WORKSHOPS – CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

The Great Lakes Fiber Show offers a range of workshops for almost every interest and skill level. Registration opens March 1, 2020 and closes May 10, 2020, filling on a first-come-first-served basis.

This year we are offering a special price reduction from March 1, 2020 thru March 7, 2020.  $80 classes will be reduced to $70 and $45 classes will be reduced to $40.  

Late registrations:  May be accepted if space is available at an additional late fee of $10 per class.  Please contact us by calling or emailing us.

Refund Policy:  Up to 30 days – full refund, 2 weeks before show – 50%, after 2 weeks – no refund.  All cancellations will be refunded by check only.

 

Half-day workshops: $45 • Full-day workshops: $80
Material fees, where applicable, must be paid in cash directly to the instructor

SATURDAY, 8:30am–11:30am

Macrame Wall Art by Cindie Bennett

Saturday 8:30  – 11:30  Sheriff Building

Skill Level:  Beginner

Class Cost:  $45

Material Supply Fee:  (paid by students directly to instructor) $12.00

Instructor Providing:  All materials are provided.

Class Description:  Macrame has become more and more popular with wall decor, chairs, plant hangers and many other fun items. Macrame will be your new obsession. You will be looking for new things to knot all the time. With just a few simple knots you will create a beautifulwall art.  In this class you’ll learn how to:  Choose the right materials for your next macrame project, measure your rope and create multiple knots as well as read a macrame pattern.

Students need to bring:  Nothing

Homework:  None

Instructors Bio:  Cindie Bennett is primarily a crochet instructor and designer.  She has recently become a Certified Crochet Instructor through Craft Yarn Council.  Cindie has published multiple crochet designs into popular crochet magazines. You may follow her at www.instagram.com/cindiebennettcrochet and www.facebook.com/cindiebennettcrochet

 

Spinning a Fiber Sample by Carol Densmore

Saturday 8:30 – 11:30  Dining Hall

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner/Intermediate (Students should be able to spin a consistent yarn)

Class Cost:  $45

Material Supply Fee:   (paid by students directly to instructor) $15

Instructor Providing:  Fiber Samples

Class Description:  Wool is a great foundation fiber, but it doesn’t stop there. Natural fibers mixed together create wonderful blends that produce wonderful finished items. This workshop explores different types of natural fiber including mohair, angora, alpaca/llama, cashmere, bison, silk, and purebred and crossbred wool. We’ll examine how to adjust your spinning wheels and spinning techniques to best spin the fiber in hand. We’ll spin fibers individually and several blended variations. We’ll compare the different fiber characteristics, spinning techniques, and the end use of the yarns we spin. If you’re looking for more spinning practice with various fibers, have questions about the yarn you’re spinning, or if you need a spinning refresher, this workshop will answer your questions.

Students need to bring:  Spinning wheel in good working order, lazy kate, niddy noddy, and bobbins. Any questions contact instructor at crosswindfarmllc@gmail.com.

Homework:  None

Instructor Bio:  Carol’s interest in fiber and fabric began while growing up on a Michigan farm. She came from a family of makers where she developed an artisan’s spirit. Carol’s fiber passion soared while raising a small herd of alpacas, and now she raises longwool and crossbred sheep. As a Master Spinner (Olds College, Alberta, Canada), Carol judges wool and handspun skein competitions. She is immersed in shepherding, fiber preparation, handspinning, dyeing, knitting, weaving, and tinkering with her antique spinning wheels. Visit www.crosswindfarm.com

SATURDAY, 12:30pm–3:30pm

Virus Shawl by Cindie Bennett

Saturday 12:30  – 3:30  Sheriff Building

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Class Cost:  $45

Material Supply Fee:  (paid by students directly to instructor) $0

Instructor Providing:  All materials are provided.

