CLASSES 
We have classes with a variety of fun topics with skilled and
experienced teachers.
All classes are during the PHS Fiber Fest on September 30th, 2017.  Pre-registration is required, material fees are due to the instructor at the time of class.  
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Advanced Drop Spindle Plying

9:30am - 12:30pm (3 hours) $45

A different take on more traditional methods of storing singles as you spin them on your 
drop spindle - while needing multiple spindles to ply from. Learn how to keep singles under tension during the entire process of spinning and plying, which also allows you to make larger skeins. Other techniques such as Ply on the Fly will be explored.

Students should bring: A spindle they are comfortable spinning with and should be able to spin a continuous single.

Instructor will provide fiber for use during class, tools for plying and handout materials.

Material fee due to instructor at class: $15

About the Instructor: 
Anne Giuliano wandered far afield in her artist journey over the years. She has made fabric using batik techniques and hand dyeing. Quilted, made stained glass and fused glass. Anne became a fiber artist creating with spinning, weaving, dyeing and knitting.  It was in the fiber arts that she found most of her early recognition and satisfaction.  Many of her pieces were recognized at shows and exhibitions around the state – Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners conventions, Montana State Fairs in Billings and in Great Falls. Anne is a member of the Prairie Handspinners Guild.

Spinning Self-Striping Yarn

9:30am - 12:30pm (3 hours) $40

Most of us spin with a final project in mind, rather than try to find a project to match your handspun yarns. There are lots of things to consider before you start treadling. Are you going to make a draping crochet shawl or a woven vest? What about a soft lofty bulky sweater or a lightweight knit lace shrug? Do you want the luxury and shine of silk or the warmth of cashmere, or linen for the warp of a woven rug. A wool blend jacket or pure wool boot socks that will get heavy use? Are you going to work with written instructions that suggest a commercial yarn? Do you want your yarn to have color or be natural? Is it for outerwear or does it need to be next to the skin soft?

This class will help students think about their project and spin that yarn that will be perfect for that project. This is a great class to take your spinning to the next level!Students will learn to match gauge, twist and loft. 

Students should bring: A spinning wheel in working order or a spindle they are comfortable using.

Instructor will provide: A resource list, fiber samples, and project record keeping sheets.  In addition to the class spinning fiber, students will receive a fair isle sock kit to spin at home.

Material fee due to instructor at class: $37

About the Instructor: 
Joan Contraman has worked in fiber arts since 1970 and holds a BA in fine arts from the University of California at Davis. Joan has been spinning, dyeing, weaving, felting and knitting for over 45 years. She is a recipient of the Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners Living Treasure Award. Joan owns a small sheep ranch in Montana and delights in raising sheep for handspinners. Joan has owned and operated her spinning fiber business, Crosspatch Creations for the last 18 years.  Her fiber blends are sold nationwide in over twenty stores and internationally.   Joan loves to teach and talk about her favorite subject - fiber! Joan loves to explore the various facets of her art and is forever experimenting. She loves to pass on some of her best results to students.  Joan has been teaching spinning, weaving and dyeing classes since 1985 in California and after moving to Montana at: Willows and Wool,, the Missoula Weavers Guild, The Montana State Fair,  the Bitterroot Fiber Arts Festival, and many spinning and weaving Guilds and festivals in Montana, Utah, Idaho and even Indiana.

Making Your Wheel Work for You

1:00-4:00pm (3 hours) $45

A combination of wheel mechanics and spinning techniques, this workshop will share tips and tricks to get the most out of your wheel while understanding the relationship betwen your wheel and the final yarn.  Participants should be prepared to share the challenges they face with their particular wheel and will spin samples using various settings specific to their wheel.

Students should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order, 3 empty bobbins and a lazy kate.

Instructor will provide all fiber for use during class and handout materials.

Material fee due to instructor at class: $10

About the Instructor: 
Randy Glick of Pik Ka Handbag, is a fiber artist and Montana Circle of American Masters (MCAM) inductee who enjoys spinning, weaving and knitting surrounded by the mountains, plains and rivers of north central Montana.  With a process engineering background, fiber arts might not be a logical hobby, but Randy enjoys the challenge of blending his educational background with fiber arts - taking the process of spinning, weaving and knitting and exploring ways to perfect the methods.  Along the way he has developed improved approaches to many techniques.  Randy gains inspiration from his environment; working on ranches in his area, hiking and spending times outdoors.  His idea of a perfect project combines fibers from Montana (wool, bison, Highland cattle) with nature's endless palette of surprises.  When Randy is not busy working on a new piece or teaching, he keeps himself busy looking for ways to promote the fiber arts, especially in Montana.

Weave A Tapestry Beaded Bag

1:30-4:30pm (3 hours) $45

This class is perfect for someone who has never woven, but would like to try it. Or for the 
accomplished weaver who would like to try their hand at tapestry or would like a weaving that is portable. The tapestry bag can be made in either 5 x 5 or 4 X 5 inch format.  Students will explore the basics of tapestry weaving and weaving with beads. 

Instructor will provide: 2 kits, The Crosspatch Lap Loom with a set of eight threads per inch. And the Crosspatch Tapestry Beaded Bag Kit which includes: wool warp and at lease twelve weft threads, beads, bobbin/shuttle, spool of beading thread, interface, lining and backing. 

Material fee due to instructor at class: $45

About the Instructor: 
Joan Contraman has worked in fiber arts since 1970 and holds a BA in fine arts from the University of California at Davis. Joan has been spinning, dyeing, weaving, felting and knitting for over 45 years. She is a recipient of the Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners Living Treasure Award. Joan owns a small sheep ranch in Montana and delights in raising sheep for handspinners. Joan has owned and operated her spinning fiber business, Crosspatch Creations for the last 18 years.  Her fiber blends are sold nationwide in over twenty stores and internationally.   Joan loves to teach and talk about her favorite subject - fiber! Joan loves to explore the various facets of her art and is forever experimenting. She loves to pass on some of her best results to students.  Joan has been teaching spinning, weaving and dyeing classes since 1985 in California and after moving to Montana at: Willows and Wool,, the Missoula Weavers Guild, The Montana State Fair,  the Bitterroot Fiber Arts Festival, and many spinning and weaving Guilds and festivals in Montana, Utah, Idaho and even Indiana.

Spinning Clinic

During the PHS Fiber Fest - FREE

Want to learn to spin or brush up on your skills?  Stop in at the Spinning Clinic with Ann Glick, an experienced spinner and fiber arts teacher.  This is a free clinic held during the Fiber Fest.  Bring your spindle or wheel or find one in the Marketplace.