Course Offerings and Registration

  All course offerings at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center have limited availability to ensure a vibrant learning environment for all participants.

Please carefully read our registration policies at the bottom of this page before registering for a course. 

All courses are held in the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center

321 East Main Street

Historic Elkin, North Carolina 28621

Crimp and Create with Dianne Totten

Feb 21 – 23, 2020 diane totton vest

Registration  is closed.

Experience the magic of crimp cloth! Any fiber can be used for crimp cloth when orlon or polyester is used in the weft for weft crimp, or in the warp for warp crimp. Learn the technique/thought process through sampling in class. See why crimp cloth is a great stash- buster. Go home with your head filled with ideas to make easy-to-sew garments that flatter any figure. Only 6 seams and you have a vest. Shawls and scarves won’t fall off your shoulders and can be expanded to cover chilly arms when needed. All levels welcome. If you can warp a loom and read a draft you can learn to weave crimp.  Learning resource materials, optional weft materials and lunch provided each day. This class has limited enrollment.

Up and Down on The Rigid Heddle Loom

with Leslie Fesperman February 22, 2020    12:30 – 4 pm

Registration is now closed. For details on our next class in April please scroll down on this page.

This 4-hour class will go over the basics of learning to weave on the rigid heddle loom.  You will learn weaving terms, how to calculate a warp and plan a project, how to warp the rigid heddle loom using the direct warping method, the proper way to wind a stick shuttle and basic finishing for scarves.

Participants will prepare their loom for weaving cotton dishcloths an20160911_164834-1d finish the project on their own.

Student should bring:  Rigid Heddle loom with a 7/5 or 8 dent reed, reed hook, warping peg if available, paper and pen for notes

Instructor : Leslie Fesperman

Cost $95.00   Buy Now Button

Class and Rigid Heddle loom –  15 inch loom – comes with 8 dent reed  $225.00   Buy Now Button

Dye Lab open Dye Day – Fiber Reactive Dyes

Saturday March 14, 2020 10 -4:30

Bring your fibers and spend the day dying them in our lab! Each participant will have their own work station, use of drying racks and sinks. Distilled water and community soda ash bucket will be available. This is not a beginners class but one aimed for the experienced dyer .  Participants are to bring their own dyes and  materials  for dying.  Register early as space is limited.

$35.00 includes use of equipment and lunch.  Buy Now Button

Beginning Tapestry with Jacqueline Mehring

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This class is at capacity.  To be put on our wait list please reach out via our contact page.

This introductory course will introduce students to the meditative process of creating tapestries.  During the course participants will learn basic tapestry techniques such as how to weave, how to add colors and yarns, create warp and weft stripes, create shapes and how to add contours to shapes.

Lunch , materials and use of loom $175

Lunch, materials and purchase of Schacht 15 inch frame loom $ $245

Beginning Indigo

with Leslie Fesperman Saturday March 21, 2020  10 – 3/4 pm

This workshop is designed for the person who has not dyed with indigo. How to set up the indigo vat using pre reduced indigo crystals, folding techniques and how to dip will be covered. Lunch, materials, sampling cotton, 2 square bandannas and a 60 inch cotton scarf are included in the course fee.

$115.00  Buy Now Button

Introduction to Inkle Loom Weaving

with Leslie Fesperman

Saturday March 28, 2020  10 am – 4 pm

The warp-faced weaving possible on an inkle loom is ideal for making belts and straps.IMG_8199 Inkle looms are versatile, portable, easy to warp, and a snap to weave on.  This  course will introduce students to the basics of  inkle loom set up and weaving.  Students will practice for several inches before starting a desired project of either a looped key fob or hat band. The focus of this course is to  understand the loom and to build a foundation for future exploration of patterns and other inkle loom weaving forms.

Materials, use of equipment, lunch and class  $95. Buy Now Button                        Participants are welcome to bring their own inkle loom.

Purchase a Schacht Inkle loom, belt shuttle and the course $160.00  Buy Now Button 

Dye Lab -Acid Fast Dyes     April 4, 2020

Bring your protein fibers and spend the day dying them in our lab!    Please note the fiber center will provide water and equipment to dye with but participants are responsible for bringing their own dyes etc. this is not a beginners dye day but one aimed for the experienced dyer.

