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.

March 2017

The Twill Gamp: Your Next Step with Pam Howard

March 31-April 2, 2017

Registration is closed.

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Through learning and weaving the components of a 4-harness twill gamp, this intermediate-level course reinforces prior weaving knowledge and provides the next step in learning the the craft.  Techniques and tips regarding designing, beaming on, troubleshooting, and sources of inspiration provides participants with tools to aid their weaving success. After exploring an assortment of standard twill threadings including straight draw, point twill, advancing twill, and broken twill, students are encouraged to mix a selection of threadings and treadlings from their weaving pattern directories to explore the possibilities of this project.

April  2017

2/2 Twill with  Jason Collingwood

April 4,5,6, 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

Registration is closed

Learn to Spin with Ruth Hutton

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Learn the basics of spinning on the drop spindle.  This time honored craft will be explored as participants learn to spin wool fibers into yarn.  Drop spindle and all materials are provided in the class fee.  Students will have a solid understanding that will take them into spinning on a wheel if they desire.

Wednesday April 19th 10 -1 pm  $75.00


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The Blended Color Wheel with Ruth Hutton

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This hands on class will have you exploring the color wheel starting with three hand dyed  wool rovings .   You will use the primary colors: red, blue and yellow to form 12  by blending the fibers with hand carders.   You will leave with  a basic understanding of how to blend wool fibers to get the colors you want when you spin!

11 – 3  Friday April 21,2017    $45.00

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MASTER WEAVING LEVEL 1

April 24 – 28,2017

The registration deadline March 15, 2017 has passed for this course.  If you would like to sign up please contact  leslie@yadkinarts.org  concerning availability.

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.  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. 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 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 Weaving course. Registration closing date March 25,2017.     Space is limited  register early.

May 2017

Master Weaving-Level 2

May 1 – 5,  2017

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

Non refundable Deposit $150

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Master Spinning Level 1

May  8 – 12,2017 

Registration Deadline  April 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. Registration closing date March 25,2017.     Space is limited  register early.

Participants will be invoiced for balance which is due no later than March 25,2017


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 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.

Wednesday May 17

1 – 3 pm  $49.00
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 Tapestry

Learn the Basics with Nancy Dugger

May 19 – 21, 2017

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   Students will learn the  traditional European technique called meet and separate as well as how to weave angles and curves, horizontal and vertical stripes, pick and pick, hatching, and lazy lines. If time allows we will we will work on some pick and pick variations used for shading, regular and irregular hatching, hachure, and eccentric weft along with Soumak. We will also discuss the slits and how they can be sewn closed or left open to be used as a fine line and other methods of creating gradations of color. I will bring examples or several small tapestries that exhibit these techniques. And we will discuss some of the many finishing techniques, briefly talking about how to design for tapestry.

$275.00 All materials, use of loom and lunch from third branch cafe included in class fee.

$50 non refundable deposit to hold you place with balance due by May 1, 2017

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$275.00 Balance paid in full
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June  2017

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.

$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

A three day workshop registration deadline May 8,2017

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.

A non-refundable deposit of $50 will secure your place in the class.  Space is limited to 11.  Balance will be due May 1,2017 – $275.00 which includes materials, lunch from the Third Branch Cafe, unlimited coffee and tea, parking.


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June 14,15,16 2017   Registration Deadline  May 1,2017

EASY PICKUP –with  Su Butlerpetroglyph-scarf-for-web-small

Many weavers avoid learning pick-up weaving as they feel it is too hard, too tedious and to unforgiving. Using age old methods which have been overlooked for too long, students will learn to do complex looking designs, without counting, and on looms with only 3 or 4 shafts! These simple techniques allow the weaver to create intriguing and complex designs using tools and methods even the most novice weaver can understand and apply. Students will work on their own, pre-warped looms, learn to create and use a cartoon and create a sampler of designs to use in future weavings. This technique is really fun, fast and simple! A good workshop for all levels of weaver who wish to embellish their loom controlled designs with something special. Includes 30 page Learning Resource Guide, 10/2 Cotton Warp, use of pick up tools, lunch at Third Branch Café, unlimited coffee and tea, free parking

$50.00 deposit to secure your space with Balance due May 1,2017


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3 days June 14, 15, 16 $350.00


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June 17,2017

COLOR INTERACTION for FIBER ARTISTS – Su Butler

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Registration deadline May 1,2017

Join Su and explore new ways to choose colors to express your unique fiber vision!  Starting with the basics of color theory and color interaction we will learn which color rules play an important role in fiber work and how to use them to advantage.  Choosing color through educated eyes makes possible effective choices BEFORE work begins.  All of the ideas presented in this lecture are applicable to anyone working in a fiber medium– handweavers, knitters, surface designers, quilters etc.    This lecture will open your eyes to a new way of working with color to achieve excellent results!

Includes Learning Resource Guide and Color Tool

Saturday June 17th 1- 3 pm

$30.00
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July 2017

 East Meets West–a Sampler  with Kay Faulkner

July 29 and 30, 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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Registration closes June 23,2017

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.

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


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September 2017

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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 Fall 2017

Master Spinning  -Level 1

Course Dates to be determined

spinningcourseThis one of a kind program has six progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies, and project assignments.  Taught by Olds College instructor Leslie Gasser.  Completion of all six levels earns the Master Spinner Certification. For more information please contact Leslie Fesperman at leslie@yadkinarts.org

Costs to be determined.

Master Weaving Level 1

Course Dates To Be Determined

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.

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

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.