Course Offerings

All course offerings at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center have limited availability to ensure a vibrant learning environment for all participants.

Please carefully read our registration policies before registering for a course. 

All courses are held in the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center

129 Church Street

Historic Elkin,North Carolina 28621

 

Up and Down on The Rigid Heddle Loom

 Saturday – June 22, 2019

12:30 – 5 pm

This 4-hour class will go over the basics of learning to weave on the rigid heddle loom.  You will learn weaving terms, how to calculate a warp and plan a project, how to warp the rigid heddle loom using the direct warping method, the proper way to wind a stick shuttle and basic finishing for scarves.

Participants will prepare their loom for weaving cotton dishcloths an20160911_164834-1d finish the project on their own.

Student should bring:  Rigid Heddle loom with a 7/5 or 8 dent reed, reed hook, warping peg if available, paper and pen for notes

Instructor : Leslie Fesperman

Cost $75.00
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Class and Rigid Heddle loom –  15 inch loom – comes with 8 dent reed  $225.00     Buy Now Button

Open Studio

with Laura Frazier and Leslie Fesperman – Sunday July 21     1 – 4 pm

This afternoon is set aside for you to come in and work on your project with guided assistance from needle felter Laura Frazier and handweaver Leslie Fesperman.   Tips and help in planning and implementing projects will be discussed and shared on an individual basis.

Space is limited and registration must be received by July 15th.

$25.00 Buy Now Button

Master Spinning Level 1 -Olds College

July 29 – August 2, 2019

Registration Deadline  June 20,2019

An extension of the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room’s partnership with Olds College, this one-of-a-kind program has six progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments in the area of hand spinning of all major types of fibers, yarns and the end use of the spun yarns. At all levels, students are evaluated on the basis of written assignments, practical projects, oral presentations and skill development.

Each level includes 5 consecutive days (30 hours) of a face-to-face workshop, followed by 100-150 hours of independent study on homework assignments. The face-to-face workshops take place annually, and the homework assignments are due a year after the workshop is completed. Level 1 students should be comfortable spinning on their own wheel and familiar with basic terminology.20160524_132628

$975 USD; includes full course instruction and continued learning tools. Lunch and unlimited coffee/tea fare also provided.

A non-refundable deposit of $150 USD is required to secure your seat in any Master Spinning course. Registration closing date June 20,2019.     Space is limited  register early.

Participants will be invoiced for balance due on or before June 20.

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Master Weaving-Level 2

August 5- 9, 2019

 Please note that certification of Master Weaving-Level 1 is a prerequisite for this course.   Registration deadline July 1 total course cost  $875.00

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Master Weaving Level 1

August 12- 16,2019

An extension of the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center’s ’s partnership with Olds College, this one-of-a-kind program has five progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies, and project assignments.   Completion of each level earns 3 Olds College credits. Completion of Levels 1 – 4 earn Artisan Certification Level 5 earns the Master Weaver Certification. Participants should be able to warp and dress their loom independently and have an understanding of basic weaving terminology.IMG_2032

$875 USD; includes full course instruction and continued learning tools and lunch each day.

A non-refundable deposit of $150 USD is required to secure your seat.  Registration closing date July 10,2019.     Space is limited  register early.  Buy Now Button

Mathemagical Design – From Fibonacci to Fractals

A Design class for anyone in any media with Jennifer Moore

August 23 – 25,2019

Have you ever wanted to work with  wonderful tools for visual design, but been scared off by a lack of drawing or math skills? This workshop is for you! We will take a visual approach to working with geometric design, symmetry movements, tessellations, fractals and harmonious proportions including the Fibonacci series. Through a series of fun exercises using drawing, coloring, rubber stamps and paper cutouts you will create a toolbox of skills to use in creating your own harmonious designs. The course fee includes materials, notebook, and  lunch each day.  $400

$50 deposit to secure your space with balance due by July 10th         Buy Now Button

Introducing Children to the Fiber Arts

with Connie Lippert

Saturday August 31  1 – 5 pm

Registration deadline August 15th

Sharing weaving and other fiber arts with children can easily be successful as long as you show up with the right materials and an appropriate project for their age level.  Children take naturally to weaving and are excited with the results.   Experience hands-on projeIMG_0093cts appropriate for large or small groups of 

children as well as children of different age groups including paper ladybugs and butterflies, pouches, batik, Kool-Aid dyed mug mats, book marks and tapestry.

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Color and Weave with Deb Essen

 September 6 and 7

Picking the right colors in your weaving will make your textiles sing, but sometimes things don’t work out quite as we planned. Those colors looked so good together on the Chasing Rainbows napkins.jpgcones, what happened? During this two day class for rigid heddle and multi shaft looms, we dive deep  into color theory and learn how to consistently create pieces that sing, creating and using our own warps based on the color theory and weave samples in color and weave structures.  Class fee includes handouts  and lunch each day.  $275 –   $50 deposit required to hold your space with balance due first of August.  Buy Now Button

Supplemental Warps  with Deb Essen

September 8 and 9

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This class is an introduction to weaving supplemental warps for turned drafts without a second back beam! Supplemental warps are additional warps used to create pattern and/or texture running the length of the textile in your weaving. Tips, tricks and techniques will be shared to give you a firm foundation for supplemental warp weaves. Class fee includes handouts  and lunch each day.  $275 –  $50 deposit required to hold your space with balance due first of August.  Buy Now Button

Future Offerings in 2019

Open Studio with Laura Frazier and L. Fesperman – Sunday August 18

Connie Lippert Wedge Weaving September 2 – 4,2019 

Open Studio with Laura Frazier and Leslie Fesperman – Sunday Sept 15

Needle Felting for Beginners – Laura C Frazier  – Sunday September 22

Up and Down on the Rigid Heddle Loom – L. Fesperman  Sunday Sept 22

Master Spinning Level 2 – Olds College – September 23 – 29, 2019

 Circular Sock Knitting Crank In September 14

Intro to Weaving on the Inkle Loom – L.Fesperman Thursday October 17

Open Studio with Laura Frazier and Leslie Fesperman – Sunday Oct.20

Olds College Master Weaving Levels 4  October 28 – Nov 1, 2019

Over and Under – Learning to Weave L.Fesperman Nov. 8 – 10

Circular Sock Knitting Crank In November 2,2019

Lavernne Waddington  Nov  11 -12, 2019

Advanced Needle Felting with Laura Frazier Sunday Nov.10

Open Studio with Laura Frazier and Leslie Fesperman – Sunday Nov.17

Embellish a Felt Hat – Needle Felting Basics with L.Frazier Sunday Dec 1

How to Weave a Doubleweave Jacket with Leslie Fesperman Dec 1

Open Studio with Laura Frazier and Leslie Fesperman – Sunday Dec 15

Overshot with Laurie Duxbury Jan 10 – 12, 2020

Crimp and Create with Diane Totten Feb 21 – 23, 2020

Olds College Master Weaving Level 3  April 20 – 24, 2020

Olds College Master Weaving Level 1 April 27 – May 1, 2020

Jumpstart Jacket with Daryl Lancaster June 6 – 8, 2020

Olds College Master Weaving Level 2  August 3 – 7, 2020

Olds College Master Weaving Level 4 August 10 – 1, 2020

For additional information regarding the Yadkin Valley Fiber Centers course offerings, please contact  Leslie Fesperman via the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center’s Contact page.