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Woolery Class - Workshop - Festival Calendar

Class, Workshop & Fiber Festival Calendar- 2014
Class sizes are limited. Please check back regularly for new additions and cancellations.

Class Schedule 2014
DateClass NameTimeInstructorPriceMaterialsSkuRentals
Sept 20th & 21stIntro to 4 Harness Weaving9am - 5pm both daysNancy R$260.00$31.50I4HW-3NA
Oct 4Beginning Spinning10am - 3pmNancy R$65.00$10.00BS-4NA
Oct 18Intro to Felting10am - 3pmAnna L$50.00$15.00IF-2NA
Nov 1Weaving Huck Lace10am - 5pmNancy R$85.00NAWHL-1NA
Nov 15Felted Tapestry10am - 3pmAnna L$60.00$20.00TF-1NA
Nov 29Beginner Rug Hooking10am - 3pmTaevia M$45.00$36.00BRH-3NA

Please Call to Schedule 800-441-9665. Classes are small, as usual, to allow for lots of individual attention. All Classes & Workshops are paid in advance, first come, first serve.*

* No cancellations within 30 days of class. 20% cancellation fee prior to 30 days of class. No cancellations within 60 days of workshops. 20% cancellation fee prior to 60 days of workshop.

* For classes with a materials fee that fee will be collected separately from the class fee and will be paid to the instructor by the student. Instructors can take payments in cash or check only.

Also remember, you can always book a couple of hours of private instruction if there's an immediate need for some special skill.

If you have 4 or more people and want to request a special class, give us a call

Private Lessons
Spinning-Weaving-Knitting-Rug Hooking
Offered at a rate of $30 per hour -2 Hour minimum-Please call to schedule.

The Capital Plaza Hotel Is within walking distance to downtown activities, including our store (4 Blocks). The Holiday Inn Express & Hampton Inn are @ 2 miles away and located in the Retail Area of town.

Festivals The Woolery will be Attending:

OCTOBER 24-26, 2014 - SAFF

Click here for more festivals coming soon. Post your Festival here!
We are developing a special page to inform of Fiber Events around the country (and the world). If you would like your Festival listed on this page please send the following info to - Dates, Location, One paragraph of description, Image or logo & link to website.

Class & Workshop Descriptions

Beginning Spinning

In this class you will learn to spin a yarn, first by mastering the basics of drafting on a hand spindle, and then progressing to the wheel. The basics of fiber selection will be covered, as well as the differences in various kinds of spinning wheels. All materials will be provided, as well as the equipment to learn on, both spindles and wheels. Everything will also be available for purchase, and guidance offered for the first-time wheel buyer.

Class duration: 4 hours
Maximum enrollment: 6

Fee: $65 - $5 material Fee
- includes use of Spinning Wheel (or bring your own)
Instructor: Nancy Reid (see bio below)

Yarn Design for Spinners
Have you ever planned a yarn for a project in your head but you couldn't figure out how to turn that idea into yarn? This is the class you need! You will learn about the properties of different fibers so you can determine which fiber would be best for your yarn. You will go over color theory, blending, and how to use color for different effects in your yarn. Other topics that will be covered includes the importance of sampling, how to control the size and weight of your yarn, when to ply or not ply your yarn, and how to finish both a singles and plied yarn.

Class Duration:
4 hours
Skill level: Able to spin a continuous thread
Instructor: Nancy Reid
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class fee: $65
Materials Fee: $10
What to bring: Spinning wheel with multiple bobbins or spindle(s), lazy kate for plying, note taking materials. Please Note: If you are using a spindle make sure you have a system or set up that will allow you to easily and quickly set up for plying yarn.

Spindle Spinning
We will learn to spin on 3 types of spindles, the high-whorl, low-whorl, and Turkish; and also learn Andean plying, a technique for making a two ply yarn from 1 spindle of singles. We'll also evaluate different spindles, and learn to choose the right spindle for each job. Remember, spindle spinning may seem slow, but what it lacks in speed it makes up for in portability; and it's amazing how much you can get done while waiting for other things to happen! All materials and equipment are provided, but bring your favorite spindle if you have one.

