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We are pleased to present the following workshops and classes at the 2016 Festival. We are again offering online registration with a paper registration option. All online and paper registrations will be processed on a first come, first served basis, until classes are filled. Paper registrations received after classes are filled will be returned. You may inquire at the Information Tent during the Festival for information on any classes that still have spaces left.

Registration Information

Refer to online registration instructions for additional information about registering online.

Online Account

If you have registered for a class in prior years, your ‘account’ with the Festival is no longer active. You will need to create a new account in order to register for classes.

Seat Availability

Due to the shopping cart server’s inventory update method and high frequency of shopping activity at certain times, seat availability shown on the registration pages is NOT A GUARANTEE that an actual seat is available to be purchased. If an over sale of seats occurs, the price of the oversold seat will be refunded in its entirety.


You will receive a payment confirmation when you register online. This confirmation does not guarantee enrollment in the class. Our goal is to send you your enrollment confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration. This confirmation will be in ADDITION to the payment confirmation that you will receive.  Please add to your email contacts and check your  “Spam/Junk” email folder if you do not receive a confirmation in a timely manner.

Double Booking

The shopping cart feature allows you to register for more than one class at a time. It does not, however, prevent you from registering for classes that occur at the same time. So, you will have to pay careful attention to the dates and times of the classes you select in order to avoid ‘double booking’ yourselves. We will do our best to troubleshoot this possibility, but will not be held responsible for your selection of classes and any conflicts that occur.

Buying For Others

The shopping cart feature allows you to purchase more than one seat in a class, so you may buy a seat for a companion.  If doing so, you need to make sure that you include the name of your companion in the comments section of the registration screen. We also need the correct email address associated with the companion taking the class, if different from the buyer’s email. The Festival WILL NOT be held responsible for incorrect email addresses.

Paper Registration Option

You may complete and mail a registration form to us with complete payment in order to register. If you use this method of registration, please remember that others may be registering on line while your form is in the mail – making it all the more important to indicate alternative choices.

Locations of Classes

Please make note of the location of your class. This year there are two instructors whose classes are at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum. This location is NOT at the Fairgrounds. It is directly across the street from the fairgrounds and the rooms for the classes are about a mile back from the street. There will be signs directing you. Please plan accordingly for rooms without electricity. There are restrooms with hot and cold water within a reasonable distance from the classrooms. You may want to dress warmly if it is a cold day as the buildings do not have heat.


  • If there’s a class cancellation, or any other need to contact attendees at the last minute, we may only have your email address for communication! It is therefore the responsibility of the purchaser to pass on our communications to any attendees for whom they have purchased workshops.
  • If your email address changes, you are responsible for notifying the Festival of that change. The Festival WILL NOT be held responsible for incorrect email addresses.

Checking for Updates

Registrants are responsible to periodically check the Festival website for updates.

Instructor Illness

On rare occasion it may be necessary to cancel a class or several classes due to instructor illness or travel delays. Should this occur, the Festival will make notification, as soon as possible, by the following methods: email, cellular telephone number or home telephone number, if provided. The student will have the option of participating in another scheduled class, providing there is a place available in that class OR a refund for the class will be given. The Festival WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE for travel or hotel fees incurred by the student or any other fee related to the cancellation. If the student opts for a replacement class, NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN.

Waiting List

Waited too long to register? If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for any of our closed classes, email . Be sure to include the class name and number in your email.

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JC02 Fiber Preparation with Robin Russo

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JC03 Spinner’s Guide to Color Theory: Mastering Color Without Dyeing with Judith MacKenzie

You will learn how to achieve every color in the color wheel without dyeing. By combining different ...

JC04 Natural Dyeing 101 with Jackie Ottino Graf

For centuries, people have turned to the natural world for colors, to embellish fibers and fabrics f ...

JC05 Madder Root Intensive with Jackie Ottino Graf

In this advanced workshop we will explore how putting a little chemistry to work in the madder root ...

JC06 Spinning Primitive Breeds with Judith MacKenzie

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JC07 Pricing and Value: How to Pay Yourself with Tara Swiger

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JC08 Felted Fantasy Figure with Lyn Harris

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JC11 Felted Lacy Scarf with Lyn Harris

When wet felted, Wensleydale wool creates a beautiful lacy effect. Fancy yarns will be available for ...

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JC13 Pattern Writing Skills with Kate Atherley

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JC14 Felted Ruffled Shawl with Lyn Harris

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Everything you need to know to figure out all those tricky math issues you encounter in your knittin ...

JC23 Drop Spindle Spinning with Maggie Casey

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JC24 Handpainting with Natural Dye Extracts with Jackie Ottino Graf

Handpainting yarns and fibers is an excellent way to create tonal and variegated yarns. Are you a ha ...

JC25 Email Marketing for Crafty Business Owners with Tara Swiger

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JC26 Fair Isle Techniques and Design Your Own Cowl Workshop with Tanis Gray

Have you been wanting to learn to knit with multiple colors? In this Fair Isle Techniques and Design ...

JC27 Sheep Breed Walkabout with Judith MacKenzie

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JC28 Yarn Knowledge with Kate Atherley

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JC29 Two Socks in One: The War & Peace Method with Kate Atherley

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