson
04/13/20189:00 am - 4:30 pmFriday, April 13, 2018 
1053, Cabled Yarns: A Spinner’s Study in Twist - $220
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Spinning

Looking for stronger sock yarns or lightweight longwool skeins? A classic cabled yarn is simple: take two 2-ply yarns and ply them together. This endlessly adaptable recipe creates a range of yarns that balance durability, elasticity, and loft. However, much of the success of handspun cables depends upon our use of twist and understanding of fiber character. Join Kate as she discusses easy strategies for managing and measuring twist, staying consistent, and the many options cables offer.


Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Ability to spin and ply a basic yarn.

Materials you are required to bring: Several spindles or a spinning wheel in good working condition, several bobbins, a lazy kate, and spinning accessories you typically use. (Spindlers: bring a lazy kate or gear for your preferred plying method.)

Homework: None

1053, Cabled Yarns: A Spinner’s Study in Twist - $220 [More Info]
Kate Larson
04/14/20189:00 am - 4:30 pmSaturday, April 14, 2018 
1055, Spinning for Bandweaving - $220
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Spinning

Weaving narrow, colorful ribbons of cloth is a yarn-lover’s treat and can be fabulously portable. Join us as we discuss the characteristics of yarns used for traditional bandweaving; explore various ways that we can balance twist, durability, elasticity, and loft; and apply what we learn to a broader range of fibers and yarn designs. As handspinners, we can expand our yarn options to include anything we can dream up, but different looms, heddles, and weaving methods impact the success of our yarns. Kate will show you her favorite method of creating short warps for quick sampling and get you started on a plainweave or pick-up pattern sample band using your handspun.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Ability to spin and ply a basic yarn. (Weaving experience is helpful, but not required.)

Materials you are required to bring: Several spindles OR a working wheel and its parts, bobbins, lazy kate, and handcards.

Homework: None

1055, Spinning for Bandweaving - $220 [More Info]
Kate Larson
04/15/20189:00 am - 12:00 pmSunday, April 15, 2018 
1052, Learning to Love your Handcards - $120
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Knitting

Preparing fibers for spinning using handcards can be a pleasure, but many spinners struggle to find a method that feels effective and does not create pain. Kate, who did not love carding at first, will share the carding method that she uses to balance ergonomics, efficiency, and quality. Usually thought of as a tool for turning fleece into a woolen yarn, handcards can be used in many different ways. Learn how to use your cards to prepare a fleece for woolen or worsted spinning, why the difference is important, and how carding techniques will affect the finished yarn. Handcards are also great tools for blending fibers and colors and making some fibers, like silk hankies, easier to handle. Come with your questions about problems you’ve experienced, and we will discuss solutions and experiment with different types of handcards.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Ability to spin and ply a basic yarn. No previous handcarding experience needed.

Materials you are required to bring: A spindle or working wheel and its parts. You will need handcards for this class—some will be available to borrow.

Homework: None

1052, Learning to Love your Handcards - $120 [More Info]
Kate Larson