Class Schedule

                                                                   Adult Classes

Please note :  these were previous teachers at last festival, please check back for current list

Basic Lucet and Kumihimo Cords

Instructor: John M. Ziv III

Cost: $45.00

Day: Friday, Sept 23, 2016---12 -5/6p


You will be able to learn how to make a single strand braided cord, as well as decorative cords for everything from shoelaces and snugging cords, to belts and rope.  The class will include how-to basic starting patterns, as well as a demonstration on how to plan more complex cords and patterns.

John M. Ziv III is a custom Woodworker from Anchorage AK. Specializing in making tools for spinning, weaving, cord-making and fiber processing.

Things to bring to workshop:


Kumihimo tablet

Loaners will be available for class and can be purchased

Basic Tapestry Weaving

Instructor:  Kathy Morey

Cost:  $25.00

Day & time: Friday, Sept 23, 2016, 1-5pm


Students will learn how to warp their loom, design their tapestry and weave their design. (This is a basic class, so designs will be simple in nature).  

Items needed for class:   

~~Small tapestry loom, 5x8 inch maximum( small picture frame will work)

      Looms will be available for sale

~~Tapestry needle--available for sale       

~~various colors of yarn

~~comb or fork


Kathy, also, known as Bat by some,  has been spinning since 1989 and weaving

since 1990.   

Introduction to  Wool  Processing  At Home

Instructor:  Carol Sinenko and Linda Price-Albers

Cost: $25.00,  $2.00 material fee

Time and day:  Sunday, Sept 25, 1-4pm

So you have a fleece ,now  what?  In this workshop you will take raw fleece from just off  the sheep and mke ready for spin or felt.  We will be experimenting with various hand processing tools : including: picker, wool  cards, and drum carder.  You will  be able to experience hand picking and wool carding.  You will take home a sample of clean carded wool to play with.

Instructor:  Julia Armstrong
Cost:  $45.00
Day & time: Sunday, Sept. 25,  10a-5p(will break for lunch)

In this full day course, the participant will learn how to make a peg loom. Then a seat pad will be made on the loom.  During the process, the student will be using a hand-held electric drill and a hand saw.

Each participant will need to bring the following materials:

30” length of 2”x4” (soft wood Is best)
8’ length of 1/2” dowel
cotton type string for warp (one ball)
bulky yarn (enough for one seat pad 18”x 18”)
Optional:  electric drill, hand saw, 1/2” drill bit and 1/8” drill bit, sandpaper

Instructor Bio:;
A visual and performing artist, Julia Armstrong was raised on a homestead and currently lives in south central British Columbia, Canada. Julia has applied many of her pioneer skills into her current life. She lives in a log house that she and her late husband built.  Member of the Woodworker’s Guild and the Spinners and Weavers, Julia enjoys creating works of fine art and utility.  She builds and restores musical instruments as well as wood jewellery, craft items and furniture.  Many people in the Shuswap are proud owners of building, houses and renovated rooms that Julia has both designed and built.  She has also discovered a new interest in writing about her unique pioneer experiences in her book “Throw a Saddle on a Star”.

Spinning with a Twist

Instructor:   Gudie Hupfauer of Sorrento, BC

Cost: $35.00 

Day & time: Sunday, Sept. 25, 10a-5p(will break for lunch)


Students should have a knowledge of  handspinning on a wheel.

This workshop is more about spinning “out-of-the-box” than about traditional spinning. A basic knowledge of spinning thick and thin is required. Beginner spinners will already be good at spinning slubs....

To start the workshop, we will analyze some yarns. I will talk about “up-twisting” and “down-twisting” and use terms like “energy” and less about “twists-per-inch”.

We will cover the following techniques and hopefully have time to try them all.

slub yarn corkscrew yarn knot yarn bouclé yarn Navaho 3-ply corespinning spinning with beads

We will take a look at “ugly” yarn and consider “redesigning” it....

One of my passions is to “rescue” yarn from previously loved garments.
I look for good fiber content and how it was assembled. There are some tricks on how to deconstruct a sweater. Bring a sweater or two to ponder, if this is of interest to you.

Things you will need for this workshop:

- a spinning wheel in good working order - larger orifice is preferred but not mandatory

- a variety of handspun or commercial singles or multi-ply ( S or Z spun) prime or second grade - thick and/or thin (incl. sewing thread)

- some fibre - whatever you want to work with

- we will set up a “share table” to which you may want to contribute bits and pieces

- a sweater to deconstruct and seam ripper or small fine tipped scissors

Silk Painting

Instructor: Joyce Cox

Cost:  Adults-$30 (+$5.00 material fee)

              Children-$25  (+3.00 material fee)

Day & Time:  Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 --10-12 Adults , 12:30-2  Children, 2-4 Adults

This class is open to all and anyone can paint this project.

Students will be creating a "Stretched Silk Sun Catcher"

This is a very beginning welcome to the art of silk painting. We will use the seri technique for the adult class and children will watch the miracles of science as the salts do their work on various dyes.  Students will learn and see silk in several forms, from the cocoon to woven fabrics, then apply instruction to the wet technique of painting on silk and adding textures with salts applications.

Adults should bring a hair dryer, but the children's class will omit that part of the painting.  All should be aware that clothing is permanently stained by the dyes.   Wear appropriate clothing, or bring and overshirt.

Joyce Cox , a Soldotna resident , has taught many different art classes through community schools, school Artist in Residence and volunteered her art instructions for other organizations.  She sells her silk painting, enameling, cast iron and found object sculptures at arts and crafts fairs and continues to pursue her unending interest in the arts.  She has taught silk paint for a number of years to both adults and youth.

Maximizing Forage and Pasture Health

Speaker: Devony Lehner

Cost: Free

Day and time:  Saturday, Sept. 24th--12 noon

NRCS programs ad assistance for sheep and goat producers on small acreages

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is a federal agency under the Department of  Agriculture, established to help agriculture producers apply conservation measures on private lands.  Practices can be put in place to help small herd owners on small acreages to maximize the forage available to their animals, while ensuring the sustainability of conservation practices exist through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program(EQIP).