Knitting - Spinning - Weaving/Braiding - Everything Else!
has been teaching workshops at various festivals and retreats
for years across the country. This
is a selection of workshops she can offer off-site, or in some
circumstances on-site. More will be added as they are updated and
created. If you have an idea for a workshop, feel free to contact
Suzanne and let's see what we can come up with!
is suggested that a minimum number of participants be set at 3 and a
maximum number be set at 12 or 15 (12 preferred) - depending on the
class and whether
it it for half day or full day. Fewer students means more
individual attention and Suzanne likes to give that to her students.
is generally a set workshop fee for teaching (middle of the
road/reasonable). Assistance in
either lodging or travel is appreciated - this can be flexible.
organizers may set whatever student registration fee they chose.
Generally the materials charge is separate and collected by
Suzanne at the workshop and is kept reasonable but fair for the
materials. There is always an excellent handout!
Spiffy Socks – Sassy Socks and Stockings, Suzanne Style
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner – must know how to cast on, cast
off, increase & decrease
Length: This class works best as a Full Day
(minimum 6 hours) workshop although it can be structured as a BASICS
for a Half Day
are something that everybody needs but nobody seems to really
respect. And such a fun project to knit – fast and portable
too. Get as fancy as you like, or as subtle. Hand knit
socks are just wonderful and fit SO well. Learn to make your
first pair of socks and you’ll never be able to stop. OR if you
already make socks, learn how to make knee socks that fit – as in Kilt
Hose that stay up – for that Scottish gentleman of yours. Fit
your sock to YOUR foot. We’ll cover basic shaping, a heel or two,
and tips on what stitch patterns work best if you want to do a pair of
kilt hose or other fancy socks.
Toe Up on Two for your
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner – must know how to cast
on, cast off, increase & decrease
Length: Works best as a Full Day Workshop as we cover a lot of
material and finish a sample sock or two. Can be a Half Day,
but with less material covered.
of boring basic socks? Ready to be adventurous and try the Flip
Side? Learn to start your sock from the Toe and work UP!
Socks do work both ways and while Top Down has been the most popular
way of making them for a long time, there have always been those who
have started at the other end. This is a GREAT way to work a pair
of socks when you're not sure how much sock you can get out of your
yarn or if you're not sure of the sizing - try them on as you go!
And using the two circular needles just makes keeping track of
everything much easier. We will two different beginnings, two
heels and a wonderful bind off, plus other techniques.
Shoulders that Sing
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner - must know how to cast on, cast
off, increase & decrease
Class Length: Half Day (3 hour) class WITH HOMEWORK BEFORE or can
be a Full Day Class
are shoulders and then there are SHOULDERS. They work well in the
round, they work well flat – and they all keep the sweater from falling
off your body! All sorts of styles, all sorts of ways of working
them. Some of them are easy to do and some are harder, but
can be MADE easier. They can be plain or decorative. Sewing
can be involved or NOT. Some styles work for some people and look
awful on other people. Come learn a bit about the different
shoulder styles and several ways of working and finishing them.
We will practice on a few types and learn how to put it all
Patchwork or Domino Knitting
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner - must know how to cast on,
cast off, increase & decrease
Class Length: Works best as a Full Day (6 hour) class
Knitting is a very neat way to design sweaters and accessories.
You get very striking, designer effects with very little effort. You'll
learn and/or refresh your skills in increasing and decreasing, picking
up along edges, and joining pieces as you work. You will be able
to practice weaving in ends. You'll learn new ways to look at
color and texture and how to design garments and accessories using this
fun technique that looks so much harder than it really is! This
is a great technique for using up all those odds and ends or special
yarns we make or buy on impulse!
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Making Lumpy-Bumpy and
Skill Level: Must be able to spin on a wheel but any skill
level after that
Class Length: Full Day or Half Day
are two basic ways of making lumpy-bumpy yarn deliberately:
Creating Texture in the Singles and Texture in the Plying.
We'll learn how to do both, including making slubbed and garneted
yarns, knot yarns, tufted yarns, snarl yarns, etc. We'll take you
through some quick tricks with mohair and other curly fibers, to get
quick Designer Yarn results and some easy plying tricks too.
We'll also cover ways to spice up your otherwise smooth yarns by
experimenting with adding other fibers.
Spinning with Beads and Knitting with Beaded Yarns
Level: Advanced Beginner - should be able to spin on a WHEEL and
basics of knitting (cast on, cast off, knit/purl, etc)
Length: Full Day Class for BOTH sections (Spinning in the AM and
Knitting in the PM) - the basics of it work as a half day class
those beaded yarns but some are just TOO glitzy? Or maybe not
enough? Want to make your own? Come learn how to spin with
are NOT talking about just stringing the beads along the yarn as you
play, but spinning them ONTO the singles, as well as the other methods
to add them to your yarns. We will also learn about which beads
best, what projects you can do and how to handle the beaded yarns in
your knitting for the best effect for your individual projects and
A Good Beginning: Card Weaving
Skill Level: Beginner (or as a refresher) - No experience
Class Length: Full Day Class recommended although it can be a
can weave with cards? With holes in them? Yes indeed!
Cards, Tablets, Beer Coasters, anything that is somewhat stiff,
comfortable to hold in the hand, and generally square, although
other shapes can be used. This is a simple, easy-resource method
that can produce very complex weaves, or not, as you choose.
to a pattern, or create your own. And oh so portable! You
are only tied down to the weaving when you are actually weaving, or not
at all with a frame.
Think of this as a Beginner or
Refresher class in the ancient tradition of Tablet Weaving – a
multicultural, warp-faced weave generally used for narrow goods.
Rope Making, Cord Making, Lead Ropes and Leashes - REALLY FAT YARN!
Skill Level: No experience necessary
Class Length: Works great as a half day class
discover or re-discover the fun of making rope al la Girl Scouts/Boy
Scouts, with a bit of refinement. We will learn how to make ouri
own cordage using a strong WOOL, (yes, wool) yarn, and everybody will
go home with SOME sort of rope, generally a leash for the family dog.
We will learn about the beginnings (the raw materials), the
middles (the twisting) and the ends (finishing touches). There
will be lots of laughing and teamwork is a key!
Knitted/Crocheted/Woven or Cut & Sew Cocoon
Skill Level: Any level of fiber
worker in any discipline - simple hand sewing skills needed
Class Length: Good Half Day (3 hr) Class
a glamorous yet so easy garment that is flattering to just about every
female shape. Gauge it for your own yarn, needles & style of
knitting, crocheting or weaving. Or go through that stash of
fabulous drapeable fabric you couldn't resist buying! This is
another great idea for those odds & ends that you wouldn't
necessarily want to use in a Patchwork Knitting garment or accessorie.
Take some of those older rectangular shawls and wide scarves you
played around with and turn them into a dramatic garment.
Inlaid Felting - a Hot Pad Project
Skill Level: Any - no experience necessary
Class Length: Good Half Day (3 hr) Class or can be a Full Day
Class (6 hr) with more finished felting
is exactly what it sounds like: Putting one piece of felt into
another. Learned from Alexander Pilin, a noted Russian felter,
this method is light on the use of water or soap, until the final
hardening stage. We will use felting needles and threads and
yarns not so much as design elements, but for beginning construction of
the pieces. In a Pilin workshop, you would most likely be making
a rug - here we will make a hot pad or two.
In the Works or being Revamped
(Japanese Braiding) - reworking it with new braid ideas &
Make your own Fiber Tools
- an old favorite that is getting a makeover
Using Weaving (Sewing)
Patterns for Knitting - more
ideas like the Cocoon
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