Interweave Yarn Fest may be returning to the same location, but there’s always something new to learn! We’re excited to offer workshops in these NEW subjects for the very first time. No matter which craft is your favorite, we’ll have new skills to learn.
Whether or not you’re a handknitter, come discover the techniques of machine knitting. Margit Tritt will bring everything you need to learn machine-knitting basics. Learn to cast on with waste yarn and ravel cord, work stockinette and tuck stitches, advance to hand-manipulated lace and eyelets, increase and decrease, and bind off. This is an unusual opportunity to play with a flatbed knitting machine! Are you just a little bit curious about machine knitting? Check out more on this workshop from Margit Tritt.
Spinning for bandweaving
Kate Larson’s handspun bands are to die for, and in this first-time offering she will teach you how to spin perfect yarns for beautiful, durable handwoven ribbons. In this class, you will discuss the characteristics of yarns used for traditional bandweaving; explore various ways that we can balance twist, durability, elasticity, and loft; and apply what we learn to a broader range of fibers and yarn designs. Kate will show you her favorite method of creating short warps for quick sampling and get you started on a plainweave or pick-up pattern sample band using your handspun. Don’t miss out on this workshop and the rest of Kate Larson’s classes!
Sara Bixler returns to Yarn Fest with several classes for weavers of all levels. Learn to create striking textured, colorful weaving with two yarns in each row! Discover a technique that utilizes 2 separate shuttles of yarn that intersect with one another within the shed. The two yarns create one-of-a-kind patterning that you as the weaver control. Gain insight into planning a project using clasped weft, appropriate applications, and tips/tricks to control your yarns to complete a scarf or pillow. If you are looking for a more organic approach to adding visual texture to your woven fabrics, this is the class for you.
Dyeing wool yarns
Yarn Fest favorite Nancy Shroyer returns with something new: classes in dyeing wool yarns for particular color effects. In two different classes, she will teach you to dye pre-knitted blanks and self-striping yarns. Whether you prefer the rhythmic color pattern of consistent repeats or the freeing canvas of a sock blank, you’ll leave this class with new yarn and new skills.
Beth Brown-Reinsel will teach the wonderful Scandinavian technique of Tvåändsstickning, which is so unusual that even the yarn is spun differently! Start a pair of mitts and learn to work the stitches, read a chart, and embellish with a Latvian braid. This isn’t the only amazing class Beth is teaching, be sure to check out all of her workshops!
Now that you’ve experienced a taste of what you can learn at Interweave Yarn Fest, tell us which new schedule addition you’re most excited to try! Leave us a comment below, or join the discussion on our social pages.