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 before registering for a course. 

All courses are held in the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center

129 Church Street

Historic Elkin, North Carolina 28621

Masters of Overshot: One Threading–Countless Weaves

With Laurie Duxbury         January 10–12, 2020

registration ends Dec.20

Connect with the past and design for the future using the versatile structure of overshot,
led by instructor Laurie Duxbury. Using one warp, students will begin with traditional
pattern treadling and advance to more varied structures, including honeycomb andDuxbury_Overshot Flame Treadling
boundweave. Learn how to keep track of pattern treadling without a draft, how to use
color to create depth, and how to adapt overshot designs for your own use.
Masters of Overshot is appropriate for any weaving skill level, provided that students can
warp their 4-shaft looms independently and arrive to class with their loom prepared.

Class, handouts optional weft materials and lunch are provided in the course fee $250.USD
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Dye Lab open Dye Day Jan 11 –

Bring your protein fibers and spend the day dying them in our lab!    Please note the fiber center will provide water and equipment to dye with but participants are responsible for bringing their own dyes etc. this is not a beginners dye day but one aimed for the experienced dyer.

$35.00 includes use of equipment and lunch  Buy Now Button

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.  Buy Now Button

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.  Buy Now Button

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

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    Buy Now Button

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  Buy Now Button

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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Future Offerings in 2019

Beginning Tapestry with Jacqueline Mehring March 14,2020

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

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

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.