All Workshops

Workshops with AmeliaYou can find me teaching in my Port Ludlow studio and at several local area yarn shops, shows and guilds. I submit articles to magazines, write e-tutorials, and of course, continuously add to my blog.

Current studio offerings are on the Take a Workshop page. Information on upcoming events outside the studio are on the Ask The Bellwether Facebook Page. For a list of publications and venues, see the About page.

Studio workshops are $25/session/person, plus materials (BYOM options often available, just ask). A session is a half-day class, typically 2-3 hours depending on the number of participants. Minimum required signup is 2. Workshops are one session unless noted otherwise.

Private workshop: in studio, via skype, or at your home (travel cost additional). Tailored to your interests. $30/hour, 2 hours is typical for most topics. With two participants it is $25/hour each, with three or more regular workshop rates apply.

Workshop group rates $300 half-day, $600 full day, plus materials, travel and accommodation. 2.5 day (5 session) limit. If you would like a 5-day workshop, let me know; those are themed and cover a topic in depth. Group workshops limited to 12-20 participants depending on topic. If you are a wool festival or have established limits, I am happy to review your standard rates.

Presentation version of workshop (not hands-on) $90 plus travel. No participant limits.

Most workshops have been taught at area Wool Shows or to area Guilds. All workshops have been taught privately and in my workshop.

Workshops vary from 3-12 hours depending on the depth of the material. Most of those listed here are geared to 3 hour or 6 hour versions. Length and content are adjustable to suit your group or venue. A workshop week would be organized around a central topic, with additional time for individual work.

Materials fees are subject to change.

Here are the workshop titles. Contact me for more information on the workshops you are interested in. Descriptions for some of these workshops are available here.

Spinning:

  • Power Spinning (half-day or full-day versions)
  • Learn to Spin on a Wheel, 3 sessions or shorter 1-day/2-session version.
  • Spin Control: getting the yarn you want, understanding wheel mechanics
  • Plying Basics
  • Ply In All Directions: A Spinner's Necklace (was Ply New Yarns)
  • Color Play, Spinning Space-Dyed Top
  • Cotton on the Charka
  • Explore Yarn Finishes
  • Spin Super Sock Yarns (1-day/2-session workshop)
  • Spin a Coil & Bead Necklace
  • Spin Core Yarns
  • Spinning Slippery Fibers
  • Card and Spin Woolen
  • Comb and Spin Worsted
  • Card, Comb, Flick
  • Fleece to Yarn (Fleece selection, intro to Spin without fiber prep)
  • Spinning Fleece: Andean, Wolfspun, Tailspun, And then some!
  • Fast Draw -- Long Draw Spinning
  • Spinning Blends
  • Designing Blends
  • Super Singles, from thick to thin and then some
  • BouclĂ© and Beyond
  • Spinning Over the Edge -- Explore Textured Yarns
  • Drum Carding and Spinning Batts (1-day/2-session workshop)
  • Yarn Design
  • Combs, Combs, Combs

Spindling:

  • The Everything Spindle: Turkish Spindling
  • Learn to Spindle
  • Productive Spindling
  • Cotton on the Tahkli
  • Exotic Fiber Spindling
  • Silk on Spindles
  • Cotton on the African Wedding Bead Spindle
  • Traveling with Turkish Spindles
  • Plying on Spindles
  • Navajo Spindling
  • Russian and Tibetan Too (and Phang!)
  • Cotton on the Ahka
  • Support Spindles around the world (1 day/2 sessions)
  • Lap Spindles (Portuguese, French, and Iraqi)
  • Andean Spindling (bottom whorls, double drafting)
  • Woolen & Worsted on Spindles
  • Teaching Spindling
  • Spindle and Fiber
  • Long Draw on Spindles
  • Spindle Tricks (new! Featured as a Madrona mini-class in 2017)

Fiber Prep:

  • Blending Boards: Stripes to Monet
  • Card and Spin Woolen
  • Comb and Spin Worsted
  • Card, Comb, Flick
  • Drum Carding A to Z
  • Fleece to Yarn (Fleece selection, cleaning, and spinning)
  • Drum Carder Rental (in studio, $10/hr)
  • Blending on Drum Carders
  • Designing Blends
  • Combs, Combs, Combs

Knitting:

  • Learn to Knit with Humor (3 sessions)
  • The Knitted Necklace
  • Intermediate Knitting: in the round, short rows, cable, lace (4 sessions)
  • The hat to fit anyone
  • Fantastic fringes
  • Viking Knit Wire Bracelet
  • Yarn Bracelets
  • Knitting Seaming and Repair

Dyeing:

  • Sun Dyeing
  • Space Dyeing/ Hand Painting Yarn or Fiber
  • Ball Dyeing Yarn
  • Kettle Dyeing Yarn or Fiber
  • Natural Impression Tea Towel
  • The Natural Indigo Dye Pot

Weaving:

  • Efficient Weaving on the Rigid Heddle
  • Fantastic Fringes
  • Efficient Warp Winding
  • Magic Stripe Warp Winding
  • Speed Warp Table Looms
  • Learn to Weave on the Rigid Heddle
  • Magic Ikat on the Rigid Heddle
  • Magic Stripe on the Rigid Heddle
  • Weave a Bathmitt
  • Doubleweave on the Rigid Heddle
  • Plaid on the Rigid Heddle
  • Project Planning on the 4-harness Loom
  • Weave a Beret
  • Backstrap Weaving Basics
  • Backstrap Weaving With Color
  • Twill on the Rigid Heddle (2 heddles)
  • Lace on the Rigid Heddle (pickup sticks)
  • The Mighty Small Loom : zoom, weave-it, pin, potholder looms
  • The Inkle Loom
  • Lace Weaves on the 4H loom 1-day and 2-day versions available.

Sock Machines:

  • Sock Machine Cleaning
  • Sock Machine Basics
  • Sock Machine Fast Socks
  • Sock Machine Mittens
  • Sock Machine Lace
  • Knitting Seaming and Repair

Sewing:

  • Origami Bags
  • Sew a Treasure Pouch
  • Scarf to Tote (handwoven)
  • Scarf to Shrug (handwoven)
  • Knitting seaming and repair
  • Mending

Nalbinding (naalbinding, nalbindning, nalebinding)

  • The Nalbound Edge: Embellishments on Nalbound garments
  • Intoduction to Nalbinding: The Nalbound Amulet Pouch
  • Nalbinding sampler: The Nalbound Hat (1 day/2 sessions)
  • Nalbound Sock
  • Nalbound Mitten

Other:

  • Fantastic Fringes (for weavers, knitters, or crocheters)
  • Braided Wool Rug
  • Viking Knit Wire Bracelet
  • Yarn Bracelets
  • Tunisian Crochet a Hat
  • Bookbinding Basics: Japanese Stab Books, Folded Books
  • Bookbinding: Silk Fusion Covers
  • Coptic Bookbinding (2 sessions)
  • Origami Bookmaking

Whew! As you can tell, I like variety. Feel free to suggest future topics.

For a list of fiber festivals and guilds where I have given workshops, and my published articles and books, see the About page.

I am happy to provide information on any of the workshops listed above.