$35.00 includes use of equipment and lunch  Buy Now Button

Up and Down Beginning Rigid Heddle

Leslie Fesperman    April 18, 2020    12:30 – 4:30 pm

This 4-hour class will go over the basics of learning to weave on the rigid heddle loom.  You will learn weaving terms, how to calculate a warp and plan a project, how to warp the rigid heddle loom using the direct warping method, the proper way to wind a stick shuttle and basic finishing for scarves.

Participants will prepare their loom for weaving cotton dishcloths an20160911_164834-1d finish the project on their own.

Student should bring:  Rigid Heddle loom with a 7/5 or 8 dent reed, reed hook, warping peg if available, paper and pen for notes

Cost $95.00  Buy Now Button

Class and Rigid Heddle loom –  15 inch loom – comes with 8 dent reed  $225.00 Buy Now Button

Master Weaving-Level 3

April 20 – 24,2020   Registration closes March 20,2020

A continuation in the study of weaving offered through Olds College, this is the third level of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies, and project assignments.

 Please note that certification of Master Weaving-Level 2 is a prerequisite for this course.    

$875 USD; includes full course instruction and continued learning tools. Lunch is provided each day.

A non-refundable deposit of $150 USD is required to secure your seat in any Master Weaving course. Registration closing date March 20,2020     Space is limited  register early.
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Participants will be invoiced March 15th for remaining balance of $725 which is due no later than March 20

Olds College Master Weaving Level 1

April 27 – May 1, 2020   Registration closes March 27, 2020

An extension of the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center’s partnership with Olds College, this one-of-a-kind program has five progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies, and project assignments. Completion of each level earns 3 Olds College credits.

Completion of Levels 1 – 4 earn Artisan Certification

Levels 5 Earns the Master Weaver Certification. Participants should be able to warp and dress their loom independently and have an understanding of basic weaving terminology.IMG_2032

$875 USD; includes full course instruction and continued learning tools. Lunch is provided each day.

A non-refundable deposit of $150 USD is required to secure your seat in any Master Weaving course. Registration closing date March 27,2020     Space is limited  register early.
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Participants will be invoiced March 20th for remaining balance of $725 which is due no later than March 27.

Eco Printing on Silk

with Maria Muscarella May 1 – 3, 2020

Registration deadline April 15, 2020

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This hands-on course will begin with an introduction to the history of natural dyes, the invention of their synthetic counterparts, and how “eco printing” came about. Maria will also explore the chemical reactions that make natural dyeing possible along with how mordants work to fix dyes’ pigments to cloth. Over the course of three days, participants will prepare, dye, and eco print a total of 5 silks and will take home not only their finished textiles but also resource materials and the knowledge to recreate the process in their own home studios.  $375.  Buy Now Button

Weave a Blanket with Peggy Hart

May 6 – 10    Registration Deadline April 20th

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What better place to weave a blanket than the historic Chatham Mill, once the largest manufacturer of blankets in the US? In this 5 day workshop students will design, sample, and weave a blanket, using either the center’s 6 foot blanket loom or other studio looms. The center’s blanket  loom will be warped with 4/2 cotton, and available to 2 students during the class . However, anyone who registers for the class may also reserve the blanket loom and weave a project on it during the year at no additional cost.   A wide loom is not always necessary, as blankets can be woven in panels and joined (as in traditional blankets made on barn frame looms).  Students are free to bring any weft fiber they would like to use. Blankets may be wool or cotton (or a combination) and natural  wool will be available at $20/lb.  All other resources and lunch each day are included in the course fee.  $775

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Jumpstart Jacket with Daryl Lancaster

June 6 – 8, 2020

Registration Deadline May 15,2020

Jacket with CollarDust off your sewing machine and jumpstart your skills.  This simple unlined jacket is custom fit, guaranteed to look great, feel good, and teach you the basics of garment construction.  Great for handweavers, felters and surface designers, this jacket looks good in all fabrics and compliments every figure.    For those who have more experience, consider adding a shawl collar or choosing the princess seam version!  For participants who have made a jacket with me in another class, or are reasonably sure of their garment construction skills, you may choose any of my other silhouettes, however please know that silhouettes like the Swing Coat will take much longer than three days and you will most likely not complete the garment.  Please view options, fabric recommendations and yardage requirements here.

