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.
First-time Interweave Yarn Fest instructor Susan Lowman will offer a class in the magical-looking mosaic crochet. She says, “Mosaic crochet may look intricate, but it’s not. Once you know the secrets and are able to make wonderful designs in Mosaic Crochet, your friends will ask how you did it!” She will teach several of the many mosaic crochet methods. You’ll learn how to make horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines in Mosaic Crochet, enabling you to “draw” geometrics and all kinds of stunning designs with a crochet hook and yarn.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.