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
Plain weave (an introduction to rug weaving) April 26 – 28, 2019
Registration is closed
An ideal course for those wishing to try out rug weaving for the first time, though with enough ‘tricks’ to also suit the more experienced weaver.
Students will learn how to make a strong serviceable rug (plain weave being an excellent structure for rugs). Initially weaving stripes and spots using two colours, learning how to overcome the selvage problems inherent in each different design. Clasped wefts, crossed wefts and compensated inlay will be covered, all these new techniques giving the weaver more freedom with design.
Class will include instruction on how to set up ones loom correctly for rug weaving. Twining at the beginning and end of the rug, darning in of the loose ends, use of the temple and many other invaluable tips for successful rug weaving.
we conclude with a look at rug finishes, a few of the many finishes will be demonstrated. Students will come with a prewarped loom. Course fee includes handouts, lunch everyday, and weft materials. $375
Round and Round we Go
Skill-building for Circular Machine Knitting with Lucy Best May 18- 19, 2019
Hand-powered circular knitting machines have been available for home use in North America since the mid 1800’s. Today, old machines have come out of retirement, and new machines are available for purchase. This is a great weekend class to learn how to use a circular knitting machine. This skill-building class is intended to help you understand how your old or new circular knitting machine works and introduce you to the primary elements necessary for knitting a sock on it. Topics will include setting up the machine, understanding and adjusting stitch sizes, creating a hem, eyelet stitch, reversing (heels and toes), and using the ribber (optional for Day 2). Mastery will require practice and patience. Students should not expect to knit complete socks during this weekend class. No previous experience is necessary as this class is geared towards beginning and intermediate levels.
Each student must bring a working hand-powered circular knitting machine and stand.
Over and Under
Beginning Weaving with Leslie Fesperman
May 24- 26, 2019 Registration is closed. Our next offering will be in early fall.
With the intention of functioning as an ‘on ramp’ to the craft of weaving, this introductory course offers new students the opportunity to begin their study. Through weaving a rayon scarf, the beginning weaver will be introduced to the four-harness loom while learning vital weaving skills including reading a draft, planning projects, preparing the loom, and weaving.
$225.00 USD; includes lunch, materials and continued learning tools
Friday 12 – 4, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9 – 5
An Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
with Leslie and Rachel Fesperman
June 15 and 16
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 and 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
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.
$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.
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
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.
$875 USD; includes full course instruction and continued learning tools and lunch each day.
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
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 projects 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.
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 cones, 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.
Supplemental Warps with Deb Essen
September 8 and 9
Weaving with Supplemental Warps without a second beam!
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.