This time of year can start to feel relentless whether you’re a fan of the snow or not. One of the good things about this time of year is that it is a great time to focus on trying something new. The pace of everything slows down and new projects are on the horizon. We’ve got some great classes lined up that will hopefully inspire you! Or perhaps trying something new is part of a New Year’s Resolution! Here’s what’s coming up at Halcyon Yarn. Check our website website to register or for more details, and feel free to give us a call with any questions. Remember, classes always include a discount on your shopping during the class as well as a coupon for use during the month following the class. New, late winter and spring classes will be announced in a few weeks – stay tuned for more knitting, felting, weaving and more!
Begin to Spin
Offered in February and again in March, with Linda Clutterbuck. Each session meets on two consecutive Saturdays:
• February 4th and 11th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm each day
• March 4th and 11th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm each day
Meditative, productive, creative… Spinning is a wonderful skill for every fiber artist to try and a pleasure for anyone to learn. Who wouldn’t want to make their own custom yarn?! Learn the 3 T’s of beginning spinning: treadling, tension, and twist. You’ll learn to treadle your spinning wheel and adjust the tension to put twist in the fiber to create yarn. You will also learn basic wheel mechanics and maintenance to keep your wheel fine tuned and running smoothly. You’ll leave the class with a solid understanding of the types of wheels, and what features you prefer, as well as the basic techniques to keep you spinning on your own.
Begin to Spin Part II
With Linda Clutterbuck: Saturday, April 8th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Do you already know the basics and are ready for the next step? This class will get you on your way to advancing your skills!
Linda Clutterbuck is a life-long knitter, a beginning weaver, has been spinning for ten years, and graduated, with distinction, in 2015 from the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners (OHS) spinning certificate program. She is a member of Maine Spinners’ Registry, Maine Fiberarts, Ontario Handweavers and Spinners, (she won an HGA award for a handspun half-moon shawl in the juried show at the spring conference), and has served on the board of the Northeast Handspinners’ Association (NHA), most recently as the chair for the 2014 Gathering.
Wheels are available to rent for any of our spinning classes. The rental fee can be applied towards the purchase of a wheel in the week following the class. Rental wheels may be taken home during the week between classes, please just let us know if you’d like to rent a wheel when you register.
Thursday afternoons in February from 2:30 to 5:30. Students will continue their tapestry weaving explorations and discover the incredible range of creative expression this medium offers. Haven’t taken a class? Don’t let it stop you. This is a more casual, studio time opportunity with Barbara Burns. Instruction will be provided and it is great if you want to continue a project, begin something new, or brush-up on specific skills.
Barbara is offering four sessions, so sign up for as many as you feel are necessary. Please bring your own loom or arrange with us to rent or purchase equipment.
Barbara Burns studied tapestry at West Dean College in Sussex, England as well as here in the US, most notable with Archie Brennan and Susan Martin Maffei. She has taught private students and workshops in New York and Maine. Barbara’s tapestries have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has received awards from as far away as Serbia. Barbara is featured in the publication Fiber Art Masters.
Quick – this one fills up fast! Sybil Shiland’s three-day class is next offered March 17-19, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.
Weaving 101 students will learn the fundamentals of weaving on a loom with four or more harnesses. The round-robin approach to the class allows students to try weaving on different looms and really get a feel for different styles and materials. You’ll learn how to plan your project, warp the looms, as well as try various techniques. Weaving is such a creative and satisfying medium, don’t be intimidated, Sybil makes it easy to get underway. You’ll be delighted at the range of what you can make using simple drafts and a basic floor loom – scarves, blankets, table linens and even yardage for garments or home decor, are all within your reach. This is a great class for those of you who have always been curious about the idea of weaving or those of you who want to brush up on your skills. All materials and equipment are included.