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Yarn In The Barn 2014

October 3 @ 4:00 pm - October 4 @ 3:00 pm

The Barn will be open for shopping Friday evening, October 3rd from 4 pm to 7pm and Saturday October 4th from 10 am to 3 pm. Please note that we do not have a retail location; this is a special event.

Our address is:  7950 Hanna Lake Ave.  Caledonia, MI  49316

Phone:  616.554.4900

Email:  chris@briarrosefibers.net

 

Classes

*To sign up for a class, email Briar Rose Fibers at the above email.  Classes are first come first serve, so sign up early to reserve your spot!  Payment is made through PayPal.  Cancellations are accepted before September 1st to be refunded half the amount.  After September 2nd, there will be no refunds for cancellations.

 

Instructors:

ANNE HANSON

Knitspot owner and designer Anne Hanson, a life-long knitter with a background in the fashion and graphic design fields, began designing clothing, knitwear, and accessories during the 1970s.  Anne, who teaches and writes about knitting, spinning, and designing at her blog, Knitspot.com, lives and works in Ohio with David, who loves wool, too.  Anne and David together are the owners and creators of the renowned Knitspot yarn clubs and Bare Naked Wools yarn.

 

Anne’s background as a patternmaker/draper, technical designer, and costumer in New York City’s garment industry informs her work, providing a rich source of experience in garment construction and fit, as well as knowledge of a wide range of fibers and fabrics.

 

Anne’s design work has been included in Knitty, The Knitter, Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, Sock Club, Brave New Knits, Sock Knitting Master Class, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, and My Grandmother’s Knitting. Anne’s complete catalog of patterns and her line of natural artisan yarns, Bare Naked Wools, are available for purchase in the Knitspot Pattern Shop.

 

 

AMY TYLER

First a dancer, then a neuroscientist and professor, Amy now devotes herself fulltime to the fiber arts. Her fiber work is informed by her art and science background; she has a keen understanding of learning movement skills, composition, pattern recognition, and systematic exploration. The result is her focus on spinning and knitting technique, texture, three-dimensional structure, and knit designs that exploit hand spinning techniques. Amy has taught classes all over the United States, from San Francisco to Rhinebeck. She lives in beautiful Benzie County, Michigan, and she writes on her Stone Sock Blog.

           

Class #1: Friday, October 3rd, 9:00AM – 4:00PM (includes 1 hour lunch break)

Spinning Silk: Bricks and Hankies

Cost: $120.00 (which includes material fees)

Instructor: Amy Tyler

Capacity: 5

Description: Bombyx silk can be found in many forms for spinning. In this workshop, we will work with two of those forms that are equally luxurious, yet very different from each other: “bricks” can be spun into very smooth yarns; “hankies” yield more textured yarns.  We will start with a “hand spa” to prepare our hands for spinning silk.  We will also address finishing of handspun silk yarns, as well as best uses of them.

Class level: Intermediate spinning skills

Participants to bring: spinning wheel in good working order, 3 bobbins, lazy kate

Instructor to provide: samples for examination, fibers for spinning, notebook with handouts, sundry supplies

 

Class #2: Friday, October 3rd, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Yarn Voyage II: Color Territory

Cost: $70.00 (which includes $15 Briar Rose Fibers and Bare Naked Wools material packet)

Instructor: Anne Hanson

Capacity: 10

Description: Yarn voyage for color knitting and design: Are your attempts at color knitting foiled by sloppy looking results, fabrics that appear lifeless, and/or stitches that gape and won’t lie straight? Do you find your attempts at substituting colors or creating your own combinations disappointing? It might not be you-it could be your yarn. Learn how choosing the right yarn will help you achieve a smooth and cohesive surface as well as a beautifully orchestrated palette in your color knitting projects. Our voyage into color knitting territory is much more than a discussion about yarn weight. It’s an explorative class for knitters and hand spinners of all levels, covering the specific characteristics of yarn that influence the outcome of color knitted fabric.  Included will be a short history of color work in knitting, how it was disseminated around the world, how various cultures influenced its development, and the evolution in turn of its separate ethnic identities. Participants will learn how yarn type relates to the fabric surface, texture, weight, and elasticity, and how to use that information to make better choices and/or substitutions in their projects. Students will test Briar Rose Fibers and Bare Naked Wools yarns of various fibers and twist ratios to make comparisons and learn to assess final fabrics. Even the most experienced knitters and spinners will go away with new insight on the fibers and yarns they thought they knew. Students should have intermediate knitting skills with the ability to execute simple patterned motifs from written or charted instructions.

