UPCOMING CLASSES

2022 SCHEDULE


Watch for Details on Joan's Upcoming 2023 Summer Classes on the East Coast

June 23-25, 2023
Tallahassee, Florida
Spinning & Solar Dyeing Cotton & Hemp

July 6-7, 2023
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Cotton Spinning Made Easy & Hemp Fiber

July 15-16, 2023
Portland, Maine Port Fiber Shop
Cotton Spinning Made Easy


TUCSON CLASSES HOSTED BY JOAN RUANE

This winter Joan will be hosting two excellent teachers through her Southwest Corner venue. In January, Amy Taylor is offering one spinning and one knitting class and Anne Machale will be teaching a two-day inkle loom weaving workshop on February 24-25. See the details below and contact Joan at spincotton@Yahoo.com to register.

January 13-14, 2023

Tucson, Arizona

SPINNING SILK & PLAYING WITH PLYING

Instructor: Amy Tyler

Class Fee: $160
Materials Fee: $50 (fibers, notebook with handouts, samples)

TIME: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm both days

Intermediate spinning skills. Amy will be teaching with several forms of silk, including mawata, top, brick, lap, noils, throwsters, carrier rods and strippings. All are luxurious yet very different from each other. In addition, Amy will teach how to spin a couple of “wild” silks. You will be covering issues of predrafting, drafting technique in spinning singles, matters of twist, and plying techniques.

Second day is plying. The ply structure of yarn is a significant factor in how a yarn behaves when you are knitting, weaving, or crocheting. Students will be spinning a variety of singles and create a variety of plied yarns both balanced and unbalanced. There will be 2-ply, 3 and 4 ply as well as cabled, crepe, and chain plied. The process of finishing a yarn will also be covered.

Class is limited to 12 students

For information: Contact Joan Ruane at spincotton@Yahoo.com for registration form.

January 16, 2023

Tucson, Arizona

KNITTING - EXPLORING BASIC SLIP STITCHES & MANIPULATED SLIP STITCHES

Instructor: Amy Tyler

Class Fee: $80
Materials Fee: $24 (yarn, patterns and notebook)

TIME: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm both days

Intermediate knitting skills. By simply slipping a stitch, you can create surprising textures in your knitting. You can also create complex-looking colorwork while working with only one color at a time. In this workshop, we will explore the simplest of slip stitches: slipping one stitch in which the working yarn is held to either the front or the back of the knitted fabric. Our exploration will include:

    Changing the “background” stitch (stockinette, garter, seed, rib)
    Effects of combining two or more colors into the slip stitch patterns
    Use of variegated yarns in these stitches and how to create your own unique simple slip-stitch patterns.
In the afternoon you will learn how to skip over more than one stitch, or over more than one row, which can create dramatic vertical and horizontal textural effects. And, by combining slip stitches with cables and other manipulations, you can add diagonal texture to your knitting. These stitches create knitted fabrics with great thickness, varying amounts of elasticity and drape that work well for jackets and afghans. We will play with color and combinations, strategies for knitting with novelty yarns, and strategies for modifying knit stitch patterns by adding or subtracting slipped stitches.

Second day is plying. The ply structure of yarn is a significant factor in how a yarn behaves when you are knitting, weaving, or crocheting. Students will be spinning a variety of singles and create a variety of plied yarns both balanced and unbalanced. Ther will be 2-ply, 3 and 4 ply as well as cabled, crepe, and chain plied. The process of finishing a yarn will also be covered.

Class is limited to 12 students

For information: Contact Joan Ruane at spincotton@Yahoo.com for registration form.

February 24-25, 2023

Tucson, Arizona

INKLE WEAVING

Instructor: Annie MacHale

Class Fee: $160
Materials Fee: $5 (fibers, notebook with handouts, samples)

TIME: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm both days

This class will take students right from the beginning with color and design theory for woven bands to Baltic pickup on the inkle loom. Students will have hundreds of examples to look at and discuss what makes a good design. Color theory, yarn choices and chart patterns will all be covered.

Students will then use the patterns that they create to set up their looms. Discussion about warping, keeping selvedges straight, how to finish a band and lots of problem-solving. The first day will get you ready for more advance techniques.

The Baltic-style pickup is a simple technique to learn but has vast possibilities for creating complex patterns on a woven band. Students will learn how to use charted designs and to create charts using the “Pattern Editor”.

Anne’s books and yarns will be available during the class.

Class is limited to 12 students

For information: Contact Joan Ruane at spincotton@Yahoo.com for registration form.


Remember Joan’s Hemp Lecture on Zoom is available to guilds and schools! Click the link for information.

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