Shows and Classes Schedule

2019 – check back for updates

March 14: Procion Dyes Sampler – a one-session workshop on how to use Procion dyes to dye cotton, linen, rayon, and other cellulose fibers.  Click here to go to the listing on the Westminster Parks and Rec site.

Starting April 4 for 4 sessions: Procion Dyes on Fabric – a 4-session class that goes in-depth on how to use Procion dyes. Students take home a dyed project each session. Click here to go to the listing on the Westminster Parks and Rec site.

Starting May 2 for 4 sessions: Knitting 102 – Offered through Wooden Spools, Englewood, Colorado. In this class, we broaden and add to skills taught in most Knitting 101 classes. We’ll look at yarns and how to choose the best one for your project. We learn new cast ons and bind offs and increases and decreases. We’ll look at ways to change colors, take a stab at using double pointed needles, and discuss how to keep a sample notebook.

May 11: How to dye wool (and other protein fibers): Offered through the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center in Fort Garland, CO. Acid dyes are used on wool (and all other fibers from animals), silk, and nylon. In this class, we’ll learn the basics of using acid dyes, using a microwave to heat-set the dyes. We will completely cover studio safety, choosing and mixing dyes, how to make them washfast, and how to finish up dyed articles. Everybody will take home samples, written guidelines, and a list of supply sources. To register, call the Museum at (719) 379-3512.

May 18: Spinning on a drop spindle: Offered through the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center in Fort Garland, CO. People who craft with yarn—knitters, crocheters, weavers—benefit a lot from understanding how yarn is made, and this hands-on class will help add some valuable knowledge to your toolbox. We will spend some time de-constructing some yarns we normally work with to see their twist and structure, and we’ll take that information and construct some yarns of our own. To register, call the Museum at (719) 379-3512.

June 22-23: Vendor at Land to Hand Wool Festival, Fort Garland, CO.

June 9: Intro to needle felting—make a needle felted sheep: Offered through the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center in Fort Garland, CO. Needle felting is a process that entangles fibers to create fabrics and 3D objects. In this class, we’ll learn to needle felt a sheep, using only wool and some sharp barbed needles. We’ll talk about how to build a solid structure of needle felt, the colors of sheep, and there will be some different breed-specific wools for you to use to make a little soft sculpture (or an ornament for your Christmas tree) of your favorite breed. All supplies included, and students take home a handmade sheep, a set of felting needles, and a list of resources for further learning.
To register, call the Museum at (719) 379-3512.

July 13: How to dye cotton, rayon, linen, bamboo: Offered through the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center in Fort Garland, CO. These dyes are made for cellulose fibers, and with some adjustments, they can even be used on silk! This class of dyes known as Procion dyes are easy to use, IF you learn the relevance of pH, time, and temperature. In this class, we’ll learn about how Procion dyes work, how to work with the assistive chemicals safely, and most importantly, how you can make a cellulose (or silk) item any color you want! We’ll learn how to mix the colors, how to adjust them to get the color you want, and how to make sure your dyed items are colorfast. We’ll also try some different dyeing techniques; most people are familiar with tie-dye, but there are many other ways to apply color to fabric. Students will take home several dyed items. To register, call the Museum at (719) 379-3512.

July 25-28: Vendor at Intermountain Weavers Conference, Durango, CO

August 10: Design your own knitted Christmas stocking: Offered through the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center in Fort Garland, CO. This class is a great way to explore sock making, and there’s an optional opportunity to learn stranded colorwork.  We will talk about the different parts of a sock and the variations in sock and toe shaping, and, because we’re working with worsted-weight yarn, you get to try these techniques without having to worry about working with tiny yarn or making something that fits. You will design your own Christmas stocking, using a range of fabric and yarn choices. This is primarily a design class, not a knit project class, but there may be time to cast on for the project. To register, call the Museum at (719) 379-3512.

Sept 7-8: vendor at Salida Fiber Festival, Salida, CO

Sept 21-22: vendor at Sneffels Fiber Arts Festival, Ridgway, CO

October 11-12: Intro to needle felting – needle felted sheep, needle felted sheepdog. Offered through Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Idaho. Needle felting is a process that entangles fibers to create fabrics and 3D objects. In these classes, we’ll learn to needle felt, using only wool and some sharp barbed needles. We’ll talk about how to build a solid structure of needle felt, the colors of these animals, and there will be some different breed-specific wools for you to use to make a little soft sculpture (or an ornament for your Christmas tree) of your favorite breeds. All supplies included, and students take home a handmade sculpture, a set of felting needles, and a list of resources for further learning. Registration opens in July.

2018

chelle colorado booth land to hand 2018

Land to Hand Wool Festival, Fort Garland, CO June 9-10

Minturn Market, Minturn, CO, July 21

Handmade in Colorado art/craft show, Estes Park, CO

Salida Fiber Festival, Salida, CO, Sept 8-9

Sneffels Fiber Arts Festival, Ridgway, CO, Sept 29-30