Workshops at the Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair

LEARN, CREATE, DISCOVER

For the first time at the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair, we are offering workshops which celebrate the varied fiber arts! It’s a chance to learn a new skill, create with fiber and discover a hidden talent. All workshops require advanced registration and space is limited (day-of registrations cannot be accommodated). Complementary admission to the fair is included with all workshop registrations. We hope you join us!

Saturday, May 20th

Getting to know your Rigid Heddle Loom

9am to 12pm | Class Fee: $60

Is your loom gathering dust or hasn’t even been taken out of its package? It’s time for you to get acquainted with that loom!  Judy Barth, a local weaver, will go over basic set-up and warping and get you started on some simple designs.

Materials: You must own a Rigid Heddle Loom and bring it to the workshop (looms will not be provided). Instructor will contact you for specific loom information.

Workshop Level: Beginner

Instructor Bio: Judy Barth, a North Fork native, re-entered the fiber world in 2005. An avid knitter, she became fascinated by the art of weaving which has become her true passion for the past six years. She is well versed in weaving with a rigid heddle loom as well as four and eight shaft floor looms. Currently, Judy is a knitting instructor at Altman’s Needlearts located in Mattituck. Judy is also a member of the Paumanok Weavers Guild.

Saturday, May 20th

Knitting 101 — Learn to Knit

10:30am to 12:30pm | Class Fee: $35

If you’ve always admired beautiful hand knit items and wished you knew how to create them…this workshop is for you. Whether you’ve never knit a stitch or you would like to brush up on your basics, everyone is welcome. This class will cover casting on, the knit stitch and casting off.

Materials: Please bring a pair of number 8 size knitting needles

Workshop Level: Beginner

Instructor Bio: Stephanie Cross began her love of fiber arts at a young age, learning to crochet at 13 on a summer family trip. After teaching herself to knit during college, the fiber arts became a passion. She had been working in yarn shops and teaching locally since 2012. In 2015 she took on her biggest project yet: crocheting her wedding dress with the help of family and friends. She is never without a project and loves to share her skills with beginners and advanced knitters and crocheters.

Saturday, May 20th

Sew a Pansy Brooch, Silk Ribbon Embroidery and Felt Applique

12pm to 2:30pm | Class Fee: $45

Join us for a class to learn the delicate art of floral ribbon embroidery. You will learn to make a pansy with silk ribbon, the Blanket , Daisy Chain, Stem and French Knot embroidery stitches, as well as the basics of appliqué layering and working with wool.

Materials: Please bring sharp scissors, sewing needle and neutral sewing thread.

Workshop Level: Beginner

Instructor Bio: Connie Jamison Klos, an Eastern Long Island native, has been quilting and crafting for over 30 years. She is an award winning quilter, with both machine and hand applique and embroidery as her main focus, though she is versed in many quilting techniques. She teaches quilting, hand embroidery and wool applique classes locally as well as leading our own monthly Quilt and Stitch Group. She keeps up with the quilting world as a member of the Baltimore Applique Society, the American Quilt Study Group, American Quilters Society, New England Quilt Museum, The Applique Society, The Quilt Alliance, Quilters Consortium of New York State and the Quilt Professionals Network.

Saturday, May 20th

Let’s Go Retro, Crocheting Granny Squares

2pm to 4:00pm | Class Fee: $35

Crocheted granny squares can be colorful, intricate or simple, small blocks or large squares. They can be used to make scarves, throws and blankets, hats, wraps and so much more. And they’re totally vintage hip! Learn how to make these super fun, retro vibe squares with expert crochet teacher, Stephanie Cross. She’ll lead you through the basics of crocheting in the round and the creation of granny squares!

Materials: Please bring an H crochet hook.

Workshop Level: Advanced Beginner (must know basic crochet).

Instructor Bio: Stephanie Cross began her love of fiber arts at a young age, learning to crochet at 13 on a summer family trip. After teaching herself to knit during college, the fiber arts became a passion. She had been working in yarn shops and teaching locally since 2012. In 2015 she took on her biggest project yet: crocheting her wedding dress with the help of family and friends. She is never without a project and loves to share her skills with beginners and advanced knitters and crocheters.

Sunday, May 21st

Hexie Pincushion, Learn English Paper Piecing (A Quilting Technique)

12pm to 2:30pm | Class Fee: $35

Learn the basics of this popular hand quilting technique of English Paper Piecing, including various ways to baste hexagons and joining them together, plus the applique stitch to add your hexies to any decorative project.

Materials: Please bring sharp scissors, sewing needle and neutral sewing thread.

Workshop Level: Beginner

Instructor Bio: Connie Jamison Klos, an Eastern Long Island native, has been quilting and crafting for over 30 years. She is an award winning quilter, with both machine and hand applique and embroidery as her main focus, though she is versed in many quilting techniques. She teaches quilting, hand embroidery and wool applique classes locally as well as leading our own monthly Quilt and Stitch Group. She keeps up with the quilting world as a member of the Baltimore Applique Society, the American Quilt Study Group, American Quilters Society, New England Quilt Museum, The Applique Society, The Quilt Alliance, Quilters Consortium of New York State and the Quilt Professionals Network.

What is English Paper Piecing?

English paper piecing has roots in England as far back as the 18th century and immigrants brought this pattern with them to America. Several shapes can be done in the English paper piecing style including diamonds, Dresden plates, hexagons and more. Hexagons were very popular in England and hence very popular in America. These six sided patches were also often called honeycomb, grandmothers flower garden, or mosaic, depending on color placement of the fabrics. This was often a popular way to use up remnants of fabrics including cotton, wool and silks. The English paper piecing method starts with a pattern cut out of paper or light cardboard, then the fabric is basted around the pattern shape. This method makes projects very portable and often lends itself to dating quilts when news print is left inside the item. Today this method is seeing a comeback and is very popular with younger quilters, seen in bright modern fabrics.