Resource materials and lunch are included in course fee.  $425

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Needle Felted Squirrel with Megan Neds

June 12 – 14, 2020    Registration deadline May 20, 2020

Easton the Squirrel-3This three day workshop will go over the particulars of needle felting a squirrel with Megan Neds of the Woolen Wagon.  All materials and lunch are included in the class fee.

For those who have some experience in needle felting.

$300 USD –    Buy Now Button

Future Offerings in 2020

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Dye Lab – Indigo Dip May 16, 2020

Over and Under -Beginning Weaving – L.Fesperman  May 22 -24, 2020

NC Trail Days -Indigo Bandanna Dip June 5, 2020

Bi-Annual Yarn Fabric and Equipment Sale June 6, 2020

New Works by Tapestry Weavers South Exhibit Opening June 6, 2020

Dye Lab – Fiber Reactive Dyes June 20,20

Olds College Master Weaving Level 2  August 3 – 7, 2020

Olds College Master Weaving Level 4 August 10 – 1, 2020

Dye Lab- Acid Fast Dyes August 22,202

Dye Lab – Fiber Reactive Dyes September 12, 2020

It’s in the Warp – Rep Weave with Rosalie Nelson  Sept 16 – 18, 2020

Dye Lab -Indigo Dip October 3, 2020

Rug Weaving Basics with Mary Zicafoose Oct 1 – 3, 2020

Next Level Rug Weaving with Mary Zicafoose Oct 4 – 6,2020

Precision Dyeing with Margaret Coe Oct 16-18,2020

Laptops and Looms with Margaret Coe Oct 19 -21,2020

Dye Lab – Acid Fast Dyes – November 14, 2020

Dye Lab – Fiber Reactive Dyes December 5,2020

Beginning Weaving on the Four Shaft, Rigid Heddle and Inkle looms will be offered on a Quarterly Basis in 2020 dates and more offerings will be posted soon!

Registration Policies

Please read all policies before registering for any course offered at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center. By submitting payment for the course, the participant acknowledges and affirms their adherence to all of the Fiber Center’s registration policies and procedures. 

REGISTERING FOR A COURSE

All courses at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center have limited availability–the enrollment of each is limited, guaranteeing a stimulating learning environment for all. To ensure your place, and for us to confirm with the instructor we ask that you please register well before the registration deadline. Signing up early not only holds your seat in the course, but also helps determine the status of the class.

Within 3-5 business days of your registration, you will receive a welcome email. If you do not receive a confirmation of your registration within 1 business week, please contact  Leslie Fesperman via our contact page.

TRAVEL

As many of our instructors journey from afar, the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center has courses on the schedule nearly a year in advance. In an effort to ensure the viability of each course offering,  we may require a deposit or payment in full for classes.  Once the minimum number of participants is reached we confirm  the class and we ask that travel arrangements be made and invoices be paid in full.    (This is usually 30 days prior to the date of the course.)

As the date of your course approaches, you will receive detailed information regarding your course (including any preparatory instructions or required materials) transportation, lodging, and Yadkin Valley amenities.

PAYMENT

The payment required for registration varies depending on the course and is indicated at the bottom of each description.

CANCELLATIONS

If The Yadkin Valley Fiber Center cancels a workshop for any reason, all students receive a full refund.

Deposits are non-refundable unless the class is canceled by The Yadkin Valley Fiber Center.

Students who cancel 30 days prior to their course’s date are refunded the cost of the course minus the initial deposit and a $25 processing fee. Any registration cancellation made less than 30 days before workshop is non-refundable.

For additional information regarding the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center’s ‘s course offerings, please contact  Leslie Fesperman via the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center’s Contact page.