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 before registering for a course. 

All courses are held in the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center

129 Church Street

Historic Elkin, North Carolina 28621



Over and Under – A Weaver’s Beginning

with Leslie Fesperman

Feb 13, 14 and 15, 2019

Up-close-loomWith the intention of functioning as an ‘on ramp’ to the craft of weaving, this introductory course offers new students  the opportunity to begin their study.   Through weaving a rayon scarf, the beginning weaver  will have an  introduction to a four-harness loom while learning vital weaving skills including reading a draft, planning projects, preparing the loom, and how to weave.

$225 includes materials, use of equipment and lunch  on Thursday and Friday

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Up and Down on The Rigid Heddle Loom

 with Leslie Fesperman

Saturday – February 16, 2019   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 $95.00

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

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Try It Out!  with Leslie Fesperman

Saturday  February 23, 2019  10 – 4

If you’ve ever wondered if weaving is for you, spend the day trying your hand at Up-close-loomweaving on a rigid heddle and floor loom.  This day is designed to explore two different types of looms and weaving to help you decide if you would like to learn “how” to weave in the future and which type of loom you would like to learn more about.  Participants will learn the basics of throwing a shuttle on both looms and will weave and finish two dishcloths.   The experience of weaving on the rigid 20160911_164834-1heddle loom and the four shaft loom will help you decide the direction of where you

would like to start on your weaving journey.

$95 includes all materials and lunch.

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Beginning  Tapestry

A 2-Day Workshop with Michelle Follett   –  March 2 – 3, 2019

PB010013_cropped.jpgAs an introduction to both weaving and the tapestry genre, students will
learn key aspects to warping looms and weaving.  Each student will warp a tapestry loom and be  introduced to tapestry by weaving a one-of-a-kind
sampler of essential tapestry concepts, including hatching, vertical lines, and angles.
Course will cover basic weaving terminology and concepts, and is designed for the beginner.  Use of loom, all materials and lunch on both days are included in the workshop fee.   Registration closes Feb 10

Estonian Lace  

A Beautiful Tradition  with Nancy Bush – March 8, 9 and 10,2019

Registration closes Feb 10.

Estonia has a lace tradition spanning nearly 200 years. Learn about the unique stitch Triangular Haapsalu Lace scarfpatterns, creative shawl construction, and history of these lovely garments. This workshop will begin with students learning techniques for knitting Estonian lace; making the main pattern with some unique stitches and adding a traditional, sewn-on edge Students will have the skills to make several shapes (rectangle, square and triangle) of shawls and scarves when they have completed the workshop.

Materials, lunch everyday and handouts are included in the course fee



March 15 – 17,2019

Connect with the past and design for the future using this versatile structure. Using one warp, students will begin with traditional pattern treadling and advance to more varied Duxbury_Overshot Flame Treadlingstructures, including honeycomb and boundweave. Learn how to keep track of pattern treadling without a draft, how to use color to create depth, and how to adapt overshot designs for your own use.  Students will come to class with their looms warped and reay to weave.This class is for anyone who can warp a loom independently.

$295 Class fee includes handouts and lunch everyday   $50 deposit to secure your space with balance due end of Feb.

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with Daryl Lancaster April 5 – 7, 2019

Dust off your sewing machine and jumpstart your sewing 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. Find  a class Prospectus here.

Please note: For those who have made a jacket in one of Daryl’s classes and wish to move on to a more challenging silhouette she has created a tunic or overshirt pattern. Please see the prospectus for more details.

Class fee includes materials and handouts, lunch each day.  This class is limited to 8 participants to ensure plenty of one on one instruction time. $475

Deposit it of $50 to secure your space with balance due mid March.

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Jason Collingwood

Plain weave  (an introduction to rug weaving) April 26 – 28, 2019

registration closes March 25, 201

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.
pw4Students 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.

Class will include instruction on how to set up ones loom correctly for rug weaving. Twining at the beginning and end of the rug, darning in of the loose ends, use of the temple and many other invaluable tips for successful rug weaving.
we conclude with a look at rug finishes, a few of the many finishes will be demonstrated. Students will come with a prewarped loom.    Course fee includes handouts, lunch everyday, and weft materials.  $375                                                                                              $50 deposit is required to secure your space with balance due March 25.

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Master Weaving Level 1

                 April 29 – May 3, 2019    Registration closes March 23, 2019

An extension of the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center’s ’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.   Completion of each level earns 3 Olds College credits. Completion of Levels 1 – 4 earn Artisan Certification Level 5 earns the Master Weaver Certification. Participants should be able to warp and dress their loom independently and have an understanding of basic weaving terminology.IMG_2032

$875 USD; includes full course instruction and continued learning tools and lunch each day.

A non-refundable deposit of $150 USD is required to secure your seat.  Registration closing date March 23,2019.     Space is limited  register early.   (participants will be invoiced for balance which is due no later than March 25,2019)
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Over and Under

Beginning Weaving with Leslie Fesperman

May 24- 26, 2019

Up-close-loomWith the intention of functioning as an ‘on ramp’ to the craft of weaving, this introductory course offers new students  the opportunity to begin their study.  Through weaving a rayon scarf, the beginning weaver will be   introduced to the four-harness loom while learning 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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Creativity Cash

Our mission is to foster creativity in the fiber arts.   If you would like to help foster a friend or family members learning in the fiber world please consider giving the gift of “Creativity Cash.”  Your gift can be used towards any offering at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center within one year of purchase.

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Future Offerings in 2019

Circular Sock Knitting Crank In – June 8

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

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

Jennifer Moore Mathemagical Design August 23 – 25, 2019

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

Connie Lippart Wedge Weaving September 2 – 4,2019 

 Circular Sock Knitting Crank In September 14

Circular Sock Knitting Crank In November 2,2019

Lavernne Waddington  Nov  11 -12, 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.