Teaching sustainable traditions for 27 years

1:30 - 4:30  3 hrs.

Organic Indigo                 Workshop is Full!

Linda Hartshorn

Discover the Organic Indigo Vat, a way of indigo dyeing that uses fruits and other natural substances to dye beautiful natural blues. Developed by Michel Garcia, the “1 2 3” method works faster than fermentation and does not require the use of chemicals. In our workshop we will create a vat and dye fabric samples and wool yarns.  Learn how to replenish and keep an indigo vat going. Make a mini vat in a jar to take home with you!

Students need to bring:  Gloves, old clothes and/or apron, scissors, black sharpee marker, one UNDYED skein of natural fiber yarn, maximum 4 oz., to dye as time permits.

$20.00 Materials fee includes:  Dye vat ingredients, fabric, wool yarn, quart jar, workshop notebook.

Class fee:  $40.00 + $20.00

Total:  $60.00

Workshops 2017

Foundation of Handspinning    6hrs         Workshop is Full

Crystelle Estelle-Perkins

The craft of handspinning was my foundation to a life-long passion of fiber arts! In this 6 hour intensive class you'll create wool yarn from start to finish using a treadle spinning wheel. Learn how various wool structures and fiber preparations effect your yarn as you build basic handspinning skills. Gain an understanding of the mechanics of your wheel, accessory tools and spinning techniques using the Medium Backward Draft method of spinning. An excellent class for Beginners and Self-Taught Spinners.

Students need to bring:   Spinning wheel, wheel oil, lazy kate (tensioned preferred), 3-4 bobbins, niddy noddy.  A few wheels are available to use during class, please notify instructor 

$15.00 Materials fee includes:  Wool fiber and handouts

Class fee:  $80.00 + $15.00

Total:  $95.00

9:00 - 12:00  3 hrs.

Color Designing With Fiber

Crystal Estelle-Perkins                                  Cancelled

Whether you’re a spinner, felter, or other fiber artist, color is an important element of your work! In this 3 hour intensive class you'll blend dyed wool fibers to create a color wheel of primary, secondary & intermediate color combinations. You'll then use natural colored wool to create pastels and shades.  We’ll discuss basic color theory as you gain an intimate knowledge of how 5 basic colors can transform into an infinite color range! 

Students should bring:  Hand cards or drum carder or blending board (drum carders preferred), kitchen scale, hole punch.

$25.00 Materials fee includes:  Wool fiber, color wheel templates, tint/shade templates.

Class fee:  $40.00 + materials $25.00

Total:  $65.00

Workshops 2017

9:00 to 1:00  ** 4hrs

A Spinnable Feast

Janis Thompson

Never heard of it?  Well you won't be forgetting it any time soon!  It's like a party!  Build a spinnable feast from everything but the kitchen sink, this ART YARN extravaganza is best when done in color teams.  On a big table we will tease out layer after layer of wool, mohair, silk, rovings, ribbons, yarn, angelina, curly bits and more....then scoop it up, take it to the wheel and using our biggest and slowest whorl, make a HEAVENLY BIG mixed media yarn.  Plied with fine thread,  this incredibly dynamic yarn will probably change your life as a hand spinner.

Students need to bring:  Spinning Wheel, 2 empty bobbins, oil, threading hook, niddy noddy.
$10.00 Materials fee includes: 
Instructor supplies all materials in many color groups for ART Yarn construction:  Wool roving, batts, silks, Angelina & yarns.

Class fee:  $45.00 + $10.00

Total:  $55.00

Saturday  All Day Workshops     6 hours

      9:00 - 4:30  with a 1&1/2 hour break  (12:00 - 1:30)


Sunday Afternoon Workshops

    1:30 - 4:30  3hrs.

1:30 - 4:30

Beginning Crochet

Kathy Myers

We will cover; chain, slip stitch, single, double and treble crochet techniques. If time and learning curve permits, other stitches, shell, front and back post, increase and decrease will be covered. A hand-out including a brief history of crochet, terms and abbreviations will be included. The goal is to leave the class with a completed Granny Square.

No prep needed

$10.00 materials fee includes:  yarn and crochet hook

Class fee: $40.00 + $10.00

Total:  $50.00

Sunday All Day

9:00 - 4:30  with a 1&1/2 hour break (12:00 - 1:30)

Saturday Afternoon Workshops

      1:30 - 4:30  3 hrs.

To Register and pay for workshops-
By Mail:  Send a check made out to Natural Fiber Fair along with a note listing the workshops to:
Natural Fiber Fair, PO Box 212, Arcata, CA 95518               Pay Pal is the better option in August and September !
On line:  Click the Donate  PayPal button (it's like an Add To Cart Button) and go through the process of purchasing through PayPal.  (PayPal will allow payments without signing up for an account.) You need to do this for each class separately as we don't have a shopping cart.  Thanks.**  
Print and bring your PayPal receipt to class.  We will also have a PayPal received list.
You can contact Sarah by email at:  saralindaroberts@yahoo.com  with Workshop in the subject line

Note**  August 1 is the last day to request a refund for classes.