Class duration:
3 hours

Max Enrollment: 10

Fee: $60 -
$5 material Fee - includes use of Drop Spindle (or bring your own)
Instructor: Nancy Reid

Plying Techniques - Spinning

Plying your yarn can open up an entire world of possibilities, even more so when you look beyond the basic 2 or 3 ply yarn. Nancy Reid will cover the advantages and disadvantages of plying or not plying your yarn. You will learn about six different plying techniques from the basic two ply, three ply, and chain ply techniques to the more advanced techniques of crepe, boucle, and opposing ply yarns. You will also learn about finishing your yarn once it is plied.

Maximum Enrollment:
$65 - $5 material Fee - includes use of Spinning Wheel (or bring your own)
Instructor: Nancy Reid
What to Bring:
Spinning wheel; 4 bobbins with one empty, 2 about half full of z twist singles, and one about half full with z twist singles; lazy kate; pen and paper for note taking; and a small niddy noody.

Intermediate Spinning

In this class you will take the next steps towards becoming a skilled spinner of yarn. You will be able to work with many different fibers including different types of wool, alpaca, ramie, silk, mohair, and hemp. You will explore different methods of spinning such as long draw and learn the differences between worsted and woolen yarns and the applications that suit each type best. Different plying techniques will be covered as well when not to ply and different things to do with a singles yarn. You will also learn how to finish your spun yarn so it is ready to use.

Skill level:
Able to spin a continuous thread
Max Enrollment: 6
$65 - $5 material Fee - includes use of Spinning Wheel (or bring your own)
What to Bring: A spinning wheel is recommended, however students can borrow a wheel from The Woolery if they prefer.

Fabulous Fluffy Yarns

Description: Do you want a softer, lighter yarn, and warmer yarn? Then long draw is the technique you have been searching for! This class will teach you about the different ways of fiber prep and spinning techniques so that you may create a loftier yarn and get more yardage out of your fiber.

You will learn more about the difference between woolen and worsted fiber preparations including rolags and punis. Spinning techniques will include spinning from those fiber preparations as well as spinning from the fold, supported long draw, and a true one handed long draw. The last thing you will learn from this class is how to take the long draw techniques you learned on wool and translate that into spinning cotton. Long draw techniques makes spinning short stapled fibers, like cotton, much easier!

Class Duration:
4 hours 10 to 2 - Break for lunch
Max enrollment: 6
Skill Level: Student must be able to spin a continuous thread on a spinning wheel.
Fee: $55 - $15 material Fee - includes use of Spinning Wheel (or bring your own)
Instructor: Nancy Reid
Materials to bring: Spinning wheel and bobbins, hand cards, materials to take notes. Small niddy noody to organize samples done in class optional. Students can borrow a wheel from The Woolery if they prefer.

Working with Fleece - Choosing, Washing, Carding & Combing

Students will learn the basics of working with raw wool through to the final product. Instructor Nancy Reid will go over how to chose the perfect fleece, different techniques for washing a fleece including the difference between washing fine wools and long wools, and how to avoid felting the wool. Students will also be able to work with washed fleece and learn how to use hand combs, hand cards, and a demonstration on how to use a drum carder.

Class duration:
4 Hours
Max enrollment:
$75 - $5 material Fee
Instructor: Nancy Reid
What to Bring:
Hand combs, hand cards, flicker, spindle or spinning wheel to make samples. Spinning wheels can be borrowed from The Woolery. Some hand cards and combs will be on hand to borrow as well.


Overshot Weaving Workshop

Overshot is a magical structure. The first time you weave it you can hardly believe the cloth that grows on your loom. Traditionally used to weave bed coverings, overshot has many beautiful applications in today’s world, from useful household textiles to breathtaking works of art. This versatile weave is subject to endless variations.

You will be weaving with a cotton warp and a wool weft. Demonstrations will cover each part of the warping and weaving process to make sure that it is easy and comfortable. Each participant will weave a sample and there will be enough warp left to weave a small table runner.

Friday afternoon will include a visit to the Kentucky Historical Society where Julie Kemper, the Curator, will show us some of their collection of overshot coverlets, including the coverlet which is in the Handweavers’s Pattern Book by Margarite Davidson.

