Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest 2023!

Our second annual Winterfest will once again offer two days of virtual fiber arts seminars. Winterfest 2023 will be held on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 on the same Lessonface platform as last year and will feature the following instructors:

  • Jillian Moreno – Spinning
  • Kristen Walsh – Felting
  • Maggie Casey – Spinning
  • Kira Dulaney – Knitting
  • Alasdair Post-Quinn – Knitting
  • Esther Rodgers – Spinning

Our keynote lecture on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. will be A Look Inside a Small-Scale Carding Mill with Angela Muller. Angela, a shepherd and the owner of a small mill located in central Maryland, Angel Locks Fiberworks, will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of her small-scale carding mill and tell you how she established Angel Locks. Angela will explain how she set up her mill, and describe the functions of each piece of equipment she uses. Then she will share how she decides which equipment to use to process different types of fiber, as well as share how fiber enthusiasts can get the best results when sending fiber out to a small mill. Attendees will leave Angela’s lecture with a clear understanding of what happens to a raw fleece and the different steps the fiber goes through as it is transformed in roving.

The lecture is free but registration through Lessonface is required.

Schedule

Saturday, January 28

Time (Eastern) Class Type Instructor
10 a.m. to 12 noon Introduction to Double-knitting Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
  Twisted Together:   Crepe, Cables and the Endless Possibilities of Layered Plying Spinning Esther Rodgers
  Straight Up: Spinning Vertically Dyed Braids Spinning Jillian Moreno
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pros and Cons of Predrafting Spinning Maggie Casey
  Needle Felted Fox Felting Kristen Walsh
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Two-pattern Double-knitting Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
  The Long and the Short of It – 6 Ways to Spin Locks Spinning Esther Rodgers
  Introduction to Cables Knitting Kira Dulaney
  Fluffing your Braids: Making Worsted Braids Woolen Spinning Jillian Moreno
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Needle Felted Winter Landscape Felting Kristen Walsh
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Twist, Grist, and Wraps per Inch Spinning Maggie Casey
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Slip-Stitch Mosaic Knitting Knitting Kira Dulaney

Sunday, January 29

Time (Eastern) Class Type Instructor
10 a.m. to 12 noon Drafting Together: Working on a Parallel Plane Spinning Jillian Moreno
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Finishing Your Yarn Spinning Maggie Casey
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. A Look Inside a Small Scale Carding Mill Lecture Angela Muller
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Advanced Beginner Double-knitting Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
  Sculptural Corespinning: Not Your Traditional Spinning! Spinning Esther Rodgers
  Introduction to Entrelac Knitting Kira Dulaney
. Color Value and Choosing Braids That Work Together Spinning Jillian Moreno
2 p.m. to 5 p.m Needle Felted Owl Felting Kristen Walsh
6 p.m. to 9 p.m Hand Cards, Not Just for Rolags Spinning Maggie Casey
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Texture in Double-knitting Knitting Alasdair Post-Quinn
  Color Blending:  Unlocking the Spectrum Spinning Esther Rodgers
  Gauge and Blocking Knitting, Crochet Kira Dulaney

Registration will open at 1:00 PM ET on Saturday, November 19 at https://www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool.

2024 tickets and catalogs now on sale!

Tickets and catalogs for the 2024 festival are now on sale at https://mswf2024.eventbrite.com.

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