Workshops

Come and enhance your fiber arts skills, or try your hand at something new!

Have an idea for a class? We encourage you to submit a Workshop Proposal Application.

 If you have an interest in participating in a workshop, please contact us using the information below.

2022 Workshops

Divided Heart Basket Weaving with Maureen Quale

10:00am – 1:00pm

Try your hand at basket weaving, and learn how to make this cute and functional sectional heart basket created on a wooden base.
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  • Course Fee: $20
  • Material Fee: $20

Maureen Quale

Maureen Quale has been teaching basket weaving since 2008 and has taught many diverse groups…native Americans, girls scouts, church groups, etc. Her passion is to keep this art form alive and to encourage first time weavers to join the fun! Maureen has been teaching at our festival for several years and always brings interesting and functional projects with an array of colors to suit student’s taste.

Getting Cozy with Intermediate Knitting Skills: Charts, Cables and Magic Loop with Lindsay Quintilone

10:00am – 12:00pm

Have you been wanting to take your knitting skills to the next level? This class incorporates three intermediate skills in one project: reading charts, cabling and knitting in the round using the magic loop method. We will be creating a coffee cup cozy using a charted cable pattern in the round.
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Students will learn how to read a charted cable pattern, how to cable knit with and without a cable needle and how to knit small circumferences in the round using the magic loop method. Students should already be confident with basic knitting skills including casting on, knit and purl stitches, and binding off. Students will need to bring approximately 50 yards of worsted weight yarn, size 6 circular knitting needle (approx 24″-32″) and a cable needle (or dpn in size 5/6). Students may also purchase a “kit” with these necessary items for a $15 materials fee. Please notify the instructor if you will require a kit.

 

  • Course Fee: $30
  • Material Fee: $15 Only if a kit is needed.

Lindsay Quintilone

Lindsay is a returning instructor at the WNY Fiber Arts Festival, and a self-taught knitter who has been knitting for nearly 20 years. She has a business/brand called Knit One & Done, selling wearable fiber art at regional craft vending events including the Mayday! Underground Crafts & Arts markets, as well as through her website.

Beginning Wet Felting with Marcia Weinert

10:00am – 12:00pm

Come play with a rainbow of unspun wool and some soapy water to discover how some of the very first fabric was made! All materials and tools provided. We’ll discover how to turn wool into jewelry, toys, clothes, and household decorations in a sloshy whirlwind of fun: four projects in just two hours!! This class is a great fit for children ages 10 and up, or for grands/parents and children to enjoy together!
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  • Course Fee: $20
  • Materials fee: $5

Marcia Weinert

Marcia Weinert (who is “Undeniably Loopy!”) has been addicted to turning fluff into stuff ever since sneaking her 9-year-old daughter’s spindle and fiber after their first class together, over two decades ago! She teaches spinning, knitting, felting, and crochet in many outlets across the northeast, particularly the Weaving & Fiber Arts Center in Rochester, NY. We are delighted to have Marcia return as an instructor for the WNY Fiber Arts Festival.

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with Tami Fuller

10:00am – 12:00pm

Explore the basics of weaving with a simple frame loom. Learn how to warp, select materials for texture and strength and receive instruction on basket or plain weave, as well as a brief discussion of fringe and texture techniques for roving and foreign objects. Instruction will include weaving time as well as finishing and hanging your work.READ MORE...

Students will leave with beginners weaving knowledge, and a completed and mounted fiber art piece. Use of student loom is provided during class, with the option to purchase at the close of class for optional additional materials fee.

  • Course Fee: $52
  • Materials Fee: $12 (“Take Home Option:” $40 to purchase Lost Pond Loom)

Tami Fuller

The WNY Fiber Arts Festival is very excited to have Tami Fuller share her talents this year at the festival! Tami is a second-generation fiber artist, and works as an educator and studio artist out of East Aurora. Tami is passionate about inspiring and empowering a new generation of creators by teaching the fiber arts in new, modern contexts which are still strongly rooted in traditional technique.

