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.

2021 Workshops

Intro to Embroidery with Erin Anne Mannion

10:00am – 12:00pm

This class is perfect for beginners looking to learn hand embroidery. In this class, students will learn all the basics they need to get started making beautiful hand embroidered projects! Everything will include lots of little tips to keep embroidery enjoyable for you.

Students then go home with a full working knowledge of all of the basics about hand embroidery, along with all of the materials for their first project.
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Materials fee covers a full hand embroidery kit including a 6” wood hoop, fabric with sampler printed on it, extra practice fabric, 2 embroidery needle of different sizes, 10 skeins of embroidery floss, a pack of iron-on embroidery transfers, a set of 2 kitchen towels for a first project, and a packet about stitches learned in class!

  • Course Fee: $30
  • Materials Fee: $25

Erin Anne Mannion

Erin Anne Mannion has been making a little bit of everything for most of her life, but specifically practicing hand embroidery for over 10 years now. A master of adding textiles and needlework to a little bit of everything, she also practices handmade lace, jewelry making, enameling and so much more!

Employed at the lace and textile museum and retail shop, Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in Berkeley, CA for 4 years, Erin has a extensive base knowledge in basic embroidery and has also branched into specialty embroideries such as ribbonwork, goldwork, stumpwork, silk shading and more. She has participated in day classes with the Royal School of Needlework and was a student at their 2 week session of Summer School 2018 in Lexington, KY.

Erin maintains her own custom craft/needlework service, in addition to selling handmade goods, through her online/vending business, Ms. Lola’s Bazaar.

Mostly specializing in one on one tutoring, she has also been an instructor at multiple years of Fiber Flurry, put on by the Arts Council of Wyoming County, as well as leading small workshops at Lacis and teaching classes at Creekside Fabric, Quilts and Yarns.

Intro to Carding and Combing Wool with Victoria Boehmer

10:00am – 1:00pm

This class is for beginners to learn about carding and combing wool as a method of fiber preparation for hand spinning.

Students will gain hands-on experience playing with wool from the Shetland Sheep using hand cards, a drum carder, and combs.
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  • Course Fee: $40
  • Material Fee: $5 for embellishments

Victoria Boehmer

Victoria is a fiber artist who teaches knitting, spinning, fiber preparation, and many other fiber arts.

She has owned a flock of Shetland Sheep, a travelling yarn store, and taught a variety of fiber arts to both adults and children. Victoria has continued to expand her knitting skills by working toward her Master Hand Knitter certification.

Along with her fiber pursuits, she homeschools and runs her family’s homestead in Pennsylvania.

Social Media:Ravelry: dragonwood, Instagram : theknittingdragon Facebook: The
Knitting Dragon, Website: CLICK HERE

Wet Felted Vessel with Marcia Weinert

10:00am – 1:00pm

It is both magical and easy to use unspun wool and soapy water to fashion a 3- dimensional purse, pouch, or other vessel around a flat form that “resists” felting and shrinking!

We’ll play with a mountainous rainbow of fluff and sparkle to make unique, small bowls—and discuss how these same techniques can be used to develop into hats, handbags, and vases.

No prior experience required. Felting requires sustained, gentle effort for the duration of class period.
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  • Course Fee: $55
  • Materials fee: $10

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!

Her handspun skeins and original knitwear designs have taken top honors at some of America’s largest festivals, and her patterns appear in print. She teaches spinning, knitting, felting, and crochet in many outlets across the northeast.

Intermediate Knitting – Getting ‘Cozy’ with your Knitting with Lindsay Quintilone-Jordan

Includes Learning to read Charts, do Cables, and learn Magic Loop

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 knitting a coffee cup cozy using a charted cable pattern in the round. Students will learn how to read a charted cable pattern, how to cable with and without a cable needle, and how to knit in the round using the magic loop method.

Students should be confident with basic knitting skills, such as casting on, knit, purl, and binding off. Students should bring approx. 50yds of worsted weight yarn, size 5 and/or 6 circular knitting needles(approx. 24”-32”), and a cable needle or size 5 or 6 double pointed needles. A kit with these items is available for a $20 fee. Please indicate on registration form if you require a kit. Thank you!
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  • Course Fee: $30
  • Materials Fee: $20 (Optional Kit Fee)

Lindsay Quintilone-Jordon

Lindsay is a self taught knitter that has been knitting for 15+ years. In the past several years I have begun selling my knits at regional craft vending events including the Mayday! Underground Crafts & Art markets.