Class Description: Crocheters around the world have gone crazy over this technique. Designer Julia Marquardt published this free pattern in German in 2015. You’ll learn how to use the virus stitch to create a beautiful shawl.  In this class you’ll learn how to:  Read the written pattern and read a chart

Students need to bring:  Nothing

 Homework:  None

Instructors Bio:  Cindie Bennett is primarily a crochet instructor and designer.  She has recently become a Certified Crochet Instructor through Craft Yarn Council.  Cindie has published multiple crochet designs into popular crochet magazines. You may follow her at www.instagram.com/cindiebennettcrochet and www.facebook.com/cindiebennettcrochet.

Felted Flowers by Amanda Baker

Saturday 12:30 – 3:30 Dining Hall

Skill Level:    Beginner

Class Cost:   $45.00

Material Supply Fee: (paid by students directly to instructor) $25.00

Instructor providing:  Kits for students

Class Description:   Learn to wet felt beautiful flowers using Merino wool, silk hankies and assorted fibers and nepps. You will learn the basic techniques to felt the flowers using rolling, felting, fulling and shaping and attaching the flowers to vines.

Students need to bring:  2 towels and a water spray bottle (or ball brause sprinkler) and felting tools like a palm washboard if you have one.

Instructors Bio:    Amanda is a felting artist who immigrated to America in 2017.  She has been felting for over 10 years using needle and wet felting techniques to make sculptural creations as well as Nano felted clothes, scarves, bags and hats.  She teaches numerous classes and sells her work in Cambridge, Ohio.

SATURDAY, 8:30am–3:30pm

Tapestry Weaving on a Small Loom by Ruthanne Morningstar

Saturday 8:30 – 3:30  Sheriff Building

Skill Level:  All Levels

Class Cost:  $80

Material Supply Fee:  (paid by students directly to instructor) $35.00 including 16”x18” loom – or $15.00 if student supplies own loom

Instructor Providing:  All supplies, yarns, warp, and handouts

Class Description:  This workshop is focused on Tapestry Weaving Techniques, including warping your loom, color changes, interlocking, diagonal and vertical weaving. Instructor will share techniques, tips and tricks learned while working extensively with Master Navajo Weavers.

Students need to bring:  Scissors

Homework:  None

Instructors Bio:  Ruthanne is a largely self-taught fiber artist who lives in a small “thumb” community where natural materials grow literally outside her door. This happy fact has reinforced a strong affinity for fiber arts and has led Ruthanne to become an accomplished knitter, spinner, weaver, basket maker, and teacher. Over the years she has taught basketry to the Hopis of Arizona, become a Navajo weaver, shared her skills at the Michigan FiberFest and developed lifelong friendships with Native American weavers and traders.

 

Eco Dyeing by Rosanna Ludwig

Saturday 8:30 – 3:30 Dining Hall

Skill Level:  For All Levels

Class Cost:  $80

Material Supply Fee:   (paid by students directly to instructor)  None

Instructor Providing:  All the fabric, plant material, dyes, pots, steamers, drop cloth, and other misc.

Class Description:  Dyeing with nature, leaves, flowers, berries. We will discuss mordents and try different mordanted fibers such as cotton and silk. We will work with different techniques including resists and blankets. Be prepared to be surprised by the results dyeing with nature can produce.

Students need to bring:  Please bring an apron or wear clothes for dyeing and a pair of scissors.  If you have any leaves or flowers you want to try, please feel free to bring them.

Homework:   None

Instructors Bio:       Rosanna Ludwig has been fiber artist for over 30 years working in weaving, surface design, spinning and felting. She has taught nuno felting and dyeing classes including batik and marbling. Rosanna resides in Northeast Ohio.

 

 

 

SUNDAY, 8:30am–3:30pm

Choose & Process a Handspinning Fleece by Dave Lewis & Diane Schrader

 

 

 

 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Sunday 8:30 – 3:30 Starting under the Grandstand

Skill Level: Beginner

Class Cost: $80

Material Supply Fee: (paid by students directly to instructor) $10

Instructor Providing: Wool Samples

Class Description: We will provide tips on what to consider when choosing a fleece with the goal of hand processing and hand spinning the fleece. We will have examples of the good, the bad and the ugly. This will include hands on involvement in picking a fleece, skirting the fleece, and washing the fleece. We will also provide instruction on different carding techniques and an opportunity to practice carding. Students will take home a portion of a washed fleece and some carded wool.