Needle Felting:  Making Faces  3hrs              Workshop is full

Ayala Talpai

Getting all emotional with Needle Felting, we will make all kinds of faces!  Whimsy and magical......

Students need to bring:  nothing, everything provided, no prep

$7.00 Material fee includes:  Workbook, 2 felting needles, foam surface, armature wire, various wool and locks.

Class fee:  $40.00 + $7.00

Total:  $47.00

Basket Weaving

Laura Doyle

Always a popular class, Laura will teach you to make a beautiful basket with local wild crafted plants.

You will learn the names of many of the local plants used in basket making.  By the end of class you will have the skills to start and finish a basket on your own.  Materials are provided.

Students need to bring:  Apron, pair of plant clippers and gloves

$20.00 materials fee includes all materials for the basket

Class fee:  $80.00 + $20.00

Total:  $100.00

*** Natural Fiber Fair is a Non Profit Organization. Pay Pal provides a lower processing rate using these donate buttons.

9:00 - 12:00

Continental Knitting

Kathy Myers

Learn how to cast-on, knit, purl and bind off. If time and the learning permits we will cover picking up a dropped stitch, increase and decrease, and yarn-over.
Hand-out will include a brief history of knitting, terms and abbreviations. The goal is to leave the class with a narrow sample scarf on the needles and the skill and confidence to finish the project at home.

No prep necessary

$20.00 Materials fee includes knitting needles and yarn

Class: $40.00 + $20.00

Total:  $60.00

Willing to send a donation to support the Natural Fiber Fair?  Thank you!!!

Basics of Sprang Braiding  (Using a Sprang Frame)   6hrs

Tracy Shapiro

The little known and ancient art of Sprang Braiding will be explored in this all day class using a willow rod Sprang frame. In the morning session we will start with a pre-warped Sprang frame to learn the basic Sprang stitch, and finishing techniques to create a draw string bag. In the afternoon, we will learn how to make a flat figure 8 warp for the student to take home and practice.
Students need to bring:  all materials provided

$25.00 Materials fee includes:  All materials needed for the class and a willow rod Sprang frame

Class fee:  $80.00 + $25.00

Total:  $105.00

Spinning to a Standard                           Cancelled

Crystal Estelle-Perkins

Somehow you manage to spin yarns that are 'kind of' the same size from skein to skein.
When you create fabric you can't help but notice that some of the yarn is skinnier, some is
thicker, and the variations show up in the fabric. The fabric is okay--but could it be
awesome?! Learn to spin bobbin after bobbin of singles yarn that maintains a consistent
size and twist based on whatever spinning method you use. Continue the methods to
achieve twist consistency while plying a 2 ply yarn. Then, learn how to identify the
weight of the yarns you've spun; this info can then be translated into picking the
appropriate needle size for knitting, crocheting, or sett for weaving.

You must have basic spinning skills to attend.

Students should bring:  Spinning wheel, wheel oil, minimum 3 bobbins, lazy kate (tensioned preferred), niddy noddy.  No advanced prep required.  A few wheels are available to use during class, please notify instructor.

$15.00 materials fee includes:  Wool fiber and handouts

Class fee:  $40.00 + materials $15.00

Total:  $55.00

Saturday  Morning Workshops

Warp Painting for Weavers  3hrs   ---   Workshop is full! 

Linda Hartshorn

Painted warps add a whole new dimension to your weaving, and they are so much fun to weave on! Paint a warp for a tencel scarf with fiber reactive dyes. Learn how to sett a warp emphasis fabric, and how to use warp painting in combination with various weave structures. Take your painted warp home to weave!
The warps will be pre-wound at home and tied according to instructions.  We will stretch them out and paint them during the workshop.

Students need to bring:  Warp of tencel wound at home according to instructions, gloves, old clothes/apron, plastic bags to put wet warps in. Two heavy dowels or broomsticks about 18” long and 4 ‘C’ clamps .

$10.00 Materials fee includes:  Dyes and workshop notebook

Class fee:  $40.00 + $10.00

Total:  $50.00

Sunday Morning Workshops

    9:00 - 12:00  3 hrs     

Twined Sweets Basket    6hrs

Tracy Shapiro

This all day class will use the Twining technique to create an approximately 6” Sweets Basket (cup shaped basket with a simple scalloped top) Students will leave class with either a finished basket or all the materials needed to finish their basket.
Students need to bring:  All materials provided

$15.00 Materials fee includes:  all materials and instruction booklet

Class fee:  $80.00 + $15.00

Total:  $95.00