Saturday, November 8, 2014

Green Mountain Fiber Festival

We're a week out from the fiber festival put on by White River Yarns so I thought I'd give a little preview.

The Green Mountain Fiber Festival is being held for the sixth year running, on November 15 and 16 in the Wilder Center in Wilder, VT; it's 9-5 Saturday and 9-3 Sunday. Admission is free and there will be vendors of all things knitting and spinning, with raffles as well as sales. In addition there are classes all day both days. To sign up for a class contact Karen at White River Yarns - hopefully any you want still have spots left!

You can read full course descriptions online, but here are the times, cost, materials list, and class size limit for each. I'd double-check the times for spinning if those courses interest you.

Beginning Spinning
Saturday 10 am-1 pm, Sunday 10 am-1 pm
Barbara Tonnissen and Gillian Fuqua, The Wool Shed, Worchester, VT
$40; bring your spinning wheel and roving to spin. Limited to 8.

Color in Spinning
Saturday 1-4 pm, Sunday 10 am-1 pm
Gillian Fuqua, The Wool Shed, Worchester, VT
$40; bring your spinning wheel, at least three bobbins, a lazy kate, and roving to spin. Limited to 8.

Spinning Beyond the Basics
Saturday 10 am-1 pm, Sunday 10 am-1 pm
Barbara Tonnissen, The Wool Shed, Worchester, VT
$40; bring your spinning wheel and roving to spin. Limited to 8.

Finishing Your Projects
Saturday 10 am to noon
Karen Caple, White River Yarns, White River Junction VT
$40; bring homework swatches, a blunt tip tapestry needle, and double pointed needles the same size as used for homework swatches. Swatches: three each of two types, all worked using light-colored smooth yarn that yields 4-5 stitches per inch. Type 1: Cast on 20 stitches, work in stockinette for 4", bind off leaving 18" tail attached. Type 2: Cast on 20 stitches, work in stockinette for 3", do not bind off - leave stitches on needle or stitch holder with 1 yd yarn attached. Limited to 10.

Saturday 11 am-2 pm
Deborah Hodges, Country Woolens, Lebanon NH
$45; bring a 6" square stockinette swatch in light-colored worsted weight, six yards of contrasting color worsted weight yarn, scissors and tapestry needles. Limited to 10.

Knitting Beyond the Basics
Saturday 1-4 pm
Karen Caple, White River Yarns, White River Junction VT
$40; bring light and dark worsted weight yarn, size 8 needles, darning needle, crochet hook size F or G, four 6" square swatches in stockinette. Limited to 10.

Join-As-You Go Knitting
Saturday 10-11:30 am and 3-4:30 pm
Christiane Burkhard, Lismi Knits, Mansfield Center CT
$35; bring a few balls of worsted weight yarn (at least 6g per ball), a set of double pointed needles and a circular needle in your usual size for worsted weight, and a set of double pointed needles one size smaller than the others. Limited to 12.

What Yarn Should I Choose?
Sunday 11 am-12:30 pm
Christiane Burkhard, Lismi Knits, Mansfield Center CT
$30; bring yarn from your stash that you want to use, but can't figure out for what.

Solving Knitting Problems
Sunday 11 am-2 pm
Karen Caple, White River Yarns, White River Junction VT
$45; bring dark and light worsted weight yarn, darning needle, crochet hook, four 6" square swatches in stockinette, and any knitting that has problems you can't diagnose. Limited to 10.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

So much to do this weekend!

American Craft Week starts tomorrow, and Vermont is a big participant. From the Vermont Crafts Council open studio directory for Windsor and Orange counties, I found silk painting in Hartland and studios that include fiber crafts in Woodstock and Randolph. That's separate from the Vermont North By Hand open studio tour, which includes three weavers and a coatmaker.

On top of that, Vermont Sheep and Wool is this weekend at the Tunbridge fairgrounds. There will be demonstrations and classes about all things wool-related, from raising wool-bearing animals to shearing to spinning to knitting, weaving, and felting.

There don't seem to be any Craft Week events in the eastern half of the Upper Valley, but the next League of New Hampshire Craftsmen exhibit in Hanover includes art embroidery.

Friday, September 12, 2014

What's the Difference Between Mending and Alterations?

The simplest way to express the difference between mending and alterations is this: if you mend something you're returning it to the way it once was. If you're making an alteration then you're changing it in some way but you still have the basic garment. (If you want to turn it into something completely different that's called refashioning.)

So if your favorite jeans have a tear in the knee you can...

Learn how to fix the tear in my Basic Mending class at the Sew-op on September 27th from 10-12. Or...

Learn how to alter the jeans into cut-offs in Rebecca's Alterations class at the Sew-op on September 29th from 5:30-7:30.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fall Classes for Kids and Teens

Here is the promised post on classes for everyone preschool to high school. Note that most of Artistree's adult classes allow enrollment of anyone age 12 or older, and that the definition of "adult" for purposes of Sew-op classes is 14 or older. Other locations would probably be amenable to older teenagers participating in adult classes, but I didn't find any posted policies. See the previous post for those class listings.

