Weaving in a Parallel Universe Enrollment closed Sept. 3
This class is 7hrs total. Friday, Sept. 10, 10-11am, 1-2pm, 4-5pm (PT)
Saturday, Sept. 11, 10-11am, 1-2pm, 4-5pm (PT)
Sunday, Sept. 12, 10am (PT)
Explore a parallel universe of possibilities in weaving! Parallel threadings are incredibly versatile and can be used to weave a variety of structures including echo weave twills and jin (polychrome turned taquete). Set up your 8 shaft loom with the threading of your choice in four warp colors. Using various treadlings and tieups, weave vibrant colorways, echoes and iridescence. Learn how to create a parallel threading and how to use network drafting. Study a variety of drafts, view demonstrations with weaving software, and weave samples on your loom at home. Add the power of parallel threadings to your weaving repertoire.
Level:intermediate – advanced. Threading are long and complicated with a dense sett. 8 shaft loom required. Students will need to buy yarn and warp their looms according to directions prior to class.
Class fee: $105.00. no materials fee
Needle Tatting to Create Lace and Jewelry
Friday, Sept. 10, 10am-12pm (PT) 2hrs
Use a needle and thread to create beautiful lace trim, fabric, and even jewelry! Easy for fiber enthusiasts ages 9 to 90. You’ll learn all the basic stitching techniques, how to read a pattern, or create your own, and even add beads to your lace creations! And you’ll leave class with a lovely lace applique or pendant.
Materials for this class may be purchased directly from Eureka Fabrics at the store or website. www.eurekafabrics.com $19 fee for set of three tatting needles in different sizes, two needle threaders, small crochet hook, and thread to start you out.
Class fee: $30.00
Sewing With Your Handwovens/Fearlessly Make More than Scarves
Friday, Sept. 10 1pm-3pm (PT) 2hrs. Class Full
You love to weave, but you’re tired of scarves, placemats, and dish towels. Wouldn’t it be GREAT to wear your precious handwovens? But OMG how can you bear to cut into them! You’ll learn drafting and sewing techniques that will take the fear out of sewing with your hand woven art.
Class fee: $30.00
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All classes are Pacific Time (PT)
Knitting - Introduction to the Brioche Stitch
Saturday, Sept. 11 9am-12pm. (PT) 3hrs.
Brioche stitch has become incredibly popular over the past couple of years. It can be a tricky stitch to master. In this class, Sunni will introduce you to one color and two color Brioche knitted flat. You will learn the names of the stitches, how to work them, and tips on making this stitch easier. Participants will need to have a 16-inch circular needle in size US 8, several locking stitch markers, pen or pencil and paper and a small pair of scissors.
Materials: 2 colors of worsted weight wool yarn may be purchased from Yarn for $10 at the store, 518 Russ St. Eureka, CA. or on the website http://www.yarn-fun.com
Class Fee: $45.00
Singing the Blues: Dyeing with Fresh Indigo Enrollment closed Sept. 3
Saturday, Sept. 11 9-11am (PT) 2hrs.
We will be exploring how to develop a range of blues using fresh-leaf indigo from the garden. This will include direct application of leaves as well as vat dyeing using non-reduction vats – all centered around a number of creative projects. The Zoom-based class will be recorded and the recording will be available for students to review at their leisure for one month after the class.
Note: I normally set up a webpage specifically for each class I teach. This one will be JohnMarshall.to/NaturalFiberFair/
Students will need to have fresh indigo plants (Persicaria tinctoria) available to follow the lessons.
For those students who do not have access to fresh Japanese indigo, it may be ordered from John for an additional $25 (PO included) johnmarshall.to
List of materials and/ or advanced preparation required of students.
Students will need to have fresh indigo plants (Persicaria tinctoria) available to follow the lessons. If unavailable, it may be ordered from John, see below.
a kitchen blender
chilled water (ice water) 1-2 quarts
a few mixing bowls
a few old white dishes (old saucers or rice bowls work well)
a smooth rock about the size of a chicken egg
a few gallon-size ziplock bags
rubber gloves (optional)
pH paper (optional)
sharp, pointy scissors or parakeet toenail clippers
-plastic (Saran) wrap
The materials fee must be paid through John’s website before you are fully enrolled.
Material fee: $55 (domestic Flat Rate Priority shipping included)
You will be mailed the following items:
a sampler of natural fibers and weaves
basic tie dye supplies
pre-resisted rice-paste image on cotton
pre-resisted wax resist on silk
Japanese silk jacquard
Japanese indigo pigment
Materials: $55. See above, purchase directly from his website, JohnMarshall.to/NaturalFiberFair
Class Fee: $30.00.
Total: $30.00 Two part registration process - $85 total due for workshop and materials
Japanese Boro Inspired Stitching
This class is 6 hours total Saturday, Sept. 11 9-12 am (PT) 3 hrs
Saturday, Sept. 18 9-12 am (PT) 3hrs. (6 hrs.total)
Boro Stitching is a type of hand stitching that originated in Japan as a way to mend or patch together clothing or other cloth items. It has now become known for its relaxing, meditative benefits that make it so enjoyable and captivating.
We will cover: Tools and supplies ● Basic stitches and variations ● Making a stitch sampler ● Applique and reverse applique for mending and decoration
There will be plenty of time for everyone to spend on their projects in class in between demonstrations. The Slow Stitching movement has really taken hold, and its popularity was grown for very good reason.
Materials – needle and embroidery thread and scraps of cotton or muslin for practicing stitches.. Optional companion Boro kit is available on April's website.
Click on the link below for additional information on the Boro Stitch class
Class fee: $90.00
Saturday, Sept. 11 1-3pm (PT) 2hrs
Crocheted lace can be amazingly beautiful, and doesn’t have to be tricky. We’ll work up samples of different crocheted lace stitch patterns in this fun class, moving from simple mesh to geometric lace to a lacy shell stitch, reading both written instructions and stitch diagrams. You can make swatches, or use them as the beginning of three lace scarves! We will also discuss some indie designers that specialize in crocheted lace patterns.
Materials: Three balls of easy-to-see yarn (small amounts are fine,
or bring full skeins to start scarves),
crochet hook in size(s) appropriate for your yarn(s),
removable stitch markers.
All classes are Pacific Time (PT)
Enrollment closed September 9
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