Course Offerings and Registration

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

Please carefully read our registration policies and fill out the Registration Form before registering for a course. 

Information on each of our instructors is on the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room’s blog, (posts linked at the bottom of the page) or is linked in each course description. All courses are held in the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room.

The Yadkin Valley Fiber Room has several looms that  can be rented in house on a monthly basis.  Please contact us for more information.

 June  2017

The Indigo Dip!

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There is something magical about taking a textile and dipping it into the green waters of an indigo pot and watching it turn to blue when exposed to air.   Folding techniques and

styles will be discussed and demonstrated.  Participants will receive two cotton scarves to dye.   Scarf shown was dyed using a simple twisting technique.

to learn more about Leslie Fesperman please click here:

Thursday June 1, 2017

1 – 3 pm  $49.00
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Over & Under with Leslie Fesperman

June 2 – 4, 2017

Up-close-loomWith the intention of functioning as an ‘on ramp’ to the craft of weaving, this introductory course offers new students of the craft the opportunity to begin their study.Through weaving a rayon scarf, this course offers the beginning weaver an  introduction to a four-harness loom. Students will learn vital weaving skills including reading a draft, planning projects, preparing the loom, and weaving.

To learn more about Leslie Fesperman please click here:

$195 USD; includes materials and continued learning tools


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Jennifer Moore’s most recent course offering :

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Double Rainbow

June 7 – 9,2017

2 Layers, 4 Shafts, 6 Colors – Infinite Possibilities

This is perhaps the ultimate color sampler! We will begin with a day of warping in which you will learn Jennifer’s system for working with multiple colors in a rotational sequence. A basic two-layered structure will enable us to mix and match our colors, creating an amazing array of color mixtures. As you weave and your warp colors move past each other you will experience a visual feast of iridescence and moire patterns. We will also experiment with single-layered structures such as warp rep and warp-faced twills and the effects that they create on this versatile warp. This sampler will provide a remarkable education in color theory and how optical mixtures work in weaving, as well as a great source of inspiration for future weaving projects.

Level- Beginning to intermediate. No prior experience in doubleweave is necessary, but        students must know how to warp a loom.

Space is limited and includes materials, lunch from the Third Branch Cafe, unlimited coffee and tea, parking.

To learn more about Jennifer please click here:

We have 2 spaces open in this class!  Please contact leslie@yadkinarts.org if you would like to register.  Cost for workshop – $325.00

Up and Down on the Rigid Heddle Loom

with Leslie Fesperman

Saturday June 24, 2017 12 – 4 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 $75.00


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


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registration opens May 15,2017

July 2017

Weaving on a Pin Loom

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Saturday July 8, 2017 11 – 1 pm

Learn pin weaving basics in this 3 hour class.  Basic wrapping of warp and weft and weaving  the interlocking weft layer will be covered.  Includes a Zoom Loom and yarn to use in class.

$75.00

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 East Meets West–a Sampler  with Kay Faulkner

July 29 and 30, 2017

Registration closes June 23,2017

Ethnic textiles of Southeast Asia offer interesting and unique techniques for use by Western handweavers. Although traditionally woven on back strap looms, many of these warp-faced textiles can often be woven on multi-shaft looms.

unnamedTechniques such as warp manipulation, warp wrapping and weft patterning on warp faced cloth can then be combined with Western structures to achieve interesting cloth.

Instructions will be provided to pre-warp looms so that the maximum number of techniques can be covered in this workshop. A combination of several structures will be explored in the one cloth.

Lunch is provided both days for this workshop.  students will come with a prewarped loom.

$245.    a $50 deposit required to reserve your space.


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August 2017

2/2 Twill with  Jason Collingwood

August 25,26,27, 2017

Registration deadline July 15, 2017

This course will include straight twill, broken twill and twill on opposites.
Within the above three structures many two and three colour sequences will be explored, each giving their own unique design.
Crossed wefts (parallel and contrary motion) and clasped wefts will be applied to 2 /2 twill, further increasing the design possibilities.
Pick – up and 3 / 1 double faced twill will also be looked at.
This class will also include some work with Shaft Switching, students learning how to adapt their own looms

Class fee includes lunch and learning resource materials.  Pre class instructions will be sent out prior to class.

To learn more about Jason please click here: 

$50 non refundable deposit with balance due by July 15, 2017


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September 2017

 Master Spinning  -Level 1

September 4 – 8, 2017    

Registration deadline August 1, 2017

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.

Each level includes 5 consecutive days (30 hours) of a face-to-face workshop, followed by 100-150 hours of independent study on homework assignments. The face-to-face workshops take place annually, and the homework assignments are due a year after the workshop is completed. Level 1 students should be comfortable spinning on their own wheel and familiar with basic terminology.20160524_132628

$895 USD; includes full course instruction and continued learning tools. Lunch and unlimited coffee/tea from the Third Branch Cafe are also provided.

A non-refundable deposit of $150 USD is required to secure your seat in any Master Spinning course.   Space is limited  register early.

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Block Printing on The Wilton Scarf

with Barbara Mellin and Leslie Fesperman

   20170204_095314In this introductory class Barbara will lead students through the fundamentals of linoleum block print making.  The block print history and simple design techniques will be discussed.   Leslie will lead you through her Wilton Scarf dyeing class .   By the end of the session participants will have a block print they can keep and use on many surfaces and a silk scarf printed with their design!

Saturday September 23, 2017  10:am – 5:00 pm
 Registration closes September 15th.
 Class cost includes use of tools and materials.
$100.00
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Master Weaving Level 1

September 25 – 29, 2017

Registration deadline August 20th, 2017

An extension of the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room’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. Level 1 is taught by Olds College instructor and Master Weaver Jean Curry.  To register for the Master Weaving Program at the Yadkin Valley Fiber room, contact Leslie Fesperman at leslie@yadkinarts.org.

Completion of each level earns 3 Olds College credits.
Completion of Levels 1 – 4 earn Artisan Certification
Levels 5 -6   earn the Master Weaver Certification.cropped-img_50163.jpg

$875 USD;includes full course instruction and continued learning tools. Lunch and unlimited coffee/tea from the Third Branch Cafe are also provided.

Prerequisite –  Advanced Beginner and up


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A non-refundable deposit of $150 USD is required to secure your seat in any Master Weaving course. Registration closing date to be determined.

Master Weaving-Level 2

October 2 – 6,  2017

Registration opens  July 15,2017  Registration closes  September 2,2017

 Please note that certification of Master Weaving-Level 1 is a prerequisite for this course. Deposit $150       Level 2 $875.00

For additional information regarding the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room’s course offerings, please contact Fiber Program Coordinator Leslie Fesperman (leslie@yadkinarts.org). You can also reach out via the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room’s Contact page.

November 2017

The Wilton Scarf

November 18, 2017   1 – 4 pm

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There is something fun and magical about taking a blank textile and adding color, creating a one of a kind piece.  The Wilton Scarf is the perfect accessory to any wardrobe.  You can change the season with a scarf and have a fresh new look!  This class is for all levels from the person who has never dyed anything to the one who wants a new accessory!   We will be using food safe dye and participants will receive a 14 x 72 inch silk scarf.

$35 .00

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Additional  silk scarves may be purchased for $6.50 each


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Instructor:  Leslie Fesperman

Winter/Spring 2018

Robyn Spady  – Block Party Feb 23 and 24  Registration opens October 2017

Daryl Lancaster – Jumpstart Jacket May 18, 19, 20  Registration opens Jan.1 2018

Olds College Master Weaving Levels 1,2,3 Dates TBD

Olds College Master Spinning Level 1 Dates TBD