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July 2014

Calendar of Events

Sat July 26 Spinning on a drop spindle

Wed July 28 Deadline for August Newsletter (By 5pm)

Thurs July 31 Quilting Group

Sat August 23 Natural Cordage

Sat Sept 20 Making a Clay Bowl


Quilting Group

Monthly blocks, new techniques, special projects and other Ideas will be shared All ages from beginner to advanced welcome Last Thursday every month starting June 26th at 7PM at the Cullman Agriplex Building on Tally Ho Road

For more information contact Intha Rafadin (205) 266-0746


Intro to Spinning and Beyond

Saturday July 26, Arrive at 9:30 a.m.

Option 1: $12, includes drop spindle and fiber,

Option 2: $7, includes only fiber (bring your own drop spindle or spinning wheel)

Pre-Registration Deadline: July 19.

Maximum Number: 15.

Workshop is open to adults and youth ages 13 and up.

When you pre-register, tell us your spinning experience so we can tailor the workshop to your needs. Can you spin a yarn that holds together? If yes, concentrate on drafting techniques and working with different fiber types. If no, work on becoming comfortable with the basic mechanics of spinning.

Start learning to use a drop spindle as an intro to spinning and working with loose fiber. Drop spindles are a slow and easy way to develop a feel for how spinning works. It is also a great “take anywhere” craft. We will cover some basics of the characteristics of fiber, types of fibers, and how to process your yarn after you have finished.

There will be an introduction to spinning wheels, with hands-on experience. If you have a spinning wheel, bring it. The leaders will also be bringing some spinning wheels.

Note: If you bring your own fiber, the leaders may not be able to help you if there are problems with your fiber.

No spinning experience is required. The leader will bring all the tools and other supplies you’ll need to use during the workshop.

Bring a sack lunch.

Making Cordage from Natural Fibers

Saturday August 23, Arrive @ 9:30 a.m.

Leader: Daniel Hessler

Pre-Registration Deadline: August 16.

Supply Fee: $5, paid @ beginning of workshop

Workshop open to adults and youth ages 14 and up.

Maximum # participants 10

This workshop may have 2 different workshops depending on interest.

Learn to make cordage from natural fibers. We’ll make 2- and 4-ply strings using fiber from local plants. All materials will be provided, including natural pendants and beads for those who wish to make jewelry with their new cordage. Discussions will include how to identify appropriate plants, as well as how to gather and prepare them for twining. Handouts will include illustrations of technique and lists of fiber plants.

Bring a sack lunch.

Make a Clay Bowl

Saturday September 20, Arrive @ 9:30 a.m.

Leader: Wes Abbott

Pre-Registration Deadline: September 13

Supply Fee: TBD

Workshop open to adults 18 and up

Maximum # participants 12

Make a Ceramic Bowl with holed lid. Once finished, use your bowl to hold your yarn and keep it clean while you work.

You may get dirty at this workshop. Wear old clothes or clothes you don’t mind getting dirty as well as bringing a big towel and an apron (optional.) Scrubbing sponges are needed too.

Bring tools to make some fun patterns on your bowl too. Your tools for patterns could be things like buttons, crochet needles, spools, paint rolls, or anything else you can think of that may make a fun design.

About 4 years ago you held a natural dye workshop that I attended.  I finally knit up the yarn and here is the result.  It is a tribute to Mick Aston, the TV archaeologist from “Time Team”.  He was known for his striped sweaters (jumpers).-Layla Sumners
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About 4 years ago you held a natural dye workshop that I attended. I finally knit up the yarn and here is the result. It is a tribute to Mick Aston, the TV archaeologist from “Time Team”. He was known for his striped sweaters (jumpers).-Layla Sumners

June 2014

Calendar of Events

Thurs June 26 Quilting Group

Sat June 28 Macrame

Wed June 29 Deadline for July Newsletter (By 5pm)

Sat July 26 Spinning on a drop spindle

Sat August 23 Natural Cordage

Sat Sept 20 Making a Clay Bowl


Quilting Group

Monthly blocks, new techniques, special projects and other Ideas will be shared All ages from beginner to advanced welcome Last Thursday every month starting June 26th at 7PM at the Cullman Agriplex Building on Tally Ho Road

For more information contact Intha Rafadin (205) 266-0746


Macrame A Plant Hanger

Saturday June 28 Arrive 9:30 a.m.

Leader: Victoria Meadows. Supply Fee: $15, everything including $10, bring your own 300 feet of jute cord Notify us by June 14 to receive a discount on the supply fee.

Pre-Registration Deadline: June 21. Maximum Number: 18.

Location: Peinhardt Living History Farm Museum building.

Workshop is open to adults and youth ages 13 and up.

Macramé knots can be used to make textiles. Knowing a few knots opens up a new world to you. The craft was used by sailors long ago, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms, to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships. We might find it more useful for belts, bags and plant hangers. We’ll complete a plant hanger in this workshop. You’ll learn how to add beads and other decorations. Bring pony beads if you want to add them. The leader will bring all the other supplies and equipment for use in the workshop. Bring a sack lunch.


Spinning on a Drop Spindle

Saturday July 26 Arrive 9:30 a.m.

Supply Fee Options: 1: $10, includes drop spindle and fiber 2: $5, fiber only or spindle only, bring your own drop spindle or own fiber $2/ounce additional fiber

Pre-Registration Deadline: July 19. Maximum Number: 15.

Workshop is open to adults and youth ages 12 and up.


Making Cordage from Natural Fibers

Saturday August 23, Arrive @ 9:30 a.m.

Leader: Daniel Hessler

Supply Fee: $5, paid @ beginning of workshop

Workshop open to adults and youth ages 14 and up.

Maximum # participants 10

This workshop may have 2 different workshops depending on interest.

Learn to make cordage from natural fibers. We’ll make 2- and 4-ply strings using fiber from local plants. All materials will be provided, including natural pendants and beads for those who wish to make jewelry with their new cordage. Discussions will include how to identify appropriate plants, as well as how to gather and prepare them for twining. Handouts will include illustrations of technique and lists of fiber plants. Bring a sack lunch.


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