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 and fill out the Registration Form before registering for a course. 

All courses are held in the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center

129 Church Street

Historic Elkin, North Carolina 28621

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


Over and Under

Beginning Weaving with Leslie Fesperman

August 3,4,5,

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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Over and Under Part 2 – Color Pure and Simple

August 14 and 15, 2018

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When we begin to weave, predicting a project’s outcome using color is often difficult. Woven fibers do not always correctly “mix” together, resulting in somewhat “off” results. This workshop is designed for you to explore color through weaving a gamp with 6 warp and  30 weft colors in  plain weave.

$200.00  includes materials  and lunch.

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Accordion Book Bonanza

with Penny L. Arrowood 

Saturday August 18 

11:30 – 4:30


In this workshop you will be exploring the myriad ways to construct an accordion book – including, but not limited to:  enhanced folding techniques, adding length to paper, covering book boards, adding depth and dimension, and other options.  We will then turn our attention to the various ways to use this ancient form – many with a modern flair. You will leave with at least three (3) finished books.  This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, and our look at this form will have your mind racing with all sorts of ways to create beyond our time together.

Lunch, all  materials and use of tools are included in workshop fee.

Space is limited!  Make sure to register early!


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Up and Down on The Rigid Heddle Loom

 Saturday August 25, 2018

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 includes yarn and bamboo warp separator

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Class and Rigid Heddle loom –  15 inch loom – comes with 8 dent reed, yarn for project and bamboo warp separator  $245.00

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Fall into Fiber – Saturday September 1st

Our annual day in the vineyard, wine tasting, music and craft sale.

  Button, Button Who’s Got the Button!

Saturday September 8th   10am – 4 pm

A Pottery Button Class with Leslie Fesperman 

Whether you are coming to make buttons to embellish your existing textiles or adorn your handmade garments you are sure to enjoy the day creating your own one of a kind 2018-04-20 09.25.47pottery buttons. Participants will create their own buttons starting with a slab of clay, cutting and texturizing their shapes and glazing.    During this workshop lunch will be enjoyed as well as discussion about the history of buttons.

Use of tools, materials and lunch are all provided in this day long workshop.  (Participants will make a 6 inch tray of buttons.)

Buttons will be fired in the traditional  Japanese Raku firing technique.

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A World of Blues

Indigo Dyeing with Eileen Hallman

Saturday September 15

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From the field to a simple dyepot or from processed extract to a vat, indigo gives a wide range of blues. We will use fresh leaves to create a simple dyepot with ice water and no other chemicals for turquoise to robin’s egg blue on protein fibers. We will enhance this pot chemically to get blue on cellulose. These are not technically indigo vats; we will create and revive a reduction vat to get darker blues on both protein and cellulose. Creating, maintaining, and reviving a reduction vat will be demonstrated and  discussed at length. If time permits, we wdo a little shibori work on cotton.
All materials,( 1 ounce each of cotton and wool yarn, cotton material)  handouts and lunch are included in class fee. Limited to 10 participants
Students should bring : apron and  gloves.
$125.00 registration closes September 7th

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Altered Books 101 – Creatively Re-Telling Your Tale

with Penny L. Arrowood
Saturday, September 15, 2018

In this action-packed, technique-based workshop you will explore the myriad ways to alter a book – including, but not limited to:  surface design, tip-ins


, windows/doors, pockets, and pop-ups.  Think of it as an interactive primer, resulting in a sample book that you will turn to again and again as reference

for future projects!  Suitable for all skill levels, our introduction to Altered Books will have your mind racing with all sorts of ways to re-imagine the tale between ANY two covers.

Class fee includes lunch, all materials and use of tools


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with Laverne Waddington

September 29, 30

The ancient craft of backstrap weaving is still practiced by many indigenous weavers across the world today. The loom, which comprises nothing more than a set of simple sticks, allows a weaver to produce anything from narrow simple bands to widP8130730.JPGe pieces of cloth covered with complex pick up patterns.
In this two-day workshop, students will start out on pre-warped looms to learn the basics of backstrap loom operation in which the weaver uses movements of his/her own body to adjust tension and open the sheds. The weaver is the loom! Other skills include making continuous string heddles, sword management and inserting the weft correctly to create even selvedges.
We will weave plain-weave bands and then quickly progress to learning the principles of
complementary-warp pick-up patterning using the patterns that are typically learned by young weavers of  the Andes. These principles will then be applied to wider warps that the participants will themselves create allowing them to advance to more complex patterns.

$225.  includes materials and lunch each day.  Student supply list will be sent when registration is confirmed.

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Wheel Spinning Cotton with Eileen Hallman

Tuesday September 25  11 am – 4/5 pm

Enjoy lunch before starting a fun afternoon learning about spinning cotton!

In this half day workshop participants will learn about wheel ratio and its importance for spinning cotton on a flyer and bobbin wheel.


You will spin small samples of a variety of cotton types and preparations.  Instruction and discussion will include cotton lengths; how to measure, how to determine maximum yarn diameter, and how to relate that to wheel ratio. You will spin samples of several commercial preparations.

This is an intermediate workshop with the designation assuming participants know how to spin. Beginning spinning is not included in this class.


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With Kathie Roig October 6 & 7,2018

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Join North Carolina artist, weaver and instructor  Kathie Roig as you explore different methods of painting your warp with fabric paints. This spontaneous method of applying color to yarn can be used in either functional or non-functional pieces. Participants will paint two warps one on the loom and one off the loom using  dye-na-flow paints on unmecerized cotton. Students will come to class with a prewarped loom.

Warps will be mailed prior to class with warping instructions and supply list will be sent after registration is confirmed

Course fee includes, 2 warps and all materials necessary to piant the warps, lunch on each day.

Students should have some knowledge as to how the dress a loom. Limited instruction will be given on warping the loom; as this will be specific to the warp painting process.


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Master Weaving Level 1

October 15 – 19, 2018

Registration closes September 10,2018

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.  To register for the Master Weaving Program at the Yadkin Valley Fiber room, contact Leslie Fesperman at

Completion of each level earns 3 Olds College credits.
Completion of Levels 1 – 4 earn Artisan Certification
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$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 is required to hold your space.   Participants will be invoiced on or about September 10,2018  for balance due.

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Master Weaving-Level 2

October 29 – Nov 2, 2018

Registration closes September 29th, 2018

 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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A Book-Making Workshop with Penny L. Arrowood

Saturday November 17 – 12:30-4:30pm

Join us for a hands-on adventure in book making, as we transform a full sheet of 100% cotton paper into a one of a kind Journal, with a woven cover – the perfect place for detailing one’s creative endeavors.  Ideal for beginners and seasoned book makers alike, WOVEN_PMCollagethis structure utilizes a two-color, decorative binding known as a button-hole stitch.  Students will have the choice of ‘jeans and t-shirt’ or ‘black, white, and in-between’ for their color scheme.  All materials are provided for the completion of one finished book per registered student.  With remaining class time, there will be materials available for the decoration of a bookmark to accompany their new creation!

$110 includes all materials, use of tools and light refreshments

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Future Offerings in 2018

September 1st  Fall Into Fiber – annual fiber day in the vineyard at Carolina Heriatge Winery

September 8 Pottery Buttons with Leslie Fesperman

October  6,7 Painted Warps with Kathie Roig

Olds College Master Weaver Level 3 Oct. 22 – 26, 2018 – registration opens summer 2018

The Wilton Scarf

Raku Lace Pendants

 Summer and Winter with Laurie Duxbury  Jan 18 0 20, 2019

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.