WORKSHOPS

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

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.  Any 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

Broomstick Lace

Broomstick Lace is a historic technique from the 19th century that continues to give a sophisticated look to any project. You will learn how to properly create broomstick lace using a crochet hook and knitting needles to create a beautiful, elegant infinity scarf.

Instructor: Cindie Bennett • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

MATERIALS FEE: None

BRING TO CLASS:  Nothing

INSTRUCTOR
Cindie Bennett is primarily a crochet instructor and designer. However, she loves practicing and learning all aspects of the fiber art. She opened a local studio (Academics of Yarn) which offers all skills levels of education for knitting and crochet. She has published multiple Intarsia designs into magazines. Some of her most recent publications were to Happily Hooked Magazine and Crochet World.

Spinning Dog Fibers

Students will learn the qualitative and quantitative aspects of dog fibers and understand them relative to traditional protein spinning fibers like Merino, Angora and Alpaca. We will discuss the pros and cons of using dog fibers and how various breeds compare to each other. We will discuss fiber collection, washing, preparing and spinning techniques.

 

Instructor: Ingrid McMaster • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner  – Student should understand the concept of drafting and plying and be able to do so. 

MATERIALS FEE: $5

BRING TO CLASS

  • A wheel in good working condition with three bobbins, niddy noddy, lazy Kate and hand cards. There will not be time to fix or prepare wheels during the class. Students needing to rent a wheel (Cost $15) for class should contact the instructor via email a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the class at ingrid@sprywhimsy.com.

  • Homework:  Dog fibers will be provided for observation and use. Students may bring dog fibers with them. The fibers should be brushed (not shorn nor collected via furminator). Dogs ideally will be primarily indoor dogs to minimize cleaning necessary. Cat fibers may be used as well, however we will not get into their quantitative aspects as much as with the dog fibers. Please contact instructor via email with questions about animal fiber viability for class. 

INSTRUCTOR

Ingrid McMasters and her husband, Peter, are the owners of Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts in Stoughton, WI. Ingrid has been spinning since 2004. She finished the Olds College Master Spinner Certificate Program the summer of 2017 with her in depth study on “Domestic Dog Fiber Characteristics for Handspinning.” She teaches spinning at the store and at fiber festivals. She is a fiber evangelist and loves discussing the technical qualities of fiber types and their possible uses in end products.

 

SATURDAY, 12:30pm–3:30pm

Intarsia Crochet

You will learn the basics of Intarsia crochet, how to use Intarsia, read graphs, read a written pattern, properly change colors, and use bobbins. We will create an easy Intarsia project

Instructor: Cindie Bennett • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner The student must be comfortable with the following crochet stitches: single crochet, slip knot, slip stitch, and chain. 

MATERIALS FEE: None


ADD TO CART

BRING TO CLASS

  • Nothing

 

Cindie Bennett is primarily a crochet instructor and designer. However, she loves practicing and learning all aspects of the fiber art. She opened a local studio (Academics of Yarn) which offers all skills levels of education for knitting and crochet. She has published multiple intarsia designs into magazines. Some of her most recent publications were to Happily Hooked Magazine and Crochet World

 

SATURDAY, 8:30am–3:30pm

Stranded Knitting: Norwegian to Fair Isle

   

Learn the technique of stranded knitting and tackle any colorwork project with confidence!  Students will learn 2 color stranding, reading colorwork charts, locking down floats, and steeking, while learning all about traditional Norwegian and Fair Isle garment construction.

 

Instructor: Geanie Helfrich Level: Advanced Beginner and up

MATERIALS FEE: None

BRING TO CLASS

  • Notebook and pencil, 50g-100g DK weight yarn in 2 high contrast solid colors.   US Size 3-16” circular needle, US Size 4-16” circular needle, stitch markers and tapestry needle.  For the Pattern:  Go to http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/norwegian-star-headband–hat  You will receive a special download code to receive the pattern free at time of checkout

INSTRUCTOR

Geanie Helfrich (Clariknitter on Ravelry) is an accomplished knitter with 25+ years’ experience playing with yarn. She has taught countless knitters from beginner to advanced. Geanie specializes in teaching traditional Norwegian, Aran, & Fair Isle construction techniques. She expanded her teaching experience in 2016 by teaching at STITCHES South in Nashville. Geanie began designing knitwear in 2015 and maintains an Instagram presence as Geanie Helfrich Designs. She makes her home in Dayton, OH with her Husband, 2 teenagers, and 4 very silly birds. She can be reached at geanieknits@gmail.com or mailgeane@gmail.com

 

Color Filled Spinning with Top & Hand Carded Batts

 

Learn how to make the most of your dyed top purchases and how to manipulate color using drum carders and blending boards in conjunction with spinning and plying techniques.  Ombre, gradient, and fractal color combinations will be covered.

