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2018 Bisbee Fiber Arts Retreat & Gathering

July 27th - 29th, 2018

Class Descriptions - Saturday, July 28th 2018

 

 

 

SPINNING ANGORA – Julie Drogsvold                                                 Materials Fee: $15

Angora rabbits produce one of the softest and warmest fibers on Earth. This luxurious fiber available only from the Angora rabbit can be spun directly from the source or carded and blended. The yarn blooms into a gorgeous halo that is one of a kind. Explore this unique fiber from animal to garment in just one class.

 

Supplies/Equipment to bring to class:

  • Spinning wheel (no bulk spinners or WooLee winders. Prefer flyer driven wheels)

  • Lazy Kate and 3 clean bobbins

  • Lightweight top whorl spindle or supported spindle (optional)

  • Small hand towel

  • Bowl or cup for water (1 - 3 cup capacity)

  • Labeling tags & pencil

  • Niddy Noddy

KNITTING WITH HANDSPUN – Jill Holbrook                                         Materials Fee: $4

It is fun to knit with handspun yarn – much more satisfying then using commercial yarns. A few simple tools and techniques will help you create your handspun knit scarves, shawls and sweaters. 

Supplies/Equipment to bring to class:

  • Handspun yarn (commercial yarn is OK too)

  • Knitting needle gauge 

  • Ruler

  • Scissors 

  • Variety of knitting needle sizes

  • Paper and pencil may be needed  

DYEING COTTON – Holly Kemp                                                              Materials Fee: $5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dyeing cotton lint, handspun or commercial cotton yarn or fabric is easily accomplished using Cushing direct-set dyes for cellulose yarns. In this class we will dye cotton lint with a variety of popular colors using the stove-top method and hand-paint cotton yarn using steam to set the color.

Cotton lint will be provided, and each participant may bring up to 8 oz. of cellulose yarn to hand paint. Cotton lint can be used in Sunday’s Cotton Spinning on the Wheel class with Joan Ruane.

Supplies/Equipment to bring to class:

  •  Up to 8 oz. cotton/cellulose yarn

  • Wear dyeing clothes or an apron

  • Rubber gloves will be provided, bring your own if you have sensitivities

GOURD ART MAKING - Gretchen Michaels                                         Materials Fee: TBA


All gourds, supplies & tools will be provided by Bisbee artist, Gretchen Michaels. She will make available everything you need to create an aesthetic & original gourd inspired vessel, wall hanging or piece of jewelry. Donations will be based on a sliding scale & affordable to all.

Samples of Gretchen’s work will be on display throughout the weekend, as will her teaching & assistance.  Come celebrate the Fine Arts with Gretchen as she shares her more than 50 years Fine Arts Education experience.  Integrate your choice of gourds with weaving, paint, sewing, vintage fabrics, paper & more.  Go home with something that expresses your own unique style & defines “Bisbee” as you see it.

SPINNING ON A TAKLI– Joan Ruane                                                 Materials Fee: None

 

All levels, no prior experience in spinning necessary.

A takli is a small metal support spindle that is widely used in India. In fact ,Gandhi required boys in school to learn how to spin on the Takli spindle as well as members of  his parliament.

 

The spindle is small, easy-to-carry and you can spin all kinds of short staple fibers as well as silk on it. This mini workshop will teach the basic techniques of spinning cotton on this spindle.

 

Takli spindles and bowls will be available to use in class. Spindles will be for sale at the Brookmoore Creations booth.

 

NEEDLE FELTED ANIMALS - Lisa Thompson                                       Materials Fee: $10

In this class we will use alpaca fiber and special barbed felting needles to create little three dimensional sculptures.  Please bring a picture of the animal you want to make. 

 

Materials and supplies will be provided to create a 2-3 inch little friend in class, and additional supplies will be available for purchase during the retreat.

Class Descriptions - Sunday, July 29th 2018

SPINNING HEMP– Julie Drogsvold                                                        Materials Fee: $10

Hemp is a biodegradable, low-environmental impact bast fiber. Spinning with hemp is an enjoyable way to produce a fine, soft strong yarn comparable to linen or a heavy duty twine or cord. Learn about this renewable resource with its myriad of uses and discover a fiber that is gaining in popularity across the globe.

 

 Supplies/Equipment to bring to class:

  • Spinning wheel (no bulk spinners or WooLee winders. Prefer flyer-driven wheels)

  • Lazy Kate and 3 clean bobbins

  • Lightweight top whorl spindle or supported spindle (optional)

  • Small hand towel

  • Bowl or cup for water (1 - 3 cup capacity)

  • Labeling tags & pencil

  • Niddy Noddy

BEGINNING SPINNING ON A SPINNING WHEEL – Jill Holbrook       Materials Fee: $4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn to adjust and spin on a spinning wheel, then draft and spin various fibers to make your own handspun yarn.

Supplies/Equipment to bring to class:

  • Spinning Wheel with bobbins, orifice hook and oil for wheel if needed

  • Lazy Kate

  • Hand carders if you have them

GOURD ART MAKING - Gretchen Michaels                                          Material Fee: TBA


All gourds, supplies & tools will be provided by Bisbee artist, Gretchen Michaels. She will make available everything you need to create an aesthetic & original gourd inspired vessel, wall hanging or piece of jewelry. Donations will be based on a sliding scale & affordable to all.

