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      Fiber on the Porch - Demos & Workshops in Turner

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      August 31, 2019

      Saturday  10:00 AM (on various days)

      284 Turner Center Road
      Turner, Maine 04282

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      Fiber on the Porch - Demos & Workshops

      Come visit the fiber studio staff for the summer fiber on the porch! Our staff will be hosting live demos throughout the summer with the option to join in and book a private lesson or class. Cost: $20/hour plus materials. Most classes being 2 hours with materials being from $8 to $15. People can either purchase materials at the farm or bring their own! NEW Classes! Tapestry Weaving with Found-Object Looms Ages: 8 and up. Great for families! Skill level: Beginner; no experience with weaving required. Supplies: Wool yarn, a variety of weights, colors, and textures Cotton/linen tapestry yarn Large darning needles Beater combs (can also use hair combs) Scissors Objects to transform into frame looms: Some examples—picture frames, embroidery hoops, baskets, books, forked tree branches Description: This workshop is focused on teaching basic techniques of tapestry weaving using unconventional, found-object looms. The main requirement for all types of weaving is for thread to be held under tension; many materials and devices can be used to weave thread into fabric, including common objects in the home and yard. In lieu of looms with harnesses and treadles, we will be transforming objects such as books, picture frames, baskets, books, and forked tree branches into handheld looms for weaving small tapestries. Workshop participants are invited to bring such objects from their home to experiment with, but this is not required. Introductory Plant Dye Workshop Ages: 12 and over Skill level: Beginner; no experience with dyeing or fiber arts required Supplies: Pots and burners Wool yarn and felts/fabric, scoured and pre-mordanted Lines and clothespins for hanging Alum mordant Iron mordant Lac extract Madder extract Turmeric Onion skins Rubber/latex gloves Dust masks Cotton thread/rubber bands for binding yarn and felts/fabric Safety pins and markers for participants to label their fibers Plant matter/flowers for bundle dyeing Description: This workshop offers an introduction to dyeing wool yarn and felts with plant-based dyes, sourced commercially (in powder form) and locally (in our kitchen!). Participants will engage in a brief overview of natural/plant dye history, as well as dyeing techniques specific to wool and alum and iron mordants. Everyone will leave this workshop with samples of dyed yarn, felt, bundle-dyed fabric, and a guide on plant/kitchen waste dyes and where to find them.

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