- Abby Franquemont
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…is coming! Watch this space for more info to be released throughout the weekend, and registrations starting sometime next week, the week of February 13-17th.
Here’s what I can tell you right now.
What is Stringtopia?
Back by popular demand, Stringtopia this year is a 3-day event with a spinning focus, along with some weaving and knitting. It will take place starting Friday, April 27, Saturday the 28th, and Sunday the 29th, at the historic Golden Lamb inn in Lebanon, Ohio. Featuring classes, fiber shopping, and social events, in an intimate and friendly setting.
For starters, world-class fiber arts supplier Carolina Homespun will be in attendance, which means you can check out lots of stuff in person that usually isn’t seen outside of large fiber festivals or in a handful of world-class shops.
But of course there are also the classes. I’ll be teaching, debuting some of my groundbreaking new classes as well as longtime favourites. And the fabulous Beth Smith will be joining us from Michigan where she runs The Spinning Loft in addition to teaching all over the country and producing fantastic instructional content. Rounding out the teacher lineup is Woven Treasures author Sara Lamb, known internationally for her down-to-earth approach to creating all manner of fantastic textiles, and teaching sellout classes in spinning, dyeing, knitting, and weaving. Sara is bringing us a themed weekend of All Silk, All The Time.
Friday and Saturday feature full-day classes, and Sunday features half-day classes. There’s also a kick-off bash on Friday night and a free spin-in Saturday night. You also have the opportunity to share meals at the Golden Lamb with the whole group, and spend time in the social spinning suite where informal spinning activities will be going on throughout the event — including ongoing demonstrations, Q&A, and an opportunity to try your hand at spinning yarn if you’ve been curious what it’s about.
What’s the full class list?
I’m glad you asked. Here’s the class lineup. Registration for classes begins next week.
Classes are all day.
Abby Franquemont: All Spindles All Day
Beth Smith: Breed Study
Sara Lamb: Knitting With Silk
Classes are all day.
Abby Franquemont: The Rut Buster
Beth Smith: Spinning For Lace
Sara Lamb: Weaving With Silk
Abby Franquemont: Getting More Done With Spindles
Beth Smith: Drafting Methods
Sara Lamb: Dyeing Silk
Abby Franquemont: Truth Or Dare
Beth Smith: For the Love of Longwools
Sara Lamb: Spinning Silk
What’s it cost?
Full-day classes are $125, and half-day classes are $75. You can take as many, or as few, as you like, and you don’t even have to take any to come and be part of the fun. Rooms at the Golden Lamb are $90 a night for a shared room ($45 a person) plus tax, or $80 a night for a single. Additional rooms are available off-site at the Kirkwood Inn, including a fantastic breakfast, for $69 for a shared room (about $35 a person) or $64 a single, or you can choose your own accommodations nearby. Chef-prepared dinners are $25 each, and a box lunch option (eat it in your classroom, the dining room at the Lamb, or take it with you for a stroll to a nearby park) for $10.
Stay tuned! We’ll be bringing you the detailed class descriptions, material information, and actual registration opportunities over the next week. We can’t wait to see you!