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
With 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.
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 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
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 weaving 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 heddle loom and the four shaft loom will help you decide the direction of where you
would like to start on your weaving journey.
A 2-Day Workshop with Michelle Follett – March 2 – 3, 2019
As 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
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 patterns, 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
MASTERS OF OVERSHOT
ONE THREADING—COUNTLESS WEAVES with Laurie Duxbury
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 structures, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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)
Over and Under
Beginning Weaving with Leslie Fesperman
May 24- 26, 2019
With 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
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.
More information on “Creativity Cash”
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.