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Jennifer Vancalcar
Jennifer Vancalcar has been dyeing yarn as Holiday Yarns for the past 15 years and knitting even longer. Her yarns have been featured in magazines such as Spin-off and Interweave as well as on the popular show Knitting Daily. Holiday Yarns was the "Yarn of the Month" for Yarnbox in December 2013 and January 2016. Among other places, you can find Holiday Yarns on The Yarn Harlot (Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee) Blog and on Debbie Macomber's needles when her book Starry Night was released. Jennifer has produced over 100 fun and eye catching colors over the years and continues to come up with more everyday!

For more about Jennifer go to: holidayyarns.com/



STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7111 No skills required Dye Your Own Yarn Try your hand at dyeing your own yarn! Learn how to hand-paint yarn to produce beautiful tonal, variegated, or pooling effects when knit. Along the way, you will also learn some color theory. At the end of the class, you will walk away with a beautiful skein of one-of-a-kind sock yarn created by you!
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1205 No skills required Dye a Knit Flat: Sock Blank Learn to create your own self-striping or one-of-a-kind gradient on a knitted flat—often known as sock blank. Jennifer will help you understand how to dye stripes, gradients, and even random-color abstracts as she shares simple approaches to color theory for dyers. At the end of the class, you will take home a beautiful one-of-a-kind flat created by you and be ready to knit your next pair of socks, hat, or shawlette.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7111 No skills required Dye Your Own Yarn Try your hand at dyeing your own yarn! Learn how to hand-paint yarn to produce beautiful tonal, variegated, or pooling effects when knit. Along the way, you will also learn some color theory. At the end of the class, you will walk away with a beautiful skein of one-of-a-kind sock yarn created by you!
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1206 No skills required Over-dye a Skein or Item You own a skein of wool or a single-skein project in an unfortunate color or unappealing variegation. You hate the color? Don’t like the shade? It’s unattractive in the finished piece? All is not lost! We'll overdye it!

We will address wool, silk, or other animal fiber (no cottons/ rayons/ cellulose fibers) as we experiment with colors and dyes to fix it and make it work. Students will have access to a large array of colors mixed for the class.

We’ll discuss color theory, what works and what doesn’t , overdye issues and concerns*, and things to avoid. Students will come away with the basic knowledge and understanding to overdye other yarns and projects down the road in their crafting career AND with a ‘new’ skein to knit or a newly colored project to love.

* Note that black, brown, and extremely dark blues and greens can be difficult to overdye. Bring more than one skein or project just in case.
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Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1207 No skills required Dye Silk Scarves or Shawl Try your hand at dyeing your own silk scarves and shawl in your color choices. Jennifer will discuss some basic color theory and the dye process for protein fibers. You will have the opportunity to dye 2 scarves and a shawl (Christmas shopping completed early!) with access to a variety of colors for variegated, layered colors.
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Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1208 No skills required Dye Your Roving Start or expand your dye skills on roving! You will learn basic color theory and the dye process for protein fibers as we dye Superwash BFL roving, as well as 100% silk roving. Dye them completely differently, or matching for use in a larger project! 4oz of each will be provided. You will come away with unique, hand dyed rovings in one-of-a-kind colors of your very own!