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.

July 2017

Over and Under Part 3 –

July 27 – 28, 2017

Sampling for Success with Leslie Fesperman

By defining and thinking about what we are looking for in our project we begin to consider just what it is that will please us when we take the piece off the loom and finish it.

As a weaver begins to explore weave structures and materials a valuable tool is learning to sample and keep records for future weavings and reference.

In this two day workshop participants will come with their loom warped and a section woven in the fiber and structure of their choice.  We will discuss what each person is looking for in their project, taking and keeping accurate records of your weaving and each participant will weave several samples.  We will finish samples and at the end of the day 2 we will discuss and share our findings.

Pre class instructions will be sent when registration is received.

$175.00 includes lunch at Third Branch Cafe

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East Meets West–a Sampler  with Kay


July 29 and 30, 2017

Registration is closed.

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.

To learn more about Kay please click here:

August 2017

Over & Under with Leslie Fesperman

August 11 -13 , 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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2/2 Twill with  Jason Collingwood

August 25,26,27, 2017

Registration is now closed…

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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Full Payment $325 –

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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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Loom Controlled Lace Weaves

with Susan Morgan Leveille

September 16 – 18, 2017

Registration closes September 2, 2017

(please keep in mind you need to have a loom warped prior to class and IMG_2805.JPG award shawl close-up #3instructions are sent after deposit has been paid.)

This three day workshop will have participants exploring loom-controlled lace weaves which will  include Huck, Atwater-Bronson Lace, M’s and O’s and Swedish Lace.   Students will receive warp instructions prior to the workshop so that they can arrive with a loom warped and ready to weave.  The weaving will be done in a “round-robin” format so that each student leaves the workshop with a variety of samples and handouts on the various weaves that have been introduced. Some structures will be studied through more than one sample. Weaving times are broken up with lectures so that attention can be given to basic technical understanding of the weave structures. Emphasis will be given to a variety of creative applications of the threadings, treadlings and color usage.

$50 deposit will hold your space with balance  ( $275.00) being due September 2nd.

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Total workshop fee $325.  –  includes lunch coffee and tea  from the Third Branch Cafe

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.
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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

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 is now open.  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

Deposit $150.00
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For additional information regarding the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room’s course offerings, please contact Fiber Program Coordinator Leslie Fesperman ( 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


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