 

Instructor: Kathy Arnold • Skill Level: Addvanced Beginner and up

MATERIALS FEE: (paid by students directly to Instructor) $25

HOMEWORK:  None

BRING TO CLASS

  • Students need to bring a working spinning wheel, 3 bobbins along with a lazy kate and should be able to spin a consistent single.

INSTRUCTOR

Fiber has played an important role throughout Kathy’s life.  A knitter and crocheter since a teen, she worked as a buyer of fabric for Sears  and subsequently started her own kiddie apparel business.  She has been an Alpaca breeder for the last 20 years.  You will find her original designs and indie dyed yarns and fiber at multiple juried art shows in Northern Ohio under the name Alpaca, Kid, and Ewe.  She has been an instructor for Stitches magazine events and currently teaches spinning, weaving, and felting at Long Tail Knits in Macedonia, Ohio.

SUNDAY, 8:30am–11:30am

Continuous Strand Weaving on a Pin Loom

Attendees will assemble 3 different shaped small looms – a square, rectangle, and triangle – from supplied loom parts. They will create a woven, continuous strand piece on each shape.

Instructor: Ron Phillips • Skill Level: Beginner

MATERIALS FEE: None

BRING TO CLASS

  • 30-50 yards of worsted weight yarn. Light color, variegated yarn is easiest for learning.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Ron was a product developer for 20 years and has applied that experience to developing and manufacturing a unique pin loom – Totaloom – which can be converted to a variety of shapes and sizes. He has been weaving on a variety of pin looms for about 2 years.

Choose and Process a Handspinning Fleece

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.

Instructor:  Dave Lewis,  assisted by Diane Schrader – Skill Level:  Beginner

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.

MATERIAL FEE:  (paid by students directly to Instructor) $10.00


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BRING TO CLASS

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

INSTRUCTOR:  

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.

 

 

 

SUNDAY, 8:30am–3:30pm

Rug Hooking

This type of hooking consists of pulling strips of wool material through a backing to create a design.  This all day class will open up a whole new art form in working with wool and will offer students everything they need to know to begin to hook rugs.  You will learn the art of rug hooking including information about backings, hooks, frames, cutters and how to finish their hooked pieces.

Instructor: Linda Harwood • Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

MATERIALS FEE: (paid by students directly to Instructor)   $35

ADD TO CART

BRING TO CLASS

A small pair of scissors, plus hook and 14” heavy hoop.  If a student does not have a hook or a hoop, one will be provided.

INSTRUCTOR

Linda Harwood is a self taught in the early American art of rug hooking.  Her skill and eye for color have brought commissions both in America and internationally.  The themes, texture and color of the rural landscape emerge in her work, influences by her family life on a sheep and cattle farm.  “In my hooking I use recycled wool as well as new wool material and over dye the wool for more interest.  As a fiber artist Linda has enjoyed sharing her knowledge with others, her work has been seen in magazines, books and on television.  Visit her web at www.harwoodhookedonewe.com  to view some of her work.

Bavarian Twisted Stitch Knitting

 Learn the ins and outs of this elegant technique from the Southern Germany and Austrian region. You will learn to decipher Bavarian knitting charts and manipulate stitches without a cable needle

 

Instructor: Geanie Helfrich • Skill Level: Intermediate and up (Must be able to read charts)

MATERIALS FEE: None


ADD TO CART

BRING TO CLASS
Notebook and pencil, 100-200g worsted or chunky weight solid color yarn US Size 7-16” circular needle US Size 7 double point needles, stitch markers.

 Homework:  Students need to go to www.cascadeyarns.com and download the free pattern (A186_BavarianTwistedHat.pdf)  Work the lower edge as instructed in pattern. (12 rounds of rib with knit stitches worked through the back loop.)  Leave stitches on circular needle.  Enlarging the chart is suggested.

INSTRUCTOR
Geanie Helfrich (Clariknitter on Ravelry) is an accomplished knitter with 25+ years’ experience playing with yarn. She has taught countless knitters from beginner to advanced. Geanie specializes in teaching traditional Norwegian, Aran, & Fair Isle construction techniques. She expanded her teaching experience in 2016 by teaching at STITCHES South in Nashville. Geanie began designing knitwear in 2015 and maintains an Instagram presence as Geanie Helfrich Designs. She makes her home in Dayton, OH with her husband, 2 teenagers, and 4 very silly birds. She can be reached at geanieknits@gmail.com or mailgeane@gmail.com

 

SUNDAY,12:30pm-3:30pm

Beginning Spinning - The Next Step

 Students will learn how to hone their skills in drafting, plying and achieving the yarn they desire for a potential project. We will discuss two-ply and three-ply yarn construction and the impact of twist on knitting and the durability of a fabric. We will discuss grist and yarn weights and why yarn construction can lead to felting or pilling.

