9:00 - 9:30 Registration and Coffee
9:30 - Noon Morning Class Choices ~ Speckle Dyeing, Rope Bowl Weaving, or Wet Felting.
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. Jamie Jennings of Fancy Tiger Crafts will talk about the fiber industry. You’ll then have time to relax a bit and wander around the gardens before your afternoon class.
2:00 - 4:30 Afternoon Class Choices~ Indigo Dyeing, Spinning, Needle Felting Sheep, and Zipper Pouch Weaving.
Price and Description
$225.00 for the entire day ~ choice of 2 classes with 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 with yarn, flowers and eggs!
Speckle Dyeing Class: Taught by Sunne Meyer. Sunne will be teaching techniques to dye trendy speckle yarn using acid dyes. Materials fee includes two skeins of sock yarn to dye. $20 materials fee.
Rope Bowl Weaving Class: Taught by Anne Weil. Make this beautiful rope bowl using basic basket making techniques. Simple in finish and classic in shape, this bowl brims with texture and reflective light. What a lovely way to bring something to a party—then leave it behind for the host as a thank-you. Once you start using this twined basketmaking technique to make containers, you’ll have a hard time stopping.Students should bring a favorite bowl for a mold, approximately 10” wide x 4” high.We also need to have on hand: Scissors, tape measure, masking tape Materials to make bowl, 50 yards of 1⁄8" (3mm) rope, will be provided. Materials Fee: $15.
Wet Felted Soap: In this class Wynne Reynolds of Fancy Tiger Crafts will show you just how easy wet felting is. We will felt around soap to make the perfect gift or indulgence for yourself. It’s like having a soft soapy washcloth to use and reuse. We can also add a small needle felted decoration for a special touch. All materials provided - please bring your own soap if you have sensitivities.
Indigo Dyeing: Taught by Sunne Meyer. Sunne 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.
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.
Needle Felting: Needle felting is a fun and easy way to create three dimensional felted objects without water. Wynne Reynolds will teach the techniques for making this sweet sheep with just a needle and some roving. You'll also learn how to make a quick armature using a pipe cleaner so your little pal can stand on its own four feet. All materials provided.
Simple Woven Zipper Pouch: All Levels Welcome. Make this simple woven zipper pouch with minimal materials. No need to invest in a loom, Anne will show you how to make this pouch with just yarn and a zipper and your own two hands. All loom materials will be provided. Learn the basics of how to make a loom, how to warp it, and how to weave stripes. You will also learn how to start and finish ends and hemstitch your woven piece. Anne will walk you through how to add the zipper by hand. Don’t miss this chance to dip your toe into the art of weaving, and leave class with a useful and fun little pouch, and wonderful weaving skills to boot.
Students should bring: 50 yards of super bulky yarn (if stripes are desired, bring multiple colors) 9" zipper in desired color, sewing needle, and coordinating thread Materials for cardboard looms and warp thread will be provided; Materials Fee: $15 *We will include the materials such as: pencils, rulers, scissors*
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.
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.
Anne Weil is the creative voice behind Flax & Twine. A lover of beautiful things, she designs charming patterns and simple DIY crafts for the modern maker. Anne’s book, Knitting Without Needles, will be followed this fall by her second book, Weaving Within Reach. You’ll fall in love with her approachable style and easy way. Find Anne in her Denver studio relishing small, joyful making moments that really make her heart sing!
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. http://www.edgeart.org/wynne-reynolds/