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. 

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.


April

Master Weaving Level 1

 April 22 – 26, 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 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 is also provided.

A non refundable deposit of $150 is required to hold your space.   Participants will be invoiced on or about March 9 for balance due.

 

An Introduction to Rug Weaving

with Jason Collingwood

 Space is limited

April 27,28,29, 2018

   An ideal course for those wishing to try out rug weaving for the first time, though with enough ‘tricks’ to also suit the more experienced weaver.
Students will learn how to make a strong serviceable rug (plain weave being an excellent structure for rugs). Initially weaving stripes and spots using two colours, learning how to overcome the selvage problems inherent in each different design.
Clasped wefts, crossed wefts and compensated inlay will be covered, all these new techniques giving the weaver more freedom with design.

Students will be sent preclass materials. Lunch and learning materials are included in class fee.




May

Button, Button Who’s Got the Button!

Thursday May 3  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 pottery 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.
$95


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WOVEN
A Book-Making Workshop with Penny L. Arrowood

May 5th – 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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Master Spinning Level 1

 May 7 – 11, 2018  Registration closed

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 is 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.

 Jumpstart Jacket

with Daryl Lancaster

May 18, 19, 20

Jumpstart JacketDust off your sewing machine and jump start your skills.  Make this simple unlined jacket, custom fit, guaranteed to look great and teach you the basics of garment construction.  Great for handweavers, felters and surface designers, this jacket looks good in all fabrics and compliments every figure.

Note: For those who have made a jacket in any class and wish to move onto a more challenging silhouette I have created a tunic or over shirt pattern.

Only 2 spaces left!

$375   Class fee includes, materials, handouts and lunch each day.

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June

 

Tapestry

Learn the Basics with Nancy Dugger

June 8, 9, 10

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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.

$350.00 All materials, use of loom and lunch are included in class fee.

$50 non refundable deposit to hold you place with balance due mid May.


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Over and Under

Beginning Weaving with Leslie Fesperman

June 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

Monday 12 – 4, Tuesday 9-5,  Wednesday 9 – 5


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 October

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 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 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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Future Offerings in 2018.

August 3,4,5 Over and Under Part 1 (begining weaving) with Leslie Fesperman

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

September 8 Pottery Buttons with Leslie Fesperman

September – Indigo Dyeing with Eileen Hallman

September 29 ,30  Pick Up Weaving of South America with Laverne Waddington

October  6,7 Painted Warps with Kathie Roig

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

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.