Workshops:
Each year at the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival we offer several workshops ​​relating to artisan skills or the fiber arts world.
Workshops are available for purchase in our online store. 
Early Bird Registration Fee, Before May 8th: Half Day $40* / Full Day $80*
Registration Fee, After May 8th: Half Day $45* / Full Day $90*
Additional Materials Fees may apply and are be paid directly to your instructor on the day of the workshop.   Please read the description to ensure you know the full cost of the workshop.  
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Friday Full Day: 9 A.M.-12 P.M. & 1 P.M.-4 P.M.

Beginning Chair Caning
Friday: 9 A.M.‐12 P.M. & 1 P.M.‐4 P.M.—Full Day Workshop
Mary Jo Harris
Ever wonder how a caned chair seat is made? Do you have one (or more) caned chair seats to replace? Then this is the class for you. In this class, participants will hand cane a wooden trivet using natural strand cane to learn the chair caning process. Other topics that will be discussed include: the difference between the various types of caning, the different types of caning materials, the 7-step method of hand caning, how to care for caned furniture, and chair caning resources. Total workshop is
6 hours of instruction time. Participant must attend both sessions.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: $25

Minimum age of students: 12
Additional Materials Fee Includes: Trivet Kit which includes: trivet frame, caning pegs, natural strand cane, binder cane, and instruction booklet.

Materials Student Provides: Small hand clippers or shears, small rag, spray bottle, bucket or tub (in addition to spray bottle), paper for notes, pen or pencil, an awl or ice pick. Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet.

Friday Half Day: 9 A.M.-12 P.M.

Brioche Knitting
Friday: 9 A.M.‐12 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Susan DellaRocco
Have you ever wanted to try Brioche knitting but thought it was too complicated a stitch to do? Well, Susan DellaRocco is here to show you that it is not as terrifying or as complicated as you may think. You will learn the fundamentals of one-color Brioche knitting and then move on to two-color Brioche knitting. You will be making a swatch in class for each technique but you will be given the patterns for both a one-color Brioche knitted scarf and a two-color Brioche knitted scarf.
Prerequisites: Must know how to cast on and the knit and purl stitches.
Additional Materials Fee: None

Minimum age of students: 14
Materials Student Provides: Students will need to provide three colors of worsted weight yarn and two sets of knitting needles size US 5 and/or US 6 for your swatches (circular or straights). The swatches will be worked on different needles and do not need to be the same size.
Dyeing With Native Indiana Plants
Friday: 9 A.M.‐12 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Kathy Sparks
Explore the bounty of natural dye materials from the Indiana landscape. Workshop will cover identification and the basics of the dye process. Workshop will involve the use of hot plates and dye kettles. Dye materials, mordants and equipment will be provided. Wear old clothes or those you don’t mind getting dye on, gloves will be provided. Kathy will have copies of her book Song of the Muskox for sale.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: $10

Minimum age of students: 16
Additional Materials Fee Includes:  All printed handouts, and small samples of wool fiber representing all colors produced in the workshop.
Materials Student Provides:  Wear old clothes or those you don’t mind getting dye on.

Color Theory and the Golden Mean
Friday: 9 A.M.‐12 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Robin Goatey
We will use a Color Wheel to explore the artistic concepts behind complements, analogous, and contrasting harmonies. Then participants will use these concepts to plan some simple projects with sketchbook and colored pencils. The Golden Mean has been used in design since antiquity. We will practice an easy way to apply it to projects using the Fibonacci Sequence. A color wheel is provided in class; students should bring sketchbook and colored pencils.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: None

Minimum age of students: 15
Materials Student Provides: Colored pencils and drawing pad.

​​Knitting From Charts
Friday: 9 A.M.‐12 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Courtney Mussatt
Knitting charts provide a graphical representation of the knitting fabric, giving you a roadmap for success. The ability to knit from charts will also open up many new patterns to you. We’ll walk through charts for lace, cables, and texture, one at a time to understand the symbols and abbreviations, how charts can prevent mistakes, and what that black square in your chart really means.
Prerequisites: Must be able to cast on, knit, and purl. Some familiarity with cabling and lace knitting would be beneficial but not required.
Additional Materials Fee: $8

Minimum age of students: 14
Additional Materials Fee Includes: Highlighter tape, stitch markers, and the selection of one of three cowl patterns designed by Courtney.
Materials Student Provides: Samples of fingering or sock weight yarn for swatching, 32 inch circular needle in a size US 6, and a skein of fingering or sock weight yarn with at least 400 yards for a cowl.

