Spinning in Color Fiber FestONLINE/VIDEO CLASS

Spinning in Color – Creating Beautiful Colorways by Blending Fibers       

Fairbanks Fiber Festival Class

Instructor:  Susan Willsrud

Dates of the class:
Instructional video will be available by November 7, 2021

Materials kits can be picked up at The Folk School cabin on November 1st, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. (If you cannot pick up your kit at this time, please contact Kerri Hamos at kerri@folk.school.)
Shipping is also available for a $8 flat rate.

Live Zoom follow up meetings will be on Sunday, November 14 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 21 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a project-based spinning class focused on: 1) color, 2) using the color wheel, 3) blending colors, and 4) creating a finished cowl that highlights the range of colors that you’ll create.

In this class we’ll demystify the color wheel so that you can easily use it as tool. We’ll focus on what’s called a “triad harmony” – using equally spaced colors on the color wheel to create really beautiful combinations that will work well in any project. We’ll also created “tints” and “shades” of the colors to create darks and lights and we will blend complementary colors to create lovely earthy tones to incorporate into your colorway.

After blending and spinning all of your different colors – 15 in total! – everyone will knit an adapted version of the “Inspira Cowl” in order to highlight the full range of your colorway.

Spinning in Color Fiber FestNote: Students need a spinning wheel in good working condition, and a drum carder or hand cards. You will also need knitting needles. Calypso has a few spinning wheels and pairs of hand carders available for loan for local students. If you would like to borrow a spinning wheel and/or hand carders, please contact Susan Willsrud at susan@calypsofarm.org.

Susan will release an initial video detailing the blending and spinning technique used by November 7th. The materials kit will also
be available at this time. Materials kits can be picked up at The Folk School cabin.

Participants will have a couple of weeks to practice the technique. Susan will supplement the technique video with live Zoom follow up meetings on Sunday, November 14 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 21 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. 

Check out the Fairbanks Fiber Festival website.

Important: Please review the information on our Using Zoom for Online Classes and Meetings page to make sure you have the resources necessary to successfully and satisfactorily participate in such a class before you sign up.

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 5

Spinning in Color Fiber FestAge range: 13 to adult (younger students welcome with adult support)

Prerequisites: Participants must know how to spin and knit – all spinning levels are welcome and can have success in this class.

Cost: $25

Materials fee: $65 (Includes 7 oz of hand-dyed fiber – three colors, plus black, white, and complements for blending – pocket color wheel, sample cards for the student to put samples on, and pattern for cowl.)

Contact: Susan Willsrud: susan@calypsofarm.org

Pre-registration: This class is pre-registration only. Please register by November 6th. Registration will be closed after this time.


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