Dyeing Class: Taught by Sunne Meyer and Jaime Jennings. Learn two different techniques for dyeing yarn in one fun class! Sunne Meyer of Craftsy will be teaching techniques to dye trendy speckle yarn using acid dyes. Jaime Jennings of Fancy Tiger Crafts will be teaching you how to create and use a natural indigo dye bath as well as techniques for resist or Shibori dyeing with indigo. Materials fee includes two skeins of sock yarn to dye. $20 materials fee.
Cable Hat Class: Taught by Lousie Fordyce. Ready to add new texture to your knitting? Learn to knit cables. Using knit and purl stitches you can create cables. This class will focus on a simple rope cable. First practice on a cable swatch, followed by using the new technique to knit a cabled hat in the round. Skills needed knit/ purl stitches plus casting on and off. Suitable for beyond beginner>intermediate knitter. [Cable needle included with class]
Materials to bring: One 16” circular needle. Suggested size US 8 (5mm) For hat you will need Worsted Weight Yarn - 150 yards approx. Options: bring your own yarn or Farmette Alpaca yarn will be available to purchase $20-25
The Whats, Hows, and Whys of Tunisian Crochet
Wynne Reynolds of Fancy Tiger Crafts will be teaching this little known fiber art. You’ll learn about the uses and vague origins of the craft. A blend of knitting and crochet, Tunisian crochet uses it’s own special hook to create a dense fabric that is perfect for wash cloths and blankets. We’ll be making a cotton wash cloth in the beautiful honeycomb stitch.
$20 materials fee includes Tunisian crochet hook and cotton yarn from Wool and the Gang. Prior knowledge of knitting or crochet is preferred.
Spinning: Learn the age-old craft of hand spinning fiber into yarn in this fun class taught by Fancy Tiger Crafts co-owner Jaime Jennings. Learn to spin wool roving into a rustic yarn on a drop spindle—a simple, portable tool which originated thousands of years ago. Connect with your ancestors while learning this relaxing and meditative craft. Materials fee includes a drop spindle and 2 ounces locally-sourced roving grown at the Lyons Farmette.
Steeking Knits: Have you ever wanted to knit in a cardigan in the round? Or cut your knitting? Steeking is for you! in this class we will make a one or stranded two color Mug Rug (easily modified into a cup cozy) knit in the round, steeked flat. We will use a crochet steek technique and discuss sewn steeks. Students will need to be familiar with knitting small circumferences in the round, color work (if using two colors). Students will need to bring needles in a size US 7 or US 8 for working small (6-10") circumference - dpns, 2 circs or magic loop. $12 Materials fee includes 2 small balls of Lopi, pattern and crochet hook.
$120.00 for the entire day ~ choice of 2 classes with lunch
$75 for a half day (morning or afternoon) choice of 1 class and includes lunch.
Materials fees are extra. You can bring your own (more details in class descriptions below) or buy Alpaca fiber from us.
We will have an Alpaca pop up shop available for you!
9:00 - 9:30 Registration and Coffee
9:30 - Noon Morning Class Choices ~ Dyeing Class OR Cable Hat Class
Noon ~ 1:30 A lovely and delicious farm lunch on the lawn by Sugar Pine. Betsy will talk a bit about her animals and “raising” the fiber. You’ll then have time to relax a bit and wander around the gardens before your afternoon class.
2:00 - 4:30 Tunisian Crochet class, Steeking OR Spinning Class
Wool Days Amazing Instructors
Sunne Meyer has been teaching knitting for over 12 years. Learning to knit from her grandmother at age 6 and enjoying all types of crafting pursuits, she joined the Yarn team at Craftsy in 2014, working on project development for the Craftsy Kit program. She designs yarn and patterns for Cloudborn Fibers, and has been working on exclusive hand painting techniques. Currently, she teaches at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver and on Craftsy (Stranded Knitting: Basics and Beyond). You can find her hiking, running or camping in the Colorado mountains with her husband and black lab, usually with knitting close at hand.
British transplant Louise Fordyce has been knitting since she was 8. Her life long love of textiles has informed her travels, and her teaching. Louise set up “cable8designs” in 2014, offering hand knit designs; custom projects and knitting classes. She has taught a range of private classes and public classes including at Wool Day 2015, Lyons Farmette. Louise loves to create knitted textures through cables which is the inspiration behind “Cable8designs".
Wynne Reynolds is a mixed media artist. Her most recent show, FLUX, at Edge Galley in Denver, was a marriage of fiber and hardware. Incorporating her skills in fiber art and DIY, Wynne created works highlighting the contrast of hard and soft
Wynne’s early education had a hands-on focus that left a lasting impression. She learned to crochet and went on to learn needle point, knitting, embroidery, Tunisian crochet, and needle felting. She has dabbled in natural dying, batik, and spinning. In the last year, Wynne has taken up both sewing and weaving to expand her knowledge fiber art.
She teaches needle felting and Tunisian crochet at Fancy Tiger Crafts and other Denver venues. Wynne was recently featured in an article about needle felting by the Associated Press that was picked up by news outlets in the US and Canada, including Home and Garden and The Denver Post.
Jaime Jennings is one of the owners of Fancy Tiger Crafts, a revolutionary shop in Denver, Colorado that specializes in craft supplies and classes for the modern crafter. Jaime first started spinning yarn on a drop spindle in 2006. Since then, she has gone on to win the Spinzilla Competition 2 times with Team Fancy Tiger, competed in the Estes Wool Market Sheep to Shawl competition and has taught hundreds of students to make yarn.