Workshops & Local Events

Amy King: Spunky Eclectic Spinning Workshops

We are pleased to host renowned fiber artist Amy King for a three day spinning retreat at Lareau Farm Inn.

Amy King (aka 'Boogie') is the owner of Spunky Eclectic, a fiber studio in Lisbon, Maine. One of the most dedicated and impassioned of the "younger
generations" of handspinners, she has played a significant role in the spinning community for years. Known for her fiber prep and dyeing, she is acclaimed by spinners across the country as well as internationally for her fiber samples and innovative fiber club. Amy is the author of the highly received "Spin Control: Techniques for Spinning the Yarn You Want." YARN Magazine says, "Amy King is a spinning force to be reckoned with . . . [her book] content is killer for those wanting to take their spinning to the next level.

Sunday July 8: Arrival

Check in at Lareau Farm Inn. Retreat begins across the street at Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill for a meet and greet and BBQ at 5:00pm. Trunk Show with Amy King.

Monday July 9: Full Day Workshop: "Sock It To Me" 

Now is not the time to get cold feet-- we are diving into the art of sock yarn! Whether you are looking to master your technique or try it for the first time, this is the workshop for you. We will answer all your questions: Will it hold up? What materials do I use? How do I spin it so it is sturdy but not rope like? You'll walk out of the class making sock yarn like a pro.

Tuesday July 10: Half Day Workshop: "All the Single...Yarns" 

Anyone who knows Amy knows she loves her single yarns. Thin, energized, worsted, bulky, fancy, even thick 'n thin! If you like them as much as she does and want to learn how to make singles that are not meant for plying, take this fun class! Amy will expertly guide you through every step from beginning to finishing off. If there is time at the end, you will also discover how to use the singles in garments and get excellent results.

Student Requirements

Spinning level is intermediate. You must have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions. Please bring a wheel in good working order with 4 bobbins (5 is better). If you have a wheel that has extra whorls, bring them. It's also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate. You must also be able to work with the yarn in knitting, crochet or weaving. Please bring an array of hooks, needles or a little sample loom so you can work with your product. Materials fee: $64 paid to instructor.

Fees and Reservation Information

Other Events

Art Meets Wool - Art Yarn Spinning

Art yarn is funky, wild and crazy, and lots of fun to spin. The only key to good art yarn is making it with integrity and strength. Otherwise, there are no rules! First, we will make an art batt. It will push you out of your comfort zone, encouraging you to experiment with color and texture. Then we will explore core spinning, lock spinning, auto wraps, and more.

Spinning level: Intermediate. You must have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions. Please bring a wheel in good working order with 3 bobbins (4 is better). It's also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate.

Date: TBD

Time: TBD 

Fee: $65 includes materials

Location: Two Sisters Mill & Mercantile, 168 Main St, Jeffersonville, VT 05464

Please call (802) 881-8997 to register.

Fiber Riot!

This is an informal, weekly gathering that will satisfy that fiber craving of yours. Join fellow fiber fanatics in sharing ideas and getting the creative juices flowing. Bring whatever project you are working on--knitting, crocheting, spinning, rug hooking, you name it! There will also be featured projects or programs periodically to keep you inspired. You don't want to miss this!

Date: Every Wednesday evening. Upcoming dates: April 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; June 6. 13. 20. 27  

Time: 5pm-8pm

Fee: Free

 

We offer private lessons for spinning, felting, and weaving (rigid heddle and floor loom).

Please call (802) 496-7746 or email susan@madriverfibermill.com for more information and to register.