Friday Half Day: 1 P.M.-4 P.M.

​Steampunk Felt Cuff
Friday: 1 P.M.‐4 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Patti Hodge
Steampunk fuses the Victorian era with the new age. In this Workshop participants will began by wet felting the base of the cuff, then will incorporate lace/silk into a surface design. Keeping with the spirit of Steampunk, a few accents charms will be sewn on: gears, keys, buttons, or clock faces.. NOTE: for this workshop participants will be using a natural colored wool base, brown, black, or gray, which goes along with basic Steampunk. Discussions about the Steampunk theme will occur throughout the felting experience.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: $15

Minimum age of students: 15
Additional Materials Fee Includes:  Wool fiber, lace/silk, cloth screen, bubble wrap, buttons, 2-3 gears, 1 key, 1 nautical charm, a few odds and ends charms, felting soap, use of needle, thread, felting tools.
Materials Student Provides: Bring an old towel and small scissors.
​Continuous Strand Weaving on Small Looms
Friday: 1 P.M.‐4 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Bex Oliger
Learn this magical technique for creating triangles, squares, or rectangles of woven fabric that can be joined together to make shawls, scarves, pouches, rugs, pillows, etc. Bex’s mother wrote the book on this method! No measuring, warping, or math needed for this class. Finish a complete project in 3 hours! Try our popular Washcloth Loom, weave a triangle and a square on our 6” Mini Mod Looms that can be combined for amulet bags, or try a cell phone bag on our smallest Rectangle Loom. This is a great way to learn more about continuous strand weaving with no initial investment in the loom or equipment. Materials fee includes use of looms and tools, basic materials including yarn, written handout and instruction. Students who purchase their loom
will receive a $10 discount at time of purchase.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: $20

Minimum age of students: 12
Additional Materials Fee Includes: Use of looms, tools, basic materials including yarn, written handout and instruction. Students get part of this fee returned if they buy the loom.
Materials Student Provides: None

Southwest Spindle
Friday: 1 P.M.‐4 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Teresa Goatey
Spin medium to heavyweight weight yarns with the Navajo-inspired Southwest spindle. It is a great choice for weavers to create heavy singles for making rugs and blankets. All of The Dancing Goats Spindles have a non-traditional hook on the end, making them easy to learn and use.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: $5

Minimum age of students: 15
Additional Materials Fee Includes: Spindle plus fiber to practice with.
Materials Student Provides: None
​Introduction to Publishing: How to Create Your First Fiber Book
Friday: 1 P.M.‐4 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
David Fitzsimmons
Join award-winning author and publisher David FitzSimmons for a jam-packed seminar covering not only the writing, revising, designing, printing, distributing, marketing, and selling of your masterpiece but also how to turn your creative dream into a profitable reality! Hear how David developed his Curious Critters project, winning twelve national book awards, selling over 100,000 copies, and licensing his work to Scholastic. Learn proven strategies for producing, promoting, and profiting from
book publishing. All students will receive a signed and dedicated copy of David’s latest book, Wakem the Rooster: Up All Night ($18.99 value), which will serve as an example text during the class.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: $45 Minimum age of students: 12
Additional Materials Fee Includes: Publishing guide with examples/contacts, sample marketing materials, model texts, and copies of Wakem the Rooster picture book and Curious Critters board book
Materials Student Provides: Notebook, any completed work, comparable books, and questions.

Saturday Half Day: 9 A.M.-12 P.M.

Yarn as Canvas: Dyeing Sock Blanks
Saturday: 9 A.M.‐12 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
David Broughton
Explore color and design then go from a sketch to a dyed wool sock blank which can either be kept as a pretty panel or knit into a pair of identical socks. Participants will use a combination of dyes, thickeners, and pens to create anything from simple geometric designs to complex images, your imagination is the only limit!

Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: $15

Minimum age of students: 14
Additional Materials Fee Includes: Double stranded 100g sock yarn blank.
Materials Student Provides: Old clothes, apron (if desired).
​E‐Commerce for Crafters
Saturday: 9 A.M.‐12 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Robin Goatey
Robin will show you how to take advantage of the Global Marketplace for handmade goods with a simple and inexpensive approach to e-commerce. This discussion style class is for anyone wanting to set up a crafts-based business. Participants will cover all the steps involved in creating your own brand that folks will come backfor. Topics include: Philosophical Approach, Outlets, Websites, Teaching & The ‘Artisans Pyramid’ a success model including Making, Teaching, and Vending Supplies.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: None

Minimum age of students: 15
Materials Student Provides: Pen and paper for taking notes.
Mastering Continental Knitting
Saturday: 9 A.M.‐12 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Courtney Mussatt
Are you ready to learn a different style of knitting that will let you knit faster and decrease the strain on your hands? Continental knitting results in smaller, quicker movements that make it a snap to work colorwork, ribbing and more. Participants will learn the knit and purl stitches in continental-style and explore different ways to tension their yarn for evenly knitted fabrics. Participants will then practice continental knitting with stranded color knitting and more complex stitches such as increases and
decreases.
Prerequisites: Students must be able to cast on, knit, and purl.
Additional Materials Fee: $4

Minimum age of students: 14
Additional Materials Fee Includes: Cowl pattern, highlighter tape.
Materials Student Provides: Samples of fingering or sock weight yarn for swatching, 32 inch circular needle in a size US 5, and skein of fingering or sock weight yarn with at least 400 yards for a cowl.
Ease into Sock Knitting: Knit a Christmas Stocking
Saturday: 9 A.M.‐12 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Mary Jo Harris
This class is designed for the person who has never knit a sock and feels a bit intimidated by the thought of knitting them. Knitting a Christmas stocking requires the same techniques used to knit a sock. The stocking uses a worsted weight yarn and only one stocking is made - preventing 'second sock syndrome'. Christmas stockings can be simple, or are easily customized. Participants will learn the parts of a sock, terms used in sock knitting, ways socks are made, how to use short rows, and how to
Kitchener Stitch.
Prerequisites: Know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and knit in the round.
Additional Materials Fee: None

Minimum age of students: 10
Materials Student Provides: Worsted Weight yarn - 2 skeins of the Main Color and 1 skein of the Contrasting Color (if you want a contrasting color), two different 16" or longer circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn (US 5-7), darning needle, scissors, stitch markers.
​​3‐D Felting: Creating Wool Felted Animal Figures
Saturday: 9 A.M.‐12 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Olivia FitzSimmons
In this introduction to three-dimensional wool felting, learn how to make durable, super-cute ball-shaped animals from old sweaters and bits of wool roving. Using her CritterSpheres as models, Olivia will take you step-by-step through the process of wet felting a wool ball made from second-hand sweaters (which serves as your animal base) to dry felting eyes, ears, legs, tails, and other features on the outside. Learn what types of wool work best, felting techniques, needle choices, and other tips for making your animals realistic and cute. Students will receive enough wool to create in-class their own CritterSphere, either a sheep or an owl, plus two barbed needles and a foam felting pad. Additional wool roving, needles, and other supplies will be available for purchase after the workshop.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: $35

Minimum age of students: 10
Additional Materials Fee Includes: Pre-made wet-felted ball, wool roving, two barbed needles, and a foam pad.
Materials Student Provides: Notebooks plus photos/drawings of animals they hope to felt after the class in order to receive design advice.

Saturday Half Day: 1 P.M.-4 P.M.

Dyeing on Trend: Speckle Dyed Yarn and Single Skein Gradients
Saturday: 1 P.M.‐4 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
David Broughton
Learn how to dye this year's big looks with simple techniques you can repeat at home. We'll use acid dyes to create a bright speckled yarn and a beautiful gradient cake both in the perfect weight for shawls and accessories. A selection of dyes and dyeables will be available at the workshop. Dave's own hand-dyed yarns can be purchased at the Nomad Yarns booth in Scott Hall.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: $20

Minimum age of students: 14
Additional Materials Fee Includes: Two 100g+ skeins of fingering weight natural fiber yarns - one for each technique. Exact bases will depend on availability from our wholesalers.
Materials Student Provides: Old clothes, apron (if desired).
Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
Saturday: 1 P.M.‐4 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Robin Goatey
Learn weft-face weaving on the One-Time Oriental Tapestry Mini-Frame. True tapestry has a weft facing while the warp disappears into the structure and packing of weave. The class includes a mini-loom, warp thread, beater fork, and tapestry needle. Students should bring a variety of yarn weights and colors to the class, dyed longwool locks also work great in these little tapestries. We will warp the mini-loom in class and practice the techniques of weft-facing, adding joins and changing colors.
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: $20

