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Natalie Redding
Natalie Redding is a well known artist, public figure, and Socal shepherdess. Natalie teaches her proprietary dyeing methodology and techniques, Redding Method, to people around the globe in both workshops and in live online classes. Natalie has been the subject of editorials in publications such as Vogue Knitting, Knit N Style, LA Times, Huffington Post and more. She is also a contributing author in the industry’s most prestigious publication, PLY Magazine. Beyond this, Natalie has had her own television series on Nat Geo Wild (Shear Madness) in addition to holding a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science/Agriculture.

STITCHES Texas 2017 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7125 No skills required How, What, Why, and When of Yarn! This in-depth and comprehensive look at fleece, fiber, and yarns focuses on the protein fibers that constitute most of them. Learn: How the major fiber producing breeds (or species) originated to become major contributors of fiber for textiles and yarns; What the properties (micron, elasticity, ability to uptake dye) of these fibers makes them suitable for specific finished items; Why these fibers are economically significant and the reasons they are regional in origination and manufacturing; and When you should use certain fibers/combination of fibers as well as yarn weight, composition, stitch type for your end use.

During class, there will be extensive examination of the raw fleeces and fiber types which make up the most popular protein-fiber yarn types. Students will be able to handle and really see components in their rawest form. Further, they’ll be shown the physics of yarn twist and plying via demonstration of these fibers. This hands-on flleece and fiber education crucial for teaching knitters, crocheters and weavers the basics of the animal fibers they work with.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7123 No skills required Redding Method of Dyeing Nabori: Creating Patterns on Silk Using several types of silk scarves, Redding Method Nabori will teach students the history and different types of silk as well as the most suitable type for the end result. Nabori combines several binding and tying techniques in a multicultural method to create visual and artistic interest in silk fabrics. Students will create several types of designs and go home with a variety of 100% silk scarves and hemmed silk fabrics.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7122 Easy Handspinning Art Yarns Handspin artistic and beautiful yarns while also learning the scientific facts, physics, and potential for many types of fiber. Beyond the ability to create the finished yarn, understanding fundamentals makes you a well-rounded hand spinner. Can the yarn you are spinning be used as a warp? Does it matter if it’s a Z-twist or S for crochet or knitting? Are all fiber types suitable for add-ins? Does using damaged fiber really matter? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Students will leave class with an understanding of how to make artistic yarns and the knowledge of what their yarn type is best suited for. Beyond these fundamentals, artistic methods such as: different tailspinning, add-in, and plying techniques will be taught in a new and interesting ways.

Note: Students must be able to spin a single-ply yarn.

Materials fee: $40 for dyed fibers, additional add-ins, and fabrics.

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