Intro to Double Knitting: Design Your Own Coaster with Lindsay Quintilone

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Double knitting is the technique of producing two layers of fabric using one set of needles. In this class, you will learn this easy colorwork process to create a practical coaster that looks beautiful on both sides. Students will be encouraged to create their own charted pattern for the coaster using two contrasting colors.
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However, patterns will be on hand to knit a pattern already designed (as pictured). We will discuss how to create your own colorwork charts, how to read charts and how to double knit. This class is suited for adventurous beginners and intermediate knitters and students should be confident with basic knitting skills including casting on, knit and purl stitches, and binding off. Students will need to bring two contrasting colors of worsted or dk weight yarn, size 7/8 knitting needles and a highlighter or marker. Students may also purchase a “kit” with these necessary items for a $15 materials fee. Please notify the instructor if you will require a kit.

 

  • Course Fee: $30
  • Materials fee: $15 (Only if a kit is needed)

Lindsay Quintilone

Lindsay is a returning instructor at the WNY Fiber Arts Festival, and a self-taught knitter who has been knitting for nearly 20 years. She has a business/brand called Knit One & Done, selling wearable fiber art at regional craft vending events including the Mayday! Underground Crafts & Arts markets, as well as through her website.

Beginning to Spin with Marcia Weinert

2:00pm – 4:30pm

Learn to make your own, unique handspun yarn on a spinning wheel! We’ll play with several types of prepared wool while we discuss wheel maintenance, drafting, treadling, plying, and finishing techniques to make a balanced yarn. As time permits, we’ll touch on other fiber preparations, and non-wool fibers. No previous experience required. Warning: Spinning can be addictive. Suitable for beginners – no prior experience necessary. STUDENT BRINGS Any treadle-driven wheel in good working condition, with at least one bobbin, or contact the instructor at UndeniablyLoopy@gmail.com to reserve a rental wheel for an additional $10 fee.
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  • Course Fee: $55
  • Material Fee: $10 +$10 wheel rental (if needed) Contact the instructor at mailto:UndeniablyLoopy@gmail.com to reserve a rental wheel

Marcia Weinert

Marcia Weinert (who is “Undeniably Loopy!”) has been addicted to turning fluff into stuff ever since sneaking her 9-year-old daughter’s spindle and fiber after their first class together, over two decades ago! She teaches spinning, knitting, felting, and crochet in many outlets across the northeast, particularly the Weaving & Fiber Arts Center in Rochester, NY. We are delighted to have Marcia return as an instructor for the WNY Fiber Arts Festival.

Introductory Embroidery with Rebecca Swanson

2:00pm – 4:30pm

In this two hour session students will learn several basic embroidery stitches including, but not limited to : straight, back, running, chain, stem, blanket, and french knots. These stitches can then be combined and worked in stacked rows or in tandem to embellish textiles of any sort from traditional linens to knitwear.

Materials fee covers the embroidery kit consisting of one hoop, fabric, embroidery needles, and floss. In addition, you will receive a digital document of hints, needle and floss guides, online resources, and one additional free pattern.
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  • Course Fee: $30
  • Material Fee: $12

Rebecca Swanson

The WNY Fiber Arts Festival is very excited to have Rebecca Swanson share her talents this year at the festival! Rebecca has been dabbling in textile arts for over 50 years. She is an experienced knitter, a modest spinner, and an enthusiastic new quilter and bag maker. Rebecca has recently returned to embroidery after discovering a love of wool applique. She is an experienced classroom teacher who has recently combined her love of teaching and textile arts.

Introduction to Dyeing using Indigo with Tami Fuller

2:00pm – 4:30pm

Discover dyeing with Indigo and learn the Japanese resist dye method like “origami for cloth” known as shibori. Class will include instruction on different resist dyeing methods and techniques to create repeating patterns with demonstrations for clamping, stitching, and binding for four basic patterns before students will work with an indigo vat to dip dye and explore the “magic” that is natural indigo.
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At the end of the workshop, a discussion will be held on resist removal and instruction for care, as well as a brief discussion on mordants for natural textile dyeing. Attendees will receive one large cotton tea towel and one square silk scarf and may bring one small item to dye (t-shirt, pillowcase, napkin, etc – must be 100% cotton content and pre-washed).

  • Course Fee: $45
  • Material Fee: $12

Tami Fuller

The WNY Fiber Arts Festival is very excited to have Tami Fuller share her talents this year at the festival! Tami is a second-generation fiber artist, and works as an educator and studio artist out of East Aurora. Tami is passionate about inspiring and empowering a new generation of creators by teaching the fiber arts in new, modern contexts which are still strongly rooted in traditional technique.