2015 Fall Workshops

This fall, I’ll be back out on the fiber trail. Here’s where you can find me:

Sauder Village Fiber Arts Fest

Archbold, Ohio. September 24‒27
Now in its second year, the Fiber Arts Fest at Sauder Village in northwest Ohio has grown by leaps and bounds. This year, the living-history museum welcomes five instructors  with workshops in spinning, knitting, dyeing, and weaving. Add great vendors into the mix, and you have the perfect weekend. The venue also has its own hotel (complete with plenty of knitting alcoves), so you can stay onsite or just come to spend the day. Visit the website for registration and accomodation details. What I’ll be teaching:
Wool Breeds Short Course with Kate Larson
Wool Breeds Short Course
Sheep around the world are beautifully diverse. Join us for an introduction to a range of sheep breeds and the characteristics of their wool. You will have a chance to handle fleeces and yarns from primitive, long wool, down-type, medium, and fine wool sheep. Kate will offer tips on choosing the right wool type for your next project and resources for finding breed-specific fibers. Leave class with a notebook of the breeds covered in class and a better understanding of how wool type impacts the durability, resilience, and drape of your textiles.
A Fine Thread: Spinning for Lace
Spinning Handpainted Fibers

Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival (SAFF)

Asheville, North Carolina. October 30, 31, November 1
SAFF is a longtime favorite among the fiber folks who travel around the country visiting festival after festival. Asheville is not only beautiful in the fall with amazing restaurants at every turn, it has a dedicated and unique community of textile artists, fiber producers, and instructors. I’m excited to be returning again this year! Workshop registration is now open–visit the website for details.
Larson, Kate spinlaceA Fine Thread: spinning for lace
Lace yarns are a diverse group that can be created using a variety of spinning techniques and fibers. Lace can be spun woolen or worsted, with a high or low twist, or used as singles or plied yarns. This class will help you combine these elements of yarn design with the right fiber to get the yarn you want. We will work with a variety of wools, a few luxury surprises, and discuss selecting fleeces and adjusting your wheel for lace spinning.

Dorset Buttons: A needlework tradition
Cheviot Wool: Bouncy Sheep, Bouncy Yarns
Spinning Luxury Blends
Spinning for Crewel Embroidery

Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild

Medina, Ohio
November 14‒15
I’m excited to be returning to teach again for the Medina guild!
Larson Luxury BlendsSpinning Luxury Fibers
Cashmere, camel, silk, and yak—the range of prepared luxury fibers we modern spinners have at our fingertips would astound our textile predecessors. Today, we often find these fibers in blends—merino and cashmere, silk and yak, the enticing list goes on and on. How we spin silk is typically different from how we might spin yak— how should we spin a blend of the two? This workshop will introduce you to a variety of luxury blends and methods to spin these special fibers to get the yarns you want.

My 2016 schedule is filling quickly. If you are interested in inviting me to teach at an event or for your guild, contact me at: katelarsontextiles@gmail.com. I love to travel!