SP18 Wildplying: Beehives, Bobbles, Crescents and Coils with Esther Rodgers

Thursday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows A & B

In this class we explore lots of different ways to ply for textures. Textured doesn’t always mean bulky. This class is perfect for everyone from the most wild spinner to the most traditional. We’ll spin the different kinds of singles needed, then we’ll “wild” ply spirals, bobbles, coils, crescents, stacks and twists! We’ll also explore adding elements like beads and feathers. We’ll discuss design concepts and how to apply techniques to achieve snowballs, stars in the sky and more!  Students should be able to spin a single and ply. Skill level: Advanced beginner. Maximum number of students: 20. Students should bring: Their wheel, bobbins and lazy kate. Bobbin of freshly overspun (as even as possible) singles – the bobbin needs to have at least 100 yards BUT does NOT need to be a full bobbin. Homework: Spin at least 100 yards of overspun singles spun as evenly as possible. Must be freshly spun.

Class Code: SP18 Class Fee: $55. Materials Fee: $20.

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.

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