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Class and Event Schedule
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (see calendar for times)
Scroll down for more info on classes.
Unless the schedule below states otherwise. I do close when I go to fiber festival since the whole shop goes with me.
Please note that while the 2 of us work here, I'm in charge of the shop/dyeing/classes and we have small children. Occasionally things happen that may cause need to close the shop. If you are coming from a great distance it doesn't hurt to call or email ahead. 207-650-7214 or info at spunkyeclectic.com Thanks! ~Amy

Events are listed on the calendar and below. Please note the shop hours and that they vary depending on the events we do.
If there is no class listed for a certain month it just means that I haven't gotten that far in my calendar yet.
Listed below you will find class descriptions and the cost (includes materials on most).
Please call or email me to secure your spot in one of the classes.

Private lessons:
1 person - $30 per hour
2 people - $25 per hour per person
3 people - charges at the regular class rate per person
- please call or email me to schedule a time.
I do prefer emails but you can call at 207-353-WOOL during shop hours.

Some classes require “homework” please email or call ahead to see what you need to bring to class.

Make sure you get a class confirmation. Emails and messages sometimes get lost.

Please note that you need to book the class ahead of time. If a scheduled class has less than 3 people signed up, it may be canceled. The amount of time a class takes is directly related to the number of people that are taking it. The times listed are average for 3-5 people.




EVENTS:

2015:
February 27- March 1 - SPA - Hilton Garden in Freeport, ME
April 18-19 at the Yarn Cupboard Retreat in Syracuse NY
May 9-10 - NH Sheep and Wool - Deerfield Fairgrounds
May 23-24 - MA Sheep and Wool - Cummington Fairgrounds
August 8 - Fiber Revival - Spencer Little Farm in Newburyport, MA
November 7-8 - Fiber Festival of New England - Springfield MA


CLASSES AWAY FROM THE SHOP:


2015:


April 11-12 Port Fiber in Portland Maine (All the Color, Longdraw truth or dare, and All the singles yarns)

April 18-19 at the Yarn Cupboard Retreat in Syracuse NY (All the Singles Yarns, Longdraw truth or dare, Woolen vs Worsted Throwdown)

May 16-17 - Minnesota Shepherd's Harvest
(The Yarn you want, All the Color, Longdraw truth or dare, Woolen vs Worsted Throwdown)

June 27 - Teaching Corespinning/Plying (full day) at WEBS in No. Hampton MA

August 22 - Port Fiber in Portland Maine "Sock It To Me!" All day class. September 12-13 - Rhode Island Spinner's Guild - (Sock it to me!) at Slater Mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

October 15-18 - Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool - (The Yarn you Want, Textures for Traditionals, Get Fleeced, Gotta Have Shades, All the Single Yarns, and
It's so Fluffy I could Die) - Rhinebeck NY

December 3 - PGHW - Lecture on "Let's Talk about Color"
December 5 - PGHW - (Making the Yarn you want)

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If you're a shop/guild/festival that might want me to teach for you - the list below is not the list of workshops that are offered. The list below is a very abbreviated list of small classes that we teach here in the local shop. Please contact me for the workshop listings



CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:
All prices listed are per person.
Spinning | Weaving | Dyeing | Felt Making


SPINNING:
Spindle 101 $52 (2-3 hours)

You want to spin. You know nothing about spinning but this will change after this class. Fibers, preps, drafting, twist, types of spindles and more. Everything. We'll get you going and get you into the right spindle. You will walk out of this class prepared to be a spinner.If you don't have a spindle yet, don't worry, you can borrow one of my spindles until you're ready for one of your own. I'll also provide the fiber. All included in the class price.






Jump into a Spindle $52 (2-3 hours)
You already know how to spin on a wheel but think a spindle might be fun and useful. You know all the basics but you need a little jump start. You just need a little boost into the spindle and this is it. We'll touch on drafting and how it's the same and different than with a wheel. We'll start without a leader, go over wind ons, and we'll do a few more advanced spindle techniques. If you don't have a spindle yet, don't worry, you can borrow one of my spindles until you're ready for one of your own. I'll also provide the fiber. All included in the class price.
Advanced Spindling $68 (2-3 hours) Materials included.
You spin well enough on a spindle but you want to spin better. You want to do long draw, you want to know more about your fibers and how they work to create better yarns. This class includes the fiber - Please bring your own spindle that you are comfortable and proficient with. This is an intermediate class that will pump up your spindling skills.
We'll discuss fiber types, fast ways to spin your spindle, Plying all the different ways (including from an Andean bracelet), long draw, spinning from the fold, Peruvian butterfly, and more.
Foundations of Spinning (Materials included)
This is the same class as I teach on Craftsy.
If you want the Craftsy class use this link HERE to take the class for $20 off

If you want to take the class here in the shop with me in person then it's several weeks. I've broken it down. You can choose to take all the weeks or just drop in for the ones that you need. Each class is approximately 2 hours long and costs $58 per class. Each class includes the materials but not the wheel. If you wish to rent a wheel for the class duration please let us know when you book the class.

