SP06 Intentional Art Yarn with Esther Rodgers
Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows A & B
What is Art Yarn and how is it different from a creative yarn or textured yarn? We will discuss the difference between yarn, creative yarn and “art yarn”. What does this mean for your own spinning and design? We will be working beyond spinning to create a work of art. By exploring color, texture and design, students will lock into their own personal inspiration while working from the concept to spun creation. We will take skills you have, along with new techniques and play with layering to create new textures and styles. Skill level: Intermediate. Students should be familiar with basic creative spinning techniques. Maximum number of students: 16.
Students should bring:
- Their wheel, bobbins and lazy kate.
- An idea or concept they would like to explore turning into a yarn (could be as simple as “water” or as complex as “my vacation to Mexico”).
- Core yarn of crochet cotton #10, and/or brushed mohair.
- Any add-ins, embellishments or fiber they don’t know what to do with or would like to see how to add/spin into the yarn.
- Notebook to start their design notebook.
Class Code: SP06 Class Fee: $110. Materials Fee: $15.
Esther Rodgers is a full-time fiber artist from Mebane, North Carolina. She is known for her creative art yarns, and her unique fiber preparation, while constantly innovating her spinning techniques to create new textures and is on the cutting edge in terms of yarn design. She loves to design and spin concept yarns from an inspiration and tell stories with her yarns. Esther is also a SAORI weaver and creative knitter which gives her the perspective of how these extra special yarns can be used. She challenges herself by creating garments and other items out of her yarns and woven cloth. Esther is an enthusiastic and patient teacher; possessing both national and international teaching experience. She enjoys the adventure of traveling around, sharing her techniques and fun. Some of the events she has taught at include Iceland spinners group, MAFA, John C. Campbell Folk School, Interweave YarnFest, PLY Away, New York Sheep and Wool (Rhinebeck), Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival (SAFF), Stitches South and Stitches Midwest and for both Ashford Wheels and Looms and Majacraft Camp in New Zealand. She loves to challenge her students to embrace their design elements rather than “mistakes” and to learn from each new spin.