SP04 Masterful Batts: Creating Exquisite Gradient Sets with Heavenly Bresser

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows C & D

Discover how to put that extra flair into your batts and have a blast with your drum carder! In this class, we’ll go through a step-by-step process for making outstanding gradient batt sets and how to approach the drum carder as a true blank canvas. Let your imagination go wild as we take a new approach to gradients through a set of 3 batts. After selecting colors, we’ll jump right in, discussing the importance of proper layers for smooth transitions and when to strategically use add-ins as accents within the gradient set. During this session, students will learn how to create well-documented batt-recipes for repeatable results. Finally, we’ll discuss how to prepare the batt sets for spinning to maximize the effects of the color progression. Skill level: Advanced beginner. Maximum number of students: 15. Students should bring: Their own drum carder with accessories (i.e. packing brush, burnishing brush, awl). Students are allowed to share drum carders and are encouraged to bring fibers suitable for their drum carder’s tpi. Spinning wheel, e-spinner, or spindle for batt-sampling (optional).

Class Code: SP04 Class Fee: $110. Materials Fee: $20.

Heavenly Bresser is the owner and founder of Heavenly Knitchet. She is excited to share her love for knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and all things fiber related with the world. Not only is Heavenly a well-rounded fiber artist, but she is also a jewelry maker and loves to work with polymer clay. She currently sells various prepared fibers including batts, rolags, handpainted braids of fiber, handspun yarn, and accessories as well as jewelry for fiber artists and enthusiasts. Heavenly is dedicated to helping fiber artists of all levels expand their knowledge about their craft and try new things. She loves working with color, repairing older spinning wheels, and spending time with family.

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Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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