In 2017, I started a Knit Club for new knitters in Livingston County teaching the basics of knitting. As the group has advanced, I have presented on topics such as reading patterns/charts, magic loop, cabling, finishing, etc. In 2019, I entered several finished projects in the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Skein & Garment Competition.

I am yarn obsessed and have a bigger stash than I care to admit. You can find my knitting journeys on Facebook and Instagram @knitoneanddone.

Wet Felting Acorns with Mary Fisher

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Learn the basics of wet felting while making these colorful acorns.

Fill a bowl full. String them up for a necklace. Open to beginners and/or experienced felters of all ages.
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  • Course Fee: $25
  • Materials fee: $10 (or bring your own feltable wool roving)

Mary Fisher

Instructor:
Mary has been offering workshops at the WNY Fiber Arts Festival for the past 4 years. She also does home or group instruction upon request.

Mary began needle felting about 20 years ago, first felting creatures for a puppet performance of, “The Ugly Duckling.” Landscape watercolor painting had been another interest of hers. “One day I decided to use colored wool instead of paint. It has been my medium of preference ever since.”

Mary is a member of Common Threads spinning and dyeing group, and F.I.G. of Western NY. Mary can be reached by email at: mfaf52@me.com.

Beginning Knitting/Maple Tree Cowl with Victoria Boehmer

1:30am – 4:30pm

This versatile cowl can add a little warmth on cool days while about town or working in your garden. There is enough lace to create a pleasing knitting experience while still being a quick knit (which makes it great for gifting).

The cowl is knit from the bottom up starting with a shell edging that creates a scallop reminiscent of tree root. Knits and purls create texture for the tee trunk and basic lace is used to create leaves and the effect of light filtering through the crown of the tree. A nice garter stitch edging finishes the piece for a clean look around the throat.
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It is important to me that patterns can be used in many different ways and I designed this motif with endless possibilities in mind. The pattern is both charted and written. The cowl can be reversible and modified to fit the knitter’s needs. More repeats can be added to make a loose cowl, or needles and yarn can be changed to give a different look! Prerequisites; Students should know how to cast on, knit, and purl.

Necessary Supplies: US Size 7 -16” Circular Needles, 120 yards DK Yarn, 5 stitch markers

Supply Fee: OPTIONAL $15 (Includes needles, yarn, and stitch markers)

  • Course Fee: $40
  • Material Fee: $15 (Optional Kit Fee)

Victoria Boehmer

Victoria is a fiber artist who teaches knitting, spinning, fiber preparation, and many other fiber arts.

She has owned a flock of Shetland Sheep, a travelling yarn store, and taught a variety of fiber arts to both adults and children. Victoria has continued to expand her knitting skills by working toward her Master Hand Knitter certification.

Along with her fiber pursuits, she homeschools and runs her family’s homestead in Pennsylvania.

Social Media:Ravelry: dragonwood, Instagram : theknittingdragon Facebook: The Knitting Dragon, Website: CLICK HERE

Beginner Bread Basket (Biscuits, Bagels and Buns) with Maureen Quale

1:30am – 4:30pm

Create this beautiful bread basket in just one three-hour session. Weaving and lashing techniques will be taught. Customize with a variety of colored reeds. Get Creative!
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  • Course Fee: $28
  • Material Fee: Free

Maureen Quale

Maureen began basket weaving in 2008 and her passion soon resulted in a lot of baskets!

She began selling products at craft shows and festivals and there were immediate requests to teach. In 2010 Maureen started to teach small classes whic quickly grew into large classes! Husband Ralph pitched in and Quale’s Nest was born!

Begin 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.
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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.

  • Course Fee: $55
  • Material Fee: $10 (Unlimited fibers, handouts, use of teacher’s tools for plying)

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!

Her handspun skeins and original knitwear designs have taken top honors at some of America’s largest festivals, and her patterns appear in print. She teaches spinning, knitting, felting, and crochet in many outlets across the northeast.