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NO SKILLS REQUIRED Absolutely no experience necessary. Valuable for all levels of the craft.
EASY Participants with basic skills.
INTERMEDIATE Participants have solid basic skills.
ADVANCED Participants have solid skills and experience in the craft, ready to explore or refine.
Heavenly Bresser is an award-winning handspinner, published author, and proud owner of Heavenly Knitchet. After spending many years designing custom knit and crochet accessories for clients, she became well-known for her attention to detail and expert finishing. The TGKA recognizes Heavenly as a Level One Master Knitter, currently enrolled in Level Two. Her love for knitting and crocheting eventually became a gateway for her to try her hand at spinning when a yarn shop owner urged her to give it a try.
After discovering a love for spinning yarn, Heavenly became determined to learn something new every day from spinning wheel to spindle. Taking a project from raw fleece to finished product is one her favorite things. She teaches classes for a local spinning guild and also at fiber festivals. Heavenly has written articles for major publications including Spin Off magazine as well as tinyStudio Creative Life magazine.
Part of her mission is to unite spinners, knitters, and crocheters near and far to experience the fiber craft together. As a teacher, she continually encourages fiber artists to think outside the box. When Heavenly isn't teaching, vending, or playing in fibers and yarn, she repairs antique spinning wheels and has her own herd of 18. Her husband is her greatest enabler, and her two sons enjoy her handspun yarn
STITCHES West 2020 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1325 Easy Color Control: Fractal Spinning
Fractal spinning results in a subtle self-striping yarn.
It is one of the many ways to control color and create dynamic yarn from a dyed roving or fiber braid for knitting, crocheting, and weaving. And it is pretty easy!
To start, we'll look at 2 different approaches to fractals--a basic 2-ply as well as a 3-ply. Then, we'll choose one method to spin during the session.
Finally, we'll discuss different applications for fractal yarns.
Note: Must be able to spin a continuous singles yarn and be able to ply a 2-ply yarn.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
1323 Intermediate Think Outside the Braid
As we explore different ways to spin combed-top braids including gradient spinning, combination drafting, and spinning multiple braids together into one yarn, we will use both color theory and creativity for the best results.
Our goal is to gain confidence in spinning braids with varying colors into a cohesive yarn AND to think outside the box to achieve your desired outcome from the raw materials.
Note: Must be able to spin a continuous singles yarn and ply a 2-ply yarn. Drop-spindle friendly class!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
1403 Intermediate Fearless Plying!
No more stress! Join us as we tackle ply techniques on the spinning wheel.
Learn how to establish and maintain a smooth rhythm while Navajo plying. Explore ways to ply from a center-pull ball for better control and fewer tangles.
We will also discuss what makes for a truly balanced yarn, how to intentionally spin an "off" balance yarn and the many reasons you might want to do so. Finally, we'll take a look at additional tools for your future plying endeavors. Are you ready? Let's ply!
Note: Techniques will be shown on the spinning wheel. Students can take spindle-spun yarn and ply from their singles onto the wheel OR from bobbins if the singles were spun on the wheel and ply onto a new bobbin on their wheel.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
1326 Intermediate Lustrous Longwools
Longwool fibers tend to have stereotypes that can turn away handspinners from a truly
fantastic experience. Longwools have many uses in the knitting, crocheting, and weaving world. Luster is a fabulous characteristic of these breeds. In this class, you will learn how to choose a longwool breed for your intended end-use, spinning methods to maximize and even minimize luster and useful tips for controlling worsted and woolen prepped longwool fibers while spinning. We will discuss how to avoid 'pitfalls' when preparing these fibers for spinning and ways to make adjustments in your spinning techniques and wheel to take your longwool appreciation to new heights.
Note: Must be able to spin a consistent singles yarn and be able to ply a 2-ply yarn.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm SOLD OUT
1402 Intermediate Spinning for a Project!
This class is ALL about project planning for spinners of all levels. No more playing 'yarn chicken' with your handspun or feeling frustrated because your beloved yarn has gotten 'lost' in the pattern!
We'll address major concerns such as how much fiber is 'enough', the importance of grist, how to use a suggested commercial yarn in a pattern as a guide for planning, and other important things to consider before spinning for a project.
We'll discuss the proper use of spinner's tools and guides including the spinner's control card, angle of twist, gauge, and more. This in-depth class is built to help you gain greater confidence in your project planning so you can truly enjoy the yarn you make even after you've set the twist!
Note: Must be able to spin continuous singles and basic plied yarns.Â
Note: This class is spindle-friendly and not hard for spindlers to keep up with wheel spinners. More than one spindle is recommended but a ball winder will be available to accommodate those with a single spindle.