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Twisted Fiber Festival

Just in case you were wondering where I have disappeared to:

I have been organizing this with the help of two lovely ladies who are, like me, going to be vendors also. As you can see below, I am teaching a class as well.

Twisted! Details

Vendors:
Alpacas at Orchard Hill
Knit n Spin
Tiny Dino Studios
Twisted Sisters
Th’red Head
Blushing Ewe
Shirley’s Succulents
Tom Swayne Woodworking
Prairie Productions
Laura’s Pygoras
Creations by Anna
Rouse House
Images in Time 3D
The Wicked Stitch
Elaine Kruger’s Sewing
Barb’s Nuno Felted Wearable Art

TWISTED Fiber Festival
FREE Classes/Demos
Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Potwin Fiber Artisans are happy to offer the following FREE
classes/demonstrations during the course of the TWISTED Fiber Festival! Each of the demonstrators is an artisan in the subject matter of their class/demo and many have scheduled classes in January so that you can build upon the knowledge and techniques you learn during the festival. Each session is 45-55 minutes long and the artisans will have tools available for you to utilize during the class; some will have tools available for purchase, and many vendors at the festival will have fibers available for purchase!

10am- BEGINNING KNITTING with Jenny Binfield
Jenny will show you how to caste on and begin knitting, and will have a handout with her basic knitting tips and techniques. Needles and yarn will be available, or you can bring your own needles and purchase some delicious handspun from one of the vendors.

11am- BEGINNING CROCHET with Susan Hudgens
Learn the basics of crochet, including slipknot, chain, slip stitch, single crochet & double crochet. Bring a crochet hook, yarn and scissors-some materials available, first come, first serve.

Noon- SPINNING with Marla Holt
Learn drafting techniques that allow you to quickly and easily spin fun thick n thin yarn and lofty thick singles on your spinning wheel. Please bring your spinning wheel and about 4 ounce of fiber you are familiar with spinning.

1pm- EMBROIDERY BASICS with Susan Hudgens
Learn the skills needed to complete a simple embroidery project including choosing materials, overhand knot, back-stitch, overhand stitch, French knot, satin stitch,, Lazy Daisy and as many other as we can fit in. Bring scissors, aida cloth, needles & floss-some materials available, first come, first serve.

1pm- DRUM CARDING DEMONSTRATION with Jennifer Beck
With an eye for color and texture, Jennifer creates beautiful art batts! Come watch her show you just how fun and easy it is to create an amazing fiber batt on a drum carder, ready to be spun into a unique OOAK yarn or used in your next felting project.

2pm- MAGIC LOOP KNITTING with Meg Wickham
The Magic Loop Technique allows you to make something small and circular by using one long 32″ or longer circular needle. Bring 75 yards of worsted weight (very soft) yarn and US sz 7 needles at least 32″ if you want to try alongside the instructor.

3pm- DROP SPINDLE SPINNING with Lori Warren
Lori will cover the basics of using a drop spindle: getting started, prepping your fiber, drafting, starting a leader, and park & draft spinning. She will also demonstrate how to skein and finish your handspun yarn. Drop Spindles, made by Lori, will be available for $10.

4pm- NEEDLE FELTING BASICS with Anna Walker
Stab something into existence and learn from @FELTit herself! With a barbed needle and some pretty fiber, learn the basics of needle felting as you create your own little cyclone! Basic needle felting instructions will go home with you along with your felting needle and a foam block!

I might not be very present until all of this is over, but when it is, look for the relaunch of the Tiny Dino Studios Etsy store and lots and lots of knitting!

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New Classes from the Potwin Fiber Artisans!

I have a brand new list of felting classes being offered by the Potwin Fiber Artistans!

(I am not teaching these classes, but this is the group I work with when I teach.)

Felting Classes With Anna Walker:
**Classes will be held downstairs in the Potwin Presbyterian Church. To enroll, contact Anna Walker. She has limited amounts of kits/supplies available for purchase. Also check out http://annasplaceofholding.com for more resources and information.

Monday, January 23, 6pm to 8pm

FELT THIS! Needle felted flower class min # for class=4, max=12 Fee: $15

Instructor, Anna Walker aka @FELTit on Twitter, annasplaceofholding@gmail.com

Supplies you need to bring: Felting needle(s), foam base, an ounce or two of wool fibers in colors of your choosing, chenille stems. (A limited number of needle felting kits with all of the above supplies listed will be available on the day of the class for $15.)

Explore the ancient practice of creating the fabric known as felt from wispy fibers in amazing colors. No experience is needed for this class as you learn how to blend and combine different colors and textures of the fibers to create a flower, realistic or fantastical. By the end of this 2 hour class, you should have your flower mostly completed and ready for you to take home and turn into a brooch, hair accessory, or to place in a bud vase for admiration.

Saturday, January 28, 9am to 11am

FELT THIS! Wet Felted Lariat Wrap Bracelet class min. # for class=4, max.=12 Fee: $30

Instructor, Anna Walker aka @FELTit on Twitter, annasplaceofholding@gmail.com

Supplies you need to bring: An old towel to transport your lariat home, and two to four ounces of dyed wool roving-NOT SUPERWASH! I recommend merino or BFL blends of no more than 30% other fiber like silk or bamboo. (Instructor will bring soap, bubble wrap, and other tools for wet felting. Dress in comfortable clothing that could get wet and non-slip shoes)

During this class you will take strips of the wool roving and connect strips together to form a lariat. You will also learn the techniques to create a self-clasp from the dried lariat, and have ideas for further embellishment to take home with you at the end of class.

Monday, February 13, 6pm to 8pm

FELT THIS! Needle felted cupcake pincushion class min # for class=4, max=12 Fee: $15

Instructor, Anna Walker aka @FELTit on Twitter, annasplaceofholding@gmail.com

Supplies you need to bring: Felting needle(s), foam base, an ounce or two of wool fibers in colors of your choosing, chenille stems. (A limited number of needle felting kits with all of the above supplies listed will be available on the day of the class for $15.)

Continue to explore the ancient practice of creating the fabric known as felt from wispy fibers in amazing colors. No experience is needed for this class as you learn how to blend and combine different colors and textures of the fibers to create a mini cupcake pincushion. By the end of this 2 hour class, you should have your pincushion completed and ready to use.

Saturday, February 25, 9am to 11am

FELT THIS! Wet Felted Coasters class min # for class=4, max=12 Fee: $30

Instructor, Anna Walker aka @FELTit on Twitter, annasplaceofholding@gmail.com

Supplies you need to bring: An old towel to transport your coasters home, and two to four ounces of dyed wool roving-NOT SUPERWASH! I recommend no blends with luxury fibers for this project. (Instructor will bring soap, bubble wrap, and other tools for wet felting. Dress in comfortable clothing that could get wet and non-slip shoes)

During this class you will lay out the wool roving in several layers and work them into solid felt. You will have instruction on various blending and layering possibilities based upon your roving selections to create your set of four coasters. You will leave the class with suggestions for further needle felting embellishment of your coasters for personalization.

If you live in or around NE Kansas and are interested in registering for any of these classes, please contact Anna at annasplaceofholding@gmail.com