Classes in Indiana

Kate hosts spinning and knitting gatherings several Saturdays each month at the Trading Post in Pendleton. If you have questions about the session topics, skill level, or want to receive Kate’s monthly newsletter, contact

Trading Post – Spinning and Knitting with Kate

$15 for each two-hour session. This is a very casual, open-format gathering and you should feel free to bring questions and your knitting, spindle, or wheel. If you have something specific you would like to learn or you are new to the group, just send me an email. Each session will have a topic for discussion. The morning classes tend to focus on spinning and the afternoon classes focus on knitting.

June 2 10-noon – Plying on a Spindle.
1-3pm – Indigo Vat and Saxon Blue: A Blue for Every Purpose with Sabine Schröder-Gravendyck. We will use both preparations of Indigo to dye wool and cotton. Bring some wool or use the provided one to dye fully or partly. Small pieces of cotton (max US letter size) will be used for the Japanese method of tie-dye: shibori.

June 9 10-noon – Spinning Camel/Merino Crepe Construction.
1-3pm – Spinning and Knitting Clinic.

June 16 No classes. Kate will be teaching in Pennsylvania.

June 23 10-noon – Handspun Sock Study: Wool Types for Knitted Socks with Nelly DeVault
1-3pm – How to Make Use of a Whole Fleece with Sabine Schröder-Gravendyck. Read more here.

June 30 10-noon – Complimentary Color Study for Spinners. Bring your wheels/spindles and handcards if you have them. Some will be available to share.
1-3pm – Dyeing in the Kitchen: Color from Food Scraps with Sabine Schröder-Gravendyck. Waste not! Stockpile your avocado pits and skins and collect onion skins—they are color producers! Dyepots will be simmering for you to try.
3-5pm – North American Native Bees with Sabine Schröder-Gravendyck. In this workshop you will get to know the native bees and how to distinguish them from wasps, flies and other flying critters. We’ll find out how they build amazing chambers for their kids and find food in our yards and gardens. You’ll learn how to create a habitat even in the tiniest space to attract them. Susan Markle’s farm with the Trading Post for Fiber Arts is a fantastic habitat for many different species of plants and animals. I’m sure we’ll meet these gentle little creatures in person!

July 7  Kate will be teaching in Reno at Convergence!

July 14 No classes. Kate’s gallery opening at MoonTree Studios.

July 21 Cotton Spinning Day! Charkhas, tahklis, wheels are welcome! Some will be available to borrow.

July 28 10-noon – Spinning Alpaca for Knitting and Weaving.
1-3pm – Walk-In Clinic! Bring handspun skeins or knitted projects that just didn’t work. Kate will be available for feedback, help in diagnosing the problem, and developing strategies for moving forward.

Aug 1 10-noon – Spinning Hemp.
1-3pm –Spinning and Knitting Clinic.

3 thoughts on “Classes in Indiana

  1. I will be coming to trading post tomorrow. Bringing my wheel and need to learn how to spin the fiber. I already can ply but just can’t figure how to start spinning the fiber. Have been using a drop spindle up to now. But now I have a wheel I need the figure out how to spin on it. Thanks, see you there! Lee

    1. Hi Susan,
      I’m not offering classes for beginners only right now. Our group is so diverse and everyone wants to join in on Saturdays! You are welcome to join us any Saturday that classes are being held and I’ll be happy to teach you to spin on a spindle or wheel. As you can see here, classes typically run from 10-noon and 1-3pm ($15 each session).
      This Saturday will be an natural dyeing class, so that would be the only one I would suggest not joining to learn to spin. You’re welcome to join us for dyeing, but I’ll be running around the dyepots. You will get more attention from me on a different Saturday. : )
      Our Saturday group is so welcoming and helpful. We would love to have you join us! If you have further questions email me at

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