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Friday, June 26
 

10:00am

Where the Wooly Things Are, a Fiber Arts Club for Kids
All kids are invited to join Where the Wooly Things Are, Expo's kids fiber arts club. Our fourth year.  Bring along any finished objects or projects you're currently working on that you'd like to share with your fellow young fiber and craft enthusiasts.  Beginners are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

11:30am

Fun Fabulous Finger Knitting and Beginning Knitting
Get started in the fiber arts using only yarn and your fingers. Especially suited to younger crafters who aren't ready for needles yet, or for anyone looking to expand their fiber art repertoire. Easy to learn and fun to do!   When you're feeling more adventurous, we'll get you started knitting on knitting needles.

Speakers
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Wrap & Stitch Basketmaking
Participants should be confident needle threaders (or have someone alongside them who can help with threading needles) and have a basic set of fine motor skills. Kids as young as five have made cute baskets they were very proud of--dextrous youngers do well with the help of a more experienced partner.

These baskets can be made from a variety of materials--the sky's the limit once you learn the basic technique--and make coveted gifts. They are perfect for using up the ends of skeins from other projects; a beautiful basket can be made from a very small amount of material.

Once you learn how to make these, you will find yourself looking at potential wrap and core materials (and embellishments) in a whole new way--it's a great intro into the world of fiber for those who haven't ventured there yet.

There are studies showing that people who have a hard time focusing attention, for instance in a lecture setting, find it easier to attend to the speaker/activity and have better retention if they have something to do with their hands. Knitting has been explored as a means of providing manual focusing assistance; this basketmaking craft in my opinion can work just as well and requires less of a learning period to become effective.

A basket made with this technique can be started and finished within a day or less once you get comfortable with the method, depending on the size and features of the project you have in mind. This makes it easy to create a bunch for gifts during the busy holidays or for sale at a fundraiser.

I have been making these baskets for well over 40 years, since my art teacher mother taught me how to make them. Interestingly, we don't have a ton of finished baskets around our house because I tend to give away almost every basket I finish!

Speakers
avatar for Kari Aist

Kari Aist

Kari Aist, with the help of her husband Paul, took two older kids from 2nd and K as new homeschoolers all the way through to college graduations and beyond, with another set of two teenaged kids extending the homeschooling years in the household and giving her an excellent reason... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

3:30pm

Little felt gnomes
In this session we'll be making very simple, Waldorf-inspired, 3"-tall gnome-like creatures that can be finished quickly as finger puppets or stuffed and sewn up to be stand-alone little friends which work great as pins and pincushions, too. This session is perfect for those with beginning hand sewing skills. It would be great for participants to be able to thread a needle with embroidery floss, or have someone with them to help with that. In one session it will be possible to start AND finish these cute little felt goodies. Those who are more advanced in their sewing skills might like to create gnomes with additional details. Multiple samples will be provided for inspiration, and free-styling is always encouraged.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Aist

Kari Aist

Kari Aist, with the help of her husband Paul, took two older kids from 2nd and K as new homeschoolers all the way through to college graduations and beyond, with another set of two teenaged kids extending the homeschooling years in the household and giving her an excellent reason... Read More →


Friday June 26, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor
 
Saturday, June 27
 

10:00am

Learn to Knit or Crochet
This class is for people of any age who want to learn to knit or crochet, or may just need a refresher course.  We have lots of yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for you to use during the class. You can keep the yarn you use, but not the needles and hooks. You may also bring your own supplies and tools, all of which can be purchased inexpensively at most craft stores.

Speakers
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

11:30am

Learn to Make Yarn on a Drop Spindle
Nicole and Juanita will demonstrate and teach the art of spinning yarn using a drop spindle. All supplies will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Six-panel felt balls
These balls (with ~12" circumferences) are quick and easy to make and play with, and it's fun to come up with different color combinations for them. The skill level required to make a basic ball is minimal; since there are six seams to sew in order to finish a ball, perseverance is all that's required in order to end up with a finished play-piece. Those who try this craft should be confident needle threaders or have someone with them to help with that requirement. More advanced hand-sewers might like to add embroidered embellishments to their projects before sewing up the final seams. Suggestions include a name or a string of flowers or geometric shapes--as always, free-styling is encouraged.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Aist

Kari Aist

Kari Aist, with the help of her husband Paul, took two older kids from 2nd and K as new homeschoolers all the way through to college graduations and beyond, with another set of two teenaged kids extending the homeschooling years in the household and giving her an excellent reason... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

3:30pm

Wrap & Stitch Basketmaking Using Recycled Materials
In the Recycled Materials Basketmaking session, we'll explore the repurposing of core materials that might otherwise cause a problem for the planet, focusing on plastic bags but also playing around with other materials sometimes considered to be trash. We'll wrap our non-traditional core materials with yarn as usual, locking the bags into what will become a beautiful basket and thereby keeping those usually discarded items from being a problem for the planet, potentially forever!

Please, it would be really helpful for you to bring softer plastic bags (such as the ones available at grocery stores, both for general purchases and for containing produce) and other materials that you think might work for basketmaking so that we have enough for everyone to create entire baskets from these alternative cores. Take some time now to stuff these materials into a pocket in your car or backpack so that you won't forget them at Expo time. ;)

Think outside the lines: discarded clothing and holey socks, spent electrical cords, anything that can be coaxed into a long thin shape somehow! I'll bring some fun stuff to work with, too. This session is geared to intermediate basketmakers, but only because it can be tricky sometimes to work with cores that resist molding into strand shape.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Aist

Kari Aist

Kari Aist, with the help of her husband Paul, took two older kids from 2nd and K as new homeschoolers all the way through to college graduations and beyond, with another set of two teenaged kids extending the homeschooling years in the household and giving her an excellent reason... Read More →


Saturday June 27, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor
 
Sunday, June 28
 

10:30am

Fiber Arts - Open Session
Come join Juanita and Nicole for coffee while you get help in the areas you're interested in learning more about at this informal open session! Feel free to drop in with your questions about knitting, crochet, felting, and spinning.

Speakers
avatar for Juanita Heyerman

Juanita Heyerman

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
What would peanut butter be without jelly?  Laurel without Hardy?  Beyonce without Jay-Z?  Thelma without Louise?  I think you get the idea that Nicole Orton and Juanita Heyerman are great friends.  Juanita Heyerman, a long-time homeschool mom, will once again be joining Nicole... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Orton

Nicole Orton

Fiber Arts Room Coordinator
Nicole Orton has been playing with wool, in one form or another, for over 20 years.  She and her husband Michael have homeschooled their fabulous children for the last 13 years.  Nicole currently spends her creative time knitting, spinning, felting and dyeing.  Nicole will be in... Read More →


Sunday June 28, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor