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 before registering for a course.
All courses are held in the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center
129 Church Street
Historic Elkin, North Carolina 28621
Master Weaving Level 1
August 12- 16,2019
An extension of the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center’s ’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 Level 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.
$875 USD; includes full course instruction and continued learning tools and lunch each day.
A non-refundable deposit of $150 USD is required to secure your seat. Registrationis closed.
with Laura Frazier & Leslie Fesperman – Sunday August 18,2019 1 – 4 pm
This afternoon is set aside for you to come in and work on your project with guided assistance from needle felter Laura Frazier and handweaver Leslie Fesperman. Tips and help in planning and implementing projects will be discussed and shared on an individual basis.
Space is limited..
Mathemagical Design – From Fibonacci to Fractals
A Design class for anyone in any media with Jennifer Moore
August 23 – 25,2019
Have you ever wanted to work with wonderful tools for visual design, but been scared off by a lack of drawing or math skills? This workshop is for you! We will take a visual approach to working with geometric design, symmetry movements, tessellations, fractals and harmonious proportions including the Fibonacci series. Through a series of fun exercises using drawing, coloring, rubber stamps and paper cutouts you will create a toolbox of skills to use in creating your own harmonious designs. The course fee includes materials, notebook, and lunch each day. $400
Registration is closed.
Introducing Children to the Fiber Arts with
Saturday August 31 1 – 5 pm
Registration deadline August 15th.
Sharing weaving and other fiber arts with children can easily be successful as long as you show up with the right materials and an appropriate project for their age level. Children take naturally to weaving and are excited with the results. Experience hands-on projects appropriate for large or small groups of children as well as children of different age groups including paper ladybugs and butterflies, pouches, batik, Kool-Aid dyed mug mats, book marks and tapestry.
Wedge Weave Fundamentals
with Connie Lippert September 2 -4, 2019
Registration deadline August 15,2019
In contrast to most weaves which are woven in a plane horizontal to the loom, wedge weave is woven on the diagonal. This results in a weft-faced weaving with many distinctive characteristics and exciting design potential. Work on you own prewarped loom to explore wedge weave through hands-on experience as well as with detailed handouts and images.
Color and Weave with Deb Essen
September 6 and 7 registration is closed
Picking the right colors in your weaving will make your textiles sing, but sometimes things don’t work out quite as we planned. Those colors looked so good together on the cones, what happened? During this two day class for rigid heddle and multi shaft looms, we dive deep into color theory and learn how to consistently create pieces that sing, creating and using our own warps based on the color theory and weave samples in color and weave structures. Class fee includes handouts and lunch each day. $275 – $50 deposit required to hold your space with balance due first of August.
Supplemental Warps with Deb Essen
September 8 and 9 – registration is closed
Weaving with Supplemental Warps without a second beam!
This class is an introduction to weaving supplemental warps for turned drafts without a second back beam! Supplemental warps are additional warps used to create pattern and/or texture running the length of the textile in your weaving. Tips, tricks and techniques will be shared to give you a firm foundation for supplemental warp weaves. Class fee includes handouts and lunch each day. $275 – $50 deposit required to hold your space with balance due first of August.
Circular Sock Knitting Crank In September 14 10 – 4pm
Please sign up here by September 10 so we are ready and have plenty of space for you and your machine!
with Katherine Stein
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10am–5pm
Join YVFC Long-Term Instructor Katherine Stein for a day-long course on the batik dyeing technique. Using a variety of utensils, students will create designs on pre-treated cotton with soy wax. Each participant will then use Procian fiber reactive dyes to color their fabric and watch their designs come to life. Created with beginning dyers in mind, this is a wonderful way to learn the ropes of batik and get your fingers wet in the world of hand dyed fabrics.
Course fee includes all materials, instruction, and lunch.
with L. Fesperman, L.Frazier and K.Stein – Sunday September 15, 2019 1 – 4 pm
This afternoon is set aside for you to come in and work on your project with guided assistance from needle felter Laura Frazier , handweaver Leslie Fesperman and dyer Katherine Stein. Tips and help in planning and implementing projects will be discussed and shared on an individual basis.
