Classes

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Fleece Skirting 101
Spin for Color Control
Cancelled
Intro to Freeform Weaving

Fiber Workshops Promo PicFleece Skirting 101

Instructor: Judi Lehrhaupt (Ewe Can Do It Farm)

Saturday, September 8
2:30p.m., Fleece Tent near Barn 1
Minimum Class Size is 4,  Limit of 30 (fee will be refunded if insufficient registrants are received by Sep. 7th).  Fee: $40
Pay online via PayPal before Sept. 7th or send check payable to Garden State Sheep Breeders to Eunice Bench at 760 Rosemont Ringoes Road, Stockton NJ 08559. Check must be received by the Friday before the class (Aug. 31).

Learn how to assess a fleece you’ve bought or those from your own sheep.  You’ll learn how to determine best uses for the fleece (yarn, roving, stuffing, felting, hand spinning vs mill spinning, etc.) based on it’s characteristics and cleanliness along with how to sort the fleece into use-able fibers versus those that should be discarded or used for lesser purposes (mulch, etc.).

Instructor Bio

Judi has been breeding Shetland sheep for over 20 years and is a Master Spinner.  She has judged the GSSB Festival’s Fleece Show for many years and held numerous fleece evaluation workshops and classes.

Spin for Color Control – Sorry, Class Cancelled

Instructor: Anne Choi (Middlebrook Fiber Works)

Sunday, September 9
9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Ramsburg Building
Minimum Class Size is 4,  Limit of 8 (fee will be refunded if insufficient registrants are received by Sep. 5th).  Fee: $50


We all have those single braids of hand-painted combed top–the ones with splashes of luscious color that drew our eyes like candy. But how do you spin it so that the finished yarn is as beautiful as the fiber? Let’s explore the various ways to split and break a braid, to get the color runs you want–from short bursts of color, to long striping runs. We’ll experiment with plying methods to achieve barber pole stripes and fractal stripes. Using hand cards, we’ll also separate out the colors into rolags for the ultimate color control.

This is not an introductory spinning class; participants must be proficient spinners. Fiber and hand cards will be provided, but please bring your pwm wheel with at least one extra bobbin and a lazy kate. If you need to borrow a wheel, please contact the instructor at anne@middlebrookfiberworks.com.

Instructor Bio

Anne Choi is a fiber enthusiast who believes in the inherent goodness of all natural fibers, and is committed to supporting local fiber farms and mills. She offers classes in spinning, weaving, and dyeing at fiber festivals and yarn shops across the country, and at her teaching studio on the farm. She exhibits her freeform tapestries locally, and her next exhibit will be at the Museum for Early Trades and Craft in Madison, NJ, in September 2018. Anne raises a small flock of Shetland sheep in Bedminster, NJ, and never tires of watching them grow their fleeces. For more information, visit www.middlebrookfiberworks.com

Introduction to Freeform Tapestry Weaving

Instructor: Anne Choi (Middlebrook Fiber Works)

Sunday, September 9
1 – 4 p.m.
Minimum Class Size is 6,  Limit of 12 (fee will be refunded if insufficient registrants are received by Sep. 7). Fee: $50
Pay online via PayPal before Sept. 7th or send check payable to Garden State Sheep Breeders to Eunice Bench at 760 Rosemont Ringoes Road, Stockton NJ 08559. Check must be received by the Friday before the class (Aug. 31).

Have you been intrigued by the idea of weaving but feel intimidated by the formidable mechanics of the floor loom? Me too! Freeform tapestry weaving is an expressive, process-oriented way to explore traditional handweaving techniques to create a piece that is personal and unique. A standing tabletop loom enables us to incorporate a wealth of textures such as fluffy roving, long fleece locks, silk ribbon, cotton punis, and handspun art yarn. We’ll learn how to set up the loom and plan a design. Using various weave structures and knotting methods, we’ll discover how to achieve geometric shapes and contours. At the end of class, everyone will have completed their own sampler tapestry to take home. No experience necessary.

All equipment and materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring any special fibers or yarn they would like to include in their works.

Instructor Bio

Anne Choi is a fiber enthusiast who believes in the inherent goodness of all natural fibers, and is committed to supporting local fiber farms and mills. She offers classes in spinning, weaving, and dyeing at fiber festivals and yarn shops across the country, and at her teaching studio on the farm. She exhibits her freeform tapestries locally, and her next exhibit will be at the Museum for Early Trades and Craft in Madison, NJ, in September 2018. Anne raises a small flock of Shetland sheep in Bedminster, NJ, and never tires of watching them grow their fleeces. For more information, visit www.middlebrookfiberworks.com

 Pay online via PayPal before Sept. 7th or send check payable to Garden State Sheep Breeders to Eunice Bench at 760 Rosemont Ringoes Road, Stockton NJ 08559. Check must be received by the Friday before the class (Aug. 31).


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