1. Basics and intro: We'll go over the wheel, its parts, and fibers. Before we really get going using the fiber, we'll work on some games that will give you a good start with your wheel. I'll send you home with a little homework and we'll jump start your spinning so that you're really ready to go the next week.
2. Drafting and twist - This week we'll really get to the wheel and spinning. You'll learn about drafting, twist, and ratios. This is the week that will really get you spinning and you'll start making yarn. Once again you'll go home with homework and fiber to work on making singles.
3. Plying - This is the week we spend a little more time on singles and we get to plying. We'll do plenty of plying so you can be sure you know how to do this.
4. Finishing and perfecting - The best ways to finish your yarn and also helping you perfect what you've been making. This is the class that will wrap it all up for you.

Beefy Spin $75 (2-3 hours) Materials included.
Many times we all start out spinning chunky yarns but we work hard to make thinner yarns. Then we find it difficult to make our yarns chunky again. It's a skill and you can do it. Please bring a wheel in good working order. Must have a working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with the instructions.
Corespinning $160 (full day) Materials included.

This class is all core all the time. We'll make a wide range of yarns from easy to a little more challenging. All are fun and funky. We'll start out with some traditional corespinning using top and locks. I'll discuss about the proper materials for cores and then we'll use a non traditional core material and make a super funky elasticized yarn. Finally we'll move into the core plying. Using core yarns that we make or are commercially made, we'll make a real boucle yarn and end the day playing with coils and bobbles. These are some exciting and fun yarns. You will also find that by learning novelty yarn making techniques that it will further your ability as a “traditional” yarn spinner. You will make so much yarn.


STUDENTPlease bring a wheel in good working order with 3 or more bobbins. It's also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate. You can also bring in some singles if you like for the coils but we'll also be making some. You must have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions. This is an intermediate class.

Add Ins $140 (4 hrs) Materials included.
Let's make yarns with beads, feathers, pompoms and sequins. I'll show you ways to spin them in and make them secure. We'll make all kinds of fun yarns.

Includes materials - wool and add ins though you are welcome to bring some other add ins to discuss and use.
Fun fun novelty style yarns Please bring a wheel in good working order. Must have a working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with the instructions.
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Long Draw Truth or Dare ($78) (2-3 hours)

I'll tell you all the truths and then you need to dare to trust the twist! We'll expand your drafting horizons. Even if you walk out of this class not loving the true long draw, we'll be working on all the drafting methods between short and long draws. You'll have a new appreciation and new abilities for working with your wheel and mastering that twist with several different types of fibers.

STUDENT - Please bring a wheel in good working order with 3 or more bobbins. It's also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate. You must have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions. This is an intermediate class.

Color Classes

ALL ABOUT THE COLOR

$80 (4 hours) minimum 10 students
Color Color Color everywhere! You see colored tops and rovings all over the place. You want them but you aren't sure what to do with them. Or you get them home, spin them and are a little disappointed in the results. This class is all about making some samples, talking about color, and helping you be able to see the fibers and predict how the colors will look. I'll help you create a more predictable and desirable result in your final product.

STUDENT - Please bring a wheel in good working order with 4 or more bobbins. It's also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate. If you have problem yarns or a confusing piece of handpaint that you want to discuss, bring those and we'll have a discussion at the end of class. This is an intermediate beginner's level class but you must know how to make yarn already. It doesn't have to be perfect but you have to be able to make singles and ply reliably.


COLOR E.S.P. :

$80 (4 hours)
Once upon a time, handpainted top wasn't so easy to find. Now, there's color everywhere. So enticing with their come hither looks. You can't help but buy it. Then you get that gorgeous hand painted top home and it falls flat of your expectations. Why did it do that? This class is a little different from my other “All about the color” class in that we work on different samplings and get a little deeper into little changes that effect the colors. Everything from the prep, the predraft, the drafting, and the plying all affect the final color of your yarn. We'll discuss how our eye sees colors, we'll talk about predictably, learn some new tricks and we'll get right down into some handpaint and spin it up with our new learned ability prediction. I'll also show you my quick “swatching” trick so we can see how these colors will play out.

STUDENT: Please bring a wheel in good working order with 3 or more bobbins. It's also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate (preferably one that is not attached to your wheel). You must be capable of making yarn and have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions. This is an entry level intermediate class.


Spin Exotics $95 (2-3 hours) Materials Included.
Do you like soft and interesting fibers but aren't sure how to spin them? Aren't sure which ones you'll like and just wish you had a place where you could do a little sampling. This is it.

Includes the Fiber - Please bring a wheel in good working order with 2-3 bobbins. Or 2-3 spindles. It's also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate. Must have a working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with the instructions.

Spin thin $65 (2-3 hours) materials included.
You know how to spin, you can achieve a good yarn but you want to spin thinner. Or maybe you can spin thin but you feel like it's a bit of a struggle. We will make this happen. We'll work at setting up your wheel, tricks of the trade, the best preps, and draws.

