Schedule

Inkle Weaving in the Round

Start date: May 10, 2020

End date: May 15, 2020

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

Teaching

Inkle Weaving in the Round

Expand your band weaving with a variety of patterns, materials, and techniques! This pattern-packed week starts with working together to set up looms and weave samples in a round-robin. We’ll examine design elements in plain-weave bands and use advanced techniques including pickup, rep, beading, tubular weaving, and more. Complete a notebook of a dozen drafts and samples, then explore your favorites with additional projects. Prior band weaving experience is recommended.

Woolen Spinning

Date: July 25, 2020

Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: HGA Convergence 2020, Knoxville, TN

Teaching

Woolen Spinning

Discover the wonder of woolen spinning. Most spinners start out learning to make smooth, compact worsted yarns. Take your spinning to the other extreme with woolen long-draw from hand-carded rolags. This method maximizes loft, elasticity, and warmth in your yarn, and it feels like magic! We’ll cover fiber preparation, two long-draw spinning techniques, and discuss fiber selection.
Single-drive spinning wheel or E-Spinner is required. Must be able to spin & ply a basic yarn.

Quill Spindle Spinning

Date: July 25, 2020

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Location: HGA Convergence 2020, Knoxville, TN

Teaching

Quill Spindle Spinning

“Where did Sleeping Beauty prick her finger?” How often do you hear that question when someone sees you spinning? Take a step back in spinning technology before the flyer and bobbin and discover the rhythm of spinning on a driven spindle. Learn to draft from the tip of the spindle and to alternate drafting and winding on with a quick reversal of the wheel. A spindle wheel is well-suited to delicate fibers and even single-handed spinning – useful on a charkha or great wheel.

Spinning wheel with quill spindle (not flyer and bobbin) is required. Must be able to spin & ply a basic yarn (on handspindle or flyer wheel).

Inkle Weaving in the Round

Start date: July 26, 2020

End date: July 27, 2020

Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: HGA Convergence 2020, Knoxville, TN

Teaching

Inkle Weaving in the Round

Expand your inkle weaving repertoire in a round-robin workshop. Sample a variety of patterns, yarns, and techniques. This workshop will examine design elements in plain-weave bands, and explore advanced techniques such as pick-up, rep, beads, and tubular weaving.

Inkle loom required. Must be able to warp an inkle loom.

Inkle Weaving Basics

Start date: July 31, 2020

End date: August 2, 2020

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

Teaching

Inkle Weaving Basics

Inkles-narrow woven bands-have dozens of applications, including straps, handles, trim, material for constructing larger items, and accents for other handwoven cloth. Learn to use the simple, portable inkle loom to make your own unique creations. Select a pattern or design of your own, warp the loom, and weave a project or two. No experience is needed to start “playing with the band!”

Equipment and yarns are available in the Folk School weaving studio.

Harvest Festival at the Memphis Zoo

Start date: September 19, 2020

End date: September 20, 2020

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Memphis Zoo, Once Upon a Farm

Demonstration

Harvest Festival at the Memphis Zoo

Wondering how wool becomes cloth? Come by the expo building at Once Upon a Farm. I will be blending wool, spinning yarn on my spinning wheel, and weaving a scarf on a rigid-heddle loom. I’ve been spinning at Harvest Festival since 2001! Learn about yarn and cloth production, and see samples of 50+ different fiber types. Shop handspun yarns, handwoven items, and even a few small looms.

Beginning Weaving – Holiday Gifts

Start date: December 6, 2020

End date: December 12, 2020

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

Teaching

Beginning Weaving – Holiday Gifts

Warm up your winter holidays with handwoven gifts! Learn the basics of 4-shaft weaving by reading a pattern, setting up the loom, and weaving your own cloth. Start with a sampler and move on to selecting or designing your own projects. Scarves, shawls, and table linens are just some of the possibilities. Start your weaving journey or refresh your skills in this beginner-friendly class.

Equipment and yarns are available in the Folk School weaving studio.