Monday, January 17, 2011

Apple Leef Farm Class Schedule

Just got this email from Leef at Apple Leef Farm with her schedule of classes:

 JANUARY 2011

  • January 22, Saturday     10am - 12noon
    TWIST & SHOUT   Free Class
    Fine tune your plying skills, making beautifully balanced skeins that work perfectly in your projects by understanding the physics of spinning.  Bring any "problem" skeins you might want to decipher.  Bring your wheel, fiber, plying kate (preferably tensioned) and some knitting needles for swatching.
  • January 23, Sunday     1pm - 4pm
    LEARN TO SPIN ON A DROP SPINDLE

    One of the oldest spinning tools is the hand spindle.  They have been found all over the world in just about every culture.  Learn how to make good functional yarns using this simple tool.
    Things to bring:  top or bottom whorl hand spindle, 4 - 6 ounces of roving.  You can also purchase a spindle and roving here at ALF.
    COST - $45.00    
  • January 29, Saturday     10am - 4pm
    INTERMEDIATE SPINNING
    This class is designed to concentrate on spinning techniques and spinning draws to maximize the potential of your fibers and end products. 
    Cost - $60.00     This is a full day of spinning!
  • January 30, Sunday     1pm - 4:30pm
    HANDPAINTING PROTEIN FIBERS
    Dyeing your own yarn or roving is a whole new level of excitement!  There are many methods to getting luscious color onto your fibers, and this class will concentrate on hand-painting dye onto your roving or spun yarn.  We will use protein fibers and Landscape dyes, however the techniques you will learn will transfer to any fiber and their relative dye.
    COST - $45.00 plus a dye fee of $7.00

FEBRUARY 2011

  • February 5, Saturday     10am - 5pm
    FIBER PROCESSING

    This class is designed to teach you the entire process from selecting a fleece to getting it ready to spin! 
    COST - $60.00 plus a supply fee of $5.00
  • February 6, Sunday     1pm - 4:30pm
    KNITTING WITH CABLES
    Cables add rich texture and intrigue to any garment.  From basic crossover stitches to complex Celtic knots, the imagination can put them together in more ways than can be counted.  This class will teach you the basics of knitting cables to charts and designs.
    Cost - $40.00
  • February 13, Sunday     1pm - 5pm
    TRILOOM WEAVING
    Learn how to weave using a triloom.  No shuttles to wind, heddles to thread or loom to warp.  Design and GO!  You will warp and weft at the same time.  Triangles can be made in any size, depending on your loom size and can be put together in any configuration you can imagine for a huge variety of garments, accessories, and home items.
    Cost - $45.00
  • February 19, Saturday     12noon - 5pm
    COLD PROCESS SOAP MAKING
    This class teaches the basics of making cold processed soap.  You will learn a bit about the chemistry of soap, how to properly formulate your soap recipes based on SAP values and lye coefficients, how to make educated selections for base oils and fats, and a solid procedure for making and curing your soap for a quality product.
    Cost - $60.00
  • February 20, Sunday     12noon - 4pm
    FABULOUS "Light as a Feather" FELTED SCARVES
    These scarves have to be seen to believe!  They are light as air, warm and so pretty you will make them over and over again.  A beautiful fabric that takes so little of luxury fiber!  You will learn how to plan your scarf, prepare your fibers, lay them out, felt and full them.  This is an all day workshop.
    Cost -  $60.00 plus a $20.00 supply fee
  • February 26, Saturday      12noon - 5pm
    SPINNING, DYEING AND FINISHING SILK
    Silk is such a beautiful and lustrous fiber to spin!  This workshop will show you how to prepare and spin all the various forms of silk available to spinners today.  You will also learn how to dye silk.  Even though it is an expensive fiber relative to our wools and such, it takes MUCH less to produce light and airy products than wool!  So working with small amounts is a pleasure! 
    Cost -  $60.00 plus a supply fee of $20.00 for silk fibers
  • February 27, Sunday     1pm - 4pm
    CRAFTING WITH RAFFIA (Part 1)
    Once you learn how to braid raffia and how to stitch it and make turning rows, you can shape it into anything from bags, mats, baskets and HATS.  We will make a hat in this class, just right for the summer!
    Cost - $65.00 (both sessions)

MARCH 2011

APRIL 2011

Sincerely,
 
Leef
APPLE LEEF FARM
Van Alstyne, Texas

Farm Website (check out our FREE Patterns):  http://appleleeffarm.com/
 
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