MATERIAL FEE:  (paid by students directly to Instructor) $15


ADD TO CART

Student should bring:  A wheel in good working condition with three bobbins or rent one, niddy noddy, lazy Kate and hand cards. There will not be time to fix or prepare wheels during the class. Students needing to rent a wheel (Cost $15) for class should contact the instructor via email a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the class at ingrid@sprywhimsy.com.

Homework: Bring some of your handspun yarn and be ready to discuss how you want to improve or change your spinning

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Ingrid McMasters and her husband, Peter, are the owners of Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts in Stoughton, WI. Ingrid has been spinning since 2004. She finished the Olds College Master Spinner Certificate Program the summer of 2017 with her In Depth Study on “Domestic Dog Fiber Characteristics for Handspinning.” She teaches spinning at the store and at fiber festivals. She is a fiber evangelist and loves discussing the technical qualities of fiber types and their possible uses in end products.

Curious Creatures - Needle Felting

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Each student will make at least one small animal that will give students the basic forms and skills that can be used to make all sorts of sculptures out of wool, animals, people, freeform, flowers, etc. There is no wire framework, just wool. This is a great craft for holiday decorations, gifts, and just fun for your imagination.

Student should bring:  No previous experience required. This class involves very sharp long needles. Minimum age is 18. There can be NO children in the room at any time during the class.  It is common to prick your fingers and bleed. I will bring Neosporin and band-aids. This is beginning needle felting.

 

 

Instructor: Gina Talendis • Skill Level: Beginner (only adults, 18 or over)

MATERIALS FEE: $25

BRING TO CLASS

  • Nothing

INSTRUCTOR BIO:
Gina began weaving over 20 years ago and has taken up spinning in the past year. She started needle felting for fun about 3 years ago.

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 2020 Great Lakes Fiber Show from June 1 through August 30, 2019.

INSTRUCTORS

KATHY ARNOLD

Fiber has played an important role throughout Kathy’s life.  A knitter and crocheter since a teen, she worked as a buyer of fabric for Sears,  and subsequently started her own kiddie apparel business.  She has been an Alpaca breeder for the last 20 years.  You will find her original designs and indie dyed yarns and fiber at multiple juried art shows in Northern Ohio under the name Alpaca, Kid, and Ewe.  She has been an instructor for Stitches magazine events and currently teaches spinning, weaving, and felting at Long Tail Knits in Macedonia, Ohio.

CINDIE BENNETT

Cindie Bennett is primarily a crochet instructor and designer. However, she loves practicing and learning all aspects of the fiber art. She opened a local studio (Academics of Yarn) which offers all skills levels of education for knitting and crochet. She has published multiple Intarsia designs into magazines. Some of her most recent publications were to Happily Hooked Magazine and Crochet World.

 

LINDA HARWOOD

Linda Harwood is a self taught in the early American art of rug hooking.  Her skill and eye for color have brought commissions both in America and internationally.  The themes, texture and color of the rural landscape emerge in her work, influences by her family life on a sheep and cattle farm.  “In my hooking I use recycled wool as well as new wool material and over dye the wool for more interest.  As a fiber artist Linda has enjoyed sharing her knowledge with others, her work has been seen in magazines, books and on television.  Visit her web at www.harwoodhookedonewe.com  to view some of her work.

 

GEANIE HELFRICH

Geanie Helfrich (Clariknitter on Ravelry) is an accomplished knitter with 25+ years’ experience playing with yarn. She has taught countless knitters from beginner to advanced. Geanie specializes in teaching traditional Norwegian, Aran, & Fair Isle construction techniques. She expanded her teaching experience in 2016 by teaching at STITCHES South in Nashville. Geanie began designing knitwear in 2015 and maintains an Instagram presence as Geanie Helfrich Designs. She makes her home in Dayton, OH with her husband, 2 teenagers, and 4 very silly birds. She can be reached at geanieknits@gmail.com or mailgeane@gmail.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.

INGRID MC MASTER

:  Ingrid McMasters and her husband, Peter, are the owners of Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts in Stoughton, WI. Ingrid has been spinning since 2004. She finished the Olds College Master Spinner Certificate Program the summer of 2017 with her in depth study on “Domestic Dog Fiber Characteristics for Handspinning.” She teaches spinning at the store and at fiber festivals. She is a fiber evangelist and loves discussing the technical qualities of fiber types and their possible uses in end products.

RON PHILLIPS

Ron was a product developer for 20 years and has applied that experience to developing and manufacturing a unique pin loom – Totaloom – which can be converted to a variety of shapes and sizes. He has been weaving on a variety of pin looms for about 2 years.

GINA TALANDIS

Gina began weaving over 20 years ago and has taken up spinning in the past year. She started needle felting for fun about three years ago.