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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.
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.
For more about Natalie, go to namastefarms.com.
STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
7125 No skills required The 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
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, theyâ€™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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7123 No skills required Redding Method of Dyeing Nabori: Creating Patterns on Silk
Hand-dyeing silk fabric into lovely patterns and colors is an art! The Redding Method Nabori combines multicultural methods of tying and binding the silk to result in visually interesting and creative dyed patterns. Natalie shows you the different types of silk, their history and make-up, and the most suitable methods for resist dyeing. You will create a variety of lovely fabrics and develop ideas for more when you return home.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7122 Easy Handspinning Art Yarns
Become a well-rounded spinner! Learn the facts, physics, and potential of fiber while spinning beautiful, artistic yarns. Science and creativity work together. What uses are there for art yarns? Can this yarn be used as warp? Does it matter if it is an s- or z-twist? Which is better for crochet or knitting? Are all fibers suitable for add-ins? Does using damaged fiber really matter? Learn the answers to these questions plus several creative techniques: tail-spinning, add-ins, Laura Spinner's "Magic Thumb", and different plying methods including spiral, coil and chain (Navajo). This class is designed to be conceptual as well as allowing the student to complete a finished art yarn of their own design.
Note: Students must be able to spin a single-ply yarn.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7132 No skills required Blending Boards: Landscapes of Color and Texture
Learn to use the fiber arts industries most popular â€śnewâ€ť tool; the blending board. Blending boards have reached such popularity due to their portability, affordability and ease of use. They are a viable alternative to the drum carder and have quickly become â€śall the rage.â€ť During this course, students will learn how to make beautiful rolags, art roving (with a diz) and art batts. Included during the class are tips and secrets to making this 3 hour instructional journey beneficial in all aspects of fiber prep.