Artistree, South Pomfret, VT:

AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH:

Upper Valley Sew-op, White River Junction, VT:

Some classes are described on the Sew-op webpage; descriptions for the rest should gradually appear on the Co-op's events calendar, under which you'll find a form to sign up for Sew-op classes online.

  • Basic Sewing for Kids, Part 1.
    Thursday Oct 9, 1-3.

  • Basic Sewing for Kids, Part 2.
    Thursday Oct 23, 1-3.

  • Doll Clothes.
    Four offerings all 10-noon: Friday Nov 7, Saturday Nov 8, Monday Dec 29, Tuesday Dec 30.

In addition, there is an Open Hours expressly for kids, 1-3 on Wednesday Oct 29.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Upcoming Events

There is so much going on this fall that I've separated the classes for kids and teens into their own (forthcoming) post and put the adult classes behind a cut. First some non-class events:

The Sew-op is having a "taking session" on Thursday, September 4, from 2-4 PM. Like our yard sale, it's an effort to downsize our stash in advance of our reopening for the fall. The selection is reduced but so are the prices - unlike the yard sale, everything will be free.

The Tunbridge World's Fair is coming up September 11-14. There are always lovely quilts, knitted and crocheted items, embroidery works, and other eye candy. If you want to participate, you'll have to be perky for pre-registration (Sep 1) but you can register on the spot Sep 10 as long as you have no more than 5 items and show up before 5:00 (pre-registered items may be dropped off until 6:30). Here are the details.

Further down the road, Vermont North By Hand is having their Open Studio Tour October 4-5. Most of the participants do not work with fiber, but there are three weavers and a coatmaker among the nineteen of them. The majority of studios are in Corinth, with the rest in an arc to its east. See the online map or look for a red pamphlet about the event.

Finally, White River Yarn's sixth annual Green Mountain Fiber Festival is November 15-16 at the Wilder Center.

Classes for adults

General notes: if I say, for instance, "5 Saturdays" but give a date range containing six Saturdays, there's a skipped Saturday in there. See the linked description for details. "Alternating" means every other, beginning and ending with the listed dates.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Quilting retreats

Unlike the knitting retreats, quilt retreats seem to take a summer vacation. There is a convention this very weekend, though: the World Quilt Show, New England XII at the Radisson Center, Manchester, NH August 14-17. There will be classes, exhibits, competition, shopping, and an ice cream social. A quilt appraiser will be on site so you can have quilts appraised for insurance purposes (by appointment and with a fee). Registration is $20 plus fees for individual workshops and lectures.

If you speak French, there's a French language quilting retreat in September from Quilting in Vermont, at the Strong House Inn, Vergennes, VT.

The remaining retreats are all in November, but it appears there's a tendency for them to fill very much ahead of time, so it's not too early to think about them.

  • Quilting in Vermont also has some no-teacher retreats (the first starting Oct 31) and advanced landscape quilting.
  • There is a Quilters' Workshop, at the Colonial House, Weston, VT, on the pattern Attic Window.
  • There are two Quilting Retreats at Calumet, in Ossipee, NH, each to learn a particular pattern.
  • Pearl Hill Quilts retreats at the Silver Fox Inn, Waterville Valley, NH (in White Mountain National Forest, about 90 minutes from Hanover) has a weekday retreat.
  • And finally, Mount Washington B&B Quilting Retreats, in Shelburne, NH, has three retreats (the first starting Oct 31), which are Mystery Quilt, Learn to Quilt, and UFO Finishing.

For future reference, quilting events all across New England are listed at the Rising Star Quilters Guild events page. is a website for quilt shows and events internationally; their New Hampshire page is quite a bit more complete than their Vermont page, but both may be worth a look.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Two fibery reasons... go to WRJ's First Friday tomorrow. There's always a lot of live music, art exhibits and artist studios, but this month there are two events happening on topic with this blog.

  1. Tag Sale at the Sew-Op: As Jenn mentioned, we are cleaning house! Come augment your stash with fabric, yarn, vintage sewing patterns, buttons, and trims. We also have some kits, sewing machines, empty sewing machine cabinets, calligraphy books, thread organizers, and other miscellaneous crafty and sewing items. A few things will be individually priced and the rest will be by the bag (different sizes of bags available). For inspiration see our previous post, on crafting with secondhand materials.

    The sale runs Friday August 1st, 4-6pm, and Saturday August 2nd, 10am-2pm.

  2. The Creation: Local DJ Shara Dee, wearing a white dress sewn by Robina D'Arcy-Fox of Fancy Felix Theatrical, will create music with Mr. Grim (Chris Boncoddo). During the music Robina will paint Shara and add fabric embellishments to her outfit while Maria Lara Dailey of Aquilino Arts paints a giant canvas behind them. The event will be filmed and turned into a time-lapse video. Decorating a dress on a person in motion should be an interesting challenge.

    The Creation is Friday August 1, 5:30-8pm, in front of Fancy Felix (58 N. Main).

You'll find Facebook pages for all these things: Sew-op tag sale, The Creation, and WRJ First Fridays. Perhaps I shall see you there!

[Disclosure: I may also be described as "of Aquilino Arts."]