All course offerings at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room have limited availability to ensure a vibrant learning environment for all participants.
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.
Overshot:Understanding the Basics
Susan Morgan Leveille
February 25 – 26,2017
A twill derivative, the Appalachain mountains’ overshot weave structure has its roots in colonial America. It quickly became a favorite weave structure of early settlers in Appalachia. Instructor Susan Morgan Leveille has a sustained interest in how weavers decades ago wove this fabric aided only by the threading for the pattern. In this course, Susan will introduce the advanced beginning or intermediate weaver to the fascinating weave structure of Overshot or Colonial Overshot weaving. Steeped in history, this fascinating form of weaving offers possibilities for traditional (re)production and a variety of contemporary interpretations that give it new life in the world of today’s textiles.
Students provide their materials for this in-depth study.
Registration is now closed.
with Ruth Hutton
Block Printing on The Wilton Scarf
with Barbara Mellin and Leslie Fesperman
In 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!
The Twill Gamp: Your Next Step with Pam Howard
March 31-April 2, 2017
Registration deadline March 15,2017
Through learning and weaving the components of a 4-harness twill gamp, this intermediate-level course reinforces prior weaving knowledge and provides the next step in learning the the craft. Techniques and tips regarding designing, beaming on, troubleshooting, and sources of inspiration provides participants with tools to aid their weaving success. After exploring an assortment of standard twill threadings including straight draw, point twill, advancing twill, and broken twill, students are encouraged to mix a selection of threadings and treadlings from their weaving pattern directories to explore the possibilities of this project.
Space in this course is limited to 10 participants. Students should have a basic understanding of weaving and the skill set necessary to dress and prepare their loom. Registration will close on March 1,2017.
$255 USD; includes materials and continued learning tools.
2/2 Twill with Jason Collingwood
April 4,5,6, 2017
Registration deadline March 1, 2017
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
Space is limited to 11
$50 non refundable deposit with balance due by March 1, 2017
Full Payment $325 – includes lunch, and an Evening with Jason Collingwood
Learning to Weave with Peter Collingwood
An evening lecture with Jason Collingwood
Hopefully a pretty self explanatory title, the talk will be illustrated with slides/power point presentation
light dessert, coffee , tea and wine are included
Wednesday April 5,2017 6:30 – 8:30 (registration deadline March 1,2017)
MASTER WEAVING LEVEL 1
April 24 – 28,2017
Registration deadline March 15, 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. 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. Participants should be able to warp and dress their loom independently and have an understanding of basic weaving terminology.
$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 USD is required to secure your seat in any Master Weaving course. Registration closing date March 25,2017. Space is limited register early.
Deposit of $150 – participants will be invoiced for balance which is due no later than March 25,2017
Master Weaving-Level 2
May 1 – 5, 2017
Please note that certification of Master Weaving-Level 1 is a prerequisite for this course. Registration is now open. Level 2 $875.00
Master Spinning Level 1
May 8 – 12,2017
Registration Deadline April 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.
$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. Registration closing date March 25,2017. Space is limited register early.
Participants will be invoiced for balance which is due no later than March 25,2017
Learn the Basics with Nancy Dugger
May 19 – 21, 2017
Registration Deadline May 8,2017
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.
$275.00 All materials, use of loom and lunch from third branch cafe included in class fee.
Over & Under with Leslie Fesperman
June 2 – 4, 2017
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.
$195 USD; includes materials and continued learning tools
Jennifer Moore’s most recent course offering :
June 7 – 9,2017
A three day workshop registration deadline May 8,2017
2 Layers, 4 Shafts, 6 Colors – Infinite Possibilities
This is perhaps the ultimate color sampler! We will begin with a day of warping in which you will learn Jennifer’s system for working with multiple colors in a rotational sequence. A basic two-layered structure will enable us to mix and match our colors, creating an amazing array of color mixtures. As you weave and your warp colors move past each other you will experience a visual feast of iridescence and moire patterns. We will also experiment with single-layered structures such as warp rep and warp-faced twills and the effects that they create on this versatile warp. This sampler will provide a remarkable education in color theory and how optical mixtures work in weaving, as well as a great source of inspiration for future weaving projects.
Level- Beginning to intermediate. No prior experience in doubleweave is necessary, but students must know how to warp a loom.
A non-refundable deposit of $50 will secure your place in the class. Space is limited to 11. Balance will be due May 1,2017 – $275.00 which includes materials, lunch from the Third Branch Cafe, unlimited coffee and tea, parking.
June 14,15,16 2017 Registration Deadline May 1,2017
EASY PICKUP –with Su Butler
Many weavers avoid learning pick-up weaving as they feel it is too hard, too tedious and to unforgiving. Using age old methods which have been overlooked for too long, students will learn to do complex looking designs, without counting, and on looms with only 3 or 4 shafts! These simple techniques allow the weaver to create intriguing and complex designs using tools and methods even the most novice weaver can understand and apply. Students will work on their own, pre-warped looms, learn to create and use a cartoon and create a sampler of designs to use in future weavings. This technique is really fun, fast and simple! A good workshop for all levels of weaver who wish to embellish their loom controlled designs with something special. Includes 30 page Learning Resource Guide, 10/2 Cotton Warp, use of pick up tools, lunch at Third Branch Café, unlimited coffee and tea, free parking
$50.00 deposit to secure your space with Balance due May 1,2017
COLOR INTERACTION for FIBER ARTISTS – Su Butler
Registration deadline May 1,2017
Join Su and explore new ways to choose colors to express your unique fiber vision! Starting with the basics of color theory and color interaction we will learn which color rules play an important role in fiber work and how to use them to advantage. Choosing color through educated eyes makes possible effective choices BEFORE work begins. All of the ideas presented in this lecture are applicable to anyone working in a fiber medium– handweavers, knitters, surface designers, quilters etc. This lecture will open your eyes to a new way of working with color to achieve excellent results!
Includes Learning Resource Guide and Color Tool
Saturday June 17th 1- 3 pm
Master Spinning -Level 1
Course Dates to be determined
This one of a kind program has six progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies, and project assignments. Taught by Olds College instructor Leslie Gasser. Completion of all six levels earns the Master Spinner Certification. For more information please contact Leslie Fesperman at email@example.com
Costs to be determined.
Master Weaving Level 1
Course Dates To Be Determined
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
$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 USD is required to secure your seat in any Master Weaving course. Registration closing date to be determined.
For additional information regarding the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room’s course offerings, please contact Fiber Program Coordinator Leslie Fesperman (email@example.com). You can also reach out via the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room’s Contact page.