Samples of Gretchen’s work will be on display throughout the weekend, as will her teaching & assistance.  Come celebrate the Fine Arts with Gretchen as she shares her more than 50 years Fine Arts Education experience.  Integrate your choice of gourds with weaving, paint, sewing, vintage fabrics, paper & more.  Go home with something that expresses your own unique style & defines “Bisbee” as you see it.

COTTON SPINNING ON A WHEEL– Joan Ruane                                 Materials Fee: $2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You must know how to treadle your wheel!

Using your own spinning wheel and hand carders, you will blend hand-dyed cotton to spin up beautifully colored cotton yarns.  All of the cotton will be supplied or you can bring your own from Saturday's cotton dye class.. You will go home with a nice sized skein to use in your weaving or knitting.

Supplies/Equipment to bring to class::

  • Spinning wheel with 12/1 or more ration

  • Set of hand carders

  • 3 empty bobbins for plying

Bring your flyer wheels with a 12/1 ratio or more and a set of carders. We will be blending dyed cotton and spinning up beautifullly colored cotton yarns.

 

TINY WOVEN BASKET - Gary Terslinger                                              Materials Fee: TBA

Students will have a choice of making either the 1.5-inch basket on the left or the larger 2.5-inch high version on the right. 

Supplies/Equipment to bring to class:

  • TBA

FELTED SOAP - Lisa Thompson                                                                Materials Fee: $5

This easy, fun class will convert your favorite soap bar into a unique, personalized creation. The finished product is your soap and washcloth all in one.  The alpaca felt
will gently exfoliate your skin as you wash.  These unique soaps make great gifts, and once you know the process for wet felting, you can create all kinds of felted items.

 

Class kit will include one bar of Ivory Soap, enough alpaca fiber to complete the project. If you prefer, you can bring a bar of your favorite soap to work on instead.

PROGRAM SPEAKER

Deborah Brunner on Japanese Boro

Join us on Saturday evening as Debbi presents a program about the history of Japanese Boro patching and stitch work, once a utilitarian necessity, and now considered an art form used to create wall art, home décor and clothing with the feel of the vintage pieces seen in museums and private collections. 

 

Discover the politics and production of cloth from the Edo period to the mechanization of weaving in Japan.  Samples of contemporary Boro will be shown and you can explore how this centuries-old concept might fit into your fiber design life style.   

 

Deborah Brunner has been a lifelong fiber enthusiast, sewing and knitting for Barbie then herself and friends from the age of seven.  The love of fabric and the desire to create her own finally brought her to weaving 28 years ago.  Of course, one thing leads to another and spinning soon followed - which proves ‘you can never say never!’  There is always something new or something old to pique her interest and continued exploration of the fiber arts.

 

Debbi is the author of two books of clothing design and embellishment: “Crazy Rags - Contemporary Wearable Art” and “Flora Botanica”.  She taught a variety of fiber art workshops nationally beginning in 1994 before starting her company, Deborah Brunner Fiber Arts in 1996.  Providing hand dyed fabrics, yarns and spinning fiber was a passion until 2014 when she decided to pursue her personal goals and continue to teach, sharing techniques she finds interesting.  

INSTUCTOR INFORMATION

Julie Drogsvold

Julie Diane splits her time between raising French Angora rabbits for fiber and the show table, and spinning angora and her favorite cellulose fibers. Recently she has become infatuated with hemp, its uses and everything that it is capable of doing. Such a wonderful resource. She lives in southeast Arizona after being raised in the Midwest, and loves every moment of desert living. She shares her life with her family of Siamese cats, bird and cattle dogs, rabbits of every description and humans, short and tall.

Jill Holbrook

Jill is an avid and accomplished spinner and loves to spin cotton. She is known for her fine yarns as well as her knowledgeable style of teaching. Jill has taught many workshops around the country including John C. Campbell Folk School. She has articles in Spin Off and Ply Magazine and has completed the Olds College Master Spinners program

Holly Kemp

Holly started spinning in 1995 and added weaving after moving to Bisbee in 1999. A founding member of the Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild, her passion for many years has been hand dyeing silk and protein fibers to use in Nuno felted projects and sharing her skills with others.

Gretchen Michaels

Gretchen is a Bisbee fiber artist with more than 50 years Fine Arts Education experience. She enjoys helping students find their creative viewpoint and explore new media for expression.

Joan Ruane

Joan Ruane has been teaching spinning classes throughout the U.S., Canada, UK , Australia and New Zealand since 1980.  Active in local and regional Guilds, she has also owned and operated fiber shops in both Florida and Arizona.  Joan has published cotton newsletters, written articles for fiber magazines and has published two DVD. Her web site is www.cottonspinning.com

Gary Terslinger

 

Gary has been an avid basket maker for years and has pursued it with a passion, participating in four workshop retreats at John C. Campbell Folk School and attending two with Jill Choate in Sandpoint, Idaho, as well as several with Linda Lugenbill and Sharie Monsam.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with others, both as an instructor and through visual presentation.

Lisa Thompson

Lisa owns Thunder Mountain Alpaca Ranch and has been a member of the Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild for seven years. Between running the ranch, taking care of over 60 animals, being a single Mom and vending at local Farmers Markets, she doesn’t have the time or patience to knit or crochet, but she loves weaving and felting and is working to perfect her hand spinning skills. She teaches both wet and needle felting classes through the Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning. Obviously, alpaca is her fiber of choice for all fiber arts projects.