Course Offerings and Registration

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 at the bottom of this page before registering for a course. 

All courses are held in the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center

321 East Main Street

Historic Elkin, North Carolina 28621

Over & Under – A Weaver’s Beginning

with Leslie Fesperman

Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks 6:30  -9   Jan 14,16,21,23,28,30 and Feb 4 and 6.

Up-close-loomWith 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 have an  introduction to a four-harness loom while learning vital weaving skills including reading a draft, planning projects, preparing the loom, and how to weave.

$225 includes materials and  use of equipment.  This class is at capacity and registration is closed.  Our next offering will be in May – 2020

Introduction to Inkle Loom Weaving

with Leslie Fesperman

Saturday January 18  10 am – 4 pm

The warp-faced weaving possible on an inkle loom is ideal for making belts and straps. Inkle looms are versatile, portable, easy to warp, and a snap to weave on.  This  course will introduce students to the basics of  inkle loom set up and weaving.  Students will practice for several inches before starting a desired project of either a looped key fob or hat band. The focus of this course is to  understand the loom and to build a foundation for future exploration of patterns and other inkle loom weaving forms. 

All materials, use of equipment , and the class  $95.

Purchase a Schact Inkle loom, belt shuttle and the course $160.00

Free Style Batik – The  Basics

with Katherine Stein

Saturday January 18, 2020

Registration closes Jan 10, 2020

In this introductory class students will learn the basics of Batik using a variety of utensils to create designs on pre-treated cotton.  Soy wax will be used for the resist and the fabric will be dyed with Procian fiber reactive dyes.   Materials, and lunch are provided in this day long course.  Space is limited.   $115.00

Over & Under – A Weaver’s Beginning

with Leslie Fesperman

January 24, 25 and 26

Up-close-loomWith 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 have an  introduction to a four-harness loom while learning vital weaving skills including reading a draft, planning projects, preparing the loom, and how to weave.

$225 includes materials, use of equipment and lunch on Saturday and Sunday  This class is at capacity and registration is closed.  Our next offering will be in May – 2020

Crimp and Create with Dianne Totten

Feb 21 – 23, 2020 diane totton vest

Registration closes January 20, 2020.

Experience the magic of crimp cloth! Any fiber can be used for crimp cloth when orlon or polyester is used in the weft for weft crimp, or in the warp for warp crimp. Learn the technique/thought process through sampling in class. See why crimp cloth is a great stash- buster. Go home with your head filled with ideas to make easy-to-sew garments that flatter any figure. Only 6 seams and you have a vest. Shawls and scarves won’t fall off your shoulders and can be expanded to cover chilly arms when needed. All levels welcome. If you can warp a loom and read a draft you can learn to weave crimp.  Learning resource materials, optional weft materials and lunch provided each day. This class has limited enrollment.

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Up and Down on The Rigid Heddle Loom

with Leslie Fesperman February 22, 2020    12:30 – 4 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 $95.00
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Class and Rigid Heddle loom –  15 inch loom – comes with 8 dent reed  $225.00
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Beginning Tapestry with Jacqueline Mehring

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This introductory course will introduce students to the meditative process of creating tapestries.  During the course participants will learn basic tapestry techniques such as how to weave, how to add colors and yarns, create warp and weft stripes, create shapes and how to add contours to shapes.

Lunch , materials and use of loom $175
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Lunch, materials and purchase of Schacht 15 inch frame loom $ $245
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Master Weaving-Level 3

April 20 – 24,2020   Registration closes March 20,2020

A continuation in the study of weaving offered through Olds College, this is the third level of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies, and project assignments.

 Please note that certification of Master Weaving-Level 2 is a prerequisite for this course.    

$875 USD; includes full course instruction and continued learning tools. Lunch is provided each day.

A non-refundable deposit of $150 USD is required to secure your seat in any Master Weaving course. Registration closing date March 20,2020     Space is limited  register early.
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Participants will be invoiced March 15th for remaining balance of $725 which is due no later than March 20

Olds College Master Weaving Level 1

April 27 – May 1, 2020   Registration closes March 27, 2020

An extension of the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center’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

Levels 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. Lunch is provided each day.

A non-refundable deposit of $150 USD is required to secure your seat in any Master Weaving course. Registration closing date March 27,2020     Space is limited  register early.
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Participants will be invoiced March 20th for remaining balance of $725 which is due no later than March 27.

Future Offerings in 2020

Eco Printing on Silk with Maria Muscarella May 1 – 3, 2020

Needle Felting with Megan Neds  June 12 – 14,2020

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

It’s in the Warp – Rep Weave with Rosalie Nelson  Sept 16 – 18, 2020

Rug Weaving Basics with Mary Zicafoose Oct 1 – 3, 2020

Next Level Rug Weaving with Mary Zicafoose Oct 4 – 6,2020

Precision Dyeing with Margaret Coe Oct 16-18,2020

Laptops and Looms with Margaret Coe Oct 19 -21,2020

Beginning Weaving on the Four Shaft, Rigid Heddle and Inkle looms will be offered on a Quarterly Basis in 2020 dates and more offerings will be posted soon!

Registration Policies

Please read all policies before registering for any course offered at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center. By submitting payment for the course, the participant acknowledges and affirms their adherence to all of the Fiber Center’s registration policies and procedures. 

REGISTERING FOR A COURSE

All courses at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center have limited availability–the enrollment of each is limited, guaranteeing a stimulating learning environment for all. To ensure your place, and for us to confirm with the instructor we ask that you please register well before the registration deadline. Signing up early not only holds your seat in the course, but also helps determine the status of the class.

Within 3-5 business days of your registration, you will receive a welcome email. If you do not receive a confirmation of your registration within 1 business week, please contact  Leslie Fesperman via our contact page.

TRAVEL

As many of our instructors journey from afar, the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center has courses on the schedule nearly a year in advance. In an effort to ensure the viability of each course offering,  we may require a deposit or payment in full for classes.  Once the minimum number of participants is reached we confirm  the class and we ask that travel arrangements be made and invoices be paid in full.    (This is usually 30 days prior to the date of the course.)

As the date of your course approaches, you will receive detailed information regarding your course (including any preparatory instructions or required materials) transportation, lodging, and Yadkin Valley amenities.

PAYMENT

The payment required for registration varies depending on the course and is indicated at the bottom of each description.

CANCELLATIONS

If The Yadkin Valley Fiber Center cancels a workshop for any reason, all students receive a full refund.

Deposits are non-refundable unless the class is canceled by The Yadkin Valley Fiber Center.

Students who cancel 30 days prior to their course’s date are refunded the cost of the course minus the initial deposit and a $25 processing fee. Any registration cancellation made less than 30 days before workshop is non-refundable.

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