Advanced Beginner: Some experience threading a four shaft weave
Class duration: All Day
Max enrollment: 12
Fee: $350 - $30 material Fee (Paid to instructor)
Instructor: Joann Hall
What to bring:
Please bring a portable 4 shaft loom with a 10 or 12 dent reed (10 preferred) and 60 heddles per shaft for a total of 240 heddles , 2 stick or boat shuttles, lease sticks, craft paper or warp sticks, scissors, and note taking materials. There will be a few looms available to rent from the Woolery for $25.00. 3 days 9am to 5pm

Pin Loom Weaving on the Zoom Loom
The Pin Loom is a small and portable hand loom. The squares which you will create on the pin loom are 4” of color and texture yarn fun. This is an old loom design that is being rediscovered by fiber lovers who remember
weaving on this type of loom and is being discovered for the first time by brand new weavers.

This loom uses only 8 yards of yarn per square, so it is perfect for using up scrap yarns in small projects. This works well for knitters and spinners to use their leftovers and small amounts of hand-spun. It can also be used to create larger projects as the squares can be sewn together to make larger projects.

Class duration: 3 Hours
Max enrollment: 8
$40- $10 materials fee (paid to the instructor)
Constance Hall
What to Bring:
scissors, leftover yarns, fingering to dk weight. Some worsted weight may be used but bring lots of kinds and weights, each at least 9 yds, so we can sample. Instructor will also supply some yarns. We will be using the Schacht Zoom Loom and they will be provided to use in class.

Rigid Heddle Weaving for Beginners on the Cricket

Attendees receive a special price to purchase the loom they are weaving on in class!
Weaving on a Rigid Heddle loom is a fun and easy way to start weaving. The project worked on in class is a placemat. This class is a step by step introduction in warping the loom, weaving with two colors and weaving multiple items with one warp. Also covered is how to finish your weaving, how to pick yarns for your next project and troubleshooting. The cost of this class includes instruction, handouts, use of the Schacht Cricket RH loom.

Class duration:
5 hours
Max enrollment: 6
$85 includes use of a Cricket loom + $10 materials Fee (Pay Instructor)
Constance Hall
What to Bring: 5 sheets of printer paper or brown craft paper, scissors, pen and paper to take notes, and glasses if needed. Yarn is supplied.

Pattern Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom
This class will teach you how to make your rigid heddle loom do tricks, including pretending to be a 4 shaft loom, while still being fun and user friendly. When you learn what your loom can do with a simple pick up stick you will realize what a powerhouse a rigid heddle loom really is. We will warp the looms and, using pick up sticks, weave a sampler of many patterns. If you haven't warped in a while, don't worry. We will warp the looms together and start slow.

Class Duration:
4 Hours
Max Enrollment: 8

Fee: $85
plus a $10 materials fee (paid to the instructor)
Instructor: Constance Hall
What to Bring:
Rigid Heddle loom, 10 dent heddle,2 shuttles, 5 sheets of printer paper or brown craft paper, all parts for loom including, warping peg and clamps, scissors, glasses, 10 to 12 inch pick up stick. If you don't have a pick up stick contact the Woolery to make sure they have them on hand. Yarn is supplied.

Hand Bag-on-
a-Box, or An Easy Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
This is an off-loom (way off-loom!) weaving project that requires very little in the way of equipment, materials, or prior knowledge. We'll weave a small tote bag, using a cardboard box as the loom, and along the way see what tapestry weaving is all about. You'll probably never look at a box the same way again! Fairly thick wool yarns work best for this, and you'll need less than 8 oz. total, in whatever color palette you choose; or of course yarns can be purchased here. The instructor will provide a choice of boxes to be used. Bring a tapestry needle or sacking needle, and small belt shuttle or netting shuttle, or buy those things here. You'll also need a ruler, box cutter, pen or marker, and some duct tape. This is a chance to really let your free-form creativity flow, as pictorial work can be incorporated into the design.

