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2013 Workshops at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

To register for fiber events, please contact Robyn Morton at rmorton@spsmw.org or 812-535-2932.

Fiber Frolic Jan. 25-27, 2013 Where: White Violet Center for Eco-Justice When: 6:30 p.m. (EST) Friday through 11 a.m. Sunday Cost: $225, plus $25 for materials, includes materials and meals Registration deadline: Jan. 15 Fiber Frolic includes beginning levels of instruction in spinning with Robin Edmunson, weaving with John Salamone and felting with Sister Maureen Freeman. Classes occur simultaneously, so participants choose one area of concentration. No prior experience needed. Supplies and equipment furnished. Walk away with a finished project. Housing at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is available, so please inquire if interested.

Spinning 101 with John Salamone Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 Where: White Violet Center for Eco-Justice When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) Cost: $80, plus $10 for materials Registration deadline: Feb. 8 Learn how to create your own yarns for crocheting, weaving, knitting, or other craft projects. All you need is a little patience and a sense of adventure! Wool, workshop roving and spinning wheels will be provided, though students are encouraged to bring their own wheels or fiber if they wish. White Violet Center’s alpaca roving will also be available for purchase. Housing is available; so please inquire if interested.

Spinning 102 with Robin Edmunson Saturday, March 2, 2013 Where: White Violet Center for Eco-Justice When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (EST) Cost: $100, plus $10 for materials Registration deadline: March 1 This workshop is designed for those who have basic spinning skills and are interested in branching out to work with a variety of fibers and plying techniques. It’s a great chance to refresh your spinning skills, learn from other spinners, and just have fun! A grab bag of different fibers and spinning wheels will be provided, though students are encouraged to bring their own wheels and fiber if they wish. White Violet Center’s alpaca roving will also be available for purchase. Housing is available; so please inquire if interested. Instructor, Robin Edmundson is an award winning fiber artist specializing in color. She has extensive experience teaching and lecturing on spinning, weaving, dyeing, color theory and creativity. She was a recipient of an Indiana Artist Grant by the Indiana Arts Commission and her work has been featured in many fiber arts exhibitions and fine art/craft shows. She lives in Greene County, Ind. where she homeschools her children, gardens and uses all kinds of dyes. Learn more about Robyn at www.robinjedmunson.com.

Rusty Weavers Club with John Salamone Saturday, May 11, 2013 Where: White Violet Center for Eco-Justice When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (EDT) Cost: $100, plus $15 for materials Registration deadline: May 3 This workshop is designed for the person who technically knows how to weave, but hasn’t had much experience. It’s an opportunity to refresh those rusty weaving skills or to get some reassurance to begin working with different fibers or weaving drafts. White Violet Center’s 4-harness floor looms will be available for weavers to use. Weavers are encouraged to bring their own yarns, pre-wound warps, or portable looms. Housing is available; so please inquire if interested.

Color Basics and Harmonies and Dyeing with Protein Fibers with Robin Edmunson Saturday, June 15, 2013 Where: White Violet Center for Eco-Justice When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (EDT) for both morning and afternoon classes Cost: $60 per class; or $100 for both morning and afternoon classes Registration deadline: June 7

Color basics and harmonies (morning): Take the mystery out of putting colors together. Learn how to put colors together in beautiful ways from a master colorist. Topics will include basic color theory, using color tools, wheels and books, classic color combinations, etc. We will spend time making your own color notebooks. Expect to get a lot of practice putting colors together and using your new skills. Housing is available; so please inquire if interested.

Bring with you: photos or things with color combinations that you really like, photos or things with color combinations that you really don’t like. Feel free to bring whatever color tools, books, swatches, yarn, etc you already have that you’d like to practice working with. 3 ring binder or notebook, blank white copy paper, page protectors, glue/tape, scissors. Bring magazines with color photos to cut up for your notebooks. You may share or not as you wish.

Dyeing animal and protein fibers: acid dyes (afternoon): Explore the use of acid dyes to turn your stash of ‘boring’ protein yarns and fibers into designer yarns and fibers that you won’t be able to wait to knit, weave or spin up. You will learn how to put several colors onto a skein to make variegated yarns as well as learn to do immersion [single color] dyeing. We will dye with acid dyes [very safe and mild!] on wool, mohair, alpaca, soy silk, or silk fibers. Students may bring white or natural yarns or bring colored yarns to overdye. Overdying is a wonderful way to put pizzazz in a project. Instructor will provide handout, dye, citric acid, bucket, pH paper, neoprene gloves for handling hot fibers, rags.

Materials list (Please bring to class these items): Gloves for when you are dyeing Apron or dye clothes and shoes yarn in skeins, roving, fleece in mesh bag, pre-wound warps Something to carry your wet yarn home in.

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