Includes the fiber – Please bring a wheel in good working order with 2-3 bobbins. It's also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate. Must have a working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with the instructions.
80 (4 hours) Materials included.

ALL THE SINGLE....YARNS

Anyone that knows me, knows I love my singles yarns. Thin, energized, worsted, bulky, fancy, even, thick/thin....all of them. If you like them too and want to make better singles that are not meant for plying then this is the class. I'll go over how to make the singles, how to tell if you're going about it right, how to perfect them and how to finish them off. This is a fun class and some things may be more surprising if you've never made singles yarns. At the end of class if time allows, we'll go over how to use the singles in garments to get predictable results.

STUDENT– Please bring a wheel in good working order with 3 or more bobbins. If you have a wheel that has extra whorls, bring them. It's also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate. You must have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions. This is an intermediate class.

Plying 201 $60 (2-3 hours)
Bring in tons of singles. This class isn't about making singles though we will be making some to check your twist and to do some math on how to make superb balanced singles. The majority of this class is going to go over all kinds of plying.
You will do:
*Balanced and Unbalanced 2 ply
*3ply
*Chain/Navajo Ply
*4 ply
*Cable ply

FIBER PROCESSING:

Cards, Combs, and Hackles $80 (2-3 hours) Materials included.

Bring your own if you have them but I will have a couple of sets of these for everyone to use and share as well. We will learn how to use them and to blend with them.

*Hand Cards – Rolags
*Combs
*Hackles
*Using a diz
*Drum Carder
*Blending colors

Color blending - Red and Yellow make Orange. $125 (approx 5-6 hours) Bring a lunch. Fiber/materials included in the price

Today is all about using nothing or something to blend up your colors. We will start with some base colors and from that you will make new colors. Red and Yellow make Orange...and so on. We will learn how to blend with hand cards, drum carders, combs, hackles, and nothing at all. This is a great class if you want to be more efficient and making the color you want from the colors you have.

If you have combs, hackles, or hand cards bring them. Also bring a wheel or spindle in good working order. The real test to how well you did making your blend is how well it looks spun up. I usually keep a spindle by the side of my carder for quick testing.

WEAVING:
Basic Rigid Heddle $85 (6 hours) yarn included
Bring in your own loom or $30 off a rigid heddle loom purchased before or at the end of class. If you need to borrow a loom for class, please let me know when you book the class.

So you want to weave but you're not sure how to start. maybe you tried to follow directions but you think there has to be an easier way. In this class we'll give you a good and solid start to your weaving career. We'll talk about calculating yardages, setting up your loom, warping and we'll go through the weaving basics.

WEAVING LACE...

$115 (4-6 hours)
There are several ways to make lace. We'll be working on your rigid heddle loom but many of these are the same way you'd do them on the big floor looms. We have so many different variations. So much lace in so little time. We'll use manipulations with pick up sticks, our fingers, needles and just with our shuttles. If you're interested in taking your weaving to a new level, this may just be the class for you.

STUDENT – You already have a working knowledge of your loom and are proficient at warping it. In class we'll warp together and teach you a few tricks to get going a little faster then we'll move on to making our samples. Please bring your loom (in good working condition), warping peg, a 10 dent reed, smooth sport weight yarn (at least 360 yards) wound into a ball (optional if facilities provide this), 1 pick up stick, darning needle, and 2 shuttles.

If you cannot provide your own yarn for this, please let me know when you book the class. It's an additional $24

PICK UP LINES...

$72-115 (half day or full day class)

This is for all the Weavers out there with a Rigid Heddle loom that want to get more out of it. You can do a lot with color and plain weaves but sometimes you want more. In walks the pick up stick. With the use of a pick up stick and your rigid heddle, you can make so many patterns. We'll go over some fairly simple techniques that will get you on your way and you'll walk out with a small sampler piece of weaving.

STUDENT – You already have a working knowledge of your loom and are proficient at warping it. In class we'll warp together and teach you a few tricks to get going a little faster then we'll move on to making our samples. Please bring your loom (in good working condition), warping peg, a 10 dent reed, smooth sport weight yarn wound into a ball (optional if facilities provide this), 2 pick up sticks, and 2 stick shuttles

If you cannot provide your own yarn for this, please let me know when you book the class. It's an additional $24

Weaving Drop in Clinic
Bring in your loom and your yarn. $20 and we'll get you up and running.
Buy a new loom on the Clinic days and get the clinic for free.

I'll help you maximize your time and get you on your way.



FELT MAKING:
Nuno Scarf $35 plus materials
(you get to choose your scarf and fiber. Generally the cost will range from $10 to $30)
Start to finish you will learn the techniques to make a simple nuno wet felted scarf. Very interesting gift idea for the holidays or any time of the year. It makes a really gorgeous, unique, quick, warm scarf. If you've never made one, this is a fun project to play with.

We have many more classes that we do at festivals and for guilds. I'm slowly adding them here but if you want more information for your guild or festival, please message us.