Fiber Revival 2017

New England folks: I’ll be back at Fiber Revival this August 12, 2017!

Saturday, August 12, 2017
9am to 4pm Spencer Peirce Little Farm
5 Little’s Lane
Newbury, Massachusetts
$6 entrance fee ($4 children) to the property
Rain or Shine!

This festival is hard to beat. It’s held on the historic Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts, the setting is gorgeous, there’s a great selection of vendors (including Questionable Origin), and there’s even a beer truck! Aww yeah. Make sure you look around the Fiber Revival web site to see everything that’s going on.

This year, I’ll be teaching one 3-hour class and one 1-hour quickie session, because all of us want to be sure we still get plenty of shopportunity and general chill time, right? I mean, let me remind everyone, beer truck.


Consistency Without Treadles

There’s a lot of great information out there about how to spin consistent yarn by paying close attention to the mechanical setup of your spinning wheel and how you work with it (say, by counting treadles while you spin). But what if you’re looking for consistency, and you’re working with a spindle or an e-spinner? Those well-documented techniques won’t work for you. Does that mean nobody spun consistently before treadled wheels? Nope — humans have been doing so for over 30,000 years. So that’s where this class comes in. We’ll talk about what consistency means, and how you can achieve it using techniques that are independent of the equipment you’re using to make yarn. We’ll also cover some common ways of measuring and describing yarn, and go through some exercises aimed at maintaining consistency over the course of spinning for a large project, a project that takes a long time to spin, or a project you want to spin on more than one piece of equipment.

PREREQUISITES: You should be able to spin already, and have produced at least 3 spindles, bobbins, or skeins of yarn before taking this class. You should probably also have an interest in making yarn that is consistent across an entire batch.

YOU SHOULD BRING: Note-taking materials, whatever you’d like to spin on, and if you already have one handy, an example of a yarn you’ve spun where you’re not satisfied with how consistent it is (or isn’t).

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Self-Striping Yarn: Gradient vs. Fractal

Gradient Blend

You may have heard people throw these words around when discussing ways that yarn can produce color changes in a finished textile, without having to actually change yarn. But what do they really mean? Which one do you want, when? What do you need to have, or shop for, in order to produce these kinds of yarns? This one-hour quickie session will introduce you to two major kinds of self-striping yarn: the gradient, where colors shift gradually over the entire piece, and the fractal, where we get to debate what “fractal” even means while we make yarn whose color changes follow a pattern that shifts as the yarn grows longer.

PREREQUISITES: You should be able to spin enough to have made a skein of yarn; not for the absolute beginner who has never spun before, but if you’ve only been at this for a week or two and you’ve made some yarn, you’ll be able to hang. If you’re an experienced spinner, but you’d like to geek out on color stuff, this is also a good fit for you.

YOU SHOULD BRING: Wheel, spindle, e-spinner, or other apparatus you like to use to produce yarn.

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If classes fill before you are able to register, you can request to be added to the wait list for a specific class by submitting a request via email to Wait list members will be notified of available spots by e-mail, in the order in which requests were received.

You may cancel at any time before 11:59PM on 11 July 2017, and will receive a refund for your registration minus a $5 cancellation fee. Starting on 12 July 2017, no refund is available, but you can sell your spot with no limitations so long as you let the buyer know to tell us they’re using your spot, or you email to let us know to expect someone else.

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