Saturday, November 4th, 2017
9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Eisenhower Community Center
Hopkins, MN

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Class

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Beginning Spindle by Elizabeth Harrington

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Class time: 2 hrs, 10:00 AM - noon
Minimum: 4 students,   Maximum:  6 students
Cost: $20 per student plus materials fee of $10  ($30 total)

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Have you always wondered what spinning was all about?  Do spinning wheels make your head spin?  Come discover the joy of creating your own handspun yarn.  Participants will learn how easy and fun it is to make yarn from wool and alpaca roving using simple and inexpensive tools.  We start with finger spinning, move to hooky sticks, and finish with CD spindles that can be dropped on the floor without wincing!  In just two hours, you will be on your way to making your own yarn.

Instructor Bio:
Elizabeth Harrington was introduced to spinning in the summer of 2006. She taught herself to spin on a CD spindle, and quickly fell under the spell of the fiber arts and now spins, weaves, and dabbles in dyeing. She loves sharing the discovery of spinning and weaving with others.

Needle Felt Your Own Snowman! with Liz Parker

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Class time: 10:30 am-1 pm
Minimum class size: 3 students
Maximum class size: 8 students

Class cost is $45, and includes two needles, enough wool for the project and practice, and felting pad.

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Needle felting is a simple art form to learn and has many possibilities! In this class, students will learn the basics of using the sharp needles safely, the different types of wool to make projects, practicing shaping and felting the wool, and then making a cute snowman!

How to Make a Rug from Cored Yarn Without a Loom!
Tunesian Crochet Primer by Rachel Boucher, Rach-Al-Paca Fiber Processing

Website: rachalpacafarm.com
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Class time 11-12:30 (We may add another if there is enough interest)
Minimum class size: 3 students
Maximum class size: 10 students

Class cost is $75, and includes a bump of rug yarn large enough to make a floor mat.
Crochet hooks will be available for use, and purchase if you decide you love this craft.

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Love those super-thick cored yarns, but don't have a loom to weave them?
 
Fear not! Armed with a jumbo Tunesian crochet hook, you'll learn how to make one in about an hour!
 
You will learn how to cast on, the simple stitch, and cast off.
Information on further exploring the 'afghan stitch' will also be handed out, so you can explore advanced stitches on your own outside of class.

Rachel fell in love with weaving these amazing yarns several years ago, and discovered tunesian crochet as a way of making rugs more portable to make. She can often be seen at fiber festivals holding a large stick.

Kitchen Cupboard Color  by Elizabeth Harrington

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Class time: 2 hrs,  1 - 3 PM
Minimum: 4 students,   Maximum:  6 students
Cost: $20 per student plus materials fee of $10  ($30 total)

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Did you know you can color lovely fiber and yarn using things you probably already have in your kitchen?  No need for fans, masks, or dedicated dye equipment with this simple, easy technique.  It is a great project to do with kids or at the cabin.  The technique is simple, but the possibilities are endless!  This is a great next class for new spinners- even those who learned to spin just this morning! Please wear old clothes and bring an apron.

Instructor Bio:
Elizabeth Harrington was introduced to spinning in the summer of 2006. She taught herself to spin on a CD spindle, and quickly fell under the spell of the fiber arts and now spins, weaves, and dabbles in dyeing. She loves sharing the discovery of spinning and weaving with others.

Turn Odds and Ends of Yarn From Your Stash Into a Beautiful Coiled Basket with Judy Goebel

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Class Time: 1pm to 3:30pm

Minimum students: 3
Maximum students: 8

Cost of class per student: $35

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Most of us have a stash of special yarn. Perhaps you have learned to spin. Maybe you bought that wonderful single ball from the clearance bin at the yarn shop. Perhaps it is left over from a project. Or a friend gave it to you. Make those yarns into a coiled basket. This is an easy and inexpensive technique that gives special yarn an opportunity to become an integral part of a useful and beautiful object.

You will need to bring to class:
- A large tapestry needle
- At least 100 yards of medium to bulky weight yarn. Multiple, harmonious colors in shorter lengths are fine.
- 3 spring-type clothespins

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