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.

February

Block Party with Robyn Spady

Feb 23 – 24, 2018

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 Do the terms “block design” and “profile draft” bewilder you?  Are you interested in developing new patterns and pushing your loom to new limits?  Whether you have a four-shaft loom and want to expand its potential or want to better understand what to with all those shafts, then this workshop is for you!  Through presentation, discussion, and weaving, you will develop a practical understanding of blocks, profile drafts, and how to use them to create new exciting drafts.  You will also examine the fundamental building blocks of many weave
structures and how they can be manipulated into new designs and
open up an unlimited number of new possibilities.  Minimum four-shaft  loom required.  (Note: This is not a round-robin workshop)Level:  Intermediate to Advanced (and adventure-seeking beginners)
all learning materials and lunch are included in class fee
$300.00

March

Dyeing Cotton and Rayon Warps

Saturday March 10  11 – 3

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Bring your prepared cotton or rayon warp to this Saturday workshop and leave with a painted perfection unlike any other! Whether you are a seasoned or new dyer enjoy the fun of adding color, watching the dyes meld with fiber, and witnessing the joyous unpredictability of the process. In addition to your choice of a color wheel of dyes, instruction is included. Fiber Room coordinator Leslie Fesperman will walk you through this fun and exciting process, leading discussions of dye safety, application, and rinsing along the way. Arrive with a photograph, textile, or other form of color inspiration in hand, or see where the color charts take you over our four hours together Space is limited.

$25.00 up 1 pound of fiber per particpant

Instructor : Leslie Fesperman

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Up and Down on The Rigid Heddle Loom

 Saturday – March 17, 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 $75.00


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Class and Rigid Heddle loom –  15 inch loom – comes with 8 dent reed  $225.00


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Pottery Buttons

with Sally Wincze and Leslie Fesperman

March 27 and 29, 2018

In this two-evening course, Sally and Leslie will lead you through the process of making pottery buttons. Participants will make a variety of shapes and different patterns, creating a small collection of buttons to use in their fiber projects. In addition to working with clay, students will choose glazes and final firing techniques (traditional or raku ). All materials are included in this class, including enough to make a 6-inch tray full of findings to adorn your next textile.

6:30 – 8:30 pm   Registration closes March 20

$75.00

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April

Master Weaving Level 1

 April 22 – 26, 2018

Registration closes  March 9,2018

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 March 9 for balance due.

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An Introduction to Rug Weaving

with Jason Collingwood

 Space is limited

April 27,28,29, 2018   registration deadline March 27,2018

   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.

$50 deposit participants will be invoiced for balance due of $300 on or before March 27.


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May

Master Spinning Level 1

 May 7 – 11, 2018  Registration closes April 2, 2018

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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Participants will be invoiced for balance which on or about April 2,2018.

 Jumpstart Jacket

with Daryl Lancaster

May 18, 19, 20

Registration Closes April 15,2018

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.

Deposit of $50 to reserve space.  Participants will be invoiced  for balance due of $325 on or before April 18,2018.   Class fee includes materials, handouts and lunch each day.

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 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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 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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Future Offerings in 2018.

Pottery Buttons with Sally Wincze and Leslie Fesperman March 27 and 29, 2018

October 6, 7 2018 Pick Up Weaving of South America with Laverne Waddington

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

Olds College Master Weaver Level 2 April 15 – 19, 2018 – registration opens Feb. 2018

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.