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Class and Event Schedule
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10-4
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:
2014:
August 9 - Fiber Revival - Newburyport, MA
November 1-2 - NewEngland Fiber Festival - Springfield MA
November 7-9 The Gathering
2015:
February 27- March 1 - SPA - Freeport, ME

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

SPINNING:
Spindle 101 $45 (2-3 hours)
Includes the use of a spindle and a fiber sampler.
*Learn to spindle spin.
*Fiber basics
*Prep basics
*using different fibers
* no leader start
*Park and Draft
*X wind on
*Andean plying.
*Finishing
Spindling 2nd $45 (2 hours)
This class is meant to introduce or reintroduce die hard wheel spinners to the Spindle.
We'll work somewhere inbetween the Beginning and the advanced spindling classes.
*Drafting
*Starting with no leader
*Wind ons
*Fiber information and sizes of spindles
*Spinning from the fold
*Long draw
Advanced Spindling $50 (2-3 hours)
Includes fiber - Please bring your own spindle that you are comfortable with.
Intermediate class that will pump up your spindling skills.
*Fiber talk – staples, roving vs top
*Flick, Thigh roll, and Kick start.
*Plying – 2 ply, 3 ply, Navajo ply, and Andean ply refresher
*Using different fibers best
*Long draw
*Spinning from the fold
*Peruvian Butterfly
Let's Spin – Learn to spin on a wheel $110
This is now an all day class - Please bring a box lunch

Includes the use of a wheel and fiber.
If you have your own wheel, though, it is best to bring that as it will help to learn your own personal wheel better.

If you've never spun on a wheel before this is YOUR foundations class. This is the class you want to start with. We'll go over so many things that will help get you started.

*Know your wheel
*All the Fibers
*Posture and positioning
*Getting started
*Types of spinning
*Basic spinning
*Basic Plying
*Yarn finishing.
Beefy Spin $55 (2-3 hours)
Spin fatter yarns - Includes the fiber – Please bring a wheel in good working order. Must have a working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with the instructions.
*Setting your wheel up to work with you
*Prep and Fibers
*Spinning and draws
*Plying
Corespinning $70 (4 hrs)
Includes the fiber and cores – 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.
Working on all kinds of spinning on a core and plying on a core.
*Core spinning with Top
*Core spinning with Locks
*Core spinning over elastic
*Core plying – Boucle
*Core plying – Coils and Bobbles
Add Ins $80 (4 hrs)
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
*Beaded yarns
*Feather Yarns
*Stringing on pompoms or flowers for plying add ins
* Almost add ins - 'Ewelash' yarns.
Long Draw ($40) (2-3 hours)
Includes the fiber – Please bring a wheel in good working order. Must have a working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with the instructions.
Lets make some light and lofty yarns.
*Classic Long draw
*supported long draw
*spinning long from the fold
*double draw
*using different materials for long draw, rolags, batts, top
Spin Color $45 (4 hours)
Includes the fiber – Please bring a wheel in good working order. Must have a working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with the instructions.
Working with handpaints for predictable results.
*Predraft for color
*Barberpole
*Fractal Spinning
*2ply self striping (also 3 ply or 4 ply)
Spin Exotics $60 (2-3 hours)
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.
The best way to work with some of the exotics and blends. It's also a great way to sample some of the more luxurious fibers.
*Yak
*Camel
*Angora
*Silk: Cultivated, Tussah, Bamboo, Soy
* and more.
Spin thin $40 (2-3 hours)
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.
*Setting your wheel up to work with you
*Tricks of the trade – long draw
*Prep and Fibers
*Spinning and draws
*Plying
Super Singles $60 (4 hours)
Includes the fiber – Please bring a wheel in good working order. Must have a working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with the instructions.
You will work on:
*Energized Singles
*low twist singles
*Fulling singles
*Fluffy singles
*Thick and thin singles
*Singles Marls.

Plying 201 $40 (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 $60 (2-3 hours)

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. $110 (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 $70 (6 hours)
Bring in your own loom or $30 off a rigid heddle loom purchased before or at the end of class.
Includes the use of a rigid heddle loom and the yarn for the project.
*Basics of calculating yardage needed for a project
*Using a warping peg to direct warp
*We will warp your loom with the project calculated
*Weaving basics

Weaving with Pick-up Sticks $50 (2-3 hours)

You must bring your own loom in good working order. It needs to be already warped (about 1-2 yards) with a smooth yarn. Solid yarn is preferred so you can see the changes best but it's not critical. DPI is not important but the thicker your yarn, the wider your warp should be. Shoot for 6 inches of fingering or 10 of bulky.

