All course offerings at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center have limited availability to ensure a vibrant learning environment for all participants.
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
With 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
Over and Under Part 2 – Color Pure and Simple
August 14 and 15, 2018
with Leslie Fesperman
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.
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!
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 and 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
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 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.)
A World of Blues
Indigo Dyeing with Eileen Hallman
Saturday September 15
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
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 wide 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.
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.
WARP IT! PAINT IT! WEAVE IT!
With Kathie Roig October 6 & 7,2018
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
$875 USD; includes full course instruction and continued learning tools. Lunch and unlimited coffee/tea from the Third Branch Cafe are also provided.
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
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, this 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!
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.