Students need to bring: Please wear appropriate clothes and close toed shoes. Working with raw fleece can be dirty, greasy and messy and we will be working with very hot soapy water. Drum carder or hand cards if you have them, a plastic bag or container to take home a portion of a washed fleece, a notebook and pencil or pen to take notes

Homework: None

Instructors Bio: Diane Schrader and Dave Lewis both have long histories of raising sheep and processing fleece by hand. They have years of experience in turning raw fleece into beautiful soft garments. Diane is in charge of the Great Lakes Fiber Show Wool Show. Dave is the head instructor for the Algonquin Mill Spinners and Weavers and the GLFS Wool Show’s Hand Spinning Fleece Judging School.

Steeks Unstuck by Nancy Curtiss

Sunday 8:30 – 3:30  Sheriff Building

Skill Level:  Intermediate/Advanced

Class Cost:  $80.00

Material Supply Fee:  (paid by students directly to instructor) $10.00

Instructor providing:  handouts

Class Description:   When you think steeks, do you get a grip of fear around your heart?  There is something scary in the thought of actually cutting your own knitting, but really, there is nothing to it, provided you are well prepared.  This class will empower you to conquer your fear of steeking and help you to realize that steeks are your friends.

Students need to bring including homework:  Using Shetland weight 100% wool (no novelty yarns or superwash wool, please), please cast on 80 stitches, and divide evenly on double pointed or 2 circular needles.  Making sure that the cast on isn’t twisted, connect and knit in the round for 5-6 inches.  Loosely cast off, and cut yarn.  No need to darn in ends.  Good yarn options include:  Jamieson’s Spindrift, Harrisville Shetland, Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks, gauge is 6-10 sts/inch, size 3 needle or size to make gauge.

 Supply List:   Pencil and paper for notes and drawing, 2 colors of Shetland weight 100% wool (no novelty yarns or superwash wool, please). Appropriate DP needles or 2 circs as used for the homework sample, measuring tape, or 6-8” straight sewing ruler, small tapestry needle, crochet hook suitable for yarn size,  T pins,  scissors.

Instructors Bio:  Nancy grew up with a mom who was a national champion and learned to knit at an early age.  She did her first knitted vest at 8, a sweater at 9, and was designing by college.  Sweater construction and finishing are a passion with her, and while there is always a sweater on her needles, there are at least 4 more in her head waiting to come out and play!

Picnic/Market Basket by Ruthanne Morningstar

Sunday 8:30 – 3:30  Sheriff Building

Skill Level:  All Levels

Class Cost:  $80

Material Supply Fee:  (paid by students directly to instructor) $35.00

Instructor Providing:  Materials needed to weave basket

Class Description:  A great place to start for first time basket weavers, and a lot of fun for those with experience. Everybody gets a super useful basket to pack your picnic in, bring your goodies home from the market, carry your knitting, spinning or weaving supplies and anything else you can think of.

NOTE: The cloth cover shown in the photo is NOT included in the class materials.

Students need to bring:  Large bath towel and scissors

Homework:  None

Instructors Bio:  Ruthanne is a largely self-taught fiber artist who lives in a small “thumb” community where natural materials grow literally outside her door. This happy fact has reinforced a strong affinity for fiber arts and has led Ruthanne to become an accomplished knitter, spinner, weaver, basketmaker, and teacher. Over the years she has taught basketry to the Hopis of Arizona, become a Navajo weaver, shared her skills at the Michigan FiberFest and developed lifelong friendships with Native American weavers and traders.

