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


Master Weaving Level 1

October 15 – 19, 2018

Registration is closed. Our next offering is April 29 – May 3,2019

An extension of the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center’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 Center, 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, continued learning tools and lunch each day.

Master Weaving Level 3

October 22 – 26, 2018

Registration is closed

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

Master Weaving-Level 2

October 29 – Nov 2, 2018

Registration  is closed

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



 Bow Loom Weaving

with Leslie Fesperman  Saturday November 17th  10 am – 4 pm

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Weaving is an ancient craft that goes back through time and cultures. Today’s weavers have a vast array of materials and looms available to them. This class will explore  “Bow Loom” Weaving.   Traditionally this style of weaving is used to make ceremonial headdress in Thailand. We will apply this  technique to make a bracelet.  Participants will create their loom and choose from an assortment of colors and beads to weave their bracelet.  All materials, and lunch are provided in this 1 day  workshop.


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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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January 2019

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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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Baby it’s Cold Outside!

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

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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.

Future Offerings in 2019

Overshot with Laurie Duxbury March 22,23,24 – 2019

Jumpstart Jacket with Daryl Lancaster  April 5 – 7,2019

Master Weaving Olds College  Level 1 – April 29 – May 3, 2019

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

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

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

Connie Lippart Wedge Weaving September 2 – 4,2019   

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.