Minimum age of students: 15
Additional Materials Fee Includes: The class includes a mini-loom, warp thread, beater fork and tapestry needle.
Materials Student Provides: Student should bring assortment of yarns in different weights and colors for the weft.
Fractal Spinning
Saturday: 1 P.M.‐4 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Vicki Thomason
Dive into the theory of fractal spinning. Learn how to choose fibers that will yield a fractal spun yarn resulting in subtle shifts of color. Participants will see examples of fiber, spun yarn, and finished products of how fractal spun yarn may knit up. Participants will prep their fiber to prepare it for fractal spinning and will begin spinning on either their wheel or spindle. Provided in workshop: one 4 ounce braid of hand dyed fiber and class handout.
Prerequisites: Student must be able to spin a consistent single. Students must know how to create a 2-ply finished yarn. Workshop is considered “intermediate” level.
Additional Materials Fee: None

Minimum age of students: None
Materials Student Provides: Spinning wheel or drop spindle.
Sensational Shawl Shapes
Saturday: 1 P.M.‐4 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Courtney Mussatt
Ravelry has over 37,000 different shawl patterns and those shawls come in many different shapes. Find your favorite shawl shape and explore other options as you work through a series of mini-shawls in five different shapes. Participants will explore the building blocks and basic formula for each shape, and put that into practice by knitting four mini-shawls. The four shawl shapes will include triangular, crescent, semi-circular, and square. The workshop will end by starting on a simple one-skein semi-circular shawl while discussing different ways to incorporate stitch patterns into your favorite shawl shape.
Prerequisites: Knit, purl, and work basic increases and decreases.
Additional Materials Fee: $10

Minimum age of students: 14
Additional Materials Fee Includes: Shawl pattern, handout with template for each
shawl shape, highlighter tape, and stitch markers.
Materials Student Provides: Samples of fingering or sock weight yarn for swatching, 32 inch circular needle in a size US 6, and a skein of fingering or sock weight yarn with at least 400 yards for a shawl.
Two Color Knitting ‐ It’s Not Just Fair Isle Anymore
Saturday: 1 P.M.‐4 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
Mary Jo Harris
Do you look at items knitted in more than one color and want to knit them, but feel intimidated because the process seems complicated or difficult? Then this is the workshop for you! In this workshop participants will discuss: history of two color knitting, types of two color knitting (stripes, two kinds of double knitting, intarsia, mosaic, entrelac, stranded, fair isle, modular, etc), various two-color knitting techniques, how to read a two-color pattern and chart, and how to make a two-color sampler using the techniques covered in the workshop.
Prerequisites: Know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.
Additional Materials Fee: None

Minimum age of students: 10
Additional Materials Student Provides: 2 or more different colors of basic worsted
weight yarn (no novelty yarn), needles in a size appropriate for your yarn (US 5-7), paper for taking notes, pen/pencil, stitch markers appropriate for your needles, darning needle, scissors.
​Professional Fiber Photography: How to Arrange, Light, Photograph, and Process Fiber Images
Saturday: 1 P.M.‐4 P.M.—Half Day Workshop
David Fitzsimmons
Photographing fibers, from skeins of wool to finished products, can be challenging. Sigma Pro photographer David FitzSimmons will share professional studio techniques for creating product shots that display texture, shape, depth, and a wide range of colors and tones. Learn about the best cameras and lenses, lighting, color calibration, light tents, and photo-editing software. David will hold live demonstrations, and, as time allows, show you how to photograph your fibers and products. So bring stuff with you! If you print brochures, maintain a web site, or sell online, this course is for you. Learn pro skills to make your fiber photos shine!
Prerequisites: None
Additional Materials Fee: $15

Minimum age of students: 8
Additional Materials Fee Includes: Jump Drive w/ Photography Tips and Resources Guide, microfiber cloths, and photographic door prizes.

Materials Student Provides: Notebooks, questions, and a few of your fiber subjects.