Sunday, June 16, 2013

Workshops, Workshops, and More Workshops

I’ve had a pause in my teaching travels. Now it’s time to get back on the road. Let me share with you a listing of my travels this summer and fall.

I leave tomorrow for Scranton, Pennsylvania. I’m teaching a three-day workshop, Spinning With Commercial Yarns, at the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association conference, June 21-23.

On July 9, I will be teaching a one-day version of the same workshop, this time for the Sunrise Spinning Guild, in Comins, Michigan. Shelia Robbins is the contact person. She is also the proprietor of a yarn shop in Alpena, Spruce Shadow Farms Yarn Shop. You can contact her by email,, or by phone, 989-356-9434.

August means only one thing: MichiganFiber Festival. This is always one of my favorite events. Workshops start on Wednesday, August 14, and continue through Sunday, August 18. Vendors and other activities run Friday – Sunday. I’ll be teaching every day. Spinning With Commercial Yarns on Wednesday, Beginning Spinning at the Wheel on Thursday, Spinning Super Stretchy Wools on Friday, Shaping With Stitch Patterns on Saturday, and Variations on Long Draw on Sunday morning.

September is the month I take the ferry across Lake Michigan to get to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, September 6-8. I’m teaching all three days: I Heart Duplicate Stitch and Spinning Marl Yarns on Friday; Shaping With Stitch Patterns on Saturday, and Blending Colors at the Wheel on Sunday. I hope I get some time to shop; the vendors at this event are fabulous!

I’ve got two events in October. First is Yarn in the Barn, sponsored by Briar Rose Fibers, and held in Caledonia, Michigan, October 3-5. I’m teaching Shaping With Stitch Patterns on Thursday, Plying Balanced Yarns and Plying for Texture on Friday, and Seams to Be on Saturday morning.

Next is Spin Off Autumn Retreat, aka SOAR. This year it will be held at Pheasant Run Resort, in St. Charles, Illinois, October 20-26. Last year I taught at SOAR for the first time. I was delighted to be asked back this year. The three-day workshop I’m teaching is Spinning With Millspun Yarns, Monday – Wednesday. Then I’ll be teaching two half-day retreat sessions, Mechanics of Your Wheel on Friday and Saturday mornings, and Spinning With Silk Hankies on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

This schedule ought to keep me plenty busy. That’s a good thing.

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