Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Textile Arts Instruction Programs

At the Guild's June meeting, programs that offer instruction in fiber arts were discussed. Below is contact info for a whole slew of programs around the country and beyond.

Maryland Shores Rug-hooking Workshops
304-9 33rd Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
Classes held each spring at the Dunes Manor Hotel in OC.

Sanguine Gryphon
Easton, MD
Opportunities to learn spinning and dyeing.

Stitches East
Baltimore Convention Center
November 6-9, 2008

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
Howard County Fairgrounds
West Friendship, MD
The first full weekend in May. Courses are available the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before the festival.

Lahara Textiles
PO Box 315
Barnesville, MD 20838
Saturday courses in knitting, rug-hooking, weaving and design.

Springwater Fiber Workshop
808 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, felting and more.

Joan Griffin Tapestry
1800 Yorktown Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901

The Mannings
1132 Green Ridge Road
PO Box 687
East Berlin, PA 17316
Weaving, spinning and knitting classes.

Spin Off Autumn Retreat (SOAR)
Pocono Manor, PA
October 5-12, 2008
Register through www.interweave.com
Scholarships available.

John C. Campbell Folk School
1 Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28904
Courses in all types of fiber art, plus tons of other things. Also programs for school age kids and teens.

Penland School of Crafts
PO Box 37
Penland, NC 28765
Many textile courses including knitting, weaving, textile sculpture, design, screen-printing, dyeing, millinery and more.

That Hat!
Wilmington, NC
Millinery workshops around the USA and at the studio in North Carolina.

Peters Valley Craft Center
19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ
Fiber art courses include spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, color & design, needle felting and more.

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
PO Box 567
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Fiber art courses including dyeing and weaving. Scholarship and work study opportunities.

Rhode Island School of Design
2 College Street
Providence, RI 02903
Summer and special programs in fiber art for continuing education.

Quilt Surface Design Symposium
464 Vermont Place
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Symposium focusing on non-traditional and art quilts with instructors and attendees from around the world.

PO Box 518
Deer Isle, ME 04627
Quilting, knitting, dyeing and more. Scholarship opportunities.

Knitting Cruises on the Schooner Isaac H. Evans
Captain Brenda Walker
PO Box 791
Rockland, ME 04841

Sievers School of Fiber Art
Jackson Harbor Road
Washington Island, WI 54246
Courses on knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, stitchery and design.

North House Folk School
PO Box 759
Grand Marias, Minnesota 55604
Courses on knitting, embroidery, spinning, felting, weaving, and dyeing.

Sharon Alderman
734 South 500 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Weaving courses.

Sarah Natani Navajo Weaving Workshops
PO Box 2270
Shiprock, NM 87420

PO Box 38
Idyllwild, CA 92546
Summer programs in Navajo weaving. Also family camp and children's programs.

Weaver's School
Madelyn van der Hoogt
PO Box 1228
Coupeville, WA 98239

Craft Cruises
Cruises with knitting, crochet, beading classes.
Destinations in US, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Central & South America.

Traditions Mexico
Fiber art tours to Mexico.

Weaving Course in Norway
contact: Dr. Carol Colburn, carolcolburn@cfu.net
Focuses on weaving and design in vadmal.

Textile Study Tours to Norway
Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum
PO Box 379
Decorah, IA 52101
563-382-9681 www.vesterheim.org

Thursday, June 5, 2008

World Wide Knit in Public Day Event in Snow Hill

World Wide Knit in Public (WWKiP) Day was started in 2005 by knitter Danielle Landes as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other's company. Knitting is such a solitary act that it's easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your own work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors can spend their entire lives never knowing that the other knits. This is a specific day for knitters (and those who want to learn) to get out of the house and go to a local event (with knitting in tow). WWKiP Day is the largest knitter-run event in the world, and each local event is organized by volunteers.

A WWKiP Day event is being held at Sturgis Park in Snow Hill on June 14 from 10am to 3pm. Knitters can stop by any time to network with other area knitters and check out each others' current projects. Knitters should bring a chair and their knitting (and snacks if they'd like). Stacy Mitchell, owner of the Fine Needle quilt and yarn shop in Snow Hill, is offering free goody bags to those who register ahead of time by calling the shop at (410) 632-0772. Visitors can pick up the bags from Stacy at the event.

The Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill is offering free admission coupons to participants in WWKiP Day. They can be picked up all day at the event. “Knitters can knit at the KIP, have lunch in town, and then walk a few blocks to the Purnell Museum. It's a great way for visitors to Snow Hill, and locals, to spend the day,” said Julia A. Purnell Museum Executive Director Mary St. Hippolyte.

There were nearly 200 event for last year's WWKiP Day, and the number will probably be even higher for 2008. Events are being held in the USA, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, France, Australia, Netherlands, Finland, the UK, Portugal, Austria, New Zealand, Belgium, Iceland, Czech Republic, and Mexico.

Knitters can stop by the Snow Hill event any time from 10am-3pm. Those who are interested in learning to knit—including kids and teens—are encouraged to join in too.

For more information on the event contact Stacy Mitchell at the Fine Needle at (410) 632-0772. To find out more about WWKiP events around the globe, visit www.wwkipday.com.