What is Sheep to Shirt? Fiber Identification, Processing Fibers, Carding Fibers, Spinning Yarn with a Spindle, Kettle Dyeing Yarn, Knitting a Tiny Shirt
1. Learn what each natural fiber looks and feels like and how to process fibers on a small scale hands-on and visually, as well as card it on a drum carder.
2. Learn how to ply two commercial yarns together to get the feel of spinning before diving into make a single strand of yarn from roving wool. Learn technical terms, proper storage, and what to do next.Take home yarn, wool, and your spindle!
3. By controlling our hot water, acid dyes, vinegar and your hand-spun yarn, we'll marble and muddy beautiful colors together to make your skein a unique dye lot!
4. With your 30-50 hand-carded, hand-spun, hand-dyed wool we will learn to knit a tiny sweater. Perfect for any pet cactus, ferret, or drinking glass!
Materials Needed and Costs: :
Class 1: Scraps or different colored fibers (approximately 1-2 ounces)
Class 2: 10-20 grams each of two different colored commercial yarns; one ounce roving wool; hardwood top-whorl spindle
Class 3: acid dye 1-3 colors, 1-3 pint mason jars, one cup vinegar or lemon juice, bring your hand-spun yarn
Class 4: Size 8 12" circular needles; bring your own hand-dyed yarn; 5 place markers
Or the final material fee will be $50 due on the first day of class.
Where: Textiles West, Studio 235 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. This is a four-week class that runs every Wednesday, September 6th, 13th, 20th and the 27th.