Learn the Basics of Needle Felting
with Laura C Frazier – Sunday September 22 1 – 4 pm
This afternoon course is designed to teach you the first steps in learning the art and techniques of needle felting. You’ll learn what types if fibers work best, how to select the appropriate felting needles and the technique of turning wool into flat or 3D creations. Master the basics of making simple shapes before moving on to adding more wool for surface decoration or more complicated forms. You will learn how to make flat decorations and a necklace using your handmade beads, leaving the class with the tools and knowledge to create more at home.
Up and Down on The Rigid Heddle Loom
Sunday September 22,2019 12:30 – 4 pm
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 and 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
Master Spinning Level 2
September 23 – 29,2019 regsitration deadline August 23
An extension of the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room’s partnership with Olds College, this one-of-a-kind program has six progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments in the area of hand spinning of all major types of fibers, yarns and the end use of the spun yarns. At all levels, students are evaluated on the basis of written assignments, practical projects, oral presentations and skill development.
Please note successful completion of Level 1 is required fo this course.
Introduction to Inkle Loom Weaving
with Leslie Fesperman
Thursday Octonber 17 10 am – 4 pm
The weft-faced weaving possible on an inkle loom is ideal for making belts and straps. Inkle looms are versatile, portable, easy to warp, and a snap to weave on. This five hour 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.
Olds College Master Weaving Level 4
October 28 – Nov 1, 2019
Registration deadline September 20- balance due by September 25
This course is open to any studet who had successfully completed Olds College Level 3 Master Weaving Program $875.00
Andean Pebble Weave with Lavernne Waddington
November 11 – 12, 2019
Andean pebble weave, perhaps the most easily recognized of the many pick-up
weaving techniques practiced in Peru and Bolivia, is not only beautiful to behold but
also a pleasure to weave. Indigenous weavers use geometric, animal, plant and
human figures posed on the dotted or “pebbled” background characteristic of this
weave to decorate carrying cloths, ponchos, coca leaf bags, belts and sashes. Being
partly loom-controlled, it is one of the faster pick-up weaving techniques to
Students will first learn, on a pre-warped backstrap looms, how to manipulate the
warps by hand to create plain pebble weave as well as the basic shapes that form
simple pebble weave motifs. From there they will work on developing the ability to
combine these basic shapes in different ways to create their own simple patterns.
After studying a system for charting these shapes and patterns, they will use the
technique to weave a variety of Andean motifs. In addition, they will be introduced
to creating and charting their own pebble weave designs and use these skills to
read and chart motifs directly from indigenous textiles.
Students will later be shown how to operate two sets of string heddles on the
backstrap loom so that the structure can be partly loom-controlled. They will learn
how to make modifications to the basic set-up so that they can add more
complexity to the pebble weave shapes as well as the strategies used by indigenous
weavers to make the loom set-up, pick-up and pattern reading processes more
Space is limited.
Future Offerings in 2019
Open Studio with L. Frazier – (felting), L.Fesperman (weaving)- K.Stein (Dyeing) Sunday Oct.20
Introductiont to Shibori with Katherine Stein October 19,202
Over and Under – Learning to Weave L.Fesperman Nov. 8 – 10
Painting on Silk Scarves with Katherine Stein Saturday Nov 9, 2019
Circular Sock Knitting Crank In November 2,2019
Lavernne Waddington Nov 11 -12, 2019
Open Studio with Laura Frazier and Leslie Fesperman – Sunday Nov.17
How to Weave a Doubleweave Jacket with Leslie Fesperman Dec 1
Open Studio with Laura Frazier and Leslie Fesperman – Sunday Dec 15
Overshot with Laurie Duxbury Jan 10 – 12, 2020
Crimp and Create with Dianne Totten Feb 21 – 23, 2020
Olds College Master Weaving Level 3 April 20 – 24, 2020
Olds College Master Weaving Level 1 April 27 – May 1, 2020
Eco Printing on Silk with Maria Muscarella May 1 – 3, 2020
Jumpstart Jacket with Daryl Lancaster June 6 – 8, 2020
Olds College Master Weaving Level 2 August 3 – 7, 2020
Olds College Master Weaving Level 4 August 10 – 1, 2020
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.