Class duration: Once a week for 3 weeks, 2 hours/evening
Max enrollment:
$85 - Materials not included
Nancy Reid

An Introduction to 4-Shaft Weaving

If you've always wondered about weaving, but had no idea where to start, this is the class for you. We'll go through every step in the process, from choosing yarns and winding the warp, to getting it on the loom, weaving it off, and wet-finishing. We'll produce a sampler first, and then repeat the whole process again and plan the first "real" pr
oject, a scarf, and weave it. Along the way you'll learn to read drafts, the symbolic language that weaving is written in, and learn the names of a whole host of odd objects! Weaving can be a rather expensive hobby, as the equipment is significant; see if you like it before you take the plunge. All materials are provided.

Please bring your small workshop loom or we can provide one for a $25 rental fee. Please bring note-taking supplies and a pair of scissors.

Class Duration:
2 full (8 to 9 hour days)
Max Enrollment:
$260 plus materials (@$26) - Loom Rental $25.00
Instructor: Nancy Reid

Fabric Design for Weavers

Have you ever struggled with creating the fabric that you envision on your loom? This class will cover how to design fabric and how to turn that design into reality. Topics that will be covered includes: Yarn properties; color theory; why it is important to weave a sample and how to use the information that you gain from the sample; documenting a project to reproduce it; planning out the project details such as EPI, PPI, calculating yardage needed, and shrinkage. You will also learn about the different ways to finish a fabric for use.

Class Duration:
4 hours
Max Enrollment:
Skill level:
This class is for weavers or would be weavers of all skill levels
Class Fee:
Materials Fee
: None
What to Bring:
Paper, pen, and your imagination

Weaving Huck Lace on Four Shafts
This is a two block weave structure that allows the weaver to create lace motifs with a four shaft loom.  This weave structure is very flexible as lace can be alternated with plain weave to create the effect that you wish.  The resulting fabric is both useful and beautiful.  Come to class with a pre-warped loom, instructions will given to you when you sign up, and you will use class time to explore the different possibilities that huck lace offers all while learning the details about the weave structure and how to create your own huck lace designs.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Nancy Reid
Class Fee:
Min/Max Enrollment:
Min 3, Max 6
Class Duration:
5 Hours
Materials Provided: None
Materials to Bring:
Four harness workshop loom warped following instructions provided, shuttle, bobbins, scissors, yarn to weave with, and note taking material. Details on how to warp the loom will be provided when you sign up for the class.

Other Classes

Beginner Rug Hooking
Learn the basics of rug hooking and start your first project in this class. Topics covered will include; materials for both hooking and backings, different types of hooks, how to prepare and turn the wool into strips, techniques for easy hooking, and finishing techniques. You will finish your project at home.

Class Duration:
6 hours
Max enrollment:
$45 - Material fee; $30 (includes kit and hook)
Taevia Magee
What to Bring:
Note taking materials and a sense of adventure!

Felting for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make felt? Felting different fibers opens up a world of creative possibility from embellishments, to accessories, clothing, and more. You will learn about the felting properties of various fibers. You'll explore the basics of wet and needle felting to build a foundation for expansion into more advanced techniques. You will learn about the equipment used in needle felting and will go over some color theory.

Class Duration:
4 hours
Skill Level:
No experience needed
Maximum Enrollment:
Class Cost:
$50 + $15 material Fee
Anna Latek

Felted Tapestry
Who says you can only create beautiful images with paint?  In this class, you will see how wool, warm water, soap, and a little agitation (in a good way) can set you down the creative path to a beautiful picture!  Realistic or abstract, beginner or more experienced artist…it doesn't matter!  Play around with color, texture, and depth, and learn how those basic fundamentals of art we all learned in school can be applied to a fun (and fuzzy) new medium.  A basic foundation batt will be created, and be used as a palette to create your very own wooly tapestry.

Skill Level: Beginner
Instructor: Anna Latek
Class Fee: $60.00 + $20 for Materials
Min/Max Enrollment: Min 3, Max 8
Class Duration: 4 Hours, 10am-3pm with break for lunch
Materials Provided: Provided by instructor
Materials to Bring: Pen and Paper to take notes

Beginning Knitting
If it's something you've always wanted to learn to do, but trying to learn from the books just didn't get it for you, then come to a class. We'll learn to cast on, knit and purl, increase and
decrease, and finally bind off our sampler. We'll talk about yarns of different fibers and some of their properties, the differences in knitting needles, and we'll begin to decipher the odd language that knitting patterns are written in. Bring note-taking supplies.

