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 before registering for a course. 

All courses are held in the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center

129 Church Street

Historic Elkin, North Carolina 28621


January 2019

Over and Under

Beginning Weaving with Leslie Fesperman

January 4,5,6

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.

$225.00 USD; includes lunch, materials and continued learning tools

Friday 12 – 4, Saturday 9-5,  Sunday 9 – 5

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How to Weave a Double Weave Jacket

with Leslie Fesperman

Saturday January 12  9:30 – 5:00 pm – registration Deadline January 9

This day long workshop will go over the basics of double weave, discussing the fundamentals of double weave, how to: weave a tube, two layers, and double cloth, the three elements required to weave a no sew jacket on the four shaft loom.   Participants will weave samples of each before weaving a small sample jacket in class enabling them to weave a jacket on their own.  A sound knowledge of how to weave on a four shaft loom is required for this class. Participants will arrive with the looms warped and ready to weave.  All materials, use of  prewarped loom and lunch are included in this day long workshop.  $150.00

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Baby it’s Cold Outside!

Summer and Winter with Laurie Duxbury  Jan 18, 19, 20 – 2019

please register by December 15th

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Summer and Winter is a classic weave structure that was historically used to produce warm coverlets. Today’s fibers and colors allow us to adapt it to contemporary uses. In this workshop, students will learn the basics of Summer and Winter, explore fun variations on the basics, and learn to use the structure in designing and planning original works. Students will weave on their own looms, which they will have warped before the class. Enjoy a weekend weaving with friends old and new while you learn this timeless technique.

This class is for anyone who can warp a loom independently.

Workshop  handouts and lunch on Saturday and Sunday are included in the workshop fee.

Workshop starts at 1 pm on Friday and runs all day on Saturday and Sunday.

$50 nonrefundable deposit to hold your space.
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Total cost of workshop is $295 an invoice will be sent out mid December for balance due by Jan 1.


Circular Sock Knitting Crank In –  Saturday February 9, 2019   10 – 4 pm

Reservations requested so we have plenty of chairs and tables!

Lunch  must be reserved by Thursday Feb 7th, 2019  cost  $10.00  includes chicken and dumplings, salad, water, coffee and/or tea –

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Up and Down on The Rigid Heddle Loom

 with Leslie Fesperman

Saturday – February 16, 2019   12:30 – 5 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

Instructor : Leslie Fesperman

Cost $95.00

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

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Try It Out!  with Leslie Fesperman

Saturday  February 23, 2019  10 – 4

If you’ve ever wondered if weaving is for you, spend the day trying your hand at Up-close-loomweaving on a rigid heddle and floor loom.  This day is designed to explore two different types of looms and weaving to help you decide if you would like to learn “how” to weave in the future and which type of loom you would like to learn more about.  Participants will learn the basics of throwing a shuttle on both looms and will weave and finish two dishcloths.   The experience of weaving on the rigid 20160911_164834-1heddle loom and the four shaft loom will help you decide the direction of where you would like to start on your weaving journey.

$95 includes all materials and lunch.

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Creativity Cash

Our mission is to foster creativity in the fiber arts.   If you would like to help foster a friend or family members learning in the fiber world please consider giving the gift of “Creativity Cash.”  Your gift can be used towards any offering at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center within one year of purchase.

More information on “Creativity Cash”

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Future Offerings in 2019

Felted Vest with Joan Berner  Jan 26 and 27, 2019

Beginning Tapestry with Michelle Follett March 2 – 3, 2019

Estonian Lace – A Beautiful Tradition -Nancy Bush- March 8,9,10- 2019

Overshot with Laurie Duxbury March 15,16,17 – 2019

Jumpstart Jacket with Daryl Lancaster  April 5 – 7,2019

Jason Collingwood April 26 -28, 2019

Master Weaving Olds College  Level 1 – April 29 – May 3

Circular Sock Knitting Crank In – June 1

Master Weaving Olds College Level 2 August 5 – 9,2019

Master Weaving Olds College level 1 August 12-16,2019

Jennifer Moore Mathemagical Design August 23 – 25, 2019

Connie Lippart   Weaving with Children Saturday 1/2 day Aug.31, 2019

Connie Lippart Wedge Weaving September 2 – 4,2019 

 Circular Sock Knitting Crank In September 14

Circular Sock Knitting Crank In November 2,2019

Lavernne Waddington  Nov  11 -12, 2019

Olds College Master Weaving levels 3 and 4 to be held in early 2020

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