With your looms all set to go we will be able to dive right in and start working away. You will create different kinds of leno lace, spot lace, and honeycomb. Although I have said you can use any material we will discuss all the materials for their best use

Hello Rigid Heddle $130 (6 hrs each of 2 days)
Bring in your own loom or $30 off a rigid heddle loom purchased before or at the end of class.
Includes the use of a rigid heddle loom and the yarn for the project.
Beginners Rigid Heddle class that spans 2 days
Day 1:
*Basics of calculating yardage needed for a project
*Using a warping peg to direct warp
*We will warp your loom with the project calculated
*Weaving basics
Day 2:
*Finishing your project
*Pick up sticks and lace
You will walk out of the class with the ability to make anything basic on the Rigid Heddle Loom.
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.
DYEING:
Handpaint Dyeing Basics in the Crock Pot (4 hrs) $60
Includes the material cost unless you choose to upgrade in material.
If you have your own crock pot (used for dye only, not food) then you can have your own pot. Otherwise participants should be expected to have to share a pot.
*one cold dye
*one hot dye
lots of information. This isn't a single color dye - this is an expedition in how to get the colors you want using 3-4 different dye colors. The plan is to do this using combed top - if you don't spin but still want to take the class, please let me know when you sign up. There is an additional $12 fee for using yarn instead of fiber.
Serious about color – $180 (approx 6-8 hours) Bring a lunch. Fiber/materials included in the price

I will first start with the short version of the color theory discussion which will continue on through the day while we get our hands right into the dyeing. Vat dyeing, Dip dyeing, painting....etc. We will tackle it all (Various materials that will include rovings, combed tops, batts, silk hankies, and yarn). If you're into dyeing, and can only make it one day, this is the day.

If you have a crock pot in good working order or a hot plate, you are welcome to bring that. This will ensure that you won't have to share a pan. I try to make sure we have enough for everyone but if you can bring your own, that always helps me. This day usually has some waiting in between the dye batches so bring your wheel and we'll spin as I talk more about color and color theory.

FELT MAKING:
Nuno Scarf $30 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.
SPECIALTY CLASSES:

Color weekend (3 person minimum – this class will not happen if we don't have the minimum)

½ day Friday and Full days on Saturday and Sunday. Bring a wheel in good working order and any fiber prep equipment you may have. Read the descriptions for each class well. You can come for one, two, or all three days. 10% discount for 2 days, 20% discount for all 3 days.

Friday – From the Fleece – starts at 1pm $85 (approx 4-5 hours) Fiber/materials included in the price.

We will go over a fresh fleece and talk about it's attributes then dive right into cleaning. We will discuss using Suint method of cleaning and also just regular cleaning methods. Then we will use this knowledge and jump in dyeing fleece.... we will get into over dyeing on colored fleeces as well as dyeing white. Discuss the way they all came out and lay them out to dry. Finally we will end the day with spinning some of Spunky Eclectic's previously dyed locks.

If you have a fleece you wish to discuss, bring it with you and at the end of the class, using the knowledge we now have, we will go over it and the class with discuss it. Please bring a wheel or spindle in good working order.

Saturday – Serious about color – starts at 10 am. $180 (approx 6-8 hours) Bring a lunch. Fiber/materials included in the price

I will first start with the short version of the color theory discussion which will continue on through the day while we get our hands right into the dyeing. Vat dyeing, Dip dyeing, painting....etc. We will tackle it all (Various materials that will include rovings, combed tops, batts, silk hankies, and yarn). If you're into dyeing, and can only make it one day, this is the day.

If you have a crock pot in good working order or a hot plate, you are welcome to bring that. This will ensure that you won't have to share a pan. I try to make sure we have enough for everyone but if you can bring your own, that always helps me. This day usually has some waiting in between the dye batches so bring your wheel and we'll spin as I talk more about color and color theory.

Sunday – Color blending - Red and Yellow make Orange. Starts at 10am $110 (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.