Class Duration: 4 hours
Maximum Enrollment
: 6
Fee: $50
Materials Fee: $15 includes knitting needles and a skein of wool
Instructor: Nancy Reid

Nuno Felting Workshop
Nuno felting techniques are fun and simple to learn. In this workshop we will transform a base layer of a silk scarf with layers of hand dyed silk,
wool roving, art yarns and bits of fabric into a wonderful lightweight scarf. Each one is an individual work of art to wear.

Class Duration:
5 hours
Maximum Enrollment
: 8
Fee: $135
Materials Fee -
Instructor: Constance Hall
What to Bring: Dish pan, large sponge, scissors and two or three large old towels. Wear casual clothes. You may bring an apron and rubber gloves if you choose.

Needle Felted Christmas Decorations
Help! Quick needle felting projects for your holiday crafting needs.
Do you need a few quick, handmade holiday decorations or last minute gifts this season? Come spend a few hours at The Woolery and learn the basics of making needle felted ornaments, tiny stockings, and poinsettias.

Class Duration: 2 hours
Fee: $55 includes all wool, 2 needles and use of a felting surface.
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Instructor: Nancy Reid


Nancy Reid - I've been knitting since I was 5, and that's (gasp!) over 50 years now. I've taught various knitting classes for the last 15 years, and even managed to teach my husband to knit. I've been spinning since 1993, and took up weaving in 1994 when I realized that yarn was coming out much faster than I could possibly knit it all up. I've taught both spinning and weaving classes at festivals and retreats, as well as privately, for the last 12 years. I also teach dyeing, but that takes a whole other set of equipment. I've got Blue State Fair ribbons for weaving, spinning, and knitting. We raised sheep here on the farm for several years before giving up livestock, and now just watch the deer and turkeys in the pasture.

Taevia Magee - Thanks to an Aunt who wanted some peace and quite while babysitting me I first started playing with yarn when I was six. Since then I've learned how to knit, spin yarn, weave, tat, and hook rugs. In my former life as a banker I was part of various training and outreach programs to teach financial litteracy in my community. It was the part of banking that I loved best. Now I have the opportunity to combine my love of fiber and teaching to help others learn about rug hooking and come to love wool and other fibers like I do!

Anna Latek - Having been fascinated with all things bright, shiny, and colorful pretty much since birth, a career in the textile and fiber arts was a given. I've been fortunate enough to have been taught sewing, knitting, crochet, and embroidery by my mother and grandmother, and have been an avid and adventurous felter for several years. Studying costuming and textile history in college have only added to my fascination and desire to share the magic of the fiber arts with the world at large. I believe that you shouldn't be afraid of color, and live by the immortal words of Andy Warhol: "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

Constance Hall - Being creative is a way of life for me. It is all about the process, the doing of it. I love introducing students to a new skill and seeing where it takes them in their own creative journey. The fiber world is a wonderful place to explore. It keeps you inspired every step of the way. I began working with fiber when I was 5 years old, my mother taught me to crochet. From that early experience, my fiber interest expanded to include knitting, spinning, weaving, sewing, and felting.

During the past few years, I have been fortunate to study with some wonderful, very talented teachers, including Judith Mackenzie, Jacey Boggs, Celia Quinn, Sharon Costello, Jane Patrick, Liz Gibson, and Margaret Bouyack. Each one gave me the gift of a new skill that I could bring to my own work. Fiber gives me a fun, creative outlet that is challenging, but less stressful than my other work.

Joanne Hall - Joanne's classes are highly acclaimed thru out the U.S.A and abroad. She is very well known in the hand-weaving industry. She is a weaver, teacher & author of Tying up the Countermarch Loom and Learning to Warp your Loom. She has a masters degree in Textile Design from the University of Minnesota. After teaching at the University of Montana and Cal Poly, she started the Elkhorn Weaving Studio where she weaves and teaches weaving as well as distributing looms and weaving supplies throughout the U.S and Canada.

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