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Belfast, ME 04915


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Sunday: Noon - 5:00pm

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Spinning on a Navajo Spindle

Instructor: Alicia Bell

Saturday, January 18, 10am - Noon

My name is Alicia Bell. I grew up on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. My mother was a Navajo weaver. I have grandmothers, aunties, sisters,  nieces, and most of my female relations that are Navajo weavers. As a child I was taught gathering herbs to dye the wool, shearing sheep, to cleaning/spinning, to making a Navajo rug. During my teaching, stories were told.


My mother's clan is Ta'neeszahnii,  meaning in English "tangle clan". The  tangle  clan is part of our creations stories,,,,,, involving spider woman. Spider woman showed the Navajo's how to weave.


In this class you will learn the tools and techniques that hand spinning of fibers has been done the same way for centuries. The use of a compact/portable spindle whorl, that's used natively in North/South America. This is usually done by younger and older woman. I learned this process by my grandmother. Learning the different tensions, 1 to 2 spinning using for weaving. 3 spinning for the warping for the foundation of the navajo rug.


$48 plus supplies

Hand Mending with Japanese Techniques

Instructor: Kathleen Goddu

Saturday January 25: 10am - Noon 


In this two (2) hour workshop you will learn four basic stitches used in traditional 

Japanese mending.  We may also discuss other techniques based on your questions. 

By the end of the day you will have the skills to patch holes and mend tears of 

different sorts. 


Please bring:  small pieces of scrap fabric (I will bring some in case you don’t have any) 



Crochet Finishing for Knitters 

Instructor: Laurie Anne Sims

Saturday January 25, 1-3pm

From the simple brim of a hat to a sweater with a knit bodice with crocheted cuffs, adding crochet to your knit work can add eye-catching details, make it truly one of a kind, and even elevate it to art!


Learn the basic skills to make an exquisite transition from the edge of your knitting, then a few simple but elegant edging patterns to finish any scarf or sweater perfectly.


Previous crochet experience is not needed. Also discussed will be techniques for adding crochet details to other handmade or commercial fabrics. 

$48.00 includes supplies

Make Your Own Drop Spindle and Learn To Use It to Spin Wool


Would you like to learn to spin yarn but aren’t ready to invest in a wheel? Have you been intrigued by the ancient spinning tool called a drop spindle? If either answer is yes, join us as we create drop spindles and then learn to spin yarn with them.  Participants will take home their drop spindles, their spun fibers, some extra wool and the ability to spin on their own! All materials will be provided. 


Instructor: Betsy Alspach

Saturday, February 1, 10am - Noon 




Four Harness Weaving

Instructor: Alice Seeger

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, February 15 - 17:  

9am - 4pm each day


This intensive beginning level class teaches the basics of weaving on a 4-harness loom.


Students will learn and experience the basics of weaving on a 4-harness loom, and weave several different weave structures. They will start with understanding weaving vocabulary, weaving equipment, how to read a draft, and learn to plan a warp. Students will then warp and weave on a floor loom. During the class they will also experience weaving on different looms with different weave structures in a 'round robin' of class looms. Each student will weave their own library of samples that may include plain weave, basket weave, various twill weave structures, overshot, and weft faced weaves.


$350 includes class notes and project materials.

Introduction to Decorative Sashiko Stitching 

Instructor: Kathleen Goddu

February 22: 10am - 2pm (4 hours)

Sashiko embroidery originated in rural northern Japan during the18th century.  

It was used to strengthen and reinforce clothing and household items to maximize 

their longevity, also known as boro.  Later recognizable white stitching on 

indigo-dyed cloth was developed as a decorative embroidery technique.  


In this workshop you will learn how to achieve a uniform running stitch, transfer a pattern 

onto indigo fabric, and how to stitch the pattern using sashiko thread in the 

traditional Japanese manner.  We will discuss how to create your own patterns and 

how you might incorporate this stitching into garments or other functional items.   


Materials includes: 

-set of sashiko needles 

-sashiko thread 

-indigo fabric 

-stitch samples 



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