Multi-Ply Techniques by Carol Densmore

Sunday 8:30 – 3:30 Dining Hall

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner/Intermediate (Students should be able to spin a consistent yarn)

Class Cost:  $80

Material Supply Fee:  (paid by students directly to instructor) $25

Instructor Providing:  Handouts

Class Description:  Don’t just squeak by with a two-ply. Plying is the second half of the spinning equation and just as important in creating the yarn you have in mind. In this workshop we’ll explore the basics of plying to create a smooth yarn and then build on that. We’ll also examine how adjustments to your spinning wheel will help when plying your yarn. We’ll create two-ply yarn and yarn with multiple plies as well as chain ply, ply with thread, and create texture through plying. We’ll also review different methods of finishing your yarn and look at the differences that various plied yarns have on finished items. After this workshop you’ll approach plying with confidence and creativity.

Students need to bring:  Spinning wheel in good working order, lazy kate, niddy noddy, two empty bobbins.

Homework:  Two bobbins about half filled with Z-spun singles (clockwise) with the same twist and thickness.

Instructor Bio:  Carol’s interest in fiber and fabric began while growing up on a Michigan farm. She came from a family of makers where she developed an artisan’s spirit. Carol’s fiber passion soared while raising a small herd of alpacas, and now she raises longwool and crossbred sheep. As a Master Spinner (Olds College, Alberta, Canada), Carol judges wool and handspun skein competitions. She is immersed in shepherding, fiber preparation, handspinning, dyeing, knitting, weaving, and tinkering with her antique spinning wheels.

WANT TO TEACH?

We are always looking for teachers and suggestions for workshops. Click here to download our proposal form, and email to the completed form to info@greatlakesfibershow.com. We'll accept workshop proposals for the 2021 Great Lakes Fiber Show from June 1 through August 30, 2020.

INSTRUCTORS

AMANDA BAKER

Amanda is a felting artist who immigrated to America in 2017.  She has been felting for over 10 years using needle and wet felting techniques to make sculptural creations as well as Nano felted clothes, scarves, bags and hats.  She teaches numerous classes and sells her work in Cambridge, Ohio.

 

CINDIE BENNETT

Cindie Bennett is primarily a crochet instructor and designer.  She has recently become a Certified Crochet Instructor through Craft Yarn Council.  Cindie has published multiple crochet designs into popular crochet magazines. You may follow her at www.instagram.com/cindiebennettcrochet and www.facebook.com/cindiebennettcrochet

 

 

NANCY CURTISS

Nancy grew up with a mom who was a national champion and learned to knit at an early age.  She did her first knitted vest at 8, a sweater at 9, and was designing by college.  Sweater construction and finishing are a passion with her, and while there is always a sweater on her needles, there are at least 4 more in her head waiting to come out and play!

CAROL DENSMORE

Carol’s interest in fiber and fabric began while growing up on a Michigan farm. She came from a family of makers where she developed an artisan’s spirit. Carol’s fiber passion soared while raising a small herd of alpacas, and now she raises longwool and crossbred sheep. As a Master Spinner (Olds College, Alberta, Canada), Carol judges wool and handspun skein competitions. She is immersed in shepherding, fiber preparation, handspinning, dyeing, knitting, weaving, and tinkering with her antique spinning wheels. Visit www.crosswindfarm.com

DAVE LEWIS & DIANE SCHRADER

Diane Schrader and Dave Lewis both have long histories of raising sheep and processing fleece by hand. They have years of experience in turning raw fleece into beautiful soft garments. Diane is in charge of the Great Lakes Fiber Show Wool Show. Dave is the head instructor for the Algonquin Mill Spinners and Weavers and the GLFS Wool Show’s Hand Spinning Fleece Judging School.

ROSANNA LUDWIG

Rosanna Ludwig has been fiber artist for over 30 years working in weaving, surface design, spinning and felting. She has taught nuno felting and dyeing classes including batik and marbling. Rosanna resides in Northeast Ohio.

 

RUTHANNE MORNINGSTAR

Ruthanne is a largely self-taught fiber artist who lives in a small “thumb” community where natural materials grow literally outside her door. This happy fact has reinforced a strong affinity for fiber arts and has led Ruthanne to become an accomplished knitter, spinner, weaver, basket maker, and teacher. Over the years she has taught basketry to the Hopis of Arizona, become a Navajo weaver, shared her skills at the Michigan FiberFest and developed lifelong friendships with Native American weavers and traders.