Materials: a book of colorwork stitch patterns with a few simple ones marked for possible use in class, a variety of needles, sizes 3US to 9US (3.25mm to 5.5mm), a set of 8-12 colored pencils and graph paper

 

Class #3: Friday, October 3rd, 1:00PM-4:00PM

A Survey of Color Knitting Techniques

Cost: $70 (which includes $15 Briar Rose Fibers and Bare Naked Wools material packet)

Instructor: Anne Hanson

Capacity: 10

Description: Let’s tackle something new together and take the fear out of color knitting! This class is an exploration of color knitting techniques including mosaic, intarsia, stranded colorwork, and slip stich. We will start with intarsia experiment a bit, and move on to slip stitches and mosaic using two colors at a time. Finally, we’ll move into stranded color knitting, where both two-handed and one-handed techniques will be covered. Students should have intermediate knitting skills with the ability to execute simple patterned motifs from written or charted instructions.

Materials: a variety of needles, sizes 4 to 7, for class swatches, a set of 8-12 colored pencils and graph paper

 

Class # 4: Saturday, October 4th, 9:00AM – 2:30PM (includes 1 hour lunch break)

Variations on Long Draw

Cost: $110 (which includes materials fee)

Instructor: Amy Tyler

Capacity: 5

Description: “Long draw” spinning techniques are often used to create “woolen” yarns – yarns that are airy, lofty, soft, and warm! We will cover three variations of long draw using commercially prepared rovings, drum carded batts, and hand carded rolags.  We will create samples of thick, lopi-style singles yarns, as well as thinner, plied woolen yarns. In the process, we will discuss the types of fiber that work best for different long draw techniques, how to create a hand carded rolag, and how best to use woolen yarns.

Class level: Intermediate spinning skills

Participants to bring: spinning wheel in good working order, 3 bobbins, lazy kate, and hand cards

Instructor to provide: samples for examination, fibers for carding and spinning, notebook with handouts, sundry supplies

Class #5: Saturday, October 4th, 9:00AM – 4:00PM (includes 1 hour lunch break)

Color Project Immersion

Cost: $150 (which includes $50 NEW accessory kit with Briar Rose Fibers and Bare Naked Wools yarn, Knitspot pattern, plus small skeins for swatching)

Instructor: Anne Hanson

Capacity: 10

Description: Using the information and skills attained during the previous day’s classes, we’ll get a beautiful color knitting project on the needles in your choice of style – mosaic or stranded. Participants will work on a brand spanking new Knitspot color project in a relaxed, semi-social setting with the instructor. You’ll start the day by finalizing your color palette, after which we will cast on together. Instruction on creating an optional cashmere lining for the project will be included. After this, everyone will work at their own pace alone, in pairs, or in small groups to share experiences and maximize the fun. Anne will circulate to demonstrate and instruct as needed, with some group discussion at various points.  The second half of the day will be a continuation of the work begun in the morning, as well as further instruction on the lining and some finishing and blocking tips to close the session.  This is a day to totally immerse yourself in getting the jump on a new and possibly challenging project within a supported atmosphere; the emphasis will be on taking the time to be a learner and enjoying it.

Materials: sizes US 6-8 needles, scissors, tape measure, notepad, stitch markers, a set of 8-12 colored pencils, and graph paper

Vendors:

WHILE IN TOWN…

Coming from the east or the airport

Hotels:

            Hampton Inn

            5200 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512

1.616.575.9144

Holiday Inn Express

5401 28th Street Court SE

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546

1.616.940.8100

Ramada Plaza

3333 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512

1.616.949.9222

Baymont Inn & Suites

8282 Pfieffer Farms Drive

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49315

1.616.583.9535

 

Restaurants:

Olive Garden

3883 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512

616.940.1632

Red Lobster

3920 28th Street SE

Kentwood, Michigan 49512

616.949.9190

 

Outback Steakhouse

3650 28th Street SE

Kentwood, Michigan 49512

616.957.7932

 

Starbucks

3195 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512

 

Panera Bread

3770 28th Street SE

Kentwood, Michigan 49512

 

 

Attractions:

Art Prize

           

Frederik Meijer Gardens

           

           

Details

Start:
October 3, 2014 4:00 pm
End:
October 4, 2014 3:00 pm

Venue

The Barn